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Delayed School Opening

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope that you have all had a healthy and restful Christmas break.

 

I’m sure that many of you were surprised to hear that Harrow Primary Schools were omitted from the list of Local Authorities who will be remaining closed to the majority of children next week.

 

Over the last few days, I have been working closely with our school governors and the Local Authority to review this decision in light of the data concerning the high number of positive cases of coronavirus in the London Borough of Harrow.

 

I can now confirm that we have taken the decision (supported by our Local MP, Public Health Harrow and the Local Authority) to move to remote learning from Monday 4th January.  This is likely to be in place until at least Monday 18th January although the position will be reviewed regularly in light of the changing situation. 

 

The children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children

As was the case in the first period of lockdown, Cannon Lane School will remain open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children (from 8.30am-3.30pm). Please see the link below for a revised list of critical workers:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

This service is only for those who have no alternative and who meet the definitions above.  If it is at all possible for children to stay at home, then they should do.

 

If you believe that you meet this criteria and have no alternative but to send your child into school next week, please contact the school office by email to request this (as soon as possible).  You may be required to provide evidence that you are a critical worker.

 

Remote Learning

Class teachers will be providing remote learning from Monday 4th January via Google Classroom.  The aim is to offer one face to face session each day.  During this session, the teacher will meet with the class and outline the learning intentions for the day ahead.  This will provide an opportunity for the teacher to answer any questions, provide explanations where required and address any misconceptions.  In most cases this session will be first thing in the morning (your teacher will provide more information of start times etc by email or on Google Classroom).  

 

Following the daily video session, class teachers will be available to children via Google Classroom during the normal school hours (generally between 8.30am and 3.30pm).  There will be the opportunity for children to ask any questions, upload their learning and teachers will be able to respond to this and provide feedback.

 

Please be patient with us.  We have worked hard over the last few months to prepare for this eventuality but inevitably it may take a day or two to settle into the routine of remote learning.  Please be supportive of class teachers.  Many of them may be required to come into school to support the children of critical workers from time to time. 

 

Free School Meals

If your child is in receipt of free school meals, we will arrange for a voucher to be sent to you as soon as possible.

 

The school office

The school office will be open during this lockdown period.  If you have any general queries, please email office@cannonlane.harrow.sch.uk .   If there is anything at all that we can do to help you during this time, please ask!

 

We will continue to review the situation and are committed to getting all children back into school as soon as it is safe to do so.
 

I will do my best to keep you updated.

 

Best wishes and a Happy New Year,

 

Mr Phillips

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