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Reopening in September - information for parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers

I am sure you will agree that we are living through extra-ordinary times. The year 2020 will be one that I am sure future generations will learn about in school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during these difficult times, the many messages my colleagues and I have received have been welcomed.

We are planning, in line with the latest guidance from the government and the Department for Education (DfE) to open each of our schools to all pupils in September. Each school leadership team along with our Central Support Team has carried out extensive and detailed risk assessments to make our schools as safe as possible for the children when they return. Each Head of School will write to you this week with the information you need about your school. From September, things will be a little different for parents/carers and the children due to the safety measures we will have in place.

The children's well-being will be our main priority when they return. We will also of course be making sure that your children catch up with the learning they have missed out on as soon as possible. Some children may be worried or anxious about coming back to school after such a long time, let me assure you that the school staff will be doing everything they can to help.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Sajid Gulzar
CEO

Free School Meals

COVID Summer Food Fund We are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals during the six week summer holiday by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you.

During the next week (and before Friday 17th July), eligible pupils will be issued with a single £90 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week, £3 per meal, for 6 weeks. This will be the final eCode issued by us as we plan for all pupils to return to school in September.

Your £90 eGift card can be used in multiple transactions and on multiple visits, until you have spent the full value of the eGift card. eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting freeschoolmeals.co.uk.

If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you haven’t received it within 24 hours of ordering it at freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com and Edenred can look into this for you.

Alternative FSM provision w/c 22nd June

We are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you.

During the week commencing 22nd June, eligible pupils who are remaining at home will be issued with a £60 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week, £3 per meal, for 4 weeks.

Your £60 eGift card can be used in multiple transactions and on multiple visits, until you have spent the full value of the eGift card. eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting freeschoolmeals.co.uk.

If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you haven’t received it within 24 hours of ordering it at freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com and Edenred can look into this for you.

Thank you for your continued support.

03/06/20: School reopening update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I previously wrote to you on 22nd May with regard to the date a decision on opening schools to more pupils would be made. This morning, the trust board of the Prince Albert Community Trust met to make this decision. As I am sure you can appreciate, there are many things to consider when trying to decide what is best for our children, staff and parents in this situation. In all my years of leading schools, this is by far the most difficult situation my team and I have faced and making the right decisions for our school community has been exceptionally challenging. 

Our number one priority, has been and will remain, the safety of our pupils and staff. As a trust board, we have decided to open our schools to year 1 pupils on Monday 15th June. On Monday and Tuesday of that week, we will review all risk assessments and if it is safe to do so, we will open for year 6 pupils from Thursday 18th June. Again, we will review all risk assessments and if it is safe to do so, we will open for reception pupils on Tuesday 23rd June. We will also assess the situation carefully before deciding to open for other year groups. The decision on opening for further year groups will be made during the week beginning 22nd June. 

You will receive a more detailed letter about the specific arrangements for your child’s school from your head of school by the end of this week. If you have any further questions once you receive the letter from the head, please use the ‘closure@’ email address for the school to get in touch. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the PACT trust board for their support and guidance during this difficult time. These are testing and unprecedented times and I would like to assure you that when all of our children are back at school, we will make sure that they catch up on the learning they have missed. 

Sajid Gulzar

CEO

Alternative FSM provision w/c 1st June

During this period of school closure, we are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you.

During the week commencing 1st June, eligible pupils will be issued with a £45 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week, £3 per meal, for three weeks. Your £45 eGift card can be used in multiple transactions and on multiple visits, until you have spent the full value of the eGift card. eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting freeschoolmeals.co.uk.

If you do not receive an eCode you are expecting (and you are certain that your child is eligible for free school meals) please check your SPAM/Junk email folders for an email from Edenred before contacting us.

If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you haven’t received it within 24 hours of ordering it at freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com and Edenred can look into this for you.

If you need to check your child’s eligibility for free school meals, or claim for more than one child, please do so by going on to the following website: cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/birmingham. If your application is successful, school will not be able to provide an eCode until we receive notification of your successful application. We are unable to provide any back-dated eCodes.

Further vouchers will be issued for the week commencing 22nd June, depending on any decisions regarding school re-opening and those year groups in attendance. We will of course update you further via our website.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

Update: Late last week during May half term, the DfE announced that they would now be funding FSM vouchers for the May half term week.  We are therefore pleased to confirm that we have ordered you an additional £15 eCode which you should receive later this week/early next week.

22/05/20: School reopening update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I last wrote to you on 19th May about the possible timetable for the opening of our schools. Following a meeting of the PACT trust board this afternoon, the board have decided to delay that decision until 3rd June. The board are keen for our schools to open as soon as it is safe to do so and will decide on an opening date for year 1 pupils in the first instance. The trust board are in agreement with plans to stagger opening for different year groups as previously communicated. I will therefore update you further on 3rd June.

Key worker and vulnerable children will be able to continue to come in to school as before during the week beginning 1st June.

I would like to take this opportunity wish all of our families who are celebrating, Eid Mubarak!

Sajid Gulzar,
CEO.

School Opening Update from our CEO

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to you with more detail following the government’s announcement about opening schools to more children from after half term, subject to further scientific advice (due on 28th May). We have now received further information and guidance from the Department for Education, which we are using to plan for receiving more children.

I understand that announcement has raised a number of concerns, worries and questions from parents. Let me assure you that the safety of your children and of our staff is our main priority. Schools will be closed over half term and on 1st and 2nd June in order that we can fully prepare for the return of more children starting with year 1 pupils only on 3rd June. Your headteachers will provide you with more details about these arrangements in the very near future. We are planning on welcoming reception children back on Monday 8th June, year 6 on Thursday 11th June and finally nursery on Monday 15th June.

The provision currently in place for vulnerable and key worker pupils will continue. Our schools will of course teach pupils in much smaller groups in line with the government’s guidance. We will also be making changes to the usual working day. The Head of your children’s school will write to you giving you more details about the changes that will be made and arrangements for dropping off and picking up children which will also change. Although we will do everything we can to make our schools as safe as possible, we cannot of course completely guarantee your children’s safety in respect of Covid-19.

At this stage, it is too early to say much more other than to give you some idea of the steps we are being asked to take in response to this announcement. These include ensuring class sizes are small, limiting the amount of contact between different groups of children and additional protective measures, such as increased cleaning and encouraging good hand hygiene.

I will point out that the guidance is clear that parents of eligible children will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.

It is important that we know exactly how many children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 will be attending when able to do so. You will receive a call from school this week to ask if you will be sending your child in. If you have missed the call please contact the school closure email address (as detailed on each school website).  Knowing exactly how many children will be attending will really help us to plan for their return.

Finally, we know that there are many parents reading this who are not affected and who will be expected to continue to provide home schooling alongside the resources we are sharing. Due to safety measures, and the guidance that is governing how we operate during these challenging times, we will be unable to accommodate additional children other than those in the year groups detailed earlier. We will not, therefore, be able to accept requests for siblings in other year groups.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Your headteacher will write again, next week, with further information.

Mr Gulzar,
PACT CEO.

School Opening Update

Dear Parents

I am currently working with senior colleagues on a comprehensive plan for the re-opening of all of our schools to some children. Parents/carers of children in Y1 will have been contacted on Monday 18th May to ask if they will send their child in should school be open after 1st June. Parents/carers of pupils in nursery, reception and year 6 will also receive a call this week asking the same. I intend to provide parents/carers with a clearer plan for opening from tomorrow afternoon.

Again, I would like to assure you that any plans that we put into place for re-opening will prioritise the safety of pupils and staff above all else.

Sajid Gulzar

CEO, PACT