Community Primary School
FREE SCHOOL MEAL VOUCHERS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAY 2020
The Government have stated that all children entitled to a benefit based Free School Meal (FSM) will continue to receive the supermarket vouchers for 6 weeks during the school summer holiday.
Families will receive a code which will let them access a voucher specific to THEIR child. The vouchers are worth £15 per child per week for those in receipt of FSM and can be redeemed at local supermarkets. The vouchers for the summer holiday will come through to you as a lump sum of £90.00 per child (not weekly through the holiday).
You will be able to download an ecode from Monday 13 July 2020 for this week. Then from Tuesday 14 July you will be able to download an ecode for the 6 weeks of summer holiday entitlement.
Just to make it clear:
From Monday 13 July 2020 you will be able to download a voucher for £15.00 per child.
From Tuesday 14 July 2020 you will be able to download a voucher for £90.00 per child. For these vouchers you will have £90.00 for each individual child, not a family amount as we have done before.
PLEASE remember that the vouchers are only valid for 1 month after you have redeemed them, so make sure you spend them during that time.
Hopefully the Edenred system will run well for you all during the holiday but if you need to contact Edenred, try via though their website for customer service or ring a helpline number: 03334005932.
If once you have redeemed your voucher and it has failed to come through by email please try this link: https://cdn.edenred.uk.com/dfefreeschoolmeals/eGift-card-resend.html
Important Information For Parents and Carers to Keep All the Family Safe as Schools Open to Wider Groups
I am writing to inform you about the arrangements for your child’s return to school in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent Government announcement that schools would now be allowed to open to more children, Calderdale LA this week now saying that it is safer to do so.
We are living in unprecedented and very challenging times and I am sure, like many other parents, both you and your child will have some anxiety about returning to school which is completely understandable in the current situation. However, please be assured that as a school we are following the Government’s guidance and have received advice from the Council to ensure your child will be as safe as possible upon their return. The LA inspection of our Risk Assessment and facilities on Tuesday 2nd June was glowing in its praise. It is important to put everything into perspective and reassure your child that they will be safe upon their return. Only 3 of the people who have died from COVID-19 in England and Wales were children of primary school age.
It is important to be aware that some children may transmit the virus to others, even without symptoms. It is therefore important that you understand the symptoms of coronavirus, your own personal risk and what to do if you or a family member gets symptoms or is advised to self-isolate.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are continuous cough, fever and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 you should all stay at home and immediately arrange for the person to be tested. Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus/ to arrange a test. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace service and told you or your household member has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you should follow their advice to self-isolate to protect yourself and others. Please let school know if your child is staying at home because someone in your household has symptoms or they are identified as a contact.
The people at risk from being more seriously affected from COVID-19 are older people, those with underlying health condition and pregnant women. People aged 70 and over account for 83% of deaths from COVID-19 and 90% of people who have died had an underlying health condition. People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups and those living in deprived areas are also at increased risk of being more seriously affected by COVID-19. This is likely to be due to higher rates of underlying health problems in these groups and social and economic factors that increase risk such as housing, low income and working in roles that carry a higher risk. The link below gives more information about who is at higher risk. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/
The Local Authority has a statutory duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) for the safety of staff and for your child and we have completed risk assessments and followed all the Government advice for the school environment. However if you have not done so already please can you also ensure that the school is made aware of any significant underlying health condition(s) that your child may have as I will need to discuss those risks with you and take any necessary advice accordingly.
I also have moral duty to ensure your safety as a parent as well as those in your most immediate household who may become inadvertently affected. In light of this, I have provided this information from the Local Authority in order for you to assess your own personal risks before you send your child back to school and decide on what, if any, safety precautions you need to take.
Clearly it is your responsibility to decide whether it is appropriate to send your child back to school from Monday 22nd June and unfortunately this is not something I can be involved with or direct you on any further as it is a personal decision. However, if you, your family or a member of your household is in a particular risk group, I would ask that you look very carefully at the Government information online and the statistical information available which shows which groups are at an increased risk and this should allow you to make a balanced judgement. I have previously sent out a flow chart that sets out the guidance and which you may find helpful.
As I am sure you understand, the school will do everything it can to maintain a safe environment, however I cannot guarantee that your child or one of their friends will not come within the ‘social distancing’ guideline of 2 metre separation or maintain the necessary hand and respiratory hygiene whatever Government advice we follow. We are dealing with young children who will be so happy to see their friends and who will naturally want to play in the normal way. I would always advise you to ensure that your child washes their hands and face as soon as they return from school and ideally has a bath or a shower. If clothes can be washed immediately on return home then obviously this will also help to mitigate any potential risk. Children will not be asked to wear uniform which should support this.
Obviously if your child is unwell please keep them off school and please inform the school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms of: high temperature or new, continuous cough or loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
Whatever your decision, there is no problem if you decide not to send your child to school at the moment. The Government is clear that no sanction will be taken against a parent who does not send their child to school at this time.
