Coronavirus – Updates for Parents

Update on Coronavirus – Ark Swift closed on 20th March and remains closed until further notice

 

21st May 2020 – Latest Updates and Communication with Parents

School Closure Update 21/05/2020 – Letter 5

Our Community Classroom will be closed next week for half-term.  This will allow for the site to be deep cleaned and prepared for next half-term where we hope to see the phased re-opening of our school.

Our Community Classroom will reopen on Monday 1st June. There will be no home learning set for the half-term break.  Home learning will resume from Wednesday 3rd June.

Hammersmith & Fulham Guide: Looking After Yourself & Your Child Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Everybody Worries: A picture book for children who are worried about Coronavirus

11th May 2020 - Latest Updates & Communication with Parents

 

You may be aware that the Government announced the possible phased return of primary school students to school for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from June 1st yesterday evening.

 

We expect to receive specific guidance on how this will operate in the next few days.

 

Any plans that we put in place will first and foremost look to protect the health and well-being of students, staff and parents.

 

We will continue to communicate with you over the next few days as soon as we have more specific information.

 

20th April 2020 – Latest Updates & Communication with Parents

School Closure Update 20/04/2020 – Letter 4

NHS Guide to Staying Well at Home 30 04 2020.pdf     

NHS Advice to Parents during Coronavirus 30 04 2020.pdf     

Corona Virus Social Story 30 04 2020.pdf

Letter to Parents and Carers from Hammersmith and Fulham

Winston’s Wish

https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/ 

Information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak and our updated services and opening times.

Protection for Children On and Offline

Thinkuknow is an education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline and provides advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.

Please click on the following link for further information: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk 

25th March 2020 – Latest Updates & Communication with Parents

 

School Closure Update 25/03/2020 - Letter 3

 

We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives.

 

Community Classrooms for vulnerable students and key workers’ children

 

Parents should keep children at home wherever possible and thanks to everyone across our community who has followed that advice. The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in our Community Classrooms, the lower the risk of the virus spreading.

 

The purpose of our Community Classroom is to provide care for the children of key workers and children who are vulnerable. Only children in these categories can attend.

 

We will contact parents on a weekly basis tore-confirm if they want to continue using the Community Classroom in school.

 

Please continue to follow health guidance:

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to look after us all.

 

If you need to contact the school, please phone/email 020 8743 2514 (Office opening hours are currently 8am-3.30pm) or info@arkswiftprimary.org

 

STAY HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES

 

Food Vouchers

We are working hard to get Tesco e-vouchers set-up for:

 

  • All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Universal Infant Free School Meals)
  • Any children in KS2 eligible for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

 

Due to increased demand, this is taking longer than anticipated. You will receive 10-days’ worth of vouchers at a time and they will be backdated to 23rd March.

 

Food Bank

If you need to access the Food Bank, please email Mr Upfield (d.upfield@arkswiftprimary.org) or Miss Burton (s.burton@arkswiftprimary.org) with the following information:

 

  • Full name of parent
  • Address including post code
  • Number of adults and children to be covered by voucher
  • Date of birth of parent
  • Reason why you need access to the Food Bank (e.g. Benefits delay, illness, out of work etc.)

 

During the period of closure, we can refer you via email. You just need to give your name on arrival at the Food Bank and say you have been referred via email. Please do not just turn-up at the Food Bank – you must contact us first so we can refer you.

 

The local Food Bank has moved to: White City Community Centre, India Way, W12 7QT

 

Local Food Banks and Opening Times:

 

  • Mondays 12.30-3pm, Wednesdays 10-12.30am and Saturdays 10-12noon at The White City Community Centre, India Way, W12 7QT
  • Tuesdays 10.30-1pm and Fridays 2-4.30pm at St Matthews church, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TX
  • Thursdays 1-3pm at St Simons Church, Rockley Road, Shepherds Bush, W14 0DA

 

Safeguarding – Useful Information for Parents, Carers & Pupils

 

Everyone at Ark Swift cares about your wellbeing and safety. There are still various forms of support available to you if you have any concerns or worries.

 

Safeguarding During School Closure

 

Coronavirus: Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

Visit the ‘Heads Together’ website for a free toolkit with resources and tips to help you address anxiety arising from these challenging times:

 

Heads Together: Mentally Healthy Schools

 

Useful Links for Financial Support

Universal Credit

https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

Employment & Support Allowance

https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

Covid-19 Small Business Government Grant

https://smallbusiness.co.uk/how-do-i-get-the-government-3000-coronavirus-grant-2549866/

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan

https://smallbusiness.co.uk/how-do-i-apply-for-a-coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-2549863/

Citizen’s Advice

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/if-youre-struggling-with-living-costs/

Emergency Funding

https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/emergency-funding.aspx

 

20th March 2020

School Closure Update 20/03/2020 – Letter 2

School Closure Update 19/03/2020 - Letter 1

19th March 2020

School Closure Update 19/03/2020