Coronavirus information and updates:

Community information:

2nd April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope you and your family are fit and well during this unprecedented National Crisis.

Many of you are facing difficult times and recent workplace closures have meant that many parents are on reduced income.

If you have recently registered for Universal credit or are on a reduced income you may be eligible for Free School Meals.

After Easter we will be moving to the Governments Voucher scheme for those who are eligible. This entitles parents to Grocery Shopping vouchers worth £15 per eligible child.

If you are not registered please apply via the link below at your appropriate local authority.

http://www.hull.gov.uk/education-and-schools/schools/free-school-meals

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/schools-colleges-and-academies/school-meals/free-school-meals/

Vouchers will start w/c 20th April and will be £15 per qualifying child once registered you should then receive these every school week until schools return in the future.

Regards

Louise Clarkson

The Headteacher – Pearson Primary School

LOCAL SUPPORT FOR FOOD AND HOT MEALS

Please note all the information on this page is subject to change and the organisations listed may need to close or reduce their services in accordance with Government advice.

Please check they are open and you are eligible (if applicable) first before you leave your home. Thank you.

 

EMS (Charity-Environmental & Management Solutions) Tel 01482 709810 – Main Building based at Freedom Centre, Preston Road.
Need to register. Provides a meal to feed 4 people for £2, the meals are refrigerated/frozen & can be warmed up in a microwave or oven. These can be picked up from “Community Fridges” in Children’s Centres at Preston Road/Acorns/ Bilton Grange/ North Bransholme/Hessle Road/ Massey Street or Marfleet.
Fridges stocked: Tuesday – Friday

Families need to fill out an application form to access this service – a ‘membership number’ will then be issued. Once you have a membership number you are able go to a “Community Fridge” to purchase your meals.

Hull Community Shop – Preston Road Freedom Centre
The HCS operates in two ways: Residents can sign up (Register in the shop) for the HCS via a means tested membership process. HCS members then have access to all of the produce (fresh, frozen and chilled) that is available in the shop for a donation.
In addition, on a weekly basis members have the option to collect up to four tins and four packet goods for £2.
Any resident (​no need to register​) can come into the shop and purchase the food that is available on the green shelves. This includes any produce in the fridge or freezer for a non-specified donation. No need to register for the produce on the green shelves.

Open Monday to Friday 11am -4pm.

Fare share Fridays – Octagon/Goodwin Centre.
No need to register just turn up.
This service is run Fridays only 11.30am – 1.30pm at the café on the 1st floor.

You can get a hot meal in return for a donation to the service on the day.

The Pantry – Goodwin Building Anlaby Road Tel 485958
Parents need to register at the shop on the day. Open Friday’s 10am – 2pm (make sure you get there early!). To access this service you will need: Photographic ID & proof of benefits.
For £3 you will get to choose 10 items from the shop.

Once you are registered at The Pantry, the staff will support you with other services if needed.

Additional support
Food banks – Various locations in the city. Parents need to have a “voucher” these can be obtained from social care, citizens advice, health visitors.
Citizens advice Tel :0344 411 1444

HULL CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE

Tel: 01482 300307

Hull City Council has launched a Hull Helpline to support vulnerable residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The helpline has been set up for those who may have no other means of support and who may need help to access essential items and services including food, health and wellbeing and financial advice.

  • food
  • fuel
  • housing
  • money
  • payment of bills
  • collection of your medication

It is available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.

Residents can also register their need for support through an online form which is now live on the council’s website:

 

Letters home to parents & carers:

3rd April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Schools should be at the heart of their communities and we have never experienced a stronger sense of community and common humanity than we are experiencing now.

Over the last three weeks we have supported key worker shifts by maintaining emergency school provision, first at Pearson, then subsequently at our Collingwood Primary School hub, and supported the children and families who need us the most. Some staff are working from home and some are working in schools, but all those well enough to work are busy preparing learning materials for children to use, to continue their learning after the Easter holidays. Rest assured that we are working hard to develop the very best ways of helping the children to learn from home.

Every child will be provided with a flexible timetable and work set by their teachers to complete. This will begin from Monday 20th April. Much of the work set will be available on Purple Mash, our online learning platform, and teachers have been working hard to contact all families to share their unique passwords. Please contact us via Enquiries@Pearson.hull.sch.uk if you have not yet had this information.

We are enormously grateful to all our parents and carers who have been patient, flexible and compassionate as we have responded to this national crisis. When we return, after the Easter break, I will write to you weekly, to keep you posted on what we are doing and how we are working to support our children, families and the wider community in these challenging times.

In the meantime, I wish you and your families all the very best.

Take very good care

Mrs Louise Clarkson

Headteacher

24th March 2020

Dear Parent/ Carer

I am sure you will understand that our plans are changing day by day!

For pupils who are accessing our emergency childcare provision

Following the government announcement last night, we are having to alter our emergency childcare provision for children of key workers who have no alternative childcare. As a trust we are operating on skeleton staff and therefore have taken the decision to merge our settings, so we are able to continue to offer this critical service.

From Wednesday 25th March 2020 HCAT pupils from Thoresby, Pearson and Collingwood will access emergency childcare provision at Collingwood Primary School.

Arrangements will continue as broadly as normal;

· A member of Pearson staff will always be on site at Collingwood

· We will be providing a breakfast club from 8.00am

· School lunches will be available with Free School Meals for those who are entitled to it

· There will be no after school clubs, the provision will close at 3.00pm

If you are not the person who picks up your child, please remember to let your provider know that arrangements have changed. Please contact the Collingwood School Office on 01482 331914.

