Friday 27th March
Hello everyone, as we come towards the end of the first week of all the changes to our daily lives, I would like to pause to thank you for bearing with us as we have had to make many rapid adjustments to how we work as a school within the very tight restrictions placed upon all our daily lives. We understand some people are struggling with accessing the work set on the class pages, with so many children to provide work for and the restrictions on contact, we felt it was the most effective way of getting information to the most people.
I would encourage you to use Class Dojo to contact your child's teacher directly.
We have had some questions about Free School Meals, the information below should hopefully clarify the situation regarding eligibility:
If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals please visit our webpage at https://st-matthewscofe.lancs.sch.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/free-school-meals for further information.
There have been many instances on the television and social media of how people are helping each other out which have been very encouraging to see. sadly, some people are taking advantage of the situation to exploit others. Be very careful of any messages you may get, claiming to offer cash grants etc, they are most likely to be scams. There is still no guidance on Free School Meal vouchers - as soon as we have information we will let you know.
Stay safe, remember to wash your hands and practise social distancing so that we can hopefully very soon get back to normal.
Very best wishes,
The Department for Education (DfE) have issued the following warning:
"We have been informed some parents have received an email stating: ‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’. This is a scam email - do not respond, and delete immediately."
For our children entitled to Free School Meals there are weekly food parcels from the Local Authority not vouchers - if there is any change to this we will let you know directly.
Monday 23rd March
Hello everyone, we hope you are well? Thank you for your patience as we have got to grips with the implications of the partial school closures, there is still much to do and we are busy working away to get things sorted.
The best advice I can give at the moment for managing being at home is to get a daily routine for the children - a mix of carrying out their distance learning, time to relax and play and even (if they are the right age) carrying out a few simple household chores to help keep things sorted.
Please do check the documents below to see if there is any support or advice, we will try to keep this updated as and when we receive information.
Also, I cannot emphasise enough that we all follow then guidance as much as possible to regularly wash hands, use tissues when sneezing or coughing and to practise social distancing as much as possible.
Free School Meal children - all relevant families were contact by text this morning.
Weblinks for advice:
There is a lot of misinformation being spread around on Social Media, please visit the official Government and NHS websites for clear guidance.