Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Information Service

The Government have on Wednesday 25th March launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp.

This is a free, automated 'chatbot' service which will allow you to get answers to the most common questions directly from the Government.

To use the service:
- Download the WhatsApp app
- Add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts
- Send the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

The service will provide information on coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

The government will also send messages to all opted-in users if required.

School Closure Information

During this time we would like to signpost you towards the information provided by the Department of Education. 

From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:

children of critical workers
vulnerable children
The Department of Education have published guidance for parents and carers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Critical workers

If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.

The Government has published a list of critical workers:

critical keyworker guidance and list

The government will also send messages to all opted-in users if required.

 

Please find below links for further information for businesses.

https://wearedoncaster.co.uk

https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/health-wellbeing/coronavirus-advice-for-employers-and-businesses

 

For the latest advice, from Doncaster Council, regarding the Coronavirus please follow the link below and fill out the self-isolation form if you are self-isolating:

https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/doitonline/let-us-know-if-you-are-self-isolating

https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/health-wellbeing/coronavirus-covid-19

Signs and Symptoms

If you, or someone in your household are experiencing these symptoms:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Please stay at home and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do:

NHS

School Nursing Team point of contact

01302 566766

Energy Supplier Information

We would also like to provide you with some information to help support you with your energy suppliers during this time.

General advice is: Tell your supplier if you can’t get to a shop to top up because you’re ill with coronavirus or following guidance to ‘self-isolate’. You’ll find their contact details on their website or on your bill.

They’ll try to help you find other ways to keep your energy supply connected. For example: 

  • let someone else top up for you
  • add funds to your account
  • send you a pre-loaded top-up card

Citizens Advice website says: You’ll need to pay back any credit your supplier gives you - ask them when and how you’ll need to do this.

For Switch2 – register for online payments. If unable, a one off credit of £20 will be added to accountsGreat North Energy – current emergency credit is £5 but they’re considering increasing it.

For the following suppliers contact them and advise that  you are self-isolating and they will send out 2 weeks’ worth of gas/electricity or top up if on a smart meter.

 British Gas                0333 202 9802

o   EDF                            0333 200 5100

o   EON                           0345 052 000

o   Npower                      0800 073 3000

o   Scottish Power         0800 027 0072

o   SSE                            0345 026 2658

Doncaster Community Hub

For information on how Doncaster Community Hub can help please see the image below:

ASCETS Leaflet

ASCETS POSTER MARCH 2020

Staying Fit During Isolation

Public Health England and the Government have stated how important trying to get some exercise is currently, on the back of this Sport England have announced a new campaign.

The campaign called “Join the Movement” is being promoted on social media using hashtag #StayinWorkOut. The campaign is aimed at helping people to stay active during Covid-19, with ideas around how they can do this within their homes, and (at the time of writing) the guidelines of 1 x exercise outside per day. The weblink can be found below with ideas of activity from a number of trusted sources such as the NHS, Joe Wicks and many others and are suitable for all ages and abilities; Join the movement

 

Keeping Calm and Postive Relationships 

During this stressful time it is important to maintain positive relationships with those you are isolating with. Please find below some advice on keeping calm and maintaining positive relationships.

Keeping Calm and Positive Relationships

Relate advice

For any of our families struggling with well being during this difficult time additional information can be found here:

Mind.org.uk

Solihill Approach Online

The Solihill approach promotes understanding of children’s health and emotional wellbeing and gives additional strategies to use with your child. Please see the links below for information as to how to access this support. 

Family Hub Helping your child 

Understanding your child

Access to the voucher system for Free School Meals
The DFE announced that a voucher system will be put in place so that schools will distribute to those pupils who are eligible to receive a free school meal, once this information is available.

Pupils who are attending the academy will still receive their meals when they are on site. We will also be supplying any child who is entitled to a Free School Meal to a link to access a 10 day food voucher through Wonde. From Monday 11th April the Government Voucher scheme will start and all children entitled to a Free School Meal will receive an emailed link to their family main contact email address to claim their voucher.

Universal Free Schools Meals were not included in this announcement. This is the free meal that pupils receive up to the age of 7. For any child who is not entitled to receive a free school meal, parents are asked to pay for their child’s school meal in the normal way. If parents do have concerns about providing meals for children once the academies/ schools close, please contact the Principal and we will help and support you all we can. We have made links with local supermarkets and food banks in order to provide support for any family which requires this.

If you are unsure as to whether your child may be entitled to a free school meal then please visit https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/doitonline/free-school-meals and submit the online application for an immediate decision.

Staying safe online

Now more than ever it is important to ensure that your child has access to his/her learning whilst school is closed. For those who are unable to access resources online, school will endeavour to supply you with additional paper copies/worksheets for your child to complete at home. But with the ever increasing online traffic comes the issue of hackers and individuals posing not as themselves. Therefore please check out the links below to ensure your child stays safe online:

Think u know                 Think u know KS2

BBC How to keep children safe online

Parentinfo.org.uk

NSPCC online digital world guide

Home learning activities to support

Printed Learning Packs -  are available from the front entrance of school for families to support your child/rens learning. Families self isolating please arrange for collection with a friend or other family member. Class learning packs are available from the SharePoint link below, just click.

Learning Packs

We have added some useful websites that can be used to sign up to for free for them to access learning videos, activities and games. Please click on the link for guidance for websites for learning.

Learning website compendium

Oxford Owl for home learning

Oxford Owl

Phonics Play U.K.

Phonics Play

BBC Bitesize for Primary

BBC Bitesize

Timestable Rockstars

Timestable Rockstars

Maths with parents

Maths with parents

Kidspell

Kidsspell

Learn British Kids

Learn British Kids

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