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COVID -19 Letter to parents 15-5-20

                  

Circle Time for SEND African Caribbean Heritage families in Hackney

HIP welcomes the attendance of Councillor Antoinette Bramble at our Circle Time event for African Caribbean heritage families.

We will talk about

  • what is happening to families during Covid19
  • how culture plays a role in accessing services
  • what it feels like to be of African Caribbean heritage in the system
  • how the African Caribbean heritage community resolves conflict and uses the complaints procedure

This is an opportunity to meet the Councillor and understand how her role influences SEND processes.

You will also have the opportunity to share your experiences and views of SEND services in the borough, and any ideas about how to make them accessible to the African Caribbean heritage community.

 

Traders at Ridley Road Market have accepted more than 3,000 vouchers to support families on low incomes to access fresh fruit and vegetables.

In 2014, Rose Vouchers, from the Alexandra Rose Charity, were introduced to help families on low incomes buy fresh produce from local markets and save money on their weekly shop. Previously just three traders accepted the vouchers however in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Rose Vouchers are now accepted by all Ridley Rd traders as they help the community stay stocked up on essential healthy food.

In the space of 10 days over 3,000 vouchers were used and market officers have been working with traders to help process them faster to ensure they receive payment. This has also allowed traders to concentrate on serving customers during the new opening hours of 8am – 3pm, and as they navigate the social distancing measures including a patrolled queuing system and 2-metre floor markings.

To be eligible for Rose Vouchers families should meet the criteria for the Healthy Start voucher scheme for pregnant women and families in receipt of benefits. They will then receive £3 of Rose Vouchers per child per week or £6 if the child is under one year old.

 

Keep up to date with the Hackney Council news link. 

 

Dear Parents

Just a quick update on the FSM voucher scheme.

Unfortunately we are experiencing problems with processing the vouchers from Edenred.

As soon as we have more information we will let you know.

We are so sorry for the delay, it has been a  very frustrating process.

Kellie Saunders, our Finance Officer has been working to resolve these issues  all through the Easter holiday.

We will update you of course as soon as we have positive news to share.

Kind regards

Deirdre Finan

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome back. We hope you and your families were able to rest over the half term period.

Please read the letter below from our headteacher.

Welcome back letter Summer Term

A letter of encouragement from the Mayor of Hackney to all students.

20 April letter to school students – Coronavirus

Advice poster for parents.

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Dear Parents

During these unprecedented times we would advise all families to apply for Free School Meals (FSM) on the following website: www.learningtrust.co.uk/content/apply-free-school-meals

This will ensure that your family are on the system at the Learning Trust in case the regrettable situation arises that you may need to apply for Universal Credit, due to loss of employment.

Currently our pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a Universal Free School Meal. This applies to all families, whether in employment or not.

However families who are not entitled to a FSM shall no longer be able to receive the Universal Free School Meal offer.

Therefore we recommend that all families apply for FSM as detailed above in an effort to support you during these times of hardship.

Families who currently receive a FSM do not need to apply, as the office are currently in the process of emailing and posting out food vouchers to these families.

The following websites may be of help to you:

NHS Eatwell

Trussell Trust

 

Education during the COVID crisis…… This is not education as we know it!

Firstly can I thank you for all your support and patience with your child’s learning during these difficult times.

Our children will not be following a normal school timetable. Our main focus, certainly in the short term, is ensuring that children are safe and supported.

In the slightly longer term we shall be thinking about the learning opportunities we provide our children recognising that this is likely to continue to look very different from a whole day’s timetable of structured lessons.

Whilst the immediate focus will be for caring for and supporting those pupils in school, leaders and teachers ae also starting to put in place processes and resources to support children’s learning at home.

However, it is not possible to replicate a usual school experience at home. It is not feasible for us to continue to provide a “normal” school education during this time.

Please be mindful that all communication with all our teaching staff should only be through their work email or school landline.

This is in line with our safeguarding policy to protect our school staff and yourselves at home.

Keep well. Keep strong. Keep the faith. Keep in touch.

 

On this page you will also find the Diocese of Westminster’s weekly bulletin they are calling “Witness to the Word”.
They have included some useful resources that children and parents can access during this difficult time.

‘Tonight before falling asleep
think about when we will return to the street.

When we hug again,
when all the shopping together will seem like a party.

Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar,
the small talk, the photos close to each other.

We think about when it will be all a memory
but normality will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.

We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us.
Every second will be precious.

Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.

We will go back to laughing together.

Strength and courage.’

Pope Francis