Pupils’ Access to the Kingsley Curriculum from 20/04/20

Dear parents and carers,
I hope everything is well with you and that you are able to work through the many challenges facing us all during these unprecedentedly tough times. Many thanks also for ensuring that your children access the work being set by my colleagues. The school is likely to be shut for some months and I’d like to tell you what we will be doing to ensure your children still have access to our curriculum after Easter (from Monday 20/04/20):

  • Each year group (from Y1 – Y6) will provide work for the ‘core subjects’ (English and maths) and half of the remaining subjects (the other half will be provided the following week – allowing all subjects to be covered fortnightly). This means that all pupils will have access to the full curriculum.
  • The work will be posted onto the Year Group Blog by 4pm the previous Friday
  • Obviously, as schools are shut, this is not a replacement for ‘normal’ schooling, but your help in ensuring your children at least have access to our curriculum is greatly appreciated and will maintain and develop their levels of knowledge.
  • Some parents have contacted me to express concern at the lack of structure for applying the work teachers are providing. To help with this, we have created a suggested and optional, morning-only timetable that your children could follow to structure their work over the rolling fortnight. The two week timetable can be accessed here.
  • With many of my colleagues already ill (some seriously) or tending to vulnerable people within their households, it is not reasonable to expect them to monitor pupils’ progress or check/mark their work during the closure period. When we open again, my colleagues (along with those in every other school) will be assessing how much pupils have learnt over the closure period and will be working tirelessly to fill any gaps in their knowledge. 
  • Some parents are very keen to use our curriculum to give their children relevant experiences and to even teach them themselves. To support this, we have put our curriculum on-line for you to access and bring to life in whichever way you feel appropriate. Our curriculum can be accessed here.
  • Our Early Years team will continue providing work in the same way as they have over the past fortnight

I hope that you all remain as safe as you possibly can and I hope that your children enjoy accessing our curriculum from home and we look forward to welcoming them back to Kingsley when the closure period ends.
With thanks and very best wishes,
Ian McCrae

Free School Meal Voucher Scheme and Tips for Healthy Eating!

Croydon Council have released a really useful guide to meal planning and healthy eating – it can be found here and is definitely worth reading

National Free School Meal Voucher Scheme

Launched on 31st March, although we are still awaiting confirmation and details, this scheme enables schools to purchase supermarket vouchers and issue them to individual families who would ordinarily be in receipt of benefits-related FSM. Full details can be found at the link here.

Schools can issue every family with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 (per child) to spend at supermarkets, while schools are closed due to coronavirus. The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

Alternatively, schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme allows schools to provide vouchers directly to families.

Management of the grants scheme

This scheme is centrally-funded (by the DfE) and therefore schools do not have to pay for these vouchers. This funding is additional to existing free school meal budgets.

Schools can access the voucher scheme using the Edenred portal. Edenred will send schools an activation email, explaining how to access the portal and order vouchers. The email will be sent on Tuesday 31 March to the email address DfE holds for your school.

Before ordering vouchers, schools should check which pupils are eligible and currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. Vouchers should be made available to the adult with caring responsibility for that child.

Administering vouchers to families

· Schools can issue one £15 voucher, per child, each week, for families not currently attending school.

· Schools can set up a weekly £15 rolling voucher for families.

· Schools can combine funding where a family has more than one child eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

· Schools can issue vouchers for term-time only (please consider other support options for the holiday period such as issuing food hampers).

Vouchers can be issued in 2 different ways:

1. As e-vouchers – provided to a family via their email address. This enables a family to chose their own supermarket once the voucher is received.

2. As gift vouchers – the school would need to select the supermarket when ordering the vouchers and then print the vouchers for the family. Please consider how you will get these vouchers to families, as postal services are slower than usual in places. Consider whether some vouchers could be dropped off or collected.

FREE WEEKDAY HOLIDAY CHILDCARE FOR KEY WORKERS

If you are a government-listed Key Worker (list can be found here), we are able to offer free childcare for Kingsley pupils on weekdays (excluding the bank holiday) during the Easter Holidays.

Please complete this form (even if you’ve already been bringing your children to school during the closure period) to apply for a place before 5pm WEDNESDAY APRIL 1st

As before, please be reminded of the government advice that THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE IS AT HOME

FOR PARENTS OF THOSE PUPILS CURRENTLY ATTENDING

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE CURRENTLY ATTENDING KINGSLEY DURING THE CLOSURE

I’m writing to tell you that a member of staff who was coordinating sports activities with all pupils yesterday (Monday 23/03/20) has a suspected case of COVID19.

Until this is confirmed, we are not permitted to close the school and I am currently awaiting advice from Public Health England.

As a precautionary measure, and in-line with government advice, we are going to seat all pupils who are in school tomorrow 2m apart on tables in the main hall and there will be no games that involve close contact. Pupils will have individual activities.
This is vital to ensure the protection of both your children and my colleagues.

