Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

 

Class Dojo instructions for home learning – instructions for using Class Dojo

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Unfortunately, I am writing with confirmation that we have been instructed by the UK Government to close as of the end of the day on Friday 20th March, until further notice.

As you may have heard on the news, the Secretary of State for Education has requested that, where possible, schools do their best to remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. We are awaiting an official list of ‘key workers’ to be published by the government today, at which point we will be in a better position to plan for the coming weeks and months and will let you know what has been decided as soon as possible.

In order to support the children’s learning during this time, we have been working hard to put together packs of activities and resources that will allow the children to consolidate the learning they have done so far this year at home with you. Your child will bring these packs home with them by the end of Friday.

In addition to this, we have set up an online facility using ‘Class Dojo’ (an online classroom) that will allow you to log-on with your child and access new learning and tasks that your child’s teacher will be setting daily during term time. Instructions for how to access Class Dojo will be sent home with your child. This will include a passcode for your child and a passcode for you (one for each child).  Attached to this email is a list of online learning websites that your child can access, free of charge, as well as a selection of activities that your child can enjoy that do not involve screen time. A second attachment includes a suggested daily timetable to help you structure home learning time alongside some other possible activities.

We appreciate that having access to the internet on suitable devices may not be possible, which is why we are also providing paper-based learning packs. However, the reason we have chosen Class Dojo as a home-learning platform is because it can be easily accessed on most mobile devices as well as computers, making it easier for children to find out what they are learning each day. We would prefer all children to use this method of home-learning, if at all possible. Please let the office know if you do not have access to the internet on your phone or a suitable device.

Also look out for story time with Mrs Francis on a regular basis on the College Road Facebook page. If you don’t follow our Facebook page, now might be a great time to start following us so that we can keep in touch in a less formal way. We will be posting fun home-learning ideas and asking our community to share what they have been up to.

If your child is currently off school ill or self-isolating, we will shortly be arranging a time for you to collect the home-learning pack and instructions for Class Dojo so that all children in our community can get involved. More information to follow.

Finally, I would just like to thank everyone for their support over the last few weeks. It is an incredibly difficult time for everyone and I really appreciate your understanding, kindness and patience.

I will be in touch again very soon.

With very best wishes to everyone in our school community.

Mrs Francis

Today, the government has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)