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What to do if your child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) 

What to do if your child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) 

One or more COVID-19 Symptoms: 

  • A new, continuous cough 
  • A high temperature  
  • Loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell  

Action list 

 

  1. Self-isolate for 10 days   

 

  1. Use https://111.wales.nhs.uk/ or Call 111 for clinical advice 

 

  1. Apply for Coronavirus test if needed https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or call 119 to arrange for a test. 

 

  1. Collect any siblings from school. 

 

  1. Call the school to inform them your child has symptoms and whether they have had a test. Do not visit the school. 

 

  1. If your child has a negative test, return to school and provide proof of their result. 

 

  1. If your child gets a positive test, then continue to self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started. Anyone they live with, and anyone in their family bubble, or extended family bubble must self-isolate for 14 days. 

 

  1. If your child does not have any COVID-19 symptoms but does: 

 

Feel unwell with a temperature of less than 38C 

Vomit or has diarrhoea 

Have a loss of appetite 

Have a rash 

Have fatigue / aches 

Or have any other general illness or is feeling unwell 

 

Then you are advised to monitor your child closely. If appropriate do not attend school but keep them informed in the usual way. 

 

  1. If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not visit your GP, pharmacy or hospital, except in an emergency. 

 

Return to School

Phased Return – September 3rd and 4th

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Arrival

Collection

Tuesday

September 1st

Planning and Preparation

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Wednesday

September 2nd

Planning and Preparation

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Thursday

September 3rd

Class 1 (Group A)*
Class 4 (all) Class 5 (all)

C1 – 8.45am – 8.55am (main entrance)
Class 4 – 8.55am – 9.05am (main entrance)

Class 5 – 8.45am – 8.55am (Hall door)

C1 3pm – 3.10pm

C4 3.10pm – 3.20pm

C5 3pm – 3.10pm

Friday

September 4th

Class 1 (Group B)*
Class 2 (all) Class 3 (all)

C1 – 8.45am – 8.55am (main entrance)
Class 2 – 8.55am – 9.05am (main entrance)

Class 3 – 9.05am – 9.15am (main entrance)

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C1 2.50pm – 3pm

C2 3pm – 3.10pm

C3 3.10pm – 3.20pm

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*Class 1
Group A – Reception pupils who haven’t yet started school Group B – Reception pupils who started school in January

Monday September 7th

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All pupils return – please see timings below

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Please see information below

Arrangements from September 7th – Arrival and collection

• There will be staggered starts and ends to the school day – this is a temporary measure and will be adjusted once restrictions are removed.

If you have children in more than one class, please collect and drop off in the timeslot allocated to your oldest child.

  • Both the Vergam Terrace entrance and the rear entrance will be open for entrance and exit.
  • Please arrive within your allocated timeslot
  • When you arrive please wait on the playground with your child – a member of staff will be on duty and they will tell you when your child can enter the building safely.
  • Older pupils in C4 and 5 may come onto the playground unaccompanied. They will still need to arrive within their designated timeslot – however they must stand and wait to be invited in. They will not be able to play – if your child is unable to do this we will ask that you accompany them onto the playground. If they are walking home independently they will be dismissed in their designated timeslot.
  • Please do not allow pupils to play on the playground before school – we are working to ensure that they are in separate contact groups all day and this includes the period before school.
  • Parents/carers will not be allowed to enter the school building – if you need to speak to a member of staff please send a message via Class Dojo or ring the school.
  • Only one adult is allowed onto the playground to drop off or collect a child.
  • Please ensure that you are following the current social distancing guidelines on the playground – at present this requires you to be 2m away from other people. Please leave the playground as soon as your child is with you – another group of parents will be waiting to arrive for the next collection.Pupils
  • Pupils should wear full school uniform – please see school website for details. Uniform is available from School Trends and Tees R Us in Haverfordwest.
  • On the days when pupils have PE we ask that they wear their PE T Shirt, School Jumper or cardigan, Plain navy or black jogging bottoms and trainers to school. This will limit the need to bring in extra items to school.

