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.
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.
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.
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 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
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