Working together to keep our school community safe
Please do not send your children to school if anyone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 10 days or is showing symptoms of Covid-19 and awaiting a test/result. Please inform the school immediately so the attendance records can be updated.
Testing of family members: Adults without symptoms who want to access rapid Covid-19 testing at home who are in a household with school-age children (including childcare and support bubbles) can collect test kits from their local authority AST or can order them online.
Letter to children and young people from the Secretary of State for Education
The Secretary of State for Education has today written to children and young people to recognise the impact of the disruption they have faced over the past year and to thank them for their resilience. He outlines his continued commitment to supporting children and young people to recover from the disruption now that they have returned to school and college. The letter also highlights the importance of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and the vital role this plays in helping to prevent the virus spreading.
The letter is published on the DfE media blog and on DfE’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Test & Trace Support Payments
Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. Parents should apply to their local authority to receive the payment but will need a letter from their school including the child’s name and date of self-isolation.
COVID-19 News 24 March: Test & Trace Support Payments
Reproduced from DfE email to schools on 22 March:
Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.
Parents and carers should apply to their local authority to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.
To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:
- they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period
- they are employed or self-employed
- they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result
- they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment
That their child or young person:
- is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting
- has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Nurseries, schools, colleges and further education providers are required to provide a letter to all parents or carers of the children advised to self-isolate, to support their application to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. A template letter is available for early years and primary schools on the primary schools document sharing platform titled with the code RP81. A template letter is available for secondary schools and further education providers on the secondary schools and colleges document sharing platform titled with the code RP83. The letter must detail the child’s name and date of self-isolation. Parents or carers will then be able to provide this letter to their local authority as evidence that their child is required to self-isolate.
Once an application for a payment has been received, the local authority will be in touch with your setting to verify the details of the child provided on the application. This will include a check of the child’s name, age, address and days of self-isolation. This check is to minimise the event of fraudulent claims. It may be conducted before or after a payment is made, depending on the arrangements the individual local authority has chosen to put in place. The letter you give to parents and carers should explain to them that their local authority will conduct a check with their child’s setting if they apply for a payment.
Reminder for parents
A kindly reminder that if any member of your family has Covid symptoms the whole household must isolate whilst the symptomatic person gets tested and awaits the result. Should your child develop symptoms, they should be kept at home until they have been tested and receive a negative result. Unfortunately, we have had a couple of incidences where this guidance has not been followed and this has resulted in a larger number of students being required to self-isolate: something we are keen to avoid as this has a negative impact on students’ education and family care arrangements. If you child is at home due to Covid, please make sure we know the reasons as these absences are coded differently and are exempt from our usual low attendance processes.
We want to support your child with their remote learning during their absence from school to ensure they can continue to access the curriculum whilst at home. This plan is dependent on your child being well enough to complete this work and we recognise that individual home circumstances vary.
Please do keep us informed of any issues with completing work by contacting your child’s head of year in the first instance. If your child is having an issue with technology, please email Mr. Brom (email@example.com).
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the Autumn term
Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Ark Victoria Academy Tier 1 - 4 Plan
The government has set out guidance for schools to follow a tier system to help keep our schools and local communities safe and reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. These tiers are different from the 3 levels of national alert: medium alert, high alert and very high alert. Currently, October 2020, Birmingham is in a high national alert category and in Tier 1 for schools. AVA Tiered Planning October 2020.pdf
School Communication with Parents/Carers
Please read our latest letters below:
School will be open as usual to all our pupils, despite the Tier 4 bubble. Students will begin returning to School on the following dates, 7th January 2021 for Primary Students, 11th January 2021 for Year 11 Students and 18th January 2021 for Years 7, 8, 9 & 10. We know that school is the best place for pupils to continue their learning and development and we can assure you that our classrooms are full of happy, diligent and enthusiastic learners. One new request from us is that all parents are to wear face coverings within the school premises. Please see the letter attached for further details.
Letter to parents 311220.pdf
Please note that if you are contacted by Track and Trace to request that your children need to self isolate, as contacts of a positive case, you will need to inform school immediately. Please also inform school immediately if you are asked by any other organisation (such as your local mosque) to self isolate your children if they have been identified as close contacts.
It is vital that you keep the school informed so we can all do our best to manage transmission rates of Covid 19.
Please Contact us by using the below:
School phone number: 0121 393 4459
School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All updated Covid-19 information can be found below:
(If your language does not appear please contact the School using the following email: Info@arkvictoria.org)
Emergency Food Assistance for Families
Please read the following letter for food assistance for families: Emergency Food Assistance.pdf
Letters to parents