9th April 2020 Update to Parents and Carers

9th April 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Weekly Update - 9th April 2020

On behalf of the school, I hope you and your family are all well.

The school has been open for the last four days providing valuable childcare for our Key Worker families ensuring that parents are able to continue in their valuable work.

The school is extremely grateful to all the staff who have volunteered over the Easter holidays. So far approximately 30 staff have volunteered at the Britwell Campus looking after the children, dealing with office enquiries, cleaning the site and ensuring the site is safe.

Leaders are meeting regularly via video conferencing to ensure we are ready for the next stages and the decisions made by the Government. At the moment we have no knowledge of when we will return to a normal school week for children and we are guided and informed just like you by the broadcasted daily Government briefings held every afternoon.

The school will continue to keep you updated on a regular basis and we will let you know if we have any news.

The latest DfE guidance today is the following:

Schools to remain closed until further notice

All early years settings, schools and further education providers will remain closed until further notice, except for children of critical workers and children who are vulnerable. We will only re-open settings when the scientific advice indicates it is safe to do so.

Edenred Vouchers – (for those eligible Free School Meals families claiming benefits)

All parents who are entitled to the voucher should have now received a separate letter on Wednesday 8th April.

The Department for Education (DFE) has developed a national voucher scheme to ensure children eligible for benefits-related free school meals can continue to access support if they are not in school.

The school will issue every child eligible for benefits-related free school meals a voucher to the value of £15 each week, this will amount to £30 per child for the Easter Holiday period.

Please note this is benefit-related Free School Meals and NOT Universal Infant Free School Meals.

We are beginning to process the first round of vouchers and we hope that these vouchers will be with you by the end of the Easter Holidays. Please note that we have over 300 vouchers to process and there have been some issues with the Edenred website so please be patient. Whilst we have uploaded the vouchers yesterday, it may take a few days or a week for you to receive your e-voucher.

Please note we apologise for the delay but the system is taking a few days to generate the voucher.

 

Our website – www.claycots.com

Worry Box for children

The school has set up a pupil worry box for pupils to send in any of their worries during this difficult time. The worry box is staffed by the safeguarding team and if they feel it is required, a member of the safeguarding team may reach out and contact you/your child in response.

Please note any safeguarding concerns will be dealt with in line with the school's Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

The worry box form is accessible from the home learning page/stay at home packs section of the school website. /2241/stay-at-home-packs

Other resources – DfE Recommended online resources

The school has also added to our school website a further list of ‘easy to use’ online resources which have been recommended by the DFE. Hopefully these resources will complement the resources we have already uploaded.

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Further to this, the BBC is to put on 14 weeks of educational programmes and lessons for every child in the country as part of its biggest ever push on education. The corporation has unveiled details of a newly expanded service that aims to either complement what school are providing remotely, or as a standalone resource. BBC Bitesize Daily will start on Monday April 20th, the start of the summer term of most children, and includes lessons for children of all ages.

 

And finally….

And finally, to all children, families, staff and Governors, the school wishes you a Happy and Healthy Easter Holiday. Please take care and look after each other.

And please remember to ‘Clap for Carers’ at 8.00pm tonight to say thank you to all the Key Workers and all the NHS staff who are doing a fantastic job for us all.

Wishing you all the very best,

Best wishes

Andrew Griffin

Executive Headteacher

 

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