Wednesday 8th April 2020
SUPPORT WITH HOME LEARNING
Our school has shared a number of different ways you can support your children with their learning while our school is closed:
We still have some uncollected homework packs in our school office, they can still be collected between 9.30am and 2.30pm during the week.
Leicester City Council's School Development and Support Agency has also launched a new website called Off School, which contains lots of good ideas for activities and home learning. Their website can be found here.
Tuesday 7th April 2020
FREE SCHOOLS MEALS VOUCHERS UPDATE #2
Edenred, the Government's chosen company to deliver the Free Schools Meals vouchers, has delivered over 300,000 vouchers so far to families since the scheme was announced last week.
However, there is a huge demand for vouchers across the country and so not all vouchers have been delivered yet and are still being processed.
If you are eligible and have not received your Free School Meals voucher by email yet, please be patient as they are being processed and sent as quickly as possible.
Please remember that the voucher email will not be coming from us at school, but will be from a company called EDENRED. Keep checking your Junk email folder incase it goes there by mistake.
IF YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL ASKING YOU FOR YOUR BANK DETAILS - PLEASE DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY AS THIS IS A SCAM - THE EDEDNRED EMAIL WILL NOT ASK YOU FOR DETAILS OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
The Government has now agreed to pay Free School Meals vouchers for the Easter Holiday, meaning that eligible families should receive their vouchers over the next few days.
Monday 6th April 2020
FREE SCHOOLS MEAL VOUCHER UPDATE #1
Our school has now successfully registered with Edenred, the company working with the government to provide the Free School Meals vouchers to eligible families. We have uploaded the email addresses of eligible parents to their online portal and the vouchers are being processed.
Families should receive an email in the next few days with their voucher and instructions how to use it.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EMAIL WILL NOT BE COMING FROM SCHOOL, BUT FROM A COMPANY CALLED EDENRED.
Please check your Junk email folder regularly in case the email has gone there instead of your inbox.
Friday 3rd April 2020
APRIL NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED
Even though our school is currently closed, we have produced a Newsletter for April with an overview of key information that has been shared over the past couple of weeks. The newsletter can be found here:
Thursday 2nd April 2020
FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHERS - UPDATE
As you will be aware the Government has recently announced a new voucher system to support families with children on the Free School Meals register. This article contains important information about how the scheme will work and how eligible families will be able to access their vouchers.
Please note, the vouchers will only be available during term time, but WILL include the Easter holiday.
We are making arrangements to provide a weekly £15 voucher per child or a combined voucher if there is more than child on the Free School Meals register in the household. The vouchers will be sent via email to the email address provided to us by parents with children on the Free School Meals register.
Once the scheme begins, eligible parents will receive an email from a company called Edenred which will contain a voucher and instructions on how to use it. Eligible parents are asked to check your Junk Email folder in case it does not go directly into their email Inbox.
The vouchers can be used at 6 major supermarkets: Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Waitrose and M&S Food. These are the only supermarkets that will currently accept the vouchers. The email voucher can be shown on a phone or a tablet without needing to print it out.
Families are welcome to use the voucher to select appropriate food and drink for their child, although we are encouraging families to make healthy choices including fresh fruit, vegetables, salads and milk.
Please be aware that the vouchers CANNOT be spent on age restricted items such as alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets, including scratchcards.
We have received our registration for the scheme from the Department of Education and are working hard to get the vouchers sent out as quickly as possible.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VOUCHERS ARE ONLY FOR FAMILIES ON THE FREE SCHOOL MEALS REGISTER AND NOT THOSE COVERED BY UNIVERSAL INFANT FREE SCHOOL MEALS.
Wednesday 1st April 2020
HEALTHY START VOUCHERS SCHEME
Pregnant women and families with children under four who receive certain benefits can get Healthy Start vouchers. Pregnant women and families with children aged over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week. For children under one year old, they can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week. The vouchers be used to buy milk, plain fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk.
More information and an application form can be found here:
https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/ or phone 0345 607 6823
Applications are now easier to complete as a second signature from a health professional is no longer required.
Monday 30th March 2020
COVID-19 - BEAUMONT LEYS - COMMUNITY RESPONSE
Please see information below sent out by E2 - the Beaumont Leys Community Project:
If you need an emergency food parcel, please go to their website and complete the online form or call 0116 212 8491
Their website can be found here:
Saturday 28th March 2020
GOVERNMENT ADVICE: CORONAVIRUS - WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
STAY AT HOME
Do not meet others, even family or friends.
