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Reopening in September - information for parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers

I am sure you will agree that we are living through extra-ordinary times. The year 2020 will be one that I am sure future generations will learn about in school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during these difficult times, the many messages my colleagues and I have received have been welcomed.

We are planning, in line with the latest guidance from the government and the Department for Education (DfE) to open each of our schools to all pupils in September. Each school leadership team along with our Central Support Team has carried out extensive and detailed risk assessments to make our schools as safe as possible for the children when they return. Each Head of School will write to you this week with the information you need about your school. From September, things will be a little different for parents/carers and the children due to the safety measures we will have in place.

The children's well-being will be our main priority when they return. We will also of course be making sure that your children catch up with the learning they have missed out on as soon as possible. Some children may be worried or anxious about coming back to school after such a long time, let me assure you that the school staff will be doing everything they can to help.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Sajid Gulzar
CEO

Free School Meals

COVID Summer Food Fund We are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals during the six week summer holiday by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you.

During the next week (and before Friday 17th July), eligible pupils will be issued with a single £90 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week, £3 per meal, for 6 weeks. This will be the final eCode issued by us as we plan for all pupils to return to school in September.

Your £90 eGift card can be used in multiple transactions and on multiple visits, until you have spent the full value of the eGift card. eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting freeschoolmeals.co.uk.

If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you haven’t received it within 24 hours of ordering it at freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com and Edenred can look into this for you.

Survey for parents of children with SEND

Birmingham City Council would like to gather views of parents of children with SEND about the support received from their services during lockdown. Please see the letter below and click on the link to complete the survey.

Dear Parent,
I hope you and your family are well.

I’m getting in touch to invite you to take part in our short survey to share your experiences during lockdown and tell us your views on the support you have received from different education services.

Please complete one survey for each child or young person with SEND. The survey is anonymous, however you can choose to include your contact details at the end if you would like to be more involved in shaping future SEND services.

Click here to access the survey

Thank you for taking part. We really value your feedback in helping us to monitor and continually improve our services for SEND families.

Please note that the survey will close at 12 midnight on Monday 13 July 2020.

With very best wishes,
Nichola Jones
Assistant Director Inclusion, SEND and Wellbeing

End of Year Reports

Dear Parents and Carers,

Usually, at this time of year, we would be preparing to send home your child’s end of year report. Our teachers have continued to work throughout the pandemic and have written reports for your children as they would have in previous years. However, as the majority of children are currently not in school, we will be sharing reports in a different way:

 

Y6 pupils 

As Year 6 will not be returning in September, we will send their reports to you through the post. If you have changed address during the period of partial-closure, you need to ensure that you have shared your new address with the school office. The reports will be posted out to you the week ending Friday 10th July 2020 so that they will be with you from the final week of term.

 

R-Y5 pupils 

The current government guidance states that children will be returning to school as of September 2020. We have therefore decided to share reports for children in this YG when they come back in the new academic year. These reports will be given to you, by hand, when school reopens in September.

In previous years, we have also shared your child’s new class teacher with you as part of the report. This year, we will be unable to do this so will share this information with you via the school website. A list of classes and teachers will be available on the school website as of Monday 13th July 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch via the school closure email address: schoolclosure@hifield.bham.sch.uk

Take care and keep safe.

Best wishes,
Mr. Knibbs

September 2020

Dear Parents,

We are continuing to prepare for the wider reopening of our schools from September 2020. All plans that we make will be in conjunction with any advice or guidance from the government. Over the coming weeks, more information will appear on the school website to support you and share information in readiness for September. The letter below outlines the information we have to share so far along with some key dates for you all.

Take care and keep safe,
Mr. Knibbs

Please Click Here to read the letter.