I hope this message finds you well, or as well as can be during what is a very difficult time for many.
Following the guidance from DfE, the school remains open to those families of key workers and as defined previously. We, like several other schools, remained open during the Easter break to these families and I know it was much appreciated. The arrangement is very much one of a child care nature, however, the activities have been educational in nature where practicable. I pass on my thanks to the staff for their ongoing work.
Staff continue to ensure the school website is updated with online learning activities.
As Headteacher, I know no more than you as to when schools will re open to all. Whilst I do get daily briefs from government, these are always based around the practicalities of current situation and not future planning. There is a lot of speculation in the media regarding schools re opening, but I would take all with a 'pinch of salt' - nobody really knows. If I do hear anything, you will know.
School vouchers for meals
If 4 weeks ago I was asked what would be one of the greatest challenges for school admin during the Covid 19 outbreak, I would not have predicted Free School Meal Vouchers! The system put in place by the government has been chaotic for the most and inconsistent at best. The high numbers applying for free school meal vouchers placed on their system has meant that it has not coped with demand. However, after much work, we are nearly there.
At the time of writing:
Please remember, the system is not ours. In the meantime, we continue to keep the kitchen open to provide pack ups for children. They, as they have been from the start, are available between 12 and 1pm.
If we do find that the lockdown is extended and vouchers needed again, I STRONGLY ADVISE that parents who have asked us to print them out, submit an email address to us. This will mean the voucher gets to you much quicker. Vouchers do not need printing out if you have a smart phone. Hopefully, this will not be needed, however, I will look into facilitating this if needed.