School Update Tuesday 17th July 2020
Dear Parents & Carers,
During the last few weeks, we have been busily preparing for opening in September, this has involved writing risk assessments and lots of planning!
As the summer progresses, more information will be uploaded to the website and you will be notified by text at the time.
Government guidance sets out the expectation that children are kept in their class ‘bubbles’ whilst in school. Therefore, we have had to plan for a staggered start to the day; staggered break and lunchtime and staggered time for collection.
Arrival and Collection
Please click here for information about where to bring your child in the morning and where to collect.
We recognise that this may mean short differing times for siblings and so we thank you in advance for supporting this arrangement and enabling us to keep children and adults as safe as possible.
If arriving by the main gate, please follow the one-way system and use the colour bubbles for distancing.
Only one parent to accompany children to school.
Please practice social distancing and clear the site quickly and refrain from group gatherings on Castle Street.
The use of the canteen and managing the separation of bubbles through the canteen has proved to be a challenge and therefore we are going to build slowly towards being able to offer hot meals for all.
Hot meals will initially be placed on a rota system. Other children will eat sandwiches in their classrooms. There will be an opportunity to purchase a packed lunch from our canteen should you wish. Click here for the rota.
Breakfast club will be operating but in a slightly different manner. In order to comply with keeping class bubbles separate, there will be a table prepared for each class where children will eat and play until it is time for them to go to their classroom.
It would help enormously if you were able to book in advance. Please use the usual booking form that is on the website.
After School Club
Running our usual after school provision is proving more challenging in terms of assessing the risks of COVID transmission. However, it is something we would like to offer. More details will follow as plans are put into place.
The firstname.lastname@example.org email address has been closed down.
if you need to communicate with us during the summer please e- mail
This e-mail will be checked throughout the holiday and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Have a loevly summer and we look forward to returning to 'normal' and having all our children back with us.
Follow this link to join a virtual tour of Stroud Valley Community School:
Letter from the Governing Body
Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
With so many recent changes and September arriving shortly, the Governing Body thought it would be helpful to give everyone an overview of what has been and what might be happening.
As far as September is concerned you know as much as we do - we don’t get any advance warning on Government information and the newspaper headlines are often the first we hear of things too! We will keep you updated on any developments as and when they happen. We will notify you by a text when updates are published on the school website.
The school would dearly love to have everyone back, full-time but as always we will prioritise the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and children. Fingers crossed that things are back to ’normal’ by the start of the new school year.
Firstly, we’d like to thank Ms Sleep and everyone at school, the teaching staff, teaching assistants, cleaners, catering staff and office staff for all their hard work and personal sacrifice since March.
The school has been open, even during Easter and half term, to look after our vulnerable children, and the children of key workers so our staff have not been able to rest or protect themselves as many of us have.
Many parents may not be aware that Ms Sleep had concerns about the Free School Meal voucher scheme and to ensure all our children were well fed she has personally organised 5 meals a week for 42 children by purchasing from local supermarkets, packing them into bags and arranging for socially distanced pick-ups. She is still doing this as the voucher scheme has had some well publicised problems.
From the outset the school was determined to maintain verbal contact with all the children, which few other primaries have been able to achieve. The telephone calls and visits have been very well received even though organising and making over 200 calls per week takes many hours and much effort alongside preparing home learning resources and teaching in school.
Ms Sleep and her team considered using video calling to provide some online lessons but we are very aware that not every family has the hardware, high-speed broadband and technical knowledge required. In addition, the well-known security issues for children, especially our vulnerable children, and staff meant delivering online lessons safely for all our children was not possible - the school wanted no child to be left behind. With that in mind it was decided that using the website was the best method to deliver home-learning whilst keeping our children safe.
The school has followed Government guidelines at all times and these are clear in stating that we should not rota children if possible so we have run a full school timetable from 8-50am -3-15pm everyday for all eligible children. This explains why we have not yet been able to have other years in school as there is simply no room after we have around 100 socially distanced Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children in school.
To rota children with either half-days or only a couple of days per week increases exposure for our staff, and in turn our children and the decision was taken that this was a risk both Ms Sleep and the Governing Body weren’t comfortable taking unless we were given an instruction to do so. You will all have seen the letter on 26th June outlining the school’s cunning plan to get absolutely everyone back together in the next few weeks, for a few hours at least. We understand how much the children are missing their classmates and teachers - the staff are really missing the children too!
School reports for all children will be with you by the end of next week. These will, as usual, be sent home with the children that are in school during the week. Others will be e-mailed or posted to you.
In the envelope will be the transition information for next year including name of teacher and our plans for meeting them and the classroom through a video format.
We are very grateful to you and the children for all the hard work with the home learning and we always value feedback so please make a suggestion, add a comment or express any opinions on the email@example.com address.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
The Governing Body
For support, advice and recommendations about 'surviving' at home during lockdown please follow the link below to a really helpful local publication 'Families' https://issuu.com/familiesonline/docs/gloucester we hope you find it helpful.
With families using more apps to communicate during lock down we would like to draw your attention to the following information about the apps Zoom and House Party. Your child may be using these (either with, or without you) so we would encourage you to read these informative posters and discuss them with your child. Zoom House Party
Due to the on-going nature of the current situation we know many families are struggling to cope with the additional pressures of social distancing and spending long periods of time in their homes with children and young people. The Family Information Service advice line provide some practical parenting support to parents click here to find out how to contact them and what suport they can offer you.
What we’ll continue doing whilst your child is at home
Please visit your child’s class page. On the class page there is a HOMEWORK tab. Every Monday by 9am there will be new activities posted for your child to complete on a daily / weekly basis. Please continue to send us your photographs and messages as we love hearing from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click HERE for a list of websites that contain learning materials for your child to explore whilst learning from home. These are general resources for all children in school.
Below is a new online resource to support parents, carers and teachers. This resource brings together a range of free and easy to access online activities and learning for children of all ages, and is clearly grouped into subjects and topics, such as English and Maths.
We have set up an email address which will be checked frequently by Miss Sleep and Miss Heague and we will aim to reply as soon as possible.
COVID-19 and social distancing: a polite reminder.
With the school closed to all but vulnerable children and those of key workers, it is extremely important to stress the need for social distancing to help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
Work from home, where possible.
Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.
If you require a paper copy of any of the information on this website please contact Debbie Smith or Emma McTear in the main office.