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All communication sent to parents regarding the current situation re: COVID-19 can be found on this page.

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4.1.21 2100hrs

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the Prime Ministers address tonight, we have been instructed to again close our school (apart from vulnerable and critical worker children) until February half term.

Like you, we had no prior knowledge of this decision, we are hoping that you will be able to support us in taking action tomorrow, to prepare for a sustained period of remote learning.

Pupils should not attend Normanby primary School tomorrow, 5.1.21, except in exceptional circumstances.

We ask that you only bring your child to school if you are a critical worker and have no other option for childcare. This is because all staff will be involved in preparing resources for remote learning activities.

For critical workers children, who do attend and have a prior booking, Sunshine Club will be open as usual from 8am and will close at 5pm. Lunch will also be provided as per normal arrangements.

For children who do attend, the normal entrances, exits and timings should be followed. All adults must wear a mask when on the school site. By taking this unusual action, we will have time to organise critical worker and vulnerable group bubbles.  This provision will be more complicated than last year, as we have expanded our remote learning offer to encompass daily remote teaching.

You must register with school as a critical worker, if you intend to use this provision from Wednesday.

Earlier today we sent you an email asking you to fill out a Survey Monkey link to register your eligibility as a critical worker. It is now urgent that you respond to this survey, so we can plan our staffing. If, from Wednesday, children arrive at school, without their eligibility being confirmed the school may not have sufficient staff on site to safeguard or teach them.

We will be in touch with everyone who has registered for a critical worker place tomorrow, before 5pm, and separately to those who are vulnerable tomorrow afternoon, with information regarding plans on Wednesday 6th January. 

Remote learning will be planned tomorrow by teachers and support staff in school and will be provided for Wednesday for all pupils.

We have no further information on Free school meals provision at this time.

As usual, if you have any immediate safeguarding concerns please contact me at school.

Thank you again for you continued support; we are so sad this has happened again. This is not the start to the year we had hoped for, but our staff will do all they can to make sure your child remains connected to our school and continues to progress educationally. This will be a challenge, but one we are committed to. 

Please contact us with any general questions you may have by contacting the office via email: office@normaby.org.uk  We will aim to respond on the same day when possible.

Kind regards

Mrs Kathryn Pentney

Head of School

Mr Carl Faulkner

Executive Head Teacher

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LETTER SENT OUT TO PARENTS AND CARERS – 4th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I apologise that I am writing to you at such short notice, given that the start of the new school term is tomorrow. I also apologise that within the Trust we are currently unable to give the certainty of a definitive plan for your child’s education this term. However, I think it is important to openly share the current situation within Ironstone Academy Trust, and your child’s individual school with you. I will work with your child’s head teacher, or Head of School, and send a further letter on Monday to confirm our plans for the rest of the week.

Details of school opening on Monday 4 1 2021

Most importantly, we need to let you know that at Normanby Primary School we will be closed for both morning and afternoon Nursery sessions and both morning and afternoon 2-Year-old sessions in our Sunflowers on Monday. If your child is in Nursery or 2-year-old setting they should therefore not attend.

We will be open for both Reception classes and all classes from Year 1 to Year 6.  

The use of Sunshine club is permitted only if you are accessing it for childcare purposes due to work.  

Why have we made this decision to write to you today, on the last day of the holiday?

On Wednesday 30 December the government announced that primary schools in some Tier 4 areas would be instructed to undertake online learning with their children for the first two weeks of this term. Although a Tier 4 area, Redcar and Cleveland was not mentioned in this list.

On Friday the 1st January, the DfE updated their guidance, following health concerns raised by some local councils, to include more Tier 4 areas. The latest version of the “Contingency Framework” can be viewed on the DFE website.

On Saturday the 2nd January a number of leadership and teacher Unions shared their concerns with both the government and their members and questioned why primary schools in some Tier 4 areas were being instructed to undertake at least two weeks of remote learning and others were being instructed to start in person learning from Monday 4th January.  Once again, their views can be found on their respective websites.

As of Sunday, 3rd January my understanding is that guidance has not changed. On Saturday we wrote to all staff asking as to their intentions. Some Ironstone staff have decided not to attend school in person due to health and safety concerns. This is their legal right as employees. Their decision has been shared with Trustees, and they understand and respect their decision. This has led to a situation where, at some of our schools some classes might be in school learning in person and some classes learning remotely at home. Additionally, like all areas of society we have staff who existing medical conditions who have been advised not to attend. We also have pregnant staff who have been individually advised not to attend school, and work from home. We also have staff who are required to stay at home due to ‘Track and Trace’ notifications.

