Coronavirus Updates

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Update 22/05/2020 – PGL

 We now have confirmation that the PGL Trip has been cancelled. All parents will be contacted by our Finance Team in due course to arrange a bank refund of monies paid.

Update 22/05/20- School Re-opening

Letter to parents
Risk assessment
FAQ’s

Update 19/05/2020

Following Government guidance, to help us plan a return to school for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, please can you let us know if you would be happy to send your child back to school. This can be done by emailing office@tongemooracademy.org or by completing the parent questionnaire HERE
If you have done this already or have been contacted by a member of staff, you do not need to do this again.

Thank you for your continued support

Update 18/05/2020 – Healthy Families Team Lockdown Support

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Update 12/05/2020 – PGL

We are currently still in contact with PGL regarding our trip on 12th – 15th June and hope to have a confirmed update for parents/carers as soon as possible.     

Update 12/05/2020  – School Re-opening 

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. Here is an update about the school plans to open to more children following the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday evening.

The MAT directors and Senior Leadership Team are working through the current Government guidance to ensure that plans to reopen consider all essential safety requirements. 

This will include safe provision based on:

Whole school cleaning requirements
Size of classrooms
Age groups of children
Social distance requirements 
Health and availability of staff

Please be reassured that the final decision of when and how school will open, following rigorous risk assessments, rests with the directors of the MAT who are taking all of these measures into account to ensure our school operates safely.

Update 11/05/2020 – School re-opening

We’re aware that the announcement last night will raise many questions in terms of school re-opening for children in Rec, Yr 1 & Yr 6. We’re currently waiting for guidance from the DfE and will consider this over the next three weeks to plan for a safe re-opening for these children. We ask you for your patience and will communicate to you as soon as we have all systems and procedures in place.

Update 06/05/2020 – Free School Meals Vouchers

We have been advised by the DfE that Free School Meals vouchers are not available during school holidays. The school will therefore order one week’s worth of vouchers for delivery w/c 18th May, and a further order will be placed for delivery w/c 8th June. The number of weeks for this delivery will depend on the situation regarding school closures at that time and we will keep you updated via our website

Update 29/04/2020 – PGL

We have received notification from PGL.  They are hoping that their activity centres will be open by June and will therefore be able to accommodate and deliver our trip as planned.  They are monitoring Government advice closely and will be back in touch with us if the situation changes.

Update 29/04/2020 – Free School Meals Vouchers

We have received the following information from the DfE:

Some parents may have experienced some slow running of the eCode redemption website on 27th/28th April. This was due to an identified issue with the system.
This meant that many people were experiencing ‘Invalid eCode’ error messages on the eCode redemption website.
The DfE would like to apologise for any inconvenience. Anyone trying to redeem an eCode received on 27th and 28th April and receiving error messages can now try again.

Update 17/04/2020

FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHERS

Parents whose children are eligible for Free School Meals should receive an email next week (w/c 20th April) which will contain a 16 digit eCode.  The eCode needs to be exchanged for a supermarket eGift card; please see attached Instructions/FAQs (link to FAQs PDF).  We have ordered 4 weeks’ worth of vouchers for each eligible child, at £15 per week. Further vouchers will be ordered at the end of the 4 weeks, should schools continue to be closed. 

‘Grab Bags’ will also be provided for w/c 20th April, just in case there are any issues with the FSM Voucher scheme.  However, from w/c 27th April ‘Grab Bags’ will no longer be available.

Should you have any queries regarding the Free School Meals Voucher scheme, please refer to the FAQs in the first instance.  If the FAQs don’t answer your query please email school at FSM@tongemooracademy.org and we will try our best to assist you if we can.

Update 03/04/2020

FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHER

We have now received information from the DfE regarding the Free School Meals (FSM) voucher scheme, which has been set up for eligible families to access whilst schools are closed.  We are looking to get this activated as soon as possible, however in the meantime ‘Grab Bags’ for eligible children on FSM are still available to collect from school between 11:30am & 12:30pm.  ‘Grab Bags’ however are not available whilst the school is closed for the Easter holidays (Mon 6th – Tue 14th Apr).

To access the Free School Meals voucher parents whose children are eligible will receive a text, and will then need to provide school with an up to date email address.  Please send this to FSM@tongemooracademy.org  providing your name, your child’s name and their class.  

