Montrose School

Achieving, Caring, Aspiring

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Wigston Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire

0116 2832328

office@montrose.leicester.sch.uk

Coronavirus

Friday 3rd April

School is closed to all families during the Easter half-term and will reopen to Keyworker children on Monday 20th April. 

Please contact the Admissions team if you have evidence you are a key worker and need to find a placement for your child/ren during this period of closure.   

The Admissions team can be contacted on 0116 454 6216 / 6217 and they will help you to find a suitable school which is open. 

 

Thursday 2nd April

Dear Families,

 Following discussions with parents, governors and the Local Authority I have made the decision that Montrose will be closed for the planned 2 weeks over Easter.

 This is because the number of children of key workers due to attend, did not justify the amount of staff required to open and run the school.

 We will be open in our present restricted form on the 20th April and will be emailing parents before then so we can book children in.

 Yours sincerely,

 Andy Owens

 

Tuesday 31st March

Work is primarily being set by teachers through class dojo. There will be 2 activities set each day, which children can complete and then you can upload their work to their "portfolios". Teachers will then be able to see the work and comment back to you. 

Here is a guide of how to find the tasks and to upload a response. You can also upload other pictures of things you've been doing at home by clicking the + icon, teachers will love to see it.

Class Dojo parent upload.pdf

 

 

Monday 30th March

If you are experiencing financial hardship then the council may be ale to help. Please follow the link below for further details. 

https://news.leicester.gov.uk/news-articles/2020/march/coronavirus-council-outlines-support-to-ease-financial-hardship/

 

Friday 27th March

Dear Families,

Please support your child in completing one Maths and one English task a day. These can be from their work packs or an activity set for them on dojo.

It would be great if you could upload these 2 tasks onto Dojo so your teacher can see them. If you are one of the few parents who have not signed up yet please do so asap

Lots of these tasks are quick to do so please do any work from the following as extra's if you wish.....

- the original links we sent

- any additional links we may have sent

- any challenges or activities set on the Montrose story

 Please remember as Miss McTighe said to her class earlier in the week.....

 'Parents, don't forget that not everything needs to be done in one day.  Take you time and don't put too much pressure on yourselves.  Take this time to enjoy your children's company and explore new things with them'.

 Yours sincerely,

 Andy Owens

 

 

Monday 23rd March

School is now closed to all pupils apart from those who have parents who are keyworkers and whom have supplied employment details. 

 

Thursday 19th March 

13:55

If you think you may fall into an eligible key worker group please complete the survey below:

http://montroseschool.surveys.schooljotter2.com/surveys/page/HKBPQC

The government are yet to announce who the keyworkers are but are expected to include:  

National Health Service employees, armed forces, teachers and childcare staff, care home workers, social workers, police officers, community support/civilian staff, prison officer and other probation staff, firefighters, local authority planners, environmental health officers, highway agency traffic officers, supermarket workers, delivery drivers and infrastructure workers.

With thanks,

Mr Owens

 

13:00

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from my last update, I am writing to let you know that we have been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.

We are waiting for the government to publish more detailed information on who these key workers are.  A link will be sent to you later in the day (via text/Dojo etc.) that will take you to an online survey to allow you to pass on your details if you are a key worker.

All other children will need to stay at home from Monday so do not send them to school.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone.  We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know accordingly.

What we will continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.  Please see the following:

Children have passwords for Purple Mash, TT Rock Stars and Active Learn.  This allows learning opportunities to be continued.

Families should ensure they are signed up to Class Dojo as this is where work will be set and where children will be able to record the work they have done.

If your child is in receipt of a Free School Meals voucher we will be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide you with support from a scheme that the government has just announced as soon as we have more information. 

What we won’t be able to go ahead with

School trips

Breakfast or after-school clubs

Events

Internal exams or tests

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation.  We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via email office@montrose.leicester.sch.uk

And remember, if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Owens

 

Wednesday 18th March

Update 20:45

As you may know school will be closed for the majority of families from Monday.  Tomorrow, as we get better information on how things will look moving forward, we will let you know more.  In the meantime, breakfast club, after school club and all other after school clubs will continue as normal for the remainder of this week. Mr Owens

 

In order to increase social distancing at the beginning and end of the school day we have decided to implement the following changes.

We are doing this in order to reduce the number of children and adults coming onto the playground and going through gates at any one time.

We are also trying to reduce the number adults entering school to a minimum so please ring or email if you have a query  01162832328 or office@montrose.leicester.sch.uk rather than waiting at the Office.