It is also worth reminding you that THE SAFEST PLACE FOR PUPILS TO BE IS AT HOME and I urge you to consider this quite urgently. This is especially important if you know your children might struggle with this environment.

I will also communicate Public Health England’s advice and we cannot rule out closing the school altogether so that a deep-clean can take place.

Please would you contact the office if your daughter or son will not be attending tomorrow.

I hope you can understand our position in these difficult and unprecedented times.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Coronavirus Update Tuesday 24/03/20

Dear Parents/ Carers,

As you will be aware, the Government announced stricter measures last night to protect those who are either vulnerable or working on the ‘front-line’:

The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
Effective immediately, three new measures have been introduced:

  • Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
    Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  • Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
  • The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gather​ings.

You can read the full guidance here

Our staff are committed to providing daily care for those pupils identified by the government last week. However, you will appreciate that we MUST also protect our staff from unnecessary exposure so that we are able to continue to provide this care and that they are also able to protect their own families.

Therefore, I would be grateful if you could avoid bringing your children to school if at all possible as the safest place for them (and my colleagues) to be is at home.

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding in these unusual and unprecedented times. Please stay safe.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

School Closure from Monday 23/03/20

Dear parents/carers,

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Wednesday 18/03/20, Kingsley will close to all pupils except those who are vulnerable and those whose parents are recognised as ‘Key workers’. 

We will also be offering food to those who are entitled to free school meals

Above all however, it is important to remember that, during the pandemic:

TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF INFECTION, THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE IS AT HOME AND NOT AT SCHOOL

We have limited capacity (initially about 60 pupils, but this may decrease with staff infection), but will do our very best to provide for the highest priority Key Workers)

Pupils entitled to free school meals

For those pupils not in school, but entitled to free school meals:

  • wrapped sandwiches will be available for collection at school for consumption at pupils’ own homes. 
  • the sandwiches will be available from the main hall accessed from the gate in Chapman Rd between 12pm and 1 pm
  • all pupils MUST be accompanied by an adult
  • you will need to request this for the next fortnight via this form by 2pm Friday 20/03/20

Vulnerable pupils

  • we would encourage parents to consider that, to minimise the risk of infection, the safest place for pupils to be is at home
  • that said, we will be open to pupils we consider to be vulnerable
  • the school will make contact with the parents of these pupils
  • school uniform will not be required

Pupils of Key Workers

  • the government has created a list of key worker jobs and it can be found here
  • the school will provide care for Kingsley pupils whose parents are key workers
  • as the school has limited capacity to provide this care, we can only offer it if BOTH parents (or the sole carer) are key workers or if there is no other childcare available. 
  • if you believe yourself to be a key worker, please would you complete this form. We can only provide care if we are satisfied that the criteria outlined within the form have been met. The deadline for completion is 2pm Friday 20/03/20
  • school uniform will not be required
  • during the Easter holiday we will be running a holiday club for the children of Key Workers. Please contact the school office for more details

Still awaiting ‘Key Worker’ information from the government

Dear parents/carers,

Please bear with us while we await the list of Key Worker job titles from the government. The list is due to be released anytime after 5pm.

Once it’s released, I will post instructions and information about:
– Key Worker Childcare
– Vulnerable pupils
– Access to free school meals

The school will be shut to all other pupils until further notice from Monday 23/03/20.

Please remember that THE SAFEST PLACE TO AVOID INFECTION IS IN YOUR HOME AND NOT AT SCHOOL

Many thanks for your continued patience.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae

Partial Closure from 19/03/20

KINGSLEY WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL NURSERY, RECEPTION, Y1 AND Y2 PUPILS FROM THURSDAY 19/03/20 (tomorrow)

Due to an increasing number of staff self-isolating in line with government guidelines, we are unable to staff Early Years and Key Stage 1.
Work to complete at home – in line with our curriculum – is available via the Year Group Blog

Key Stage 2 (years 3. 4. 5 and 6) will remain open tomorrow and we will keep you updated of any further closures.

Closures will remain in force until advised by the school

I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Ian McCrae
Head of School

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE Tuesday 17/03/20

Many thanks to all those who have sent their children to school and to those who have (sensibly) kept them away if they are showing symptoms.
The school is currently open, but we are monitoring the situation closely and following government guidelines.

If we are forced to close the school, you will be contacted by text and asked to collect your child/children AS SOON AS POSSIBLE from their normal collection points.

Packs of work will be given to pupils to complete at home during any closure period.

We are continuing to send staff and pupils who are exhibiting symptoms or who are vulnerable to infection home to self-isolate in line with government advice.

Can I also ask that if you have not been receiving texts from the school, please contact the office as a matter of urgency so we can put your details onto the system and please forward this message if appropriate.

With very best wishes,

Ian McCrae
Head

Government Advice on The Coronavirus (03/03/20)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Kingsley Primary Academy is working closely with our Trust and the Local Authority to ensure we are following the most up to date guidance and planning appropriately.

This has been sent to schools today:

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

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