15 June 2020
School is able to open to more children from next Monday (22/06/2020). We are still not going to be able to reopen for all children. If you have a child in EYFS and informed school that you wanted a place - you will have received a letter a couple of weeks ago telling you what to do next. This information still stands - please attend your 'bubble' at the specified time next Monday (please put your child in uniform).
If your child is in year one and you said you wanted a place - please look out for a letter arriving this week with further information.
If you have a child in year 6 and said you would like a place I will send a letter out in due course but I hope to welcome year 6 children back on Monday 29 June.
Please see the letter to parents in the file section of this page:
If you can't access files I have copied it here:
10 June 2020
You may or may not have heard the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, say yesterday that a wider opening of school to all year groups before the summer holiday would not be possible for most schools. The government have come to realise that the majority of schools do not have capacity, in terms of space or staffing, to enable this to happen whilst ensuring we follow social distancing.
Unfortunately this means that at The Roebuck we will not be able to open to years 2, 3, 4 or 5 before the summer holiday. It is still our intention to open to EYFS, year1 and year 6 when LCC tell us it is safe to do so, however we have no date as of yet, as well as continuing to provide home learning for all children.
Our classrooms are quite small so we can only fit a maximum of 9 children in (at a 2m distance) and in some rooms the maximum is 6. Therefore when I open to the priority year groups and still have the current children in, I will not have any spare staff or rooms to welcome more children back in to school. This saddens my staff and me greatly as we really are missing the children and would love to get back to some sort of normality.
I am currently in discussion with my staff as to what we can do for all year groups for the end of term – whether this be a short video from class teachers; trying to access zoom to have a class ‘get together or something completely different. I will obviously let you know as soon as we have decided.
We are also discussing what a September return will look like, if indeed there is the ‘normal’ return to school. One idea is to have children back in to their current class for a week so that we can do some transition work before they move up (this will be about supporting the transition back into school not just the next year group and looking at the health and well-being of the children). This would not include Y6 as they will have transitioned to high school.
We are also spending some time looking at a recovery curriculum as we know the children have missed out on a lot of normal education and will have gaps in their learning that we need to ‘plug’.
I thought it best to write to you as soon as possible to share our current thoughts and ideas. I will, of course, continue to remain in touch with you all, and can I thank you all once again for your understanding, support and patience. The Roebuck family have really pulled together throughout this and I am proud to be your head teacher.
Good morning all,
Late yesterday Lancashire County Council issued guidance to all it's schools informing us that we SHOULD NOT open to more children on June 1st. They have based this guidance on the fact that in their opinion the 5 tests that the government set out for safe opening of schools have not been met. Therefore I am really sorry to tell you that school will not open as planned to children in EYFS on June 2nd. All the staff at The Roebuck were looking forward to welcoming the pupils back as we have missed them, but I am sure you understand that if LCC, my employer, is saying they don't think it is safe yet, then I must adhere to this guidance.
The link to the actual article is below:
I am sure that this is just a postponement and we will enable more children to return soon - the school will continue to remain open for key groups as it has done throughout this pandemic.
New home learning grids will be sent out next week and staff will continue to upload more information and ideas on class Dojo.
Please use the email: FSM@roebuck.lancs.sch.uk to send us a current email address that we can use for your Free School Meal Voucher.
We've created a NHS poster to complete at home that you can download from your homework area or the school homepage. When you have completed your poster, stick them in your window and take a photo. Make sure you upload your pictures to your homework page or put them on Facebook using the hashtag #roebuckhomelearning
We look forward to seeing them!
How to keep safe:
For current guidance please click the following link:
We have set up this page in order to keep you up to date with the latest advice regarding COVID-19. As a school we are approaching the challenge presented by the spread of the virus as proactively as we can. Delay underpins all current strategy and we will continue to follow the advice given as and when it changes.
Our focus in school with all staff and pupils remains centred on hygiene, as this is proven factually to be the most effective way of limiting the spread of germs and the virus. Personal hygiene is the most important way we can contain COVID-19.
Washing hands with soap and water, 5 or more times a day for 20 seconds (the same amount of time it takes to sing ‘happy birthday’ twice) remains one of the most important ways of reducing the chance of infection.
Using tissues when coughing and/or sneezing is also essential. PHE have been advising of the importance of correct coughing and sneezing etiquette with the ‘Catch it, Kill it, Bin it’ campaign. Please could you ensure your child comes to school with a packet of pocket tissues so they can ensure good personal hygiene.