Dear Parents

I’m sure it seems that in the last two weeks you have been bombarded with letters and information as things have changed so rapidly due to the ongoing Covid 19 outbreak. This should be the last of the letters I will be sending while the students remain at home for the foreseeable future. Communication from this point forward will be done remotely while the majority of our children are working away from the school, as indeed will be many of the staff.

There are numerous things to update you on and to provide information about before Caldew Lea School closes to comply with the governmental directive.

Pupils’ work and ongoing communications:

We have explained to all children in school this week during assemblies and in class how to access their work and expectations for its completion over the upcoming school closure. If you are unsure of any of this or they can’t tell you, please contact their class teacher via Dojo to confirm anything.

Teachers will be available online during the normal school day to answer any questions you have or to guide children via class dojo therefore please give them enough time to reply.

We cannot emphasise enough how vital it is that parents encourage students to complete the work being set. In a worst-case scenario, they could be working at home for a number of weeks and, long term, recovering the missed learning would be very difficult. Together we have to try and ensure that they remain engaged in their schooling.

You will have daily contact with a member of staff from school to be able to discuss any home learning issues you may have and to also speak to each child from school about their learning for the day. After this, your child’s achievements should be shared with the teacher via dojo – if you require a further phone call this isn’t a problem.

There will continue to be at least weekly updates sent out via email and more frequent posts on our Facebook page so that we as a community can keep in touch with each other. On it we will share the work children are doing at home and continue to celebrate successes.

Here is a list of ways to contact us during this period of uncertainty:

For any safeguarding concerns please email:

aweston@cumbriaeducationtrust.org or sscott@caldewlea.cumbria.sch.uk

for SEND advice:

acook@caldewlea.cumbria.sch.uk

General queries:

admin@caldewlea.cumbria.sch.uk

All class teachers:  via class dojo or admin email address

Staying Safe and being Mindful of others

I do want to remind all parents why the drastic step of closing the schools has taken place. It is to protect people and to try and stop contact between different groups within our communities and to allow people to look after themselves and their families. Children will have work throughout the closure period as if they were in normal school and they should be inside, completing that work during the day. Students and parents should be mindful of the guidance around social distancing and we all have a responsibility to ensure that we follow that guidance. Hanging around with friends, being out and about in their local area and in worst cases causing any disturbance that may divert the emergency services form their vital work would be regrettable to say the least. It is all of our civic duty to make sure the very situation they are off school to help address is not made worse through their actions.

Reporting a Safeguarding Concern

As a school, acting in a remote capacity or not, we are always committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our students. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a student, or if you have any safeguarding queries, please contact our School Safeguarding Team who will be in contact as soon as is feasible. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Miss Weston and Mrs Scott who can be reached using the emails above.

Childcare arrangements for Key Workers

We have communicated directly with the parents who indicated that they require this service, due to their employment being named as one of the ‘key work’ areas.

Final thoughts

The next couple of months will be strange for all of us – our school community will not be together but we will still all be connected through different methods. We will be here for the children and families if and when you need us: supporting where we can and always planning and thinking of when the school will again be allowed to return to its normal running. We hope we will see the children at some time in the summer term.

The school for those of us who will be in, will certainly be little more than an empty shell without that vibrancy each and everyone of them brings to our community. I wish everyone the very best for these days ahead and hope that you and your families are all able to stay safe.

Yours sincerely

Ayesha Weston

Headteacher