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Information for Next Week
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Free School Meals
In line with Government guidance we are doing all that we can to ensure that eligible pupils have access to free school meals.
Children who are eligible for Free School Meals (not Universal Infant Free School Meals) will, whilst the school is open, be able to come to school to collect a packed lunch if they require it.
Chartwells, our catering contractor, will be preparing the meals and from Monday the 23rd March, if your child is eligible for a Free School Meal you will have the opportunity to visit the school between 12.15pm and 1.15pm to collect your child’s lunch.
The government are currently developing an approach to providing support through supermarket and shop vouchers as an alternative and we will keep you updated of any developments once we receive them.
We would like to thank you all for your messages of support in what has been a whirlwind of a week - we have never heard the word ‘unprecedented’ used so many times!
As you are aware, school will be closed from Monday except for certain groups of children. Children who are attending next week will be shortly receiving an email about the arrangements.
You will also have received a letter detailing how your child can access learning from home. Don’t worry, your child’s teacher will be in communication with your child at least weekly and will be setting regular work. Teachers have never had to work like this before and this week has been a massive learning curve for everyone so I am sure this new type of working will evolve over the coming weeks. Please be patient with us.
All children who are eligible for Free School Meals (not Universal Infant Free School Meals) will be able to come to school to collect a packed lunch if you require it. Further information about collection times will be provided later today.
The government are developing an approach to providing support through supermarket and shop vouchers as an alternative. We will keep you updated of any developments.
And don’t worry… this won’t be the last you hear from us or Giles Brook Primary School. We will be updating you with information as soon as we hear it.
We are really going to miss your children and we know they are going to struggle with not seeing their friends and teachers. All we ask is that everyone follows the advice given by the government in order to stop the spread of this virus but also, everyone looks after each other in these coming weeks, if not months. That way, hopefully, life can return to normal sooner rather than later.
With very best wishes
Claire , Angie and everyone at Giles Brook School
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs. We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories and whether this affects both or one parent and you would like to send them to school during this time:
Please contact the school by telephone to inform us if your child falls into one of these categories and you intend to send them into school during this period by 3.30pm today at the latest.
We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is as soon as we know.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn. Separate information will follow regarding how you can support your child with learning at home.
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we can continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.
Information about whether or not breakfast and after school clubs will open, will also be sent out in due course.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with us as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
Remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
Miss Claire Britnell
Following on from 16.03.20 national coronavirus update, I would like to advise you of the following:
If you or anyone in your household has either a new continuous cough or a high temperature (over 37.8 degrees), then you should stay at home for fourteen days. If your child was absent from school on Monday with one of these symptoms then please do not send your child into school for the next two weeks. Siblings of a child with the above symptoms should stay at home too.
The advice goes on to say:That means that if possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. If necessary, you should ask for help from others for your daily necessities. And if that is not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.
Further advice about staying at home can be found by clicking here:
Remember for most, and in particular children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. It’s important and comforting for children that they continue their routines and we will endeavour to keep doing this as long as we are able to. Thank you for your support and understanding at this unique time.