 

Morning

Lunchtime

End of the day

Nursery

 

Parents may drop off at any time from 8.30 – 8.45am.

There will be a member of staff on the door to receive the children. Parents are requested not to enter the building

Children finishing at 11.30am may be collected between 11.15-11.30a.m.

Parents may collect children at any time from 2.45 – 3pm. Please wait in the playground and the children will be sent out to you by the member of staff on the door

30 hours children who go home at 12.30a.m. on a Friday only may be collected between 12.15 – 12.30a.m.

Please wait in the playground and the children will be sent out to you by the member of staff on the door

Reception

Children may be dropped off at any time from 8.30 -9am. There will be a member of staff at the door to receive the children.  Parents are requested not to enter the building

 

Parents may collect children at any time from 2.45 – 3.15pm. Please wait in the playground and the children will be sent out to you by the member of staff on the door

Year 1

Children should be dropped off at their classroom door at any time from 8.30 - 9am. There will be a member of staff at the green gate receive the children. 

 

Please collect children at 3.00pm. Please wait in the area outside the classroom and the children will be sent out to you by the member of staff on the door (if you have siblings in other years you can come at 3:10pm to allow time to collect them).

Year 2

Children should come in through the main entrance at any time from 8.30 - 9am. (like they do on a wet morning) There will be a member of staff there to receive them. 

 

Please collect children at 3.15pm. Please wait in the area outside the classroom and the children will be sent out to you by the member of staff on the door.

Years 3-6

Children should come in through the main entrance at any time from 8.30 - 9am. (like they do on a wet morning) There will be a member of staff there to receive them. 

 

Please collect children from the playground as normal.

 

Tuesday 17th March

We are carrying on as usual at Montrose with adjustments to the school day as recommended by the Department of Health including regular hand washing and by reducing large group events such as assemblies and productions.  In the meantime the Government have said that schools need to stay open. 

The Government’s latest advice re the coronavirus is, if you have the following symptoms

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

to do the following:

  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

We will continue to update you as we know more. In the meantime, please keep us informed if you need to self-isolate as we need to pass this information on to the authority.

Also please keep checking Class Dojo /Twitter/Facebook/ email for updates.

 

Monday 16th March 

Here is an update you on our current situation and approach regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus.  I wish to reassure you that we are following all appropriate advice and are continuing to take protective measures to safeguard student and staff health, including around hygiene.  Children are washing their hands often.  f this causes them to have sore hands they are allowed to bring in an alternative soap and /or hand cream.  Each day, the department for education issues up to date advice to schools, which we follow carefully.

 The UK Government has now moved to the 'delay phase' of its Coronavirus action plan.

 From Friday 13th March, people/pupils who show symptoms of the infection, however mild, are told to 'self-isolate’ for a period of 7 days.  Symptoms to consider include:

  •  A new, continuous cough and/or
  • High Temperature.

If this applies to your child please ring the Office and inform them that you are 'self isolating'.  This will NOT have a negative effect on your child's attendance and will not result in any intervention by the school's Educational Welfare Officer.

The current advice for schools is to remain open.  If this changes we will let you know via text/email/Dojo/the school website.

To minimise disruption to learning as much as possible, whilst also considering the health and safety of our students and staff, we will be putting the following action plan in place:

  • Passwords

Children have passwords for Purple Mash, TT Rock Stars and Active Learn.  This allows learning opportunities to be continued.

  • Assemblies

We are currently not holding assemblies. 

  • Productions

POSTPONED until further notice but at least until after Easter. 

  • Swimming

Cancelled from tomorrow until further notice.

  • Awards Presentations

POSTPONED until further notice but at least until after Easter. 

  • Reading Books

All children to have four books from today in their bags.

Useful websites

Twinkl is offering families a One Month Ultimate Membership free of charge.  Families can access high quality resources during any periods of disruption.  Setting this up is easy to do.  Go to twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.

BBC Bitesize website has resources for KS1 and KS2.     https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

Montrose Websitemontrose.leicester.sch.uk

Click on the Teaching and Learning tab and then curriculum overviews, this will show you what topics your child is learning in Spring term 2. 

The reason that we are taking the measures outlined above is to play our part in protecting the wider population as children pass on infections to others.  I would urge you to ensure that your child has a sense of proportion over this issue, at the same time as being committed to the behaviour changes needed over hygiene. 

 

Please see below for information on using Active Learn (bug club) to read books at home. Children have been given up-to-date log in details this week but if you have any queries about logging on please contact your class teacher through class dojo.