School COVID Telephone Number
Please note that we now have a school COVID-19 phone number 07880 502476. Please contact us on this number at the weekends or during school holidays, if your child has been tested positive so that we can react quickly and contact parents and staff in the appropriate class bubbles.
Jigsaw South East
Jigsaw (Southeast) are providing some parent information sessions to help support children and young people that have lost or are preparing to loss loved ones. These sessions will be held via Zoom on 17th November 7.30 to 8.30pm and are aimed at providing advice on how to support a children/young people through the loss. To register in advance, please click on https://bit.ly/2GjSMGh, or visit www.jigsawsoutheast.org.uk, or call 01342 313895.
West Kent Mind
Don't forget that West Kent Mind are running several Zoom workshops to help support anyone with mental health issues. The next one is entitled "Understanding Depression" and will take place on Monday 23rd November 12.00 to 1.00pm. There are times that most of us have low moods or when we're feeling sad. When those feelings don't pass, it can have a huge impact on how we think, feel and function in every day life. This workshop will cover subjects such as "What is depression?", how to recognise the signs and symptoms; understanding the impact of depression; and how to support ourselves and others. To book your place please visit their web site https://westkentmind.org.uk/
Kent Adult Education
Kent Adult Education are offering free virtual family learning for parents and and children. Courses include managing children's behaviour, cooking on budget, family story writing, understanding your teenager and first aid for families . For more information or to book a place on the courses please contact the Business Support Team at email@example.com or by calling 03000 415888.
Kent Resilience Hub have uploaded new digital versions of crisis support cards. The cards, which have clickable links to both local and national resources, and are suitable for pupil, parents and carers.
NHS Test and Trace
NHS Test and Trace have asked us to share some information with parents to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with COVID-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested. Therefore, you should only book a test if your child has any of the following three coronavirus symptoms:-
A high temperature - any new temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature).
A new continuous cough - coughing a lot more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
A loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste - a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and test different to normal.
Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.
If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/.
COVID Information - The new ZOE COVID App.
Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London, comments:
“Getting children back to school and keeping them in school is a priority, so it is essential that we understand how COVID-19 affects children and highlight the potential differences. Knowing that children present less often with respiratory symptoms and are more likely to be suffering from headaches, fatigue and skin rashes, will help parents make the right decisions to keep them at home until they feel better. This is a stressful time for all and if as many parents log for their children as possible we will have a much clearer picture of COVID within local schools across the UK allowing us to keep schools open and children learning!”
The COVID Symptom Study App was developed and is managed by health science company ZOE. Research using data from the app is being undertaken by academics at King's College London. The findings are based on the data from 198 children with positive tests and roughly 15,800 negative tests, making it currently one of the largest studies of COVID positive children in the UK.
The COVID Symptom Study app allows parents to log the health of their children with its multiple profile setting. Currently the app has nearly 250,000 children on the app, but in order to help increase the accuracy of hotspot detection and help to further research the symptoms in children, more children are urgently needed. The app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, it is important to look after our mental health especially as the measures in place to keep us safe may limit our usual actions to respond to stress. We have therefore listed the following web links which you may find useful:-
Educational Psychology Services - Advice for parents and carers leaflet.
Kent and Medway CCG Mental Health Needs-
Fegans Parenting in a Pandemic -
Kent County Council 24 Hour Helpline -
Symptom-free COVID-19 testing - https://kcc.healthit.org.uk/covbook/home
West Kent Mind - https://westkentmind.org.uk/
Jigsaw South East Bereavement Charity Helpline - https://www.jigsawsoutheast.org.uk/
Coronavirus - a Book for Children