Many care centres will remain open in schools across the county after the Easter holidays.
Staff in 24 schools will care for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers who are leading the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic – if they cannot be safely cared for at home.
A full list of care centres open from April 20-24 can be found here: https://www.anglesey.gov.uk/en/Residents/Schools-and-learning/Information-about-care-centres-schools.aspx
Anglesey’s Director of Education, Skills and Young People, Rhys Hughes said, “We’re extremely grateful for the support and co-operation seen across the Island from staff at our schools. There’s a strong sense of “Team Môn’ with great partnership working and mutual support between the County Council, Head teachers, teachers and classroom assistants.”
“Our schools and staff are playing an integrol role in the work to support the National Health Service as well as other essential services.”
The County Council also wants to ensure that parents or carers with children who are eligible to free school meals can claim the appropriate payments from April 27th onwards.
They must first complete an online form before Monday (April 20th) in order to claim the £19.50 on behalf of each qualified child. These will be direct payments to the bank on a weekly basis and will replace the delivery of daily packed lunches.
To claim, eligible parents should complete the online form here: www.anglesey.gov.uk/free-school-meals-covid-19 or phone our help line on 01248 752 392 which is open every day between 9-5pm.
Education, Skills and Young People portfolio holder, Councillor Meirion Jones, added, "The hard work and commitment of our school staff is continuing. It has been incredible to see the level of support and co-operation between schools and the Council in ensuring that our care centres remain open and accessible to those in need, in particular to those who are leading the fight against Covid-19.”
“Council staff have also been hard at work behind the scenes to ensure we have an appropriate system in place which will allow parents to claim payments on behalf of children eligible for free school meals. We will, of course, also continue to arrange a packed lunch for the children of those families not able to accept direct payments.”
Please contact your local school if you need emergency access to the care centre between Monday and Friday 8am-5pm.