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Covid-19 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Please find attached the latest edition of the Working with Families ‘Good to Know’ Newsletter.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

NEW RULES ON STAYING AT HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS

 

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.

 

1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes

2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces

3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

 

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

 

1. STAYING AT HOME

 

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.

 

Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.

Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.1

Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

 

These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household. These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.

If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school.

 

2. CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC SPACES

 

Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses - including pubs, cinemas and theatres - to close. The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including:

 

All non-essential retail stores - this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.

Libraries, community centres, and youth centres.

Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.

Communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.

places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.

Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for

commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).

 

More detailed information can be found on the government website, including a full list of those businesses and other venues that must close. Businesses and other venues not on this list may remain open.

 

3. STOPPING PUBLIC GATHERINGS

 

To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.

 

There are only two exceptions to this rule:

Where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.

Where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.

 

In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.

 

DELIVERING THESE NEW MEASURES

 

These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.

 

Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.

 

The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply. They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

Dear Parents and Carers

 

As you will be aware, Reddal Hill Primary School will be closed for the vast majority of children.  The school is open to the following specific groups of pupils:

 

  1. Children of key workers to include NHS staff, police, delivery drivers, care workers, teachers (please note verification of employment will be required).
  2. Children with an Education and Health Care Plan.
  3. Children who have a named social worker

 

  • School will be open between 8.40am and 3.00pm. Breakfast Club will be open daily from 8.00 am for these pupils if required.
  • Free school meals will be provided for those children who are ordinarily entitled. 'Grab bags' will be available from 11.30 am - 12.00 pm daily in the main school playground.
  • Please note that children who come in to school on Monday may be taught by a different teacher and may be supported by different teaching assistants during the course of each day and may not be in their usual classroom.
  • Work will be sent home with your child for the next 2 weeks. Children in school will be completing broadly the same tasks. 
  • The front desk and phones line will be manned every day.
  • For those parents who meet the criteria and work part-time, we expect your children to only attend on the day(s) that you are at work. This is to ensure we have reduced numbers on site in line with government guidance.
  • Children in school must wear school uniform and bring their PE kit with them.

 

Please be assured that the routine will be as normal as possible whilst also being mindful of children’s emotional wellbeing and questions at this time. You, our parents / carers been exceptionally supportive of the school in recent days.  For parents and children who are not returning to school on Monday 23,  we will be thinking about you over the coming weeks and will be in touch with any updates.  Stay safe, well and healthy.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs. Bashir-Pugh.

 

Please see below a suggestive list to support you during the partial school closure period.  This has been produced by a member of the Sandwell LA team.  

 

DO

DON’T

 

 

 

Set a simple routine but take your time with the changes.

Expect your child to accept/adapt these changes immediately

Try to teach your child – there are lots of life skills that can now be imbedded in our children.

Try to be a subject teacher! There are plenty of life lessons that parents can teach.

Spend time together as a family

Push for more than usual, you can take your time to give the children the chance to adapt!

Expect tantrums!

Let those tantrums get you down! Take a breath. These are scary times for everyone, even adults are struggling but we have the maturity to deal with them.

Spend time apart! It is important you find, even a small space, for your own thoughts.

Worry if others need to do the same. Personal space is important.

Create a set of ground rules. How you can/can’t speak to each other. The need for MUTUAL respect (in appropriate age speak!)

Expect these rules to be followed 100% straight away. It takes us all time to get used to new things.

See the positives – what a fantastic opportunity to instil real family values into our children in a way we didn’t have the opportunity to do before.

Focus on what we can’t do. There are ways we can help others in new and unusual ways!

Remember every child will probably respond differently to this situation

Expect every child in the same age bracket to respond the same.

Focus on you and your family, your timetables, your way of working needs to suit the people in your house.

Compare how your family are responding to anyone else’s. We are all different and have different needs.

 

CEOP have produced an article on looking after your family's mental health when you're stuck indoors which parents may find useful. Please click on the link below to access the article.

https://parentzone.org.uk/article/how-look-after-your-family’s-mental-health-when-you’re-stuck-indoors

 

Schools and parents should refer to the latest information and advice from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England to get the most up to date guidance from Government.

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:

 

 
 

New guidance for households with symptoms

 

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

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

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

 

 

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