Schools in! All schools in borough have remained open for key workers' children. Community rallies to ensure free school meals are delivered.
Every school in the borough has remained open for the children of key workers and the most vulnerable – and the community is rallying round to ensure children receive their free school meals.
Teachers and school staff across the district have also gone the extra mile to ensure children are supported with lessons and creative educational help.
However, parents and carers of children entitled to free meals are being warned about a scam email which asks for bank details in order to receive payments for the meals. Instead, parents are urged to get in touch directly with their schools to find out more about receiving the meals.
Volunteers across the borough, including at Guisborough Bridge Club have been praised for their work delivering of school meals to children at the town's Laurence Jackson School, Highcliffe Primary and Freebrough Academy in Brotton. There has also been real community spirit in Carlin How where children at Whitecliffe Primary have been able to collect their packed lunches at the local Post Office.
School staff are also coming up with online lessons and creative ways including 'live' online lessons to keep students at home engaged. The number of key workers' children attending school has reduced from about 600 on Monday to around 400 but every school will remain open to ensure vulnerable children and key workers' families remain supported.
Cabinet Member for Children, Councillor Alison Barnes, said: “Our teachers are working incredibly hard in this present crisis to ensure that our NHS workers and other crucial service providers are given support. Not only that, but lessons are being made available to every family and student. It's fantastic to see such innovative and creative thinking being used to keep all of those young minds engaged and still learning. I also know that teachers unable to go to school have continued to mark work and provide useful feedback to pupils. I would like to pay tribute to everyone involved.
“Obviously, we don't want any child entitled to free meals to go hungry. Any parent or carer of a child on free school meals should get in touch directly with their schools. And please, please be aware of the scam email currently circulating. If you receive an email about free school meals asking for your bank details just delete it immediately."
Parents and carers are reminded to contact their schools directly for any information about free meals.
For volunteering information, go to the council's dedicated coronavirus support page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2819334994816740
For more general local information on coronavirus support, go to the council's website at https://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/coronavirus/