5th March, 2021
Dear Parents/Carers and Children,
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday, It has certainly felt a long time since we were all able to be together and we can’t wait to catch up with everyone. We will be making sure that the children are settled, happy and confident to resume their studies at school over the first few weeks and supporting them all to get back into their usual COVID safe routines.
I hope you have now had the chance to review our COVID Risk Assessment on our website and familiarised yourselves with the opening and closing times for each class which remain the same as they were for the Autumn Term:
· Nursery: 8:45 – 11:45 and 12:15 – 3:15 (facilities will be available for a full day if required)
· Reception: 9:15 – 3:00
· Year 1: 9:05 – 2:50
· Year 2: 8:35 – 2:20
· Year 3: 8:45 – 2:30
· Year 4: 8:55 – 2:40
· Year 5: 8:25 – 2:10
· Year 6: 8:15 – 2:00
It remains vital that these times are adhered to so that we are able to maintain ‘social distancing’ and reduce possible transmission. May we also remind parents that one adult should bring their children to school and the adult should wear a face mask whilst on school property (including the playground/yard).
Families may now order or collect their own rapid tests even if you have no symptoms. They are fast, easy and free. You may order tests from:
Alternatively, you may collect tests from local sites without booking. They are currently open from 1:30pm to 7:00pm. You may find their locations from:
The two nearest sites to school are:
The Forum Car Park, Dairy Car Park,
Causeway, Bishop Street,
Stockton on Tees. Stockton on Tees,
TS23 2LJ TS18 1TE
If you have any queries about tests please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines) between 7:00am and 11:00pm.
Testing is completely voluntary and no primary age children without symptoms are asked to take a test.
Twice weekly testing for staff has been available since 25th January, again on a voluntary basis. All staff at William Cassidi are taking part in this measure.
We have still not received any updated information from Community Transport regarding provision from March, however, we anticipate that the same arrangements will be provided as during the Autumn Term. Should arrangements remain the same we will continue to provide separate ‘bubble’ support until collection.
Thank you again for your fantastic work with our children. We know it has been difficult and stressful but hopefully if everyone keeps to the current restrictions and rules the government will not have to close schools again. We look forward to seeing all the children on Monday, it will b
You must upload the completed work daily or at least once a week.
School staff continue to work extremely hard to provide remote learning for your child on a daily basis. Our commitment to your child’s education is our top priority and we continue to offer you our support. We appreciate that the closure of school is difficult for everyone and has placed many of you in difficult positions trying to juggle working from home and home learning (especially as some of you have older children who require time specific use of devices). We have listened to what works for you to develop our system which allows parents to plan their week and use resources at a time convenient to you.
We recognise that the children lost a great deal of priceless learning time in 2020, which was why we re-opened school for all children in June and everyone has worked hard to enable our children to ‘catch up’ from September to December. However, we cannot afford for the children’s learning to decline now. All our staff at school are doing everything we can to support this as well as trying to keep all members of our school family safe.
Teachers are ensuring that the curriculum provided is broad and balanced, ensuring that all subjects are taught each week and they are placing increasing amounts of interactive teaching videos online, as well as utilising imaginative resources to engage our children. We feel that the present system is working extremely well and enables the inclusion of all our children taking into account the device access available for our families. We understand that things can be difficult at the moment and that trying to make sure that your child/ren do the work set by their teachers can be both trying and frustrating. We appreciate the support you are giving to try and give your child/ren every opportunity to continue their learning journey, as well as giving them a focus and purpose each day.
To ensure your child is regularly accessing the planned work and to give any help needed the teachers need to see the work your child is doing. Teachers need to ensure that the work set is at an appropriate level and continues to ‘move the children on’ in their learning. To ensure this you must upload the completed work daily or at least once a week this will enable the teacher to review your child/ren’s learning. You can upload via eSchools or send a picture of the work/activity via a message on eSchools. If you are not sure how to do this there are instructions on the class page or you can message Mrs Bell.
We know that these times are extremely difficult but we would like to reassure you we are here to help. If you have any difficulty at all please contact us via eSchools or at school
Take care and best wishes.