COVID-19 UPDATES AND INFORMATION
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On this page you will find lots of useful information in relation to COVID-19 and how we have changed our systems as a result. There are also a list of useful documents and updated policies at the bottom of the page.
TESTING AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WITH SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS
The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of Coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the roll out of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.
A coronavirus test can be booked here:
Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:
Staff at school will not be routinely taking children’s temperature. However, if your child has symptoms, they should NOT attend schools. If your child displays symptoms when they are in school, they will be isolated and you will be called and ask to collect your child immediately. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms. Therefore, you should then apply for your child and anyone living with you to be tested. Your child will not be allowed to return to school until you have evidence of a negative test result.
Please be aware that if a child who has been attending school tests positive for COVID-19, the other children and staff member within that bubble will be asked to go home and self-isolate for 14 days. If a child/ adult goes home as a precaution due to symptoms being displayed, we have taken the decision to send a message to parents in that bubble to simply inform them that a member of your child’s bubble has left school as a precautionary measure. Can I stress that this is precautionary, the other children will be able to remain in school whilst we wait for the result of the test; however, we feel it is important families can decide whether their children remain in school during this interim period. We respectfully ask for sensitivity outside of school and you simply make a discrete choice on whether your children remain in school.
ARE YOU KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE?
Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.
- Take an active interest in what your children are doing online
- Keep a record of your child’s accounts and passwords for sites and check them if you are concerned
- Limit approved web sites and hours spent online
- Use Parental Control Software to limit the websites your child can visit
- Set high security settings on Browsers and Safe Search settings on Search Engines
- Check your/their Internet history if you suspect your child has been on sites that are not suitable
- Use Kiddle or Swiggle for searching the Internet
- Talk to your child about protecting private/personal information (name, phone number, address, passwords, videos and photos)
- Encourage your children to speak to you if they see anything that upsets them online
- Children should know never to meet up with anyone they have met online without a trusted adult present
- Stick to the fun and positive sides of the Internet!
Find more resources here: www.childnet.com
- Resource Sheet for Parents and Carers
- Talk to your child about ‘life online’
- Create a ‘Family Agreement’
SOME USEFUL SERVICES FAMILIES MAY WISH TO ACCESS:
- The Waiting Room Service Directory: https://the-waitingroom.org/
- Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid: 0808 800 0028 www.bswaid.org
- Birmingham Housing Options Hub: 0808 169 9604
- Birmingham Council Housing: 0121 303 7410 or 0121 303 2296/4806. https://www.birmingham.gov.uk
- Adult Social Care: 0121 303 1234 or 0121 675 4806
- Children’s Social Care: 0121 303 1888 or 0121 675 4806
- Northfield Community Partnership: 0333 772 1931/ https://www.northfieldcommunity.org/virus-update
- Yardley Community Early Help via Barnardos: 0121 289 4875 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- SEND Support Services: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50034/birminghams_local_offer_send/2083/coronavirus_information_and_advice_for_parents_carers_of_children_with_send/2