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Coronavirus help and information

Thursday 11th June - Letter from the headteacher

Thursday 21st May - Letter from the headteacher - widening the school offer

Tuesday 19th May - please read the following document which is the position statement from the Local Authority on widening the school offer

Thursday 14th May 

Following on from the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday, we are awaiting further guidance from the local authority.  We will keep you informed.

27th April- A Guide for parents regarding Covid-19 from Royal College of Pediatricians.

A Message from the School Staff

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During this difficult time, the staff wanted to let you all know that we are thinking of you all. We are missing our children and families a lot. If you need to contact any of the staff please email admin@st-brigids.manchester.sch.uk
Stay Safe and Take Care
Love from the St Brigid's Staff

14th April

Parents who are entitled to free school meals

All parents who are entitled to free school meals will need to provide an email address.  Please can you send a message to

admin@st-brigids.manchester.sch.uk detailing your email address - this is so that you can access your meal vouchers electronically.  Thank you 

DREAM IT! BELIEVE IT! ACHIEVE IT!

 

St Brigid’s RC Primary School

Grey Mare Lane

Beswick

Manchester

M11 3DR

Good Friday 10th April 2020.

Dear Children and families,

I just wanted you to know how much the school team and I are thinking of you and praying for you. We hope you are all well and safe and are following the governments instructions: Stay home. Save lives.  Protect the NHS.

At this time of year, we would have been thinking about holy week and preparing for Easter. We would be planning family get togethers and celebrations, but this year we need to show we love each other by staying away from each other. I, like you, will miss being with my family this Easter, especially my mum and dad who are 86 and 88 years of age. They won’t thank me for sharing their ages with you! I guess the real lesson we can take away from this is that there are many ways to love and to show we love one another and right now the way is staying away.

Jesus taught us how to truly love and we have now all been given the opportunity to really reflect on this during these challenging times. These times we find ourselves in, also bring home to each and every one of us that life is sacred and precious and we must do everything in our power to protect life.

I know that you like us, will keep in our thoughts and prayers all those who have died and their families who are grieving, and we will all keep in our prayers all those who are poorly and vulnerable.

As I am sure you will be aware, school is still open for key worker children mainly. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the school team for all their hard work and commitment who have enabled school to remain open for those who really need it. Over the Easter period, school will be closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (13th, 14th 15th April). If you have any queries, you may ring on one of the following school mobiles between 9am and 3pm whilst school is shut:

0793473779607716759091/ 07745217318

Please note that if your query can wait until Thursday 16th April to do so and ring the school office number: 0161 223 5538.

During Easter, you may wish to have access to mass, prayer and reflection. St Catherine’s of Siena in Didsbury has a youtube link on its website: https://www.st-catherines-didsbury.co.uk

You will find that they have all the holy week services and Easter services and they also have the weekly Sunday masses. I must admit that I have been guilty for taking church and mass for granted in the past and I can’t believe how much I miss it now.

I wish you all a safe and happy Easter. And remember, as Pope Francis said, “The creativity of love can overcome isolation.”

We think about you all everyday. We pray for you and we love you very much. I look forward to us all being back together again- safe and well.

God bless you,

Mrs Miles

Wednesday 8th April  
Information about resources to support families at home
 

 

The government have produced a document that provides a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. Please note that St Brigid's do not recommend the phonics links provided and we ask you to visit your child's year group page to see the list of appropriate phonics resources. 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

 

Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of well loved books including The Gruffalo, has illustrated a child friendly book about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.  The book is free for anyone to read on screen or print out and has had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Head teachers and Psychologists. Please see the link below. 

 

https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

Update on free school meals - Wednesday 25th March 2020 

 

There have been a few queries regarding the link re: MCC FSM Voucher scheme not working, please use the link below

 

https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/200008/benefits_and_support/6302/apply_for_a_cash_grant_if_you_are_in_financial_crisis 

Tuesday 23rd March Please see the attached document recommended by our school's Play Therapist to support families while isolating at home.

Monday 23rd March 
Information about FSM and Additional Support for Vulnerable Families from Manchester Local Authority 

 

Please note links will go live date Wednesday 25th March

 

Help with food costs while schools are closed

 

We want to ensure that all our children and young people have access to a lunchtime meal.

 

We have the following arrangements in place to support families during this period:-

●     FSM pupils_ link to Council’s Voucher Scheme.

