Covid-19

We update this page regularly. Last updated 20.05.2020

Please note that, as of 24th March 2020, St Patrick's is closed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Remaining pupils and staff are based at Cross Lane Primary School as a Hub.
St Patrick's CPS
c/o Cross Lane Primary School
Cross Lane
Elland
HX5 0LP

Please contact us via our Hub telephone number: 07901369079 or email admin@st-patricks.calderdale.sch.uk

 These are monitored between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday.

We kindly ask that families use our dedicated entrance during this time and please note that families, other than children attending, are not permitted to enter.

Thank you for your support.

We hope that you, your family and loved ones are safe and well during these difficult times.

We are thinking of you all and are very much looking forward to the time when we can be fully open and return to normal service.

Please stay at home, stay safe and keep watching our website for updates, advice and the ongoing support for children’s learning at home.

An update from Mrs Lomas 20.05.2020:

Safeguarding

Please note that safeguarding remains our key priority and it is important that you share any concerns or worries about children’s wellbeing with us. Please contact any of the following staff with any concerns:

Mrs Lomas, Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead

head@st-patricks.calderdale.sch.uk

07901318542

Miss Hudson, Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

alex.hudson@st-patricks.calderdale.sch.uk

07901369079

 

During this time we have also added an addendum to our existing safeguarding policy.

To view this document on our website, please click here.

To download this document, please click here.

Family Support

Should you require some support during this time, if you feel you are finding things challenging and you are not sure what do do next, then the Family Support Team are here to help.

They are available weekdays between 9am and 5pm by calling 01484 386621

There is also support available at http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/category/help-and-support-coronavirus/ where lots of useful information can also be found about Covid-19.

Further support can also be accessed using the following contacts:

Childline: 0800 1111

Samaritans: 116 123

Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247

Mind: 0300 123 3393

Age UK: 0800 169 6565

Free School Meals

Families entitled to Free School Meals are notified by school with regards to arrangements made. During this time, we are providing families with contact free provision for FSM. Please contact the hub number if you require any support.

Hub number: 07901369079

Thank you

Please note that this entitlement is different to Universal Free School Meals - which is where every child in Reception - Year 2 receives a free meal from school - funded by the government. This further entitlement needs to be claimed and is assessed by the local government.

If you think that you may be entitled to Free School Meals but you are not yet claiming these, a form is available online from:

https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/council-tax-and-benefits/benefits/free-school-meals

or you can submit an application by calling 01422 288003 .

Please note that this service is taking a while to answer due to current demand.

You can also contact Mrs Robinson, School Administrator by emailing admin@st-patricks.calderdale.sch.uk

 

Reception Admissions 2020

Further information about admissions and appeals can be found here.

Communication from Calderdale Council

Updated 19.05.2020

 

Please find a letter from Julie Jenkins - Director of Children and Young People's Services at Calderdale Council - attached below dated 19.05.2020 regarding an update relating to phased reopening.

 

Click here to download a copy

Critical Childcare

 As you know, the government directed all schools to close on 20th March 2020 other than to provide emergency childcare. 

The government guidance states: ‘We have asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response who absolutely need to attend.’

There is also provision where a risk assessment deems it is better for a child with an Education Health and Care Plan or one with an assigned Social Worker to attend.

The government’s message is very clear: children should stay at home if at all possible - #StayHomeSaveLives

Our school building is closed however we are currently able to provide emergency childcare based at Cross Lane Primary between the hours of 9am and 3pm on Monday - Friday. Transport is not provided.

Please contact the Hub on 07901369079
or email us at admin@st-patricks.calderdale.sch.uk if you think you are eligible.

You will need to provide employment information in order for need to be assessed. 

Whilst we are committed to providing this care for vulnerable children and those of critical workers, there may be circumstances when we are unable to do so.

Should that occur, we will work with the Local Authority to ensure that alternative provision is available. The Local Authority can be contacted on 01422 394101 or at school.effectiveness@calderdale.gov.uk.

Online Safety

During these unprecedented times, it is likely that your child/children will be spending more time online - for home learning as well as social interaction with family and friends.

While we appreciate that this is important during this time, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you to speak with your children about staying safe online.

Teachers will also be promoting online safety through the class Seesaw pages too.

 

Please find below a list of resources to support you as parents and families during this time:

1. NSPCC NetAware provides a useful guide to social networks, apps and guide. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

2.  National Online Safety have produced a series of top tips guides to support remote learning for Parents, Children and Teachers. https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides

3.    Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline for different age groups and parents. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

4.  Childnet has produced a Parent and Carer Toolkit which is a collection of three resources designed to help you talk to your child about their online life, manage boundaries around family internet use and point you in the direction of where to get further help and support. https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

 

Further information including how to further safeguard your devices at home can also be found by clicking here.

Thank you

Newsletter

During this time we will email you a weekly newsletter each Friday via
Parent Mail.