CORONAVIRUS INFORMATIONSafeguarding Our School
Safeguarding Bright Futures School Community
The government have asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response, who absolutely need to attend. The fewer children and staff making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings will protect the NHS and save lives by reducing the risks of spreading the virus. Many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home. Bright Futures School made the decision, based on this advice plus their own health and safety risk assessment, to close school on Friday 20th March, 2020, with all pupils and staff working from home.
All local authorities have been informed as have the DfE. Staff have compiled, and delivered (where wanted), work packs suitable to be completed by pupils at home in order to support their education. Appropriate resources, activities, links to websites and supporting materials have been emailed to parents, and are also available on the parents’ page of the school website. Management are keeping in contact with parents on a regular basis by email or telephone, to check all is well and offer support if necessary. Staff have been linked to key pupils and are in communication via (parents) email or by video calling on Zoom to offer support and friendly chat to help pupils through this difficult and uncertain time.
Staff may not use personal phones or personal email to contact pupils and where video chat takes place, two staff plus the parent must be present in order to safeguard communication with the pupil.
All pupils at Bright Futures School bring their own packed lunches and therefore the government voucher scheme does not apply to pupils at Bright Futures School for lunches.
Management will review the situation on a regular basis, taking into consideration government advice, in order to decide when it is in everyone’s interest and safe to re- open school.
Useful resources and support for pupils and parents working at home
Bitesize: primary or secondary resources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Twinkl : Use this code to access for free UKTWINKLHELPS https://www.twinkl.co.uk/
Sum Dog – pupils have own school log in or you can play as guest.
White Rose Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/classroom-resources/problems/
Maths / computing for all ages, other subjects at secondary level: https://www.khanacademy.org/
English Reading: https://www.worldbookday.com/big-little-book-corner/
Shakespeare Macbeth: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks2-macbeth-index/zkxcbdm
Future learn – lots of courses for adults and pupils https://www.futurelearn.com/
Maths Times tables:/strong>< a href=”https://ttrockstars.com/”>https://ttrockstars.com/
Studyladder National Curriculum subjects: https://www.studyladder.co.uk/
General wellbeing challenges and activities : https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/kidswellbeing
Help & Advice
- National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
- Mencap – Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
- Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
- Young Minds – Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
- Carers UK – Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
- Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
- Amaze – information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/
Keeping safe online
Keeping everyone safe at home
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and whenever you return home.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)