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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice & Information

Please scroll through this page for the following Covid-19 related topics: Home Learning, Communications from School, Online Safety Information, Useful Resources and Government/Medical Safety Measures/Information.

Online Safety

Being online is providing a lifeline for everyone in society from the old to the young, workers and learners, and the vulnerable and curious. This is probably, therefore, a good time to remind ourselves of a few key points to keep safe online.

 

Whilst the teachers will only send home what is deemed to be safe online material, nothing online is without an element of risk. E.g Joe Wickes PE is a great way to start the day but is most easily accessed using ‘You Tube.’ The age range for this site is 13 and so children should not be left on there unsupervised.

 

As always, it's important to have open and honest conversations with your children about what they are doing online, and especially so at this point in time when they might be making more extensive use of technology. Check in on their technology use regularly.

 

Equally, keep the lines of conversation open for children if they have any concerns about anything they might have encountered online.

 

Social Media – Many children feel isolated, they miss their friends and just want to make social contact. Be very mindful of what media platform you use and keep the age of your child in mind. This is a time to remember to 'BE KIND ONLINE'.

 

Finally, have some routine and boundaries, you are in charge and probably all queueing to use the technology anyway – especially if you are working from home. Set time limits on what can be done online and never leave children to ‘their own devices’

Government Advice

 

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

  • Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

 

Please click here to access a NHS video showing the most effective way of washing your hands.

 

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.

 

In the event of school closure (under the direction of Public Health England/Department for Education/Kent County Council), parents/carers will be notified via ParentMail (please ensure you have downloaded the app) and on our school website.

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