You will have heard that primary and secondary mainstream schools are being asked to re–open after half-term for some year groups. Government guidance recognises that special schools operate very differently to mainstream schools and that careful planning and preparation is required to allow pupils to return in a way that is safe for all members of the school community. A letter has been sent to all parents/carers to explain how we are planning carefully for welcoming back our pupils when it is safe to do so.
As ever, thank you for your support and patience during these uncertain times. We will continue to keep you informed of any changes as and when we receive further government guidance
Accessing Free School Meals:
All schools will transfer onto a new voucher system co-ordinated by the Department for Education (DfE). The new system, operated by Edenred, will issue free school meal vouchers via the email address that school holds on record. The value of the vouchers has increased to £15 per week to support you through these difficult times. The school office has endeavoured to check all parental email addresses by phone to ensure that you receive your vouchers in a timely manner. However, in the unlikely event that your voucher does not arrive by Wednesday 22nd April 2020, you should contact the school office for assistance.
We will also continue to work with the Neo Café who aim to deliver food hampers to the homes of all pupils who receive free school meals.
07.04.20 Gilbrook will continue to remain open
Gilbrook will continue to remain open to the most vulnerable pupils and pupils whose parents and carers are key workers. As you are aware the Secretary of State for education has asked that pupils only attend school if it is critical to the country’s COVID-19 response. This means that Gilbrook will remain open for these pupils; as a school we have contacted the parents and carers of those pupils that should attend. All other pupils are safer at home and must not attend school for any reason. However as a school we will do our best to continue to support you and your child until the current crisis is over.
How you can contact school:
You can continue to contact school as normal on – 0151 522 3900 or by the email below.
If for some reason that you cannot contact the school office you can use the numbers below in an emergency:
- Kirsten Brown – (Head/Designated Safeguarding Lead) – 07867 906316
- Diane Clark (Deputy Headteacher) – 07795 497151
- Sarah Long (Assistant Head/SENCO/Designated Safeguarding LEAD) – 07711 815399
How to contact teachers for advice and guidance should the school be closed:
You can contact school on the email below in the event of a school closure.
If pupils, parents or carers need to contact teachers for help and support with the work that has been provided, they can reach them via the school office or alternatively via the emails below:
Additionally, we will take every opportunity to maintain regular contact with you throughout the current crisis. In the meantime, please accept our very best wishes for the coming weeks and months. Look after yourselves and those close to you. Please follow the social distancing guidelines from Government and help us all to emerge from this unprecedented situation safely and in good health.
Mr S Baker
- Social Care 9am to 5pm (Central Advice and Duty Team) – 0151 606 2008
- Social Care Out of Hours (Emergency Duty Team) – 0151 677 6557
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – 0300 303 3157
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Advice Line 0151 488 8453
- NHS for urgent advice – 111
- Careers Connect 0151 600 7874/ 07792 737 527