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6th June 20
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: COVID-19 Advice

Contacting School During COVID-19.

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During the COVID-19 crisis All Saints' is taking steps to protect its community, which include putting steps in place to minimise the number of people coming into the school building.

Due to this most staff are working remotely and only coming on-site on a rota, and may not be contactable on their usual phone numbers.

If you need to contact a specific person you are advised to email them directly.

If you have a general enquiry, or don't know the direct email address, you can send an email to office@allsaintshigh.lancs.sch.uk. 

If you prefer to telephone you may ring our Reception switchboard on 01706 213 693.

If we are unable to answer, due to staffing or demand, you may leave a voicemail message and we will pass it on as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

 

03/06/2020: LCC statement on the wider opening of schools

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Lancashire County Council yesterday (03/06/2020) shared the following statement on wider-opening of schools:

'... we have carefully assessed the government's five tests to the easing of lockdown restrictions to see how they apply in Lancashire, and are advising schools they should not yet welcome more pupils...

The advice has been issued by the Director of Public Health for Lancashire County Council, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi. It will be reviewed weekly, with the next review on 8 June.

If it changes, schools will be encouraged to take the decision welcome more pupils from 15 June.

If the advice does not change, the guidance will be reviewed again on 15 June.'

The full information is available here: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/schools/

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi's full advice to schools' is available here: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/schools/advice-to-schools-on-reopening-to-more-pupils/

 

Dear All Saints' Community,

Further to the 22/05/2020 bulletin (http://www.allsaintshigh.lancs.sch.uk/download/file/Letters/COVID-19/2020.05.22%20COVID-19%20Bulletin.pdf), I write today to share our confirmed wider-opening plans.

I must stress that all the steps below are contingent upon the national and local guidance on schools opening (https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/schools/), and upon our own ability to put suitable risk management into place.

Wider Opening Schedule

From 15/06/2020 we intend to start inviting Year 10 children into school for a reduced timetable: these pupils will be split into four groups who will be invited to attend on specific days.

Week beginning

Times

Group

Monday 15/06/2020

8.30-11.40am

Year 10, Assisi

(see invitation letter: https://bit.ly/3cxRSAa)

Monday 22/06/2020

8.30-11.40am

Year 10, Mother Theresa

Monday 29/06/2020

8.30-11.40am

Year 10, Romero

Monday 06/07/2020

8.30-11.40am

Year 10, Taise

Priority children (key-workers’ children and vulnerable children) will continue to attend for full days, as now, until the end of term.

They will be in a separate area of school, and not interact with the newly-invited Year 10 groups.

We will follow the published whole school risk assessment (https://bit.ly/2U6zgAO), classroom risk assessment (https://bit.ly/2XvKfFS), and behaviour policy addendum (https://bit.ly/2Bv6X8M).

Practical changes for all pupils from 15/06/2020 are that:

  • Pupils should wear full uniform, unless pupils have PE on the day and PE kit can be worn instead. However, if there are problems – e.g. with previous clothing not fitting, then we will be flexible. Any clothing that is extreme i.e. mini-skirts, vests etc will not be accepted.
  • Pupils must not come on-site until 8.00am.
  • Priority pupils should follow the path from the Haslingden Road bus-stop to the Year 7 yard, and wait there until they are invited into the Fishwick Building at 8.20am.
  • Year 10 pupils should follow the path along the driveway onto the bottom yard, and wait there until they are invited into the main building at 8.20am.
  • The canteen will no longer be providing a catered breakfast and break service (pupils must bring their own refreshments), and will only provide school lunches to Free School Meals Registered pupils who request them.
  • Pupils will be expected to have their own equipment, this cannot be shared.

Pupils who are not in school will continue to be provided with online learning, and will be able to seek teacher support in the usual ways.

As ever, I would encourage you all to engage with our online community through our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/All-Saints-Roman-Catholic-High-School-112515557078241/ and online learning resources http://www.allsaintshigh.lancs.sch.uk/index.php?category_id=447.

Please keep our pupils and staff in your prayers, as we keep all of our community in ours. Stay with us Lord on our journey.

Kind regards,

Mr Brian McNally

Headteacher

 

 

As we complete the first month since schools closed and the country entered lockdown, some families may find their circumstances have changed which could mean that they are now eligible for free school meals.

 

During this period, parents of children registered for free school meals can receive supermarket vouchers to assist them in buying food for lunches that would normally be provided through the school.

 

If you think you may be eligible for free school meals please take a look at the criteria information online here:

https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/free-school-meals/?page=1

 

To apply complete the webform here:

https://lancashire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Free_school_meals_and_pupil_premium

 

  1. The Department for Education has now opened a national Free School Meals voucher scheme, which will cover FSM provision from 06/04/2020 onward (a change from previous information which stated provision from 20/03/2020 onward).

 

  1. Information about the DfE voucher scheme is available on the GOV.UK website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools

 

  1. All Saints’ staff have ordered these vouchers for families of FSM registered pupils for week commencing 06/04/2020.

 

  1. Vouchers will be sent to families as soon as they have been processed by the supplier (Edenred).

 

  1. Vouchers will be emailed to most families, and posted to those families for whom we do not have email addresses.

 

  1. Please be assured that school staff are working their hardest to get these vouchers to you as soon as they can, but we have been made aware that the Edenred website is struggling under the demand for vouchers, and there are some significant delays with processing and providing vouchers to families.

 

  1. As soon as the vouchers for w/c 06/04/2020 are processed we will order the vouchers for w/c 13/04/2020, and so on.

 

  1. Information for families about how families use their voucher code to order a supermarket gift card and to buy food is available here: https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf

 

  1. Any families who need further information can contact the school on 01706 213 693 or office@allsaintshigh.lancs.sch.uk.