Information added at 13.20 on Friday 3rd April 2020
Free School Meals Update
This week we have issued £20 Asda vouchers to all our free school meal children. This is above the amount that the government are funding, which is £15 per pupil per week and for this week, school have paid the extra £5 per child.
The government are not funding FSM over Easter (as meals are only provided in school during term time). So whilst ordinarily we would not provide free school meals during holiday periods, we find ourselves in unprecedented times and we wish to support our families as much as possible. Therefore, vouchers are being issued for the Easter period by exception. We will not be able to support in future holiday periods.
So for the Easter holidays, we will issue each Free School Meal child a £30 Asda voucher (should hopefully be on Monday 6th April depending on when they arrive). This is £15 per week for each child and is funded by school. Miss James will text these out (the same as this week) as soon as she receives them.
After Easter we will move onto the National Free School Meal voucher scheme where parents will be emailed (each Monday) a 12-digit code called an ‘e-Code’ which they can then go to the website – www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and use their ‘e-Code’ to choose an ‘E-gift card’ from whichever supermarket best suits them. This is funded at £15 per child – so for example if you have 2 children – you will get a code for £30. There are a range of supermarkets to choose from including: Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Waitrose and M&S Food (online options only available for Asda and Waitrose). You will then continue to get this £15 each school week until school reopens.
Information added at 19:45 on Tuesday 24th March 2020
FSM e-vouchers - Does your child usually receive a free school meal?
During these difficult times, Shaw Education Trust will be providing parents/carers with a £20 food voucher per week for any students that are eligible for free school meals and who are not currently in attendance at one of our schools or school hubs (this will be instead of a food parcel like what we handed out this week).
We have identified those who are eligible and will distribute the vouchers on a weekly basis via email, starting Friday 27th March.
Following feedback from school staff, the shops chosen to participate are ASDA and Tesco. Please note that the vouchers will only be valid for use in these stores.
For more information, please contact the school directly or visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance
Action Required from parents: We will be emailing all eligible parents a 'test email' this evening to check that we have the correct email address for everyone that will be receiving a voucher. Please check your inbox (and your clutter/junk folders) and if you have not received anything by Wednesday 23rd March at 10am please can you text/send a message on Schoolcomms with your up to date email address so we can update our database ahead of sending out the vouchers.
Information added at 07:45 on Friday 20th March 2020
The government has now published the full list of parents to be classed 'key workers' and below is the key messages:
Please follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be ‘available’ for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
The link to the full list is available here: 'List of Key Workers'
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching and support staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
Staff required to ensure the facilities above are able to carry out their duties, e.g. security staff, caretakers, cleaners, kitchen staff etc.
Please remember - this is a childcare OFFER - there is no requirement for you to take it up if you would rather keep your child at home.
If you are classed as a 'key worker' and you are needing/wanting childcare please email/text school ASAP - by midday latest so we can make the appropriate arrangements.
Information added at 16:50 on Thursday 19th March 2020
Work to complete at home
We will be sending packs of work home with children tomorrow (Friday) which contain the following:
- School report that would have been given to you at parents evening
- A letter from the class teacher regarding what work the children should be doing
- A letter with the children’s TT Rockstars/Numbots username and password on (Year 1-6 only)
- A letter with the children’s ‘MyMaths’ log in (Year 1-6 only)
- Class DoJo logins for children who do not have a parent already on Class DoJo. Teachers will be setting activities on Class DoJo via the portfolio function and you will be able to send back work your children have completed.
- A variety of worksheets/project activities for your children to complete
In addition to this – there are lots of links to free online learning resources on our school website. We will add to this list as we become aware of more useful activities so please check this list regularly.
If you are currently on self-isolation – the packs will be ready to collect between office hours of 8.45am – 3.45pm on Friday 20th March (if you can, please can you leave until towards the end of the day as we still have a couple of things to go in them). If you are sending someone else to collect the packs for you – please text us to let us know to give us permission to pass them to someone else (unless you have already told us this information).
Keeping in touch
For the foreseeable future we plan to still have staff in school/working from home so if you have any questions about any work set, please contact the class teacher on Class DoJo. If you have any other important questions or queries, especially if you have any family concerns, please text/email/phone and we will try and support you through this difficult time as best we can.
We will continue to post updates on our Facebook page/school website about school re-opening, so please check here for updates.
Information added at 13:50 on Thursday 19th March 2020
Further to last night’s announcement, school will be closing at 3.05pm tomorrow, Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.
Although school will be closing on Friday, we will remain open to the following groups of pupils:
- Children and young people with an EHCP –someone from school will be making contact with these families directly
- Children and young people with a social worker – someone from school will be making contact with these families directly
- Children of ‘key workers’ who can otherwise not be supervised during the school day – please see below
In helping us to plan for the number of children we are expecting on site, we need your assistance with the ‘key worker’ element of the provision. To date, the government have not yet announced the list of who is considered a ‘key worker’, and we may not get the full list until Friday but we want to start making arrangement for those workers we are confident will be included on the list.
Therefore, please can you contact us as a matter of urgency (by text or email - firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9am on Friday 20th March, if you work in one of the following areas of employment, and you will need your child to be supervised in school:
- Essential NHS staff
- Fire service
- Social Workers
- Delivery drivers
- Teachers/school staff
Please state the name of your employer when responding to us. We may require evidence of this employment. Please remember that we should still be practicing ‘social distancing’ so this childcare provision is only to be used by families who otherwise would have no childcare. If there is another adult in your household who can stay at home, then the advice is for children to be staying with that person at home to reduce the spread of the disease.
