FSM VOUCHERS - Available from Monday 20th April
We understand the need to support families within our school community. Since the Government closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been providing packed lunches to all of our children who would usually receive a means tested Free School Meal (FSM)
We are replacing our free school meals during the closure with a £15 supermarket (TESCO) voucher for each child per week starting on Monday 20th April 2020. (After the Easter holidays)
You will receive a voucher equivalent to one weeks money the first week but after that we will pay this in a fortnightly voucher (eg £30, per child)
Vouchers can be collected from our school office (Liddell Terrace) on Monday 20th April at the appropriate collection time below.
We please ask that you adhere to the following rules;
· Only ONE ADULT should attend and you can nominate someone to collect on your behalf.
· Please DO NOT bring children to school.
· You MUST have valid identification with you.
· Practise good social distancing as you wait to collect your vouchers.
Surnames A - F - Please collect between 9.00am and 10.00am
Surnames G - L - Please collect between 10.00am and 11.00am
Surnames M - R - Please collect between 11.00am and 12.00
Surnames S - Z - Please collect between 12.00 and 1.00pm
Mrs J Allan
A note home from Mrs Allan to the children. Monday 30.3.2020
Hello boys and girls,
As this is the start of your second week at home,I just thought I would post this little note to you all from me.
Hope you are all ok, keeping safe and being really well behaved at home for your parents. 😀
Keep practising your reading and your times tables, because this will make you even more clever!! I am loving seeing you all learning at home. Keep sending your photographs because they are keeping us all connected and making all of your teachers smile every day!
I miss you all so much! I can’t wait for us all to be back together.
Stay safe and look after yourselves,
Love from Mrs Allan x
Free School Meals (Means Tested) Collection
From tomorrow (Thursday 26th March), Free School Meals (packed lunches) can now be collected from Brighton Avenue Primary School between 11.30am and 1pm only.
Packed lunches will be distributed from Y5S classroom door, which faces the KS2 yard. When collecting, please adhere to the 2m distance advice.
Thanks for your understanding in these unprecedented circumstances.
Mrs J Allan
What have you been up to at home?
We would love to see what you've all been up to at home! Send your pictures to email@example.com with your name and class in the subject and we will put them on your class page so all your friends can see what you've been up to.
Dear Parents and Carers
You will no doubt have heard the message from our government that the country is in lockdown and movement outside of your home is significantly restricted.
Parents and carers who work as ‘critical workers’ or those of vulnerable children will have already been in touch with school and requested reduced provision.
Those children can still access emergency childcare but I would ask those parents and carers to consider the following very seriously before sending their children into our emergency childcare tomorrow.
Reduced provision is only for vulnerable children and children of parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response.
Many parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.
And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
I can not stress enough that these are extraordinary times and that requires extraordinary measures.
As the Head Teacher of this school I need to do all I can to ensure that I can provide emergency childcare for the small minority of parents and carers who are currently playing a significant role in fighting CORVID-19. Please heed government advice and do not send children in unnecessarily.
Sending children into emergency childcare when it is not necessary will jeopardise our ability to support those parents who need it most.
The days, weeks and months ahead will be tricky and we need everyone to play their part.
Please let me do mine and please do not send your child in if they can be safely cared for at home.
Thank your you cooperation.
Mrs Joanne Allan
Due to our Site Manager having to go into self-isolation we are no longer able to deliver packed lunches to your home addresses.
From tomorrow (Tuesday 24th March) all packed lunches will be available to collect from St George's Church on Low Fell between 11.30am and 1pm.
As always if you have any problems or concerns about this or anything else please do not hesitate to email us using the following email address:
Thanks for your continued support.
Updated 22nd March at 5.15pm
We understand that over the coming weeks there may be certain things that you feel unsure about or need advice on; as a school we still wish to support our families to the best of our ability during this period of uncertainty and as it isn't physically possible for us to ring you all individually on a regular basis we would welcome you contacting us if you need any help.
From Monday 23rd March 2020 the school office will be closed therefore if you need to contact us for any reason please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org - this email address is checked on a daily basis and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Thank you for your continued support as always.
For children coming in to school as of Monday 23rd March 2020, the following measures/precautions must be taken:
* Own clothes to be worn which are fresh on – we recommend putting clothes straight in the washing machine once returning home from school to minimise and control the spread of infection.
* Up to date contact details for family members must be available within school and emergency contact details should your child become poorly/exhibit symptoms of contracting coronavirus.
* We must register your child in and out of the premises by somebody who either has parental responsibility or has been nominated by yourselves, as long as you are all fit and well and now showing symptoms of coronavirus.
* Children MUST be dropped off at 9am and collected at 3pm from our school community room.
* If you become unwell with coronavirus symptoms, you must immediately contact school and arrange for collection of your child.
* Social distancing must be enforced whilst your child is not in school if we are to prevent/minimise the spread of infection.
* School must be informed if you no longer fall within the Key worker list or you have been asked to self-isolate.
* Thorough hand washing to take place at home just before leaving the home.
* All children with medication must bring any medication with them on Monday. (This will go home daily due to unknown future circumstances)
* Can all change bring a change of clothes with them into school for PE/Forest School activities.
* All children will be provided with a hot meal free of charge, whatever your financial circumstances.
Letter received from the Local Authority
Date: 20 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Key Workers Update
Your school will be open from Monday 23 March for vulnerable children and children of Key Workers.
However, I need to stress the following key principles:
1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
2. 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.
3. 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 Governments list of Key Workers is more comprehensive than we expected. I am therefore greatly concerned that schools will be supporting significantly more pupils than originally anticipated.
This will cause issues with the school’s ability to implement the policy of social distancing and a school’s capacity to staff appropriately.
Therefore, I ask you as parents in these extremely difficult times to only take up the offer if absolutely necessary.
Schools will ensure that children are safe and cared for. They will provide a range of activities but will not be teaching a National or Early Years curriculum.
Below is the key extract from the Government’s guidance on Key Workers:
“As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
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 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.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
As you will see the Government’s strong instruction is that as few children as possible attend school. In these , rapidly changing and challenging times I ask once again that you only take up the offer of a place if it is absolutely necessary.
Thank you for your support.
Caroline O’Neill Strategic
Director Children, Adults and Families
The Government has finally released the official list of those occupations considered “key workers” and therefore eligible for their children to remain at school after today.
Important – Please Read: Key Workers List using the link below