Whole School Risk Assessment for phased return to school
Temporary changes to EHCPs during the coronavirus pandemic
A clear and concise summary of the temporary changes to EHCPs during the coronavirus pandemic – well worth a read
Useful guides for parents and carers:
Supporting Children with ASC and their families during COVID-19 isolation
This time of uncertainty is a particularly challenging time for children and families as we are instructed to self-isolate or distance ourselves from friends, family and other support. This is vital to stop the spread of COVID-19. Normal routines and structures are gone temporarily, and we are coming to terms with a new ‘normal’.
Somerset County Council have put together the attached pack to support children with ASC and their families during this time. The information within it has been generously shared by individuals and organisations.
Children’s guide to coronavirus – Children’s Commissioner
Children’s Commissioner have put together a children’s guide to coronavirus along with useful links and resources.
Coronavirus – A book for children
A wonderful illustrated story book for you to have a look at and share with your children.
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
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
Updated handwashing advice
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: