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URGENT AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM LANE END SCHOOL Thursday 21st May

Dear Parents and Carers

 

As you know, all schools have been continually reviewing when and if they can re-open to more children, in the safest way possible.  You may have seen the statement issued by Leeds City Council  (19th May) explaining how very complex this is for schools, and that each school must make the best, and most importantly, safest decision for them.

 

The council’s position is that:

“it would be impossible for all schools to operate to the Government’s timetable of opening Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from June 1st.”

 

 A full copy of this statement from Leeds City Council, and a letter specifically for Leeds parents can be found below. It helps to explain the situation schools are in and the safety risk assessments they need to carry out before making a decision for their own children and families. It tells families and schools that it completely supports decisions that each schools will have to make, understands this is very difficult, and will be different and unique for each school’s circumstances. They agree that each school needs to decide how many children can come back, and when this will be, “when they are ready.”

Lane End Governors met today and looked closely at all the challenges and safety considerations we need to consider here at Lane End.

 

It has been decided that it is not safe enough to re-open Lane End for more year groups just yet.

 

This has been an incredibly difficult, heart breaking decision to make as we all want the children back into school. But we do feel that it is the right decision at this time, as it will help our children and families stay the safest they can.

 

We are making detailed plans for how we can get children back into Lane End, and how we can make this as safe as possible, but at the moment, the risks and challenges in starting this are too high here at our school.

 

We know this is a very stressful and anxious time for parents and families, our staff included. We are reviewing the situation each and every day, and as soon as we feel it is safer for the children to start to return to Lane End, we will begin this as soon as is possible.

 

Unless things change significantly in the coming couple of weeks, we are expecting to remain closed for at least the next 3 weeks, when a further decision will be made again about re-opening. This decision will be made by school leaders and the governing body in the second week of June, and we will then let parents know what has been decided. So, school will not be re-opening to any years groups at all until 15th June at the earliest, and then further risk assessments will be made as to what is safe to do at this time. If things are felt to be safer before this time, we will, of course, change our plans.

 

We are desperately missing you all, and you are all in our thoughts constantly. We will continue to do our best to support families in any way we are able through this time.

 

Please take care of yourselves, stay safe.

 

Mrs Britton and the Lane End Team

 

Leeds City Council would also like us to share their message that:

“It is important to note that schools have been open throughout the past two months, providing education in person for vulnerable children and the children of key worker children - in addition to providing education and pastoral care to those children at home.  This has been a phenomenal task and we thank everyone involved.

We understand that this is a difficult time for parents and Leeds recognises the urgency in returning children to education.  This urgency should not overlook local level factors, nor should it be done until these points have been addressed.  Safety of staff and pupils should be at the heart of all decision making and decisions should be kept under constant review.

Dear parents and carers,

 

You will have heard the Prime Minister sharing information that the government believes the country may be in a safer position to possibly start a phased re-opening of schools from 1st June, with only with some pupils in Nursery,  Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  This is only a 'could' open at the moment - we are told to start thinking about how this might look in each school but are also told we cannot make a final decision or tell parents of any details of this until the government tells us it is still safe to do.

  

As a school we are looking forward to welcoming the children back as soon as it is safe. Staff at Lane End have devoted their lives and careers to the care and education of young people – they do not want to see classrooms empty for a day longer than they need to be. However, the first priority has to be the safety of everyone in our school community. Any decisions to start the re-opening of the school will be made alongside the full governing body who will check and approve risk assessment and any decisions made regarding the safety of pupils and staff.

  

At this moment, we are still waiting for further guidance and information from the government, the council, health and safety organisations etc so we cannot answer any questions or concerns you may have at this time.

 

In the short-term, nothing has changed and we will provide further information as soon as we have it, and have gone through the essential steps when making decisions about opening in a safe and controlled way.

 

We will keep texting parents whenever this website page is updated. 

Kind regards

The Lane End Team

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.

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Mental Well-being - Keep Talking!!!

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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.

Letter from the Leeds City Council Director of Children and Families:

 

MESSAGE TO PARENTS FROM LEEDS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DIRECTORATE

 

We understand that these are uncertain times for everyone, and whilst the schools are closed it can seem harder to find information about what this means for you.  School websites will be updated, letting you know about your own child’s school, and we will be posting up to date information on the Council website too.

 

We have received lots of enquiries about what it means to be a key worker and whether your child should be attending school from Monday 23rd March.

 

Our advice to parents is clear: Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

 

It is really important that we all work together to stop the Covid-19 virus from spreading, and children staying at home helps to do this.  For the majority of children this is the safest place to be.

 

Schools will not be able to look after large numbers of pupils safely, as their own staff will also have to follow the rules about self-isolating.

 

The final decision as to whether a child can be safely accommodated at the school rests with the Headteacher/Principal based on their risk assessment of the situation.  The Local Authority are supporting Headteachers/Principals in applying the following principles:

 

  • Schools remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
  • The majority of children will be made safer by adhering to the principle above.
  • School is open to pupils of key workers only where they would not be safe at home and the parents have no other option but for their child to be at school if they are to continue to do their jobs.

 

If your child has an Education Health Care Plan or a social worker, the decision as to whether they should attend school will be made in consultation with the Headteacher, parents and social workers. If your child can be looked after at home safely, then they should be. Staffing levels may not be high enough for all children to attend.

 

Headteachers and education staff are playing a crucial part in the national Covid-19 strategy. We would like to thank them for doing all they can to keep our city functioning at this difficult time and in supporting parents to play their vital role in the effort. 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Saleem Tariq

Director of Children and Families

Information from the School Well Being Team.

As you will know from the news and Prime Minister's announcement yesterday last week, school are now closed until further notice. 

Families are children entitled to free school meals have been contacted directly about how to access lunch bags.

We are waiting for further information from Leeds City Council about what will happen as the days and weeks continue with free school meal provision and further support and child care provision for key workers. As soon as we now more, we will let you know.

 

Please all take care.

Home Learning Activities 

 

Home learning packs will only be sent home by school in the event that we are advised to close by the DfE or Public Health England.

 

If you are choosing to self-isolate please go to your child’s class pages on this school website -  to see the current learning focus.

 

Year group spellings can be accessed through the home learning link at the bottom of each class page.

 

Pupils can access both TT rock stars and Mathletics from home using their personal login details.

 

Parents can join https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ FOR FREE. Please click on the guide below which shows you how to access the right book for your child using the Oxford Owl website.

 

This site provides access to ebooks to read online and there are also maths games for different ages.

 

Other useful pages…

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary for different topics.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button  Maths games to practice mental recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ Maths games, access to the wider curriculum, cbeebies stories,

poetry zone – to write your own poem.

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm   (for Y1 and Y2 pupils) access to some free games.

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