●     Hardship support to families

 

Please read this information carefully

 

FSM Pupils:-

Children who would normally receive a free school meal from the school, based on household income or due to being an asylum seeker

 

The government has advised that they expect to have a new scheme up and running in the near future. They intend to issue vouchers directly to families. This will not be up and running for a few weeks.

 

Because of this, we will have to make local arrangements to support families until the national voucher scheme is in place. Some schools are picking this up by providing lunches and vouchers and other schools have asked the Council to make payments on their behalf.

 

If your school is not providing support and you normally receive free school meals due to low income please make a claim for support.

 

Please note we cannot make a payment if your school has alternative arrangements in place.

 

The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £2.00 per day (£10 per week) for each school child or young person in the household.

We will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods

●     A bank transfer into a nominated bank account

●     A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city

●     A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city.

 

Parents can make an application, please submit a request via the Council’s welfare Provision Scheme.

 

 

Hardship:-

To support to families facing hardship

 

Because schools have closed and some families are facing additional financial challenges due to the Covid 19 virus, we want to provide support to families, who most need it.

 

We are providing a financial grant to parents and carers of the following groups of children and young people.

 

To qualify the family must be:

●     a Manchester resident or supported by our Homelessness Service; and

●     whose family has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to being laid off etc.

 

The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £2 per day (£10 per week) for each school age child or young person in the household.

We will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods

●     A bank transfer into a nominated bank account

●     A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city

●     A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city.

           

To make an application, families need to submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme

 

MCC Apply for cash grant if you are in financial crisis

 

Note: costs of supporting families facing hardship will be met by the Local Authority, and will still be offered after the national voucher scheme for FSM is launched.

23rd March 2020 Letter from Mrs Miles 

 

Dear Parent / Carer

 

Important information regarding student attendance – from Monday 23 March 2020

 

Firstly, thank you for the very supportive approach that you have taken during these exceptionally challenging times.  Whilst we are formally closed from Monday 23 March onwards, we will continue to support your child, both academically and pastorally and our school remains at the heart of our community. 

 

Special opening from Monday 23 March.

 

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can safely stay at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

 

The government have asked us to remain open only for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where we can.

 

Key workers

At midnight, the government published a list of those parent / carers who are entitled to send their child to school.  The link below provides specific details.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

The list includes the following; health and social care, education and childcare, key public services, local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and security, transport, utilities, communication and financial services.

 

We are grateful to all of these key workers who are looking after us all.  In return, our staff team are also going to offer provision for your child / children.  It is critical to note, however, that this provision should only be taken up if there are no other alternatives (see guidance). 

 

If you think that your job is classified as a key worker, you have no other alternatives and you wish to take up this provision, please contact us if you have not already done so. You may be asked to provide us with some evidence. Please note that to reduce the risk of further spread of COVID-19, it is clear that where children can be looked after safely in their own homes they should.

 

Specialist Support Provision

Those children with safeguarding and welfare needs, including those children on child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers and those with Education Health and Care plans are also able to attend school if they wish. This is an offer to parents and there is no requirement for parents / carers to send their children to school if they do not wish to.  

 

Free School Meals

If your child is entitled to free school meals, our school will provide £20 food voucher per child. This is the equivalent of £1 per day for the lunch they would have received had they been in school.

 

From 23 March, the Council has also set up a scheme to help with food costs for families who are facing additional financial challenges due to the Covid 19 virus.

 

To qualify your family must be Manchester residents or supported by the Homelessness Service. The criteria is:

 

  • Children and young people who meet the criteria for free school meals (where the school have not got other arrangements in place);
  • Children and young people who are classed as an asylum seeker; and 
  • Children and young people whose family has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to being laid off etc.

 

The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £1.75 per day (£8.75 per week) for each child or young person in the household.

 

The Council will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods

  • A bank transfer into a nominated bank account
  • A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city
  • A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city.

 

To make an application please submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme

 

https://lwa.financialassessments.co.uk/OnlineApplication/(S(1w2yi5bjmzswqq0vvciplvtv))/Introduction.aspx?form=LWAFULL&time=637202318515007959,1584635052308

 

 

St Brigid’s will be closed to the majority of students from Monday 23 March, but we are in no way closed in terms of our ongoing care, support and kindness. If you need to contact school, you may email admin@st-brigids.manchester.sch.uk

 

May God bless you and keep you safe,

Mrs Miles

Letter from school March 2020

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19) (Monday 16th March)

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19.

This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

The updated guidance can be found here:

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus

 

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell with a temperature and/or cough stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

 

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.

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