Please note that children in Reception to Year 2, who have a FSM as part of the ‘Universal Free School Meals Scheme’ are not eligible to the voucher unless they meet the requirements outlined on the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals.  Once everything is set up, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your voucher.

Update 01/04/2020

PGL – we are still waiting for an update from PGL regarding our trip to Boreatton Park in June.  Until PGL cancel this trip we are unable to offer any refunds, we will keep you updated with any further information once received.

Update 30/03/2020

Easter Holiday Club Letter

Update 30/03/2020

I am so proud of all my staff who continue to keep essential services running, look after the buildings and care for some of your children. They are doing an amazing job during difficult times and enabling NHS and other front line workers to do theirs.
Thank you.
Jack

Update 26/03/2020

After School Club update

Social Distancing

Update 20/03/2020 @ 12:00

Please click here for a letter for all key worker families and vulnerable children.

Update 19/03/2020 @ 14:00

Dear Parent/Carer,

Coronavirus Outbreak: School Closure & Key Workers (Please click here for a list of Key Workers)

Thank you for your support over the last couple of weeks. Following on from the update last night, we have now held a meeting this morning to discuss how we operate under the current educational guidance.

Please be aware guidance may change from the Government and our plans may need to be reviewed but we will let you know if this is the case.

The Government announced that schools in England will be closing from the close of school on Friday 20th March until further notice. We would like to reassure you that in line with current guidance our two Academies, Tonge Moor and St Bede, will remain open for all children of ‘key workers’ and those children classed as vulnerable, as long as they are not displaying any symptoms or are not in self isolation.

We are still awaiting clarification from the Government regarding who is classified as a ‘key worker’ or a ‘vulnerable child’ and we have contingencies in place to be able to act quickly when we receive this information.

With regards to our Breakfast and After School Club, this is will be available for all children of ‘key workers’ and those classed as vulnerable.

Our Easter Holiday Club provision will run as normal (unless guidance changes) but priority will be given to children of ‘key workers’ and those classed as vulnerable.

If you feel you may be classed as a ‘key worker’ and wish to access any of the above provision, please email parentkeyworker@stbedeacademy.org or parentkeyworker@tongemooracademy.org by 9 a.m. on Friday 20th March with the following information:

o Your child’s name and year group
o Your name and occupation
o Whether you are a single parent / carer or otherwise the name and occupation of the other parent / carer

If you think you and / or your partner may be a key worker, please provide one of the following:

o An email from your work email account
o A letter / email from your employer confirming your role
o Photographic staff ID
o Any other relevant documentation

As you can appreciate, there are many issues that we need to plan for and address going forward but I can assure you that your school will remain an important and integrate part of our community and will continue to provide support for its families.

We will keep you all updated via the school website and twitter account.

Yours sincerely,

Jack Hatch O.B.E

C.E.O.

Free School Meals letter

Safeguarding Letter

Online learning links for each year group can be found on the curriculum page.

Letter from Mr. Hatch

Stay at home guidance

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If you live with others and you or one of them display one of the symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Hand washing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water.  Public Health England recommends that in addition to hand washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.  Watch this short NHS film for guidance: https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.  Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, they are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience.  To ensure that they answer your calls as quickly as possible they have now extended their opening hours to cover weekends.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

Guidance for educational settings: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Guidance for those with asthma:
https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/

Educational resources:
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Latest Department for Education information:
https://twitter.com/educationgovuk
https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Home Learning

The staff at Tonge Moor are putting together a list of activities that can be completed at home and also links to online learning.  These should be on the school website by the end of this week.  The work is based on subject matter that has already been covered in classes.  It is important that we support our children to rapidly recall and retain facts so that this information is stored in their long term memory.  Currently the school website also contains links to online learning activities for each year group.  These are updated regularly and can be found under the Curriculum section of the website.    

Sharing home learning

To keep the ‘school community’ alive, please feel free to share via Twitter pictures of work and activities that children have completed.  You can use our main school twitter page or if your child’s class has an individual twitter page, please feel free to share on this platform.

What would happen in the event of a school closure?

At the moment there are no plans to close.  However, if the school does have to close we would notify parents through Twitter, the school website and any other means possible.  Children would be expected to access the home learning resources which will be available in paper form and on the school website by the end of the week.  Notifications would be available on the school website and Twitter on a date for re-opening the school.

Advice on the coronavirus for places of education poster