20th January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you are all well and keeping safe in these difficult times. I am writing to you to update you on the current school closure.
As of Tuesday 5th January, following guidance from the Government - Forest Park is closed for onsite attendance for pupils except for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. Nursery is open to all nursery pupils. All pupils at home are now being provided with remote education until at least February half term.
This isn’t how we had hoped to begin the New Year, but we understand that it is necessary to protect everyone and prevent the NHS being overwhelmed. The good news is that it isn’t like the first lockdown – we are better prepared for remote learning and communication will be better, particularly as we move towards also using e mails to contact our families.
Over the past few weeks, we have been doing our very best to ensure your children are supported as much as possible, that they have the structure of a school day at home, and that their education is of high quality. It is critical for us all to work together to ensure children engage with remote education. A key message we must give the children is that home learning is not optional - it is expected… every day! We know that there will be days when home learning doesn’t quite happen, but the message to the children should always be that ‘today is a school day’. Learning is just as important as it has ever been, even though, for many pupils, it is now taking place in their own homes.
All children are expected to complete the remote learning on a daily basis which is provided through the Google Sites (EYFS, Y1, Y2 and Y3) and Google Classroom (Y4.Y5 and Y6).
It is essential that you do keep in touch with your child’s teacher, so please do read their emails, answer their calls and upload any work as requested.
We have been instructed by the Government to be very clear that there is an expectation and a legal requirement for children to be accessing an education whether at school or at home and so we will be contacting/referring families who have not engaged regularly with their remote learning offer. If you have any difficulties accessing remote learning please contact your child’s teacher immediately via the year group email.
We look forward to your continued support,
Miss S.L. Irving