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The school has now officially shut until further notice. As of Monday 23rd March 2020, we will be running a 'special provision' for vulnerable children and for children of critical workers. Please see our 'Coronavirus - SCHOOL CLOSURE' page within the 'parents' menu.
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Coronavirus - SCHOOL CLOSURE

Coronavirus Closure 

Following government guidance, our school will be closed from Friday 20th March until further notice. From Monday 23rd March, 'home learning' activities will be updated daily on the 'year group pages' of this site (children - year group page - click on the pencil icon). In addition, we have already sent learning packs home. Please be assured that while school will open for vulnerable children and those with parents in key worker roles, we will not deliver the usual curriculum in order to be equitable to all. Your child will not 'fall behind' these pupils because they have been instructed to remain at home. Please support your child's learning by reading with them as much as possible, carrying out mental maths (times tables) skills and following the daily home learning tasks, which will refer to the work books issued, to keep their learning skills ticking over during this time. As mentioned in our earlier communication, to ensure that our pupils stay safe online, please set parental control settings on all devices being used within your home. Our teachers will give you a call to keep in touch, as and when they can. They can answer any questions you may have about any of the home learning. We wish all of our pupils and families well - look after one another. We will miss you all and look forward to welcoming you back.

You can help to slow the spread of coronavirus

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at home - no unnecessary journeys or social contact (public gatherings of more than two people are banned - excluding people you live with).
  • Don't visit other people's houses or socialise outside your home. Police will be able to fine you if you don't follow the rules.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands. Cough into your elbow if a tissue isn’t available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you have a cough or temperature, or anyone in your family does, then you all need to self-isolate for 14 days
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please use the NHS website or call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

 

In school, all pupils have been taught about the importance of effective hand washing (including the use of sanitisers), along with respiratory hygiene.

Sources of Support

Please see the table below for organisations able to offer support and advice.

 

Agency

 

 Information

  

Mind

 

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

More information can be found on their website:

www.mind.org.uk/

Young Minds

Work with young people to ensure they have access to the support they need. Young Mind also act as a lifeline for parents and carers, and have a parent's A-Z Guide, providing expert online advice and information to parents.

More information can be found on their website:

www.youngminds.org.uk/

Childline  

Call, chat or email Childline about anything that is worrying you. You can call them on: 08001111

More information can be found on their website:

www.childline.org.uk  

CEOP

If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online.

www.ceop.police.uk  

Kooth

  

Online counselling service young people can access this through their phones or computers- a place to talk to someone.

More information can be found on their website:

https://www.kooth.com/

Internet Matters

Support for parents and carers on keeping your child safe online.

https://www.internetmatters.org/

Net Aware

Support for parents and carers from the NSPCC. You can look up apps, social media sites and games on this site to learn more about what they are and what they do.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Parent Info

Help and advice for families in a digital world.

https://parentinfo.org/

Think u Know

Age appropriate advice on staying safe online.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

UK Safer Internet Centre

Guidance for families on how to stay safe online.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

 

Well-being

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important, especially when at home. This includes a healthy diet, sleeping well and exercising. You can also have social contact with loved ones at home and by email and phone with other family and friends. 

 

Online Safety

Doing your school work online will mean that you need to be extra careful with online safety.  If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, report this to your parents/carers or on CEOP. In such situations, the best thing to do is to block the person, and then report it on: www.ceop.police.uk

Further Sources of Support

 

Agency

Information

Support for Benefits/ Department for Work and Pensions  

More information can be found on their website:

www.dwp.gov.uk 

You can also visit https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/benefits for local guidance.

GP

Please contact your GP for advice/strategies/help on the following if you have noticed that your child:  

  • Has low mood
  • Has changed in demeanor
  • Is not eating well
  • Is complaining of pain  

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is a service providing multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment for young people with mental health or emotional and behavioral difficulties. Your GP can make a referral.  

More information can be found on their website:

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs/

Food Bank

 

https://hillingdon.foodbank.org.uk/ - is the webpage for the food bank in Hillingdon.

You can email them at hillingdonfoodbank@kingsborough.org.uk or phone on 01895 252224.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice is a charity that offers free, accessible, quality advice to anyone. They can help with all kinds of problems whether they are housing, employment, benefits, debts or immigration issues for example.  

More information can be found here: https://www.hillingdoncab.org.uk/ or by phoning 0344 848 7903.

Police

For immediate risks, call 999.

 

MASH

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a multi-agency service which makes it easier to access early targeted support when you consider a child, young person or family needs a service that requires a multi-agency response.  

More information can be found here: https://hillingdonlscb.org.uk/professionals/useful-guidance/mash/

 

 

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