Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the government’s announcement yesterday, we now find ourselves again within a National Lockdown. This means that until Febraury half term at the earliest, Northside School will be closed to almost all pupils.

We will now only be open to vulnerable children and those children whose parents are in employment classed as critical workers, in line with the Government list. If you think you require a place please email head@northside.cumbia.sch.uk Please include details of your employment and the dates you will require.

Teachers are moving to online home learning for the weeks remaining until half term. All login details were sent out this morning so that children can connect to Microsoft teams. Please remember that you can contact me, or your class teacher, using Dojo should you have any queries.

For those of you who have previously indicated that you have no laptop or tablet to use at home, we are working hard to get these to you by the end of the week. This device will be for remote learning only. We expect that any school devices are looked after and return to school as they left. The Microsoft Teams app is downloaded so they will be able to log-on to their class team page. We expect that your child/ children are available to learn remotely at the times set out and that their work is completed on time and done to the best of their ability. However, all lessons will be recorded so that if you have more than one child in the house, and therefore, one is unable to access the system at the same time, learning can be caught up on.

For the remainder of this week, those children who qualify for free school meals, will be able to collect a lunch from the kitchen door between 12 noon and 12.30pm. Please ensure that you take up this offer as we wish to limit food waste. We are hopeful that vouchers in some form will be available to you as soon as possible.

I completely appreciate that this is not an ideal situation, but working together we can ensure that our children, staff and community remain as safe as possible and that pupils continue to receive high quality education. Please contact school if you need further information or reassurance.

Best wishes
Joanne Lloyd
Headteacher