COVID-19 Updates

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Parklands Community Primary School is closed to the majority of pupils. We are only open to Key Worker pupils, vulnerable pupils and Nursery children.

Free School Meal Vouchers

During school closures the Government is funding Free School Meal Vouchers which can be used in all supermarkets to purchase food for children. This is only for those pupils entitled to benefits related Free School Meals in Reception to Year 6. This is different to ‘Universal Free School Meals’ which is for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to have a free dinner at school. If you are not certain if your child qualifies, phone the office. If your circumstances have changed, and you are now in receipt of benefits, apply online by searching ‘CWAC Free School Meals’.

Vouchers are only available for pupils learning at home in Reception to Year 6. Pupils who attend school do not qualify for vouchers as they will receive a cooked meal on site. Do not apply for vouchers if your child is coming to school. Our Nursery is open and therefore pupils do not qualify for vouchers.

If you are struggling with providing food or finances for any reason, please contact school for further support.

If your child qualifies for Free School Meals and is remaining at home, please complete the form below. The school office will apply on your behalf and you will be emailed your vouchers.

Free School Meals Vouchers (Reception to Year 6 only)

If your child is entitled to Free School Meals (this is because you are in receipt of certain benefits) and you wish to receive Free School Meal vouchers, please complete the form. If you do not have an email address, please leave blank and contact the school office.
  • Complete this form for each of your children who are in receipt of benefits related Free School Meals
  • What year is your child in?
  • Please provide the email address you want the vouchers to be sent to. If you do not have an email address, please type NONE
    Tick the box to state that your child is entitled to benefits related Free School Meals.

 

School Places

The Government message is clear – Stay At Home. However, some pupils may need to attend school. This is for many reasons such as their parents are Key Workers, they have additional needs and therefore have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or Top-Up Funding, they have a social worker or vulnerable for any other reason that school decides. In order to slow the virus, we need to ensure that we keep numbers coming onto the school site as low as possible.

Please complete this form to request a Key Worker or vulnerable child (those with EHCP) place.

Key Worker Childcare Space

To apply for a key worker place, please complete this form.
  • Record all of your children's names
    What class(es) is your child(ren) in?
  • Please provide details of the key worker roles in your household and reason for requiring childcare. Can your child be cared for safely at home? If so, they should stay at home.

Before and After School Club

We can support our working parents with childcare. This is vital for our key workers. Any requests for additional childcare must be made directly with school – do not just apply on Parent Mail. This is to ensure that we have the appropriate staffing in place.

Home Learning

It is really important that your child continues to learn at home. They must read every day. Additionally, TT Rock Stars for Key Stage 2 pupils and Hit the Button for all pupils in Year 1 upwards should be accessed as much as possible. Children in Years 2 to Years 6 should access learning via Google Classrooms. Class Dojo will be used for Nursery, Reception and Year 1. Your child’s teacher will phone you to check you can access this.

Here to help

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We’re here to help and want to support all our families during this difficult time.

Winter Grants Payment for Food

The Local Authority is providing funding to all parents whose children receive Free School Meals.  An award of £45 per eligible child will be paid into the nominated bank account to offer support for food through the winter period. In addition, a payment of £35 will be made per household for eligible children and families to support around fuel and water bills. These payments are subject to eligibility checks against records held by the Council. An automated notification will be sent out to confirm that an application has been received.
Please allow time for the LA to process your application. This is through the LA and not school so unfortunately we will not be able to support with any information about your claim.

COVID Symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 as described on the NHS website are as follows:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Even if a temperature comes down, it is important to get a test as soon as possible.

Looking after your mental health:

If you’re struggling, we’re here for you. Just give us a call. There are lots of other places ready to help too.

What to do if you need urgent mental health help:

  • Please call 0300 303 3972 and dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need
  • The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people
  • The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS 111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972
  • Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call 0300 303 3972 to be directed to the best local service to support you
  • You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance
  • For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, the CWP website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic www.cwp.nhs.uk
  • For children and young people there is also a dedicated website MyMind.org.uk

Guidance

Please continue to stay safe and follow NHS guidance https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Up-to-date advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response