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School Closures 2020

As of 23rd March, it is mandatory for schools in England to close to the vast majority of pupils, remaining open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children only. 

Further information for parents and carers can be found here.

If you would like to read the Government's published guidance on critical workers and Vulnerable pupils, please click here.

The key principles are:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

Children's mental health and well-being

The Department for Education have published guidance for parents and carers about supporting their chidlren's mental health and well-being. It has some practical advice for talking to children about the situation and some key points to consider about how to support them. Click here for the full document.

 

Online Safety

As many children are using the internet more than they would normally, the DfE has highlighted the importance of parents considering Online Safety. The following excerpt is taken from the 'COVID 19: Guidance on vulnerable children and young people'  information. 
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)