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School Updates  - Tuesday 12th January 2021

 

 

We hope you are all well and coping with again with the lockdown. Please continue to do as you have been doing, and contact school if there is anything you think we may be able to support or help with. We will always do our best to help. Text, ring or send a message to parents@laneendprimary.org.uk and we will get back in touch with you as soon as we can.

 

Home learning and contacting teachers:

 

Hopefully you have all managed to access the home learning tasks on the school website. Staff will be ringing families each week, to check in with how they are getting on and to give any support that you might need. A previous email gave more information as to where to find the daily learning tasks for your children on the website.

 

Basically head for the 'Classes' tab - then 'Class pages' - then click the class that your child is in, for example 'Aspen Class 2a'. The daily learning tasks are then to be found at the top of that page - by clicking on the purple swirl.  Don't worry if you get a day behind - but please try to complete the daily tasks in order, rather than missing one out as some of the learning tasks build on day by day.

 

We are working hard at the moment, with the school's IT system and technicians, to build more features and options into the daily and weekly home learning. We are hoping to be able to include weekly face to face check ins, so that your child can have a virtual chat session with their teacher. We are also trying to build in even more tasks that your child will be able to complete and then click to send straight back to the teachers too. As soon as these are set up and working, we will let you know, and give you more information in how to access and use them. 

 

We know how challenging it may be to complete remote and home learning at this time - especially when many families have more than one child to support with learning, sharing devices, much younger children to look after, you may be working from home yourselves too - as well as doing all the other things running a family involves! So please do it in a way that suits you and your family context. Lots of families find doing tasks in small, manageable chunks is the best way to get things done, and works best for children's attention levels in the home, as well as fitting around other family demands. 

 

If you want to chat to your child's teacher about ways you can manage home learning, please don't hesitate to get in touch. If you child is reluctant to engage with any learning tasks for you, and you would like a teacher to give them a call and see what the problem might be - let us know!

The best way to get a message to your child's teacher is via the year group emails:

 

nursery@laneendprimary.org.uk

reception@laneendprimary.org.uk

year1@laneendprimary.org.uk

year2@laneendprimary.org.uk

year3@laneendprimary.org.uk

year4@laneendprimary.org.uk

year5@laneendprimary.org.uk

year6@laneendprimary.org.uk 

 

 

Reading books - unfortunately, with the current lockdown situation we are unable to give out or swap any reading books. Teachers will be trying hard to build in phonics and reading activities into the daily learning tasks, and give ideas and options for parents to guide their children to, for reading practice and opportunities. 

 

Devices - thank you to those families that completed the form, letting us know if you needed extra help with remote learning access at home. We have currently loaned out all the laptops we were given. For those of you that enquired about extra data allowances - we have sent your details off to the Department of Education and we hope they will contact you directly soon, if that is something they can support you with.

If you need extra paper, pencils to complete home tasks etc - please contact the teachers on the email above, or by ringing or texting, so we can help out. If you cannot access the learning online at all at the moment, please let the teachers know that also, and we will try to support with alternative learning activities for you. 

 

Free school school hampers

For children that are entitled to free school meals, a weekly hamper with lunch ingredients will be dropped off at your home each week. Schools have been told to provide hampers rather than vouchers where possible. To support you, and to minimise families having to leave their homes, we will drop these off rather than you needing to collect them. A text will be sent out on the day we are out on our deliveries to you. 

 

Changing of training days

We are all desperately hoping that the situation both nationally and locally gets better soon, and that schools will be able to fully re-open after the half term break in February. We had planned to have 2 training days after the half term break, but have decided not to have these as training days now. We are hoping that we will, instead, be able to welcome all the children back in! So, school breaks up for the half term and is closed Monday 15th February until Friday 19th February. School will then be open on Monday 22nd February. So Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd February are not school training days as previously planned. Lets hope the situation is safe enough by then that the government can say that all children can come back to school!

Instead, we will have these 2 training days on Monday 26th July and Tuesday 27th July 2021. School will close for the summer break on Friday 23rd July 2021. 

 

Take care 

Mrs Britton and the Lane End Team

UPDATE - 5th January 2021 - Remote Learning

 

 

URGENT INFORMATION

 

Following the Prime Minister's announcement tonight, Lane End will be closed from tomorrow onwards (Tuesday 5th January).

This applies to all children, in all year groups and classes.

Further details and information will follow tomorrow, via email, and on class pages of the website, as to the remote/home learning programme for your child.

If you are wanting to request a Critical Worker place for your child - please complete the form, as explained in the earlier email today, and details are below. Please do this by 1pm on Tuesday 5th January, so that we are able to see the demand for places, and how many we are able to offer, depending on our staffing capacity. Patents will be contacted later tomorrow, as to the outcome of this process.

We know this is a very stressful and challenging time for parents once again - please be patient with us if you are waiting for contact, or have asked a question via email, text or left a voice message. We will get back to you as soon as we can, and when we have been able to put systems in place.

 

Take care

 

Preparing for sudden school closure and critical workers children

Monday 4th January 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you have all enjoyed a safe and restful Christmas break. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year in the hope that 2021 will bring us a return to some normality.

 

Potential school closure

 

As you are aware, all secondaries and some primary schools have been directed to close by the Government (mainly in the South of England at the moment) for the next two weeks. Some primary schools in other areas are also finding themselves unable to open, as reduced staffing issues has meant that they cannot safely open to either certain year group bubbles, and in some cases, to close the whole school.

 

Today, Lane End were in the position that we were able to open, but things are changing all the time and there is always the possibility that we might face a situation where we cannot safely open.  Staffing levels may fall too low or the government change their position and we are directed to close, as we were in March last year.

 

If either of these situations happen, it is likely to be at very short notice. We are planning to be as prepared for this happening as we can, and so would like to ask you to provide us with information – specifically if you would be classed as a critical worker.

 

Please read the letter below, which contains more information about what to do, and has links to an online Critical Worker place application form.

Information for families - Christmas Break 2020

 

Please see the letter below for information about contacting school should your child have a positive COVID test result over the start of the Christmas break.

 

A message from Sal Tariq, Director of Children and Families & Councillor Jonathan Pryor

 

We would like to take this opportunity to further reinforce some important guidelines that should be adhered to across all educational settings in Leeds.

 

Please ensure that you maintain social distancing from others when dropping off and collecting your child from school. Please follow any guidance issued by your child’s school to help with this e.g. only one adult per family should enter school grounds to drop off or collect.

 

• We recommend that all parents/carers entering the school premises (and in other congested areas around school premises) wear a face covering in addition to social distancing. This an extra safeguard to reduce the transmission of the virus. Please note that this does not apply to those who are medically exempt.


• You must keep at least two metres apart from other parents/carers at all times. Where you are unable to do so, wear a face covering.


Messages for you to talk to your children about:


• Ask your child to limit the number of people they walk to/from school with.
• Please remind your child that the school ‘bubbles’ do not apply outside of school so they should avoid mixing with friends outside of school, even if they are in the same ‘bubble’ at school.


If you are self-isolating:


• Please ensure that if you, or a member of your family, has tested positive for Covid-19 that you and your household follow the self-isolation guidelines
• Please do not send you child to school if he/she has covid-19 symptoms or if they have been asked to self-isolate.


Thank you for all you do to support your child and others in the school community. By continuing to work together in co-operation with our schools and settings, we have a greater chance of reducing infection rates and increasing the stability and consistency of education for our young people.

A message from Saleem Tariq, Director of Children and Families to all parents and carers

Tuesday 8th September

 

Changes to the dropping off and collection system have been made following Monday's 'trial run' and the details have been altered below. There will always be staff outside to help and support you too. 

 

Grown ups - please wear a mask when entering the school site, unless you medically cannot.

Please stay distanced in the playground whenever you can.

 

Thank you for your support and help today - the children had a great day in school!

Monday 7th September

 

We are so excited to be welcoming the children back to school on Monday! All the details of what will happen on Monday are lower down on this page. 

We know it looks complicated but we have tried to make it the quickest and safest way to get all the children into our building.

We have to make sure that the children stay in class or year group bubbles at all times - this means they can't be in the corridors or shared spaces at the same time.

 

That is why different year groups are going into different doors and entrances at different times.

It is tricky at Lane End, as we don't have lots of entrance gates and the few we have are very close together - but we know with your help and support, we will make it work.

 

Please try to keep yourselves socially distanced from other parents and families as you wait for your child to go into school, or when you collect them. As we only have one way into school - there will be lots of people on that road outside school, you may want to wear a face masks yourselves too, as you wait.

 

We have tried to keep the staggered start times as close together as we can, to help out parents with children in different year groups.

 

Key information:

 

  • Children will stay in class and year group bubbles - in the classrooms, corridors, playground and hall.
  • Children will go into school, and leave school, in these bubbles.
  • Parents are not to come into the school site unless visiting the main office.
  • There will be LOTS of handwashing!
  • Children do not need to wear face masks at school.
  • If your child is unwell at all, they should not come into school. 
  • If a child becomes unwell at school, we will contact you to collect them. They will be looked after in the school family room or medical room with a member of staff until you arrive.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all next week

The Lane End Team

 

 

 

Story for your child about how we will come into school on the first day back.

A message from Saleem Tariq, Director of Children and Families to all parents and carers

 

Below is a letter from Leeds City Council, and includes information about most schools needing to stagger start and finish times.

 

All schools will need to consider this in context of their own school building, entrances and numbers of pupils. Each school will have a slightly differing ways of how they can make this happen safely.

 

We know this means that families with children in different year groups may have slightly differing times to drop off and collect. Unfortunately, as we have over 100 family groups in school, we cannot make any changes to this system, or let differing year group siblings in together. We will just try to be as efficient, with parents help, to make the system as quick for you as possible.

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN SCHOOLS REOPEN IN SEPTEMBER?

 

We will be able to ask all children, in all year groups, to start school again in September (HURRAY!)

When does school re-open?

School open for year groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 on Monday 7th September. Nursery and Reception parents will be contacted separately about their start dates.

 

What do children need to wear and bring to school?

Children will need to be back in full school uniform.

  • Children will need to bring in their own filled water bottle each day to school. Please can you make sure it has their name on, and it will be returned each day for you to clean and refill to bring back to school the next day.
  • On PE days, children in Year 1 upwards will be asked to come to school, already wearing PE kit. This needs to be an outdoor PE kit, so the children will need to be wearing jogging bottoms and jogging style top, plain t-shirt, socks and trainers.
  • There will be no need for the children to come in PE kit on any day in the first full week of school. PE lessons, and the need to come in PE kit to school, will start from Monday 14th and class teachers will tell children, and post on class webpages, what day you need to send your children in PE kit.

 

How will school life be organised for the children?

 

Children will be in year group or class bubbles. This means that they will stay with their classmates throughout the school day – and movement is limited around school. 

 

  • In the classrooms – learning will be organised so that children are sat are safe distances and movement around school will be minimised. This will vary depending on the age of the children, so for example classes won’t have ‘carpet’ times in the same way as before, but rather will be sat in their own work places to listen to stories, teaching input etc. There will be lots of times built in for handwashing and cleaning the classrooms or work spaces all throughout the day too.
  • At playtimes and lunchtimes, the children will stay in their ‘bubbles’. The playground has been zoned so that children have a designated area to play with their classmates. In the hall at lunchtime, children will be sat in lunch bubble zones – again, staying with their classmates. Cooked dinners will be brought to their tables -again to minimise movements and interactions around the hall.
  • Lunch choices will be limited for the Autumn term – the menus will be put on the website as usual. The main change is that there will only be 2 cooked choices, one always being a jacket potato, topping and salad/vegetable option. We will let you know in September the best way for the children to choose their dinner choice, but rest assured, the children will get the option from the 2 choices they would like right from the first day back before the new choosing system is in place! You can still, of course, send your child with a packed lunch each day instead.