Remember, you can still spread the virus even if you don't have the symptoms.
Thursday 26th March 2020
HOMEWORK PACKS STILL AVAILABLE
We still have a number of uncollected homework packs in our school office for children who were off school before the closure.
If your child did not receive a homework pack, please come to the school office (unless you are in self-isolation) between 9.30am and 2.00pm and we will be happy to help you.
Please remember that home learning for our children is also available on the Class Pages on our website - please follow the CHILDREN tab.
Wednesday 25th March 2020
IMPORTANT: BEWARE OF SCAM EMAILS
The Department for Education has been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.
Wednesday 25th March 2020
REMEMBER THE ADVICE!
Please remember the Government's guidance to help stop the spread of coronavirus!
Tuesday 24th March 2020
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!
Our school Twitter feed has lots of news and updates - please give us a follow - please remember to click the notifications icon - the bell image marked in red - so that you get an alert every time school tweets!
Tuesday 24th March 2020
FREE SCHOOL MEALS - PACKED LUNCH UPDATE
We are offering a free packed lunch every week day for children who are on our Free School Meals register.
If you would like to receive a daily packed lunch for your child, please contact our school office on 0116 2352129 by 3.00pm today so that we know how many lunches will be required.
Packed lunches can be collected from the school office every day between 10.00am and 12.00pm. Please note, lunches will not be available after 12.00pm as any leftovers are being donated to the local foodbank.
Tuesday 24th March 2020
GOV.UK: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long will schools and colleges be closed for?
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed to the majority of pupils until further notice.
Will registered childcare providers, schools and colleges be open over Easter holidays for holiday clubs and childcare?
Where possible, we would encourage childcare providers, schools and colleges to continue to look after critical workers’ children and vulnerable children throughout the Easter holidays.
I am a critical worker or have a vulnerable child but I don’t want to send my child in to school or childcare, do I have to?
Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.
For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child.
What will happen to exams?
Primary assessments, including SATs, and exams including GCSEs, AS levels and A levels will not go ahead this summer.
Further information can be found here:
Monday 23rd March 2020
PACKED LUNCHES AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN ON OUR FREE SCHOOL MEALS REGISTER
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, we have arranged a daily packed lunch for them.
Parents and carers WHO ARE NOT IN SELF-ISOLATION can collect their child's packed lunch from the large playground each day between 10.00am and 12.00pm. If your family are in isolation, please arrange for another family member or friend to collect the packed lunch for you.
All uncollected packed lunches are being donated to the local Foodbank.
Monday 23rd March 2020
THE IMPORTANCE OF E-SAFETY WHILE CHILDREN ARE OFF SCHOOL
Now that the vast majority of our children are off school, it is very important to remember to keep them safe online.
Please monitor the websites your children are using and who they may be talking to online - please remind them to be kind if they are chatting to their friends.
Information on e-safety can be found on the Think U Know website:
Sunday 22nd March 2020
HOMEWORK FOR OUR CHILDREN OFF SCHOOL
The teachers have created homework packs for every child in our school so that they can continue their learning at home. The packs were given out last Friday (20th March) before school closed.
If your child was off school that day and you did not receive their homework pack, you can call into the school office - PROVIDED YOU ARE NOT IN SELF-ISOLATION - any day between 9.30am and 2.30pm to collect it.
As well as this, the teachers will also be posting work on the year group pages here on our website every week. Please check your child's year group page regularly for updates and home learning ideas.
The year group pages can be found here:
Sunday 22nd March 2020
LEICESTER CITY COUNCIL UPDATES
Leicester City Council has updated its Coronavirus advice page on its website including information on how to contact the council and guidance on closures of libraries, leisure centres and community centres.
The web page has lots of useful information and can found here:
Friday 20th March
GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON SCHOOL CLOSURES
Please see the following website for government advice on school closures as a measure to prevent the spread of covid-19 (coronavirus):
Friday 20th March 2020
KEY WORKER UPDATE
If you work in the following areas and wish to continue to send your child to school, you must contact our school office by 12.00pm on Friday 20th March:
Please note, we may ask for proof such as work ID or a wage slip. School will then contact you to confirm your place.
ALL other children will need to stay at home.
SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE
As you may have seen on the news, the Government has increased its level of response in order to slow the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). As a result of this action and following guidance from the Government and advice from Leicester City Council and Public Health England, it has been agreed that Buswells Lodge Primary School will CLOSE to children apart from those from families of Key Workers from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice.
The following information is to help you prepare for the school closure:
We hope that you understand that the decision to close our school has not been made lightly and has been made in conjunction with the City Council and Public Health England for the protection of our children, their families and our staff.
During this period of closure, we will attempt to keep parents and families informed and updated via text messages, our school website and our Twitter feed and provide ways for children to engage in their learning whilst they are at home.
I would like to thank our entire school community for its support during this difficult and worrying time. Look after yourselves and keep well.
In light of the current situation, we have made the decision to POSTPONE our planned Year 5/6 residential which was due to take place next week.
We have been able to rearrange the visit and it will now take place during the week beginning Monday 15th June 2020.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - 16th MARCH 2020
As you are probably aware, the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We are getting in touch to let you know what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.
We have made the decision to POSTPONE the planned Parents’ Evenings this week. Parents’ Evenings will now take place on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April. If you have already made an appointment with your child’s class teacher, they will transfer straight across to the new dates, for example, if your appointment was on Wednesday 18th March, it will now be on Wednesday 22nd April.
As you may be aware, we have had a number of children off school with a vomiting bug recently. To help prevent the spread of germs and sickness, I have arranged for a deep clean of the school to take place during the evening of Tuesday 17th March. Please be assured that this is to stop the spread of the sickness bug and is not connected to coronavirus.
We would like to assure you that at Buswells Lodge we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to following guidance from the Government and the Local Authority.
Our school remains open – this is in line with current guidance and all school functions, including our Breakfast Club, are running as normal.
Children should continue to attend school as usual unless they feel unwell and have the following symptoms:
If your child is unwell, you should contact the school office to report their absence as usual.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
If you have recently changed your phone number, it is very important that you tell the school office so we have your up to date contact information.
Please make sure you drop off and collect your child promptly each day.
The NHS 111 telephone helpline can offer useful advice and help. Please call them if you need to discuss symptoms for any member of your family.
It is a difficult time and we appreciate that families are anxious and worried. It is important that we keep each other safe.
CORONAVIRUS - LETTER TO PARENTS - 4th MARCH 2020
I am sure that you are aware from the media that all public bodies, organisations and businesses are being given regular advice from Public Health England about the Covid-19 virus (coronavirus). The chance of being in contact with the virus in the UK is currently moderate and the current specific advice for places of education is simply to ensure good hygiene practices. Government concern is currently more about a lot of people being ill at the same time, which would make the country harder to keep going, rather than the severity of the virus. Information at the moment shows that it is not as dangerous to life as flu.
Buswells Lodge Primary School is a member of the Leicester Primary Partnership (LPP), an organisation through which all state Primary schools in Leicester work together, as well as through the Local Authority. The core information in this letter has been agreed by the schools in LPP to explain how we are all following the same guidelines as a precaution. All schools are following the guidance from the Government for educational settings.
We are reinforcing messages about good hygiene in school, including hand washing when children arrive at school, before they go home, before cooking and eating, after breaks and PE and after using the toilet. We make sure children use tissues for coughs and sneezes. We ask you to ensure that your child washes their hands before leaving home in the morning.
At Buswells Lodge Primary School, we are not aware of any of our families who have recently returned from travelling from Iran, specific lockdown areas in northern Italy, special care zones in South Korea or Hubei province China. If this were to happen in any LPP school, we would ensure that the family was “self isolating” and having no contact with the school for 7 days.
Public Health England has clear procedures that it would ask a school to undertake, if a case related to the school were to be found. This is to close for a day and undertake a “deep clean”, a special set of cleaning tasks. They do not recommend face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.
We have no families currently out of the country or returned in the last 14 days. If you have plans to travel abroad over the Easter holiday please share these with us so we can keep up to date over that period.
Thank you for your support.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - 3rd MARCH 2020
The Department for Education have set up a helpline for parents, families and schools to answer questions about Coronavirus in relation to education.
The helpline is open between 8am and 6pm (Monday to Friday) and can be reached on 0800 046 8687.
Questions can also be emailed to:
Please remember that Leicester City Council also has a website with local information which is regularly updated:
Leicester City Council have a website which provides useful information for families about Coronavirus.
It stresses that parents and carers should not be unduly concerned about their children contracting Coronavirus and suggests actions you can take.
The website can be found here: