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Parent Consultation Online Meetings

THIS LETTER WAS EMAILED OUT TO ALL PARENTS ON MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER AND IS ALSO ATTACHED IN A LINK BELOW.

 

Dear Parents / Carers

PARENT CONSULTATIONS

Monday 19th October & Wednesday 21st October 2020

Parent Consultation Evenings for Nursery to Year 6 will take place on Monday 19th October and Wednesday 21st October from 3.30 pm until 7.40 pm.  The meetings will take place virtually using Zoom

The school have already contacted parents with SEN children, who require additional time to virtually meet with the teacher using the platform, and these appointments have been booked. 

Step One

All parents will need to book appointments online through EduspotPlease see separate email and text for the link which will be sent to parents on Monday 12th October at 1.00 pm when the system goes live. The deadline for booking an appointment will be Thursday 15th October at 12.00 noon.  You will receive a text message and an email confirming your appointment once it has been arranged.

If you do not book a slot by the deadline date you will be unable to have a parent consultation for your child.

Step Two

After booking your appointment through Eduspot, you will receive a second dedicated link nearer the time to access the online platform Zoom. This will have details of your confirmed appointment and you’ll be able to click on the link to open the virtual meeting with your child’s teacher at the allocated time.

Due to parents being unable to come into the school building at this time, your child will be bringing home their Maths and English books on Friday 16th October with the expectation that these books will be returned on Monday 19th October for pupils to resume their learning.

The meeting will be a 10 minute slot and will focus on how your child has settled back into school and where they are regarding ‘Catch Up’ for the time they have missed from the previous year. The teacher many want to discuss with you about any relevant intervention for your child if it is applicable at this point.

Please note that school will finish at the usual time for your child
on Monday 19th October and Wednesday 21st October. 

Afternoon Nursery will finish at 3.00pm on both days instead of 3.40pm. 

When booking, please allow enough time for you to collect your child and access your video call.

If you have difficulty booking online, please ask the school office who will be pleased to help. 

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

Year 5 & 6 Reminder About the Use of Social Media

THIS LETTER WAS EMAILED OUT TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN YEAR 5 & 6 ON FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER AND IS ALSO ATTACHED IN A LINK BELOW.

 

Dear Parents

YEAR 5 & 6 REMINDER ABOUT THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

We ask that parents remind their children about the responsibilities of using social media, and that any abuse that is serious could be referred to the authorities. Parents need to be aware of what platforms their children have access to and take responsibility for these.

Staff will continue to teach a range of PSHE and ICT lessons concentrating on
e-safety and personal relationships.

We advise parents to check the recommended age for using specific apps.  The following website provides information regarding this:

https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/what-age-can-my-child-start-social-networking/

However, I do need to stress that the use of applications outside of school does not fall under the school’s remit.  Whilst I can have general conversations with Year Groups around educating themselves to prevent harm, and issues pertaining to acts of potential cyberbullying, it is beyond the school’s remit to supervise or be responsible with regard to what pupils are viewing, what platforms parents allow their children access to on their own devices, or what they themselves are saying on these applications or platforms.

The school is not allowed to view pupils’ devices for a range of safeguarding reasons.

Please speak to your child and reiterate the need to be safe and respect the sensitivities of others when utilising these platforms.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

Reception 'Time for Change' Homework

THIS LETTER WAS EMAILED OUT TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN RECEPTION ON WEDNESDAY 7TH OCTOBER AND IS ALSO ATTACHED IN A LINK BELOW.

 

Dear Parents / Carers

RECEPTION ‘TIME FOR CHANGE’ HOMEWORK

As part of the whole school ‘Time For Change’ project Reception classes will be looking at their baby photos.  We will be discussing the changes that have taken  place since they were babies.  

This is also a nice opportunity for you to share your own baby photos with them and discuss your background and perhaps your parents too and where they are from.

We would like you to email a photo of your child as a baby to their class email address. 

RA class email: ra@vaughan.harrow.sch.uk

RB class email: rb@vaughan.harrow.sch.uk

RC class email: rc@vaughan.harrow.sch.uk

Please ensure that the child’s name is either written with the photo or written on the email sent.  Please email your child’s baby photo by Friday 16th October.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mrs H Sullivan
Reception Year Group Leader

Year 2 Phonics Screening Check Autumn Term 2020

THIS LETTER WAS EMAILED TO PARENTS ON TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER.  PLEASE SEE THE EMAIL WE SENT FOR THE ZOOM ID AND PASSWORD TO ACCESS THE ONLINE PARENT INFORMATION MEETING.

 

Dear Year 2 Parents

YEAR 2 PHONICS SCREENING CHECK AUTUMN TERM 2020

On return to school in September, the Government advised Primary Schools that all children in Year 2 in England will be involved in Phonic Screening Assessments this term.  This is not something the school anticipated as we were advised that all statutory assessments were suspended and were to be reinstated next Summer.  The check usually takes place in the Summer Term of Year 1.

The check will take place between Monday 2nd November and Friday 4th December 2020.

No leave requests will be authorised during this time as your child will need to be in school for the check to be administered.

I have attached some information from the Department of Education (DFE) regarding the assessments, and I will be holding an online parent information session on Tuesday 13th October at 9.30 am and it will be repeated again at 5.00 pm, to help parents support their child through the assessment process.  The meeting will last no longer than 30 minutes.  The attached information is in a link below.

Please use the Zoom link in the email from school to access your chosen virtual information session AT THE TIME OF THE MEETING.  You only need to attend one of the meetings as the same information will be presented at both meetings:

The assessments will be used to assess the phonological development in reading for children, and to provide support to those children who require supplementary intervention due to school closure in March.  The assessment will also be used to assess any additional programmes the school may need with developing children’s reading, and their recognition of words and sounds in order to support catch up provision.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

Covid-19 RELATED PUPIL ABSENCE

THIS LETTER WAS EMAILED TO PARENTS ON FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER AND IS ALSO ATTACHED IN A LINK BELOW.

 

Dear Parents / Carers

COVID-19 RELATED PUPIL ABSENCE

In response to further understandable queries from parents regarding COVID-19 symptoms and the attendance of their children at school, please find a helpful document below.

DEFINITIONS OF COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Please read these definitions through carefully.

If you are unsure, please call the school office to discuss BEFORE sending your child into school on 0208 427 7222, or email attendance@vaughan.harrow.sch.uk

POSSIBLE SCENARIOS

What to do if…

Action Needed

Return to school when…

…my child has any Covid-19 symptoms

  • Do not come to school.
  • Contact school to inform us.
  • Self-isolate the whole household.  See the
    image in the attached letter below for advice
    about how long other members of the
    household should self-isolate.
  • Get your child tested.
  • Communicate with the school about the test result.

…the test comes back negative.

or

…10 days have passed since symptoms began, even if they still have a cough or loss of taste/smell. (These symptoms can last for several weeks.)

AND

the child feels well.

 

…my child tests positive for
Covid-19.

  • Do not come to school.
  • Contact school to inform us.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return
    (minimum of 10 days).
  • Self-isolate the whole household. See the
    image in the attached letter below for advice
    about how long other members of the
    household should self-isolate.

 

…10 days have passed since symptoms began, even if they still have a cough or loss of taste/smell. (These symptoms can last for several weeks.)

AND

the child feels well.

…my child tests negative.

  • Contact school to inform us.
  • Discuss when your child can come back (same day/next day).

 

…the test comes back negative.

…my child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19.

 

 

  • Do not come to school.
  • Contact school to inform us.
  • Ring on each day of illness.

…if a child is sick or has diarrhoea, parents should keep them off school for a period of 48 hours after the last bout of illness.

 

Parents should use this time to monitor them carefully.  If they think they have been sick for reasons such as over-eating, over-exertion etc., then they should bring them back to school the next day.

…someone in my household has Covid- 19 symptoms.

  • Do not send anyone from your household to school.
  • Contact school to inform us.
  • Self-isolate the whole household.
  • Household member with symptoms to get a test.
  • Communicate with the school about the test result.

…the test comes back negative.

OR

…see the image in the attached letter below for advice about how long other members of the
household should self-isolate.

 

What to do if…

Action Needed

Return to school when…

 

…someone in my household tests positive for
Covid-19.

  • Do not send anyone from your household to school.
  • Contact school to inform us.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return.
  • Self-isolate the whole household.

…see the image at the end of this document for advice about how long members of the household should self-isolate

 

…NHS test and trace has identified my child as a close contact of somebody with confirmed Covid-19.

  • Do not send the child
    who has had direct contact to school.
  • Contact school to
    inform us.
  • Agree an earliest date
    for possible return (minimum of 14 days).
  • Any other children in
    your household, who
    have not had direct contact, can come to school.

…the child who has had direct contact has completed 14 days of isolation

…NHS test and trace has identified a household member (other than my child) as a close contact of somebody with

symptoms or confirmed Covid-19.

  • The household member must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Child can continue to attend
    school.

…child can continue to attend school

… a sibling attending another school has been sent home to self-isolate due to there being a positive case in their school.

  • Sibling at other school must self- isolate for 14 days.
  • Child at Vaughan can continue to attend.

…child at Vaughan can continue to attend school

 

… my child has travelled abroad from a country or territory that is NOT on the exempt list of countries.

If returning from a destination where quarantine is needed*:

  •   Minimum of 14 days
    self-isolation for all
    those who travelled.
  • Contact school to inform
    us you are back in the country and we will
    agree an earliest date for possible return to school.
  • Self-isolate the whole household.

 

*Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) – for up to date travel information

…the quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

 
 

What to do if…

Action Needed

Return to school when…

 

… my child has travelled abroad from a country or territory that IS on the exempt list of countries.

If returning from a destination where quarantine is NOT needed:

  • Check the current Exempt countries and territories list to confirm the country
    you have travelled from
    or through is on the exempt list.
  • Ring school to inform us you have returned to the UK and agree a return
    date to school.

… you have informed the office of your return to the UK

 

…I have travelled from a country that requires us to quarantine (but my child didn’t travel).

  • As long as you do not
    have / have not had symptoms in the last 14 days, your child can continue to attend school.
  • The person who has travelled MUST NOT leave the house, including to do pick-ups and drop offs (please contact school if you need support getting your child to school).

…child can continue to attend school

 

…we have received medical advice that my child must shield.

  • Do not come to school.
  • Contact school to inform us.
  • Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

…school informs you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school again

…you receive medical advice that your child may return to school.

 

…my child’s year group bubble is closed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in school.

  • Child must not come to school.
  • Support your child at home with remote education provided.
  • Your child will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Other siblings, in other year groups, may continue to attend school.

…school inform you that the year group bubble will be reopened.

 

… I am unable to
get a test for someone in the household who
has symptoms

If you are not able to get a
test, your child and anyone they live with must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

Anyone in your support
bubble must also stay at
home.

…the child has completed 14 days of isolation.

 
See the image in the attached letter below for advice about how long other members of the household should self-isolate.

Pick up and Drop Off Letter September 2020

THIS LETTER WAS EMAILED TO PARENTS ON FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER AND IS ALSO ATTACHED IN A LINK BELOW.

 

Dear Parents/Carers

AMENDMENTS FOR PUPIL DROP OFF and PICK UP FROM MONDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2020

Following an evaluation of the drop off and pick up arrangements for children, we have made some changes in an attempt to ease the congestion at drop off and pick up time.  Please see the details below.

From Monday 7th September 2020 – Change

Years 3 and 4 will now be collected from the Year 5/6 gate located in the front school car park.  Parents will wait in the front car park in order to receive their child at the allocated end of school time in the table below.

YEAR GROUP

SCHOOL START TIME

ENTRANCE FOR PUPILS

SCHOOL

END TIME

EXIT FOR PUPILS

Year 1

8.50 am

Entrance through the wooden gates

1 parent only

3.15 pm

Exit through the wooden gates

1 parent only

Year 2

9.00 am

Entrance through the wooden gates

1 parent/adult only

3.25 pm

Exit through the wooden gates

1 parent/adult only

Year 3

8.45 am

Entrance through the Main hall doors

1 parent/adult only

3.15 pm

Exit through the Year 5/6 gate (Parents wait in front car park)

1 parent/adult only

Year 4

8.40 am

Entrance through the Small hall doors

No parents on site

3.05 pm

Exit through the Year 5/6 gate (Parents wait in front car park)

1 parent/adult only

Year 5

8.40 am

Entrance through the Year 5/6 gate

No parents on site

3.05 pm

Exit through the back gate

Parents can meet pupils at back green gate or pupils can walk home in line with school’s Collection of Children Policy

Year 6

8.30 am

Entrance through the Year 5/6 gate

No parents on site

3.05 pm

Exit through the back gate.

Parents can meet pupils at back green gate or pupils can walk home in line with school’s Collection of Children Policy

 

From Monday 7th September 2020 we will be trialling an additional route which would allow parents the choice of leaving via the back green gate or back through the main red gates via the vehicle car park/driveway.  Please see the map attached below.

Thank you for your patience.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

P.E. Letter (Reception) Autumn 2020

THIS LETTER WAS EMAILED TO ALL PARENTS ON FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER.  A COPY OF TEH LETTER CAN BE FOUND IN THE LINK BELOW.

