3rd April 2020 Update to Parents and Carers

 

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3rd April 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

3rd April 2020 Update to Parents and Carers

The school sends its best wishes and thoughts to all families at this difficult time.

We would like to thank all Parents and Carers for their support and hope that you are coping with these challenging days and weeks.

Our focus and main responsibility at the moment is to ensure we keep families and staff safe and ensure we can support our Key Workers. A huge thank you to all the Key Workers in supporting everyone across our community and the country.

If you have any safeguarding concerns or worried about any children or families please contact us through the following email: safeguarding@claycots.com

The Easter Holidays

The Britwell Campus will be open for our registered Key Worker Children over the Easter Holidays and we will be open next week from Monday 6th April to Thursday 9th April. The following week, the Britwell Campus will be open from Tuesday 14th April to Friday 17th April. The Britwell Campus will be open for the Key Worker Children from 8.30-3.00pm during these days.

  • Key Worker Children should bring a packed lunch from home during the days they attend.

The Summer Term

The Britwell Campus will reopen for the Summer Term for Key Worker Children and for EHCP children and our Vulnerable Children (from both the Town Hall and Britwell Campus) on Monday 20th April.  (8.30-3.00pm daily). These children should continue to bring a packed lunch from home.

A reminder to all other Families and children from both campuses that the school remains CLOSED due to Coronavirus.

All children should access Study Packs and online resources from the Claycots’ Website at the following address: /2241/stay-at-home-packs

Next week, the children will be on their Easter Holiday break, and therefore there will be no updates for the Study Packs until the 20th April, which is the first day of the Summer Term. Teachers will continue to update the Study Packs on a weekly basis and they will be updated for the start of every week. Leaders are looking at other creative ways we can support Home Learning for the Summer Term to ensure the children do not lose motivation over a long period of time.

Mathletics

The good news is that all families should receive an email over the next two weeks giving details of how their child can log in to Mathletics. This is an online platform to practise maths skills for children. The teachers or year group leaders will set online work every week from the 20th April. The online activities will be planned for by the class teacher or the year group leader and the expectation is that the children complete the task by Friday 4.00pm each week. A new set of activities will then be available for the next week and so on.

Please let the school know via enquiries@claycots.com if you do not receive your child’s log in details by the 20th April 2020.

Free School Meals and E-vouchers

From today (Friday 3rd April), the school kitchens on both campuses will be closed. Those families eligible for Free School Meals will not be able to collect a school meal from the kitchen doors.

All families who are eligible for a Free School Meal should have received an email yesterday regarding the new E-Voucher system which will start when the new term commences on the 20th April. E-vouchers are emailed directly to families on a weekly basis. They are only available to those families that have been identified.

Children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 who receive a universal infant free school meal will not be able to access the national voucher scheme unless they also qualify on benefit-related grounds (see criteria below).

You will be able eligible to claim benefit-related free school meals for your child if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you think you are eligible and would like to apply or for more information please go to Slough Borough Council website:

http://www.slough.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/free-school-meals.aspx

Further information about the scheme can be found from the following website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

And finally

I would like to thank all the staff who have been working at home developing online study packs, writing pupil reports and preparing for the summer term and beyond. I especially would like to pay my heartfelt gratitude to all the staff who have volunteered to come into the Britwell Campus to support our most vulnerable families and Key Worker families in a period of time where we have an enforced lockdown across the country. The staff have been brilliant and extremely committed to the school and supporting our community.

As we come to the Easter Holiday, I wish all families the very best health and thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr Andrew Griffin

Executive Headteacher