Corona Virus Update Page
St. Edward's COVID19 Risk Assessment
Please check this page for any updates on the Coronavirus, including information on school closures procedures; help and information on the virus; and the DfE Coronavirus Helpline.
CHILDCARE FOR PARENTS WHO FALL INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
KEY WORKERS (NHS workers, Social care services, 'critical workers', police and delivery drivers)
CHILDREN WITH EHCP'S
VULNERABLE FAMILIES WITH ALLOCATED SOCIAL WORKER
Following the announcement of school closures by the Government earlier this evening school will only remain open for the children of parents who work in the above sectors. In order for school to plan and staff accordingly please confirm the need for childcare by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Thursday 19th March 2020. Please state the following in the email: Profession, employer and hours in which childcare is required for. Please note that childcare provision is being looked at, based upon numbers of children that fall within the above categories. We will be contacting families regarding ways in which we can help to ensure that you are able to continue to carry out your important work.
Any parents wanting to know more about this provision please email email@example.com
Letter to St. Edward's children from Mrs Kennett
WORK FOR CHILDREN:
If your child is currently still attending school they will be provided with a pack of work to bring home. If you are already self-isolating and would like to collect work, please confirm you will be collecting work between 10:00-12:00 tomorrow via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
CATHOLIC CHURCH SUSPENDS MASS WITH A CONGREGATION
This will mean that the following masses will only be available to view via the webcam in church please follow this link: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-edwards-church-selly-park-birmingham
Weekly Mass times:
M. Week day Mass in Upper Room entrance by white door next to Presbytery
Sat 9.00am & 6.00pm
Sun 10.15am & 6.00pm
Maundy Thursday (09.04.20) 7:00p.m.
Good Friday (10.04.20) 3:00p.m
Easter Vigil (11.04.20) 6:00p.m.
Your Weekly Wednesday Word
Weekly colouring and activity sheets linked to the Sunday Gospel
You will find access to home learning resources by following the link to our Phase Pages below. Please note, it will be the Phase pages that will be updated regularly, not the individual class pages.
It has come to our attention that some passwords were missing from the children's BGFL logins. Those in school today (Friday 20th March) have been issued with these. If your child is missing their password and is not in school today, you can still retrieve it by emailing their teacher on one of the following emails:
START THE DAY RIGHT!
WAKE UP SHAKE UP LIVE EVERY MORNING
Letter from Mrs Kennett regarding home learning provision for self-isolation or in event of school closure
In an attempt to avoid large gatherings, we have taken the decision to postpone the following dates, this list may change regularly, please keep checking.
Postponed Upcoming Dates:
17/03/20- Reception Inspire / World Book Day visit to Villa Park
19/03/20- Bronze Ambassador Training at Bishop Challoner / Year 4 Assembly
20/03/20- Mothers' Day Coffee Morning
21/03/20- Football after school
W/C 23/03/20- Outward Bounds Residential - (this has been postponed by the Trust following advice from the Government against non-essential travel, we are working with them to find an alternative date in the summer term)
23/03/20- Year 1 Inspire
W/C 23/03/20- 3M Swimming
25/03/20- Year 4 Inspire
W/C 30/03/20- 3C Swimming
31/03/20- Year 4 Cadbury World Trip
02/04/20- Year 5 Assembly
03/04/20- Easter Bonnet and Easter Garden Parade
07/05/20- Local Elections Polling Day
LENTEN CHARITY EVENTS WILL BE EXTENDED INTO THE SUMMER TERM E.G- Wet the teacher, the Cake Sale. EDWARD'S TRUST CHARITY ACTIVITY WILL CONTINUE AND CAN BE RETURNED ON THE ORIGINAL DATE ALLOCATED.
Tips for starting the difficult coronavirus conversation with your child
As a parent, there are always conversations you'd prefer not to have with your children. And when something as out-of-the-blue and unknown as the coronavirus strikes, it's hard to know where to begin. Especially as it's clear that the scientists still don't have the answers.
But children need you to talk to them. They're relying on you for information and, more importantly, support.
Open the conversation as soon as possible. It doesn't matter if you don't get far. They'll know it's OK to come back to it when something worries them - when someone they know starts feeling poorly, for example.
It doesn't matter either that you don't have all the answers, as long as you reassure them that people across the world are doing amazing things - coming together, staying apart - to try to combat the virus. And you are following all the advice and doing all you can for them.
Be prepared to listen
There's information everywhere. Your children have access to the knowledge and opinions of the rest of the world via the internet. It can be difficult to distinguish truth from misinformation. Listen to what your children have picked up.
The tech platforms are making a big effort to take down false stories about coronavirus - but they can't control private messaging. So it's still possible for children to have access to information that may worry them but simply isn't true.
Of course, it's a good thing that there's so much expert knowledge available. We can all listen to different scientists and compare countries' responses, and we can see what seems to be working in real-time.
That doesn't mean you have to sift through all this and work out the answers: you'd need a degree in microbiology for that.
What children mainly want to hear from their parents is that they're on their side. Make sure they know that you and all the people who care about them are doing what they came to protect them, and look after each other.
If they think they’re not being listened to, kids turn off. So your job is mainly (at least initially) to hear what they have to say. Let them know you’re ready to engage with their opinions and concerns.
As a parent, you’re one of the leading experts on your child.
Reassure them that children are much less affected by the virus than older people. They may be worried about people they know - grandparents, or people with underlying conditions. They may have asthma or other complicating conditions themselves. Make sure you know what the advice is, so you can promise them that everything is being done. Reassure them that everything will be done to protect and look after children.
Use the opportunity to start good habits of hand-washing, which will stand them in good stead long after this is all over. For younger children, you can make a game of it, singing songs while they wash.
Involve older children in planning for self-isolation. What food do you need? What films and games and activities will keep you occupied if schools have to close?
It’s easy to feel you don't know enough to be authoritative. It's fine to be honest about your own uncertainties, as long as you are calming and positive. Reassure them that this will pass, and we will all pick up the pieces - and, yes, they will have to go back to school.
You know how to be a parent – that's skill enough to be going on with.
The advice published on Parent Info is provided by independent experts in their field and not necessarily the views of Parent Zone or NCA-CEOP.
If you have any education-related coronavirus concerns, please contact the DfE helpline on: 0800 046 8687