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Corona virus update

Remote learning and access to technology


This is our first day of full remote learning. As a result I need to turn my attention to access to technology. In order to access the home learning most effectively your children will need access to an electronic device which can connect to the internet. This could be a phone, tablet, laptop or PC.


Currently we are using Zoom for our daily contact with the children. In the same way access to most SMART devices will give access to these meetings.


With this in mind I need to ascertain what levels of access children have to technology in the home and I would appreciate a swift reply to this email. Please email me back by no later than 8.00pm Wednesday 6th January.

Please choose which statement applies to you and email back to



  • All my children/my child  have/has access to a device and can access remote learning
  • We have access to a device but my children need to share: Please indicate how many devices between how many children
  • We have no access to any device for remote learning




Key Worker Places 


Thank you for responding and providing proof of your key worker status. Currently I have a full list of those who are eligible for places. In order to help with my planning, I would ask two things from parents: 

Where you have the option of looking after your child at home -please do this. 


This means that we have fewer children in school exposing the staff and children to less risk and thus minimising the risk of infections. I know that many parents have taken this option but I would implore that where you can take this option please do so.  


Considering what I have asked, please let me know if you require place for the remainder of this week and next week so that I can plan the staff timetable accordingly.  

I will need an immediate response to this – please respond by 8.00pm.   


Please email me at and complete the following template: 


Please copy/paste and complete the following template and email to me on the above address by 8.00pm 


I can confirm that I have key worker status: YES/NO____________________________ 

Employer: ________________________________ 

I can confirm that I have no alternative childcare YES/NO_____________________ 

I require a place in school on the following days: (please indicate with a YES)

Monday 4th  

Tuesday 5th  

Wednesday 6th  

Thursday 7th  

Friday 8th  




Monday 11th  

Tuesday 12th  

Wednesday  13th  

Thursday 14th  

Friday 15th  






Letter from Mr Lawman  (Monday 4th January)

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