24 March 2020

Parental update

Just a brief update today from school as we enter the “lockdown” period.

·A skeleton staff are in school daily to cope with those children of key workers: a member of the leadership team and a small group of teachers are arranging a range of activities each day for these students.  Teachers are working on a rota so as to minimise risks.  Thank you to parents for ensuring your child is at home if they can be.

·Year Inclusion Managers are working from home, and are ringing students who require a daily phone call every morning.  For those students who do not need a daily phone call, look out for contact from your form tutor next week electronically or via phone.

·Free School Meals provision is a new challenge for every school, and arrangements may change as we move into the future.  Stockport MBC is currently looking at how we manage this effectively working together across the borough. 

·A reminder of the current free school meals arrangements for Werneth School:

o   We cannot of course provide a hot meal at the moment due to staffing issues and the lockdown.

o   We are providing a grab bag to any child who wants one every school day.  The government guidelines are that this must be the equivalent of £2.  Ours are above those requirements at £2.85 containing sandwich, fruit pot, flapjack and drink.

o   Grab bags are collectable with prior arrangement from school reception, Brinnington First House and the Cherry Tree estate.  Our minibus and staff are delivering daily.

o   If you want to take advantage of this offer of a daily Free School Meal, parents should let school know on 494 1222 or email main.office@wernethschool.com.  Letting us know by Monday 9.30am means you get the grab bag for the following week.

·We are trying very hard in terms of providing work in difficult circumstances.  All teachers are uploading work via Show My Homework online every day.  There are also other means of homework being uploaded, such as Google Classroom.  We are responding to a few parents who need help with accessing passwords and login details.  Bear with us - it is more difficult to co-ordinate with a skeleton staff but we will get to you.  If you don’t have a computer, you can ring in to get a work pack sent home if you need it or email us at ineedhelp@wernethschool.com.

·If parents or pupils need to contact us, the easiest way to get your query directed to the appropriate person is using the ineedhelp@wernethschool.com email and we aim to get back to you the same day if we can.

·Year 11s: we are expecting a government update this week with regard to GCSE exams.  We will keep you updated when we know more.

·Stay safe!  Stay at home if you can.  It is an extraordinary time but staying at home means we can keep the virus contained and hopefully get back to school sooner.

Posted by cmurphy

Category: Headteacher's Blog