COVID-19 Information for Parents
I am writing to inform you that, despite the government moving the country to step 4 of the easing of COVID restrictions in England on Monday 19th July, we will not be removing any of the current COVID safety measures in place at Gatehouse for the last week of term. Cases are at the highest they have been since January in Teignbridge and we want to ensure that we minimise the risks of Covid 19 transmission for all of the school community as we go into the summer holidays.
Head of School
Contained within this page:
- The most recent school information.
- How to apply for Free School Meals
- Food Bank assistance, Helping Dawlish and Scams
- Key information on Coronavirus
- Covid 19 Stress and Anxiety link
- Other useful support links
We at Saints Southwest are proud to announce that we have been given funding from the HAF (Holiday Activities Food ) programme to provide FREE places to children who are classed as vulnerable and those who are on the FSM register a place at our SUMMER HOLIDAY camps.
he courses are available for children aged 4-11
During the camps, the children will learn a variety of skills such as :
Being active and having fun
And much more
In addition to this, any child that is considered vulnerable, FSM (or even those families that are struggling and would benefit from this) will receive a FREE NUTRITIOUS meal on the day as well as a FREE BOTTLE AND BAG.
The days are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and the locations are:
Monday - Dawlish Community college - https://saints-southwest.class4kids.co.uk/camp/321
Tuesday - Ottery saint mary leisure centre - https://saints-southwest.class4kids.co.uk/camp/328
Tuesday - Crediton football club - https://saints-southwest.class4kids.co.uk/camp/329
Wednesday - Cranbrook education campus - https://saints-southwest.class4kids.co.uk/camp/323
Thursday- Okehampton - Ashbury hotel - https://saints-southwest.class4kids.co.uk/camp/322
Thursday - Newton abbot coombeshead academy - https://saints-southwest.class4kids.co.uk/camp/324
Friday - Lapford primary school - https://saints-southwest.class4kids.co.uk/camp/325
Friday - Kingsbridge community college - https://saints-southwest.class4kids.co.uk/camp/325
Friday - Chumleigh primary school - https://saints-southwest.class4kids.co.uk/camp/326
Residential Zoom meeting for parents of the children attending - 4:30pm on Thursday 1st July 2021
If you want to find out a bit more about the Okehampton Activity Centre and the type of activities that the children will be doing on residential, or if you have any queries, join our Zoom meeting this Thursday. Please don't worry if you can not make the meeting; we will put a copy of the PowerPoint presentation on Seesaw.
Zoom link to be sent out via seesaw
Sports Day Events at Gatehouse
We have been made aware that there may be an intention of some parents to gather outside the school to watch the sports day activities.
As a school we have acted to keep our children and school community safe by abiding by the rules and guidance in respect of Covid-19. This includes social distancing. We would ask you to act as role models for our children by complying with the guidance and making sure that there is no gathering of parents. Whilst we have no jurisdiction to prevent parents acting as they wish, we would hope that on reflection it can be seen that any gathering is not a good idea and sends the wrong message to the children.
We understand your frustration but in the event that a gathering is formed we will have to consider whether to discontinue the sports activities and /or take them elsewhere. This would be a considerable disappointment to the children who are looking forward to the day.
Mr B White
Gatehouse Primary Academy
Key messages for parents from Devon County Council Public Health Team
COVID-19 update - June 2021
As you may have seen in the news, cases of COVID-19 are rising again. Here in Devon we still have lower rates than many parts of the country, but it is expected that Devon’s rates will continue to rise as we all start to socialise more. This is starting to be reflected in the rise in positive cases among school age children in the county.
We want to thank parents and carers for all you are doing to help keep school communities safe – and ask everyone to keep going with the ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ measures when you and your family are out and about, as well as at school:
· Wash hands frequently
· Use face coverings where required, including school transport, public transport, and indoor public spaces
· Make space – keep your social distance
· Choose to meet outside in the fresh air where possible
Regular testing also helps to stop the spread of the virus – here’s a reminder of what tests are available and when to use them:
LFD tests (Lateral Flow Device)
· LFD tests can identify people with lots of the virus and who are very infectious. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading the virus to other people without knowing. These tests are for people who do not have any symptoms of coronavirus. They provide quick results within half an hour, so that you can get on with your day if you test negative, remembering to keep following public health guidance. If you test positive, you’ll need to arrange a follow-up PCR test (see below). LFD tests are available for all adults and secondary aged pupils to test twice weekly. You can pick them up for free from your local pharmacy, and they are available to order online for home delivery. Assistance with the test is available at any of our Community Testing sites. You can find details about where our sites are across Devon on our website, devon.cc/flow.
PCR tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
· PCR tests are more sensitive and used to confirm if someone has COVID-19. The result takes longer as it is processed in a lab. PCR tests are for people with COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature, new and continuous cough, change to usual sense of taste or smell - or for follow up after a positive LFD result. Close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case can also get a PCR test.
Please remember to report test results on the national website as well as to the school, this helps us monitor cases and support quick and appropriate action to keep schools operating as normal.
You can keep up to date with the latest coronavirus news
Get Tested to Help Keep Devon Safe
As we move to the next stage of Covid-19 restrictions easing, every adult in Devon is now being encouraged to take a quick, lateral flow test for coronavirus at least twice a week to help stop the virus spreading.
Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms but can pass it on. Regular testing helps identify those who are likely to have the virus, unknowingly and is essential to help stop the virus spreading and to protect one another.
Getting a rapid test is fast and convenient providing a result within the hour. Anyone over 18 can now access these tests in Devon, including:
• being tested at one of our many mobile rapid testing sites
• collecting home test kits from any of our mobile rapid testing sites
• collecting home test kits from NHS testing locations and pharmacies that are part of the Pharmacy Collect Scheme
• having home test kits from the NHS delivered to your home
People with symptoms -new and continuous cough, high temperature, or change to their usual sense of taste or smell- should still immediately self-isolate and arrange a PCR test via the NHS.
Test and Trace Support Payments
If you or a child needs to self-isolate, you might be able to get a Test and Trace Support payments of £500 if either:
• you have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and you cannot work from home
• you’re the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate and you need to take time off to look after them
You must be employed or self-employed to get the payment. Further details and eligibility can be found here.
Applications for the support payment is made via the local council
National survey of children, The Big Ask, launches today
The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has today launched The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future, so that we can put children at the heart of our country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
All schools are encouraged to support their pupils to complete this survey.
Parents, care leavers and those working with children are also invited to complete the adult survey to share their views about the future for children and young people today, and what they think is holding young people back.
The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.
Free Easter holiday activities and meals for children aged 0 to 18 years
Free activities with healthy meals will be available to children from low income families during the Easter holidays. Devon County Council is arranging the activity programme, working with providers in locations across Devon. It's part of a national, Government-funded initiative to provide free activities and healthy meals during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays 2021, and children of all abilities, aged between the ages 0 to 18, can attend.
Places are open now for children from low income families, including those eligible for free school meals, during the Easter holidays. Other children that are not eligible may be able to purchase places if the provider has the capacity to accommodate them.
Parents can book places directly with the activity provider, there will not be a centralised booking system. A website will shortly be live with full details and we will circulate the link to you as soon as this is available. Contact the school office for a list of providers in the meantime.
There will be activities to suit a range of ages and abilities, including a selection of sports (including rugby, football, netball), Forest school/outdoor activities such as den building, cooking on an open fire , Arts and crafts , Music, drama and dance, Scooting and skateboarding , Orienteering and outward bound activities, Cooking classes and activities , Food boxes and activity boxes.
If you have any queries, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please redeem your vouchers as soon as possible, before they expire.
BBC Headroom - Parents' tips for mental health
Gatehouse staff have a little treat for you... The Masked Singer! Watch the video and guess which staff member is behind the mask!
Dear parents/ carers
We are very much looking forward to Monday when we will once again have a full school, the school staff that were on the gates greeting the children in the Autumn term will be the same from Monday to provide familiarity and consistency.
We know your anxieties may still be high, but please be assured that Covid rates in Teignbridge are very low currently, in fact we are in the bottom 10 across all England council areas also, if we have any concerns regarding your child/ children we will contact you immediately.
Once again, a huge well done to you all for coping with the vast amount of change over the last few months, hopefully we will gradually return to a greater sense of normality over the spring/ summer.
Have a fantastic weekend with your amazing children and we'll see you on Monday.
Head of School
Dear parents and carers,
You may have seen in the news recently that parents and other adults in households with children at school and college can now access regular, rapid coronavirus tests. Please see below information from the DfE regarding who can access these tests, and how to book them.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
Mrs Leila Naldrett
Head of School
Spring 2021 Updates from Gatehouse and the FFT
Covid 19 Lockdown 3 School Closure
If your income has been affected as a direct result of COVID-19, or you are facing extreme hardship, you may be eligible to apply for the COVID-19 Hardship Fund with Teignbridge District Council. More information can be found on the below leaflet and factsheet.
