School Closure Information

As you are aware, all schools are being directed to close on Friday, 20th March in line with the Government’s recent announcement to support our strategy against the Coronavirus. Further information regarding the school re-opening will be provided in a timely fashion.These are unprecedented times and we wish to thank all of you for your continued support.

School will be closed from Friday 22nd May until Monday 1st June when we will be open for vulnerable children and children of key workers.
Message for Parents 15th May 2020

Free school meals

Help and information for parents and carers
During these challenging times, many families have been concerned about how they will receive the financial support they need to feed their children at home without the free school meal entitlement during the partial closure of schools.

To help deliver this support, Edenred UK are working with the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver supermarket vouchers to those families.

You will receive this support;
In the form of an eCode that you can redeem online from a selection of supermarket ‘eGift cards’ if the school has an email address for you, or;

  • If you do not have an email address or access to the internet, school will print off the voucher, or ‘eGift card’, and post it to your home address.

Voucher Help Sheet

Please see the below link for Frequently Asked Questions:
www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf

Emails are being sent from a company called Edenred so parents should look for this in their ‘Inbox’ and if nothing has been received check ‘Junk’

If you are experiencing problems with e-codes for free school meals using the Government Edenred system please email freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com

If you need to update us with your email or postal address please email yatesk@stjohnbosco.org.uk

Advice for students and families

Our pastoral team have been working on some mindfulness activities for our students. Check them out and give them a try.

Mindfulness


Neuro Love

Neuro Love is a platform providing a friendly ear and human support for young people to help them to keep virtually social and safe online. Supporting young people to manage anxiety and low mood, they can book sessions directly with mentors and therapists, attend live groups and find content that will support them to manage their emotional and mental health in this current period of uncertainty.

You can access the website at Neuro Love link below and access all the free resources and links for information. Each week the resources and activities are updated so fresh ideas and materials are available.

30 minute mentoring sessions with our social therapists are offered via phone, video or chat link. The mentor session are available 9am-8pm 7 days a week You can make a referral via this link https://neurolove.org/speak-to-a-mentor/

We have a number of psychological therapy appointments available that will be triaged following an initial appointment with a mentor.

There are a range of groups programmes each day and more will be added as the weeks go on. You can see the weekly list of events here and also book directly all will be via video link and young people will be anonymous so they are only able to see and interact with the instructor.

You can book a young person into a group here https://neurolove.org/neurolove-events/

Therapeutic groups including managing worries, improving your sleep and tree of life identity group are also available.

Neuro Love

Travel

The link below contains key guidelines for families using public transport https://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/customer-information/coronavirus-useful-information-for-our-customers/

Safeguarding & E-safety

If you have any e-safety concerns please visit the following websites:
www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

We are currently following all the recommendations to keep our school community safe and well. The NHS have the most current advice to keep the community well.
www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you do have any safeguarding concerns please contact Children's Services on 0151 233 3700. More information can be found on their website.
https://liverpool.gov.uk/children-and-families/childrens-social-care/


Liverpool Learning Partnership have shared a booklet to help support our students and their families during our school closure. Please find the booklet below as well as a link to a resources page for more support during this time.
Wellbeing Booklet
Liverpool Learning Partnership

Liverpool City Council have an 'Urgent Needs' Fund for people who are currently experiencing hardship, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Click on the link below for more information.
https://liverpool.gov.uk/benefits/help-in-a-crisis/

Bereavement Information: St John Bosco has been lucky to work with an organisation called Rainbows. Rainbows offer support to young people and families who have had a bereavement. More information from them can be found on their website.
www.rainbows.co.uk/

ClassCharts

Classcharts is our online learning platform .This will help support your daughter’s learning and will allow you to monitor the work she is being set. Work is being set and updated every day by our teaching staff to ensure students have the best learning experience whilst the building is closed.
www.classcharts.com/account/login

Classcharts Helpsheet

Awarding of grades at GCSE and ALevel

As you may be aware, arrangements for the awarding of grades at GCSE and A Level will be different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This afternoon, Ofqual, the body who regulates the awarding of qualifications in England has published guidance for schools, students and parents on the process to be followed. Please follow the link below for full details
www.gov.uk/government/news/how-gcses-as-a-levels-will-be-awarded-in-summer-2020

 

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