 

What will drop off times look like?

 

After our very busy (and wet!) trial run on Monday morning, we have since found out from Health and Safety that parents can come on site as long as they are wearing masks. So, from Tuesday 8th September, if you are a Rec, Y1, Y2, Y3 or Y4 parent, you will be allowed to come on the school site - at the times below - and drop your child/children off with their class teachers. 

 

Grown ups - please can you wear a mask if you are on the school site, and maintain social distance from one another. Staff will be asked to keep a social distance from parents and carers too.

 

 

 

  • There will be 2 different starting times, where children will be brought into school.
  • Please do not arrive any earlier than this, and you will need wait behind the barriers in the playground, or for Years 5 and 6, near the main car park gates and school office gate before the children are asked to come forward and line up at their class point, or enter the classrooms.
  • We know this is going to be tricky, given the number of children and parents that come to a school each day, but we would ask you to try to remain socially distanced between yourselves when waiting beyond these barriers too.
  • Please stay with your children until they have been called forward to line up as we can only take responsibility for the children when they are in register lines or have gone into classes.

 

What do the children need to do?

 

Staff will be outside supporting this new system, from 8:40 onwards, and to help to show the children where they need to be.

 

What do children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 do?

 

At 8:45 children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be called forward and asked to line up at designated points, nearer to school entrances. Staff will guide the children to where they need to be. Parents will need to stay behind the barriers. The staff will then take the children inside school.

 

 

What do children in Years 1 and 2 do?

 

At 9:00 children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 will be called forward and asked to line up at designated points, near their classroom doors. Staff will guide the children to where they need to be. Parents will need to stay behind the barriers.

What happens if I have children in different year groups or starting times?

 

We appreciate that lots of families will have brothers and sisters in different year groups, and some may be starting at the 2 different start times. Having 2 start times is the safest way to admit our large numbers of pupils, and with the number of school entrances we have into school at this time. We know you will understand and be patient with us during these highly unusual times! We will try to be as quick as we can getting the children in, will keep reviewing any health and safety guidance we get, and will make any changes we are directed to make.

 

What do children in Nursery and Reception do?

 

Children new to our Reception classes will be dropped off at school at 9:00, at the first main entrance. Miss Miles, EYFS lead, will be giving these parents information as to how this will look in their first few weeks.

 

Children attending Nursery – if your child attends a morning session, the times have had to slightly change. You will need to arrive at the first main gate entrance at the earlier time of 8:30am (no later please) and staff will be there to support you dropping off your child. At 11:30, the Nursery staff will bring all the children out and hand them over to the parent or carer who is collecting them.

If your child attends an afternoon session, they will need to arrive at the first main gate entrance (nearest the bike sheds) at 12:30 (no earlier or later please). Nursery staff will then come out to collect your children all together. At 3:30, the Nursery staff will bring the children back to this gate, and let the children leave with their parent/carer who is collecting them.

 

If you arrive late, what will happen?

 

It is really important that your child is in these lines at this time as if they arrive late, you will have to wait with them until all other children have been admitted into school, and then wait until a member of your child’s class bubble is available to collect them from the gate. This may take some time. This will be the same at the end of the day also.

 

What will happen at home time/collection times?

 

We need to make sure that all children are safely handed over to the parent/carer collecting them.

 

How do I collect a Year 3, 4, 5 or 6 child?

 

At 3:00 the children in Years 5 and 6 will be brought back to the main entrance gates - near the car park gate and school office doors.

Year 4 will be brought out of school near the stage in the playground (outside Year 1) and the Year 3 will be leaving school near their classrooms. 

Parents will be asked collect their children from these points. 

 

 

How do I collect a Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 child?

 

At 3:15, and only once the area is clear, children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will follow the same safe handing over/collection system as above.

 

  • Children will be leaving school from their classroom doors and handed over to parents and carers that will be waiting beyond the barriers or fences.

Parents – please look out for class signs to help you at drop off and collection times.

 

It does look VERY complicated – but we promise we will all work together to make it work as safely and quickly as we can.

