School Closure Information

We will use this page to keep you up up to date with any useful information about school during the partial closure. 

What safety measures are school taking when pupil numbers increase? 

Please read this booklet: COVID-19 safety information for parents

 

How will school communicate with me during the closure?

We will send information out via text or email. Emailed letters will also be posted on the Letters to Parents page in the Parents Info section of our school website.

 

What are the contact details when school is partially closed?

Emailing office@smwprimary.net is the best way to get in touch. Emails will be monitored throughout the day but the school office will not always be staffed.

You can still ring the main school number (969 9852) and leave a message. However, these will only be checked once a day. 
If your call is urgent, you can ring 07585 904441. 

 

I am concerned about a child’s welfare, what should I do?

If anyone has a concern regarding the welfare of a child, you can still contact any of our designated safeguarding leads by emailing your concerns to our dedicated email address:

safeguarding@smwprimary.net. We will get back to you as a priority.

 Our designated safeguarding leads are Mr Hughes, Miss Flynn and Mrs Murphy.

If you believe the child is at immediate risk of harm call the Police on 999.

If you are a member of the public who has a concern about a child, and they are not at immediate risk of harm, you can also call Trafford Children's First Response on 0161 912 5125 during office hours (Mon - Fri 8:30 - 4:30) or 0161 912 2020 out of hours (Emergency Duty Team).

See more information on Trafford Children’s First Response website.

 

What arrangements are there for my child to complete work during the closure?

Communication about class work will take place via the Seesaw app.
Paper packs were sent home at the start of the closure but a large part of the work during this period can also be completed on one of our online apps (e.g. Mathletics, TT Rockstars, Spelling Shed, Purple Mash, Oxford Owl).

Depending on your child’s age, teachers will normally set a maths task and an English task daily. There will also be weekly tasks such as spelling, phonics or times table. In addition to this, there will be other weekly activities that are perhaps linked to other subjects or topics studied in class. 

Websites such as BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy have onine lessons which you may find useful in addition to the work set by teachers.

 

What do I do if I’m struggling to complete the school work with my child?

Please let us know by communicating with the class teacher through the Seesaw app. We are here to help you.

During this time, we want to make sure children have work to complete to keep things ticking along, but we’re also eager that pupils and parents don’t feel overwhelmed by this.

 We appreciate everyone’s circumstances at the moment are challenging in different ways. Indeed, many of you will still be trying to work yourselves in your roles as key workers. We know you will be doing your best in whatever personal situation you find yourself in during these unprecedented times. I mentioned in my letter last week that we would definitely encourage PE activities in the garden, baking, doing arts and crafts etc. Keeping things as normal as possible for the children is perhaps the biggest challenge.

Trafford Educational Psychology Service have collated a list of resources and services to help schools and parents. These can be accessed via this link

  

My child gets a free school meal, how do I still get this support when school is closed?

Parents will receive a weekly text with a link to a £15 voucher per child. This will be sent by a company called Wonde.

The vouchers can be redeemed at your chosen supermarket. Those currently in the scheme are Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.

Here is a link to frequently asked questions about the free school meals voucher scheme.

http://help.wonde.com/en/articles/3843162-faqs-for-parents-supermarket-voucher

 

I am struggling to feed my family, where can I get help?

Please see the message below from Trafford Foodbanks:

Trafford South and Stretford foodbanks have closed all distribution centres but remain very active behind the scenes.  We are both working closely with Trafford Council through Citizens Advice and Trafford Assist to ensure that those people in our community WHO CAN NOT AFFORD TO BUY FOOD do not go hungry throughout this crisis.
All those who need food support must call the 0300 330 9073 number where their needs will be assessed. If it is deemed that you need food support you will have a food parcel delivered to your door. The government does not want people to leave their homes unnecessarily.

The 0300 330 9073 number is available Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm.

 

I am a key worker, do I have to send my child to school?

No. If you are managing home learning well and you feel it is safe for your child to be at home then we will support your decision.  

If you do need a place, a weekly survey will be sent out each week so you can let us know which days you will need the following week. If your plans change, please contact school as soon as possible.

 

My child is classed as a vulnerable pupil, do I have to send them to school?

Children who are potentially vulnerable pupils could still have a place in school, depending on circumstances. The government classes children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan, or those in families with a social worker, as vulnerable pupils. 

We will judge each pupil’s circumstances on a case-by-case basis and we will discuss this with you and any other agencies if these are involved.

Regardless of whether the children are in school or not, we will keep in regular contact with you to check if you need any further support.

 

My family is experiencing difficulties, where can I get help?

If you are concerned about how you or your family are coping during a school closure, please let us know. You can speak in confidence to Mrs Murphy – our pastoral and family liaison manager. Please email direct on imurphy@smwprimary.net

Throughout the closure, school will continue to be available to offer support and advice to all of our families. This may even be by re-directing you to other support groups or agencies who will be able to help you.



What does my child need to bring when they come to school during the closure?

  • Start time is still from 8.45am. Later drop off and/or early pick up is allowed to help reduce numbers in school. Please let us know.
  • You will only be able to enter the school grounds via the pedestrian gate on Hurst Avenue. Any child arriving will need to enter the school building via the main door at the office. A member of staff will be there to let you in.
  • Your child/children can wear their own clothes. 
  • Please can you ensure your child has a coat/warm clothing as we will be spending as much time outside as possible.
  • Please send your child in with a packed lunch. All normal rules for packed lunch apply i.e. no nuts etc. 
  • Children are not be allowed to bring ANY toys/electrical items etc from home.
  • There will be no Breakfast Cub or after school clubs including no Bright Stars.
  • Please pick your child up from the main office gate.
  • Mr Hughes, or another member of the senior leadership team, will be contactable each day.