Local Authority COVID Plan - 22nd April 2021
We sent home a letter earlier this week from the Local Authority which detailed their plan to help keep numbers low, This is their five point plan:
1. Twice weekly COVID testing for ALL adults: you can now pick up test kits to do at home in pharmacies and other local collection points or by ordering these online.
Find out more at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/COVID-19/covid-testing
2. If your child is at college or secondary school, they will continue to get test kits to do at home. Please do encourage them to do this twice a week. Please do record your/their results online too, even if they are negative.
3. Stick with the national restrictions until these change. You can meet one family group or up to 6 people OUTDOORS only. Shops and other places are now open including pubs and restaurants outdoors, but the virus is still out there so remember hands, face, space and ventilation.
4. Outbreaks happen when people do not self-isolate for 10 days when they have COVID or are a contact of a positive case. Find out what help you can get if you or your family need to self-isolate here https://www.solihull.gov.uk/COVID-19/Self-isolation
5. Vaccination is now open to anyone aged 45 or over. You will be contacted when you are eligible but please do go when you are invited and make sure you and your family go for their second vaccination too as this is very important.
You can find out more here: https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/
Following these will give us the best chance of keeping our children in school/settings and seeing the lifting of restrictions. Thank you for your support.
Reporting COVID Test Results
We have been informed that confirmed Covid-19 cases will need to be reported to Solihull Council for the first 6 days of the Easter holiday if the child becomes symptomatic for Covid-19 or tests positive within 48 hours of last being in school.
Please use our designated COVID email account: firstname.lastname@example.org to report any cases during this timeframe.
Symptomatic children or confirmed cases after this time only need to be reported if it will prevent the child from returning to school on Monday 19th April.
Message from Solihull Council – Rise in COVID Cases - March 2021
There has been a sudden rise in cases concentrated in the Smith’s Wood and Kingshurst areas of the borough. The Solihull rate is 83.2 per 100,000, up from 54.1 on 4 March - a rise from 117 to 180 cases. The Solihull rates are now the third highest in the West Midlands, above Birmingham, Warwickshire and Coventry. As we saw at Christmas once the new variant gets out, it spreads very quickly, causing new outbreaks and transmitting around families and workplaces. Although 44% of people in Solihull have had their first dose of vaccine this is mainly people over 60 and the average age of people most recently in intensive care was 57. This still leaves many people at risk of being very severely affected by Covid-19.
Please remember to follow the guidance below
Remember hands, face & space
Until 29th March, you can only meet one other person outdoors.
You should not meet in groups.
Indoor mixing is not allowed – this is the highest risk for spreading the virus.
You should continue to stay at home unless you need to go out for essential reasons, which includes education for children and young people.
Please remember that you can spread the virus with no symptoms – get a regular test at one of our community test centres – Tudor Grange Leisure Centre or North Solihull Sports Centre – if you are out and about – more info here [https://www.solihull.gov.uk/COVID-19/covid-testing].
You can spread the virus if you do not self-isolate for 10 days.
Financial and practical support [https://www.solihull.gov.uk/COVID-19/here2help] is available to help anyone who needs this so you can keep yourself, your family and your community safe. Contact the council on 0121 704 8000 for further information, including how to get tested if you have symptoms or are asymptomatic, or look at the information on the Council Covid-19 web pages here [https://www.solihull.gov.uk/COVID-19].
Please follow the guidance to help to keep yourselves safe and enable us to continue to keep school operating as normal for all pupils. Thank you
Coronavirus: Support for families and schools – Information for families on how to support their children during the Coronavirus outbreak
Guidance for parents and carers about school closures – Government guidance
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SEND Learning Resources – Covid-19 Support
There are resources that cover EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
Language Link – a number of children in school are a part of a Language Link Group (you will have been informed if your child is one of them). To support your children’s speech, language and communication needs, Language Link have fast tracked the launch of their new Parent Portal to help with this. The site will be live from Friday 20th March and will provide parents with FREE speech and language advice, resources and activities.
