Information for Parents and Carers
This page has been created to provide parents and carers with information about Coronavirus (COVID-19). This page will be updated regularly and contains academy specific information as well as guidance from Academies Enterprise Trust.
We have asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), 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, and all childcare providers, 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.
While as many schools as possible should try to stay open for eligible pupils, this will not be possible for all settings and the local authority should coordinate pooling of resources so pupils are able to access provision elsewhere.
Free School Meal Arrangements
The school site is no longer open for FSM collections as all FSM students will receive vouchers by email to reduce students having to come to the school site. This also means that all FSM students can receive this provision, even if in isolation.
Parents of FSM students were sent a text message to complete a google form with an up to date email address. The vouchers then get directly emailed to parents with instructions on how to spend these.
This will start from Monday 30th March and if for some reason you do not receive the voucher or believe that we have an old email address for you, please send through details to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is currently a text/email scam that some people are running related to FSM and trying to get bank details from parents. We will not ask for your bank details at all in relation to these vouchers and so please do not provide your bank details if requested to do so.
Weekend Opening Advice
In order to minimise risk, reduce travel and the potential spread of COVID-19 through the grouping of staff and children, academy provision will only be accessible in exceptional circumstances.
Where a student is classed as vulnerable, individual students would normally be externally cared for over the weekend and we expect that these arrangements to continue.
Equally, critical workers would normally have weekend care in place. In opening the academy, we are bringing together groups of people who have been told to stay apart. Any provision outside of school hours will essentially see our staff acting as childcare and we would expect this to be a last resort.
Where critical workers have exhausted all other options and need to access academy provision over the weekend, to support them with childcare, parents should contact the headteacher to describe the change in circumstances that has made this necessary. The upper age limit of the children to whom this provision is accessible will be decided by the headteacher.
Should you need to contact the headteacher then please do so on email@example.com
The timetables below will become active on Monday 23rd March. There is also a user guide should you need any help.
There are Emergency contact details also listed below. Please use these details from Monday 23rd March onwards should you need to contact School urgently.
Safeguarding protocols for online learning
For pupils accessing remote learning:
- Pupils should follow the instructions here to log into their g suite account and access their google classroom set up by their teacher.
- If pupils have forgotten their password, they should use this link here
- By logging into g suite, or Chromebook, any online activity can be tracked through eSafe and any exposure to unsuitable exposure to dangerous or inappropriate material, either accidental or intentional can be quickly identified and actioned.
- Students need to follow the school's e-Safety policy
- The classroom must be accessed in an appropriate space at home i.e. not a bedroom.
- Pupils must be appropriately dressed throughout.
- Where pupils are receiving one to one online tuition through ‘My Tutor’ for example, it is highly recommended that a family member or carer is present throughout the tutorial session.
- Below include reminders of how to stay safe online: