Friday 13th November 2020 is Children in Need day.  Please bring a donation and come to school wearing anything that makes you happy!

Photos taken and edited by Year 5 and 6 pupils. 

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From Thursday 5th November we are in a new National Lockdown. School remains open.

You are not allowed to have anyone who does not live with you in your home or garden (unless it is a single person in your support bubble).

If someone in your household has symptoms of Covid 19; everyone in the house must stay at home and self isolate until they have a negative test.

If someone in your household tests positive for Covid 19; everyone living in the house must stay at home and self isolate

 

If someone in your household tests positive, please contact school immediately by phone 0161 224 3892 or email - admin@birchfields.manchester.sch.uk

Children eligible for free school meals can claim a £15 cash payment to cover the half term week. Please see full details on how to claim at the Free School Meals section below.

From Monday 2nd November - Please wear a mask or face covering to drop off or collect your children from school. Please do not save a place for anyone in the hometime queue.

 

 

Here are some of the measures we are taking in school, to help us all keep safe:

  • The school has been deep cleaned, extra cleaning supplies have been ordered and signage has been updated.
  • No one should enter the building if they have a persistent cough, high temperature or have lost their sense of taste or smell.
  • People with these symptoms must take a test and self- isolate.
  • Children should wear their school uniform (or PE kit on PE days, see below).
  • Gates will open at 8.45 Reception children should be taken to their class door.
  • All  children Y1-6 should be dropped off at either the Lytham Road or Retail Park gates between 8.45 and 8.55, staff will be available to supervise them in their safe circles.
  • Children will be with their class groups for most of the time and in a Year Group bubble for outdoor activities. Playtimes and Lunches will be staggered in Year groups. There will be no sets or additional classes.
  • Children will eat lunch in their classrooms.
  • Y2-6 desks will face forwards and staff will maintain 2m distance from each other and as much as possible from the children. N-Y1 will have more learning outdoors.
  • Children will be encouraged to wash their hands throughout the day.
  • Additional cleaning of toilets and touch points will take place.
  • Children will be taught good hygiene habits and the new safety procedures.
  • Children should only bring lunch boxes and book bags to school.
  • At hometime Reception children may be picked up from their class doors at 3pm.
  • The Retail Park gate will be opened at 3.15pm for parents of Y1-6. There will be a one -way system. Parents will enter from that gate, pick up their children from their safe circles, then leave from the Lytham Road gate. (We have had to make these arrangements to avoid too much social contact in school and because we only have 2 gates.)
  • Parents please socially distance in the queue and don't push in, please wear a face covering to protect yourself and others.
  • There will be no extra -curricular clubs, including Breakfast Club.
  • If anyone develops Covid 19 symptoms while in school they will be isolated with any members of their household and be sent home to self- isolate for 10 days (family members should self- isolate for 14 days) or until they have a negative test. If they test positive, we will support the track and trace process and other staff or pupils may have to self- isolate.
  • Please see our Home/School agreement for further details

Samantha Offord

Headteacher

Read our Home School Agreement here

 

PE Days

Please come to school dressed for PE on the following days:

MONDAY - YEAR 5 & REC

TUESDAY - YEAR 6

WEDNESDAY – YEAR 3 & YEAR 1

THURSDAY – YEAR 2 (Year 5 swimming kit)

FRIDAY – YEAR 4

  • A red t-shirt
  • Black shorts or leggings
  • Trainers or pumps

        

 

Children are welcome to wear a black tracksuit on colder days.

PE sessions will be outside or in the hall if it’s raining.

Birchfields T-shirts can be bought from the school office:£4

Help out of School Hours

 

Childline  - 0800 1111

Manchester City Council -0161 234 5000

(Links to homeless advice, rent arrears, council tax etc)

Women's Aid -  0808 2000 247

Saheli  - 0161 945 4187. Email: info@saheli.org.uk

Muslim Women’s Helpline  - 0161 953 4075

Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation  - 0161 257 3867 email: info@mwbo.org.uk

Shelter Manchester0344 515 1640

 

   Free School Meals  

October Half Term 

Manchester City Council has agreed to provide funding for all children from Nursery class to Year 11 who are eligible for a benefits related free school meal over the half term break next week. This does not include children who get a free school meal through the universal scheme whereby all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a meal without charge. 

If your child is entitled to a free school meal on low income grounds, you are eligible to receive a cash payment of £15 per child for the week.  You will need to claim through the Welfare provision scheme on the Council's website CLICK HERE

 

 

How to apply for Free School Meals

If you think your children may be eligible for Free School Meals on low income grounds, then you can check your eligibility here APPLY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Families not eligible for free school meals but facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 can apply for support from Manchester City Councils' Hardship Fund CLICK HERE

If you have any queries regarding free school meals, please email admin@birchfields.manchester.sch.uk and a member of the office team will respond to you.
 
Please only use the links above to apply for free school meal support.  You will not be asked to provide your bank details by email.  If you receive any emails asking for your bank details, please delete them immediately and do not respond.

 

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