Updated Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)
Partial School Reopening Update
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Elevate are running the final webinar in this three-part series next Tuesday 9th June, where they are going to focus on essential study skills students need to become independent learners.
Details of the event are as follows:
Event Title: How to help your child study smarter, not just harder
Date: Tuesday 9th June 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Delay to School Reopening
Following Government guidance, you may already have heard that the partial reopening of the school to Year 10 and Year 12 has been delayed until at least 15th June. We do have plans in place to accommodate the reopening of the school to these year groups as soon as we are able to and will contact those involved directly.
In the meantime we will continue to set work via Show My Homework for all year groups. It is highly unlikely that Years 7, 8 or 9 will return to school before September.
SEND Update Letter from Department of Health & Social Care and Department for Education
Letter to all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them.Link to Letter
Support around 'Loss and Change' and COVID-19
COVID-19 Related Scams and Fraud
We have be alerted to a number of scams related to Coronavirus which are using the current siutation defraud people by drawing them in to what can appear to be genuine offers via email, phone calls, WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
The Police have issued an alert regarding online COVID-19 scams for Morrisons and Tesco. The Morrison’s scam is flagged ‘Morrison’s Super Market’ and states "Morrison’s is giving away free groceries worth £250 to support the nation during Corona pandemic. Hurry up! Collect your FREE voucher." The website provided was: http://morrisons.uk-groceries.store/#. Genuine websites would be https (s=secure) rather than http as in the scam e-mail. Also look out for numbers used instead of letters and added symbols like the ‘#’ as this is a method used on fake sites. The link is said to work as expected and looks like it is genuine. You are then asked to answer three initial questions and are then led to another web page asking to circulate this offer among friends using WhatsApp. You’re then asked to pay £1 for handling charges and request your bank/credit card details to process the payment. This then gives the scammers your bank account details enabling the fraud to be committed. The Tesco scam is similar
West Midlands Police Campaign
Safe Internet Use
Update on Free Schools Meals Vouchers
A voucher code has been issued by email for all children who are eligible for free school meals who we hold an email address for. The vouchers are now being issued per household not for individual chidlren. Please note that you need to redeem the code on the website www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk to select the supermarket voucher you want, the code itself cannot be used in the supermarkets. We have tried to contact all parents/carers where the email address is missing.
If you have not received a voucher code, please check your junk mail folder (the email will be sent to them from firstname.lastname@example.org) Frequently Asked Questions for Parents/Carers
It has now been announced that Aldi have joined the scheme in addition to Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S. The Department for Education continues to work to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.Voucher scheme update.
Information from Walsall School Nurses
Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
The latest advice from the Department of Education is that no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The latest guidance from Walsall Council can be found here
DfE issues guidance for Parents on closure of Educational Settings
The information is available provides answers to questions in five categories: via this link
Guidance on key worker definitions has also been published. Details available here. Link
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