Coronavirus/Covid 19 Information updated 7.1.21
Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday 4th January 2021 at 8pm we have been advised to close the school to all except those children of critical workers and vulnerable children. From Tuesday 5th January 2021 only children who have received confirmation of a place within these groups will be allowed to attend.
The leadership of the school have been working very hard to ensure that all health and safety guidance from the Department for Education has been planned for and implemented. Covid 19 is a changing landscape for all industries and so we will adapt as necessary any approaches / health and safety procedures in accordance with changing government advice. You will find below key guidance documents from the school that will outline the measures taken to protect children and adults within our school. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions regarding the information.
Visitors to School
Visitors should only attend school by prior appointment and if absolutely necessary. Visiting professionals are welcome if necessary, but where possible on-line support is preferred. If a visiting professional needs to attend school we would ask that they follow these guidelines:
When booking their appointment, outline what specialist support they will be providing and who they will need to work with so that appropriate room / resource provision can be arranged before arrival.
Ideally, have not been to any other school setting prior to attending Worlebury. If this is not possible, we would request that they have changed clothes prior to attending.
Sanitise hands on entry and exit at the main office.
Wear a face covering whilst moving through the school and if they will be observing a class.
Maintain distance from all adults and children.
If specialist / specific resources will be used during the visit, we would ask that these are sanitised before/after use.
If the specialist support requires working on a 1:1 basis with a child and wearing a face covering will negatively impact the ability to appropriately support the child, we ask that strict social distancing of 1 metre plus as well as a side by side approach is taken.
Parents/Carers should contact school by telephone / email and should not come to the office unless arranged in advance.
Key Documents and Guidance:
Local Arrangements for Testing:
Face Coverings to be worn at drop off and pick up
You will have noticed that staff have been wearing face coverings at the school gates, I would now ask that all parents/carers wear face coverings when accessing the school site to drop children off and pick them up from school.
Infection Control and Management Process within School (Note Self-Isolation is now 10 days NOT 14 days).
Resources / Advice to support from Mrs Garland:
Helping children and young people to cope when someone dies.Talk about the person who has died, it’s important for them to share how they are feeling. Use photos, stories or create a scrap book to remember good things about that person.Create a memory box, this can include photos, shells, personal objects, poems and messages to remember that person. Encourage them to capture an event or memory of the person, ditch the sadness and switch to the positive thought or special memory.Notice their mood changes, show empathy, acknowledge their feelings and give them time to process what you say before expecting a response.Don’t feel bad about sharing your own grief, it is ok for them to see you are upset as well.
Useful numbers and websites
Cruse Bereavement Care – call 0808 808 1677 Monday and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am to 8pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.orgGrief Encounter – call 0808 802 0111 Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, or email email@example.comHope Again – call 0808 808 1677 Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.orgWinston's Wish – call 0808 802 0021 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or email email@example.com
You can also find out more about children and bereavement from the Childhood Bereavement Network
Abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual. Anyone forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner or anyone living with them should seek help.Domestic abuse/violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. Whilst domestic violence/abuse happens in all relationships (heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), statistics show the vast majority of domestic violence incidents are carried out by men and experienced by women.Domestic violence is a crime. We all have a role to play in bringing domestic violence to an end.There is help out there!Useful numbers:Refuse 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day)Gemini N Somerset 0800 6949 999Government publication for Domestic Abuse: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-and-domestic-abuse/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse
Helping children to deal with Coronavirus
As soon as your child has questions, or notices that things are increasingly different, you’re going to have to be prepared to talk to them. The issue is how differently you talk to a five-year-old and a 15-year-old. Five-year-olds still live in a world of magic, things are real to them in ways they aren’t to older children. So the virus is a terrifying thing, and they can’t think logically. Keep your answers short … mostly they’ll be reading how you’re feeling more than anything that you have to say. They may be picking up snippets from television broadcasts, social media and on-line games with friends.If you have older children it’s a great opportunity to work with them around how they hear media, what it means, and what reliable media sources are. You might say, “I’m sure you’ve noticed things are different around here, do you have any questions?” You can use this as a check in from time to time. Really young children don’t need a lot of information, they need their questions answered. They’re not distinguishing simple things: many people who are sick don’t have coronavirus; most people who have coronavirus aren’t going to die. If your child has a fear about how the coronavirus is going to affect a grandparent or a vulnerable family member, as a parent or carer you should be honest. You might say, “You know, coronavirus can make older people, or people with some health problems more sick than younger people. That’s why we want to make sure we’re washing our hands, sneezing into our arm or a clean tissue and putting our hand up when we cough.”Encourage regular contact, if possible, with vulnerable relatives through phone, texts or face time. This will help to reassure children.Reassure children with positive comments…‘Everyone is working really hard to make everyone safe.’‘Most people get mild symptoms and recover.’
Resources for Home Learning:
Here are some advice / resources that can supplement the learning being sent home by teachers:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/english-resources www.oxfordowl.co.uk (Phonics activities and free ebooks)
https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/help-during-school-closure/ (Links to teaching of speed sounds)
Planning the day resource:
Resources support Online Safety:
Support for parents:Cyber Security Advice (New)
Get Safe Online
Info on a little bit of everything including personal use and business
Common sense media
Reviews apps, games, books and films to help parents understand the positive and negative aspects and appropriateness for their childhttps://www.commonsensemedia.org/
App, website and game guides on setting up security, privacy and how to report and blockhttps://oursafetycentre.co.uk/
Articles and advice on a variety of topics to address with children
O2 helplineIn conjunction with the NSPCC, a helpline for any of your online safety questions or concerns 0808 800 5000
Good advice by age guides
https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/ Help to set up parental controls
Support for children and young adults Zipit
App in conjunction with Childline to help young people decline requests for nudes and inappropriate contenthttps://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/zipit-app/
Another app supported by Childline to assist young people in removing nudes from the internethttps://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/report-nude-image-online/
Remove Harmful Content
Help to remove upsetting content from the internet (this can include things that aren’t illegal such as impersonation accounts and self-harm images)https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
Advice on a variety of online safety issueshttps://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/
BBC Own It
A collection of videos on a variety of topics including the online world. Videos hosted by celebrities and other young people. Can also be used for wider PSHE topics.