Elsley Primary School

Tokyngton Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 6HT

020 8902 8003

admin@elsley.brent.sch.uk

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Welcome to Elsley Primary School - COVID-19 UPDATE

These are unprecedented times. My thoughts and prayers are with all who are affected by the COVID-19 virus. I hope to see an end to suffering, the finding of a vaccine, and that the front-line professionals are able to do their work with the resources that they need to preserve and protect lives.

Stay-at-home-advice We have updated our curriculum pages to support children and parents during this period that they are at home. (Click here to access them) We have also launched Google Classroom from Reception to Year 6. Teachers will be posting daily/weekly activities for children to complete online and submit. (Click here to learn how to use Google Classroom)
Create a daily routine, starting with getting dressed and have set times for work, exercise and creative activities, as well as for breaks. Use this time to enjoy spending time together. We have some suggestions and resources which can help with this.

Temporary Closure The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 

Keeping in touch We miss each of our children and so staff from Elsley will be calling each family every few weeks to keep in touch and ask how each of our children are managing. These phone calls will be from private, withheld numbers. This will also give parents an opportunity to ask for support or advice if needed. You can also email or leave a voice message to request for someone to get in touch and offer support or advice. Please keep us updated if any circumstances change in your family, for example, if anyone in the family is admitted to hospital.

Partial Opening Elsley Primary School will be providing a small number of staff to care for children of key workers who have no other childcare, and for specific other children. This provision will continue to be in place over the Easter holiday. If you are a parent at Elsley, you will already have discussed this with a member of staff at the school. As well as suitably qualified teachers and support staff, we have planned that there will always be a qualified first-aider and designated safeguarding leader present.

Free School Meals Prior to the school closing, we provided each pupil eligible for free school meals (FSM) with a 2-week voucher for a supermarket. We are continuing to provide vouchers for pupils eligible for means-tested free school meals. These will mainly be issued by email where possible. We are aware of several problems with the Edenred scheme and have been actively campaigning to improve the system for Elsley children, and for all children nationally. We do not want any of our children to be without food. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns via email at: admin@elsley.brent.sch.uk 

Food Bank If you are an Elsley parent and struggling to purchase food, we will try our best to help you. We have set up a food bank at Elsley, in addition to being able to direct you to places which can support. Please contact us via email at admin@elsley.brent.sch.uk 

Donations to the Elsley Food Bank
For people wishing to provide donations to the food bank, this can be done on an online page: 
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/elsley-food-bank
T
hank you for your support.
As featured on:
Channel 4, www.channel4.com/news/more-children-relying-on-food-banks-in-the-uk-during-coronavirus-crisis 
BBC, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52488208

Distance Learning It almost goes without saying that staff, children and parents are all so disappointed that the schools have been forced to close, for such dramatic reasons, without much warning, and without knowing when they will reopen. We have already sent some learning resources home via email and paper copies. We will continue to update our website with useful links. Sadly, whatever we put in place won't replicate the daily interactions between children and staff, nor between children themselves. As time progresses, we will evaluate the type of learning provided and adapt what we do, depending upon the health and availability of our staff. We thank parents for their understanding during this time, and we invite you to make contact with the school, via email to the office at admin@elsley.brent.sch.uk if you would like to request a telephone conversation for specific advice or support.

Safeguarding If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, please contact:

Brent Family Front Door
Tel: 020 8937 4300
or email: brent.lscb@brent.gov.uk

Paris Trip Sadly, it is obvious that the residential trip will not be taking place which we know the children will be so disappointed about. After the Easter break we will arrange for passports to be returned and to process refunds. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Acts of Kindness Finally, this is a time when the most vulnerable in our society need support. Please consider how you can support others and encourage your children to show acts of kindness. You may be able to put a note through an elderly neighbour's door, and see if they need any deliveris. Your children may wish to put up art in their windows to cheer up the neighbourhood. Finally, you may be able to contribute to a local good cause, such as Sufra, a local foodbank (click to visit their site)

Stay well, stay safe, and stay in touch. I look forward to welcoming you all physically back to Elsley, once we are safely through this difficult period.

Raphael Moss
Headteacher

Latest Elsley Primary School Calendar Events

School only open to key worker and vulnerable children23Mar2020

Half Term25May2020

Term Ends for children - School closes at 1:30pm21Jul2020

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Summer Holidays22Jul2020

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