National Lockdown 2.0 - Thursday 5th November 2020
How does this impact upon schools?
Under the new restrictions:
- People are being told to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as work which cannot be done from home and education
- And people are also allowed to leave home for exercise medical reasons, food and other essential shopping and providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering
- Meeting indoors or in private gardens will not be allowed
- But individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place
- Pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail across the nation will close but takeaways and click-and-collect shopping can remain open
- Leisure and entertainment venues, including gyms, will also close
- Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open
- People are still allowed to form support bubbles.
- Children can move between homes if their parents are separated
- Clinically vulnerable people are asked to be "especially careful" but people are not being asked to resume shielding
For further reading, please see the official government guidance 'New National Restrictions from 5th November':
In response to the latest government guidance, we have refined our whole-school contingency plan to ensure all pupils receive immediate, quality home learning in the event of self/bubble isolation during Covid-19. The plan outlines the different scenarios and the relevant actions which should be taken by both staff and pupils.
Coronavirus resources for families
Helping children and young people cope with the information and changes related to the Coronavirus can be a huge challenge. From social distancing and quarantine to school closures and increased awareness of infection and hygiene – there is a lot to process for children and families.
Here are a few practical tips to help:
- Offer your child a space and time to check out if they have worries or questions.
- If talking is hard, be creative, can they draw it, read a relevant story, play, text you, write some notes for you. If talking is a bit hard model that it is ok to have worries.
- Then comes the coping bit...it is so vital not just to say ‘don’t worry or it will be OK’. They need strategies, a tool kit of resources they can use.
- It is sometimes helpful to think through a time they coped really well- really try and draw out the examples of what they did, how they coped.
- Try to think about any coping strategies that your child might find useful - mindfulness and simple breathing can be extremely effective.
- Try and remind your child/young person that everyone is going through this together.
- School will be a different place but it will be different for everyone and teachers will expect children to find it all a bit odd at first. It will be like getting used to a new pair of shoes but soon it will feel normal.
- Remind your child that although it can feel hard to believe, some very good things can also come out of bad times.