INFORMATION ON COVID-19
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First response to Covid19 response
School Closure as of Monday 23rd March
In light of the Government announcement to close schools on Friday 20th March, children have been sent home with exercise books. Your child’s class page, under the learning Zone section, has been populated with a wealth of websites and free learning resources which will aid your children’s learning at home. There is a range of core and foundation exercises and activities to engage with, as well as physical education and wellbeing. The website will be updated on a regular basis. To access these resources, pupils will need access to a digital device such as a phone, tablet or laptop and the Seesaw app or the website app.seesaw.me. Details and QR codes are included in the learning packs.
Should you need any learning packs posted, please email email@example.com and we will arrange this as soon as possible.
If you have been self-isolating or your children are in Nursery or Reception, books can be collected from school from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th March.
Teachers will be keeping in touch with families on a weekly basis. To avoid you receiving repeated calls, families have been grouped. If you have any issues, please raise them with the class teacher when they call and they will disseminate any key messages to members of staff. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for any urgent matters.
Please keep an eye on our social media accoutns which will be updated on a very regular basis:
- Twitter: @RobyParkSchool
- Facebook: @RobyParkPrimarySchool
We will continue to keep you informed of any changes or further advice and recommendations.
Many thanks, take care of each other and stay safe.
Mrs Allen and the Roby Park Team
Childcare Provision for Children of Key Workers
All families were contacted on 19th and 20th March to organise childcare provision for those children of key workers who had no alternate childcare in place. School places have been allocated for Monday 23rd March onwards. Should your working circumstances, or home circumstances change, and you believe your child is entitled to attend school then please email email@example.com to liaise with Mrs Allen or Mrs Lyon.
Free School Meals Update
Knowsley Council were keen to ensure all children who previously enjoyed free school meals continued to receive a suitable lunch during the Coronavirus crisis and acted to achieve this before any Government guidelines were produced. The Council immediately made available a packed lunch collection service but once social distancing was enforced, by the Government, this swiftly moved to an electronic voucher system using Wonde. The Council wanted to align the payment to a meal deal rate of £3 per day, however, the Wonde system could only accept a value of vouchers to a fortnightly rate of £32.20 (primary) and £32.90 ( secondary). The Government subsequently released their guidance on how schools should address free school meals setting a national £3 per day voucher value that they consider appropriate for a lunch. The Council has set its rate the same as the national rate and Wonde have amended their system to enable this rate to be paid. However, it is important to note that whilst the government will only fund the 7,000 Pupil Premium FSM entitled pupils, the Council has agreed to fund all 10,700 pupils on both Universal Infant FSM as well as those on Pupil Premium FSM. Vouchers are fortnightly, not weekly.
If your circumstances have changed and you think that your child may be eligible for free school meals, then you can apply by completing a Free School Meals form by following this Free School Meal Application Form 2019 and returning it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week, Mrs Rothwell attempted to make contact with all families who are in receipt of Free School Meals or children received Universal Free School Meals in order to ensure we have up to date email addresses for families. If you have not updated your email address with school then please do so by emailing email@example.com with your child’s name and class. To receive vouchers in the future, it may be that your email address is needed to facilitate the process.
Change in Government Funding for Supermarket Vouchers Entitlement
Reception – Y2 children will no longer receive supermarket vouchers due to changes in Government funding. Only children who are eligible for Free School Meals will receive vouchers as of 11th May 2020. More details can be found at: https://www.knowsleynews.co.uk/free-school-meals-eligibility-system/
School meals are free for your child or children if you receive:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less (but not if you are in work and receive Working Tax Credit)
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 a month
If you think you are entitled to Free School Meals, or have had a recent change in circumstances which mean you are now eligible, download the letter below and send to the address on the bottom:
The Local Food Banks are keen to make parents aware that families will still be able to access food without the paper vouchers.
Please find a link to the local food banks and opening times: https://knowsley.foodbank.org.uk/locations/
Beware of Coronavirus Scams
Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.
Members of the public should ignore scam products such as supplements and anti-virus kits that falsely claim to cure or prevent COVID-19. In some cases individuals may be pressurised on their own doorsteps to buy anti-virus kits or persuaded into purchasing products that are advertised on their social media feeds. In addition, some call centres that previously targeted UK consumers with dubious health products are now offering supplements that supposedly prevent COVID-19.
Communities are also being urged to look out for signs of neighbours being targeted by doorstep criminals. While there are genuine groups of volunteers providing help during self-isolation, there have been reports of criminals preying on residents – often older people or people living with long-term health conditions – by cold-calling at their homes and offering to go to the shops for them. The criminals often claim to represent charities to help them appear legitimate before taking the victim’s money. There are genuine charities providing support, so consumers should be vigilant and ask for ID from anyone claiming to represent a charity.
COVID-19 scams identified include:
- Criminals targeting older people on their doorstep and offering to do their shopping. Thieves take the money and do not return.
- Doorstep cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus.
- Email scams that trick people into opening malicious attachments, which put people at risk of identity theft with personal information, passwords, contacts and bank details at risk. Some of these emails have lured people to click on attachments by offering information about people in the local area who are affected by coronavirus.
- Fake online resources – such as false Coronavirus Maps – that deliver malware such as AZORult Trojan, an information stealing program which can infiltrate a variety of sensitive data. A prominent example that has deployed malware is ‘corona-virus-map[dot]com’.
- Companies offering fake holiday refunds for individuals who have been forced to cancel their trips. People seeking refunds should also be wary of fake websites set up to claim holiday refunds.
- Fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid19 swabbing kits sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe. There are reports of some potentially harmful hand sanitiser containing glutaral (or glutaraldehyde), which was banned for human use in 2014.
- As more people self-isolate at home there is an increasing risk that telephone scams will also rise, including criminals claiming to be your bank, mortgage lender or utility company.
- There have been reports of thieves extorting money from consumers by claiming they are collecting donations for a COVID-19 ‘vaccine’.
- Illegal money lenders are expected to prey on people’s financial hardship, lending money before charging extortionate interest rates and fees through threats and violence
People are being encouraged to protect their neighbours by joining Friends Against Scams, which provides free online training to empower people to take a stand against scams. To complete the online modules, visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk.
NTS is also issuing urgent advice to help prevent people falling victim to COVID-19 scams through its Friends Against Scams initiative.
Members of the public are being urged to keep in contact with family members regularly and inform them of the most prolific scams and the possible dangers to them. If someone has been targeted by a scam it can be reported to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040. For advice and information on how to check if something might be a scam, visit: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/.
The full press release is available here.
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