Class

Arrival time

Entrance door

Collection time

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1

8.40-8.50

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Main Entrance

2

8.50 – 9.00

Main Entrance

3 – 3.10

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3

9 – 9.10

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Main Entrance

4

8.50 – 9.00

Hall Door

3 – 3.10

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5

8.40-8.50

Hall Door 2.50 – 3

Hall Door

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PE Timetable

Tuesday – Classes 2,3,4 and 5 Wednesday Classes 1 and 4 Thursday Classes 1,2,3 and 5

Letter from Steven Richards-Downes – Acting Director for Children and Schools

Dear parents and carers, 

Following the announcement by the Education Minister Kirsty Williams regarding the reopening of schools. I wanted to share our position with you. The last few months have been challenging of everyone, children and young people, parents and carers and school staff. I welcome the plans from Welsh Government, which will allow us to plan for the safe re-opening of schools in September. 

At the start of next term, schools will: 

  • Reopen to staff on the 1st of September, 
  • Plan and prepare for the return of learners by reviewing risk assessments and processes to ensure schools can welcome learners back safely. 
  • Prioritise groups of learners to attend in the first week on the third and fourth of September. 
  • Maximise the number of learners and increase numbers safely through the week beginning the 7th of September, leading to a full return by the 14th of September. 

Schools will communicate directly with parents and carers about their arrangements. During this week, Welsh Government will issue guidance and this guidance will change as the situation evolves. Every school will have its own challenges to deal with. The will include things like staffing, catering, cleaning, transport etc. These will be worked through in detail over the next few weeks. There will be no childcare provision for the children of key workers in September. 

We will: 

  • continue to provide support to schools and the families they work with in the coming weeks; 
  • continue to support headteachers and staff in schools who have worked under extreme pressure during the lockdown phase; 
  • continue to communicate via the local authority website and social media channels 

I would like to thank you for your support and working with our schools and us during this difficult time. I am confident that by continuing to work together we can make the return to our schools successful. 

 

Yours sincerely 

 

Steven Richards-Downes 

Acting Director for Children and Schools 

Staying Safe Online

DIGITAL SAFETY DURING COVID-19:

SAFEGUARDING FROM HARMFUL INFLUENCES ONLINE

 

  • The impact of COVID-19 means that most of us will be at home for an extended period and are likely to be spending increasing amounts of time online.

 

  • The online world is a necessity for many children in accessing school work and it delivers huge benefits, not least in enabling us to stay connected to family and friends during this period. However, many parents may feel concerned about the content their children are accessing.

 

  • Although rare, there is a risk that increased online activity and feelings of stress and isolation may be exploited by negative influences and online groomers of all kinds to target vulnerable children and young people directly.

 

  • An understanding of digital safety will help parents and carers safeguard loved ones from a range of harms, whether that’s child sexual exploitation, fraud, or extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people.

 

  • Extremists may use the COVID-19 outbreak to promote hateful views, for example through conspiracy theories blaming a particular group for the virus, or through spreading misinformation regarding these groups’ responses to it.

 

What steps can I take to keep my child safe online?

 

  • If you have downloaded new apps or bought new technology to help stay connected at this time, remember to review and adjust privacy and safety settings if you or your child is signing up to a new online service.

 

  • Government has encouraged Internet Service Providers to allow parents to easily filter content to put you in control of what your child can see online.

 

  • You can switch on family friendly filters to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.
    • The UK Safer Internet Centre provides guidance on how to do this.
    • Internet Matters has also provided step by step guides on how to setup parental controls.

 

  • More information is included in the ‘Further Resources’ section.

 

What are the signs that my child may be being exploited online?

 

  • Online exploitation is often hard to recognise because it is a complex issue. When it comes to being drawn into extremist ideas online, sometimes there are clear warning signs, in other cases the changes are less obvious.

