Gloucester Academy Parents & Students

What Are My Options?

Do I have to send my child to school?

No, you do not. The decision to send your child back to school is entirely yours, and you will not be made to do so by the school, trust, or government. We do advise that you consider how comfortable you are with the risks presented to you before making a decision.

Will I be fined if I don’t send my child to school?

No, you will not. If you choose not to send your child into school, your decision will be respected, and no punitive action will be taken.

Will home learning be available if I keep my child at home?

Yes, it will. Home learning resources will continue to be made available to students across all year groups. Online materials may be limited, however, in order to protect our teachers against an unmanageable workload, as they will have returned to school to support students who are onsite.

Can I choose the days and times my child attends school?

If you are a key worker or have a vulnerable child, yes, you can choose how many and which days your child attends school, as well as specific pick-up and drop-off times.

If you are not a key worker, and you choose for your child to attend school, your child will be allocated a time and day according to the resources and capacity of the school to meet your child’s needs.

Will my child receive a meal at school?

No, they won’t. For safety reasons, our kitchen will remain closed. All parents are required to give their child a packed lunch to bring to school. Please do not give your child a packed lunch box for their food. Insted, please use disposable packaging or a disposable container to avoid any risk of contamination. We recommend you include the following in a packed lunch:

  • A drink in a disposable bottle.
  • Food.
  • A snack.
  • A piece of fruit.

What happens if my child receives free school meals (FSM)?

Parents who are registered with the local authority will continue to receive FSM vouchers. This money should be used to provide your child with a packed lunch during the days they are at school. We recommend you include the following in a packed lunch:

  • A drink in a disposable bottle.
  • Food.
  • A snack.
  • A piece of fruit.

Where will my child eat their food during lunch?

Students will eat in their ‘bubbles’ to minimise any risk of cross-contamination. Once they have finished eating, all food debris, wrapping, and waste will be placed in a bin bag, which will be tied and disposed of. A member of staff will then clean all hard surfaces before the afternoon begins.

What can I send my child into school with?

Students should not bring any unnecessary items into school because we cannot guarantee that they are COVID-19-free. As such, we would ask that all unnecessary items are left at home.

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