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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

11/05/20: Update for parents/carers

Dear parents/carers,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May we will be working towards opening our schools to more pupils. Currently, we are waiting for additional information and guidance as to which children and how many, schools will be open to. I would like to assure you that the safety of our children will be our primary consideration when planning for greater numbers of children to attend.

Sajid Gulzar
Executive Headteacher & CEO
Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT)

Update on alternative FSM provision for w/c 27th April

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.

In previous weeks, we have provided eligible parents and pupils with a £15 eCode per week. During the week commencing 27th April, eligible pupils will be issued with a £60 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week for four weeks. This is in line with updated guidance from the DfE and Edenred who provide the eCodes and eGift Cards. If eligible, once you have received this £60 eCode, you will receive no additional codes for the remainder of this half term. At this time, there are no plans to provide vouchers for May half term (w/c 25th May). 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 www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk.  You can also find more details and FAQs here.

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 and with family members before contacting us as we have used the most up to date email address we have on file (this is often the one you have used with School Money). Orders will be fulfilled by a company called Edenred, so please look out for this name. The DfE have explained that due to high demand, there can be up to a 72 hour delay between school ordering the eCodes and them being emailed to parents/carers.

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 www.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.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

The above information is for any parent who has a child eligible for Free School Meals (not including those eligible for the Universal meal offer for EYFS/Key Stage 1).

20/04/20: Update on alternative FSM provision

During the coronavirus outbreak and this period of school closure, we are now pleased to be able to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you. The DfE have funded these eGift cards as part of a national scheme for the value of £15 per week. You will be able to choose which supermarket you would like an eGift card for including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and more.

Eligible parents and pupils will be receiving their initial £15 eCode via email this week, starting from Monday 20th April. These eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk.  You can also find more details and FAQs here.

You will then receive an additional eCode from w/c 27th April with a total value of the equivalent of £15 per week for the remaining weeks through to May half term (not including May half term). This is line with the latest DfE guidance for administering the scheme.

If you do not receive a voucher you are expecting (and you are certain that your child is eligible for free school meals) please check your SPAM/Junk email folders and with family members before contacting us as we have used the most up to date email address we have on file (this is often the one you have used with School Money). The DfE vouchers will be fulfilled by a company called Edenred, so please look out for this name. The DfE have explained that due to high demand, there can be up to a 72 hour delay between school ordering the vouchers and them being emailed to parents/carers.

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 vouchers until we receive notification of your successful application. We are unable to provide any back-dated vouchers.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

The above information is for any parent who has a child eligible for Free School Meals (not including those eligible for the Universal meal offer for EYFS/Key Stage 1).

Alternative Free School Meal Provision w/c 20/04/20

During the coronavirus outbreak and this period of school closure, we are now pleased to be able to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you. The DfE have funded these eGift cards as part of a national scheme. You will be able to choose which supermarket you would like an eGift card for including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and more.

Eligible families will be receiving their initial eCode via email w/c 20th April which can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice. You will then receive eCodes on a weekly basis until further notice (during term time only).

We will publish further information w/c 20th April once the initial eCodes have been distributed.

Please note: the launch of this voucher scheme means that we will no longer be offering daily packed lunches for collection.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

The above information is for any parent who has a child eligible for Free School Meals (not including those eligible for the Universal meal offer for EYFS/Key Stage 1).