THE END OF AN UNIMAGINABLE WEEK – 27th March 2020
We find ourselves at the end of another working week; the sort of week that was simply unimaginable only a short while ago.
I know you will all have faced many challenges this week, but I have been greatly moved by the stories I have heard about how many of you have found ways to support your children and promote learning at home.
Distance learning has been a new concept for us all, and at the end of our first week, we are keen to find out your views on what has worked and what has not so that we can improve our provision in the weeks ahead.
If you would like to share your views, please complete a quick online questionnaire by following this link - https://tinyurl.com/tp4l97v .
Please could all responses be made by 3.30pm on Tuesday 31st March?
Thank you again for your support and understanding as we try to make the best of a challenging and constantly changing situation.
A MESSAGE FROM PC CATH & ALL GWENT OFFICERS.
Do you know where your children are today?
Please do not let them call for or visit their friends – KEEP THEM HOME.
Please do not let them out to play with friends – KEEP THEM HOME.
Please do not let them go to town or local parks/play areas – KEEP THEM HOME.
You are putting your children’s health at risk if you do not follow Government advice to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. Please do not endanger them, your family or yourselves by allowing them out or mixing with others. Gwent Police have patrols in the area and will be enforcing Government advice – PLEASE STAY AT HOME.
PC Cath x
Sunday 22nd March 2020 - (2)
At the end of a week that none of us could have ever imagined, I write to say a huge thank you for the support that has been shown to my amazing team at Usk CIW Primary. I’ve always known how dedicated, resilient and innovative the team at Usk are but this week has proved it even more.
The response of my entire staff team has been impressive. They have worked tirelessly to put together home learning provision within our Virtual School on our school website whilst maintaining routines, memorable learning experiences and providing reassurance for your children.
Our team has responded at speed to the Government’s call. Through this response has come huge selflessness and willingness to go above and beyond, knowing that our work is essential at this time of national crisis.
Members of our staff team will be working in our school hubs for critical workers and the most vulnerable children throughout the months ahead. As public servants central to communities, my staff are a front-line service and should be supported and encouraged.
I am very proud of my profession, my colleagues and your wonderful children.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. It is imperative that, as far as possible, we minimise social contact. This means, if children can stay safely in their home, they should, in order to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
I often talk of our school family but this week has made our family become tighter than ever.
Throughout the forthcoming weeks, I will keep you updated via the school website, emails and social media sites.
We are only at the end of an email should you need any help or support.
Sunday 22nd March 2020
It's Sunday afternoon and the information from the Welsh Government is still coming in.
The latest update is below for your information but the message is very clear. “It is imperative that, as far as possible, we minimise social contact. This means if children can stay safely in their home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. ”
Quite simply the fewer people having social contact, the more effective the overall impact of the current measures will be.
Places in schools and childcare will be highly limited and only particularly vulnerable children and the children of critical workers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response should be attending during this time.
If you are classed as a critical worker but are able to perform the critical parts of your job effectively when working from home, then you should do so. Even for critical workers, provision will only be made in schools or other settings where there is no safe alternative.
If one parent is a critical worker but the other parent is not then the other parent should provide safe alternative arrangements.
Our local authority is doing everything it can to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. They made and communicated plans based as part of an initial contingency to deal with the spread of coronavirus. Those plans will now adapt and change as they respond to the latest guidance from the Welsh Government.
As soon as any additional information is provided by Monmouthshire County Council I will update you.