For pupils who are currently at home

Free school meals (grab bags) will continue to operate for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium but arrangements for collecting grab bags have changed. You will now be able to pick up a ‘grab bag’ between 11.30-12.00pm from the Collingwood Primary School entrance.

Thank you for bearing with us during this National crisis. I will continue to keep you informed of any developments.

Louise Clarkson

Headteacher

24th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I do hope that you are all keeping safe and well. It is a completely unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in. Each and everyone of us will be worried about what this means for us; be it how we will provide for families if we are unable to work or for those who we can no longer see owing to their age or underlying medical conditions. I think it is safe to say that a significant number of us can now speak from first-hand experience what this actually means; I know I can.

You will no doubt have seen the televised message from Boris Johnson setting out what he now expects from the nation. I cannot implore strongly enough how important it is that you act upon this… I have been informed that in some of our schools there were children present today who have parents who were able to work from home and STILL sent their children to school. This is no longer acceptable and I have instructed our leaders to enforce that only those who have NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE but to send their children to school should do so… you will be asked to have your children at home if you are there.

It is so important that you support us with this. School staff are now in the significant minority of people who are being expected to work, other than at home – they are more than happy to do so to ensure that those professions, who we rely on, to keep order and safety for our population can continue to do so, but they and their families are at immense risk of being infected with this virus – please do the right thing and think of my colleagues who are putting others before themselves.

We have already had a number of staff who have had to self- isolate or make the decision to not make themselves available for work in the interests of protecting their loved ones. After yesterday’s announcement that 1.5 million people will now have to be in “shielding”; staff feel they can no longer leave the house other than for essential things to protect these particular family members. This does mean that our staffing levels are even lower than they were even a few days ago. As such, we are only able to care for those children who it is absolutely necessary to have in school.

This is absolutely the furthest from how myself and my colleagues would normally operate – we would endeavour to do our utmost to support everyone in this situation however, I have a duty as leader of this Trust to ensure that I look after my colleagues; please help me to do so.

If you are at home – your children should be with you. If you have informed your child’s school that they will be in school tomorrow and you are able to be at home owing to the latest announcement – please let the school know in the usual way that they will not be attending.

Thank you as always for your continuing support, now and as we move through these worrying times.

Yours Sincerely

Estelle Macdonald

CEO

Hull Collaborative Academy Trust

Schools COVID-19 update

Dear Parent/ Carer

It is in the best interests of your children and your family if you keep children at home as the Health Minster Matt Hancock has stated, “If you stay at home you are saving lives” however:

In line with Government legislation, after schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, our schools will remain closed to pupils, until further notice. The exception to this will be children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus. The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open for only those children who absolutely need to attend.

As from Monday 23rd of March you may only send your child to school under the following circumstances:

  • Children who are subject to an EHC plan if the parent wishes.
  • Children where parents/carers are a member of the defined list of key workers. If you believe you fall into this category please contact the school if you intend to send your child/children into school, before close of school Friday 20th. Please be ready to provide proof if asked by the school.
  • Children of part time key workers should only attend on those days.

We will make available, for those children whom are eligible for a free school meal (Pupil Premium), a packed lunch to be collected from school to take home.

If your child is in the Foundation stage, Year One or Year Two and you think you may qualify for a free school meal, but are not currently registered, please contact the school to register. If you are in receipt of free school meals but are currently ‘self-isolating’ or have symptoms, please contact the school.

Thank you for bearing with us during this national crisis, please keep yourself and your family safe.

Parents may find answers to their questions on the documents available here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers?fbclid=IwAR3BBqEL8ONj7fgaVAepTdwx0lcPEMjvuZh2nio7_yBi36o_3JaVbhVYsLM#closures-of-schools-childcare-and-other-educational-settings

Kind Regards

Estelle Macdonald

HCAT CEO

20th March 2020

Dear Parent / Guardian,

We are writing to officially confirm Pearson Primary School’s closure from today. This is an extremely difficult situation which impacts us all, but we believe that the closure of schools is necessary to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone and prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.

The Prime Minister has advised that children should not be left with older grandparents or older relatives who may be particularly vulnerable to the Coronavirus.

Our staff have been working extremely hard behind the scenes to devise a learning plan to ensure that our children can still continue their studies remotely. Weekly learning packages can be accessed via class pages on the school website.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the closure, please do not visit the school. School is closed. You can contact us via email on Enquiries.Pearson@hcat.org.uk

Teachers will contact EVERY CHILD, EVERY WEEK from their class to check in and offer guidance and support.

As soon as we have an official date to re-open, we will communicate this with you via email, text and through the school website.

Until then, we would like to offer our very best wishes and hope that anybody affected by this unprecedented virus makes a speedy recovery. Take very good care of yourself, your loved ones and your community.

Best Regards from us all at Pearson,

Louise Clarkson

Headteacher

20th March 2020

Important information regarding KS2 Statutory Assessments 2019-2020.

Dear Parent/Carer,

Cancellation of 2019/20 national curriculum assessments

The Secretary of State for Education announced on Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This means that all assessments planned in the summer term will no longer take place.

We have spoken in detail to our Year 6 students, regarding the examination announcement the government made yesterday, and offered our reassurance that as a school and trust we will continue to do absolutely everything we can to make sure they are in the best possible position going forward. This includes making contact with high schools to ensure ALL necessary information is provided regarding every child.

Thank you for your continued understanding in these exceptional circumstances,

Mr S Furbank

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