Current COVID-19 guidance.
At Rushall, the health, safety and wellbeing of our pupils and staff is of paramount importance. During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools worked with a number of documents for advice, most notably the publication "Schools COVID-19 operational guidance." This provided guidance for education providers on how to cope with the coronavirus in each setting. Schools were required to produce a risk assessment in order to keep the spread of the virus to a minimum.
This guidance was last updated on 24th February 2022 and on April 1 2022, was withdrawn and has now been superseded by "Living safely with respiratory infections".
We very much hope that outbreaks of COVID will be very much more localised in the future, but we still have an up-to-date outbreak management plan in the event of the spread of cases in school.
Useful DfE link https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/01/08/what-should-remote-education-look-like-how-can-your-child-learn-remotely-if-you-dont-have-a-laptop-we-answer-your-remote-learning-questions/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Useful information for Parents:
COVID-19 Information Page
Thank you so much for your continued support for us and for one another in the current, challenging circumstances. Our school may be closed to most but we are still here to help. This page, and our support, is here for you at all times to keep our community strong, safe and connected in every way we can.
If you need further information or have any questions send an email to email@example.com and we will respond as soon as we can. Our school telephone is also available at all times. Please leave a message if there’s no answer and we will get back to you immediately.
In terms of advice and guidance regarding COVID-19, it is important to ensure that you access the correct and current information through official channels. Below are selected links to help find the information relevant to you:
Keeping in touch
Class teachers have asked all pupils to stay in touch, even if just to say hello, on a daily basis. We’re all keen to know our families are safe and well and if there’s any more support we can give. Seesaw and Tapestry are excellent tools for this.
Take a look at our Home learning photos– our collections of children’s home learning are growing. We love seeing what our pupils are up to – send any additional pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be sure to keep adding them.
Don’t forget to follow us on facebook – there’s so much on there to see and it’s a brilliant way of keeping in touch with us and helping to raise a smile!
Safeguarding and wellbeing information
If you are worried about a child and you think they are in immediate danger or at risk of severe harm, call 999.
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 4560108, 8.45 am-5 pm, Monday-Thursday and 8.45 am-4 pm Friday; out of hours 0300 456 0100.
Description: guidance and resources to help you keep children safe online
For Early Years and Primary:
Thinkuknow website for 5 – 7 year olds: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/
Thinkuknow website for 8 – 10 year olds: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
Fantastic free information book from @NosyCrow explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler: https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf
Link to a free resource explaining COVID-19 to younger children: https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html
Useful new resource from Wiltshire Council – Looking after yourself, looking after your children, sources for support and resources for home education: Covid-19-advice-and-support-for-parents
ThinkNinja – Empowering children and young people to build resilience, manage their emotional health and to fulfill their potential.
Before coronavirus, ThinkNinja was a commissioned service only, made available in parts of the country through the NHS, schools, local authorities as well as charities working with young people. During COVID-19 it is free for all and provides a range of content
The NHS have launched a help line to support parents, carers and young people The helpline can be contacted 9am – 5pm (weekdays) on 01865 903777 and 5pm – 9am (weekdays and weekends) on 01865 901000.
‘When children and young people need non-emergency mental health care, support or advice they should call the 24/7 Children’s Mental Health Helpline.
Our clinicians will be able to provide the help and support to direct people to the most appropriate service.
We will also be able to signpost children and young people’s to resources they can access by themselves to maintain good mental well-being, as well as working closely with local voluntary sector organisations.’
Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub
If you are self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and you need help and do not have any family, friends or neighbours who can support you please let us know.
We are here to help you with:
If you are self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re here to help with:
You can request this help by calling our helpline on: 0300 003 4576 or via email at email@example.com. It’s available from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Food parcels being delivered by Wiltshire Council through the hub are emergency parcels to last people for three days while more sustainable solutions are found, such as a delivery by the voluntary sector. The council is charging for these parcels where appropriate. Please be assured that we will still be providing food parcels without charge for those that can show they are unable to afford them.
The charges are £20 to cover at least three days worth of food for one person, either meat or vegetarian, and up to £25 if the household has specialist dietary requirements such as gluten-free.
All funds received for payment of these food parcels cover the cost of the food only, and no profit is being made from the charging for food parcels.
Download our posters and colouring sheets
Please put these up in your windows to promote the Wiltshire Well-being hub:
Use these on your door to let others know if you are self-isolating and not answering the door:
Wiltshire School Nursing Service
We are aware that it is a very anxious time as a school nursing service we would like to let you know we are here to support you…
For secondary school age young people:
For parents of any school age child:
We have duty school nurses available at the end of the phone Monday to Friday 9-5 pm, should you require any support with your school age child. This is available permanently for all parents to access for advice and support. If you would like support please call one of our nurses through our Single Point of access on 0300 247 0090