Newsletter 04.09.20

4th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome back!  The children have all settled in the classroom well, and seem to be enjoying being back together!  It feels fantastic to have the whole school back together – we really missed you all!

 

Drop-off and Collection

Thank you to all of you for drop-off this morning - for using the one-way system and maintaining social distancing.  Thank you to those of you who wore face coverings as an extra precaution.  We know that adult to adult transmission is our greatest concern in school, and we need to keep our staff healthy to avoid disruption to the children's learning.  For this reason, adults will be wearing visors at drop off and collection times where we are more likely to come into contact with other adults.  

 

At the end of the day, the system is slightly different, as the classes will be using several different exits so that you have the space to maintain social distancing while you wait for them:  

  • Class 1 parents should wait on the green outside the playgroup gates (children come out at 3:20)
  • Class 2 parents should wait along the hedge line (children will come out at 3:25) 
  • Class 3 parents should wait in the area in front of the school near to the morning entrance door (children will come out at 3:30) 
  • Class 4 parents should wait in front of the school near to the car park and playground gate (children will come out at 3:30).  

A member of staff will take the children to the bus in their bubbles.

 

As today is our “trial” of socially-distanced drop-off and collection with the whole school, we may need to tweak our routines before Monday – we will let you know!


Bags

I know that there are some of you who would like to send your child to school with a bag.  The staff and I have had numerous discussions about this during the summer!  There are a number of reasons why we have asked you not to send a bag with your child:  

  • We want to minimise the number of things that are carried back and forth from home to school as a part of our risk reduction of home to school transmission.
  • The children are keeping their things at their individual workstations to reduce the very close contact with each other that would normally happen in the cloakroom.  Having unnecessary bags at their workstations would be a trip hazard, particularly in the event of a fire.
  • The more quickly they can settle at their workstation, the more time there is for learning.
  • The children who were in school during June and July managed without bags so we know that they can do it!

As with all of our risk reduction strategies, we will keep these under review and make changes if something isn't working, or if guidance changes.  Please e-mail or phone me if you would like to discuss any of our strategies - I am always happy to talk to you about the reasoning behind our decisions, and also to discuss your ideas.

 

School Meals

If your child has moved from Yr 2 to Yr 3 they are no longer entitled to KS1 Universal Infant Free School Meals. School meals are £2.45 each day, please pay directly to Dolce through school grid, https://app.schoolgrid.co.uk/

If your financial circumstances have been affected by the COVID 19 crisis you could now be entitled to Benefit Related Free School Meals.

The Covid19 crisis has also highlighted the difference between Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and Benefit Related Free School Meals (FSM).

The government can only offer help to those who are in receipt of Benefit Related Free School Meals so we encourage applications from all year groups.

To find out if you are eligible please fill out our simple online application form at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals where you will receive an instant response as to your eligibility status. If you are eligible for FSM your child’s school will be informed within 3 days.

FSM Criteria

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (unless you’re also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and earn no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop receiving Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400)

If you have any queries regarding this information, please call the Education Welfare Benefits team on 01223 703200 or email ewb.fsm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk 

Or look at the website www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals