Dear Parents and Pupils,
RE: Keeping in touch up-date 30/3/20
On behalf of Mr Rose, I am following up on last week’s communication. As we enter week two of Millbrook’s partial closure, we are beginning to settle into a routine, albeit far from normal!
Staff that are scheduled to be in school are working hard to continue to provide child care for our ‘frontline’ workers. We will continue to follow all circulated guidelines about washing hands and social distancing whilst in school, and will advise anyone showing symptoms, be it staff member or child we are caring for, to self-isolate at home for 7 – 14 days according to their circumstances. When any child comes onto site, we request that they enter and leave via the Nursery gate entrance and that adults do not enter the building. Children will be asked to wash their hands on arrival.
All staff are supporting each other to plan learning resources that can be accessed and completed at home. I once again find myself overwhelmed by the sense of ‘team’ from all of the staff at Millbrook, and their commitment to the whole school community during this time. The very kind and supportive comments from parents have also been well received.
As staffing is changing daily due the current situation, please be aware that there will not always be someone to answer your calls, should you need to contact the school. Due to this we would advise emailing, rather than telephoning. The office email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Up until this point, we have also been able to provide some families, who have no access to a printer, a pack of the work that has been added for their particular year group. However, due to increasingly limited resources in school, we are unable to continue this. For this reason, staff will be providing additional home learning ideas that do not require being printed.
In other news, we are very pleased to share with you the return of Mrs Youngman. Mrs Youngman, who has been on maternity leave, will be returning to work on a part-time basis from today, Monday 30th March. Mrs Youngman returns to school to the role of Deputy Headteacher and, as planned, will form part of a job share with myself. Mrs Youngman will spend her first week in school working alongside me, and other staff members, getting to know the school again, and learning more about the changes and developments that have happened over the course of this year. Mrs Youngman brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the team as well as welcomed extra capacity to the school. I know that despite the unusual circumstances surrounding her return, she is very excited to be back and part of the Millbrook Team J
On a final note, there will be no work set for the Easter break. Term 5 would have started on Monday 20th April and so, the website will be updated with new home learning materials and planning on the Saturday before this. However, if you would like to explore some of the creative home learning ideas or complete any of the ‘Easter Bingo Challenges, then please find them on the school website in the ‘Home Learning Extra’ tab on the Pupil Page: https://www.millbrookschool.org.uk/home-learning-extra/
Thank you all again for your continued support in these difficult times.