Keeping your child safe - information & advice
Should I keep my child off school? NHS advice for parents
Keeping your child safe in out of school settings
Ukraine Crisis - how to support your child if they are worried
What to do if you child has symptoms:
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they get it less often than adults and it is usually less serious.
The main symptoms are:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- A loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:
- Do not send your child into school
- Get a PCR test as soon as possible
- Your child should stay at home and not have any visitors until you get the test result. They can only leave home to get a test.
- Check with Test and Trace to confirm if you and anyone else your child lives with need to self-isolate.
More information regarding symptoms and actions can be found on the NHS website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/).
Early Help from Worcestershire Children First
Is your child ready to go out on their own? - NSPCC booklet with advice
Below is a link to germ defence which has been developed by health experts from Southampton, Bristol and Bath Universities. This is a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation dedicated to providing advice to school children and parents alike around COVID-19 controls. It is a really helpful tool to enable families to minimise the risk of infection.
What to do during COVID-19 if your child is unwell (please also see PHE letter in the Newsletter section)
Returning to school in September
Keeping safe online advice
A number of other schools have shared with us that some pupils, through the use of TikTok, have inadvertently come across inappropriate social media content of suicide. As parents and carers you play a key role in keeping your children safe online and we recommend the following sites which can help you to keep your child safe:
Family activity sheet - viewing videos online & Parent's guide to Trolling/online bullying
Healthy minds - summer activities to help children's mental well-being and resources to prepare for the return to school in September
Advice - protecting personal data
Online safety home packs - gaming
Ten tips for parents - coping with change
Limiting screen time & conversation starters
School Transport During Covid-19 Pandemic – Advice for Parents
The following Government guidance on safer travel during Coronavirus (COVID-19) is something you need to consider before using school transport.
• Public transport should be avoided where possible, instead walk, cycle, or drive your child to school
• To help keep your child and fellow students safe, your child should not travel if:
- They are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms;
- They are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or sharing a household with somebody with symptoms;
- They are clinically extremely vulnerable.
• Social distancing applies to children as well as adults. Children should keep their distance from others who are not in their household, where possible. Public Health England recommends keeping a 2 metre distance from others. If this isn’t possible children should avoid physical contact, face away from others, and keep the time spent near others as short as possible.
• Your child should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise their hands before the journey and as soon as possible after the journey
• Face coverings:
- If your child is over 3 years old they must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport;
- Children in secondary education (not primary school children or children who attend special schools) should wear a face covering on school transport. They must be able to use a face covering as per the directions below and will require 2 face coverings one for the journey there and one for the journey back;
- Some people may not be able to wear a face covering, for example primary aged children, people with breathing difficulties and people whose disabilities makes it difficult for them to wear a face covering;
- A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards;
- The driver and support staff and other passengers may be wearing face coverings, you should talk to your child about this before the journey.
Wearing a face covering
• A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head;
• Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them;
• Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched;
• You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent;
• When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends;
• When traveling in taxis or private hire vehicles your child should follow the advice of the driver. For example, they may be asked to sit in the back left hand seat if travelling alone. If they need to be near other people they should avoid physical contact, try not to be face to face with other people, and keep the time spent near other people as short as possible. Be aware of the surfaces they or others touch.
Resources for pupils returning to school
Phased Return to School from 1st June 2020
Measures that have been put in place in order to minimise the spread of infection.
As per the advice from the government, the following actions for infection control remain in place:
- Displaying coronavirus infection control measures information posters around the school
- Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of handwashing for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap in the following circumstances:
- Before leaving home
- On arrival at school
- After using the toilet
- After breaks and sporting activities
- Before food preparation
- Before eating any food, including snacks
- Before leaving school
- Providing alcohol-based hand sanitiser dispensers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol throughout the school. (If parents wish to provide their own soap/sanitiser this must be labelled with the child’s name and stay in school in a safe place.)
- Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cover their mouth and nose with a tissue before they cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away
- Ensuring frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly
- Calling NHS 111 if someone becomes unwell, isolating any unwell people in a separate room, and providing a separate bathroom, where possible
- Telling staff to stay at home for 14 days if they develop symptoms of coronavirus and ensuring that they are tested
As an important part of our school community, I would ask that you continue to encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough handwashing, at home and keep your child informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection.
