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Reopening in September - information for parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers

I am sure you will agree that we are living through extra-ordinary times. The year 2020 will be one that I am sure future generations will learn about in school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during these difficult times, the many messages my colleagues and I have received have been welcomed.

We are planning, in line with the latest guidance from the government and the Department for Education (DfE) to open each of our schools to all pupils in September. Each school leadership team along with our Central Support Team has carried out extensive and detailed risk assessments to make our schools as safe as possible for the children when they return. Each Head of School will write to you this week with the information you need about your school. From September, things will be a little different for parents/carers and the children due to the safety measures we will have in place.

The children's well-being will be our main priority when they return. We will also of course be making sure that your children catch up with the learning they have missed out on as soon as possible. Some children may be worried or anxious about coming back to school after such a long time, let me assure you that the school staff will be doing everything they can to help.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Sajid Gulzar
CEO

Prince Albert Y6 Leavers 2020

The end of year 6 is always a sad yet happy time, as your child ends primary and starts to think about the excitement of secondary school.

This year, we will be unable to do all the things Y6 normally do to say goodbye to their friends and teachers. Yet, we would like to mark the occasion in the best way we can, and as a goodbye and good luck present for the future, Y6 staff have arranged for the children to receive a leaving gift, to help them remember their time at PA.

We would like you to collect your child's gift on Thursday 16th July at the following times, from outside the front of school. Please stick to the allotted class time to aid social distancing:

6V - 9:30- 9:45 am

6H - 9:50- 10:05 am

6W - 10:10 - 10:25am

You are welcome to bring your child to say a final goodbye to their teacher, however it will need to be a short visit.

Free School Meals

COVID Summer Food Fund We are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals during the six week summer holiday by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you.

During the next week (and before Friday 17th July), eligible pupils will be issued with a single £90 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week, £3 per meal, for 6 weeks. This will be the final eCode issued by us as we plan for all pupils to return to school in September.

Your £90 eGift card can be used in multiple transactions and on multiple visits, until you have spent the full value of the eGift card. eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting freeschoolmeals.co.uk.

If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you haven’t received it within 24 hours of ordering it at freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com and Edenred can look into this for you.

Home Learning Letter

Dear parents,

I hope you have found the Summer term home learning projects useful. It has been a pleasure to see some of the children’s work that has been sent to us through the home learning email addresses.

Teachers have made video tutorials for reading, writing and maths. These are now on the home learning page on the website. There is weekly planning to go along with these tutorials for your children to complete at home. We will provide weekly tutorials and planning throughout the summer holidays in preparation for the children’s return in September. If your child finds the work too difficult then please feel free to access the work from the year group below.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Survey for parents of children with SEND

Birmingham City Council would like to gather views of parents of children with SEND about the support received from their services during lockdown. Please see the letter below and click on the link to complete the survey.

Dear Parent, 
I hope you and your family are well.

I’m getting in touch to invite you to take part in our short survey to share your experiences during lockdown and tell us your views on the support you have received from different education services.

Please complete one survey for each child or young person with SEND. The survey is anonymous, however you can choose to include your contact details at the end if you would like to be more involved in shaping future SEND services.

Click here to access the survey

Thank you for taking part. We really value your feedback in helping us to monitor and continually improve our services for SEND families.

Please note that the survey will close at 12 midnight on Monday 13 July 2020.

With very best wishes, 
Nichola Jones 
Assistant Director Inclusion, SEND and Wellbeing

September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope that you are all keeping safe and well as we continue to make our way through the many challenges that Covid-19 has presented us all with. You may be aware that the government are currently saying that they are hoping for all pupils to return to school in September so that the disruption to learning stops. As we continue to plan and prepare for this, I will keep you updated and share information with you. However, I wanted to share some key information and dates with you now:

The remainder of this academic year:

Week beginning: Monday 13th July 2020 – End of year reports sent to parents via email. These will be sent by class teachers so please make sure we have your correct email address.

Parents who have children on the special needs register will receive their SEN review and new one page profiles when we return in September.

Friday 17th July 2020 – Official end of this academic year. School closes for the summer holidays.

The new academic year:

Staff will return to school on Tuesday 1st September and will be involved in statutory training. Term will start on:

Thursday 3rd September 2020 for pupils in Years 1-6

Children starting in Reception and Nursery will receive a separate letter detailing their start dates and transition arrangements

Throughout the epidemic, we have followed government advice and guidelines and will continue to do so in order to keep our children and staff as safe as we can. We are really looking forward to welcoming back all of our children so that they can continue their learning journey with us. 

Thank you for your continued support. Please take care and keep safe and well.