Coronavirus - COVID 19 Update
Thursday 21st May - Letter to parents regarding return to School in June
Letter from Mr Gavin Booth - Executive Head Teacher, regarding your child's potential return to Wyberton Primary Academy
Coronavirus - Mental health & Wellbeing
Please go to our Wellbeing page where you will find a dedicated section for support and advice to help both adults and children through these unprecedented times.
7th April- Free School Meal Scam Alert
Please be aware we have recently received the following warning from the Department for Education:
2.2 Scam Alert
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following:
'As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported.'
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond and delete immediately.
6th April 2020- Emergency Childcare over Easter
Our Emergency Childcare provision continues to be in place over the Easter period across all our Trust schools for vulnerable children and those of critical workers. We are pleased to be able to continue to offer food boxes to our Free School Meal families (food vouchers at Spilsby Primary) throughout the Easter holidays. Please remember if you need to use our emergency childcare this should be an absolute last resort and you need to make school aware in advance. Also, if for any reason your circumstances change and your child will not be attending please do let your school know.
25th March 2020 - Universal Credit & Entitlement to free school meals
Dear Parents & Carers,
If your financial situation has changed recently and you are now entitled to claim certain benefits, don't forget that once your benefit claim has been approved, you can apply for free school meals for your child. While school is closed this is being offered as a food hamper, delivered to school for you to collect, containing basic staples such as milk, eggs, pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables put together by Willoughby Foods at their local farm and food production facility. Please apply at https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/school-pupil-support/apply-free-school-meals
If you then receive an email from Lincolnshire County Council to say that you are entitled, please forward this to school: email@example.com and Mrs Brown will be happy to make arrangements for you and will be in touch to let you know how to collect. There is no need to bring the confirmation to school.
Child friendly information on Corona Virus from The Children's Commissioner
20th March 2020- Emergency Childcare
Message from Infinity Academies Trust- As you will have seen in the national news we have been instructed by the Government to keep our schools open but only for vulnerable children and the children of Key Workers. Please see below a letter detailing all our Emergency Childcare arrangements for these key groups. Wherever possible all children should be looked after at home to support the Government's Social Distancing plans to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Please only use our Emergency childcare if you have absolutely no alternatives and you meet the Government criteria. The schools are closed for the vast majority of pupils.
19th March- Infinity School Closures
In line with the Government announcement yesterday all Infinity Academies Trust schools will be closing from Friday until directed to re-open by the Government. This is to support the national efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The schools will be offering some childcare provision for vulnerable children and those whose parents are key workers. We are awaiting final definitions of these terms and will contact families directly when we know more. For further information about our closures please read the letter below. We wish all our families and children well at this challenging time and please do contact your school's main office if you have any questions.
Sending you all our very best wishes
17th March 2020 - 1:00pm
Update from Ms Paul, Head of Wyberton Primary Academy
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are keeping well in these challenging times and thank you for your patience.
This morning I have had a conference call with all Infinity Heads and we have decided to take a number of additional measures across our schools in response to the updated Government advice. The actions are as follow:
- With immediate effect, we will be cancelling all non-essential activities that are due to take place for the remainder of this term and immediately after the Easter break, including: school trips, sporting trips, any visitors into school and in-school events such as class assemblies and parent engagement events. Where possible we will rearrange these in the summer term when we are able to do so.
- Any child who presents with symptoms of high temperature and / or persistent new cough should not attend school and should self- isolate for 14 days – the guidance now states that ALL family members must isolate for 14 days, so siblings must not attend school either. Equally, if a parent has any symptoms we would respectfully ask you not to send your child / children into school, as advice states family isolation is now necessary.
- Please continue to check our school website and app on a daily basis. We now have a dedicated Coronavirus update section on our website, which will provide additional information.
- We will be avoiding whole school assemblies and where possible lunchtimes will be staggered to reduce the numbers of pupils being exposed to one another.
- We are being vigilant with our cleaning and continue to remind children about the importance of hygiene
- Staff have made learning links available on the class pages on our website for those children currently self-isolating and in the event of full closure, we will begin putting on weekly work and activities for all children – please see website for details.
- For families who do not have access to the Internet, you may collect a pack of work from the school office to support you with your child’s home learning.
We appreciate this is an unsettling time for many so rest assured we are doing our best to maintain normality for the children at school as much as is reasonably possible. Please do not hesitate to call the school if you are anxious or concerned about something, as we do our utmost to support one another in our school community.
The information we receive is changing on a daily basis, but we will do our best to share this with you as soon as possible to keep you informed. In the meantime, can I thank you all for your continued support and send good wishes to you all.
Head of Academy
17th March 2020-11am
Message from Infinity Academies Trust: Following the announcements made by the Government yesterday we have instructed our schools to take further actions to support Social Distancing and reduce non-essential travel. We have asked our schools to cancel any non-essential travel including visits, sporting fixtures and training events. We are restricting visitor access to our schools and will not be holding any in-school events including Governor meetings and parent engagement events. Wherever possible we are limiting time spent in large groups and therefore will not be holding whole school Collective worship or assemblies. We are asking our staff to not attend any out of school training to ensure as many people as possible are available to support children and families in school. We are working closely with our staff to ensure that those who may be vulnerable are taking sensible precautions and will do our best to ensure that our schools continue to run as smoothly as possible for as long as possible. As always if you have any questions please contact the main office at your child's school.
17th March 2020
The Government have updated their guidance relating to self-isolation for those that are demonstrating coronavirus symptoms. If you or your child has a new continuous cough and/or high temperature the whole family/household should self-isolate for 14 days. Please be clear that this is a change in guidance and we require your cooperation to keep all of our children and families safe. As always please let school know if your child will not be attending school.
Please see the NHS link below for further information on Self-isolation.
16th March 2020
As you will be aware the Government has now moved from the "Contain" to the "Delay" phase in its response to the Coronavirus. The advice to schools continues to remain the same but it may change in the coming days.
The current advice is that schools are to remain open. The biggest focus for schools in terms of "delaying" the spread of the virus is to ensure that everyone is washing their hands regularly and following the "Catch it. Bin it. Kill it." guidance relating to sneezing and coughing. We are monitoring closely the Government advice through Public Health England and the Department for Education.
We are currently undertaking a review of all our work including upcoming trips and events; we want to ensure that if our schools are asked to close that we have systems in place to make work available to our pupils. In this circumstance, we will give parents/ carers as much notice as possible to make alternative childcare arrangements.
Latest guidance suggests that if your child has a new continuous cough and/ or a high temperature (37.8 degrees or above) then they should self-isolate for 7 days.
If your child is not able to come to school for any reason, you must contact the Main office as soon as possible to inform us of their absence and the reasons behind it.
We understand that these are worrying and unsettling times. The safety and well-being of your children is our number one priority which is why we will continue to follow Government advice over the coming weeks. We will keep you updated through information on this page, via Twitter and with the School App but if you do have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Main Office directly where we will endeavour to offer support and guidance to help in these unprecedented times.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding in the face of this ever-changing situation.
Stay at home: guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Guidance for Educational Settings: