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Information for Parents

Please find here a letter from the Local Authority and Public Health Team regarding testing, self-isolation and vaccinations. 

You can read our latest risk assessment here.

Our Quick Guide for Parents: 

If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 please book a PCR test and keep your child at home until you get the result of the PCR test.  If your child's result is positive please follow isolation guidance.  If it is negative they can return to school.

If your child has a positive LFD result please follow isolation guidance - see below.  Please be aware that confirmatory PCR tests following a positive LFD test result are to be termporarily suspended from 11th January.  This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. 

In all cases please keep school informed.

Isolation for positive cases - from Monday 17th January, people with COVID-19 can end their self-isolation after 5 full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temparature.  Individuals who are still positive on their LFD tests must stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days or they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is the earliest. .

Contact tracing - education settings are no longer expected to undertake contact tracing.  However, we do send 'warn and inform' letters to our parents for children who test positive within 48 hours of being in school.

Close contacts and isolating - from 14th December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children aged between 5 to 18 years and 6 months identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are strongly advised to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result.

Zoom Link-ups

Please click here to find our guide and protocol for using Zoom for class link-ups. 

Remote Learning

Please click here to find out about our remote learning provision.  This information is intended to provide clarity to children and parents about what to expect from our remote education where national or local restrictions require entire year groups, bubbles or individual children to remain at home.

Other Information for Parents

Testing - All households with primary school age chidlren are being encouraged to start regular twice-weekly testing from March 8th.  The Director of Public Health at East Sussex County Council has written a letter to parents and carers with children at school providing details of how they can access lateral flow tests.

'Heat&Eat Bexhill' Initiative - You can find out here and here about the 'Heat&Eat Bexhill' initiative led by The Pelham in partnership with the Heart of Sidley.  This initiative provides support through pre-paid vouchers for food, fuel and utility meters.

Supporting Your Child at Home - You can find tips on supporting your child at home (learning through play) here.  You can find tips on supporting your child at home (emotional wellbeing) here.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

During this time, there have been many changes for families. We all cope with situations in different ways. These websites can offer support to you and your children.

Information for parents and carers:

Action for Children

Mind (for better mental health)

NSPCC (mental health and parenting)

Young Minds

NHS

Place2Be

Mentally Healthy Schools

Mental Health Foundation

Anna Freud Centre (helping children and young people to manage anxiety)

Anna Freud Centre (resources to support the return to school)

Government guidance on mental health and wellbeing

Government guidance on supporting young people's mental health and wellbeing

Information for Children

Information to help support children and their understanding of COVID-19 and social distancing.

Books and activities:

Childline Calm Zone

Wellbeing Journal for Kids (Outside the box) - mainly aimed at KS2 

Rain Before Rainbows – a book to inspire hope from Walker Books & Save the Children 

Corona Virus: a book for children

Everybody Worries: by John Burgerman - picture book for children that are worried about Coronavirus

The Book of Hopes: words and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain children in lockdown (with contributions from more than 100 children’s writers and illustrators) - edited by Elizabeth Rundell

Social distancing resources:

Time to Come in Bear: a story about social distancing - written by Kim St. Lawrence read by Ryan St. Lawrence

How to explain social distancing to Kids: KiwiCo

While we can't hug

Grover (from Sesame Street) and Social Distancing

Explaining social distancing to children: Meet the Helpers

How to wash your hands song: NHS

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