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Dear Abbeys Families                                                                                                           25th June 2020

This page gives information during the Coronavirus pandemic on:

Latest news update/Google Classroom/Transition Year 6 to 7/Free School Meals/Help and support for families/alternative provision eligibility/How to contact us

From 4th July the government are easing the 2 metre social distancing rule to 1 metre plus. 

Therefore from Monday 6th July we will be offering two days a week in school for the children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5, in addition to the provision already in place for EYFS Years 1 and 6, and the alternative provision for vulnerable and keyworker children:

Children in Year 2 - Monday and Tuesday, 9.00 to 3.15, arrive and leave by side door as signposted. 

Children in Year 3 - Monday and Tuesday, 9.15 to 3.00, arrive and leave by side door as signposted.

Children in Year 4 - Wednesday and Thursday, 9.15 to 3.00, arrive and leave by side door as signposted.

Children in Year 5 - Wednesday and Thursday, 9.15 to 3.00, arrive and leave by main front door.  (If your Year 5 child already attends on a Friday, this provision will also continue.)

If you wish to take up a place or have any questions, please call the school, 01908 375230.  Children will need to be in school uniform, with their own water bottle and packed lunch, and should not bring a large bag or book bag into the building.  

Please note that we will not be accepting any more newly returning children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 or Year 6 after Monday 29th June.

As we move towards the summer break it is more important than ever that children access remote learning.   If your child has not yet signed into their Google Classroom, please do this urgently, from the Our Learning section of the website.  As well as adding work and managing the Google chat room, our teachers have live weekly face-to-face sessions with their classes using Google Classroom.  If it is not possible to access Google Classroom please phone or email the School Office as soon as possible for a paper version of the activities provided online.  Lord Grey School have provided a transition pack for Year 6 pupils, which can be found in the Beaulieu, Belmont and Bradwell Google Classrooms.

If your child is eligible for free school meals and they are not in school for these, you will continue to receive vouchers to provide their lunches.  This will continue through the summer holidays, where families will be sent the 6 week allocation of vouchers in one amount, during the week commencing 20th July.  You can check your eligibility for free school meals online through the link on our Parents Information section of the website.

We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home.  If you have any questions, please contact school, either by phone on 01908 375230, or use our email office@abbeysprimary.org and we will respond as soon as possible. 

These can be challenging times for families, and there are a number of organisations and charities within Milton Keynes who are still operating to ensure help and support is available to anyone who needs it:

Food Bank Xtra - 01908 565852 (offering food parcels to residents who require assistance)

MKACT - helpline 0344 375 4307 (Milton Keynes local service supporting victims of domestic abuse)

You can also self-refer to the Milton Keynes Children & Families Practice team if you need advice or support, on 01908 657800.  Their information leaflet can be found here.

For parents and carers of Year 6 pupils moving up to Lord Grey School for September 2020, the attached link gives information to help prepare for this transition to Year 7.

Any request for alternative provision (for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils only) made using the attached request form will be reviewed in line with government guidelines, and is subject to the school being able to provide safe staffing levels.

The Our Learning section of the school website has links to online learning, some sites which are monitored and set at different levels by our teaching staff.   Other sites don't require individual logins, such as the government's Oak National Academy, and BBC Bitesize.  This section also contains Summer term Pick n Mix activities by year group, which your child should be completing as a bridge to topic learning in school.

Best wishes on behalf of myself and my team,

Mrs Sophie Good, Headteacher