RE-OPENING RECEPTION AND YEAR 1 CLASSES
Ark Byron welcomed Reception and Year 1 pupils back to school from 3rd June. Other year groups have been invited to one-off short sessions with their teachers before the end of term. Please contact your child's teacher or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The safety, health and wellbeing of everyone in the school is, of course our highest priority. We have put into place a range of measures so that the school can be run safely.
We are following government guidance, which says that no more than 15 children can be in a classroom when school reopens. Children at Ark Byron will be in "bubble" groups of 15 and will not mix with other children.in order to minimise risk of infection. Each bubble will have a teacher and teaching assistant and your child's class teacher will remain responsible for planning and pastoral care.
If your child has specific health vulnerabilities, they should not come to school. If your household has someone who is extremely vulnerable (i.e. who has received a NHS letter saying they must shield for 12 weeks), please use the NHS/government guidance to decide whether your child should return to school.
The Government has said that siblings outside of the identified year groups will not be able to attend school. You may have seen that the government hopes to be able to extend the opening of primary schools to include more year groups in late June. In the meantime, we will continue to provide home learning resources for children in Years 2-4. However, we will not be able to maintain the same level of teacher contact from June as we need teachers from other year groups to teach in the Year 1 and Reception “bubbles” of 15 pupils.
Please click here for the Variance to our Behaviour policy during Summer 2. Behaviour Policy Covid variance 2.pdf
Please see the Year 1 and Reception pages for more information about re-opening.
Ark Byron is operating a Community Classroom for children of key workers and children who are classed as vulnerable. This will continue to operate for children in Years 2 to 4 once we re-open. If you are a key worker or meet the guidance for vulnerability and would like your child to attend the Community Classroom, please contact us on info@arkbyron .org. This link gives guidance on who is eligible:
PLEASE SEE OUR CLASS PAGES FOR INFORMATION ABOUT LEARNING AT HOME DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURE.
New arrangements are now in place for learning at the start of the Summer term. Please see the School Closure pages on this website for information on activities for home learning.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE:
From 20th April onwards, Ark Byron has used the government scheme to provide those entitled to free school meals with food vouchers. Please contact us on info@arkbyron or Miss Berry a.berry @arkbyron.org if you need any additional support at this time of have any questions about free school meals.
Free school meals scheme:
The amount is £3 per day per child for each school day.
Children in Reception to Year 2 normally all receive free school meals as part of the Universal Free School Meals Scheme, regardless of family income. However, only families with low incomes, are eligible for these vouchers. From June, eligible families with pupils in Reception and Year 1 will continue to receive vouchers if pupils are not attending school.
If your circumstances have changed and you want to apply for free school meals, please see this information. https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals.
Redeeming the vouchers: they can be redeemed in store at the selected retailer by either:
- presenting the voucher on a smartphone or tablet
- presenting a paper copy of the voucher
Families are free to select the most appropriate food and drink for their child. When selecting products, we encourage families to consider health and nutrition. The School Food Standards may act as a useful guide for families.
The vouchers should not be redeemed for any age-restricted items, such as alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets.
There are a number of online resources available to support families in preparing healthy and nutritious food, including on the NHS Eat Well website.
Be aware of scam emails: 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’.
SAFEGUARDING DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE:
Please see this addendum to Ark Byron's Safeguarding Policy for the additions to our policy during this time. COVID-19 Addendum for Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 010520.pdf
Please contact Mrs Kaplan, Principal, Mrs Hodgson, Deputy Head or Miss Berry, Special Needs Coordinator if you would like support or have queries. Contact details are included in the document above.