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Coravirus advice for parents

 

 

We would recommend you look at the following sources of information to keep yourself informed of all the latest advice:

 

The Department of Education has established a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Emails: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm - Monday to Friday

10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

 

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Guidance on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home can be found here:

Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:

Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here:

Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings

The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the support available for parents, online educational resources and support for vulnerable children.

The guidance can be found here:

 

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

Get help with technology and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education on Sunday 19 April, laptops and tablets will be made available to help the most disadvantaged young people access online learning and social care services. Young people and families eligible for devices must not already have access to one, and must be in one of the following groups:

  • Children with a social worker
  • Care leavers
  • Disadvantaged children in Year 10, ahead of sitting their GCSEs next year

Responsible bodies will need to work with schools to identify eligible young people, and then place an order through our website when it launches later this week. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and disadvantaged children do not have an internet connection, they will also receive a 4G router.

Schools will be able to keep these devices once they’ve reopened, allowing children and young people to continue to learn and receive support at home in the future.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families

The Secretary of State for Education has announced that up to £8 million will be available for therapeutic support for families whose adopted children may have already suffered trauma and may be made more anxious owing to the uncertainty of the effects of the virus. Adoptive families will be offered emergency support including online counselling and couples therapy as the government expands the scope of the Adoption Support Fund to meet needs arising from the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Further details of this scheme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-adoption-support-fund-scheme-to-help-vulnerable-families

 

Support Available for Children with Mental Health Issues

Leaders of educational settings, and designated safeguarding leads, know who their most vulnerable children and young people are, and will have the flexibility to offer a place to those children and young people.

All NHS mental health trusts are setting up 24/7 helplines, and seeking to use digital and virtual channels, to continue delivering support during the pandemic.

Social connections, alongside exercise, sleep, diet and routine, are important protective factors for mental health. Resources to promote and support mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources we have published to help children to learn at home. Public Health England has also published guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health. The Department of Health and Social Care is providing £5m of additional funding for mental health charities to support adults and children.

Digital support includes:

 

Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme

The Warwickshire’s Local Welfare Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis by providing essential help for food and energy. Families who are struggling financially and need help with food or energy (gas/electric) should contact the Warwickshire’s Local Welfare Scheme on 0800 408 1448 or email    warwickshirelocalwelfarescheme@warwickshire.gov.uk

 

Message for Parents & Carers: Contact Your Local Authority

Your designated learners’ parents and carers can contact us if they have any concerns or queries having sought a solution with you or for information as the network of provision changes over the weeks ahead. They can contact us on the parental helpline on 01926 412021 from 0900 to 1700 or check the Council’s website for further information. The parent and carer webpage can be found here- https://schools.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-advice-parents/1

 

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

 

The following agencies can also provide support -

 

helpline@cruse.org.uk or 0808 808 1677                                                    www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-bereavement/        

 

 

 

 

 

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