Update 30/03/2020

Year 11 Students:  Mrs Hughes will be contacting Year 11 students by telephone for a one to one careers interview and to make applications for apprenticeships, college and employment during this week and the week after Easter.

Can students ensure they have a current and working email address in preparation for the call.

Students may find this link helpful:  How to Write a CV

 

 

Update 25/03/20

Please click to view document for Supporting Children with LD & ASD with COVID Isolation

 

 

Free School Meals Scam Email

We have had information from Hertfordshire County Council that a scam email is being sent to parents, asking them for bank details if they have children who qualify for Free Schools Meals. Please do not respond to this email or give out any private information such as banks details or passwords.

This is also a reminder to not reply to any text messages if you’re unsure of the sender, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re unsure if they are genuine.

Please click here for the Government link for further helpful information.

 

 

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Taking CARE of each other. Follow us on Twitter #CARE and www.eTwinning.net and @StevenageESC

 

Update 24/03/20

Please click to view more information about Managing the transition to home schooling from the Centre for Inclusive Education.

 

Update 23/03/20

 

Government advice regarding school closures

 

Guidance regarding Year 11s due to take exams:  Summer Exams 2020 Guidance

 

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing - Useful links and information from the NHS:

Young Minds

Resources and ideas about things adults and young people can do to manage any stress and anxiety they may experience in relation to
coronavirus.  They also have a mental health advice line available for parents operating between 09:30am-4pm, Monday- Friday: 0808 802 5544

 

How to look after your mental health when self-isolating

 

Centres for Disease Control and prevention provide some helpful messages on how to talk to children about Coronavirus

 

Every Mind Matters

Provides general information about looking after your mental health which would be relevant during this challenging time as much as at any other time and provides top tips to improve emotional wellbeing.

 

Mind

Provides useful information about how to cope if people feel anxious about coronavirus, how to manage staying well at home if being asked to self-isolate and taking
care of your mental health and wellbeing among other tips and advice.

 

Education Support website is dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff in schools, colleges and universities. It contains free information including a
free 24/7 helpline – 08000 562 561.  It also has financial advice information for supply teachers

 

Mind Hertfordshire Network

Provides a crisis helpline for anyone experiencing mental health distress or requiring emotional support and signposting. Professionals, family/ friends can
call on someone’s behalf with the individual’s consent.  Crisis Helpline number: 01923 256 391

The Anna Freud Centre 'Schools in Mind' have worked closely with settings to help promote whole-school and college approaches to wellbeing. They are conscious that the Coronavirus
is creating increased pressure and additional workload for school and college staff at an already busy time of the school year. Therefore, they have produced this following
document which they hope will give some guidance about how to maintain children’s wellbeing at a time of uncertainty.

They have also developed three videos which will hopefully be helpful to share as follows:
For schools staff

For parents

For children and young people

 

Addressing social stigma associated with Covid-19 published by the WHO and UNICEF

Weekly update via the Healthy Young Minds in Herts website where the information above will also be shared

There will also be a webpage for young people and families, focussed on how to cope during periods of self-isolation,
appearing very soon on www.justtalkherts.org

 

 

Safer Places Domestic Abuse Services

As per Government and Public Health England advice for Coronavirus (COVID-19), Safer Places are still operating and will continue to provide services and support to victims of Domestic Abuse who need our services whilst taking the necessary precautions.

Safer Places want to reassure our clients, teams and partners that we are working hard to keep our services open, and make sure that the people who need support will continue to receive it during these challenging and unprecedented times. In order to do this, we are changing how we deliver our services. We are reducing our face to face contact and we have taken the decision not to run Triple R and Made for Money sessions and all training at this time.

We are still accepting new refuge referrals (if we have space) where the victim or children are not showing symptoms or self-isolating.

We are still accepting outreach referrals and will continue through the crisis. Our outreach support will be delivered by video calling or via the telephone.

As the situation with COVID-19 is developing quickly, we are following Government and public health guidance to continue delivering our front-line services whilst minimising the risk to our staff and clients.

Further information and advice will be shared through our website and social media channels as it becomes available.

Our emergency line will remain open 24/7 please call 03301 025 811 for more information about how to access our services.

Update: 20/03/20:

Please click on the link to view the  Latest Government Advice

Letters will be sent out to all parents today with arrangements for Monday onwards.

Mrs Hughes wishes to share this resource for Year 7-11 and will give information and guidance on apprenticeships: Learn at Home - Amazing Apprenticeships

Update: 19/03/20:

Stevenage Football Club is launching a Coronavirus Community Careline on Monday 23rd March and will look to provide non-medical advice and support, using Club staff.
The number to call is 01438 222222 and lines will be open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, starting from Monday 23rd March 2020.
The objective is to provide services in four areas:

 

• Foodbank Donations & Deliveries: The club will work with local Stevenage Foodbanks to encourage donations and will work with local foodbanks to assist them with their deliveries.

