Following the Government announcement in response to COVID-19 on Wednesday 18th March, Kingsmead School is closed to all pupils until further notice; apart from those to whom we are offering childcare (please see details below).
Below is all the key information for parents to keep you up to speed with what is going on in school during the closure.
Microsoft Teams and Our VLE
We are now using Microsoft Teams as our main online teaching platform. This programme will allow for a much more fluid teaching and learning conversation to happen between teachers and their classes. We will not be using the ‘live’ video option as this presents too many potential issues, however ‘assignments’ will be set by teachers and students can ask questions and ‘hand in assignments’ for feedback. Essentially this will replace the e-mail communication between students and teachers. We hope this will help our students to regain the feeling of being part of a class and encourage them to continue completing assignments to the best of their ability.
All learning is being loaded on to and managed by our VLE – which can be accessed here: https://vle.kingsmead.org as well as in Teams.
If your child is having difficulty logging in to VLE, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep up to date:
All teaching staff can be reached via email – please find a complete email staff list here
The full list of critical workers can be found here
If you are a critical worker and would like your child to attend childcare at Kingsmead, please email email@example.com with your child’s full name, form group, which days you require childcare and your profession (and that of any other legal guardian/parent).
As part of our childcare offer,
The School Nursing Service is still available to provide telephone advise and support to families, young people and school staff on general health concerns for 5 -19 year olds. I’ve attached a flyer with the school nurses contact details. Please feel free to share with parents.
What is happening to Free School Meals?
Families who are eligible for FSM are able to claim vouchers worth £15 per eligible child, per week.
These vouchers can be spent at any of the following: Aldi, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Waitrose and M&S Food
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enrol for the voucher scheme, or if you have any queries about your vouchers.
All trips up to the end of July 2020 have now been cancelled. Parents will be receiving a full refund for any payments made. We hope to have all refunds processed by the end of May.
If you have not received a refund by this time, please contact email@example.com
Year 11 Prom has not been cancelled and at this stage we aren’t giving automatic refunds to those that have already paid. We are hoping to arrange something for our Year 11s later in the year. However, if you have paid and would like a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any safeguarding concerns around your child or another student at Kingsmead, please email email@example.com
Please find below a list of organisations that are available to support parents, carers and young people with a range of additional needs including; SEND, brain injury, Autism, and physical disabilities.
List of support services (National): https://www.kids.org.uk/national-organisations
London Special Educational Needs Information and Support Service (SENDIASS): https://www.kids.org.uk/Pages/Site/sendiass/Category/london-sendiass
Enfield Council and Enfield Voluntary action have bought together key local partners and organisations so that we have a coordinated effort across the borough to organise volunteers and reach those who need help. Please follow the link below to find forms for if you want to help, and if you need help. https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/your-council/enfield-stands-together/
Young Minds - Helping your child with anxiety https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-anxiety/
Digital Safety and Wellbeing Kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help ensure they are safe, and their wellbeing is looked after while at home during the coronavirus outbreak when their screen time maybe higher than usual.
If you have any other queries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.