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Covid 19                             

Guidance and Advice on Symptoms in Children:


From the RCPCH
NHS Guidance

How to wear/remove PPE:

Please remember that face masks/coverings should be worn by all visitors to the school premises.

Coming Back to School           

Reminder of Letter sent 28 August 2020:

Return to School

Reminder of Letters sent 16 July 2020:

September Re-Opening

Reception 2020

Coming back - a child-friendly explanation

Please read through this booklet here with your child to explain the changes they will encounter on returning to the school.

Coronavirus Risk Assessment

Please see below our Risk Assessment for school opening in September 2020:

/docs/SCHOOL_Risk_Assessment_Autumn_2020.pdf

Also please see the following links to further sources of help:

Coronavirus: resources to support the return to school

Coronavirus toolkit - managing transitions

Place to Be: Supporting children with additional needs

Young Minds: supporting a child returning to school after lockdown

Action for Children: returning to school

Mental Health UK: returning to school

DFE Planning Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools 

Coming back to school - advice for parents and carers

We are really looking forward to September when we can all be back together in school but we recognise that for some children, and their families, this may cause some worry.  We have been thinking about what we can do to help you prepare your children for the return to school in September after such a long time at home.

There are some really important things that you can do that we hope will help, listed below. 

Talk with your child about how they feel about coming back to school: 

  • Listen to them and acknowledge their thoughts, let them know you have heard what they have to say and that you understand.
  • Reassure them that feeling like this is normal and that others will be feeling this way too.
  • Don't feel you have to be able to fix things  sometimes this is not possible and just listening is enough
  • Tell them that their teachers know they might be worried and that they will be there to help them.
  • Praise your child for sharing their worries with you.

Plan ahead for your child's return to school:

  • In the week leading up to coming back, do the journey to school together again, it may be some time since you last took this route. 
  • If your child is very anxious, build this up gradually, walking a little further each time.
  • Enjoy the walk together, make it fun, play games along the way or think about something they are looking forward to
  • If possible, meet up with a friend in the week before so they have contact with another child in their class
  • Prepare any new equipment you might need and make sure you have it all packed the day before to save any rushing about on the first morning back!
  • Try on new uniform and new shoes in plenty of time so they feel happy and comfortable
  • Talk to them positively about school and encourage them to think of three good things they are looking forward to.
  • Begin to re-establish a school bedtime routine if you normally have a later bedtime in the holidays
  • Let school know if lockdown has been challenging for you/your child by emailing us (see below).

The night before:

  • Enjoy the evening together as a family, play a game or enjoy a film or TV programme together.
  • Try to settle your child for an early night, share a bedtime story with them after they have had a relaxing bath or shower
  • Be prepared to spend a little extra time with them as they settle to sleep
  • If they take a packed lunch, make sure this is already planned to ensure a stress-free morning.  
  • Make sure you know what drop-off time your child has and where they need to go.

 

On the morning:

  • Help your child to stay as calm as possible.
  • If your child is anxious reassure them simply and calmly that all will be well, try not to become overly worried yourself as this may escalate the situation.
  • Make sure they have everything with them (bag, PE kit, water bottle, packed lunch).
  • Set off in plenty of time for their drop-off so you aren't in a rush,
  • Keep the conversation positive and focus on the things they are looking forward to.