As per the current NHS and government advice, you should keep your child at home for a period of 14 days if they develop coronavirus symptoms. Symptoms include a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), a high temperature or a new, continuous cough. Where symptoms continue after 7 days, or begin to worsen, you should call 111. If someone in your child’s household has symptoms, your child must self-isolate for 14 days from the day the other person’s symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear. More information regarding symptoms and actions can be found on the NHS website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/).
If you think your child may have been exposed to or has coronavirus, please contact the school on 01905830337 or 07956 288085 at the earliest opportunity.
Further Measures in place in school
- All pupil groups consist of 14 children or less and pupils will remain in their own group or ‘bubble at all times.
- The classrooms have been reorganised to allow for wider spacing between pupils.
- Each child has been allocated their own table which they will keep throughout the week. (KS1&2)
- Every child will have a named tray on their table in which they will keep their belongings and resources for learning. Pens, pencils etc will be provide for each child and they should not bring any resources from home.
- Floor markings will be used to maintain 2 metre distancing when lining up or queuing for the toilet.
- Classroom tables will be cleaned with antibacterial wipes through the day and the classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of the school day.
- Resources will not be shared between children. I-pads will be cleaned before and after use.
- All fabric resources/soft toys and furnishings have been removed from the classrooms.
- Breaks and lunchtimes will be phased so that the groups can be kept apart.
- During your child’s first week back at school there will be a fire drill which has been adapted to meet social distancing requirements.
- For further information please refer to the letter which was emailed on 22/5/2020.
National Online Safety - Wake up Wednesdays!
E-safety advice - online grooming and PS4
Support for children with anxiety
Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Relationships and Health Education - information for parents
e-safety - advice about House Party, hidden photos and Steam
NSPCC PANTS campaign - the underwear rules
Supporting your child's mental health advice
E-safety tips for Christmas
Family Learning Course
e-safety advice - screen addiction
e-safety advice - cyber flashing and TikTok
The opportunities presented by electronic technology: internet, email, apps, games, social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, text messaging etc can be a powerful tool for good communication and social links. However they can also have the potential for harm, and especially so where children are concerned.
At Callow End Primary School, keeping our pupils from harm, at the same time as providing them with a safe 'electronic' learning environment, is a priority. We will add any advice to parents about e-safety in the section below as we receive it.
Our E-Safety policy forms the basis on which our decisions are made. It is under regular review with a set date for a detailed consideration of the complete policy. All pupils, parents and school staff are expected to sign an appropriate pro-forma indicating they have read and agreed with the policy. You can find it on our Policies page.
Children - please click on the image below for your age group for help with using the internet safely:
NetAware is an organisation recommended by the NSPCC which reviews around 40 of the most popular social networking sites, apps and games currently used by young people. Information includes:
- suitable ages
- privacy settings
- appropriate content
- safety and support settings
It can be found by following this link:
Online Payment System
for parents to make secure payments to school
- www.mathszone.co.uk - Interactive maths games. Great starter and main activities – sorted into objectives.
- www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk - Good all round curriculum resource – topics and subjects.
- www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk - Lots of great maths starter activities.
- www.saintambrosebarlow.wigan.sch.uk - Lots of excellent Literacy resources, especially word level activities.
- www.thebricktestament.com - Excellent RE resources. Uses Lego characters to tell bible stories. Engaging.
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools - Excellent for all areas of the curriculum. Very good for revision activities and games to help with SATS.
- www.ncbc.co.uk - Norfolk Children's Book Centre run by Marilyn Brocklehurst, a Librarian who reads every single book before she agrees to sell them in her bookshop. Great site for discovering new authors.
- www.topicbox.co.uk - Brilliant website covering all areas of the curriculum.
- www.phonicsplay.co.uk - Excellent website for all phases of letter and sound.
- www.communication4all.co.uk - Good games and prompts..
- www.jollylearning.co.uk - Resources and ideas for helping with phonics.
- www.mathsphere.co.uk - Mathematical puzzles.
- www.schooltogs.com - Everything you need for your child's uniform.
- www.thegivingmachine.co.uk - Online shopping service that can generate cash donations to benefit the school.
- www.networcs.net/ - Worcestershire Learning Gateway