Daily Update

4 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good day.

Phase 1 - Reopening of The Deanes - Provision for Next Week

We are asking for parents / carers  who are critical workers or who have children that are classed as vulnerable to let us know if they are sending their child into school next week.  Those who have been at school this week will already have received a text message.

However,  if your intention is for your child to attend school next week and have not yet received a text, please follow this two part procedure:

1)  Complete this survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Deanes-Phase1/.  

2) Once we have assessed your request and verified that your child is able to attend, you will receive a text message / email asking you to detail the days you child will be in school and you will be asked to agree to and sign a Home / School Agreement.  This agreement outlines what our provision in school will be and our expectations of parents and children accessing our provision.  It has been put in place to ensure the safety of all children and staff.

I wish to stress that parents/carers retain the authority to decide whether school is an appropriate environment for their children. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools will not be held to account for attendance levels. 

I understand that many parents and carers may feel anxious about their child returning to school. Below this email you will find more information about how the school day will be organised so that you can make an informed decision about whether you send your child to school. 


Let us know how things are going at home

Are you proud of the work your child has done at home? Are they helping out with household chores?

As a school we love to acknowledge students who are working hard or those who have done an amazing job in school. For obvious reasons we are not able to do this at the moment. So instead, we are asking parents to help us out. Why not send us a photo of your child getting stuck into their distance learning or doing a household chore and we will post it on our Twitter account (@deanesschool)?

Feel free to avoid photographing your child’s face if you prefer. Be sure to send us a sentence to explain what work they are doing or how they are helping around the house and we will share the positive messages! Please send these via email to dmckeown@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk  or tag us in on Twitter. 


How to contact us

Can I also remind you that we want to do what we can to support our students and their families during this period.  

In order to help with communication, we have set up a quick form.  By using this form, we will be able to respond to you very quickly and it will allow our reception staff to remain at home.

If you need to contact us during this difficult period, please click here.  The form is also on our website under the 'Contact Us' menu item.

In the meantime, I hope you all stay safe.