COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Latest Information
In order to keep you fully informed about the very latest advice relating ot COVID-19, we have set up this page. New information and advice will be added here as soon as we are updated so please check the page regularly.
The Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
STAY HOME- PROTECT THE NHS- SAVE LIVES
Everyone should now be staying at home.
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
REMEMBER: You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT COVID-19
The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.
Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NSPCC has released figures which show that Childline has delivered 913 counselling sessions to children and young people who were concerned about the Coronavirus during the period 21 January-22 March 2020, of which 597 (65%) of the counselling sessions were with young people who had contacted Childline in the week starting 16 March 2020. The Childline website includes information for children and young people worried about Coronavirus.
Visit Childline: Coronavirus: information and advice
STAY AT HOME GUIDANCE
The government are asking people displaying flu-like symptoms with a high temperature and/ or a new or persistent dry cough to self-isolate for seven days. If symptoms are mild there is no need to call NHS 111 or to be tested. If symptoms become severe, people should call NHS 111. In a medical emergency call 999. Please see full details on attached link below.
If someone in your household has the symptoms listed above then ALL people in that household should also self-isolate but for 14 days.
Our school is now closed to almost all pupils until further notice. Provision is available for vulnerable children and children of key front line workers.
NEW Government Safety Advice for school settings
Thomas Barnes Primary School is now closed to almost all pupils. This closure will be in place until further notice.
From Monday 23rd March, class teachers will upload tasks they would like their classes to complete each day onto the 'Children' section of our website and onto the individual class pages. Please note this may be different for each year group within the same class. In general this will take the form of one English task, one maths task and one task linked to topic or another area of learning. As far as is practicable, we will try to avoid the need to print things out. All tasks should be completed in the provided home learning books.
In addition, we will provide links to useful websites that the children can access for extra learning opportunities should you wish to use them. Many providers are now offering free log-in details for parents as a gesture of goodwill in these trying times. Full details will be on individual class pages.
Children should still be reading every day and practising counting patterns/ times tables, as appropriate.
Mr Rawlings will be keeping us all active with his stay active tips so don't forget to look out for these in the coming days!
Please bear with us as these brand new processes and systems embed. We would appreciate any and all constructive feedback you can give on how we can continue to improve our home learning provision. We will be continually sharing ideas for best practice across our team and warmly welcome your input.
We are offering school provision to the children of key workers from Monday 23rd March and through the Easter holidays.
Please note during Easter, we will only be open from 8.45am - 3.15pm and strictly to families where there is at least one key worker and it is impossible for the children to be cared for safely at home.
REMEMBER: The safest place for your child to be is at home with you.