- Tips in general for home-schooling
- General Safeguarding reminders
- Brief tour around Google Classroom and Meet.
- Representatives from Primary and Secondary on the panel for Q&A
Monday 4th January 2021
I hope you are all well and have had a lovely holiday with your children.
As you will now be aware, the government announced tonight that schools will close from tomorrow and everyone wherever possible needs to stay at home.
School will only be open for children of critical workers if they are unable to be cared for at home and our children from vulnerable families.
If you fall into the critical worker category, then please complete the attached form and email as soon as possible to the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The list of ‘critical workers’ was updated on 31/12/20 and can be found on the government website www.gov.uk. The list of workers includes:
- Health and Social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services
- Local and National government
- Food and other necessary goods
- Public safety and national security
- Transport and border
- Utilities, communication and financial services
Parents and carers of vulnerable pupils (who include those who have a social worker and have Education, Health and Care Plans) will be contacted directly by school staff tomorrow.
As in previous lockdowns we ask that every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Remote learning will be available for pupils – staff will use Google Classroom.
Please continue to contact school if your child has any COVID symptoms and you are taking them for a test. Inform us as soon as possible of any test result (positive or negative). It is essential that emergency contact details are up to date for all pupils. If your child has been in contact with a positive case, they MUST isolate for ten days and they must not enter the school site.
We request that adults wear a mask when picking up or dropping off their child to reduce the risk of transmission. Can I please ask that all adults comply with this request? We also request that only one adult per household drop off or collect from the school at any one time.
We understand the timing of this announcement has been difficult and a challenge for everyone and to support parents/carers we will still offer an 8.45am start to the day for the children of critical worker and our children of vulnerable families.
There will be no after school clubs until further notice.
This is going to be another challenging term for us all. We will continue to put your child’s safety and education at the forefront in all that we do. We will continue to follow the guidance from public health, the Department for Education and the Government.
Thank you for your continued support and for the well wishes and messages we have received over the Christmas break. If you have any queries, please no not hesitate to email or ring school.
All my very best wishes and I sincerely wish you all a Happy New Year.
Alison Burden, all staff and governors.
Merry Christmas to Everyone from Dunn Street Primary School!
At this time of year, Dunn Street has traditionally visited local care homes and sung carols to the residents…
Hopefully you will enjoy our Nativity that in online (click here), however we would like to share an impromptu video that was created by Paula Turner – a dance artist, improviser, mover and a shaker – who has been working with our EY children. She also works with people who have dementia and recorded our Y5/6 children singing as part of her work with them.
“(I) shared (the video) with my various elders groups and those living with dementia and (it) has been very warmly and gratefully received….. and a few tears too…. they so enjoy hearing and seeing children and this year more than ever…”
And we would also like to share some of our Christmas singing…
From Mr Hemmer at St Paul’s:
“We’re sad not to have you at St. Paul’s this year. I suppose we must just try to take comfort that we’re all trying to stay safe and have the best Christmas possible in the circumstances.
Best wishes to everyone at Dunn Street from St. Paul’s and we hope that whatever you’re managing to do instead to celebrate Christmas in school brings a bit of cheer to all those involved. Here’s hoping for better times in 2021!”
Vaccine Roll Out – Volunteer Support
With good news on the horizon with vaccines nearing full approval, we are beginning to plan to support local vaccine roll out. To support roll out we will need volunteer support – for example, volunteer marshals, community champions, volunteer drivers. If you are interested in registering an interest in one of these volunteer roles please do get in touch via enquiries@
Inspire South Tyneside
John Hunt House
27, Beach Road
Thank-you to everyone who supported our fundraising earlier this month…
We raised a fabulous £200 for…
… and £230.01 for…
Year 2 had a lovely morning working with Kerry, from Northumbria Police, helping Honey Bunny the rabbit. He needed help with how best to solve problems with friendships and who we can talk to about our feelings.