COVID-19 Information for Parents
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.
- School class contact details, family support worker and SEND
- Letters and Communication from Gatehouse and the First Federation Trust
- Online Safety link
- How to keep your children busy with helpful links to educational websites.
- Mental health support links for both children and adults.
- Covid 19- Stress and Anxiety link
- Other useful support links
Update from the FFT and Mrs Naldett, Head of School
Behaviour Policy Appendix Covid-19
Safeguarding Policy Appendix Covid-19
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.
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.
IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS
Below are the email addresses for each class if you would like to contact the class teacher or you can message via Seesaw.
Family Support and SEND support
You can contact the school's family support worker, Bev Cook on the following direct email address:
and/ or our school SENCo, Abbie Naylor
Devon County DIAS Support for SEND
Letters and Communication from Gatehouse Primary Academy and The First Federation Trust
Coronavirus Key information:
Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education.
The government has moved into the ‘delay’ phase. This is a strategy to slow the spread of the disease, all schools are now closed except for pupils from key workers, EHCP and vulnerable pupils, we will ensure that staffing levels are appropriate for the number of children attending school. The school will support all measures set out by the government including social distancing.
However, we are sure that you will recognise that over time, staff may also become unwell and this may result in additional pressures for schools to manage sufficient staffing levels and ensure that the children are safe. We would ask that you take this into consideration when contacting the school, as there may be a delay with regard to the level of contact that your school and child’s class teacher normally provide. Please could we ask that you are sensitive, at this time, to the pressures that school staff may be facing and direct any questions you may have through the school office. Thank you for your understanding with this.
Handwashing remains the number one tip for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and is something that our children are doing regularly throughout the school day. However, it must be done properly with soap and water. When soap and water are not available, the next best option is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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.
Symptoms and Isolation Guidance
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
How long to stay at home?
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
We have a learning pack prepared per child for immediate access should self-isolation be required.
More information about stay at home advice can be found by following the link:
How can I explain COVID-19 to my child?
Additional Learning Websites
- TT Rockstars - https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student
- MyMaths (school user name: Gatehouses - school password: Yellow )- https://login.mymaths.co.uk/
- Topmarks maths (maths games for ages 3-14) https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting
- Numbots - https://play.numbots.com/#/account/search-school
- EYFS https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/3-5-years/letters-and-sounds
- Unit 1 https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds
- EYFS and Unit 1 Bug Club (school code: xwqc) - https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0
- Unit 2 and 3 https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar
We have now set up Accelerated Reader so that Quizzes may be taken at home with this link:
Children are not able to complete Star Tests at home but can quiz on an AR book they have read.
A further range of books are available to read online from the website https://readon.myon.co.uk/ - many of these books have an AR Quiz attached - a good opportunity for some Non-Fiction reading too.
Children should have their usernames and passwords written in their Reading Records, which they should have at home.
Year 3/4: Scratch (Desktop users) Scratch Junior (Ipad)
Year 5/6 (Ipad App): Pyonkee
All: Hour of Code https://hourofcode.com/uk/learn
Parent Top Tips for Online Safety during Coronavirus
Keeping kids and families active at home
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
Family support activities (ELSA)
A great website for support on a range of areas, including: mental health, managing emotions, friendships, bereavement, daily routines and much more!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy’s Club for Men’s Mental Health
Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 - 18th May - 24th May
Other Support Groups
Devon Domestic Abuse Support
Call 0345 1551074
National Domestic Abuse Support
Call 0808 2000 247
Call 03444 111 444