Letter to All Parents - 31.12.20

 31st December 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I do hope that you and your family have been able to enjoy the Christmas Holidays despite the Tier 4 restrictions.  It is with a feeling of great sadness that I write to you today. As you may have heard, yesterday the government announced that in order to help contain the community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), some restrictions to primary schools are required in certain areas. Hounslow is, unfortunately, one of these areas.

Oak Hill Academy will not be able to reopen to the majority of children, as planned on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

We are hoping to be able to welcome all children back to school on Monday 18th January, however, the government is keeping this date under review and I will inform you as soon as I have any further details. 

Please do also check our website https://www.oakhill-aspirations.org/ and our Oak Hill Facebook page. I will post out updates with any additional information on all these platforms.

From Tuesday 5th January 2021, Oak Hill will remain open only to provide care for the children of key workers and for vulnerable children, which includes those children who have a social worker or an Education Health Care Plan. For these children the school day will start and finish at exactly the same times as now. There will be no after school clubs but Acorns to Oaks is happy to receive key worker or vulnerable children for breakfast or after school as normal.

If you work in any of the following jobs you are classified as a key worker:

  • NHS staff
  • Police
  • Supermarket delivery drivers
  • Supermarket staff
  • Pharmacy staff
  • Fire service
  • Armed services
  • Teachers and other school staff

A full list can be found here.  

If this applies to you and you want your child to be cared for at school, please let us know by Monday 4th January 2021 at midday by emailing office@oakhill-aspirations.org stating the name(s) and class of each child. Alternatively, please call the school office from 9am on Monday on

020 8890 4560.

If your child is classed as a vulnerable child they should also continue to attend school as normal. We will contact you on Monday 4th January to make arrangements for your child to come to school.

 

For all other children whose parents are not classified as key workers or are not vulnerable children, the academy is closed until Monday 18th January. During this period, teachers will be setting appropriate work available online which must be completed by your child each day.

Daily lessons can be accessed via the Google Classroom (the same as the homework). Your Year Team Leader will be emailing you about how to log on to access this work as from Tuesday 5th January. Our expectations of all children is that they should complete all of the work set by their teachers and should aim to work from home during normal school hours. Teachers will be making phone calls home for any children not learning remotely.

Free School Meals: We are awaiting further details of how we will support our children who are entitled to Free School Meals. Further details will be made available to you in due course. If your child is entitled to free meals and will be at school in the next 2 weeks then they will continue to receive their school lunch.

Even during a period of school closure, our primary concern is the safety of our pupils. Mrs Mulhall and Mrs Cooper are fully trained Designated Safeguarding leads and will be in regular contact with families where there are specific needs. If you would like to email them please do so:

Mrs Mulhall   hmulhall@oakhill-aspirations.org

Mrs Cooper   jcooper@oakhill-aspirations.org

We would urge you to follow the latest government advice regarding the virus, which can be found here:   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

All of us at Oak Hill wish you and your families well during this very challenging time and look forward to seeing you all again later in January. 

Happy New Year to you all.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs R Saim

Principal


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