The site can be found at https://speechandlanguage.info/parents
Has lots of resources for all areas of the curriculum – if you don’t have a printer you could use a lot of their sheets as a guide to create your own activities
Sign up using an email address and password and use the code UKTWINKLHELPS to subscribe for free
Teach it primary
Sign up to get free access until the end of April – teaching packs including adaptable word documents, power points and activities for all areas of the primary curriculum
Interactive phonics games for children learning reception to year 2 work
Teach your monster to read
A free online phonics and reading game
There is also an app you can download for £0.99
Number fun portal
Videos, songs, games and activities covering the primary maths curriculum
Free to download home learning activity books for EYFS, KS1 and KS2
Lots of useful educational videos
Launching free online courses for children to complete independently around any curriculum area.
Free home learning packs and access to interactive resources for EYFS to KS2
Lots of primary reading resources, including over 100 free e-books
Stories read out loud for all ages
Have made over 3000 ebooks and audio books available for children to access for free. Just create an account if you don’t have one already
Full of educational games
A maths based game – you can get a free account
Learn a language for free – there is also an app free to download
Learning and revision activities for all areas and stages of the curriculum
Resources focusing less on the curriculum but equally useful!
Lots of interesting information and activities for kids
30 day Lego challenge
Lots of fun ideas to keep them busy if you have Lego at home – scroll to the bottom of this link to download a printable version of the 30 day Lego challenge
Create stories, games and animations
Kid friendly news
Easy to read information for pupils with SEND
Non-screen activities to do at home
To give your brain a break
The body coach
Will be hosting a daily PE class for children of all ages at 9am Monday to Friday through his Youtube channel
Lots of calming, mindfulness and meditation resources for kids and adults
Lots of fun videos that are linked to the curriculum and get you moving
Lots of videos and activities to encourage moving and mindfulness
Cosmic kids yoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids 3+
Tips for working from home using autism resources
· Provide a visual structure – this can be a simple ‘now and next’ board or a full timetable showing each activity etc. depending on the level of understanding your child has- be mindful that ALL children and young people like to know what they are doing, how long for, when they will be finished, and when they get to do something they want to do. Visuals/written checklist allow our children and young people to cross off activities which will help them feel like they are achieving and gives them a clear end.
· Having an incentive or reward system is great – be mindful that some children will need rewards at regular intervals (using the ‘I am Working For’ card system is good for this). If our child/young person is faced with too much of a demand/too long a wait, then they may feel it is impossible to achieve and avoid even attempting the task. This may result in defiant behaviour due to fear of failure. Little and often! J
· Having a designated work space- our children and young people may find working at home very challenging and might not be able to understand the reasoning behind this. Allow the child/young person to choose their work space (if they display demand avoidant behaviours, limited choice is better- give them some structured options). Make sure the choice is reasonable i.e not in front of the TV. Consider the environment – noise, distraction etc.
· Allowing the child to have their own ‘display board’ or wall like in their classrooms can help. They can display their work or favourite picture etc.
· Allow breaks- use the sensory feedback sheet for options of activities during the break for children with sensory processing difficulties.
· Make learning fun- it does not have to be at a table- particularly for those children/young people that are impulsive and find it difficult to focus- gardening, baking, crafting etc. are great
· Go where their interest is! Complete projects, research, activities around their motivating subjects. Helping around the house, outside, with cars, construction etc.
· Exercise and activities- the sensory feedback sheet can help but also creating your own fitness circuits, researching Youtube videos for fitness routines and relaxation and mindfulness for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaTDNYjk-Gw for younger children.
Resources for health and wellbeing (PDF) – Advice for helping young people manage their mental health and wellbeing.
Back to school support (PDF)
Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare
Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)
Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)
Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying.
Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm)
Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid
BSWA refuges are fully open. Checking for space is through helpline 0808 800 0028
• The Birmingham Drop-in services will be closing by the end of the week and alternative telephone support is accessed via 0808 800 0028
• Any women needing support who would have approached the Solihull Drop-in centres can call: 07891492327
•The Freephone Helpline is operational as normal. 0808 800 0028
•Any women at risk of homelessness as a result of domestic violence and abuse in Birmingham can call the Housing Options Hub: 0808 169 9604.
(We would like to acknowledge Coleshill Heath School for allowing us to use their website resources)