COVID-19 and Safeguarding Information for Parents
Scientific evidence now informs us that coronavirus (COVID-19) presents a much lower risk to children than adults of them becoming severely ill and there is no evidence that children transmit the disease any more than adults. Of course, there will still be risks whilst COVID-19 remains in the community, and therefore schools have been be asked to put in place a range of protective measures.
In order to effectively manage the risks that remain, things will be a bit different during this academic year. Our guidance sets out some of the changes and protective measures the government is asking schools to put in place and what parents, carers, guardians and children will need to do to help ensure schools are as safe as possible for everyone.
More information about the specific measures to be put in place are detailed in our Risk Assessment. We will also update our community regualrly via our school newsletter.
The key messages from the government for school are now;
- Nationally, education and childcare settings are open, and attendance is mandatory (for schools) and strongly encouraged (nurseries)
- The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has made it clear that the overwhelming majority of children and young people still have no symptoms or very mild illness only
- Continuing to take regular LFD tests will help you to identify infections early and reduce transmission
- Your child does not need to remain in a consistent group (‘bubble’)
Latest Government advice
We are continuing to reinforce the message that our children and their families follow the guidance to support the national effort in handling this pandemic. We will, of course continue to communicate regularly through the website and emails when the information changes. Please refer to the following links for the guidance we are following.
Free School Meals
Coronavirus for children (Children’s Commissioner)
This children’s guide to coronavirus aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home - click here.
Coronavirus explainer in Makaton (Ineqe)
Children with a range of SEND needs may be struggling right now. Holly Rankin is the Special Educational Needs Advisor at Ineqe and in this video explains Coronavirus using Makaton - click here.
Coronavirus advice for parents and carers (NSPCC)
The NSPCC have put together a wealth of information and advice for parents and carers to help support their children - click here.
Mental health and wellbeing
Please click on the following links for mental health and wellbeing resources:
For an updated copy of our risk assessment see the information below
For an updated copy of our contingency plan see the information below