IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ADULTS & CARERS
Monday 8th March 2021
We are delighted that we will be able to welcome all our children back to school from Monday 8th March 2021.
In preparation for everyone’s return we need to ask you to, once again, order your child’s dinner time meal choice!
There are two choices: your child can choose to bring in their own healthy packed lunch until the end of the spring term OR they can choose to select meals provided by our school until the end of the spring term.
I am pleased to tell you that we are now in a position to be able to offer a more flexible choice if your child wishes to select meals provided by school. All we stipulate is that children do not change between packed lunches and school lunches. If your child selects to bring their own healthy packed lunch, then they must continue to do this every day until the end of the spring term. If your child selects to have meals provided by the school, then they should continue to do this until the end of the spring term.
At the end of the spring term we will reissue our dinner booking forms in preparation for the first half of the summer term.
Please can we ask you to click on the links below to access the new booking forms.
The booking forms are now open and will close on Friday 26th February at 12pm (midday).
Please note: WE NEED ALL PARENTS & CARERS TO MAKE THESE DINNER BOOKINGS INCLUDING PARENTS & CARERS OF PUPILS WHO HAVE BEEN ATTENDING OUR SCHOOL DURING THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN.
Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation with this.
Please click on the links below:
In line with government guidance, we are in a position to offer places in school to children of critical key workers. Please see Government definitions of critical key workers below:
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.
Health and social care
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
- support and teaching staff
- social workers
- specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach
Key public services
- those essential to the running of the justice system
- religious staff
- charities and workers delivering key frontline services
- those responsible for the management of the deceased
- journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
- the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
- essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
- sale and delivery
- as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)
Public safety and national security
- police and support staff
- Ministry of Defence civilians
- contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
- fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
- National Crime Agency staff
- those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas
Transport and border
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
- staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
- the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
- information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
- key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
- postal services and delivery
- payments providers
- waste disposal sectors
Please complete the form below if at least one member of your household meets the government guidance of a critical key worker and you require your child to attend school where you have no one within your household, support bubble or childcare bubble to be with your child at home.
The form will go live every Monday at 8am and will close at 12pm (midday) every Wednesday for critical key workers to book school places for the following week. If you do NOT hear from us by 5pm every Wednesday, please assume that your booking has been successful and bring your child(ren) to school in the normal way (at their normal class entrance) on the first day you have booked them in.
Due to high demand for places and the logistics of timetabling staff and catering services, we will NOT be able to offer school places to families who miss the deadline for the booking form.
Children of successful bookings need to come to school in school uniform every day except for their PE day, when they must come in school PE kit. Your child(ren) will need to bring a pair of indoor shoes, a water bottle and a packed lunch (if you are not booking a hot school meal or school grab bag).
We really want to support all our critical key workers but we have to balance this with the safety of all our pupils and staff. The less pupils who attend school, the safer everyone will be and the faster we will come out of lockdown. Please can we appeal to critical key workers to ONLY book school places where it is absolutely necessary. This way we hope to be able to help everyone.
Due to high demand, we are asking for details of all critical key workers in the household in case we reach a point where we need to prioritise places in our school.
Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation with this.
Please note: these forms DO NOT open until Monday 1st March at 8am and will close on Wednesday 3rd March at 12pm (midday).
NHS Test and Trace:
COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing for Staff
The Department for Education has recently announced that it will start a programme of asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for staff in primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools.
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, testing will allow us to take further measures to make our school as safe as possible. Up to one in three people who have Covid-19 have the virus without symptoms so could be transmitting the virus unknowingly. Tackling the pandemic requires identifying asymptomatic, infectious individuals. By testing, we will help to reduce the spread in schools.
Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests have been widely and successfully used to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals. No test is perfect, but the speed and convenience of LFD tests supports detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals who would not otherwise be tested. They are clinically approved and are crucial in the fight against the virus. As the tests are more sensitive with higher viral loads, there is a risk of returning a negative result when viral loads are low (e.g. in the early stages of infection). This is why Public Health England recommend two LFD tests 3 to 4 days apart, or regular testing, to enhance detection by picking up any cases which were not detected during the first test and to catch any new infections.
If a member of staff tests positive using a LFD, it is likely that they are infectious at that moment, whereas people testing positive on a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or lab-processed test could be in the less infectious early or late stages of disease. This means that by using the lateral flow test we can identify staff with a high viral load who are the most likely to spread the virus further. A negative LFD result will not be read as a means to relax or ignore social distancing or other virus prevention measures intended to reduce transmission – LFD is an additional tool that contributes to reducing risk.
Staff at Barnburgh will be asked to take the tests every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon starting from 27th January 2021. If a member of staff tests positive, they are asked to report their result to me before 6pm. If a bubble has to close as a result of a positive test outcome, I will inform families via the school app shortly after 6pm. Please remember that staff have to follow a positive LFD test up with a PCR test. If the PCR test comes back negative, the bubble will re-open.
If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me
DO I QUALIFY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS?
In these challenging times there will be some parents whose income varies and may well pass the threshold for eligibility for their child to have free school meals. We want to ensure that those families receive the support they are entitled to. The link below is for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) free school meals.
Before you start you you will need:
- your own name and date of birth
- contact details
- national insurance number or national asylum seekers number
- child’s name and date of birth
- child’s school
You will be notified within 2 working days by DMBC if you are entitled to free school meals. Our school will be notified each week of any changes and will ensure you receive your electronic vouchers to be used in local stores.
If you have any issues completing the form please contact us on any of the emails provided and we will do our best to help.