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22th May 2020

School Reopening to Year 6

Dear Parents and Carers, 

To read how we are preparing for a possible return for Year 6 after half term, please click the link.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/letter-to-parents-NG-.pdf

 

20th May 2020

Government Guidance

UPDATE

What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated: Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

20th May 2020

Government Guidance

UPDATE

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers.

Information for parents and carers to help prepare for the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges from 1 June.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

 

11th May 2020

Government Guidance

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers.

Information for parents and carers to help prepare for the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges from 1 June.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

 

1st May 2020

Government Guidance

What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated: Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

23rd April 2020

Government Guidance

What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated: Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

22nd April 2020

Government Guidance

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing?utm_source=fa3d37ff-b04e-4a75-b247-6fc3a89d94b0&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

19th April 2020

Government Guidance

What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated: Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

17th April 2020

Government Guidance

Closure of Educational Settings: information for parents and carers.

Updated: Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers 

16th April 2020

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Coronavirus fact sheet for children

A fact sheet has been developed to help children to understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading.

 

 

8th April 2020

Government Guidance

Closure of Educational Settings: information for parents and carers.

Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

 

7th April 2020

Government Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): List of Online Educational Resources

We (the government) have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

They are currently being offered for free.

Individual resources cannot replace a school’s properly planned curriculum, and the resources in the list are not intended to do so.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

 

 

3rd April 2020

Free School Meals (Easter) update

Dear Parents/Carers,

During the 2 week Easter period, the school will be providing parents/carers (who are eligible for benefit related Free school meals) with the Free School Meal vouchers.  In line with government recommendations, this will also be increased to £15.00 per week.  The schools do not usually provide any form of FSM entitlement during the holiday period, however, the New Guild Trust board have decided that, under the current circumstances, we will support our parents and will provide this additional support over the Easter period. 

 

We will still use the company Wonde during this period and will provide you with 2 weeks’ worth of vouchers (£30.00 in total).  If you are having any issues getting your vouchers please email the school at office@alexandrajunior.co.uk

 

After the Easter period, we will be moving to the new government Free School Meal vouchers system (Edenred), we will send out further information on this over the coming week.

 Thank you and stay safe,

Team Alex

1st April 2020 

Latest Government Advice

Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online

We have updated our information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.

Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and whenever you return home.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

30th March 2020

Beware Scams

Coronavirus-related scams are on this rise. Here’s where you can get the latest information on how to protect yourself:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/covid19

 

29th March 2020

Safeguarding

At Alexandra Junior School, we teach your children to be safe and to understand what to do if they are ever in a position when they feel unsafe.

During their time at home with you, we want to continue to support the children in making good decisions when it comes to their safety, particularly their online safety, as this is currently their main way of communicating with others outside your home and to continue with their learning.

In school, we teach your children to be SMART:
Keep SAFE – be careful not to give out personal information
Don’t MEET – don’t meet up with people who you have only met online
ACCEPTING – Accepting messages from people you don’t know or don’t trust can lead to problems.
RELIABLE – Is the information you are viewing true?
TELL – If you feel unsafe or are worried about what you see or hear, you must tell a trusted adult.

Whilst the children are at home with you, we are providing them with work from trusted websites. If the children work from those websites, they will not come across anything which makes them feel worried or feel unsafe, however, whilst using other websites or when playing online games where they are communicating with others, they may need your support in dealing with anything that makes them feel worried or unsafe. Below are some useful websites that can help you to support your child at this time.

• Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
• London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
• Net-aware – for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
• Parent info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
• Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
• UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers

If you would like further support or want to report any form of online bullying, please do so through office@alexandrajunior.co.uk

27th March 2020

Free School Meal Information

From Monday, 30th March, the school will issue you with a food voucher for your Free Meal entitlement. You will receive an email/text with a link from a company called Wonde. You can choose which supermarket you would like to redeem this voucher. The value of the voucher is £11.50 for the week and you will have the choice of vouchers from Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsburys. Once you have chosen your voucher it may take up to 12 – 24 hours for you to receive it. During this time please be patient as there will be many families accessing the system which may mean a slight delay. Please also check your junk mail within your emails.

Until we have further clarity of the government voucher system we will issue the vouchers weekly to you.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office at office@alexandrajunior.co.uk

 

25th March 2020

Scam around free school meals

Some Schools have already reported that parents and carers of children in receipt of free school meals are being targeted by fraudsters. Fraudsters are targeting families, emailing parents and carers with messages such as ‘If your child is entitled to free school meals send your bank details to the school and they will help with funding while the school is closed’. The email contains links for the parents to follow if they want to receive the funding – these links are fake. This is a scam. Please share this information with parents and carers to make them aware of this scam.

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

 

What you need to know:

staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal

  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

 

The updated guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

 

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

 

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

Recording school pupil absences

Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.

If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they should be marked as absent. It is for head teachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances.

Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.

 

Handwashing Guidance

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

 

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

 

Guidance for educational settings

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

 

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

 

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

 

Latest Department for Education information:

https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/