Information Update -17th April 2020
The school will continue to stay open offering support but please be aware the office is not manned. If you need to contact the school please ring one of the two mobile numbers (07543 681335 and 07543 681324) or email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those children who continue to attend school:
On Monday teachers will be setting learning as before the Easter break and will be posting this both on Class Dojo and the Class Pages of the school website. As we shared in those two weeks the daily tasks are the most important as they give the children repetition of the key skills and this helps them to retain information into the long-term memory.
Somerset Children and Young People Health and Well-being
Please find below the link to this week’s E-newsletter with a theme of Home and Environment. These E-newsletters link with the Public Health Covid-19 Campaign - Healthy, Happy and Safe at home.
Please see some useful links below:
This link to Government guidance and contains further reputable links in section 8: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-forparents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA_CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
UK Safer Internet Centre gives advice, tips and guides on how to keep safe online:
If you have any safeguarding concerns over this period of time then please do one of the following:
If you would like advice from the school then please use the contact numbers or email address above and Mr Adfield or Mr Berrisford will try to support and respond as soon as possible.
Alternatively you can:
Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline (0300 790 6275)
The helpline makes it easier for people to access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis.
It links together the district and county council contact centres and operates seven days a week, 8am to 6pm, making it the one number you need to remember for Coronavirusrelated enquiries. The district and county councils usual phone numbers for nonCoronavirus related issues will be running as normal alongside this new number.
The new number won’t cover medical advice, for which people will need to continue to use the 111 NHS online service and only ring 111 if they cannot get help online.
Anyone who can’t find help within their own local networks and volunteers, can use the new number to get help and advice around:
· Personal care and support including food and delivery of prescriptions
· Support for the homeless
· Emotional support if you’re feeling worried or anxious
· Transport to medical appointments
· Waste collection and disposal
· Financial support
Callers will be asked to describe the support they require.
School Nurse Taunton and West Somerset Facebook Page
Recently, the Taunton and West Somerset School Nursing Team created a Facebook page for children, young people and their families to access. This is regularly updated by their team with useful links, websites and information regarding health.
At the moment their services are limited due to the COVID 19 pandemic, but this page is full of physical and mental health information and may be useful to many children, especially those dealing with anxieties surrounding the current situation. It also provides signposting to other contacts that could also provide support.
https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook. com%2FSchool-Nurse-Taunton-and-West-Somerset111174687182489%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmthomas%40somerset.gov.uk%7C0c8056 27978340c58e4d08d7e5f9c839%7Cb524f606f77a4aa28da2fe70343b0cce%7C0%7C0%7 C637230733406933917&sdata=8Jz9C2HRdhEgpPEuWyWmE0coK9f0QwsiQOCXATs0 e%2BM%3D&reserved=0
The Importance of Hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
We ask that you please let the school know if you are travelling or have travelled to a high risk area, or have been in contact with anyone that has travelled to at risk areas. The list of high-risk areas is changing daily, check the list here: