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Covid-19 Information

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From Monday 23rd March 2020 Lightwater Village School will be CLOSED

We will be providing childcare for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. We will communicate directly with these families.

For more information on the governments school closure advice please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers.

Learning throughout closure

All pupils have been issued a login for our online learning platform https://app.seesaw.me/#/login. Learning activities will be posted  by your child's class teacher and reviewed regularly by the teaching team. You are able to communicate directly with your child's teacher using this platform.

We recognise that this is a worrying and unprecedented time. Please do not feel your child has to complete every learning activity set on See Saw.

Please 'just do what you can reasonably do'. Our teachers will be monitoring the children's progress closely and we will be in contact if we have any concerns. Parents may be concerned that their child is 'falling behind', this is not the case, every child is in the same position and we will support the children on their return to school.

Safeguarding

We remain committed to safeguarding throughout school closure. If you have any concerns about a child's safety or welfare please contact our school Designated Safeguarding Lead at DSL@lightwatervillageschool.org

With increased reliance on technology during this time, please see  https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/  for more information on keeping your child safe online

You can also read the Government e-safety guidance here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online

Contact

Please direct any queries regarding your child's learning directly to the class teacher via See Saw, they will be best placed to answer your queries. Any other contact to the school can be sent to info@lightwatervillageschool.org.

 

Pupils with Special Education Needs

Please see are SEND Polcy Covid-19 addendum at the bottom of this page for more information about how we are supporting pupils during this time.

Our pupils with additional needs are being provided for by their class teachers through adapted learning materials and online support. In addition to this, our pupils with EHCPs are being supported by our teaching assistants via video call.

Where pupils with EHCPs can be safely cared for at home, they should remain at home. The government advises that most pupils who have an EHC plan can remain safely at home. Where a risk assessment determines a child with an EHC plan will be safer at home, it may be more appropriate for them to stay at home. Where a risk assessment determines a child or young person with an EHC plan will be safer at school , it may be more appropriate for them to attend school.

Please check this page regularly as we will upload a range of resources that you can use with your child at home to support with their understanding of the situation and development.

The Surrey Educational Psychology Service have publish a fantastic resource pack for parents https://search3.openobjects.com/mediamanager/surrey/fsd/files/educational_psychology-_coronavirus_covid_resource_pack.pdf.

 

Family and Emotional Support

Our emotional support 'Thrive' team will be providing to pupils throughout the school closure via telephone and video calls. The school's Family Support Advisor is also contactable on val.goggin@lightwatervillageschool.org

Advice about what we should say to children

''There is so much on the news, on the radio and in the papers about Covid-19/coronavirus. Everyone is talking about it. It may be a good idea to try if possible to limit this when the children and young people are around. Maybe ask friends and family not to discuss their worries when the children are around even if they appear to be happy playing. They will be listening.

It can be hard for children to understand all the different views. They may misunderstand things that they have overheard and their imagination may become muddled between what is real and what is not.   

If you can get hold of the facts from the NHS and Government websites you can say that these notes will explain what is being done by the government. Let teenagers look at these websites and explain that other less reliable sites may say different things and may not always be telling the truth.

  • Try not to let covid-19/corona virus dominate all your conversations.

  • Try to get a balance between over talking or over exposure to the news and shielding children too much from it. 

  • Children/teenagers may come in the room when parents/carers are watching something in the news or discussing what is happening. It is important at these times not to suddenly switch things off or stop the conversation abruptly as this may spark curiosity and imagination about what might be happening.  Imagination can sometimes play out events more dramatically than the reality of a situation. 

  • If you have more than one child you may want to talk to them individually so you can tailor the conversation to their age. 

  • Try to find a time when you are feeling as calm as possible to have a conversation about what is happening.  It is ok though not to know. Not knowing and managing this is a part of life. 

  • It is ok too to let them know that you feel worried too. It is human to feel worried about big changes. 

  •  It can be a relief for children to see that a parent/carer can feel worried but still be ok.  If parent’s carers feel they need to talk about worries, it is helpful to have in mind other trusted adults they can phone or speak to.

Children can ask big questions at sometimes inconvenient times. If this happens, try to let them know that you have heard them and their question is important. Let them know that you will talk to them about it later. ''

More advice on speaking to children about Corona Virus is available here:

www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2

www.youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-highlights-importance-talking-children-about-coronavirus

 

 

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