• Senior Kitchen: The Club’s kitchens will also be utilised to provide food for those in need, starting with an initial sandwich service, to provide food for those in most need.

• Community Service: Local residents at risk and those over 70 can call the helpdesk to log everyday requirements, ranging from picking up prescriptions to walking the dog. The helpdesk will then liaise with Stevenage staff and volunteers or local services.

• Friendly Chat: Club staff will be on hand to take calls to provide a friendly ear and provide details of additional support services available.

 

Based on the ever-changing situation regarding COVID-19, all details are subject to change and will follow official guidance. Visit www.StevenageFC.com for the latest information.

 

Please find some telephone numbers/links below which may be useful during the event of school closure/community lockdown:

 

Safeguarding Children:

Where you are concerned that a child may be at imminent risk of significant harm, please call 999 for Police or make a Child Protection Referral by either calling the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043

 

NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

08088005000

 

Herts Young Homeless Group: https://www.hyh.org.uk/contact-us

03333 202 384

hyh is a unique charity in Hertfordshire providing services to support vulnerable people. With a focus is on preventing homelessness - from education in schools and family mediation through to supporting 16-24 year olds in their first homes or caring for adults of all ages who have mental health issues and housing needs.

 

 

Financial issues: 

Stevenage Foodshed: Foodbank facility for Stevenage families in crisis (referral only):  http://www.stevenage-vineyard.co.uk/

01438 361616

 

Benefits service (Stevenage):  benefits@hertspartnership-ala-gov.uk     01438 242440

For support with:

Benefits - New Claim

Housing Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Working Tax Credit

Income Support

Job Seekers Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance

 

Citizens Advice Bureau Stevenage:  http://www.stevenagecab.org.uk/  0344 411 1444

 

Self employment hotline for those impacted by Coronavirus:  0300 456 3565

Update on guidance and support in relation to Covid-19 - 16/03/20

Dear Parent/Carer(s)

You have probably seen the news that the government announced some new measures to deal with COVID-19 and also a change to its overall response, moving from the ‘contain’ to the ‘delay’ phase of its plan.  As before, the advice remains that effective hand hygiene and using a tissue when coughing or sneezing are some of the most effective ways in which we can help reduce the spread of the virus.  The school is continuing to do all that it can to minimise the spread with good hygiene and is following all the advice from Public Health and Herts County Council and as such we believe there is no additional risk to students and staff.

Self-isolation and staying at home

As you know the government has widened their advice on who should self-isolate to include those that have coronavirus like symptoms - a new or continuous cough or a high temperature, however mild - should stay at home for at least 7 days to protect others and help slow the spread of the disease.  All our staff will be expected to follow this advice, and we ask you to ensure that your children do so too.  If your children are absent from school because they are ill, please continue to call the school every day on 01438 369119.  

In certain circumstances you may be advised by medical professionals to keep your child at home even if they are not unwell.  If this is the case please let us know and we will support your decision.  I understand that parents are concerned about the risk of their children catching Coronavirus and that some may wish to keep children at home even though they have not had any medical advice to do so.  However, we cannot agree to a child’s absence for that reason alone.  All children who are well enough to come to school are expected to continue attending as normal unless advised otherwise by Public Health England.

School Trips

There has been updated guidance on school trips and the government has advised that planned school trips outside the UK should not go ahead.  We will of course follow this advice and we will write separately to the families of all children who were due to go on overseas trips in the remainder of the academic year.  The government advice is that school trips within the UK can at present go ahead safely.  As the COVID-19 situation in the UK is changing rapidly we will review the risk assessment for each trip before it goes ahead and advise of cancellations or changes accordingly.

The possibility of school closure

Some parents have asked whether we could choose to close the school now.  If we are ordered to close the school by Public Health England, because there is a risk to children/students and staff we will do.  If the government make a decision to close all schools we will do so, otherwise our intention is to stay open and operate as normal.  The Government has made it clear it expects schools to remain open unless public health advice has been given to close. This is based on the clear advice from the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Sir Patrick Vallence, on how best to manage this epidemic. We are sure that you will be supportive of this.

We are however preparing in case the school closes and we are looking at ways for managing a remote curriculum and contingency planning is underway regarding public examinations.  We recognise that if closure is necessary this will have significant implications for many of our families with issues ranging from the loss of free school means to problems for families finding suitable childcare. 

Keeping informed

Obviously, we will continue to provide updates as the situation continues to develop and would ask that you inform the school of any contact your family may have had with a person with symptoms or who has tested positive. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Dan Nearney, Headteacher