Important information regarding student attendance- from Monday 23th March 2020
Dear Parent / Carer
Firstly, thank you for the very supportive approach that you have taken during these exceptionally challenging times. Whilst we are formally closed from Monday 23 March onwards, we will continue to support your child, both academically and pastorally and our school remains at the heart of our community.
Special opening from Monday 23 March.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can safely stay at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
The government have asked us to remain open only for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where we can.
At midnight, the government published a list of those parent / carers who are entitled to send their child to school. The link below provides specific details.
The list includes the following; health and social care, education and childcare, key public services, local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and security, transport, utilities, communication and financial services.
We are grateful to all of these key workers who are looking after us all. In return, our staff team are also going to offer provision for your child / children. It is critical to note, however, that this provision should only be taken up if there are no other alternatives (see guidance).
If you think that your job is classified as a key worker, you have no other alternatives and you wish to take up this provision, please contact us by 5:00pm on Friday 20th March or by Monday 23rd March on 0161 205 3397. You may be asked to provide us with some evidence.
Specialist Support Provision
Those children with safeguarding and welfare needs, including those children on child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers and those with Education Health and Care plans are also able to attend school if they wish. This is an offer to parents and there is no requirement for parents / carers to send their children to school if they do not wish to.
Teachers are preparing activity packs for your child to do at home. Children who are still in school will have. For children who are already at home these can be collected from school between 11am and 2pm on Monday 23rd March 2020. We will be updating the website regularly with information about home learning.
We are aware that some of our families may be in need of urgent financial support or advice. We will be putting information on the school website and would ask you to contact our family support email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us so we can offer advice or support.
Free School Meals
If your child is entitled to free school meals, our school will provide packed lunches which can be collected from school between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Please email or ring the school before 10:00am on Monday to order packed lunches.
From 23 March, the Council has also set up a scheme to help with food costs for families who are facing additional financial challenges due to the Covid 19 virus.
To qualify your family must be Manchester residents or supported by the Homelessness Service. The criteria is:
- Children and young people who meet the criteria for free school meals (where the school have not got other arrangements in place);
- Children and young people who are classed as an asylum seeker; and
- Children and young people whose family has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to being laid off etc.
The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £1.75 per day (£8.75 per week) for each child or young person in the household.
The Council will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods
- A bank transfer into a nominated bank account
- A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city
- A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city.
To make an application please submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme
Lily Lane will be closed to the majority of students from Monday 23 March, but we are in no way closed in terms of our ongoing care, support and kindness.
Ms J Clark