St. Andrew's CE (VA) Infant School

Promoting excellence within a caring, Christian community

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Both schools are closed to most pupils (from Friday 20 March 2020) Between 9am and 3pm the Junior School can be contacted should you need to discuss emergency childcare.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Food Bank Support

If you would like to receive a weekly food parcel provided through Brighouse Food Bank, please get in touch with school. If you will require this support over the summer holidays, please notify school by Friday 10th July. You will need to collect the parcel from Brighouse Food Bank on a Friday at 12 noon. This is opposite Wilko’s next to the Methodist Church. Look for a green door. Families will only be able to collect a food parcel if one has been ordered through school. There will be no deliveries available. Food parcels will be ordered for the whole summer holidays. Get in touch for more details.

LETTER REGARDING OPENING
Dear Parents/Carers 19th May 2020

SCHOOLS INSTRUCTED BY CALDERDALE NOT TO RE-OPEN ON JUNE 1ST

Further to our letter yesterday, I am writing to tell you about the decision made today by the Local Authority. Schools are now being instructed NOT TO RE-OPEN ON 1ST JUNE. Calderdale Authority do not feel that the ‘five key tests’, set out by the Government to keep everyone safe, have been met.

Please click on the link below to read the letter from Director – Julie Jenkins.

https://standrews.calderdale.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Covid-19-letter-to-schools-from-Calderdale.pdf

What does this mean?

School will NOT re-open on 1st June

 After half term, we will continue to provide childcare for children of Key Workers

 We will continue to plan for when schools eventually re-open (although we don’t know when this will be)

 We will continue to update our home learning platforms

 After half term, we will contact you to find out if you would like any further resources or support for home learning.

As always, we will write to you as soon as the guidance changes. Thank you all for your continued patience, support and understanding.

Karen Smith – Headteacher

Glenys Phillips – Chair of Governors

 

 

 

If you are worried about Coronavirus, and the impact that returning to school may have on your child’s physical health or emotional wellbeing, the Healthy Futures Calderdale school nurses are here to offer advice and support: Call: 0303 330 9974 Text: 07480 635297 (young people) or 07507 332157 (parents/carers)

School will be closed from Friday 20th March until further notice.

Emergency School Closure
Although we remain open for a small number of key worker and vulnerable children, not as an educational setting but as a safe space with a very skeleton staff, we would like to direct you to this advice from the Education Secretary on behalf of the Government.

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response.

If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.

Letters have been sent to those we are expecting. If you have contacted school but no longer need the childcare, please phone the office and leave a message. Alternatively, text the school using our texting service.

#StayHomeSaveLives

Click here for links and resources related to Covid, Anxiety, Stress.

Support and Guidance for families:- Just a reminder if you are worried please visit the OpenMinds Calderdale website where they can find lots of useful information to support them through COVID -19.
The Children’s’ Commissioner for England has put together this guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

The Government has released advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: COVID-19 click here for more information.

Please click here to head over to our Home Learning page.

Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online
The DfE has updated their information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.
Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Free School Meals
If your family circumstances have changed and you feel you are now entitled to claim Free School Meals follow the link and apply online if you can as call demand is high.
The form is available online here or an application can be submitted via our Contact Centre – 01422 288003 – Please note that calls are taking a while to answer due to current demand.

PREVENT Information
The government have released an online reporting tool for any person who wishes to report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos that they have found on the internet.
A report can be made anonymously using this link: https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism please also visit https://educateagainsthate.com/ for more advice and resources.

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