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.
Useful Web Sites
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
Kent Resilience Hub
Child Bereavement Organisation
Kent County Council and NHS
KCC work in conjunction with the NHS to produce mental health information for families. The latest booklet is called "How are you feeling?" It offers a range of services to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and adults.
The NSPCC have a new helpline for both children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse in schools with support and advice, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals. Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people.
As a school we take part in Operation Encompass, a jointly run operation between Kent Police and ourselves. Operation Encompass has been set up to help schools to provide support to children who have been present, exposed to or involved in any domestic abuse incident. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they witness or are involved, directly or indirectly, with any domestic abuse incident, and unfortunately, Covid has led to a sizeable increase in domestic abuse being reported throughout the U.K. At Riverhead we have two designated safeguarding officers, Ms. Bradley and Mrs Bligh who have been trained to use the information shared, in confidence, whilst ensuring that the school is able to make provision for the right support to be available for any child and their family. If you feel that you need to speak to either of them about any issues which effect your child, please contact the school in the strictest confidence
West Kent Mind
Don't forget that West Kent Mind are running several Zoom workshops to help support anyone with mental health issues. The courses cover a range of mental health topics and will give you practical skills, confidence and knowledge to support your own mental health and others. View the full programme by visiting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 03000 415888.
Kent Resilience Hub
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 carer.
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.
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/.
Households with children are eligible to get rapid lateral flow tests and the government are recommending parents have twice weekly testing. As one in three people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it onto others, regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and save lives. Please click on the following link to order your tests, https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.