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Latest news from Buckingham Park Primary School (updated 30/6/20 - scroll to the bottom of the page for latest news)

School is partially closed 23/3/20

Thank you for your support in keeping your children at home where possible.  As you are aware, since Monday 23rd March, we have only been open to vulnerable children and children whose parents' work is critical to the country's COVID-19 response.  You will also be aware that this is unlikely to change for sometime.  Please be assured that we have very clear procedures in place to remain a safe environment during this period of time for all children and staff who have to attend the school.

We will continue to set meaningful work for children in all year groups via the DB Primary Learning platform during this period of partial closure.  Working from home is new to everyone and may take some time to get used to.  We are providing work for pupils and are working hard to get it right.  Please be kind to yourselves and do not get overwhelmed or stressed by how much work your child is doing.  Class teachers are in regular contact via blogs and email and you can always message them if you have any concerns.

Free School Meals (FSM) and Chartwell hot lunches 20/4/20 (updated 24/4/20)

Free School Meals (FSM)

From the week beginning 20th April 2020 all families of children in receipt of FSM will receive a weekly £15 voucher code per child.  This can be used in a number of local supermarkets.  Edenred voucher codes will be emailed directly to eligible families.  Please nore that due to the recent introduction of this scheme by the government there have been some delays in receiving vouchers.  If you are experiencing any problems please contact the school bursar on bursar@buckinghampark.co.uk

If due to the Covid-19 pandemic your financial situation has changed and you believe your child may be entitled to receive FSM please contact the school bursar on the above email for further information. You can also check your eligibility online by following the link below.

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/free-school-meals/free-school-meals-online-application-form/?formcheck=checked

Please note that the government has temporarily extended FSM provision to additional catergories during this crisis.  Further information can be found on the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/guidance-for-the-temporary-extension-of-free-school-meals-eligibility-to-nrpf-groups

Charwells hot school lunches

From the week beginning 20th April 2020 hot school lunches will be available to all children attending school.  There will not be a charge for these.  If your child is eligible, a member of office staff will be in contact to establish if your child requires a hot lunch or if you would prefer to supply a packed lunch.

Update from the Education Secretary on school closures 19/4/20

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, provided an update on school closures on 19th April 2020. 

'Schools will remain closed until the scientific advice changes, which is why we need to support the incredible work teachers are already doing to ensure children continue to receive the education they deserve and need'

The full speech is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/gavin-williamson-speech-on-covid-19-response

Update from the WSCC Director of Education & Skills on learning at home 22/4/20

The WSCC Director of Education & Skills, Paul Wagstaff, has issued a letter and guidance to all West Sussex parents/carers on learning at home.  The documents below have been emailed to all our parents/carers. 

SEND information and resources (30/4/20)

Buckingham Park's Senco, Mrs Salter, has produced a list of helpful websites and resources for parents/carers of children with SEND.  A copy of this letter together with a WSCC guidance booklet for children with autism can be found below and also on the 'support for children' page of the Covid-19 section of this site.  This information may also be useful to children without SEND, who are currently learning at home.

WSCC's most recent SEND & Inclusion newsletter also contains helpful advice on home learning. Please follow this link for further details: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKWSCC/bulletins/2889081

Re-opening of the school to pupils in YR,1 & 6 (12/5/20)

The government announced on Sunday 10th May, that as part of the gradual loosening of lockdown measures, primary schools will reopen to YR, 1 and 6 pupils from 1st June 2020.  In order to ensure that pupils, staff and parents/carers can safely begin to return to school in increased numbers we will be carrying out additional risk assessments and following government and WSCC guidance to prepare for this. We will also be contacting parents/carers of all children in these year groups this week to ascertain how many wish to return from 1 June 2020 (given it is deemed safe to do so).  Please reply as soon as possible by email to either bursar@buckinghampark.co.uk or office@buckinghampark.co.uk.

Specific arrangements for a staggered return to school, from the week beginning 1st June 2020, for the identified priority year groups (unfortunately no siblings in other year groups at this time), will be notified to the relevant parents/carers as soon as possible.  Please bear with us whilst we work to ensure that a safe environment and systems are in place for your children's return to school.  Also note that plans may be subject to change, potentially at short notice, as we react to national and local government advice and also any identified safety issues at school.  The children's and staff's safety will always be our top priority.

We will continue to provide care in school for all critical worker/vulnerable children, accross all year groups, as we have been doing since the start of the pandemic.  We will also continue online learning for all other year groups and for children in YR, 1 and 6 who are not attending school.

Please do not contact the school for further information at this time, as we are extremely busy dealing with arrangements for 1st June.  Please be assured that we will update you when we know more.

Please follow the link below for further information for parents/carers from the DfE:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers?utm_source=cc9c1c49-4c5e-4748-8698-06ec4a877f73&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate#history

Letter to parents/carers from WSCC (15/5/20)

WSCC have issued a letter today (15th May) to all parents/carers regarding the re-opening of schools in our locality.  Please find a copy below:

Secretary of State for Education's statement on cornoavirus and the re-opening of schools (16/5/20)

Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, spoke at the daily press conference on Saturday about the Government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and plans for schools safely opening to more pupils.

The transcript of the speech can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/education-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-16-may

Details of how the school will reopen to YR, 1 & 6 issued to parents/carers (20/5/20)

Parents/Carers in YR, 1 and 6 will have received details today, via email, as to the school's plans to reopen to their child's year groups from the week beginning 1st June 2020.  The school will be closed to all children over the half term break to provide staff and children with a well deserved break and also an opportunity to prepare the school for re-opening to more children, with additional safety procedures. 

We will be welcoming back Keyworker/vulnerable children on Tuesday 2nd June, children in Y6 from Wednesday 3rd June, YR from Monday 8th June and Y1 from Monday 15th June.  Further details can be found in the letter, information pack and risk assessment, which are all in the 'letters and documents' area.  Please read these carefully if your child is in one of these year groups.

All other year groups will continue to be supported with home learning.

DfE guidance to support parents/carers with primary school children learning at home (21/5/20)

The DfE have updated their guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home to include information on the wider opening of educational settings.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Welcome back keyworker/vulnerable children and Year 6 (1/6/20)

We are looking forward to welcoming back more children to the school this week, following the half term break.  On Tuesday 2nd June we welcome back keyworker/vulnerable children and on Wednesday 3rd June we welcome back many of our Year 6. 

A reminder email was sent to all relevant parents/carers regarding important new procedures to follow.  Please remember to arrive/pick up at the correct time, follow the correct entry/exit routes, wear school uniform (and PE trainers if preferred) only bring in a water bottle, sun cream (also apply in the morning before school), hat and no other belongings.  A full copy of the email, risk assessment and parent information pack is saved in our 'letters & documents for parents/carers' section.

Welcoming back Reception children (5/6/20)

It has been fantastic to welcome back so many keyworker/vulnerable children and Y6 this week.  All the new safety procedures are working well and we hope that the children are all enjoying being back at school, learning together, with their teachers and friends.  All the children have been doing an incredible job of following the new rules in place to protect both themselves and others - we are very proud of you.

On Monday we are looking forward to welcoming back our next year group, Reception.  Detailed information was emailed out to all parents/carers of Reception children due to return to school, yesterday (Thursday).  The EYFS team have also produced a video for parents and children to watch before they return that shows how the new entry procedures work and what changes have been made to their classrooms whilst they have been away.  We hope this helps to reassure the children and we look forward to seeing their smiley faces on Monday, we have missed them all so much.

Please click on the link below to watch your welcome back video from our EYFS team.

https://youtu.be/PSfGFOzZc-4

Update on the phased return of primary school pupils to school (11/6/20)

Further to the Prime Minister's recent announcement that the phased return of all primary school year groups to school before the summer break will no longer be achievable, West Sussex County Council's Director of Education has issued the attached letter to all parents/carers in the locality.  Specific information relating to Buckingham Park will be issued shortly.

Welcoming back Year 1 children to school (12/6/20)

Things are gradually returning to our 'new normal' at school as we welcome back more and more children.  It has been amazing to see how resilient and positive our youngest learners in Reception are, as they returned to their new 'learning bubbles' this week.  They quickly embraced the new environment and routines and it is wonderful to see them all so happy to be back at school with their friends and teachers. 

We are now looking forward to our Year 1 children joining us on Monday, which will bring the total number of children in school to 173.  We are so pleased that we have been able to accomodate as many children as possible back to school, whilst adhering to safety guidance.  Further details have been emailed to parents/carers of Y1 children this week and a copy of this is in our 'communication to parents' section.  Please also find below a presentation booklet by the Y1 staff team to welcome the children back to school.

Letter to all parents (including a home learning update) 12/6/20

We miss all of our home learners greatly and we think you and your families are doing a fantastic job.  We appreciate how hard it can be to stay motivated and we will therefore be introducing some new features to our home learning this term, details of which are included in the letter below.  We love hearing from you, so please do keep sending in emails, photos etc...which show all the incredible work and fun things you have been doing.

September 2020 Reception new starter information (22/6/20)

Due to Covid-19 induction arrangements for the children due to start in Reception in September 2020 have had to be adjusted.  We are keeping in regular contact with our new parents/carers to ensure they feel welcomed into our school community, despite not being able to visit just yet.  If you are due to start at Buckingham Park Primary School in September please take a look at the 'Starting School in Sept 20' section of our website which has lots of useful learning resources, links, information and a welcome video.  There is also a copy of the letter that has been sent to all new parents/carers this week.

School newsletter and 20/21 term dates (23/6/20)

After a short break, the school newsletter has returned and was emailed out to all parents/carers today.  If you have not received it, it is also available on the front page of the website and under the normal 'news' section.  Term dates for 20/21 have also been added, although please note these may be subject to change, particularly during the current crisis.

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