 

Dear Parents/Carers

RECEPTION P.E. ARRANGEMENTS – AUTUMN TERM 2020

WEARING P.E. KIT TO SCHOOL

P.E. will commence from the week commencing Monday 21st September for Reception pupils.  All P.E. for this term will take place outdoors.

Children will need to wear their P.E. kit to school on the day that they have Outdoor P.E. in school.  They will not bring their school uniform with them.  P.E. kits will no longer be kept at school.

Here is clarification of what full Outdoor P.E. kit is:

  • plain white T-shirt with or without the Vaughan logo
  • maroon or black shorts
  • white socks
  • plimsolls  
  • children may wear well-fitting trainers, but must be able to manage Velcro fastenings on their own.

When the weather is particularly cold your child should wear a tracksuit for Outdoor P.E.  Ideally this should be the school colours of maroon or black or dark blue, and the sweatshirt must not have a hood, zip or a logo.  Jumpers with the Vaughan logo on can also be worn for Outdoor P.E.  Children needing to wear tracksuit bottoms for religious purposes may do so.  However, the trousers must not touch the floor as this is dangerous, and the colour for trousers must be maroon, black or dark blue. 

It is important that long hair is tied back and Harrow borough have a ‘no-jewellery’ policy for P.E.  This is adhered to at Vaughan Primary School and on a P.E. day jewellery should be left at home.  Any jewellery worn for religious observance must be covered with tape to prevent injury.

Spare P.E. kit will not be available from the Welfare Room so it is essential for your child to have the appropriate kit at school on P.E. days.  School staff are not allowed to telephone home for P.E. kit to be brought to school by parents. 

P.E. is an important part of the curriculum and it is hoped you will support the school by ensuring your child wears their Outdoor P.E. kit to school on the appropriate day.  We are working hard at Vaughan to ensure children are fit and healthy; taking part in P.E. lessons is an essential part of this effort.

Reception children have P.E. lessons on Mondays so should wear their P.E. kit (not school uniform) every Monday.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

P.E. Letter (Years 1 to 6) Autumn 2020

This letter was emailed to all parents on Friday 4th September 2020.  A copy of the letter can be found in the link below.

 

Dear Parents/Carers

P.E. ARRANGEMENTS – AUTUMN TERM 2020

WEARING P.E. KIT TO SCHOOL

P.E. will commence from the week commencing Monday 7th September 2020 for pupils in Year 1 to Year 6.  All P.E. for this term will take place outdoors.

Children will need to wear their P.E. kit to school on the day that they have Outdoor P.E. in school.  They will not bring their school uniform with them.  P.E. kits will no longer be kept at school.

Here is clarification of what full Outdoor P.E. kit is:

  • plain white T-shirt with or without the Vaughan logo
  • maroon or black shorts
  • white socks
  • plimsolls or well-fitting trainers.  Junior school children should wear well-fitting trainers, but the laces must be properly tied.  Infant school children may wear well-fitting trainers, but must be able to manage either laces or Velcro fastenings on their own.

When the weather is particularly cold your child should wear a tracksuit for Outdoor P.E.  Ideally this should be the school colours of maroon or black or dark blue, and the sweatshirt must not have a hood, zip or a logo.  Jumpers with the Vaughan logo on can also be worn for Outdoor P.E.  Children needing to wear tracksuit bottoms for religious purposes may do so.  However, the trousers must not touch the floor as this is dangerous, and the colour for trousers must be maroon, black or dark blue.  It is important that long hair is tied back and Harrow borough have a ‘no-jewellery’ policy for P.E.  This is adhered to at Vaughan Primary School and on a P.E. day jewellery should be left at home.  Any jewellery worn for religious observance must be covered with tape to prevent injury.

Spare P.E. kit will not be available from the Welfare Room so it is essential for your child to have the appropriate kit at school on P.E. days.  Children are not allowed to telephone home for P.E. kit to be brought to school by parents. 

P.E. is an important part of the curriculum and it is hoped you will support the school by ensuring your child wears their Outdoor P.E. kit to school on the appropriate day.  We are working hard at Vaughan to ensure children are fit and healthy; taking part in P.E. lessons is an essential part of this effort.

Please find below the P.E. days for your child:

Year 1 : Tuesday
Year 2 : Monday
Year 3 : Wednesday
Year 4 : Thursday
Year 5 : Thursday
Year 6 : Tuesday

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher