Parents and carers, we will post updates and current guidance on this page for your information. Please check back frequently as things are updated all the time.
The National free school meal voucher system is on its way! We will be in contact with our eligible families as soon as we have have more information.
Thank you to all our parents and carers who have sent us their email addresses. It's really important that we all keep in contact whilst school is closed. If we haven't spoken to you or messaged you this week, we will be in touch soon. You can also email us at email@example.com.
Tameside Council have set up a dedicated helpline 0161 342 8355 for anyone who is struggling or needs help or advice to call.
Take care, stay at home and stay safe.
Parents warned of scam emails: from Tameside Council
PARENTS are warned to beware of scam emails claiming to offer free school meal vouchers.
Some parents have received the email that states: “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.”
The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed that it’s not official and is a scam email. Parents are urged that if they receive such an email then not to respond and to delete it immediately, and to never provide their bank details in such circumstances.
Tameside Council is working with local schools and meal providers to ensure suitable systems are in place, with schools contacting parents to make arrangements.
HMRC also has details of other financial scams, including phishing emails and bogus text messages offering rebates. Examples of these can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/phishing-and-bogus-emails-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples/phishing-emails-and-bogus-contact-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples
Tameside Trading Standards have already warned consumers to beware of scammers who are taking advantage of the covid-19 emergency by charging vastly inflated amounts for in-demand goods.
Chartered Trading Standards Institute guidance on covid-19 related scams can be found at www.tradingstandards.uk/news-policy/news-room/2020/ctsi-issues-warning-over-new-covid-19-related-scams
Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: “While the majority are pulling together to help their community, we need to beware the unscrupulous few who are trying to take advantage of the situation.
“Please be vigilant to this email and don’t respond to it. And please be aware that these new scams can take many forms and you should take all necessary precautions. The general rule of scams applies - if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”
Thank you to you all for making safe and sensible choices regarding the new 'stay at home' directive from the government. It is vital that we all play our part in reducing the spread of the virus.
For those staff and children still in school, we are maintaining the highest levels of hygiene that we can and insisting that the 2m distance is maintained - this is really hard to do!
We are working with our catering company to find the best solution to providing free school meals. At the moment we are still asking parents to collect from school. We know this isn't ideal, but please be patient with us - it's a work in progress.
We will always contact you by phone or by the school texting service - please be on the look out for phishing emails regarding vouchers. Don't click on links in emails unless you are absolutely sure you know who has sent them. Sadly, some unscrupulous people will take advantage of any situation.
Take care and keep safe.
As always, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Key government and health links.
St James has now closed for most pupils. Please do not bring your child/ren to school on Monday, unless we have asked you to. We all want to keep safe and respect social distancing.
Our wonderful staff are working hard to prepare and update their class web pages, so please keep an eye on those. There are lots of links to online activities on the Fun Stuff page and children have been sent home with learning packs and logins to subscription sites (like Espresso, TT Rockstars and the Spelling app) to help keep them busy. Learning from home will look very different - it's not all about sitting behind a screen or a device or filling in workbooks. Look at all these fantastic ideas for '100 things to do indoors' for a start!
We are really proud of our school community - you are strong and you are resilient - and we will be in touch with you all over the next few weeks to check in and see that you are OK. Please take care of yourselves. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Please read the letter about childcare places. If you think this applies to you, please contact school.
We are texting parents of children who are eligible for free school meals. We will provide a packed lunch for your child for collection from school each day if you would like one. You need to reply to the text to confirm - if you don't reply we will assume you don't want this.
We have been preparing a letter for parents/carers about provision for children of key workers. When we receive the official key worker list from the Cabinet Office (promised today), we will be able to finish it!
It is our aim to have this letter ready for you as soon as we can tomorrow morning.
We will keep updating you as we find out more information.
The Prime Minister has announced that schools will close to the majority of pupils at the end of the school day on Friday (20.3.20). He has said that schools have a duty to make provision for the children of key workers and for vulnerable children.
St James' will therefore be closed to most pupils from the end of school on Friday 20th March 2020, until we are directed otherwise.
School is open as usual on Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March.
The Cabinet Office will announce more details about the groups of children for which schools are expected to make provision on Thursday. So far we are told:
'Examples of these [key] workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.
A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office tomorrow.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.'
If you feel that your child/ren are in either group (key worker or vulnerable), please contact school on Thursday 19th March 2020.
We have sent this letter home today with our children (nursery class will get theirs in the morning) along with a work pack just in case school is closed in the upcoming days and/or weeks.
There are lots of links to online learning activities on the 'fun stuff' tab (above).