- Mental Health Resourses To Help You During This Difficult Time
- What to do if you are worried about a child
We will try our best to maintain social distancing measures at school – this means keeping a distance of 2 metres between staff and children, as far as this is possible and for as much of the day as possible. Our teaching spaces/classrooms have been set up with as much space between desks as is possible and markings on the floors outside will help us to try to keep to these principles.
What is a ‘bubble’?
All children will be placed in small groups known as bubbles. The aim of these protective bubbles is to minimise contact with other children, and reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 infection. Each bubble of children and staff will be kept separate from all other bubbles in the learning space and throughout the day. The bubble will be taught and cared for by the same staff every day and will contain the same children every day. This will mean that your child may not be taught by their usual class teacher.
Bubbles of children will have separate breaks, outside learning and lunchtimes. Each bubble has designated toilet facilities. The arrangements are to reduce contact between a wider group of children.
The school had an enhanced clean before re-opening from 1 June. We will be introducing a range of measures to help keep our school clean. We will have daily enhanced cleaning and we will also ‘clean as we go’ all frequently touched surfaces.
We will ensure that all children and staff thoroughly wash their hands (for at least 20 seconds, with soap, under running water, and dry well, or use hand sanitiser) upon arrival and frequently throughout the day, particularly before/after going to the toilet, eating, going outside or handling resources. Please reinforce this with your child at home and help them to get into the habit of thorough hand washing regularly.
What happens if my child shows symptoms of illness at school?
As usual, if your child becomes unwell at school they will be taken to an isolated area and you will be called to collect them. We would appreciate it if you could collect them as soon as you receive a call from us to help us
keep all members of the school community safe and well. Staff will need to use PPE when helping your child in this instance. We will bring your child out to you to avoid you coming onto the school site.
If your child shows symptoms of coronavirus, even if you think they are actually struggling with another medical need such as hay fever or asthma, we will still need to send them home, following the government’s ‘hierarchy of controls’ measures to minimise the risk of infection.
If anyone at school (child or adult) shows symptoms of Covid-19, the government guidance encourages them to get tested for coronavirus. If this test shows to be positive, all children and adults within that child’s group will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Check your Symptoms online or call 111 to speak to an operator
If you have any further questions please contact your child’s academy.
What to do if you are worried about a child……
School is still open during this time and the designated safegu arding lead can be contacted using the school email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com these emails are being constantly monitored.
Parents and pupils can use the private message feature in the Google Classroom to speak to any of their teachers if they will feel they need support.
If you feel that a child is in immediate danger then you must call the police on 999.
Alternatively you can refer straight to;
Access and Response Team – 01454 86 6000 (during working hours)
Emergency duty team – 01454 615165 (out of hours)
First Response (for students and families living in Bristol); 0117 9036444
Police – 101 for non-urgent issues & 999 if urgent and an immediate response is needed
Domestic Abuse Concerns – Next Link South Glos domestic abuse telephone help lines are open 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9:30am – 1:00pm on Saturday 0800 4700 280
Mental health support – CAMHS (if young person is currently under CAMHS) – 01454 862431 or if you are concerned that you are not able to keep your child safe or they are not able to keep themselves safe then take them to the Accident & Emergency department at Bristol Children’s hospital or call for an ambulance.
Food banks links for families living in South Glos
Food banks links for families living in Bristol
Parents worried about exploitation – https://paceuk.info/ or for confidential help and
advice, call Pace on 0113 240 5226
CHILDLINE – 0800 1111 or visit their website www.childline.org.uk
Samaratins – 116 123
Mental health apps approved by NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mentalhealth/
NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN (NSPCC) –
0808 800 5000 https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ONLINE PROTECTION (CEOP) https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME
The two websites below are there for the people of South Gloucestershire to turn to if they are concerned about theirs or a loved one’s mental health.
Social distancing and self-isolating is challenging for everyone, which is why it’s so important for us to look after our mental health as well as our physical health at this time.
We have lots of advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing during this difficult time online, visit https://oneyou.southglos.gov.uk/stress-less/
Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone to find out what support is available, call 0333 577 4666 available from 11am-7pm Monday to Friday, 12pm-6pm Saturday and Sunday or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This can be a very scary and confusing time for children and young people. However, there are lots of resources available online to help young people look after their mental health.
Alternatively, if you need help and support or are worried about someone, advice is also available via Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership’s 24-hour helpline, please call 0300 3031320.