Coronavirus (COVID-19) - update, advice and guidance

Returning to School Safely

Please click here to read a letter from Pinaki Ghoshal (Executive Director for Children & Young People) about returning to school safely in Lewisham. Click here for additional advice from Lewisham Council to support the letter.

My child is ill flow chart

Click here for Recent Changes including Home Testing and the Roadmap out of Lockdown

Test and Trace                 

Click here to read the latest step in the Government's strategy to overcome Coronavirus and what to do if you are contacted through test and trace.

Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus

The risk of getting the illness in the UK is high and precautions must be taken to prevent catching and spreading the virus.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever
  • loss of taste/smell
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

Coronavirus Advice for Education Settings

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here.

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

The Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that statutory Assessments for Early Years, KS1 and KS2 will not take place this summer this includes the phonics check.

The importance of hygiene

When the school re-opens it will focus on:

  • Keeping the spread of any virus to a minimum through good hand hygiene.
  • Ensuring that our supplies of soap and other sanitizers remain at an appropriate level.
  • Encouraging all pupils and staff to follow CATCH IT, KILL IT, BIN IT whenever they sneeze!
  • Ensuring that all shared surfaces e.g. handles and toilet areas are sanitised throughout the day.

There are many additional resources available to support you and your child – here are links to some of them:

Educational resources

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 and KS2 and can be used in various settings including schools.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

A new 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)

Family Support from our Educational Psychologists

Here are three videos from the trainee Educational Psychologists who have been working with us this year. The videos provide family support while at home with your children and address emotions, connecting with children and expectations and tips for schoolwork.

E.P. Connect - Contact details

Thank you for your support. 

 

Here are some documents to help support you and your child through this challenging time:

Supporting you and your child