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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Opening Times

The school is now open to vulnerable pupils and children of key workers only. This should still be as a last resort. If you are able to keep your child at home, then please do so.

Closure of educational settings - information for parents and carers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Contact Us

If you need to contact us:

  • Whilst school is open (8.15am-3.15pm weekdays), the normal phone will be answered 01484 426666. 
  • Alternatively, and out of hours, please send an email to ruth.ward@kirkleeseducation.uk - this email box is monitored daily.
  • Follow our Twitter page @almondburycs_ to keep updated with upcoming news and events.

Easter Holidays

The school will be open to provide childcare Monday to Friday on both weeks of the Easter holidays for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers only. We ask that wherever possible children are kept at home and that they are only sent in as a last resort.

Free School Meals

Children eligible for free school meals can benefit from a term time national voucher scheme whilst they stay at home.

Please can you make sure that school has your most up to date email address and mobile number so that we can include you in this national offer.  

The scheme will allow schools to provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus. The voucher can be sent electronically, or as a gift card for those without Internet.

Full details of this scheme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

If you receive an email stating the following ‘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’, we can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official.

We wanted you to know that we are working very hard to get the term time FSM national voucher scheme up and running.  All being well this will be in place after the Easter holidays.

For the period of the 2 week Easter holiday, the Local Authority has agreed to fund vouchers to the equivalent of £15 per week per child. We hope to issue these evouchers early next week. 

Please note: When sending emails and or texts there are several families/parents who are highlighted that we don't have up to date details, even though this has been requested. 

Given the amount of information going out at the moment it is vitally important that we are able to contact you.

Emails and text messages have been sent out today so if you haven't heard from us by either method then please let us know your email address and mobile phone number by emailing kate.pearson1@kirkleeseducation.uk or calling school early next week.

We can then distribute the codes when they are available and keep in touch with other matters. 

Community Response

Kirklees have now opened a dedicated helpline as part of their Covid-19 Community Response. Anyone can let them know about things they need help with, or that they are concerned about someone who may need help.

Online Forms: Covid-19 Community Response

Community Response helpline: 01484 226619 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)

Emotional Wellbeing

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

  • kooth.com – free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, including counselling and self-help articles;

  • mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing – website with guidance on how to cope specifically during this period of uncertainty;

  • mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/ - website with guidance on how to help others when you know they’re struggling.

    Texting Services;

  • Thriving Kirklees - school nurse health support around mental health and worries/anxiety –07520618866;

  • 24/7 Text line – if you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.

Online Safety

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Careers Guidance

C&K Careers have launched a new helpline to provide reassurance and support to young people and parents during this uncertain time. Contact the helpline, called “CHAT”, if you need to speak to a Careers Adviser:

  • Telephone         01484 213856
  • Email                 chat@ckcareers.org.uk 
  • Facebook Messenger via the C&K Careers Facebook page

NHS Hand Washing Guidance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQCP7waTRWU

Talking to Children about COVID-19:

https://kirkleestogether.co.uk/2020/03/26/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-we-can-help/

Although schools are closed to the majority of pupils, we remain here to help. Please be sure to make contact with school if you need support, or access the support mechanisms outlined above. You may be aware of other services that you have been directed to; if this is the case and these are proving helpful, please continue to access these.

We hope you are keeping safe.

Key documents are available below: