Coronavirus

Opening Times

The school is currently open to vulnerable students and children of key workers only. This should still be as a last resort. If you are able to keep your child at home, then please do so.

Half term

The school will be open to provide childcare Tuesday to Friday for the children of vulnerable students and students of key workers only. We ask that wherever possible children are kept at home and that they are only sent in as a last resort. There will be no school buses over half-term.

Contact Us

If you need to contact us:

  • Whilst school is open (8.15am-3.15pm weekdays, but not Bank Holidays), the normal phone will be answered 01484 412990. 
  • Alternatively, and out of hours, please send an email to office@kingjames.school . This email box is monitored daily.

Free School Meals

Children eligible for free school meals can benefit from a national voucher scheme whilst they stay at home.

The scheme will allow schools to provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus. The voucher can be sent electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet.

If your child is eligible, you can claim your voucher by sending an email to info@kingjames.school

Full details of this scheme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

If you receive an email stating the following ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’, we can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official.

GCSE exams

'Further details on exam grades'                                    Link
Ofqual 'Letter to students - Summer 2020 grading' Link
Ofqual 'Open consultation - Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020'                                  Link

 

Careers Guidance

C&K Careers have launched a new helpline to provide reassurance and support to young people and parents during this uncertain time. Contact the helpline, called “CHAT”, if you need to speak to a Careers Adviser: 

  • Telephone         01484 213856 
  • Email                 chat@ckcareers.org.uk 
  • Facebook Messenger via the C&K Careers Facebook page 

Safeguarding

Commissioner-childrens-guide-to-coronavirus Download/View
Safeguarding Policy Addendum COVID-19 Children's   Download/View
Online Safety Newsletter Download/View
Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus Link
NSPCC Online Safety Link
Safer Internet advice for Parents and Carers Link
Support to keep your child safe and well Link

Emotional Wellbeing

There is a new out of hours Mental Health support line for people who may need urgent support, this includes children and young people. These have been set up quickly to support our health services by keeping people out of A&E for mental health concerns where possible. If someone out of hours needs to speak to someone immediately about an urgent mental health concern they can call 01924 316830. The team managing this are in contact with the CAMHS duty and crisis team in order for follow ups to the calls to be managed. 

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/ 

Kirklees Educational Psychology advice COVID-19 Download/View
Mental Health Support COVID-19
Download/View
Supporting children with worries about COVID-19 Download/View
Supporting anxiety linked to Coronavirus Download/View

Community Response

Kirklees have now opened a dedicated helpline as part of their Covid-19 Community Response. Anyone can let them know about things they need help with, or that they are concerned about someone who may need help.

Community Response helpline: 01484 226619 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)

Online Forms: Covid-19 Community Response

Mental Health in Families team        Download/View

Mental Health Partnership team      Download/View

Department for Education information

DfE Twitter Link
'Closure of educational settings: information for parents / carers' Link
'Opening schools to more pupils from 1 June for parents / carers' Link
'What parents need to know about schools during coronavirus' Link
'Schools reopening Q&A' Link