Dear Parents and Carers,
I wanted to reiterate my thanks for your patience and positive responses whilst working with us during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is wonderful to be part of such an understanding and outstanding community.
Update following government advice on 18.03.20
You are probably aware of the recent government announcement regarding school closures. Bilton C of E school remains open for the rest of this week. We will be closed to almost all children from 3:30p.m. Friday 20 March 2020. As stated before, Information will be available on the school website related to home learning. http://www.biltonjuniorschool.co.uk/news/4594881710
From Monday 23 March, our Prime Minister has made it a priority that children of ‘Key Workers’ can still attend school for child care purposes. We are awaiting clarification of who ‘Key Workers’ are. However, in the meantime, we are collating a list of what may be considered to assist with our forward planning. It would be helpful to hear from any parent/carer who thinks they fall into this category (at this stage, we are thinking it may include delivery workers, teachers, social workers, healthcare workers, social care workers, emergency services, essential transport workers /drivers, police, prison officers/staff).
Please use the following link to let us know your circumstances:
It is important to say, however, that if you have the ability to work from home, or at least one person in your household is able to work at home please keep your children with you. We are working with a skeleton staff. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to and invite your child into school next week.
Once in receipt of your invitation, we will request that on Monday morning, we see identification from your place of work. Children will need to bring a packed lunch unless they receive free school meals.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is as soon as we know.
If you believe you are one of these ‘keyworkers’ and you cannot access the survey above we ask that you contact us on Office@biltonjuniorschool.co.uk , with a degree of urgency, so that this information can be collated.
As we get further information and clarification, we will contact you about what this means for Bilton C of E Junior School from Monday 23rd March. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Mrs Norton and the team at BJS
Whilst school is closed due to concerns about coronavirus please be aware that those families who have children currently registered for Free School Meals (NOT universal free school meals) can claim help from the Local Welfare Scheme.
You can apply, in the first instance,for six weeks of support to buy food whilst the children are not at school. This will be given through a £30 voucher per child that you will receive via text/SMS to your mobile and can be exchanged for cash at any Paypoint outlet.
Applications can be made from From Monday 23rd March 2020, and the Local Welfare Scheme Team will be happy to help. You can apply using either of these methods:
calling on 0800 4081448 or 01926 359182. You will be asked for each child's name, date of birth and a valid mobile number
emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to include each child's name, date of birth and a valid mobile number
Please be patient when calling the team as they are anticipating a high volume of enquiries. The Local Welfare Team have confirmed that you can contact them at anytime during the six weeks and you will still be eligible for the full amount.
If like our local junior school you are regularly keeping in touch with parents during school closures, may I ask that you please share with them this link? It contains a free book explaining Covid-19 and social distancing in a child friendly manner:
So many children are feeling worried and anxious right now, this could help alleviate some of their fears. It has received some wonderful feedback (included below) so I believe it would be useful to get it to as many children as possible.
If you would prefer a pdf version of this document, please do let me know.
I wish you all well through this unprecedented and horrible time.
Please Read the letter below from Author Clare Shaw who has written and shared this short story to explain Covid-19 to younger children. (just follow the link)