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COVID-19 Health Information

Last Updated on 1st March 2021

We have been living with the coronavirus pandemic for many months now, and much of the health information related to COVID-19 will be clear to most people. However, if you are unsure about any specific information, we recommend that you visit the government advice website via the link below:

Children’s and young people’s emotional wellbeing has never been more important than now as they return to school following this second national lockdown.

Having been away from school for a while, some children and young people may understandably be feeling apprehensive or worried. To help and support families, our Mental Health Support in Schools Team have produced a short video which seeks to provide parents with some simple tips for supporting good emotional wellbeing as children return to the classroom.

 

To view please click on this link https://youtu.be/D3GkzXqKjHQ

The following Links are to websites which offer Support for children and families 

https://camhsdorset.org/– CAMHS provides support to children and young people who are coping with significant mental health difficulties. Find out what we help with – and how

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/– CAMHS – Resources for young people, carers and professionals – Downloads, Websites,  Books, Apps, Videos and Coronavirus

Please click on the link below to view a child friendly story about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Vaccine-story

 

https://www.parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/covid-19-advice-support– We know that coronavirus has put extra pressure on families, so Action for Children are offering online parenting support. From where to go for help to how to keep your children entertained at home – explore our advice and find useful resources.

 

https://talk.actionforchildren.org.uk/– Have a question about parenting? Our online coaches are available for free, confidential 1-1 live chat. We’re here to listen and support you. 

 

https://minds.actionforchildren.org.uk/anxious-feelings– Anxiety and Feelings

 

https://www.gosh.org/power-of-play-hub– Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

 

hug_HR– Australian Childhood Foundation – Many Ways to Share a Hug

 

Things to look forward to after the coronavirus

In order to minimise the risk of any infection spreading in the school, it is very important that all members of the school community follow government advice regarding self-isolation. Regarding this, please read the following guidance carefully.

Self-Isolation Guidance

If a child or member of staff shows symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19, they must self-isolate for up to 10 days and arrange to be tested. You can arrange for a test via the NHS self-referral website which can be found on this page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/… 

Alternatively, you can also call 119 to arrange a test.

If they receive a negative test, they do not need to continue self-isolating, provided that they no longer have a fever and feel well enough to return or have been identified as a contact. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

If they test positive for COVID-19, they and their household will have to isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test. Their contacts in school will then be contacted by NHS Test & Trace and will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days from contact with the positive case.

If your child has been identified as contact and are self-isolating, members of your household do not need to self-isolate unless your child develops symptoms themselves, or if you are instructed to by NHS Test & Trace.

It is important that everyone engages with NHS Test & Trace as much as possible if required.

If you have been identified as a contact of a positive case and are self-isolating, you should only apply to take a test if you start to develop symptoms.

If a member of your child’s bubble has developed symptoms, your child does not need to self-isolate unless they themselves develop symptoms, the original case tests positive, or if requested to do so by NHS Test & Trace.

Further Guidance

Full guidance about self-isolation, should this be required of you, can be found at the following government website address: https://www.gov.uk/government/…

You can also find more direct advice over the phone by contacting NHS 111.