I appreciate that these are difficult times and thank you for bearing with us while we established a system for providing support to those students who are eligible for free school meals.
We have investigated a number of different processes and decided that the Wonde system for providing electronic food vouchers is most likely going to be the best system for the majority of parents. The process will enable us to send you a message to this Email address and from that you will be able to choose the supermarket (closest to you) where you would like to redeem your vouchers. The value of a free school meal is £2.35 a day.
In the next couple of days we will send you a Wonde communication for you to claim your vouchers to spend at the supermarket you choose. The vouchers will appear on your phone so that the supermarket can scan the voucher from your phone. Each voucher is unique so can only be used once and must be spent on food.
When we send the Wonde vouchers out they will be for 8 days (5 days this week and the three days that we were closed last week) so the voucher will be worth £18.80 for each child at Sir John Hunt who is eligible for free school meals. If you have two children who are eligible then the combined worth will be £37.60.
We will send a second round of vouchers out again at the start of next term. We will then send these on a weekly basis but are investigating if we can send in larger denominations to reduce the frequency that you will need to attend shops: we are seeking advice on the number of days worth of vouchers that we can send out at one time.
If you have any questions regarding this process please contact us via Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the free school meal Wonde vouchers we are also delighted that we have been able to enlist the support of Arterne. Please see their flier here
Arterne are offering a free drop in service at our Woodview reception every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.30 and 11.30. They are not only able to signpost to other support services but are also able to support in providing some essential goods. I believe that they have also been able to support some families in self-isolation who have contacted them via the details on their flier. At their drop in they can provide some essential goods but are also able to access additional items if they do not have them with them on that day. If you visit them in the Woodview reception and it is busy please wait outside until there is more space to maintain some social distancing.
We have also added a list of useful numbers onto the safeguarding pages of our website: http://www.sjhcsc.co.uk/safeguarding
I hope that you won’t need them but I thought it beneficial to have them all in one place.
I know that the current situation is creating a number of uncertainties: as a College we are working as quick as we can to change our processes to support students who are away from the College environment. Over the coming days we hope to have clearer guidance on a number of issues and will provide further information to you as soon as we can.
With my best wishes,
Mr O Marner