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COVID-19 Update - 29 May 2020

School Opening - 1 June 2020 - Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6

Thank you to those parents who have let us know that their children will be returning to school on 1 June 2020.  Please let us know if you have not received your email with further arrangements: admin@riverside.hereford.sch.uk  Please ensure your child has a named water bottle and named sun cream with them.

If you have not been in touch with the school to confirm your place, please do not bring your child to school on 1 June 2020. 

Arrangements for children of key workers who have been accessing childcare during the school closure remains the same.  New requests may not be able to be supported immediately due to staffing levels.

We will continue to provide online learning through See Saw for those children not attending school.

Our risk assessment can be found here.

A letter from Karen Wright, Director of Public Health can be found here.

 


 Online Learning

We hope that you are all keeping well and the children are enjoying SeeSaw.  Some of the activities they have been sharing look amazing!  Please go to the 'children/home learning - see saw' page on this website for further information.  How many of you have started the Riverside 100?  Let us know! The year group pages also have additional work and links for you to access.

Free School Meals

The new government scheme is now up and running through a company called Select Edenred. Each week, eligible parents will receive a unique 16 digit eCode which they can exchange for a supermarket eGift card worth £15 per week, per child. Families with more than one child will receive a combined code for the full value, i.e families with two children will have £30 on their code, those with three children will have £45 on their code etc.

The first code will be emailed out to parents between Wednesday 15 April and Friday 17 April.  Following this, codes will be emailed out every Friday during the first half of summer term, starting from 24 April. Arrangements for the second half of summer term will be communicated during May.  Please check your junk folder if you do not receive your email.

Once you have received your e-Code, log onto www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk to exchange it for a supermarket voucher. To do this, enter the 16 digit eCode, select the retailer you want and add it to your basket then checkout. The eGift card will be emailed to the email address you provided to school. When the email arrives, you will either receive the eGift card barcode/QR code within the body of the email, or a link to click on to access the barcode/QR code. Have this barcode/QR code on your phone when you go shopping at your selected retailer and scan it during the payment stage of your transaction.

You cannot spend the eCode directly with a retailer. You must exchange it for a supermarket’s own eGift card. Please be aware that the eCodes expire after one month if they are not redeemed and cannot be reissued.

Please read the Parent and Carers FAQs for more information, including the supermarkets you can chose from, how much you can spend at once and how to redeem your codes. https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf

We are aware that other schools have experienced delays while using the new scheme over the Easter holiday.  Edenred have upgraded their system to cope with the volume of transactions on their website, however it may take a while to start off with. Hopefully the system will settle down as people get used to it. With this in mind, we would like to make sure that all our parents and carers receive their codes and are able to exchange them for supermarket e-Gift cards before the start of the summer term. Please could you let us know if you haven’t received your e-Code or are experiencing difficulty exchanging it for a supermarket e-Gift card. You can email admin@riverside.hereford.sch.uk or shinksman@riverside.hereford.sch.uk.

Parents who have advised us they do not have access to the internet will receive a voucher directly from the school.

Free School Meals - New Applications

If your circumstances have recently changed and you think you may be eligible for free school meals, please email us at: finance@riverside.hereford.sch.uk including your child's name and date of birth, your surname, date of birth and national insurance number.  

We can then apply to Herefordshire Council on your behalf.

ParentPay 

We are aware that many parents have paid in advance for school lunches, trip and other items via ParentPay.  We are currently in discussion with ParentPay about releasing the money held in your account.  We will let you know as soon as refunds are available.

We are doing everything we can to support you during this challenging time. 

School Provision

We remain open for those children who cannot stay at home.  We will support any key worker whose role is critical to the Covid-19 response and have a plan in place to do this.  In order to limit the spread of the virus and with current staffing levels, we are unable to open the school for large numbers of pupils. 

If you believe that both parents/carers fit the criteria of a key worker AND you cannot keep your child safe at home, please email: admin@riverside.hereford.sch.uk to request a copy.  

The government has stated: 'If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading'.

We recognise the amazing work that is going on during this crisis and will provide an essential service in supporting your children whilst you do this.  We know how our community supports each other every day, not just during such difficult and worrying times.  I am aware that there are many unsung heroes out there providing support.  Thank you.