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News update 26.06.2020

Dear Parents and Carers
With all the various announcements from the government over the last couple of weeks and the gradual release of lockdown restrictions it has certainly been an interesting time. We have been waiting for more details from the Department for Education as to what this will look like which we are still waiting for - however we do have a few updates and possibilities we are working from:
FSM summer voucher scheme it has been confirmed that the summer voucher scheme will be run by the government agency Edenred. Families will receive a voucher to cover the whole summer and this will be sent to you via email. This voucher can be then used in a number of supermarkets however as far as we know the Co-Op is still not part of this scheme. The office team have been in contact with families to ensure we have the right email address for you.
Summer the information that we are getting is that schools will close as per the term dates on Friday 10th July. At this stage we have not had any indication around summer openings, however, we have been in contact with Rising Stars to see if they can offer a summer programme for you to access. We will update you when we have further information.
Return to school in September for Years 1 - 6– the government has stated that schools will return from the 1st September with children going into class-sized bubbles. With this in mind it will seem likely that we will all return together. Leicester City and Leicestershire are looking at having the last week of August as set up and preparation time so at this stage the proposal is:
o Monday 24th Wednesday 26th August set up and preparation days
o Thursday 27th Friday 28th August transition and welcome back sessions this will be phased and timetabled
o Monday 31st August Bank Holiday
o Tuesday 1st September Yrs 1 6 return as normal to school
Return to school for EY with the major disruption to our normal programme the start of term will look slightly different for our new starters. Mrs Cooling and the team are looking at developing a transition programme of ‘Newbies’ sessions, 1-1 meetings and transition days.
End of year reports - you will receive a summary and overview report at the end of term which will link to the interim report you received in February. We will look at having early parents meeting next term so that we can talk through where your children are and what their next steps will be. In this report we will also include the class teacher that your child will have next year. These will be sent out via ClassDojo.
Certificate postcards our photocopier is now fixed and we will begin sending out some reward certificates via the post …keep an eye out!
P4C family challenge I have attached a wondering wombat challenge for the whole family! The idea of this is for us to start thinking about Newlands and what is working well and what things we could start doing to make it even better. The whole school community is being asked to have its say so that we can continue making Newlands an even better place to learn.
I will keep you posted as we get more guidance and confirmation from the Department for Education and the LA.
Golden Regards Simon and the Newlands Team