COVID-19 Information for Parents
Contained within this page:
- The most recent school information.
- How to apply for Free School Meals
- Key information on Coronavirus.
- How school work will be provided, if pupils are home schooled or are being provided with in school provision.
- How to keep your children busy with helpful links to educational websites.
- Mental health support links for both children and adults.
- Other useful support links
Update - School Closure
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.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE Free School Meal Provision Easter Holiday
We have taken the decision to offer supermarket vouchers rather than hampers during the Easter holiday, for all families eligible for free school meals. Vouchers will reduce the time staff need to spend in school and save you needing to come and collect it, as everyone's safety is of our utmost concern.
Parents/carers will receive a separate email/text from a company called Wonde. This is a legitimate email as we are aware there are some scams around for free school meals at present.
Families will be able to select which supermarket they would like the vouchers for and they will then receive a code to use in store. Unfortunately they cannot be used online.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE In School Easter Provision
The school will be open every day of the Easter Holiday’s including Good Friday and Easter Monday and will provide a holiday club, there will be no expectation of school learning during this time! The children will have a mix of sport, dance, games and Easter activities.
The principle support for the children will be provided by Greg Mugford from Primary Sports who the children are familiar with as he has been teaching across the school for the last 18 months along with Ellie Riley from Footlights, who many of the children also know from her dance club and holiday club at Gatehouse, they will provide provision between 8am and 6pm each day of the holiday. Supporting them each day will be a member of teaching staff either from Gatehouse or Westcliff, if a child/children attend from Dawlish College they will be supported by a member of their staff team. There will also be a member of the leadership team from either Gatehouse or Westcliff available each day. Teachers and the leadership team will be in school between 9am and 4pm.
The school kitchen will provide a packed lunch for each child each day that they are in school. You can of course provide your own packed lunch if you prefer. Please can the children be dressed in clothes appropriate for sports and dance each day that they are in.
Please contact Greg or Ellie if you have changes to the provision that you require over the holiday period from Monday 30th March until Monday 13th April (inclusive).
Greg Mugford: email@example.com MOB 07522 699982
Ellie Riley: firstname.lastname@example.org MOB 07837 145058
The school office will be closed during the Easter holiday period, please do not call the office number as your call will not be answered or responded to.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE for In School Provision Parents: Term Time
Please ONLY send in your child/children if you cannot keep them at home, home is the best place to keep them safe.
School staff will be asking for proof of your critical/key worker status - job title/identity badges/ a letter from your employer (e.g the police have already provided schools with a list of who is considered a critical key worker under their business continuity plan) to ensure that we are supporting those that have been clearly identified by the government.
For those children that will be in school, we will offer a lunch time service as usual, although our meal offers may differ depending on staffing levels, food deliveries and the number of pupils. All Free School Meal and Universal Free School (EYFS-Year 2) meals will remain and children in Years 3-6 can purchase a school meal in the usual way.
Keyworker Flow Chart
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
Letters and Communication from Gatehouse Primary Academy and The First Federation Trust
Coronavirus Key information:
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 we keep our children busy if the school has to close?
Home learning packs have already been provided and will support your child/children for a 2 week period (W/C 23/03/20 and W/C 14/04/20). You will also receive daily e-learning sent out via Seesaw (the activities set will soon be uploaded onto Children/Covid-19 Home Learning on the website also). An example of what the Seesaw communication will look like is below. Each day will start with a funny new fact!
Unit 2 Seesaw post 23.03.20
Good Morning Year 3, how are you all? Did you know…? Ostriches can run faster than horses!
Your lessons for today include an English short story, an adverb task, some Maths, one lot of spellings and a curriculum subject of your choice using the grid in your home learning packs.
These lessons can be done in any order … and of course you're allowed to stop for a break, stretch or snack!
You can complete the English and Maths tasks in your work books provided in your pack that was sent home.
Year 3’s and 4s – if you want some extra maths why don’t you take a look at the following website: https://www.timestables.co.uk/
Answers for the Maths task will be posted at 2pm for you to self-assess. I would love to see what you have achieved today.
Have a great day,
Please view the following website for further support from our local community
How can I explain COVID-19 to my child?
- 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
Year 3/4: Scratch (Desktop users) Scratch Junior (Ipad)
Year 5/6 (Ipad App): Pyonkee
All: Hour of Code https://hourofcode.com/uk/learn
BBC Newsround – daily news updates in a child friendly way https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
Yound minds – strategies to tackle anxiety https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
Mental health UK
Mind for better mental health:
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
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.