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COVID-19 Updates

Information added at 19.40 on Tuesday 19th May 2020

Please click here for our latest Newsletter which clearly outlines our return to school plan for 1st June - it is vital that ALL PARENTS read this.

 

Important Updates from The Shaw Education Trust

Information added at 12.40 on Tuesday 19th May 2020

To our Shaw Education Trust family
                                                                         The wider opening of our academies
There has been much speculation in the press, and across the nation, regarding the opening of nurseries, schools and academies to more young people.


The Shaw Education Trust (SET) position is:
                                  a) Our pupils and people will come first; safety will drive decision making;
                                  b) We will listen to all advice, guidance and recommendations issued by the government, Department for                                              Education (DfE), and SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies);
                                  c) We will assess each academy individually as to the degree of risk and plausible risk mitigation. This will be                                        specific and tailored to each site;
                                  d) We recognise that whilst it is desirable for children to return to school, it must be done sensibly and safely;
                                  e) The SET Board is legally responsible for deciding whether a school should open more widely. The Board                                            will consider local leadership (including governance) analysis, review, and risk assessments. Final                                                      decisions will be taken in consultation with the SET Executive Team.


Schools have been asked, by the government, to plan to open more widely from the 1 June 2020 at the earliest. The 28 May 2020 is when the government will make the definitive announcement of their expectations. In terms of planning for wider opening,
year groups will be prioritised; and group sizes appropriately modified. However this will not be appropriate, nor wise, for all academies in our Trust. Where a school is not able to open more widely, staff will continue to set home-based learning. Individual
schools may provide a ‘pared back’ offer to families as appropriate, or as required.


Factors the Board will consider when determining wider opening include:
                                                   i. Staff availability, including leadership teams and safeguarding cover;
                                                  ii. The size and capacity of the buildings;
                                                 iii. Where required, the availability of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment);
                                                 iv. The local R rate and any decline in the number of reported cases and deaths;
                                                  v. The review of individual academy risk assessments.

We will continue to work co-operatively and collaboratively with all stakeholders, including local authorities, unions and our communities. We recognise that events will inevitably change over time, and on occasion at pace.


Factors which could influence our future decision making include:
                                                 a) A change in the local, or national, R rate;
                                                 b) Changes to staffing ratios, or building capacity;
                                                 c) Incidences of COVID19 in an academy and/or its community;
                                                 d) Statutory direction from the DfE.


It is important to note, as you will appreciate, that whilst we will make every effort to manage risk throughout this pandemic, effectively assessing and mitigating risk, does not eradicate risk. Whilst every precaution will be taken across the Trust academies, we cannot guarantee, or provide certainty, around infection likelihood, or transfer.


Staff and children across the Trust have worked incredibly hard over the last nine weeks. Our academies have met parental need and opened their doors to large numbers of pupils. Home-based learning has been meticulously delivered to all our
children, using various mechanisms. We are very proud of our people and their collective efforts.


The Principal/Headteacher of your child’s academy will inform you of the next steps regarding the opening of your provision. Please be aware that this may be subject to change at short notice.


Your incredible children and our super staff will always be our number one priority.


We hope that you, your family and friends, remain safe and well.


Yours sincerely,
Jo Morgan                  John Norman
CEO                           Chair                                                                                                                                                                             The Shaw Education Trust

 

Important Links

Please click on the link below to see the necessary additions to our Safeguarding Policy in light of COVID-19 arrangements:

Safeguarding Policy - COVID-19 Addendum

The lock down period is seeing a rise in Domestic Abuse incidents at home - Please click on the link for support for Domestic Abuse 

Important Updates from School

Information added at 14.50 on Tuesday 12th May 2020

 

To Parents/Carers,

I am sure that like us, you have many questions about the upcoming return to school.  For those who have been keeping up with the Prime Minister’s announcements, you will have seen that there are plans for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return to school on Monday 1st June.  The government then intend for ALL Primary School children to be attending school for at least a month before we break up for the summer holidays.  Both of these steps are dependent on the Coronavirus level across the UK and the government will only allow us to return if it is deemed safe to do so.

The government and the Department for Education over the past 48 hours have issued many pieces of guidance for schools about how to re-open schools safely.  We are currently consulting with this guidance, and are putting a plan together of how we will re-open our school.  As you can imagine there are many things for us to think about and consider, to ensure that we can keep your children as safe as possible when it is time for them to return to school.  As soon as we have a concrete plan, we will share this with you.  This plan will detail when your children will attend school, how & where and at what time they should be dropped off and collected, lunch time arrangements, what we will do about break times etc.  We are hoping to be able to share a detailed plan with parents at the beginning of next week – week commencing 18th May.

