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January 2021: Back to School

Free School Meal Vouchers

Over the weekend you should receive a £30 Food voucher from Huggg. This is to cover two weeks at £15 a child. 

 

As a family you can choose to shop at your most convenient location. Morrisons, Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Iceland, McColls, M&S or Waitrose currently included in the scheme (some available online too). 

 

The school will then move over to the government voucher scheme.  

 

 

Loan of I-pads

 

The Department for Education (DfE) is providing laptops and tablets to schools to help children and families access remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Schools have been able to order an allocation of devices for:

  • disadvantaged children in years 3 to 11 who do not have access to a device and whose face-to-face education is disrupted
  • disadvantaged children in any year group who have been advised to shield because they (or someone they live with) are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • disadvantaged children in any year group attending a hospital school

 

Disadvantaged children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are included within this offer. However, if specialist support and equipment is required help may be available through the Family Fund.

How device allocations have been decided

Schools have received an allocation of devices to be used to support disadvantaged children who are otherwise unable to access remote education.

Examples of this include disadvantaged children:

  • with no digital devices in their household
  • whose only available device is a smartphone
  • with a single device in their household that’s being shared with more than one other family member

 

At Westcourt we have received an allocation of 36 devices.

This calculation is based on:

  • the number of children in years 3 to 11
  • free school meals data
  • an estimate of the number of devices a school or college already has

If there are widespread school closures, allocations could be temporarily reduced.

If you would like to be considered for the loan of an I-pad please fill in the form that is online or email the same details into admin@westcourt.kent.sch.uk

Please complete the form by Tuesday 19th January.  As a school we will then look at the criteria and allocate laptops against this. Please understand that we might not be able to loan laptops to all applicants.

 

Free School Meals

 

The government have stated, since the start of this national lockdown 3, that the national voucher scheme will be reinstated, this have not yet happened. Therefore as a school we are going to use a company to issue vouchers of £15 a week to cover the week beginning the 18th and 25th January. We will continue this further if the government scheme isn’t up and running by then. 

We have all your detail s for this, you DO NOT need to do anything at this stage. I will up date you when we know how and when the vouchers will be issued to you. 

Many thanks for your understanding with this.

Miss Sexton 

BBC Bitesize

 

Customers of the following providers are able to access BBC Bitesize free of charge. 

All contract and pay-as-you-go customers of BT Mobile, EE and Plusnet Mobile will be eligible and the free package will continue while schools remain closed. No registration is required - the free access will happen automatically.

 

When more providers are added to this list, we will let you know. 

 

See the article below for further details

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-55616959

 

Allowance on Mobile Devices

Home Learning

The government has announced that from January 4, for at least the first two weeks, children are to learn from home.  Each day your child’s class teacher will upload the work that the children need to complete each day on to the class page on the website

https://www.westcourt.kent.sch.uk/class-pages/

 

If you need to contact the class teacher please see their email address on their class pages.  Please note that they are unable to reply through these addresses but they will reply on the website or via the office. 

 

Class teachers will also organise a work pack that the children can work through alongside the work that is on the website.  As soon as these are available for collection from the Foxes Den, we will text out to you.  If your family is self-isolating please do let the school know and we will try to get the pack out to you, please bear in mind we have limited capacity to do this. 

 

Free School Meals, as yet we have been given no information about this.  As soon as we know the arrangements we will let you know. 

 

We are working as quickly as possible to get information out to you. 

 

Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children

 

School will be open to only critical workers children and vulnerable children, who have a social worker. This will be broadly the same children who came back to school in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. 

 

School will be open from 8 to 5pm. Children will only attend breakfast club and wrap around care if they normally do during term time. All other children will attend school from 9 - 3pm. 

If you feel your child is within the above categories please can you email the school at headteacher@westcourt.kent.sch.uk

 

Please state the following

1. The name and year group of your child

2. Your job and which category it falls into

3. The days in which your child will need to attend

4. The times that they will need to attend, as far as you know at this time

5. If they will require a school dinner or they will bring a pack lunch

 

Please email by Saturday 2nd January at  9am at the latest. This will allow the school time to organise staff. You will then receive an email back confirming if your child is eligible for a space. 

Many thanks, please continue to stay safe at this time. 

 

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