Barrowcliff School

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Welcome to the Barrowcliff School website

COVID-19 Information and Updates

Please check here regularly for updates on the current situation in school. 

 

If you have any urgent messages outside of normal school hours, please email us: admin@barrowcliff.n-yorks.sch.uk 

Single Positive Case of Covid-19

We have had a single reported case of Covid-19 in Class 5.  Parents of children who need to isolate have been contacted and school remains open for all other classes.

Please click on the letters below for further information:

Key Information for the wider reopening of school on Monday 8th March 2021

Please click on the document below to view important information about the reopening of school from Monday.

School reopening to all pupils from Monday 8th March

Wed 24 Feb 2021

As you will no doubt be aware, school will reopen to all pupils on Monday 8th March.  Thank you for everyone for your efforts and support over the last few weeks.  There will likely be lots of further news and advice over the next few days.  As you know, we often find things out at the same time as you!  We will post updates on our website and social media pages as and when we receive them.  Look out for further information over the next few days.  We're very much looking forward to seeing everyone back in school!

Free School Meal Voucher Scheme launching 1st February

28th January 2021

Thank you for all your positive feedback and comments on our free school meal hampers.  These have been a great success and we're very grateful for your patience while we distributed these to you, and for the support you have given us on social media.  The staff have worked extremely hard and we are all very appreciative.

 

Following the government update, we will be moving to the national voucher scheme from week beginning 1st February.  Please keep reading to see when and how you'll get your vouchers....

 

If you provided us with an email address on the recent survey we sent to you by text message, your voucher code will be emailed to you to redeem. You should receive an email directly from Edenred with your first voucher code on or shortly after Friday 29th January, and then weekly thereafter. You will be able to choose which supermarket you would like your voucher for each week.

 

If you have not provided us with an email address, or have contacted us to request a paper voucher, this will be posted to you on Friday 29th January.  Paper vouchers will be for Aldi unless you have already contacted us to request a different supermarket.  Please let us know if you'd like to change your supermarket at any point (vouchers for week beginning 1st February can no longer be changed).

 

If you haven't done the survey and haven't contacted us, don't worry - you'll still get a voucher.  Your voucher will be for Aldi and arrive by post.  You can contact us at any time to change how you receive it and which supermarket you'd like.

 

Please note vouchers are only available to children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

 

Children who are still coming to school and getting a school meal each day will not receive a voucher.  

 

If your child is attending school part-time, you will be sent a voucher for the number of days your child is not in school.

 

Breakfast Hampers

As we will no longer be delivering food hampers, we have teamed up with Magic Breakfast to once again offer delivery of breakfast hampers via Amazon.  If you previously registered for the Christmas one-off delivery, we have been able to automatically re-register you to receive a breakfast hamper every fortnight.  If you didn't sign up for the Christmas delivery but would like to register, please contact the office and we will send you a form to complete.

 

Half Term Vouchers

We have just received confirmation that North Yorkshire County Council will once again be funding vouchers during the half term holiday.  This uses a different scheme to the national voucher scheme.  Further details will be sent out when we know more.

Free School Meals during the National Lockdown

7th January 2021

 

We will be distributing food hampers to all our children entitled to free school meals who are not currently attending school.  This is in line with government guidance received by school this week.

 

Hampers will be delivered to families on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th, and Monday 11th January. Please bear with us as we have a lot of households to cover.  Deliveries will then be fortnightly thereafter. Each hamper contains enough food for 2 weeks per child and will include a variety of produce such as bread, ham, cheese, fruit, vegetables, pasta, yogurt and much more.  An example food hamper is shown below.

 

These arrangements are subject to current government guidance.  We will keep you informed of any changes as soon as we are made aware of them.

School Closure following National Lockdown Announcement

4th January 2020

 

Following the Government's announcement this evening, school will move to remote learning starting tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January.  Please only send your child to school if:

* you are a critical worker

* you are working with a social worker

* your child has an EHCP.

 

Please note that the critical worker list was updated on 31st December.  If you are unsure whether you are a critical worker, please click here to access the government list, or telephone the school tomorrow for advice and guidance.

 

Apologies for the late notice, however as I have often told many of you, we find this information out at the same time as you.  

 

Learning activities are already available on our website as they were already posted for those in self-isolation.  These can be accessed here.

 

Stay safe, and we will send further information to you in the following days. 

 

Mr Mark Rogers

Headteacher

End of Term Update - 14th December 2020

Please see the letter below for an important end of term update.

Information for Nursery, Reception and KS1 following Positive Cases of Covid-19

13th December 2020

 

Following positive Covid-19 tests in school, children in all of our Nursery, Reception and KS1 bubbles will need to isolate until 21st December.  All of these groups need to isolate as we cannot be certain which children in each bubble may have been in contact with those that have tested positive.  To clarify, this affects Classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, and our Nursery class.

