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Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Dear Parents and Carers of Dersingham, 

Firstly, I want to re-assure you in these uncertain times, that as a school, we are committed to providing you and your child with educational support over the next few weeks/months. Your partnership with us as a school is now more than ever important as we have to learn to work together in ways we never thought possible. As Headteacher, I am so privileged to work with and lead a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to supporting all our children and pupils through remote learning.  I want to share this poem I found with you that celebrates the resilience of our pupils;

Everyone is applauding everyone but our children

These little heroes have stayed indoors more than they’ve ever known in their lives. 

Their whole worlds have literally been turned upside down. 

All these rules they’ve never known. A life they couldn’t have imagined. 

All the things they love like sports, being with friends, going to school, or just playing outside have all been taken away from them. 

Adults around them scared, talking about others becoming unwell, news reporting death after death. 

Our poor children’s minds must be racing…Yet everyday they get up and carry on despite all that’s going on. 

So here’s to our Dersingham little heroes: today , tomorrow, forever… 

We applaud you. We are so proud of you.

I have made some changes to our school website to ensure you have direct access to the ‘remote learning’ tab. This tab has been created to ensure you can navigate easily and find the work set by your child’s class teacher. In this tab you will also find all the updated letters and information to parents, including links to websites and on-line apps that are used by our pupils as part of their learning. 

Our website signposts you to updated information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are currently closed as a school but are providing childcare for Key Workers critical to dealing with COVID-19. We are also providing childcare for vulnerable pupils where required - these include pupils with a social worker and pupils with an Educational Health Care Plan.

 

We have updated our schools safeguarding policy and the arrangements for safeguarding during this period is now reflected therein. I have updated the website with the updated version and this is also available for you to read in the ‘remote learning’ section. 

  

The DfE have setup a dedicated helpline to answer questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Telephone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Here are some key documents for your information:

Government Advice

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 Information for the public on the outbreak of Coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

·       Guidance for Educational Settings

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

This guidance will assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding the Coronavirus.

·       Talking to Children about the Coronavirus https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make children more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the Child Mind Institute.

·       The Coronavirus: A Video for Children from Newsround

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456

This Newsround video explains more about the virus for children.

·       Coronavirus: Children's Questions Answered

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089

·       Handwashing Video

https://www.nhs.uk/video/pages/how-to-wash-hands.aspx

 

Please take care of your families, your loved ones. We are all in this together. Please contact us on our dedicated e-mail if you have any questions or need support parentcomm@dersingham.newham.sch.uk

Lando Du Plooy 

Headteacher

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