Free School Meals for Eligible Children

From today, Monday 23 March the Council will be home delivering a free packed lunch to children who attend over 60 borough schools.

This service will be provided Monday – Friday this week for children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) with lunches delivered directly to homes.

Please note that this service is only for those who meet the Free School Meal financial eligibility criteria and not all Key Stage 1 pupils.

This packed lunch service, ensuring those children who need a meal continue to receive one, has been made possible thanks to a number of head-teachers who have agreed for their schools to be distribution points and Council staff, including many whose normal place of work has been closed, working together to pack, transport and deliver lunches.

The first of the 5,500 lunches will be delivered around midday on Monday and a member of the team will simply knock or ring a door bell to let the family know the food has arrived.

This home delivery service is a temporary emergency provision to support families ahead of the National Voucher scheme due to be rolled out across the country.

Unfortunately the Council cannot confirm a delivery time. Consideration has been given to children’s dietary requirements. For children with complex food allergies, the Council will be offering alternative help.
If your child is eligible for a Free School Meal and you do not receive your child’s packed lunch by 2.30pm please call 01952 383858.

The following schools/providers have decided to make alternative arrangements for their pupils and are therefore not included in the Council’s delivery scheme:
•       Bridge School
•       Kickstart
•       Linden Centre
•       Muxton Primary School
•       Newport Girls’ High School Academy
•       Redhill Primary Academy

If you are not currently in receipt of free school meals but are worried your current financial situation may change in the coming weeks, this link gives more information about how to apply for free school meals.

Cllr Shaun Davies, council leader, said: “This will ensure that around 5,000 children who need this help the most can continue to receive it at this very difficult time, while we await the Government’s voucher scheme.
“It’s another way that the Council is helping the community during the coronavirus pandemic on top of a raft of other measures we have already announced to help, residents, businesses and community organisations.

 

Monday 23rd March

Thank you to all our families who have found a place to safely leave their children today. We really appreciate it.

I have staff in today who are very anxious about what they might be passing onto the children we have in and also about what they might be taking home at the end of the day. They have still come in though to make sure we had enough people to cover. One member of staff was sworn at as she walked to work by 2 different drivers who asked her what on earth she was doing walking about (but in far less savoury terms); when she showed them her school ID and explained that she was required to do so and that they should mind their own business (!), the brave drivers scuttled off (presumably to their crucial jobs??)

The children are being great; keeping their 2 metre distance as much as they can and washing hands at every opportunity. It is a very strange day for them and must be hugely unsettling to be with staff they don’t really know and without the routines they have become so used to.

If you require a place tomorrow, please send your child in with a toy of their own to play with to avoid us using all our wipes and also their own tablet or laptop if they have one so that we don’t have to decontaminate the school equipment each day.  Scooters are welcome too. A packed lunch is still required (unless FSM) and from tomorrow please can kids come in their own clothes which are clean each day – this is to avoid spreading the virus. We will be doing the same. If you need a place please can you either email me or reply on here so that I can have the least number of staff as possible to limit the footfall and number of people out and about as required by Boris. Julie.henry1@taw.org.uk

I hope this madness calms down quickly – it’s certainly not how  I wanted my last year here to end. We will help all we can and thanks to those of you who are doing the same.

Julie

Next Week’s plans…

The list is finally out but before you go online to read it, I would like to implore you to remember the following things:

 

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Dear Parents and Carers of Team Wrockers,

To quote the government, as a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and we, as a school, are more than happy to do our bit.  BUT please remember that we have children and families too who we wish to protect. We will obviously be taking any infections coming into school home with us and many staff are already making the difficult decision that they won’t be seeing vulnerable relatives, such as my own elderly mum, for the next few months specifically because we may well be at more risk of catching the virus than other more isolated professions. My staff numbers are reduced for the same reasons that your families may not be at work and I can only see numbers reducing in the coming weeks.

So please, if your children can stay safely at home,  they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 

The government has asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. Some of our children are already classed as vulnerable: asthmatic, diabetic, epileptic children as well as those with underlying health conditions and these should obviously be kept safe at home away from any risk.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined by the Government. You should get in touch with your employer who will be able to confirm if your role is essential or not. Many parents working in these sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Is there a non-vulnerable adult that could help out?

Another point to remember is that we will not be teaching the children, merely providing a safe care setting and keeping the children occupied (with worksheets and Maths/English activities). Therefore, please consider how a lack of regularity and routine in school will affect them, particularly as the children will almost certainly not be with their usual staff. We have been told that staff from other schools may be asked to care for our children if we do not have the necessary numbers of adults. Any sign of children in school being affected and displaying unsuitable behaviour will necessitate you collecting them and obviously, any child with symptoms of Coronavirus will also be sent home for 14 days.

A final point: we are already into our last boxes of soap and toilet rolls so as well as staff numbers, we are concerned that these may well run out too!

I am NOT telling you that your child will not be welcome in school next week; I am asking you to do your bit too. If you are a key worker and there is absolutely no one then we will care for them as best we can for as long as we can. We can only do that by keeping ourselves and our families safe and healthy – please consider that if you still feel you will need to use us next week.

Any children who come in next week will need to be signed in by an adult at 8:45 and attend in school uniform with a packed lunch (unless they are FSM) There will be no breakfast buddies or after school clubs due to lack of staff.

Please don’t hesitate to call me or email if I can help – Julie.henry1@taw.org.uk

Many thanks as always and please keep safe,

Julie