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School Risk Assessment

The school has produced a comprehensive risk assessment based on a model provided by Leeds Health and Safety Team to ensure that the risks of transmission of covid-19 are reduced within our school community.  The risk assessment is reviewed regularly and updated if any new government guidance is released.  Below you can find the most up to date risk assessment. 

 

Covid self isolation period is now 10 rather than 14 days

 

Changes to self isolation periods – the government has announced that the self isolation period for close contacts and households is now 10 days not 14 days. 

The self isolation period count starts from the day after symptoms, test date or date of last contact.  The isolation period for positive cases remains at 10 days if they no longer have a temperature.

What does this mean in practice ?

  • Count 11 days from the date of last contact or symptoms and this is the date staff and pupils can return to school.
  • All new cases and close contacts identified should be told to isolate for 10 days.

 

 

Helping your child with a covid test

 

Latest Government Information about COVID-19

 

Domestic violence support and reporting a concern about a child

We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse. There is support to help you through this time:

 

  • IN CASE OF IMMEDIATE DANGER - CALL 999 (if you are unable to speak but need help, press 55 on your keypad after dialling the emergency number)

 

  • Support is also available from Leeds Domestic Violence Service who are able to help with emergency accommodation, advice and support. You can contact them on the 24hr telephone helpline (0113 246 0401). Help is also available on the Leeds Domestic Violence Service website.

 

 

Further information about the school's designated safeguarding staff and procedures can be found on the page below.​​​​​​​

 

Resources to support mental health and well-being

On this page there are mental well-being resources based on the recommendations of trusted partners.  They are designed to provide guidance on how to support the well-being of children and young people being educated remotely.

 

Government Guidance

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and well-being can be found on the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak#autistic-children-and-young-people

 

Leeds School Well-Being Service 

Leeds School Well-Being Service have provided a guide with lots of useful information including

  • links to national advice
  • Information and guidance to support mental health
  • Information and guidance for children and young people
  • Links to helplines, online chats and referral pathways
  • Healthy eating resources and advice
  • Physical activity resources
  • Resources and advice specific to children with SEND
  • Resources to support home learning

Books for children to explain the coronavirus

Below are a couple of books that have been designed to support parents explaining about the coronavirus to children.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

Registration: not required

 

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

Registration: not required

 

Children’s Commissioner

Website: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.

Registration: not required

 

MindEd

Website: https://www.minded.org.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Registration: not required, but registration increases functionality

 

NSPCC

Website: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/depression-anxiety-mental-health/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on supporting the mental health of children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Registration: not required

 

Save the Children

Website: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/emergency-response/coronavirus-outbreak/resources/easy-at-home-relaxation-activities-to-help-calm-kids

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on supporting the mental health of children during the coronavirus outbreak and relaxation activities to help calm children

Registration: not required

The Child Bereavement Network

Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Registration: not required

 

Young Minds

Website: https://youngminds.org.uk/

Key stages: Upper KS2 - more suitable for older children

Description: an educational resource for all adults on young people’s mental health.

Registration: not required

 

Leeds Food Service - emergency access to food 

Leeds Food Network accepts referrals for families, single vulnerable adults or anyone who cannot access food during these difficult times. If you think you may be eligible; please contact us and we will do our best to support you and complete a referral.

 

Am I eligible for help?

If you are finding it difficult to access food due to financial constraints, self-isolation or accessibility of food provision, then you are eligible for help.

 

When making a referral you will be asked questions about your personal situation which will enable us to determine what type of support you need.

 

How can I access help?

If you think you may be eligible to help from this scheme then you can contact a local key worker or service who will make a referral for you.

 

This might be somewhere or someone you already have contact with such as a school, college, social worker, housing officer or it could be a provision within your local area such as a Community Hub.

 

Ideally a referral should be made through one of these support services, however if you are finding it hard to access these please make a self-referral by calling us on 0133 3760330.  This is a free number.

 

What happens next?

Once a referral has been made, we will pass your information on to local volunteers coordinators, and you will be provided with a food parcel or supermarket voucher.

 

This will either be delivered to a provision hub near your home for you to collect, such as a community hub, school, foodbank or a charity, or delivered to your home directly.

 

We want everyone to feel supported and will work with you to see what route is best for you.

 

For more information and guidance please contact the Local Welfare Support Team on 0113 3760330.

Healthy Start

During lockdown we know that many financial situations have changed. The Healthy Start scheme may be able to help. If on certain benefits, families, including pregnant women and children under 4 can get free milk, fruit and vegetables and vitamins with Healthy Start vouchers. Parents can apply on line at https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/ .  A change in the law means the form no longer needs to be signed by a health professional which should make the application process easier. One approved families will receive the vouchers through the post which can be exchanged a supermarkets and small retailers. 

 

COVID-19 Support Line

St Gemma's Hospice and Sue Ryder Wheatfield's Hospice have telephone support lines available to anyone in Leeds with family members or friends who are critically ill, or who has died from COVID-19.

 

The telephone support line is staffed by trained bereavement workers.

Call St Gemma's Hospice on 0113 218 5544 or

Wheatfields Hospice on 0113 203 3369

Open Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm (excluding bank holidays)

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