COVID19 Updates for Parents

13th July 2020
Don't forget to go to the Home Learning During School Closure and Class Pages for more links and resources which you might find helpful while school is closed.
 

June 2020 - Partial Reopening of School
Please click here for more information


 

NCC PRESS RELEASE 11th May 2020: Planning underway in Northumberland for safe return to school 

Following last night’s announcement by the Prime Minister, planning is underway in Northumberland to consider the safe re-opening of Primary schools, beginning with children in the Reception classes, Year 1 and Year 6. 

Further clarity is awaited from the Government; however, it is expected that schools could start to re-open after half term, subject to satisfying the five tests as set out by Government. 

Keeping pupils and staff safe in schools remains our top priority. We are reviewing the information provided by the Government and will be working with head teachers in schools across the county to determine what this might look like in Northumberland. We await further guidance and information as to how this will be progressed.


 

 
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Northumbria Police - Online Safety

In the current climate, with children spending increasing amounts of time online during home schooling, Northumbria Police would like to highlight this programme which parents might find useful to help protect their children.

There are resources on the website targeted at different age groups. 

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

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Save the Children have put together some resources to support your child’s mental health. They say, “Our coronavirus hub is designed to help kids and adults alike navigate through these difficult times... From how to talk to your kids about coronavirus, useful resources on creative play ideas and helping children to stay connected to their friends and grandparents.”
 
 
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Hand Washing Workshops 18.3.20
A huge thank you to Robyn Sykes and Chloe Sim for coming in to school to put on informative (and fun!) hand washing talks and demonstrations for all the pupils. It was especially interesting to see our hands under the UV light; before washing there were large areas of green germs, but after a thorough hand wash the green had disappeared!
 
 
Update received 11.3.20
 
From Liz Morgan – Director of Public Health at Northumberland County Council:

Parents will be aware of national and international concerns about COVID-19, an illness caused by a novel coronavirus. 

Children should attend school as normal, unless they are contacted by Public Health England and advised otherwise.  Anybody who is identified as a contact of a case in the UK and who needs to take action will be contacted directly by Public Health England and given individual advice.

Remember – prevention is always better than cure so, as with the flu virus, the most effective way to protect yourself from Covid-19 is to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene to prevent the risk of infection and a ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to coughs and sneezes.

Hand washing is the most important lesson a child can learn and acquiring it is an essential lifelong skill. Children can be taught from as early as 2 years of age about handwashing so now is a really good time to reinforce that learning.  Fun ways and activities to teach children how to wash hands effectively are available at http://mrsaactionuk.net/kidshandwashing.html

It’s important that we all keep up to date with the latest government advice which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 
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