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Coronavirus Updates 

We will continue to follow the most up to date advice from Government.  To stay up to date please follow us on Twitter or Facebook and if you are a parent please ensure we have a mobile number to send texts out to.

FRIDAY 3rd APRIL 1pm

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

St Aidan’s CE Memorial Primary School will be closed from Friday 3rd April until Monday 20th April. Should you wish to contact the school during this time, please do so using the contact details below: contact@staidansschool.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Chambers

Headteacher

Free School Meals Update 7th April, 1pm

Revised Free School Meals Guidance and new guidance on financial Support to Schools from DfE

The government has released updated guidance in relation to Free School Meals which confirms the national voucher scheme WILL now cover the Easter holiday period and costs will be covered by DfE:-

Extract:- “Free school meals should be offered to eligible pupils not attending school during term time weeks and the Easter holidays, and these costs will be met by DfE. The addition of the Easter holidays reflects the unprecedented levels of disruption and uncertainty for schools during this time. This support will not cover future holidays. Free school meal pupils in school during the Easter holidays should also continue to receive a free meal if eligible, and these costs will be met by the school.”

 

For more details as to who is eligible and how the scheme will work, the full guidance can be found on the following link:

Link to updated Free School Meals Guidance:- 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance?utm_source=2c77b1bc-5974-40ad-ae69-a1f055eb67e4&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

 As soon as we know more, we will of course update you again

Update 3pm 24th March

Dear Parent/Carer

In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, that the majority of outlets will be closed from today, if your child currently has a place in school and you no longer need it as a result of your workplace closing, or indeed if you are able to work from home, please contact the school as soon as possible in order for us to review numbers and staffing requirements from tomorrow onwards.

It is vital that if your child can be cared for at home, they MUST be cared for at home.

Thank you for your continued support

Kind Regards

Lynn Chambers

 

Update 8am 24th March

Dear Parents,
In light of the announcement from the PM last night please remember school is now a last resort for your child.  If you can look after your child at home please do not bring them to school.  School is only available to children when there is no alternative at home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Yours sincerely,
Paul Rickeard
CEO of Durham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust
Diocesan Director of Education
Durham and Newcastle

Key Workers

To Parents and Carers

The Government has released the list of ‘Key Workers’ whose children will be eligible to attend school on from Monday 23rd March.  However, the Government has stipulated that if it is at all possible for children to remain at home, then they should.

Pupils who are eligible are those whose parents fall into the following categories:

Health and Social Care
Education
Justice System
Local and National Government
Food
Public Safety and National Security
Transport
Utilities, Communication and Financial services

Please follow these key principles:

If a child needs support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then education provision will be available for them.
Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

More information can be accessed on the link below:

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

If you feel that your child is eligible, please could you call the school office before bringing your child so that the correct staffing can be arranged.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Miss L Chambers

HEADTEACHER