Contact Us

Lichfield Down, Walnut Tree,
Milton Keynes,
MK7 7BW

Email:
heronsgate@mket.org.uk

Telephone:
01908 550811

Dear Parents/Carers

COVID-19: Update 5

Thank you for the many messages of support and positive feedback on our efforts to keep you informed of events nationally and our plans to ensure your children continue to receive the best education possible at this difficult time. They are very much appreciated.

Online Learning

As we are all in uncharted territory, constructive feedback is always welcome as we work together to develop different ways of working. In a worse-case scenario, schools may not reopen until September and therefore over time teachers will develop their skills at delivering learning remotely.

Whilst Showbie has not experienced any problems today, we are aware some other online learning portals have due to increased demand resulting in children sometimes having difficulties with log in. Any children who experience a problem with an online platform should try again later. These companies are increasing their server capacity so in time this should be resolved. If you are experiencing ongoing problems please email the school rather than phoning.

Children are not expected to sit and work from 8.40am until 3.20pm. As parents in these unprecedented times please arrange your child’s home learning to suit your own family circumstances. We will continue to send you ideas to keep your children busy.

Please don’t forget to do other activities together for example:

  • go for a walk
  • read books & tell stories
  • cook & bake
  • garden
  • listen to music, sing, dance
  • play games

And teach all of the other life skills which sometimes get missed in our busy working lives.

This morning the Government eventually issued the guidance on providing childcare for key workers. The guidance is very clear that this provision is only for those whose role is considered essential and who are unable to make their own childcare arrangements as well as those children considered vulnerable.

The Government’s full guidance can be found on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

If you believe your occupation falls into one of the categories above, your role is critical to the COVID-19 response, and there is absolutely no one else that can be with your child(ren) please email the school on heronsgate@mket.org.uk, putting KEYWORKER in the subject box. If you require wraparound care please state before/after or both before the end of the day today 20/03/2020.

Only parents of children who have contacted the school and have received confirmation of a place, may send their child(ren) to school on Monday.

Our aim is to provide childcare weekdays during normal school hours. If you require any form of additional care (7.30am to 8.40am and/or 3.20 to 6pm) please don’t forget to inform the school.

Only children who are well should attend school and we reserve the right to take a student’s temperature at the beginning of the day or at any point during the day. Any child with a raised temperature will be sent home.

We will obviously be expecting children to be on their best behaviour whilst at school, our current behaviour policy will remain in place.

If you have already applied for a place on this basis we are processing them now and will advise you if you meet the criteria and we can provide childcare for you.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Kind regards

Jane Edwards

Headteacher