Update 25th March
Today marked the third day of the school closure and the beginning our Home Learning Project with the children. The teachers have been very active on Google Classroom and I’ve really enjoyed reading messages; the work set; watching teacher videos; and even some phonics lessons. I’ve also enjoyed the work and the comments from the children – some of which we’re starting to share on our blogs. Please do try to log in with your children everyday. The more time that the children spend with us, the more we will be able to do for them. Difficult though this situation is, there are positives that can come from it and spending time learning with your children is one of them. We will do everything that we can to help, and if you have other ideas of ways in which we can do that, please share them: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Key Worker Provision is up and running from 7:30 until 15:30. The demand is not high so we shall be staying with these hours for now. Because demand is low across Tower Hamlets, the Authority is looking at establishing Hubs to provide this care going forward. Lansbury Lawrence is working with the other Poplar Partnership Schools to on this basis.On Friday 3rd April, Tower Hamlets will be providing food for collection for children who are entitled to Free School Meals. Note that this is different to the Mayor’s promise and Universal Infant Free Meals so this will not be for all children. We will make sure that accurate information is sent to those who are entitled. There are still some details to work out, but I would expect my next update to include the complete plan.
I hope that you are all well and keeping yourselves safe,
Update 20th March 13:41
We can now confirm that we will be opening for Key Worker families from 7:30 on Monday 23rd March and that lunch will be provided. On Monday, we will close at 15:30, but we aim to move to a 17:30 finish by the end of the week.
To take up this provision, you will need to complete this form: Key Worker Application Form
Update 19th March 15:14
Tower Hamlets have now confirmed their locally agreed list for Key Workers: NHS staff, any emergency service, food manufacturing, food distribution, teachers, TAs, social workers, school and NHS cleaners, school caretakers, Tower Hamlets attendance officers.
The school will be open to children of these workers on Monday. We will confirm the exact timings tomorrow. If you have a particular need, please make the office aware of it and we can see what’s possible.
Update 18th March 18:04
Dear Parents and Carers,
We remain fully open tomorrow (Thursday 19th March) and Friday 20th March, however, the Government have now confirmed that we will be closed from Friday evening until further notice for most children. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff who have done the most wonderful job keeping the school running as normal with no reduction in our service. Our staff absence runs between 1 and 2 days in every 100, which is an incredibly low rate for any employer, including schools. It is a great show of their commitment to your children.
The school will remain open to the most vulnerable children and those children of Key Workers and we will be looking at extending this offer over the traditional Easter Holiday. Vulnerable children will include any children with a social worker and any children who have an EHC Plan. We will be exploring over the next two days what other children this might apply to. Key Workers has yet to be defined, but clearly must include health workers, care workers, police, armed forces, delivery drivers and now school staff who are continuing to work full time. If you would like to talk to the school about your own circumstances, please do. I’ll be talking with Tower Hamlets and can feedback views and questions as I receive them.
We will of course continue to provide home learning for your children throughout what could be a long shutdown and we are exploring what other services it is appropriate to provide. For example, our school library and food services.
We will continue to update this post as and when we find out more.
Updated: 18th March 14:01
Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, thank you all for your good wishes and support during this time. Your postivity and the positivity of your children is most welcome!
Secondly, the school remains very much open and I expect this to continue until such a time as the Government tells us differently. Some staff are off but so are many children so we are confident that we will be able to continue to keep your children safe. Some families are self-isolating for the 14 days as advised by the Government and some families are making decisions in the best interests of their families. Again, thank you, it is important that we all follow the advice to keep our community as safe as possible. We are here to support you whatever decisions you are taking.
We have a plan for a possible school closure which we are already begining to work through. The aims of our plan are:
- To be an ongoing community support for our children, their families, and our staff so that we are there for each other during this time.
- To work with our children and their parents and carers so that our children continue to learn and to flourish.
- To ensure that when the school reopens, we are in the best shape to educate our children and meet all their needs.
- To keep the business of the school running effectively.
Today you will receive a home-learning pack for your child. This was prepared last week in the event of a school closure, but we have decided to send it out today as so many children are isolating at home. Please note, school remains open tomorrow and for the known future. I have no inside information about school closure and am following the same news as everyone else!
If your child is not in school today, please call to the school office to collect your children’s packs. There are a lot of children not in school so it will really help us if you do this, we will try to deliver for those of you who are unable to collect them.