Aspire Academy Trust

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Questions & Answers

The UK Government is asking all of us to: “Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.” We will continue to provide updates and advice on this page.

Full Guidance to STAYING AT HOME

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Schools are closed until further notice, except for children whose parents are key workers and vulnerable children.  This is part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Please click HERE for further details on what constitutes a Keyworker.

Please click HERE to see the list of Aspire academies providing emergency childcare provision for eligible keyworker/vulnerable families as of Monday 30th March.


What do I tell my child?

We all realise how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises. The Cornwall Educational Psychology Service has started to compile information, a list of resources and helpful websites for parents to use over the coming weeks.

Talking to children about COVID-19

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How can I access Home Learning?

Home learning projects are being uploaded which feature a range of activities and resources for your child to start work on. They are organised by age group and it will be clear when to do each piece of work. You will be able to access this area by clicking the ‘Home Learning’ button/link on your academy website. 


What provision is there for Key Workers/Vulnerable Children?

We will continue to supply daily provision for the children of key workers, those with an EHCP and other vulnerable children when authorised by school leaders.

Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 

Click here for our list of Aspire Academies open from w/c 30th MarchClick here for our Key Workers glossary


What happens to Free School Meals?

To support our pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals we will be using the government’s National Voucher Scheme which equates to £15 per child per week as of week beginning 13th April. The current interim voucher scheme has now ended. For full details, please click on the parent letter below:

Free School Meals - National Voucher Scheme.

Many families are sadly reaching crisis point financially due to COVID-19.  If your financial circumstances have changed you may be entitled to Free School Meals. Please follow the link below and complete the online form.

Free School Meals Application Form - Cornwall Council

If you receive a notification confirming your entitlement please email the Aspire Academy Trust at fsm@aspireacademytrust.org


What if I live with someone who is in one of the most vulnerable groups, but I am not poorly or vulnerable myself?

The expectation is that you commit to work from home, where possible. This is applicable if you live with a person from one the most vulnerable health groups. 


How can I help?

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Coronavirus Information

For the latest information and advice issued by Public Health England with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19), click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

For the BBC Coronavirus (COVID-19) news page, click on the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers

For an NHS overview on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the website below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you have any health questions concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click on the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

For the wider picture, please visit the World Health Organisation's website at the link below:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


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