Coronavirus Update 25.3.20

25th March 2020

Hi Everyone


I hope you are all well and keeping yourselves safe by following government orders on social distancing
and staying at home except for your daily exercise, essential shop or to help the vulnerable. Thank you
all for encouraging your children to engage with their teachers through Tapestry and Seesaw and
supporting their learning. If your child has not engaged, we will be making a phone call tomorrow or
Friday to check that all is fine and offer support if needed, either technical or otherwise.

At present, both schools are closed as our children whose parents are keyworkers have another member
of their household to look after their children whilst they are at work. I know this must be difficult times,
so I would like to thank you for your support in keeping your children safe at home. We do still have a
duty of care for all of our children and if any parents who are keyworkers cannot get childcare, please
email me on and we will ensure that provision is made at one school, at
one time on a staff rota system. Children may only attend school if it is deemed essential as there is no
other means of safe care within the household and with confirmation from myself. Please email me if
you have any questions regarding this.

Free School Meals

The government have promised a national voucher system for parents to access if their child is eligible
for free school meals (not including universal free school meals). No further details have been given to
us regarding this as yet so we have decided to take our own action. This week we offered packed
lunches for collection from school and from next week we will be sending vouchers to families. We will
send them out on Monday and each child will receive a voucher for £25 for the following 2 weeks
worth of meals (£12.50 a week). We will continue to send them out every other Monday until the
national voucher system is agreed and up and running. Vouchers can be redeemed at Tesco for food for
your children. I am not yet sure whether the vouchers will be sent via post or email, that will depend on
which form they arrive to us in. I will let you know as soon as I know. If your child is eligible please email
me with the subject, “My child (name) is eligible for free school meals.” We do have a list of our own
but I want to be sure I have the correct email for you. If parents are separated then only the parent who
is main carer (or where the child spends most time) needs to email to ensure the vouchers go to the
correct place.
If you are unsure whether your child is eligible for free school meals, you can check on the government
website on I am not sure how long it will take to process a new
application at the moment but it is worth a try.
If you have any questions about any of the above then please do get in touch with me no matter how
trivial it may sound. If you are having any problems with home learning then our staff are there to
support you and can be contacted via their email addresses. These can be found under the home
learning tab on our websites in your child’s class section: and Staff will be uploading next term’s learning webs towards the end of the
Easter period, please keep your eye out for them.

I’ll continue to update you as and when I get any new information. Until then, stay safe, stay at home
where possible and most importantly take care of yourselves and our little superstars who we are all
missing so much.

Paula Blackburn