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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:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email:
DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

STAY AT HOME GUIDANCE

The government are asking people displaying symptoms of Covid-19 to self-isolate for TEN days. ALL household members should isolate for 14 days.

Please DO NOT attend school if you or your child have any symptoms, however mild.

PLEASE REQUEST A TEST online or by calling 119 AND INFORM SCHOOL OF THE RESULTS IMMEDIATELY. This will allow us to react rapidly, where needed.

 

If symptoms become severe, people should call NHS 111. In a medical emergency call 999

 

For the lastest guidance visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are now listed as:

- High temperature (over 37.8 degrees)

- New continuous cough

- A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

PHASED RETURN TO SCHOOL from JUNE 1st 

From June 1st Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be prioritised in terms of the phased return to school’s fully re-opening. The ambition is that all primary-aged pupils will be able to have a month in school before the summer holidays (indicating a possible return for all from 22nd June).

See below for our detailed plans for phased school return. PLEASE NOTE: Any plans will be kept under constant review with health and safety of all members of our school community remianing paramount.

We appreciate you will have lots of questions. We hope to address someof these general ones through a FAQ section on this page. Please submit any questions you have to office@thomasbarnes.staffs.sch.uk and we will do our very best to help.

Please note: Any personal questions/ details will not be publically shared but instead will receive a personal response back.

RETURN TO SCHOOL: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Can my child wear a mask or face covering into school?

From the DfE guidance: Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport and in shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Face coverings (or any form of medical mask where instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstance by those who may not be able to handle them as directed (for example, young children, or those with special educational needs or disabilities) as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.

 

2. I'm worried about sending my child back. Do I have to send them?

If you have any concerns about your child returning to school, please get in touch. We will be more than happy to discuss our plans with you and that will hopefully reassure you. Attendace from September 2020 will be recorded in the normal way and parents are expected to ensure that their children attend.

 

4. My child is self-isolating. Will home learning still be set?

Although we are excited to welcome back all of our pupils from Wednesday 2nd September, we are aware that some pupils may need to self-isolate if they (or family members) display symptoms or indeed if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Home Learning will be available to those pupils. More information to follow.

 

You are never alone: there is always someone who can help.

NSPCC ADVICE

 

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

NEW Government Safety Advice for school settings

SAFEGUARDING PUPILS REMAINS OUR PRIORITY DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURE

LINKS TO CLASS PAGES

Useful documents relating to COVID-19

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