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COVID-19

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. 

September 2020

Dear Parents,

We are very excited to be welcoming the children back to school and are looking forward to the new term and challenges ahead. Our priorities at the beginning of the term are to ensure that children feel safe, nurtured, settled, feel a sense of belonging to the school community and to foster a sense of purpose.

We do not want to inundate you with additional information regarding school opening next week. Regarding drop-off and pick-up arrangments, please refer to the procedures for your child's year group which were outlined in the letter you received via email at the end of term. These letters can also be found in the class letters page on the website. 

 

For the plan to succeed, with the staggered times, we need to ensure that the timetable for each group is strictly observed to enable us to practice the social distancing guidelines both inside school for children, and parents outside. We need to ensure that all children are in the classrooms within 10 minutes of their allocated times. For example for an 8.30 start, the gates will need to close before  8.40 to enable the next group to enter the site. If for any reason you miss the drop off time for your child, please ring the school office.  We do appreciate that there will be some teething problems.

Please find the updated  guidance on school reopening.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

Find the Risk Assessment for St Michael's School in the correspondance below.

 

Note there is new guidance for isolation procedures in school as set out below. 

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Looking forward to the new term.

Mr A Hirani

Update from Mrs Johnson 21st July 2020

 

Firstly, good news! A couple of parents had commented that they thought it would be helpful, in September, if they could use the Cricket Club and Rugby Club car parks if using the Clodgey Road entrance. I am pleased to say that both of these clubs have agreed to this, we are very grateful for their support!

 

Here we are at the end of the Summer Term and the 2019-20 academic year! I think this is a year that none of us will forget. It has most definitely been the strangest in my teaching career and not an experience I would really like to repeat. Yet through it all the whole school community have been amazing! I could not have asked for a better response.

 

The children have been fantastic and have adjusted really well to a new normal, whether that be learning at home or returning to a very different school, well done I could not be prouder of you!

Parents have been phenomenal, all of you teachers for at least some part of the year! Some parents have taught a whole term of home learning whilst working from home, that is no mean feat and I think that would have been much harder than if you were teaching 30 children in school as your main job.

Staff have been brilliant. They have worked without a break, continually providing ever adapting forms of learning (remote or in school) or childcare. All this and still enthusiastic, if not a little tired!

 

St Michael’s is a wonderful community. I will miss it very much next year, I want to take this opportunity to thank you not only for my wonderful gifts and cards, lovely comments and messages but for all your support over the past 8 years! Without the fantastic parental support I have had my job would have been so much harder and much less enjoyable. I know I leave the school in good hands with an experienced senior leadership team and Mr Hirani as Acting Head of School. Mr Hirani has worked at the school for 22 years, so there is not much he does not know about St Michael’s.

 

Please take this opportunity, during the summer break, to relax and hopefully enjoy the sunshine. On behalf of all the staff at St Michael’s, well done and rest up!

Take care and stay safe.

 

Mrs Claire Johnson

Free School Meals (FSM) and Universal Infant Free School Meals Information (UIFSM)

During this difficult time the Trust took the decision to provide both Free School Meal (FSM) and Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) children with food parcels.  Despite there being no government requirement to provide UIFSMthe school decided to continue to fund this provision throughout April and May in order to further support our families.  Having again reviewed the situation, due to budget constraint we have now taken the decision to bring the school-funded UIFSM food parcel provision to an end for those children not attending school. 

UIFSM - From 1st June, UIFSM children will only be eligible for free school meal provision if they are attending school.  This will be in the form of a packed lunch prepared on site by our caterers, Chartwells.

FSM - From 1st June, FSM children attending school will be provided with a packed lunch prepared on site by our caterers, Chartwells.  For any FSM children not attending school, food parcels will be available for collection. These will now need to be collected on a Monday between 4.30-5.00pm.

 

We would encourage all parents to check their eligibility for free school meal status even if they are currently receiving a food parcel to ensure that this can be secured moving forward, particularly if their current circumstances have changed.

 

All children eligible for benefits-related FSM will continue to be provided with food provisions for the duration of the school closure. 

 

If you are struggling, please see below in the unexpected need section.

 

Unexpected Need

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 stmichaels.advice@celticcross.education 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:

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools-and-colleges/school-meals/application-for-free-school-meals-and-pupil-premium/

 

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.

Absence

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

Home Learning

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

E-mail: earlyhelphub@cornwall.gov.uk

 

Foodbank – Provides emergency food to families in need,

Tel: 01326 564194

E-mail: info@helstonthelizard.foodbank.org.uk

 

FamilyLine – Helpline, Befriending and Counselling support via telephone, e-mail or text.

Tel: 0808 8026666

Text: 07537 404282

E-mail: familyline@family-action.org.uk

 

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.

https://talk.actionforchildren.org.uk/

 

 

OTHER USEFUL LINKS:

 

NHS guidance - 

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

DfE guidance for schools -

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

 

Government: stay at home guidance for individuals and families -

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

 

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