 

  • Although some of these traits may be quite common among teenagers, taken together they could be indicators that your child may need some help:
    • Exploring new and unusual websites, chat forums and platforms. Harmful influences may push individuals towards platforms with a greater degree of anonymity.
    • Joining new or secret groups since isolation.
    • Speaking with new friends or being secretive about chats during online gaming or in forums.
    • A strong desire to seek new meaning, identity and purpose.
    • Using language you wouldn’t expect them to know.
    • Watching, sharing or creating films online linked to religious, political or racial hate.
    • Becoming increasingly argumentative or refusing to listen to different points of view.

 

Should I be concerned that a loved one is being exploited online?

 

  • The above are merely signs that they might need help, but you know your child best and you will want to speak with them first. Check in with them and ask about what they are viewing, who they are speaking to and how they are feeling. This might feel difficult, but here are some pointers to help you:

 

  • Listen carefully to their fears and worries. Find some helpful tipshere.
  • Avoid explanations that could be interpreted as antagonistic, belittling or frightening.
  • Advice and support is available to help them understand COVID-19.
  • If they are finding it hard to cope with bereavement and grief – advice can be found here.

 

What help is available if my child is being exploited online?

 

  • It is important to safeguard loved ones from a range of online harms, whether that’s child sexual exploitation, fraud, or extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people.

 

  • If you are concerned that your child may be at risk of radicalisation, help is available to make sure they get the support they need to move away from harmful influences.

 

  • Teachers, healthcare practitioners, social workers, the police, charities, psychologists and religious leaders work together to safeguard those vulnerable to radicalisation through a safeguarding programme known as Prevent.

 

  • Prevent protects people from being drawn into hateful extremism – regardless of the ideology. It works in a similar way to safeguarding processes designed to protect people from gangs, drug abuse, and physical and sexual exploitation.

 

  • Receiving support through Prevent is voluntary, confidential and not any form of criminal sanction. It will not show up on any checks or negatively affect an individual’s future in any way.

 

  • The type of support available is wide-ranging, and can include help with education or careers advice, dealing with mental or emotional health issues, or digital safety training for parents; it all depends on the individual’s needs.

 

  • With this specialist help, vulnerable people across the country have moved away from supporting hateful extremism, enabling them to live more stable and fulfilling lives.

 

How can I access support and advice for a loved one being radicalised?

 

  • As with other safeguarding functions, Prevent is still operating during this time and is here to support families in times of need.

 

  • If you are worried that a loved one is being radicalised, you can call the police on 101 to get advice or share a concern so that they can get safeguarding support. Alternatively, you can contact your local authority safeguarding team for help.

 

  • Contacting the authorities will not get the individual into trouble if a criminal act hasn’t been committed. The local authority or police will discuss your concerns, suggest how they can best help and give you access to relevant support and advice.

 

  • If you think someone is in immediate danger, or if you see or hear something that may be terrorist-related, trust your instincts and call 999 or the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

 

I have seen concerning hateful content online that could cause harm. What should I do?

 

  • Prevent takes robust action to tackle radicalisation online and to counter the ideology promoted by extremists. This includes removing terrorist-related material and action to suspend the accounts of those fuelling these views.

 

 

Further resources

 

There are resources available to help you understand and protect your child from different harms online.

 

www.familylives.org.uk

 

The charity Family Lives  provides emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life.  Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services has awarded funding to Family Lives to extend its helpline service to include support to parents who are more comfortable speaking in Welsh. This announcement compliments the Welsh Government’s “Stay Safe, Stay Positive”  campaign in response to the current pandemic.  For more information and support, follow @parentsinwales on Facebook.

 

 

Critical Worker School Bookings

Critical Worker School Bookings

School bookings for July for the four-year-old to 14-year-old children of critical workers will close tomorrow, Thursday, 18th June, at 5 pm.

If you have not already booked your child/children into their school and you are a critical worker requiring childcare you must book by the above date and time.

Bookings can be made at: covid19childcarebookings@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of employment. Both the booking form and evidence of role must be submitted by 5 pm tomorrow.