Cost of Living Crisis

With the increases in the cost living and energy we realise that some families may be suffering to meet the soaring costs. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be entitled to claim for Free School Meals. Attached is a flyer explaining the funding that schools receive for children entitled to Free School Meals. Please be assured that there is no stigma attached to Free School Meals and your eligibility will remain confidential. Children are not aware that they are having a Free School Meal. If you wish to check whether you are able to claim Free School Meals please log onto the Kirklees Council website by following this link

Kirklees Free School Meals

If you do qualify Kirklees will inform us and we will add your child to our Free School Meals list.

Please note that children in Reception and Years 1 & 2 currently receive Universal Free School Meals – this is a different scheme to Free School Meals which is only available to families in receipt of certain benefits and who meet the Free School Meals criteria, however you should still claim Free School Meals even if your child is in Reception/KS1 as it means the school will be entitled to more funding and you may be entitled to other additional payments introduced by the Government in the future – such as the Supermarket Voucher fund which was a lifeline for many families during Covid-19.

We would urge any families who are in financial difficulties to speak to us in confidence – we would then be able to guide you to organisations that may be able to help during this difficult time. Please contact any member of staff – we will treat your request with discretion and try to offer you some support – you are not alone.

Alex Sykes

School Business Manager

Other food support and help
Kirklees Council – Contact our free-phone support line:
0800 4561114

 

New Tech in the Office!

We are making a few changes to our administration processes this week.

From 1 April 2022 we will no longer be using Groupcall to send emails and texts messages.  We will now be sending texts and messages via RM Integris, which is the School’s Management Information System (MIS), which is the database we hold all our pupil records on.  By using RM Integris to communicate with you, we are using one less IT processor, therefore making our Data Protection safer.

When you receive a message from school in the future it will show as coming from RM Integris – please make sure that this is in your safe senders list on your mobile etc.  In the coming months we will also be setting up the RM Parent Portal which will give parents access to the information we hold about your child – such as attendance, attainment and behaviour.  We will write to you again when we have set this facility up.

We will send a test email message out to all parents today at 11.00am.  If you do not receive this message please can you email office@holmfirthjinschool.net with your name, your child’s name, your child’s class and your email address and mobile number  and we will check that we have the correct information on our records.

We have also set up new automated signing in procedure.  If you are visiting school please enter via the main door and sign in using the SignIn App on the tablet located next to the main office.  You will need to enter your name and which class you are visiting.  You must also sign out when you leave the building.  This system will ensure that our Safeguarding procedures are followed and will assist us during any emergency evacuations.

A copy of our Privacy Notice can be found by clicking this link

We are excited to be able to share new technology with parents, but please bear with us whilst we get these new systems up and running.

 

School Closed – 28.3.22

Unfortunately we are unable to open school today, Monday 28 March 2022, due to a partial loss of power – we currently have no electricity in half of the classrooms, offices, the main kitchen and the corridors.  We also have no boilers which means no heating and no hot water.  Therefore it is not safe for children to be in school so we have made the difficult decision to close today.  Teachers will be setting remote learning on Seesaw.  We will update this information when the Emergency Electricians have been and assessed the situation.  We currently have no access to the telephone.

UPDATED – 11AM 28.3.22

We have had a electrician inspect the damage to the mains power.  We have lost our major phase 1 fuse, which has knocked out the power to half of the school including the boiler room, kitchen and most of the classrooms.  We are currently awaiting a team from Northern Powergrid to come out and assess the damage and make repairs.  We will update you as soon as they have been.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience that this issue has caused – please be assured that we are doing everything we can to get school reopened as soon as possible.

 

Roadworks in Holmfirth – week commencing 21.3.22 and week commencing 28.3.22 (updated)

As you are probably aware the traffic in Holmfirth in the mornings and at pick up time is currently facing severe backlogs due to road works on Hollowgate, which is currently closed.  Please allow extra time for your journey.
Further to our email this morning we can confirm that Kirklees Highways have agreed to postpone the major resurfacing works planned for Rotcher next week.
They will, however, be doing some investigative work on the road on the 24/25 March which will mean that they will have to temporarily close Rotcher between 9.30am and 2.30pm on these two days.  However, they have assured us that the footpath will remain open during these times.  They have also promised that the road will not close until after 9.30am and will open by 2.30pm at the latest, on both days.
We have asked that any future planned works on Rotcher, Cartworth Road and the junction of Cemetery Road are done during the school holidays.
Many thanks to all the parents who contacted the Highways department today – people power at it’s finest!

Covid-19 Self-isolation checker

Here is a quick table to help work out the self-isolation periods if your child tests positive for Covid-19, following the change in guidance from 17.1.22.  More detailed information can be found on this document –

Covid-19 – 5 day isolation checker – 17 Jan 22

Day tested positive LFT Test Day 5 (first day to check for a negative LFT result – 5 full days after initial positive result) Day 6 (first day to check for a negative LFT result – 6 full days after initial positive result) Day you can return to school (if/when 2 negative PCR’s recorded 24 hours apart)
Monday Friday Saturday Monday
Tuesday Saturday Sunday Monday
Wednesday Sunday Monday Monday
Thursday Monday Tuesday Tuesday
Friday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday
Saturday Wednesday Thursday Thursday
Sunday Thursday Friday Friday

Nursery Applications

Do you have a child who may want a Nursery place at Holmfirth J I & N School in the future? Our Nursery operates between 8.45am and 3.15pm – Monday to Friday.  Every child is entitled to 15 Free Hours of Nursery education and most working parents are entitled to a full 30 Free Hours.  Children can start Nursery the term after they turn 3 years old.
Sept – Dec birthdays – January start
Jan – Mar birthdays – April start
Mar – Aug birthdays – September start
You may not want a place for a couple of years but it would really help us with our planning if you could register your interest – however far in the future!  We are finding that many parents are not registering their children until it is nearly time for them to start and this makes planning our staffing requirements for Nursery quite difficult to predict.
If you think you might need a nursery place please can you complete an Application for Admission to Nursery Form (forms available from the office or by clicking here) and return it to alex.sykes@holmfirthjinschool.net we will put your child’s name on our waiting list.  We would then contact you during the term before your child is due to start to sort out your more detailed requirements.
Thank you very much for your help with this – your support is, as always, much appreciated.
If you need any further information please contact Alex Sykes, School Business Manager in the office.

Covid-19 Update 14.12.21

Covid-19 update from DfE – 14.12.21

The Government/DfE have issued new guidance for schools (see attached below for full details).

The updated guidance released today states that if a child lives with someone, or has had close contact with, someone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19 they should be tested everyday for the next 7 days with a LFD test, and the results should be reported online to test and trace.  LFD tests are available from chemists/GP surgeries. Children testing negative can come to school, if a child tests positive they should immediately self-isolate and have a PCR test.

Update Daily testing for contacts of COVID 14.12.21