To conclude, I would suggest that if you are not in the risk groups above; you and your child have no underlying health problems; you have no one else within the family home in the risk groups or with underlying health problems, the risks to you and your child are minimal and you should not be concerned about sending your child to school at this current time. Please be assured that your child’s safety is my priority, what I am asking you to do is to consider your personal family risk and that of the wider community.
As restrictions are lifted there could be changes in the level of COVID-19 in the community so it will be important to keep the situation under review.
Please be aware if a teacher or child in your child’s class contracts the virus the Test and Trace programme will assess whether your child is classed as a contact and they may be asked to isolate for 14 days.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family my best wishes at this difficult time and as always we look forward to seeing you and your child in the not so distant future.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Safeguarding policy update
Our Safeguarding policy has now been updated with a COVID-19 addendum. You can find the policy here.
Emergency Plans - updated 30.03.20
Ash Green will continue to provide care provision for the children of key workers, and those deemed most vulnerable, for the duration of the ‘school closure’ period. This will include care through the weeks of 6th and 13th April, the scheduled Easter break. If your child, like the great majority, is not at school during the school closure period then you can always phone 01422 244613 (Option 1 for Lower Site) where calls will be answered from 7:45-3:30 but messages can also be left outside these hours. If you have any safeguarding concerns then Mr Sheppard (email@example.com) , Mr Monaghan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs Hick (email@example.com) our Designated safeguarding Leads will always be on site between the hours specified.
It is our intention to provide this care and service for the duration of this very difficult time for everyone. In the unlikely/emergency event that Ash Green had to close its provision at the Lower Site, we would provide it at the Upper Site: 01422 244613 (Option 2 for the Upper Site). In the extremely unlikely/emergency event that provision could not take place at Ash Green then we would arrange care at Whitehill MAT or Moorside Community Primary Schools. We would also send our school staff to those settings if our children had to be cared for there and would provide details of the host school’s senior leaders and Designated Safeguarding Leads. In the unlikely/emergency event that Whitehill MAT (Whitehill and Wainstalls) or Moorside Community Primary Schools had to close then we would support care for their key worker/vulnerable pupils by hosting care provision which would be supported by their staff.
Preliminary planning for this emergency planning has already taken place and is therefore in hand for this unlikely situation. Risk assessments are already in place and that all required protocols in place including:
Emergency Care Provision
We are living in unprecedented times where the whole country’s health is currently at great risk.
Please work with us to ensure that we keep our children, their families, our staff members and the wider community healthy and safe. If you or your family are already self-isolating you need to respect the 14 day period.
Government guidance issued overnight has said: If there is a parent at home who works in a profession listed below then you can take up a childcare place IF NEEDED. I must reinforce this will be childcare NOT regular school education.
If you NEED this place then phone school on 01422 244613 – option 1. Please advise if you NEED breakfast and/or after school care.
Can you also inform her if your child usually brings a packed lunch.
However, please bear in mind that government guidance remains that WHERE POSSIBLE children remain safely at home and that social distancing is the policy we should all be following.
Thank you for your co-operation and keep safe.
What is self-isolation?
The government’s current advice is that if anyone develops symptoms, everyone they live with must self-isolate. If you are at all unsure what self-isolation means for you, your child and your family, please watch the short video below.
This is an extremely difficult situation for us all and we will continue to make decisions in the best interests of our children and our school community. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Welcome to our web site which we hope you find both useful and interesting. The information contained within it is constantly updated so please visit us again.
At Ash Green Community Primary School we are here to serve our pupils, their families and the community. We make our school a centre of learning excellence for all. There is driving determination to ensure that pupils and adults in the school reach their full potential.
Children get one chance with their education and at Ash Green we want this to be the best. This is why we offer childcare facilities every morning and evening, an on-site Children's Centre, and Family Support Services that have been recognised nationally and evening activities for youngsters in Mixenden. Ofsted (November 2018) rightly identified, ‘the school is at the heart of the community.’
Ash Green regularly models outstanding practice in teaching and learning and between 2013 and 2018, we were honoured to be named a National Support School. I was also privileged to be named a National Leader of Education. We are now part of a new Teaching School Alliance led by Trinity Academy and we are proud of the work we do helping to support schools in Calderdale and beyond.
Our most recent Ofsted inspection (November 2018) confirms that Ash Green is a GOOD school. There are so many positives in the report and our wonderful children attract huge praise: ‘Pupils thrive at Ash Green. [They] enjoy their learning, display positive attitudes and value their education.’
You can contact me to arrange a visit, leave a comment on the website, or register your views of the school through 'Parent View' - a part of Ofsted's website. You can view Ofsted's School inspections: a guide for parents by clicking on the 'About Us' menu and the Ofsted link. You can access and download our prospectus, admissions information and all of the school's curriculum policies and schemes of work via the 'About Us' menu at the top of the page.
