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ParentPay, Free School Meals & Critical Worker Information - Covid19

Udate about ParentPay, Free School Meals Provision & Critical Worker Parents 

Update about ParentPay

All parents have been advised about moving to ParentPay from ParentMail. The school is no longer using ParentMail. If you have not yet signed up to ParentPay, you need to contact the school office ASAP by email: office@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk  We cannot send you messages until you have signed up.

Update about Free School Meals Provision (For Critical Worker parents, please read on below)

This is an update for parents and carers of children who are eligible for income based free school meals while the school is shut.  This is about Free School Meals provision while the school is closed. 

From the week commencing Monday 11th May we will be using the government's scheme to issue supermarket vouchers via Edenred.

Critical Worker Parents

The school remains open to children of critical workers. If you think that you, or someone in your immediate household, falls within one of the critical categories listed below, you should:

-confirm with the employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, the specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

-contact the school office as soon as possible detailing your child’s name, the role that you or household member plays in providing a key service and the days on which your child would need to continue at  school: office@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk

When making these decisions, please keep the following principle in mind.

If it is at all possible for your children to be at home, then they should be.

However, please also keep in mind that parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions. Furthermore, parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

If you need clarification on any matter relating to this correspondence or would like advice or guidance on any matter relating to self-identification as a critical worker, please do not hesitate to contact the school office by phone (01892 522958) and ask to speak to a member of the School Leadership Team.

The government has published a detailed list of the criteria by which families can categorize themselves as critical workers:

Health and Social Care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and Childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key Public Services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and National Government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and Other Necessary Goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public Safety and National Security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, Communication and Financial Services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.