There has been lots of speculation in the media about what measures schools may put in place, and in order to try and put some of your fears to rest, we want to share with you some of the key decisions we have made so far, which we feel are really important to not only the health, but also the emotional well being of the children:

  • There is no plan to send children at The Meadows to another school (except Year 6 for any High School transition activities)
  • Children will be taught in smaller groups for health and safety reasons – maximum of 15 children
  • Children will return to be taught by staff they are familiar with/used to
  • If your child is unable to return to school due to underlying health conditions, we will continue to support them with home learning

 In order to help us put together a successful plan for returning to school, we really need your input! We would like to have an indication of who is planning on sending their child/ren into school when they are allowed back so that we can work out a suitable timetable for children to be in school.  We understand that there are some parents who may be unable to send their children back due to underlying medical reasons etc. therefore please can we ask all parents to complete the short survey below to help us collect this key information:

 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/95LBBY7

 Please can you complete this by no later than 3pm on Wednesday 13th May 2020 in order for us to get a plan to you by next week.

 Please bear with us whilst we put together the best plan that we can, to ensure our Meadows family is reunited again soon, in a safe and appropriate way.  We will be in touch with you all as soon as we can. 

We thank you for your continued support to the school and all the staff during this time, it is really appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

 Mrs Gater

Head Teacher

 

Information added at 11.20 on Thursday 23rd April 2020

Free School Meals Update

We know a lot of parents have struggled this week with the DfE Free School Meal vouchers as some people haven't seen the emails with the e-code or struggled to order the vouchers due to the website being so busy.   Miss James is trying to work with you all to make this a bit easier. 

From next week - the e-codes will get emailed to Miss James at school and then she will text out the 16 digit code. This means we will know who's codes are missing and be able to chase this up, also we will be able to reissue the codes if it needs to be sent to an alternative parent etc. 

We will be ordering 2 weeks of e-codes at a time.  So for example, next week you will get an e-code for £30 per child to cover the week commencing 27th April and 4th May.   Hopefully this will reduce the amount of times you need to order the vouchers as you will only need to do it each fortnight rather than weekly.  Remember the vouchers will be grouped together per family, so if you have one child you will get £30, 2 children you will get £60, 3 children you will get £90 etc. 

Also from Monday 27th April - Aldi will be joining the scheme so you will be able to use your e-code to choose vouchers which you can spend at Aldi. 

So, Miss James will get the next batch of e-codes on Monday 27th (or Tuesday 28th depending on how well the website works) - she will then text them to you once she gets them.  

You then go on the following website: www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and put your 16-digit code in - then choose what supermarket you want vouchers for (remember it is only Asda that you can use online for delivery).  Make sure you type in the whole value of your e-code.  So if your e-code is for £60 and you want Tesco.  Click on the Tesco icon then type in £60 otherwise there will be money left on your code that is not used.  You can choose to split the e-code and order vouchers for different supermarkets eg, £30 Aldi, £30 Tesco.  Once this is in your basket - select check out and then it will ask for your first name, last name, email address and mobile number.  Once you have put all that information in and submitted it - check your emails to get your chosen supermarket e-voucher.  

When you then visit the supermarket you need to show this code for them to scan at the checkout. 

If you do encounter any issues then please contact Miss James at school who will help as much as she can.

 

Information added at 13.20 on Friday 3rd April 2020

Free School Meals Update

This week we have issued £20 Asda vouchers to all our free school meal children.  This is above the amount that the government are funding, which is £15 per pupil per week and for this week, school have paid the extra £5 per child.

Easter

The government are not funding FSM over Easter (as meals are only provided in school during term time).  So whilst ordinarily we would not provide free school meals during holiday periods, we find ourselves in unprecedented times and we wish to support our families as much as possible.  Therefore, vouchers are being issued for the Easter period by exception.  We will not be able to support in future holiday periods.

So for the Easter holidays, we will issue each Free School Meal child a £30 Asda voucher (should hopefully be on Monday 6th April depending on when they arrive).  This is £15 per week for each child and is funded by school.  Miss James will text these out (the same as this week) as soon as she receives them.

After Easter

After Easter we will move onto the National Free School Meal voucher scheme where parents will be emailed (each Monday) a 12-digit code called an ‘e-Code’ which they can then go to the website – www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and use their ‘e-Code’ to choose an ‘E-gift card’ from whichever supermarket best suits them.  This is funded at £15 per child – so for example if you have 2 children – you will get a code for £30.  There are a range of supermarkets to choose from including: Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Waitrose and M&S Food (online options only available for Asda and Waitrose).  You will then continue to get this £15 each school week until school reopens.

 

Information added at 19:45 on Tuesday 24th March 2020

FSM e-vouchers - Does your child usually receive a free school meal?

During these difficult times, Shaw Education Trust will be providing parents/carers with a £20 food voucher per week for any students that are eligible for free school meals and who are not currently in attendance at one of our schools or school hubs (this will be instead of a food parcel like what we handed out this week).

