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Covid-19 – Coronavirus

This page has been created to centralise information provided to parents, students and staff regarding COVID-19.

The NHS has a dedicated website with information on how COVID-19 spreads and how to avoid infection; plus NHS advice for anyone who thinks they may have symptoms or who might have been exposed to the virus when travelling: Please click here for NHS 111

The Department of Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Helpful links from the DfE

What Parents and Carers need to know about schools during the COVID-19 Outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Details on Phased wider opening of schools: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/details-on-phased-wider-opening-of-schools-colleges-and-nurseries

Implementing protective measures: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Parents may wish to discuss Coronavirus with their children to alleviate growing concern, BBC Newsround have a friendly and informative page with child appropriate articles and links that we recommend – Please click here for BBC Newsround

For the latest information from Public Health England regarding COVID-19, Please click here

Public Health England have a comprehensive list of guidance that can be found here : Please click here for Public Health England

Coronavirus

Dear Parents/Carers,

Hope every is well and you have enjoyed the sunny Bank Holiday weekend and the VE Day celebrations.

Following Boris Johnson’s message  last night, we wanted to reassure you that we will follow the guidance very carefully provided by the government/DFE- dates and guidelines are all conditional and dependent on what happens over the next few weeks, in regard to the 5 rules set out.

When we have any final decisions in line with government and Public Health guidelines, we will notify you.  Above all, we want to ensure the safety of our school community.   

In the meantime, please continue to do what you are doing at home, stay safe, stay alert and take care

Kind Regards

Lynn Seal

Head of School

Kennington CE Academy

Dear Parents and Carers

Staying at home is the way to save lives and prevent unnecessary deaths.  Schools are remaining open for essential child care only, as we need to protect our staff and their households.  Your consideration and cooperation is very much appreciated.

The school is closed except for children of Key Workers and vulnerable children.

School work for all other children will be on the Year Group pages on our website https://www.kenningtonacademy.co.uk and should be emailed into the year group email address.

Family Liaison Officer and Senior Leadership Team are still working. They are there to help if you have food and free school meal queries, financial difficulty/debt, homework (how to encourage your child to do this), counselling (adult and child) and home support.

We will continue to use the Website, Class Dojo and Facebook to keep in touch with you.

Keep safe,

Kennington CE Academy

For further information, please see the DfE website and helpline:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Phone: 0800 046 8687

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

·         https://www.thenational.academy/

Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

·         https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Get help with technology and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education on Sunday 19 April, laptops and tablets will be made available to help the most disadvantaged young people access online learning and social care services. Young people and families eligible for devices must not already have access to one, and must be in one of the following groups:

·         Children with a social worker·         Care leavers·         Disadvantaged children in Year 10, ahead of sitting their GCSEs next year

Responsible bodies will need to work with schools to identify eligible young people, and then place an order through our website when it launches later this week. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and disadvantaged children do not have an internet connection, they will also receive a 4G router.

Schools will be able to keep these devices once they’ve reopened, allowing children and young people to continue to learn and receive support at home in the future.

Any 16 to 19-year olds in education without a suitable device and/or connectivity to study remotely and whose family can’t afford these costs will also be eligible for support via the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Decisions on support will be made by education providers.

Funding and financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

We have published guidance that sets out the financial support that is available for different types of education, early years and children’s social care providers in England.

This guidance can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) risk assessment guidance

We have published guidance on risk assessment for settings supporting children and young people with an education, health and care plan during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The guidance can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance

Guidance for schools on safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have published guidance to help schools and teachers understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This guidance can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/guidance/safeguarding-and-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Guidance on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-aged-2-to-4-to-learn-at-home-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings

The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the support available for parents, online educational resources and support for vulnerable children. 

The guidance can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The guidance for education settings and local authorities on supporting vulnerable children and young people has been updated. This update includes clarification to the existing guidance on attendance. 

This guidance can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

The information below has not changed since yesterday.


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday 

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

·         https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

·         https://e-bug.eu/

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

Our main guidance for schools, the ‘school closures guidance’, will be regularly kept up-to-date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from it: 

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures

Behaviour Policy Adendum.

Dear year six, we are all looking forward to seeing you soon.

Before we all meet again there are a few things we have had to update and that includes the behaviour policy. Why? Well, it is important for schools to be calm and disciplined environments, where everyone follows the rules. The existing Behaviour Policy will continue to be used to support behaviour management in all instances and settings. However, due to the additional guidance around ensuring that all children and staff remain safe during the transition back to school, there is an addendum to the policy which is attached below. Remember we all have an important role to keep ourselves and others safe.

See you soon.

The Senior Leadership Team.