Following government guidance being released by the Department for Education, all secondary pupils (year 7 and up) will be expected to wear face coverings when they return to school.
Leicester City Council also advise that if you have concerns about your child or young person wearing face coverings (for example, because they have been exempt under current government guidance) you should get in touch with the school immediately.
As you may be aware, the Department for Education has set out their expectation that all children will be back in school for the Autumn term. The Leicester City Council has set out a series of questions and answers.
Questions included are:
Returning to school
When do schools go back?Should I be worried other schools in the area are not opening on the same date as my child’s school?How safe is it for my child to return to school?My child is very anxious about returning – what support is on offer
Do I have to send my child back to school?If my child is unable to attend, how will their absence be recorded? Will my child continue to get free school meals / vouchersIs my child required to wear school uniform?Will breakfast clubs and after school provision continue?
Clinically extremelly vulnerable and shielding
My child is currently shielding, can they attend school?Should my child go to school if someone in the house is shielding?
In preparation of schools fully reopening in the Autumn, the government has issued guidance on transport to and from school. You can read the full guidance here.
Part A provides guidance for Local Authorities on managing the capacity and demand for public transport.Part B provides guidance about the provision of dedicated home to school/college transport in the autumn term.
Specific mentions of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Local authorities should take account of the particular needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and, where necessary, be informed by the views provided by the parents and school.The system of controls: protective measures
"Children with SEND: When deciding on the package of measures that is appropriate on transport for children and young people with special educational needs, local authorities will need to take account the particular needs of the children using the transport, and to be informed by the views of the parents and school.
Special schools tend to...
Guidance for families on the door-to-door testing for COVID19 have been made available by Leicester City Council.
Don’t be afraid to ask to see I.D. All of their community teams will have either a Leicester City Council or NHS ID badge that they can show to you. If you are in any doubt whatsoever, please don’t be afraid to establish contact with the City Council on 0116 4542300. There is information available on the Council’s website here: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-leicester-latest-news/
***Community testers will NEVER ask for any money when discussing COVID testing. If someone claiming to be a community volunteer makes any request for money, it should be reported to the police immediately***
Community volunteers will wherever possible and depending on the location they are in, encourage members of the public to go to a nearby mobile testing unit, or help them book a test online, or offer a home testing kit.
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If undertaking a home test, completed home tests will be...
Children & Families Minister Vicky Ford and Care Minister Helen Whately have written an open letter to children and young people with SEND, their parents, families and others who support them.
The letter explains the actions that need to be taken to ensure, where possible, all pupils return to their educational settings from September, and responds to some of the concerns and questions that have been raised.
Department for Education and Department of Health & Social Care Joint Ministerial LetterDownload
Key messages include:
The importance for those with special educational needs and disabilities to return to educational settings safely in September so that they can receive face-to-face education and supportReassures that the risk of contracting the virus in educational settings is low and outlines protective measures in place to reduce the risk even further, including the NHS Test and Trace systemMinisters expect a small number of absences from children and young people who remain under the specialist care of a health professional however, the...
Nina Jacobs at Children & Young People Now has reported on survey findings of the impact on children & young people access to mental health support during Covid-19. Key findings include:
31% of young people were no longer able to access support despite still needing help from specialist services (a rise of 5% since the start of the lockdown)Many young people felt unable to access help at home due to concerns around privacy and confidentiality or a lack of access to technology80% said that pandemic had made their mental health worse - of which, 41% said it made things "much worse"Nearly 90% said they had felt lonely or isolated71% had been able to stay in touch with friends11% felt that their mental health had improved since the lockdown
Young Minds Statistics
As we all start preparing for children to return to school in September, you might find some of these resources useful:
"While We Can't Hug" by Faber and FaberHedgehog and Tortoise want to give each other a great big hug, but they're not allowed to touch. From the creators of the internationally adored The Hug, Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar, they are thrilled to bring you a new story: While We Can't Hug."Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus" This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner."COVIBook" A short book to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is available in 16 languages, including: English, Polish, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese."My Story About Pandemics...
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