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.
Update from Mrs Johnson 8th July 2020
I hope that you are all well this week, we are nearly at the end of the Summer Term, it is actually unbelievable it has come around so fast.
I am delighted to announce that the government guidance for full opening of schools from September has been published. We have been working hard this week to align our ‘Recovery Plan’ with this and by the end of the week all parents will receive an email containing a, ‘Welcome Back Pack.’ This will contain various documents and resources which will hopefully answer all your questions and provide some resources to support your child back to school, particularly if they have not been in school since the 20th March. I hope that this will be helpful for you. I do apologise for the amount of reading but in these times it is much harder than normal to communicate and I wanted to make sure you have all the information you need.
I am pleased to announce that our recruitments are now complete and we welcome a number of new staff into the team next year. Last week I mentioned Jessica Barnard who will join the KS1 Team. We have also appointed Tressa Davidson to the KS2 Team. We have also appointed Janet Marston and Jannine Clemence to work 1:1 with one of our new Reception children. Thank you once again to the brilliant Sam and Josh from year 6 who helped in the recruitment process! I am also delighted to announce that we are welcoming back Chris Armstrong into the KS2 Team. Chris will cover Mr Hirani whilst he is Acting Head of School. Many of you will remember Chris has he worked here for many years covering teacher’s PPA time.
A big thank you to the Reception staff who have nearly completed all their virtual home visits! This has been a big job but really appreciated I think. You can also check out them telling stories on the Facebook page this week and next. I know many people have enjoyed this, even children in year 6!
Class teachers have produced end of year reports, as these are a legal requirement! These are based on what the children have achieved in school before 20th March. These will come out to you next week. This year, due to the current situation, we will be emailing these out. Please be aware that this is a huge job, they all need to be uploaded and sent individually, therefore they will not all come on the same day and will be arriving throughout the week. If it gets to 3.30pm on Friday 17th July and you have not received your child’s please notify us via firstname.lastname@example.org I thank you for your patience with this.
Today all year 6 parents should have received a letter regarding an end of term (socially distant) event for the Year 6 bubbles. These children are amazing and we want to recognise their incredible achievement in completing Year 6 and primary school in the COVID-19 lockdown. If you have a child in Year 6 and haven’t received this letter please get in touch with us.
Everyone should also have received a letter about collecting belongings at the end of term, again if you haven’t let us know. Myself and all the staff are looking forward to seeing you, however briefly (at a safe distance) to mark the end of the year.
As we approach the end of the academic year it is a very strange time in school. We are enjoying seeing the children that are in school but miss all of you at home terribly.
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 UIFSM, the 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.
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.