The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. At St Michael's we are committed to following guidance from the Department of Education and supporting our children, families and communities in what is a challenging time for us all.
A note from Mrs Johnson...(updated 01.04.20)
It seems very strange to be communicating with you all in this way presently. I hope that you are all well and keeping safe at this uncertain and worrying time. As many of you are aware we are running a reduced childcare service for children of key workers who have no other way of keeping their child safe at home. I want to say a big thank you to staff for all their help with this, everyone from the office team, support staff, cleaners, Chartwells staff, teachers and teaching assistants have shown amazing kindness and selflessness to make this happen!
I also want to say a big thank you to you as parents and carers. It has been really nice to hear how things are going if we have seen you collecting food boxes. As you are aware we should now be on Easter break and although we are still open right over the holiday period we hope that the children and their new teachers (parents and carers!) are having a well earned break. Further ways for you to support your children from home will come from us after the Easter period.
Please remember if you have anything your are struggling with or any worries we can help with please contact us. The best way to do this in the present situation is through the following email address: email@example.com this is manned by different members of staff each day during the week. We are using this address to coordinate information during the COVID-19 crisis, including collating key worker information and food box information. We can also try and help with any concerns via this address.
This week I have been updating the website to give some ideas for promoting positive mental health at this time, as I think, this is key with movement restricted as it currently is. These resources can be found in the Care and Wellbeing tab on the Promoting Positive Mental Health page.
I also want to say a huge thank you to our Charwell's Team, they have been amazing at providing food boxes for all our children entitled to FSM and UIFSM. The positive comments regarding the contents of the boxes have been really lovely to receive. It has made it clear that people have really appreciated these. Also a big thank you to the staff that have helped with the distribution of these boxes, either on site or delivering them to families in isolation. You may have heard in the news that the government advice on providing food to FSM children has been updated. Currently we are looking at this carefully as it appears now not to include provision for UIFSM children during the school closure period however, as a school, we feel that many of our UIFSM families have benefited from this. Please keep a regular eye on this page in the FSM/UIFSM section for further updates. I would strongly urge anyone who has found that their financial situation has changed to apply for benefit-related FSM, even if you have an infant child, using the form below. The Local Authority are continuing to process these forms at this time. Being eligible for benefit-related FSM will ensure that food provision is definitely continued for your child during the school closure period.
Finally, please stay safe and make the best you can of this unprecedented situation. I, and all the staff here at St Michael's look forward to seeing you all as soon as we can safely do so.
The safest place for ALL children at this time is at home and you should only send your child to school if there are NO OTHER CHILDCARE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU and for the MINIMUM possible time.
Please remember the government state that,
'Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.'
You will have been notified by text if your child is eligible currently for emergency school provision. This provision will be normal school times. Children should arrive in school, in their own clothes suitable for outdoor activities, between 8.30- 8.50am, via the main school entrance in the juniors, and be collected at 3.20pm.
We are no longer operating and wraparound provision, such as Early Birds or After School Club.
PROVISION WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE EASTER BREAK FOR KEY WORKER CHILDREN AND THE MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED AN EMERGENCY PROVISION PLACE PLEASE COULD YOU LET THE SCHOOL KNOW WHICH DAYS YOU REQUIRE COVER AS SOON AS YOU KNOW THIS. Please do this via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember the safest place for ALL children at this time is at home and you should only send your child to school if there are NO OTHER CHILDCARE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU and for the MINIMUM possible time.
We thank you for your patience and support whilst we continue to make arrangements in this ever-changing set of circumstances.
Free School Meals (FSM) and Universal Infant Free School Meals Information (UIFSM)
The government have recently issued further advice around the provision of food for FSM children, which appears to state schools are no longer expected to continue to provide provisions for UIFSM children during the school closure period. We appreciate that many of our UIFSM families have really appreciated and needed the food boxes we have issued so far, so we are trying to seek further clarity regarding this.
As soon as we have further information regarding this we will update this page, please check back regularly.
All children eligible for benefits-related FSM will continue to be provided with food provisions for the duration of the school closure.
The boxes received this week cover the whole Easter period and information regarding the next provision, after the Easter break (Tuesday 14th April), will follow shortly.
We anticipate that the unprecedented situation which we are in will mean that some families find themselves in unexpected need. If you are not eligible for FSM or UIFSM but need some assistance please email the school on email@example.com and we will do our upmost to support you and your family.
Free School Meal Eligibility
Covid-19 Pandemic – Important Information
Schools have been asked to make arrangements to continue to provide meals for children on benefits-related Free School Meals and Pupil Premium. The Free School Meals Department at Cornwall Council are continuing to process new applications for Free School Meals. To apply, please complete the online application through this link:
They are not currently accepting applications in hard copy by post. If you are unable to apply online, please call the Free School Meals team on 01872 323298 and a member of the team will call you back to complete the application over the phone. Please make sure your phone will accept calls from a private / withheld number.
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you, or the child themselves in their own right, receives of any of the following benefits:
Income Support (IS)
Job Seekers' Allowance (Income-Based) and equal based Job Seekers Allowance
Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR) and equal based Employment and Support Allowance
Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an annual income of less than £16,190
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Guarantee Element of Pension Credit (GPC)
Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (IAA) Support
Universal Credit - Your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods
If you are claiming the benefits listed below you are NOT eligible for free school meals, regardless of what other benefits/credits are being claimed:
Working Tax Credit
Contribution-Based Job Seeker's Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance
However, you will be temporarily eligible to claim free school meals if you receive a Working Tax Credit run-on, which is the payment you may receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
If your child is showing symptoms of the Coronavirus (high temperature, over 37.8, or a new continuous cough), please inform the school office as soon as possible.
If anyone in your household has these symptoms everyone in your household should self-isolate for 14 days. Again, please communicate this to the school office as this communication with the school is incredibly important during this time.
Should a child present with any of the following symptoms during the school day, you will be contacted and asked to collect your child immediately:
- A high temperature- they feel hot to touch on their back or chest
- A new, continuous cough
If your child is absent from school you can access home learning resources via the 'Learning' tab, then 'Class Letters'. These resources are organised into year groups.
Support for Families
The following organisations are available for support should you require it.
Early Help Hub – Single point of contact for family and parenting support.
Tel: 01872 322277
Foodbank – Provides emergency food to families in need,
Tel: 01326 564194
FamilyLine – Helpline, Befriending and Counselling support via telephone, e-mail or text.
Tel: 0808 8026666
Text: 07537 404282
Action for Children
Action for Children online digital support for parents is up and running for parents of 0-19 year olds. (previously was under 5s) Parents can speak either online or via phone about anything really from finances to behaviour to worry and anxiety.