 

We have contacted all parents/carers of close contacts by text message or telephone call to inform them that their child must self-isolate up to and including 21st December.  This is 10 days from the last contact with the positive case.

 

Please click on the letter below from the NHS for further information about the isolation period, and what to do if your child develops symptoms.

 

Children in these classes will move to Home Learning from Monday 14th December until the end of term on Thursday.  All Home Learning resources are available on our website, please click here to access the Home Learning page.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select your child's class.  If you have any difficulty using these, please contact the school office on Monday morning and we will arrange for a Home Learning pack to be delivered to you.

Information for Class 9 following Positive Case of Covid-19

13th December 2020

 

We have today been informed that a member of Class 9 has tested positive for Covid-19.  We have contacted all parents/carers of close contacts by text message or telephone call to inform them that they must self-isolate up to and including 21st December.

 

Please click on the letter below from the NHS for further information about the isolation period, and what to do if your child develops symptoms.

 

Children in Class 9 will move to Home Learning from Monday 14th December until the end of term on Thursday.  All Home Learning resources are available on our website, please click here to access them.  If you have any difficulty using these, please contact the school office on Monday morning and we will arrange for a Home Learning pack to be delivered to you.

Information for Class 7 following Positive Cases of Covid-19

12th December 2020

 

We have today been informed that 2 members of Class 7 have tested positive for Covid-19.  We have contacted all parents/carers of close contacts by text message or telephone call to inform them that they must self-isolate up to and including 21st December.

 

Please click on the letter below from the NHS for further information about the isolation period, and what to do if your child develops symptoms.

 

Children in Class 7 will move to Home Learning from Monday 14th December until the end of term on Thursday.  All Home Learning resources are available on our website, please click here to access them.  If you have any difficulty using these, please contact the school office on Monday morning and we will arrange for a Home Learning pack to be delivered to you.

Information for Whole School following positive cases of Covid-19

12th December 2020

 

Please find below a copy of a letter from the NHS for all parents and carers to read following confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in school.

 

Parents/carers of children who have been in close contact with the individuals who have tested positive have been informed and instructed to isolate.

 

If you have not been contacted, school remains open for your child.  This is because they have not been in close contact with the positive cases.  Keeping the children in their 'Bubbles' allows us to quickly identify which children are classed as close contacts.

 

If you have any queries, please get in touch with us during school opening hours on 01723 351767 or email admin@barrowcliff.n-yorks.sch.uk.

Confirmed Positive Case of Covid-19

18th November 2020

 

We have received confirmation of positive cases of Covid-19 in Class 5 and Class 11 this week.  All pupils who need to self-isolate have been informed and a letter has been sent home with the children (Class 11) or will be delivered home today (Class 5). 

 

The return to school date on each letter is 14 days from the last time your child had contact with the confirmed positive case.  If your child develops symptoms of Covid-19, you must follow the instructions in the letter.  If your child tests positive for Covid-19, you must inform us immediately so appropriate action can be taken to protect other children and members of staff in school.

 

Children who have been sent home to self-isolate and are on free school meals are eligible to receive a food parcel.  Our catering team are working hard to ensure that families receive these as soon as possible after being told to isolate, and we will deliver them to your door as soon as we can.

 

Home Learning is available on the website, please click the links on the home page.  If your child does not have access to a laptop or the internet, please let us know and we will arrange for a learning pack to be delivered to you.

 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Letter to whole school following a confirmed positive case of Covid-19

 

Please find below a copy of a letter from the NHS sent home for all parents and carers to read in the event of a confirmed positive case of Covid-19 in school.

 

Parents/carers of children who have been in close contact with a positive case and therefore need to isolate will be informed, and school will remain open for all other children.

Covid-related Pupil Absence - Guide for Parents

Addendum to Behaviour Policy - Covid-19

Letter to Year 6 Parents - Reopening of School 1st June

Letter to Parents - Wider Reopening of School from 1st June

Letter to Keyworker Parents re: Wider School Opening

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers

Free School Meal Voucher Update 23/04/2020

 

Dear Parents/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.

 

Regards,

Mark Rogers

Headteacher

 

Government Guidance for Parents

Free School Meal Vouchers

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

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. 

 

Regards, 

Mark Rogers 

Headteacher.

Addendum to Child Protection Policy COVID-19 school closure arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at Barrowcliff School

Privacy Notice - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Pupils, Parents and Staff

This Privacy Notice has been written to inform pupils, parents and staff of Barrowcliff School about how we will be using their personal information in light of the measures that have been introduced in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

19th March 2020

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.

18th March 2020

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.

17th March 2020

  • 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.

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