Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope that you and your families are safe and well at this time. I wanted to thank all of the parents and carers who have emailed, tweeted and written in support of St George’s staff. I know that we have all felt your support and prayers invaluable.
We'd like to thank you all on the great job that you are doing with home schooling and for sharing your experiences with us. Home schooling will continue after half term, information and tasks will continue to be available on your child’s class page each week.
We want to inform you of a unanimous decision that our full Governing Body has arrived at in response to the Government’s ‘ambition’ to open schools on June 1st - to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
We have decided that we will not be opening school before 15th June to any children other than those of key workers, EHCPs and the vulnerable, as we have done for the past 8 weeks.
We think it is important to be clear, governors and senior managers want to guarantee safety for our children, their parents, our staff and their families. The staff at St George’s have been, and will continue to be, exemplary, and have children at the heart of all that they do.
Having taken account of government and Local Authority ‘guidance’, and with the knowledge of our school, our views are that we have a duty of care to our staff and our children and that, until all risk assessments set by the Local Authority have been adhered to, we will not be opening.
As you know, we have remained open throughout this crisis to the children of key workers, which allowed them to continue to carry out their jobs on the front line in the fight against Covid 19. Our thanks and appreciation to them during this very difficult time and thanks to our own staff who have looked after the children in school.
We are however, anticipating a rise in the number of requests for places for children of key workers as the lockdown eases. As a consequence, we will need to work on a phased, priority basis in order to make this transition. Enabling the children of key workers to return. These families will have to be a priority, before the children in nursery, reception, Y1 and Y6.
In the first instance, priority will be given to children where both parents are Key workers, then one parent as a key worker, then pupils in Y6, Y1, Reception and nursery in that order. A form will be sent out to all parents to establish which children will be allocated a place. We will then contact you to approve this by text or by a phone call. Children will ONLY be able to attend school if you have provided us with this form and evidence of Key worker status, and you have received confirmation from us.
If we are able to open to other pupils our Year 6 will, unfortunately, not be able to enjoy celebrations, shirt signing, final assemblies, etc. However, as soon as social distancing restrictions are lifted I will be inviting our present Year 6 children back to school to celebrate properly (this will hopefully be in the Autumn Term.)
We will continue to update you in the coming days/weeks once we are able to do so.
Please stay safe and keep our school community in your prayers.
Mrs Alison Miller (Head Teacher)
Shona Ferguson (Chair of Governors’)
Free School Meal - Voucher Scheme
The Government are now trying to move forward with the Voucher Scheme to support parents of children who have an entitlement to a Free School Meal. (This is different from Universal Free School Meals. Universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) provides funding for all schools to offer free school meals to pupils in reception, year 1, and year 2. ) If your child is entitled to Free School Meals we need parents to confirm their email address (and the name of your child) by sending this to email@example.com by Wednesday 8th April.
School will then organise the vouchers and we will send them via email to all parents who are entitled to receive them. The electronic voucher can then be taken to a participating supermarket for redemption.
No packed lunches will then be produced from school following the acceptance of a voucher.
If for any reason you do not have an email address you will need to collect your voucher from school at a pre-arranged time.
Please confirm your email details as soon as possible and, in line with Government Guidelines, vouchers will commence after the Easter Holiday, Monday 20th April 2020.
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