 

 

Drop off time

Collection time

Year 6

8.45

3:00

Year 5

8.45

3:00

Year 4

8.45

3:00

Year 3

8.45

3:00

Year 2

9:00

3:15

Year 1

9:00

3:15

Reception

9:00

3:15

Nursery - mornings

8:30

11:30

Nursery - afternoons

12:30

3:30

 

What happens if I need to speak to a member of staff?

 

As parents and carers will not be coming onto the school site, if you wish to speak to a member of staff, or pass a message on, we need to ask you to phone call the school office, or send the school a text message, asking someone to contact you back as soon as they can.

Please be mindful that staff won’t have any time to call or chat at the start of the school day as now, sadly, as we will all be focused on getting the children safely and quickly into school, and to start lessons.

We cannot admit lots of parents to the school office either, as this would not support safe social distancing. Please ring the office with any questions or queries you have first, and they will advise you on what to do next.

Again, this is very different to how we normally work, but know you will support us in this.

Please, please be patient with us – this is new and complicated for everyone.

 

Will there be after school activity clubs running?

 

There will be no after school clubs offered to the children in the Autumn term.

 

Will swimming lessons be on for Year 4?

 

Further information about this will be given to the Year 4 children in September. We are still waiting for guidance from the Sports Centre.

A Message from the Local Cluster Team for all families in South Leeds

 

We are aware that for many of our pupils and their families the summer break will come on top of an already prolonged period of being off school in restricted and difficult circumstances. During the summer break if you are looking for activities there is a range of useful information on the Breeze website.

 

If you are experiencing difficulties, need advice or support, information is available on the LSCP website, www.leedsscp.org.uk or you can contact your local Early Help Hub on southearlyhelp@leeds.gov.uk tel: 0113 53 50185, or your local JESS Cluster ( https://jesscluster.org/ )

Targeted Service Leader or Targeted Service Manager, Lucy Metcalfe (TSL) at Lucy.metcalfe@leeds.gov.uk or Sam Stewart (TSM) at Sam.stewart@jesscluster.co.uk who can either provide information or signpost to useful supports.

Letter from Leeds City Council to Parents (July 2020)

 

Please see below the link for a  Letter for all parents from Saleem Tariq, Director of Children and Families.

Online Safety Advice for Parents

 

Below is a link to an information sheet for parents with advice on  keeping your children safe online during the pandemic,  which has been sent to us by Leeds City Council for sharing with you.

Applying for Universal Credit and Free School Meals 

 

During the current situation, we are aware that the financial situation of some of our families may have significantly changed.

 

Parents may now be unemployed and be in the process of applying for universal credit.

 

Parents who make a new claim for universal credit can apply for free school meals by completing the online form on the LCC website: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/council-tax-and-benefits/free-school-meals

 

Entitlement for free school meals is based on a successful universal credit award (with net earnings under £7,400 pa).  

 

If you are awaiting a decision in regards to claiming universal credit, please contact school who may be able to help in the interim by providing a daily packed lunch meal for your child. Please email school on enquiries@laneendprimary.org.uk rather than trying to phone the school. 

 

Parents without access to a computer can contact school for support. Please text 07562 439840 and someone from the school Pastoral Team will give you a call back. Please include your child's name in the text too. 

 

Parents can also request further support with food by contacting the Council’s Local Welfare Support scheme telephone ‪0113 376 0330‬.

Mental Well-being - Keep Talking!!!

Kooth - Free online counselling for young people

Houseparty App - Know the risks for your children!

 

5 Top Tips for Parents and Carers

 

  1. Encourage young people to only chat with people they know in real life and to use private mode (this locks all rooms they are in).
  2. Make sure young people ‘lock their room’ to prevent uninvited guests from joining.
  3. Try using Houseparty together to get an idea of how it works – you might even enjoy it.
  4. Encourage kindness and respect online – to help create a safer internet for everyone.
  5. Make sure young people understand the risks of image sharing and screenshots online.

Information from the School Well Being Team

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