Home Learning Via Dojo and Microsoft Teams
We are aware that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, some children and families will be affected by self-isolation periods. At Milton Court, no child will be without school work during such periods.
We have invested in the Reading Road Map scheme to ensure children have plenty of additional reading material, the PiXL times tables app to reinforce the positive progress made in Maths as well as the EPIC Bounce Back to School Programme which promotes good mental health and wellbeing at home as well as in school.
Most importantly, through our online communication app DOJO, daily work is being set that directly reflects what classes are working on in school. The assignments set can also be completed and submitted directly to class teachers online, no printing required. The teachers can grade and give feedback directly back to students.
Should a class bubble close, each class will have assess to live lessons at home through Microsoft Teams. Every child has received log in details for Teams and have been shown how to use it in school. Please see the parents and pupil guidance below for more information on how to log in and access live lessons.
We have a small collection of laptops available to loan to those students who do not have their own devices at home to access DOJO. Should your child have to isolate, you will be contacted by a member of the team to confirm if you require a laptop loan.
This ensures that your child will not fall behind in their learning and keeps them securely connected to our school community.
Milton Court Reopening - Monday 30th November
As we return to school, we want to highlight that we are one community and will be relying on your prompt and honest reporting of absences – it will directly impact how our school operates. Please read the following points to clarify:
1) You must report your childs absence from school under any circumstances – it is a key and basic safeguarding requirement.
2) If you are declaring that YOUR CHILD has symptoms of covid-19, please state clearly what symptoms and the date that they began. This information is very important. It is expected that following government guidance, you will organise a test for your child via 119 as soon as possible. The results of that test should be reported to us.
3) If you are declaring that your household is isolating because a family member has symptoms, again please be very clear about which family member and the date that they started displaying symptoms so we can calculate the correct isolation period. We would expect that following government guidance, the family member would be tested as soon as possible. Please inform us of that result. You would need to update us further if your child starts to display symptoms – again the date recorded is very important as it effects the isolation period. Should your child develop symptoms, they would then be eligible for testing, the results of that test should be reported to us.
We cannot stress enough how important it is that we receive this information from you – it will help keep our school community safe and well. Please call the office line on 01795 472972 to report all absences before registration
School Closure Letter - Friday 20th November
School is currently closed until the 27th November for a deep clean, as a precaution.
We aim to have the school reopen on the 30th November.
The attached letter provides further details.
Staff at the school can still be contacted via Dojo.
Below is a letter detailing our intention to reopen the school for Year 6 on 9th June. Year 1 on 16th June. Reception and Nursery TBC (once we have reviewed the phased return of years 1 & 6). As set out in the current government guidance.
Please note: all details in the letter are subject to change at any time. Should the details ever change I will notify you immediately.
Key points from the detailed letter attached:
• If your child is in Years N, R, 1 & 6 then you have informed us already about whether you will likely bring your child back this term.
• You will not be fined for your child not attending this term.
• If you have told us that your child will not be coming back this term but you later change your mind we need 1 week’s notice to re-admit your child safely. No notice, no return.
• You will be notified which ‘group’ your child will be in. This will tell you the drop-off and collection times, along with what drop-off and collection point you must use.
• If you are late dropping off, you may not be allowed to enter the school grounds.
• The school kitchen will be open to provide lunch, but it will be a packed lunch service, not hot food.
• Children only need to bring a water bottle and their packed lunch (if that’s what they usually have for lunch). Nothing else to be brought into school.
• You child will be working with the same two adults for the duration of this term. These adults may not be their usual adults.
• Your child’s group will not mix with any other children in school.
• We will post videos of drop-off and collection points, corridors and classrooms – to familiarise you and your child of the new environment and procedures.
• We will also provide further posters to help explain ‘what to expect’ and other material to help prepare you and your child.
If you have any questions at all then please do not hesitate to Dojo the team.
We are aware that parents are concerned regarding the recent announcements about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We would like to assure parents that we are following all the current Government, Public Health England and DfE advice and guidelines - which is currently to stay open until the close of Friday 20th March and promote good hygiene practices.
After this time the school will only be open to the most vulnerable children of our school community and the children of key workers. There is a letter below with further information.
Further announcements will be made and information will be updated via this webpage, our communication app DOJO and the PTFA Facebook page.
Please ensure that you are signed up to DOJO and that your communication details are up to date with the school office. If your children are going to be absent for any reason until the 20th March, please continue to follow the correct safeguarding procedures and notify us via the absence line on 01795 472972. Remember to include a reason why they are absent.
The DfE has also set up a helpline to answer any questions that you may have. The details are found below with a link for further information also.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours are 8am-6pm (Monday-Friday)
You can also get further information at:
**Please all be aware of the new Government guidance regarding COVID-19. They are summarised below with a link to the BBC website.**
If you are self isolating, then please report this to us on the school absence line (01795 472972 option 1) so we can code absences and respond appropriately.
The key new government measures are:
-Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres
-Everyone should work from home if they can
-All "unnecessary" visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease
-People should only use the NHS "where we really need to" - and can reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible
-By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks"
-The UK is now "three weeks" behind Italy - the worst-hit country in Europe
-If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
-Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"
-Schools are to close (except for most vulnerable children or the children of key workers) at the end of Friday 20th March
If families are self isolating, it may only be as a precautionary measure on advice of healthcare professionals. It does not automatically mean that your children are in danger. The child are washing their hands regularly throughout their day at school and our cleaning rota has been adjusted accordingly.