We very much want you to feel a part of our school community.
SEPTEMBER FULL RE-OPENING
I hope you are all well and I wish you and your family a safe and happy Summer.
I am writing to you to provide you with more information on the plans in place to fully re-open Ash Green in September. I will be writing to you throughout the summer break with important information that will ensure you are fully informed about how the school will provide a fulltime education for your child- look out for updates on the App and on the website including ‘virtual tours’ to explain entrance and exit points. The plan to open the school fully to all students from September is based on the most up to date guidance provided by the government (published on 4th July) and the most current guidance issued by Public Health England. We are delighted to be welcoming more children back to school in September, but inevitably there will be changes to how the school operates, to ensure we can mitigate against the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The changes planned for September will in the first instance, be in place for the first seven weeks (or first half term up to October break) of the academic year. I have summarised key elements of the plan below.
Overview of the plan for fully re-opening the school in September
Principles of the government guidance
Entry to school
The big change in Autumn Term- as we have got used to since March- is that parents/carers will NOT be able to come into the building to drop off/collect children. Staff will be available each day before and after school to speak to parents/carers OUTSIDE. Parents and carers CAN make appointments to speak to school staff by ringing 01422 244613- option 1 Lower Site and Option 2 Upper Site
Upper Site EY (start and finish of school day) from Clough Lane entrance to the EY unit where a 1 way system operates for parents. When Nursery morning children are picked up at 11:45 and Nursery children are dropped off at 12:30 then, just as normal, the entrance and exit will be on Brow Bottom Lane by the After School Club portacabin.
Upper Site KS1 (Years 1 and 2) from the Brow Bottom Lane entrance next to the After School portacabin and down to the bottom of the slopes that lead up to classrooms where staff will meet and greet children and also bring children out at 3:15. Parents/carers can then leave on to Clough Lane.
Upper Site KS2 children (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) where possible it would be great for these children to come into the school grounds themselves but we totally understand that some parents/carers would like to accompany the children. Children will use the Brow Bottom Lane entrance by the ‘container’ and walk in past the back of the kitchen and dining hall to be greeted by staff in the playground before entering through their double year band doors.
Lower Site EY (start and finish of school day) from Sunnybank Road entrance (as normal) to the EY unit where a 1 way system operates for parents and Reception children are dropped at the Reception entrance and Nursery children at the Nursery door. When Nursery morning children are picked up at 11:45 and Nursery children are dropped off at 12:30 then, just as now, the entrance and exit will be through the Early Years car park to the Nursery door.
Lower Site KS1 (Years 1 and 2) from Ash Tree Road down the pedestrian path by the staff car park to the top of the outside steps above the KS1 door where staff will meet and greet children and also bring children out at 3:15. Parents/carers can then leave through the car park (will be closed to car access) back on to Ash Tree Road.
Lower Site KS2 children (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) where possible it would be great for these children to come into the school grounds themselves but we totally understand that some parents/carers would like to accompany the children. Children will use the Sunnybank Road entrance opposite the church and walk in to be greeted by staff. Year 3 and 4 children will walk across the playground into the LKS2 door and Year 5 and 6 children down the steps into the UKS2 door.
All classes will go directly to their classroom when they arrive at school where each class will have bagels while they read.
The present guidance is that we return to a policy of wearing school uniform as children return to class bubbles but encourage regular washing and changing of clothes.
Lessons, playtimes and lunchtime
Breakfast Club and After School Club
A REMINDER THAT CHILDREN MUST BE BOOKED ON TO BREAKFAST AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB USING THE GATEWAY APP AT LEAST THE DAY BEFORE CARE IS NEEDED. ALL OUTSTANDING DEBTS MUST ALSO BE SETTLED BY THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.
COVID 19, SYMPTOMS, TESTS, FOLLOW UP!
Remember that if anyone in your family is showing symptoms of Covid 19:
That person will need a Covid 19 test. For this, follow: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
There are a growing number of ‘mobile testing sites’ now in Calderdale- today and next week there is on at the Mixenden Outdoor Centre!
When we return in September, Calderdale guidance will be: if a child or staff member shows these symptoms they should NOT come into school nor anyone in their household. A test should be arranged. When the test is negative they can return. IF a test is positive we would then have to send home anyone- staff and children- in the bubble that the child or staff member were in. The child and family would have to self-isolate following Public Health advice.
These are such difficult times and I am certainly not enjoying the stresses and strains of leading a school through this pandemic. For me, the safety and welfare of our children, families and staff members is THE most important thing.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your support. I and all the staff wish you a happy, restful and safe summer break.
Parents will be able to apply for their child’s Secondary School place from Thursday 18 June 2020 - please see attached letter regarding the application process as well as the online admissions leaflet.
EXCITING LEARNING UPDATE!!
The staff at Ash Green are really missing the pupils! We hope that you are all keeping safe and well during these unprecedented times.
Here is a little message from us to you!