Once we have the list of names of children who will require this childcare, we will send you further details on things like uniform requirements, lunch arrangements and the planned activities etc.
Information added at 20:10 on Wednesday 18th March 2020
Following tonight's announcement from the Prime Minister, we wanted to update parents on the current situation with school. Much of what was said requires further clarification from the government before we know what is happening long term.
For now, school is open as normal tomorrow, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March. There will be no Boosters tomorrow for Year 6. If your child is unwell with a new cough or high temperature, or anyone else in your household displays these symptoms, then you need to stay off school for the rest of the week - PLEASE can you contact the office via phone/text to let us know if your child won't be in and the reason why for our records.
On Friday, we will give children packs of work to take home and complete during the period of closure - any children who are off school will be able to collect these packs during the day on Friday only - not tomorrow.
Staff in school will be working very hard to ensure the next 2 days run smoothly, and to put the appropriate plans in place for the upcoming weeks, especially with the childcare for 'key workers' arrangements. To help us be able to work on this, please avoid contacting the school office unless absolutely necessary - we thank you for your support with this so far. We promise that as soon as we have any further information or news to share, we will share it with you as soon as we can.
We appreciate that you will all have questions and concerns about the next coming weeks and we need families to remember that the safety and welfare of our children remains our main priority at all times.
Information added at 13:50 on Tuesday 17th March 2020
Kingswood: Today the decision has been made to cancel the Kingswood residential as it is classed as 'non essential travel'. We are currently working with the appropriate bodies to secure refunds. As soon as we have the appropriate confirmation then we will be able to contact parents about this so please bear with us.
Easter Bonnet: Nursery and Reception have confirmed that there is no need for parents to make Easter Bonnets to bring into school in light of the parade being cancelled.
Please remember to send your child with a water bottle to ensure we can promote good hygiene.
Please see the section on our website we have created of useful links for home learning for anyone who is having to self-isolate due to high temperatures and coughs (remember the government advice is that if anyone within a household is ill, all family members should self-isolate).
Information added at 20:50 on Monday 16th March 2020
Following the Prime Ministers announcement this evening, we have had to make some further decisions regarding our school operations.
Illness: The government are now advising anyone with the symptoms of a high temperature (37.8) or a persistent cough should stay off school for 14 days. They have now extended this advice to say that if anyone in a household is presenting with these symptoms, then everyone living in that house should also self-isolate for 14 days.
Class Assemblies: All class assemblies between now and the Easter holidays are cancelled and will be filmed and uploaded onto the school website.
Parents Evening: This is cancelled and we will be sending brief reports home on Thursday instead.
Mothers Day Breakfast: Unfortunately we have made the decision to CANCEL Mothers Day breakfast. We did consider if we could rearrange for an alternative week, but we are unsure when we could rearrange it for so we will have to cancel. From tomorrow we will start processing refunds so please bear with us whilst we try and get the money refunded ASAP.
Kingswood residential: TBC - we need to find out more information from Kingswood and will let those parents know ASAP what is happening.
Easter Bonnet Parade: Again unfortunately we have made the decision to CANCEL this event.
Times Table Bee Final: Again unfortunately we have made the decision to CANCEL this event.
This covers all the school events until Easter and we will review the events happening after the holidays in the upcoming days and weeks.
In the spirit of social distancing, please can you refrain where possible from coming into school/the office, and instead utilise other communication methods including phone calls/texting/DoJo messages to pass on any information etc.
As already promised, we will continue to update you all with any changes to normal school operations ASAP and please be reassured that all decisions are made with children's safety as the priority.
Information added at 11:00 on Monday 16th March 2020
3O Class assembly: We are going to cancel Wednesday 18th March class assembly and instead we will film the children and put it on the website on Wednesday.
Information added at 12:07 on Friday 13th March 2020
The health and safety of our children, staff and wider school community is, as always, our main priority. We are closely following the latest Government advice and guidance on Coronavirus and updating our school operations as needed.
At the moment, our main focus is to follow the guidance about ensuring regular, proper handwashing, and for us to be maintaining good levels of hygiene in school.
We have decided to cancel Parents Evening next Thursday 19th March due to the potentially large number of people on site. We will send home a short report instead highlighting your child's progress.
At the moment, we are still planning on running the other events that we have planned, including Mother's Day breakfasts, Kingswood residential, class assemblies and the Easter Bonnet Parade. However, we will be reviewing this decision on a daily basis in accordance with updates in guidance from the government, and working with Public Health England and The Shaw Education Trust. We will keep you all updated via Schoolcomms/Class Dojo/Facebook regarding these events and any changes.
There is much speculation as to whether schools across the country may close. Please rest assured that in the event that the government enforce school closures, we have a plan in place, and we will have packs of work to send home along with access to online learning resources.
Our main aim is to keep you updated with any changes as soon as we can, so please avoid contacting the office with general queries (as we are very busy as you can imagine) and be assured that we will update you as soon as any future decisions are made.
Thanks for your co-operation during these uncertain times.
Information added at 20:44 on Thursday 12th March 2020
In line with recent government advice, if your child has a continuous cough or a high temp please keep them off school (please can you text/ring as normal in the morning to report a child absence)
If you require any further help/information please click on the link below or use the DfE helpline:
DfE Coronavirus Helpline
Telephone - 0800 046 8687
If you have a query about Coronavirus (COVID-19), relating to schools and other educational establishments in England contact our helpline.
Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends 10am to 4pm.