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Letters

Please see below for copies of letters that been sent home with your child recently.  Copies of letters will be removed half termly but if there is something you would like a copy of please ask at the office.  Letters relating to specific year groups can be found in the year group pages.

School Gateway

Communication
As many of you are aware, we use the ‘School Gateway’ which enables you to make payments for
school trips and school meals.

I’m pleased to advise that we also have a text and email service through the School Gateway which
will allow you to receive messages from school and for you to be able to reply to these messages.
The School Gateway app allows us to do this in the most cost effective way. If parents download the
app we will be able to send text messages free of charge through this system. Please help the
school save money by downloading the School Gateway app.


What you need to do now
If you already use School Gateway to make payments then there is nothing else you need to do.
If you haven’t yet activated your School Gateway account it’s quick and easy to do. All you need are
your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.
Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store
(Android and iPhone).

We’re aiming to get 60% of parents using the School Gateway smartphone app – please help us
achieve this target.
OR
Visit the website and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.

If you’re having trouble logging in, it may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and
mobile phone number on record. Complete the change of details form on the Forms and Surveys page and we can check these details for you.

Operation Encompass

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, of incidents where and when a child or young person has experienced or been exposed to any domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, (DSL) known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence. Whilst also ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been experienced a domestic abuse
incident. 

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Red Box 

Almond Hill has  joined the Red Box Project, a national community organisation committed to giving young people access to fre menstrual products in schools.

As a result, we now have a selection of menstrual products available for students to access
during school hours. This includes a range of pads in all absorbencies, night pads (and
tampons). It also contains clean underwear, should it be needed. The box is stocked from
donations from our local community, who support the project and its aims.

Any student who needs to receive items from the box, whether it's one item to get them
through the day or several packs to ensure they're able to attend school throughout their
period, will be able to access it via their teacher. Students should ask for the Red Box where
they will be able to take away whatever they need.

We will be speaking to students about the box but you may also want to take this
opportunity to talk to your children about their needs and how the box might be able to
help them.

If you have any further questions, or would like to know more about the Red Box Project,
you can email Gerry The Red Box Coordinator for Stevenage at; 
theredboxprojectstevenage@gmail.com. There is also a Facebook page of the same name,
Gofundme page and Twitter @RedStevenage

School Closure Notification System

Along with many other local schools we use a system to inform parents/carers of times when the school may need to be closed in an emergency e.g. bad weather. To receive these communications please register following this link:- 

This link will direct you to the “Sign Up” page where you should click on the “Sign Up” button located at the top right hand side of the page on the grey strip and from there follow the instructions.  It should take no more than 5 minutes to register and you can edit your information at any time should you change your mobile number or email address. 

Each contact can have 2 devices added for each communication type if you wish to – this means that in addition to adding your own mobile number and email address, you could include the mobile number and email address of a partner or a grandparent in your registration process. They too would then receive any messages in relation to the school’s closure. Alternatively, interested parties could register themselves separately.

If a parent / guardian has children at more than one school they can register for those schools too in a single registration process by selecting all schools they have children at.