Covid-19 Hardship Fund
Please join us in a ‘Wave of Support’ from home.
Draw around your hand, colour in and display in your window for Friends and Family to spot whilst out enjoying some physical activity.
Let’s show our support for each other during these unprecedented times!
FREE SCHOOL MEAL APPLICATION
Have your circumstances changed due to Coronavirus? You might now been entitled to Free School Meals.
Apply at the portal below
Children whose parents are getting any of the following are entitled to free school meals:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
- Income Support (IS).
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA).
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA).
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190).
- Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment you get for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
School children living on their own (16-19 year olds) who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get free school meals.
Lockdown January 2021 and Helping Dawlish is still in place to help our local community -13 organisations working collaboratively. If you need community support please get in touch and we will try to help.
Helping Dawlish is aware that some people are self-isolating or are being impacted by the effects of the lockdowns on their finances, families, businesses, mental and physical health and may require support. The Dawlish Community Larder is available which can support people in immediate need of food whether due to a medical need or social isolation or need immediate food assistance prior to other help being available. www.helpingdawlish.co.uk
In response to the pandemic emergency HITS - Homeless in Teignbridge Support is changing the way it operates.
People no longer need a referral to receive a foodpack, they or other organisations can phone us directly for help. HITS aim to deliver foodpacks the same day on all requests made before 4pm.
If subsequent foodpacks and/or energy top ups are required a referral from Citizens Advice or similar agency will be required. HITS is happy to make the introductions to Citizens Advice.
HITS believes, passionately, that our foodbank must be about much more than applying a 'sticking plaster' with foodpacks to a problem.
Lack of food often indicates more fundamental problems and HITS want to help people address these issues. That is why HITS ask for referrals and work closely with Citizens Advice and other charities. For example £billions in benefits goes unclaimed, because people don't know they are entitled to it.
HITS seeks to help to raise people out of poverty, restore their dignity and provide a way out of their situation. Fighting poverty, not sustaining it...
Autumn 2020 Covid 19 Documents from Gatehouse and the FFT
Homeless in Teignbridge Support foodbank are opening our doors to any child that needs help over the coming half term.
No referral is needed for this support. Just turn up at Abbrook. Strap Lane, Kingsteignton, or contact us and we will support your children.
Our door is open to all.
Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) Helpline Opening Hours
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline remains available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Please listen carefully to the available options and select the most appropriate to your nursery, school, or college’s current situation.
Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm
NHS Test And Trace Covid-19 APP
NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.
The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over.
Behaviour Policy Appendix Covid-19
Dawlish Food Bank Help
Please call 0772 999 834 - food will be delivered without personal contact
Coronavirus Helping Dawlish
Please be aware of Scams, Devon County Council have advised that these have increased by 400% since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak.
For more information, please click on the link below.
Five simple steps of handwashing:
Wet: Put both your hands under clean, running water.
Lather: Apply a generous amount of soap to the inside and back of your hands as well as your fingertips. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday) and don’t forget to wash under jewellery and fingernails. Your fingertips are especially important as people often put their fingers on their face, nose, and eyes. This is how the virus spreads.
Scrub: Rub both hands together and move your fingertips around both hands.
Rinse: Return both hands to the running water and gently wash away the soap.
Dry: Completely dry the water from your hands. Using a disposable towel (paper towel) is best to avoid leaving germs on towels. Air dryers, commonly found in public bathrooms, are also effective.
How can I explain COVID-19 to my child?
Parent Top Tips for Online Safety during Coronavirus
For some children, the lack of routine can be an unsettling time. This document can be printed in order to create a daily visual timetable so that children know the structure of their day ahead.
Young Devon Wellbeing Toolkit
BBC Newsround – daily news updates in a child friendly way
Yound minds – strategies to tackle anxiety
Mental health UK
Free Call 24/7: 116 123
Email 24 Hour response time: email@example.com
Andy’s Club for Men’s Mental Health
Other Support Groups
Devon Domestic Abuse Support
Call 0345 1551074
National Domestic Abuse Support
Call 0808 2000 247
Call 03444 111 444
Roots Community Enhancement (Dawlish based) can access toys for loan and other baby/children's needs - clothes etc through their networks. Please contact Roots directly on https://www.facebook.com/rootscommunityenhancement
If you've been affected by Covid-19 and are struggling to cover basic necessities, our Hardship Fund may be able to help cover the short term cost of basic essentials. Apply at http://orlo.uk/TDC_GgnTc