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.
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.
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.
Update 20/03/2020 @ 12:00
Update 19/03/2020 @ 14:00
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
Jack Hatch O.B.E
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
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:
Guidance for educational settings:
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Guidance for those with asthma:
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.