We have identified those who are eligible and will distribute the vouchers on a weekly basis via email, starting Friday 27th March.

Following feedback from school staff, the shops chosen to participate are ASDA and Tesco. Please note that the vouchers will only be valid for use in these stores.

For more information, please contact the school directly or visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

Action Required from parents: We will be emailing all eligible parents a 'test email' this evening to check that we have the correct email address for everyone that will be receiving a voucher.  Please check your inbox (and your clutter/junk folders) and if you have not received anything by Wednesday 23rd March at 10am please can you text/send a message on Schoolcomms with your up to date email address so we can update our database ahead of sending out the vouchers. 

 

Information added at 07:45 on Friday 20th March 2020

The government has now published the full list of parents to be classed 'key workers' and below is the key messages:

Please follow these 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 not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. 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 link to the full list is available here: 'List of Key Workers'

Category

Details

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 and support 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.

Transport

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.

Support staff

Staff required to ensure the facilities above are able to carry out their duties, e.g. security staff, caretakers, cleaners, kitchen staff etc.

 

Please remember - this is a childcare OFFER - there is no requirement for you to take it up if you would rather keep your child at home.

If you are classed as a 'key worker' and you are needing/wanting childcare please email/text school ASAP - by midday latest so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

 

 Information added at 16:50 on Thursday 19th March 2020

Work to complete at home

We will be sending packs of work home with children tomorrow (Friday) which contain the following:

  • School report that would have been given to you at parents evening
  • A letter from the class teacher regarding what work the children should be doing
  • A letter with the children’s TT Rockstars/Numbots username and password on (Year 1-6 only)
  • A letter with the children’s ‘MyMaths’ log in (Year 1-6 only)
  • Class DoJo logins for children who do not have a parent already on Class DoJo. Teachers will be setting activities on Class DoJo via the portfolio function and you will be able to send back work your children have completed.
  • A variety of worksheets/project activities for your children to complete

In addition to this – there are lots of links to free online learning resources on our school website.  We will add to this list as we become aware of more useful activities so please check this list regularly.

If you are currently on self-isolation – the packs will be ready to collect between office hours of 8.45am – 3.45pm on Friday 20th March (if you can, please can you leave until towards the end of the day as we still have a couple of things to go in them).  If you are sending someone else to collect the packs for you – please text us to let us know to give us permission to pass them to someone else (unless you have already told us this information).

Keeping in touch

For the foreseeable future we plan to still have staff in school/working from home so if you have any questions about any work set, please contact the class teacher on Class DoJo.  If you have any other important questions or queries, especially if you have any family concerns, please text/email/phone and we will try and support you through this difficult time as best we can.

We will continue to post updates on our Facebook page/school website about school re-opening, so please check here for updates.

 

Information added at 13:50 on Thursday 19th March 2020

Further to last night’s announcement, school will be closing at 3.05pm tomorrow, Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice. 

Although school will be closing on Friday, we will remain open to the following groups of pupils:

  • Children and young people with an EHCP –someone from school will be making contact with these families directly
  • Children and young people with a social worker – someone from school will be making contact with these families directly
  • Children of ‘key workers’ who can otherwise not be supervised during the school day – please see below

In helping us to plan for the number of children we are expecting on site, we need your assistance with the ‘key worker’ element of the provision.  To date, the government have not yet announced the list of who is considered a ‘key worker’, and we may not get the full list until Friday but we want to start making arrangement for those workers we are confident will be included on the list.  

Therefore, please can you contact us as a matter of urgency (by text or email - office@tmpa.org.uk) by 9am on Friday 20th March, if you work in one of the following areas of employment, and you will need your child to be supervised in school:

  • Essential NHS staff
  • Police
  • Fire service
  • Social Workers
  • Delivery drivers
  • Teachers/school staff

Please state the name of your employer when responding to us. We may require evidence of this employment.  Please remember that we should still be practicing ‘social distancing’ so this childcare provision is only to be used by families who otherwise would have no childcare.  If there is another adult in your household who can stay at home, then the advice is for children to be staying with that person at home to reduce the spread of the disease.

Once we have the list of names of children who will require this childcare, we will send you further details on things like uniform requirements, lunch arrangements and the planned activities etc.

 

Information added at 20:10 on Wednesday 18th March 2020

Following tonight's announcement from the Prime Minister, we wanted to update parents on the current situation with school.  Much of what was said requires further clarification from the government before we know what is happening long term. 

For now, school is open as normal tomorrow, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March.  There will be no Boosters tomorrow for Year 6.  If your child is unwell with a new cough or high temperature, or anyone else in your household displays these symptoms, then you need to stay off school for the rest of the week - PLEASE can you contact the office via phone/text to let us know if your child won't be in and the reason why for our records.

On Friday, we will give children packs of work to take home and complete during the period of closure - any children who are off school will be able to collect these packs during the day on Friday only - not tomorrow.

