Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers
Thanks for the positive comments, updates and patience regarding the national voucher scheme that launched this week. Everyone who is eligible should have received their vouchers for this week. If there’s an issue, please look at the user guide available here. If that doesn’t solve the problem, feel free to contact the office and we’ll try and rectify the situation. Staff in school have put a huge amount of work into setting this up in difficult circumstances; schools across the country have been trying to do the same thing at the same time! The next batch of vouchers for next week should be with you on or just after 27th April. Again, thanks for your patience and appreciation of the work that has gone in to organise this. We hope you’re all ok and staying safe.
I'm writing to give an update on the voucher scheme for those who are entitled to free school meals.
You may be aware that the Government and DfE have pointed us towards using a scheme set up to ensure you get vouchers that can be redeemed in local supermarkets. Nationally, there has been a huge demand on this service and, despite Barrowcliff staff working for 3 weeks to sort this out for our families, there are still issues in the provider getting the vouchers and codes to us. We are hopeful that they'll be ready for next week however I can't be certain that this will be the case.
Please bear with us while we continue to work with the provider to get the vouchers to you.
I'll update you next week as to where we are with the arrangements.
Hope you're all ok and staying safe.
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
As you will be aware, school will be closing on Friday for all pupils other than a small minority. Please be patient and allow us time to gather further advice and information. We are all working very hard to ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible but, as I am sure you can imagine, there are many questions and details that still need to be addressed. We WILL release information about the closure, including gathering information about the key groups, as this emerges.
Could I ask, therefore, that you please avoid contacting us today unless absolutely urgent as this will only delay what is going to be a very busy process? Could I also ask that you remain calm and polite in these difficult times? We are all working very hard to ensure the very best for our children and families, and our staff deserve to be treated with respect in these stressful situations. I would like to thank the vast majority of you that have been very understanding and very supportive of the work we have done so far in maintaining some normality for your children.
There are no particular changes from the messages that were shared yesterday. Staffing levels are currently the same and therefore we’re able to continue to provide the same service for your children.
We continue to plan for any potential closures of the school and are asking for some information from parents/carers to help with this:
1. If you work in a frontline public service (NHS, Police, Fire Service, Coastguard or Education) please can you call the school and share this information with us. It will help us plan for any potential provision that may be available should the school need to close for a period of time. Whilst this may not be possible, we’re looking to see how we can support those services to continue to function throughout a school closure.
2. We are looking at providing children who are eligible for free school meals with packed lunches if school has to close. If your child is eligible for a free school meal (this is an income related free school meal, not the universal infant provision), they will bring a letter home tonight. Please return the reply slip ASAP if this is something you would like to receive. This may not be possible, however it’s something we would attempt to do. We are aware some families are not in school and will not get this letter - please call the school if this applies to you and our office staff will help you.
School remains fully open for all children.
Both Miss Harrison and Mrs Jordan are currently self-isolating however we are able to continue to cover these absences at this point in time.
Please be aware that the latest guidance from the Government is that if you live in a household with others and have a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, both you and all others in your household should stay isolated together for 14 days.
All clubs have been cancelled until Easter when we will review the situation again. This includes breakfast club.
We are restricting large gatherings in school as much as we can which includes cancelling assemblies at this point in time.
We are continuing to supervise children washing their hands throughout the day.
To limit the number of adults entering the Nursery and Reception classrooms, please try and drop your child off with a member of staff at the door. We’re not continuing with the early morning questions and adults will be around to help.
Some parents have requested that work is sent home if children are isolated from school. We are currently preparing learning packs and will update you on this in the next couple of days.