Our Head teachers will liaise daily to review the situation, and update Trustees as the situation or advice given to us develops.

For clarification at this point I would make clear both the DfE and the Unions are only proposing this action initially covers the first two weeks of term. During this time Trustees have asked we will show the same understanding for any families who choose to keep their children home for remote learning during this time period.

The staff and Trustees at Ironstone support the DfE’s view that consistency of learning is important for children, and we recognise that the relationships and routines associated with school’s support to children’s wellbeing. Any potential changes to our plans are not linked to unsafe practices at Ironstone, concerns being raised are due to the rise in numbers of positive cases both locally and nationally. The Trust already has more advanced risk mitigation measures than many other schools, with for example staff routinely wearing visors and/or masks in classrooms.

Despite everyone’s best efforts there may be periods of remote learning ahead of us during this term. We will do everything we can to safeguard the health of your child and every member of the school community, and to communicate in as clearly and timely a manner as possible.

Yours Sincerely

Carl Faulkner

CEO Ironstone Academy Trust

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LETTER SENT OUT TO PARENTS AND CARERS – 26th SEPTEMBER 2020

Dear Parents and Carers 

On the morning of Friday 25th September, I wrote to all parents regarding a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) within our Year 5 bubble at Normanby Primary School. Later that evening I was subsequently made aware of a second positive case, this time in Year 1. The individuals concerned have had no contact in school, and no links out of school.  

In order to respect the confidentiality of the individuals concerned in either Year group, we will not disclose who has tested as positive, but I can confirm we have already informed all of the individuals, both pupils and staff, who should now isolate from both year groups. 

We had previously written to all the families of children who have not had direct contact: these children should attend the school as normal on Tuesday 29th September.  

Now that we have contacted all the families involved personally, we have made copies of both of these letters available in the documents section of this page. This event highlights the importance of ensuring we have your correct contact details on file.  

The children in Year 5 and Year 1 will receive remote support for their learning from Tuesday 29th of September. A separate message is being sent to these families, to remind them of how to access Seesaw and Microsoft Teams. These are the two platforms that we are using to share work with our pupils.  

The families of the children who are in receipt of a ‘Free School Meal’ will receive a hamper of food on Wednesday afternoon, as they will not be able to attend school for lunches at this time. They will be contacted individually by the school office to arrange this.  

Additionally, a professional cleaning company attended the  school on the evening of the 25th, to undertake a ‘deep clean’ of the affected areas. This will now be repeated for the Year 1 areas of school.  

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is going to affect daily life, as the government, schools and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the pandemic, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. 

Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react immediately, while others may show signs of difficulty later on. 

How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Adverse reactions may include worrying about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping or physical symptoms such as stomach ache. 

During this time, it’s important that you support and take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and additional support is available if you need it. 

Guidance on how to support your child at this time, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak 

Should you have further questions, you can contact the school by email: office@normanby.org.uk 

Yours Sincerely 

Carl Faulkner 

Executive Head teacher 

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LETTER SENT OUT TO PARENTS AND CARERS – 25th SEPTEMBER 2020

Dear Parents and Carers 

On the morning of Friday 25th September, I wrote to all parents regarding a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) within our Year 5 bubble at Normanby Primary School.  

In order to respect the confidentiality of the individual concerned we will not disclose who has tested as positive, but I can confirm we have already informed all of the individuals, both pupils and staff, who should now isolate.  

We have also written to all the families of children who have not had direct contact: these children should attend the school as normal on Tuesday 29th September.  

Now that we have contacted all the families involved personally, we have made copies of both of these letters available in the documents section of this page. This event highlights the importance of ensuring we have your correct contact details on file.  

The children in Year 5 will receive remote support for their learning from Tuesday 29th of September. A separate message is being sent to these families, to remind them of how to access Seesaw and Microsoft Teams. These are the two platforms that we are using to share work with our pupils.  

The families of the children who are in receipt of a ‘Free School Meal’ will receive a hamper of food on Wednesday afternoon, as they will not be able to attend school for lunches at this time. They will be contacted individually by the school office to arrange this.  

Additionally, a professional cleaning company are attending school on the evening of the 25th, to undertake a ‘deep clean’ of the affected areas.  

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is going to affect daily life, as the government, schools and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the pandemic, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. 

Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react immediately, while others may show signs of difficulty later on. 

How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Adverse reactions may include worrying about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping or physical symptoms such as stomach ache. 

During this time, it’s important that you support and take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and additional support is available if you need it. 

Guidance on how to support your child at this time, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak 

Should you have further questions, you can contact the school by email: office@normanby.org.uk 

Yours Sincerely 

Carl Faulkner 

Executive Head teacher 

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