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26th March 2021

Letter to children and young people from the Secretary of State for Education

The Secretary of State for Education has today written to children and young people to recognise the impact of the disruption they have faced over the past year and to thank them for their resilience. He outlines his continued commitment to supporting children and young people to recover from the disruption now that they have returned to school and college. The letter also highlights the importance of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and the vital role this plays in helping to prevent the virus spreading.

 https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/03/26/a-letter-to-young-people-from-gavin-williamson-mp-secretary-of-state-for-education/Education in the media (blog.gov.uk)

 

25th March 2021

The DfE (Department for Education) has issued guidance to schools regarding the process that schools should follow for Covid-19 cases over Easter.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/25.03.21-contract-tracing-letter-for-Parents-Carers-Easter-2021.pdf

 

16th March 2021

Information and guidance for parents and carers of children attending early years settings, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/information-for-parents-and-carers-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=0b7d9288-ed6a-472f-bed2-0536d69d1188&utm_content=daily.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

15th March 2021

 This is to inform you that the school will be shut for pupils on polling day, Thursday 6th May 2021. Teachers will have a training day.

 

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/15-03-2021-Whole-School-Letter.pdf

 

11th March 2021

Regular Rapid Covid-19 Testing

 As you will be aware, NHS Test and Trace announced earlier last week, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This means you as a parent or guardian and any other adults in your household, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Up to 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus (COVID-19) have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Tests are fast, easy and completely free.

 Please click on the link to view more information about these FREE tests.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Text-for-Communication-to-Parents.pdf

 

10th March 2021

We have been given access to guides for parents and carers in the use of rapid testing for COVID-19.

Please refer to the documents and videos by following the links for further information and support in using rapid testing for COVID-19

An introduction to Rapid Self Testing for COVID-19

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/An-Introduction-to-Rapid-Self-Testing-for-COVID-19.pdf

 

How to do a Rapid COVID-19 Self-Test

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/How-to-Do-a-Rapid-COVID-19-Self-Test.pdf

 

How to Self-Test video with Dr Amir Khan

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/How-to-Self-Test-Video-with-Dr-Amir-Khan.pdf

 

A guide to regular testing for parents with children at nurseries, schools and colleges

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/POS-004-A-guide-to-regular-testing-for-parents-with-children-at-nurseries-schools-and-colleges.pdf

 

Test and Trace – How To

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/RP21.0-NHS-Test-and-Trace-How-To-Flyer-for-Primary-Schools-Nurseries.pdf

 

4th March 2021

The government has widened the scope of people who can apply for lateral flow Covid
test kits that can be used when people do not display any COVID symptoms.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/04-03-2021-Whole-School-Leter.pdf

 

UPDATE

23rd February 2021

Government guidance parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak)

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

22nd February 2021

Letter to Whole School from Mr Muller.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/22-02-2021-RM-Letter.pdf

 

22nd February 2021

Letter regarding school meal price increase.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/22-02-2021-Parent-Pay-Lunch-Increase-.pdf

 

1st February 2021

The Children’s Commissioning Team are seeking to gather views from Stoke on Trent’s Parents and Carers. They would like to hear on how services can most effectively prevent child exploitation and support any child or young person who may be at risk of exploitation.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/01-02-2021-Child-Exploitation-Survey.pdf

27th January 2021

Letter to parents RE: Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced, any domestic abuse.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/27-01-2021-Letter.pdf

 

19th January 2021

Please click on the link for a letter regarding Free School Meals.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/19-01-2021-Edenred-Voucher-for-FSM.pdf

 

UPDATE 5th January 2021

Please see letter for more detail and thank you for your understanding. Please contact school with any questions.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/05-01-2021-RM-Letter-to-Whole-School.pdf

 

4th January 2021

Dear parents and carers,

Welcome back to the New Year. We were really looking forward to welcoming you all back tomorrow, but unfortunately very recent events have meant we have been faced with a very complicated picture. We apologise for the late notice but this was out of our control.

We have made the difficult decision that due to a lack of staffing, until further notice, we will only be able to offer in school learning for our Y6 pupils and children of critical workers and those deemed vulnerable.

The rest of year 3, 4 and 5 pupils will be offered remote learning only, therefore remain at home, until further notice.

Please see letter for more detail and thank you for your understanding. Please contact school with any questions.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/04-01-2021-RM-Letter-to-Whole-School.pdf

 

 

15th December 2020

The DfE (Department for Education) has issued guidance to schools regarding the process that schools should follow for Covid-19 cases over the Christmas holiday period. Following this government guidance, the school will now be closed on Friday, 18th December, 2020.

Click on the link below for a summary of the guidance for reporting Covid-19 positive cases to school from the end of term.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/End-of-term-contract-tracing-letter-for-parents-and-carers-Dec-2020-AJS-1.pdf

 

7th December 2020

UPDATED

Government Guidance

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.

 What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

12th November 2020

Government Guidance

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?utm_source=12%20November%202020%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

 

05.11.20

Please find a link below for a letter from Mr Muller about the current lockdown situation.

14.10.20

Please find a link below for a letter to parents and carers about the Flu Immunisation.

Dear parents and carers,

We have welcomed our Y3s safely into school this morning. What a pleasure to see so many beaming faces.

I want to address untrue rumours circulating in the community which are upsetting some of our parents and carers. Should one of our children become ill and display symptoms of COVID-19 like a persistent cough or a high temperature what is going to happen is that we will call you and ask you to take your child home and ask you to get a test. What ever else you were told is untrue!

I hope that this reassures some of you about our procedures to keep everybody save. Please, feel free to contact the office by phone or email should you need any further clarification on any matters relating to our COVID-safety measures. Please, consult our website for more government guidance about school openings.

 

Ralf Muller

1st September 2020

Returning to School

A letter to parents from Mr Muller.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Letter-to-Parents-RM-Letter-docx.pdf

1st September 2020

Returning to School Safely

Government guidance on children returning to school safely.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Getting-to-school-leaflet.pdf

 

15th July 2020

Returning to School in September

Letter from Stoke-on-Trent Council to parents and carers.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Letter-to-Parents.pdf

 

 

9th July 2020

Returning to School in September

Information for parents and carers about the children’s return to school in September.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/08-07-2020-September-RM-Letter-doc.pdf

 

 

1st July 2020

Government Guidance

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?utm_source=f45a51c7-d8ea-49b1-90be-5e11028a3151&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

 

30th June 2020

Government Guidance

UPDATE

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?utm_source=dbce2466-5575-4736-9bbb-fd3516d0d7b3&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

 

 

 

25th June 2020

Government Guidance

Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm

This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm/advice-to-parents-and-carers-on-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm

 

24th June 2020

Government Guidance

UPDATE

Online education resources for home learning

Updated guidance for online education resources for home learning to include additional resources and new tips to help parents and carers with home education.

The list of resources can be found here:

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

 

18th June 2020

Government Guidance

UPDATE

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?utm_source=18fc8c53-fbc6-48b0-81b9-2ac32ee25aab&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

 

 

10th June 2020

Free School Meals Vouchers

UPDATE

New Voucher Scheme

Information about the current voucher scheme and what our school is doing to support our families.

Please read the following document as it contains important information.

https://alexandrajunior.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Free-School-Meals-Vouchers-Letter.pdf

 

2nd June 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 wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers?utm_source=d8846360-051b-48fa-bbff-e98202033108&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

 

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/