Staff in school will be working very hard to ensure the next 2 days run smoothly, and to put the appropriate plans in place for the upcoming weeks, especially with the childcare for 'key workers' arrangements.  To help us be able to work on this, please avoid contacting the school office unless absolutely necessary - we thank you for your support with this so far.  We promise that as soon as we have any further information or news to share, we will share it with you as soon as we can. 

We appreciate that you will all have questions and concerns about the next coming weeks and we need families to remember that the safety and welfare of our children remains our main priority at all times. 

 

Information added at 13:50 on Tuesday 17th March 2020

Kingswood: Today the decision has been made to cancel the Kingswood residential as it is classed as 'non essential travel'.  We are currently working with the appropriate bodies to secure refunds.  As soon as we have the appropriate confirmation then we will be able to contact parents about this so please bear with us. 

Easter Bonnet: Nursery and Reception have confirmed that there is no need for parents to make Easter Bonnets to bring into school in light of the parade being cancelled.

Please remember to send your child with a water bottle to ensure we can promote good hygiene.

Please see the section on our website we have created of useful links for home learning for anyone who is having to self-isolate due to high temperatures and coughs (remember the government advice is that if anyone within a household is ill, all family members should self-isolate).

 

Information added at 20:50 on Monday 16th March 2020

Following the Prime Ministers announcement this evening, we have had to make some further decisions regarding our school operations.

Illness: The government are now advising anyone with the symptoms of a high temperature (37.8) or a persistent cough should stay off school for 14 days.  They have now extended this advice to say that if anyone in a household is presenting with these symptoms, then everyone living in that house should also self-isolate for 14 days. 

Class Assemblies: All class assemblies between now and the Easter holidays are cancelled and will be filmed and uploaded onto the school website.

Parents Evening: This is cancelled and we will be sending brief reports home on Thursday instead.

Mothers Day Breakfast: Unfortunately we have made the decision to CANCEL Mothers Day breakfast.  We did consider if we could rearrange for an alternative week, but we are unsure when we could rearrange it for so we will have to cancel.  From tomorrow we will start processing refunds so please bear with us whilst we try and get the money refunded ASAP.

Kingswood residential: TBC - we need to find out more information from Kingswood and will let those parents know ASAP what is happening.

Easter Bonnet Parade: Again unfortunately we have made the decision to CANCEL this event. 

Times Table Bee Final: Again unfortunately we have made the decision to CANCEL this event. 

This covers all the school events until Easter and we will review the events happening after the holidays in the upcoming days and weeks. 

In the spirit of social distancing, please can you refrain where possible from coming into school/the office, and instead utilise other communication methods including phone calls/texting/DoJo messages to pass on any information etc.

As already promised, we will continue to update you all with any changes to normal school operations ASAP and please be reassured that all decisions are made with children's safety as the priority.

Information added at 11:00 on Monday 16th March 2020

3O Class assembly: We are going to cancel Wednesday 18th March class assembly and instead we will film the children and put it on the website on Wednesday. 

 

Information added at 12:07 on Friday 13th March 2020

The health and safety of our children, staff and wider school community is, as always, our main priority. We are closely following the latest Government advice and guidance on Coronavirus and updating our school operations as needed.
At the moment, our main focus is to follow the guidance about ensuring regular, proper handwashing, and for us to be maintaining good levels of hygiene in school.

We have decided to cancel Parents Evening next Thursday 19th March due to the potentially large number of people on site. We will send home a short report instead highlighting your child's progress.

At the moment, we are still planning on running the other events that we have planned, including Mother's Day breakfasts, Kingswood residential, class assemblies and the Easter Bonnet Parade. However, we will be reviewing this decision on a daily basis in accordance with updates in guidance from the government, and working with Public Health England and The Shaw Education Trust. We will keep you all updated via Schoolcomms/Class Dojo/Facebook regarding these events and any changes.

There is much speculation as to whether schools across the country may close. Please rest assured that in the event that the government enforce school closures, we have a plan in place, and we will have packs of work to send home along with access to online learning resources.

Our main aim is to keep you updated with any changes as soon as we can, so please avoid contacting the office with general queries (as we are very busy as you can imagine) and be assured that we will update you as soon as any future decisions are made.

Thanks for your co-operation during these uncertain times.

 

Information added at 20:44 on Thursday 12th March 2020

In line with recent government advice, if your child has a continuous cough or a high temp please keep them off school (please can you text/ring as normal in the morning to report a child absence)

 

Further Information

If you require any further help/information please click on the link below or use the DfE helpline:

NHS Coronavirus information website 

 

DfE Coronavirus Helpline

Telephone - 0800 046 8687

If you have a query about Coronavirus (COVID-19), relating to schools and other educational establishments in England contact our helpline.

Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends 10am to 4pm.