Update for Parents & Carers
Keeping in touch
We are all adjusting to strange new circumstances and I know many of us will be finding this hard. Our thanks go to those of you who are key workers, particularly those who work in the NHS or are care workers. Like many of you last night, I clapped to show my appreciation of your dedication and support for our communities and our school thanks you for your work.
As staff we are missing our contact with the students – they’re not always easy but they certainly make our lives interesting! I am sure you will find being home in this period of lockdown challenging at times, and we want to do all we can to continue to support you. I just want to outline a few ways we are doing this:
Regular contact home
We will be making regular phone calls to speak to you and your child; this to check that you are all OK and see if you need any additional support. During the lockdown, we hope another friendly voice will be appreciated!
New social media pages
You will find attached a safeguarding guide to support you keeping you and your child safe at home. It includes online safety tips, useful links about mental health and wellbeing, and information for your rights as workers during this time. Your child may find accessing Kooth, an online counselling service, particularly useful if they are worried or anxious.
Free School Meals
We will be delivering parcels at the end of next week to the families of students who currently receive free school meals. We hope that this will be of some help over the Easter break. If your child does not currently have free school meals but you are struggling in these uncertain financial times, please contact us. The school email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can talk to staff when we call home. Please do not be afraid to ask for help.
Whilst talking about free school meals, you may have heard of a scam where people are being contacted and told money will be paid directly to them, asking for your bank details so money can be transferred. Please do not share this information. We are advised that the government is developing a voucher system and as soon as we have more information, we will update you – but you will never be asked to share your bank details to receive these vouchers.
Take care and keep in touch