Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

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Coronavirus

The Government has announced that schools will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March, as part of the country's ongoing response to coronavirus. Children who do not fall into these categories should remain at home with appropriate care. We expect more clarity about what this means in the next few days and we will share information with you on this page as it emerges, as well as updating you regularly by email and/or text.

Education
We are absolutely committed to actively supporting the continuing education of all our children for as long as schools remain closed. To this end, we have identified a range online learning resources for children who have been asked to stay at home, some of which are already familiar to the children, and some of which are new. These resources will differ depending on which year group your child is in. More detail is included in the email sent to all parents on 19 March, and we have also listed these resources and other web links on the Useful Resources section of our website under Curriculum. Usernames and passwords are in children’s reading records which will go home with book bags on Friday 20 March. If you or your child find that they do not have login details for a site, please email us at office@sacredheartleeds.org.uk and we will aim to respond within 48 hours. 

Food
We are fortunate that our catering provider, Catering Leeds, has committed to getting food to children that need it. This includes all children are eligible for means tested free school meals. It does not include all children who receive universal infant free school meals, i.e. all children in Reception, Years 1 and 2. Initially, Catering Leeds will provide a cold "Grab Bag", to include a sandwich, a cake bake, a piece of fruit, and a small milk drink. These Grab Bags will be collected by the school and distributed to eligible children. We will be sharing more information about how these arrangements will work.

OneYou Leeds provides lots of advice about cooking and eating well. Visit their website or ask Elaine Hughes, our Inclusion Manager, for a free recipe card containing delicious, cheap and easy meal options.

Some families may require emergency food. The opening times and locations for Leeds Northwest foodbank centres are at the link below. Everyone who comes to the foodbank for emergency food needs to have a valid foodbank voucher. We have a stock of these in the school office and can get them to you after we close.
Leeds North and West Foodbank

In addition, because of generous donations from local parishioners, we have a limited number of £10 Morrisons food vouchers. Please speak to Elaine if you think you will need one of these.

Bus service
We have been informed that bus operators are assuming for the time being that school bus services will run as normal until Easter.
Practical help and support
We recognise that some families may be experiencing emotional distress because of the coronavirus, or may need practical help with a range of welfare and money issues. We have provided below a couple of posters which include contact details for a range of help such as the Samaritans, Citizens Advice, and many others. If you struggling, it is ok to ask for help. 

Contacting the school during closure
Please contact the school office as normal by email at office@sacredheartleeds.org.uk, or phone at 0113 3368003. We will aim to respond to emails from parents within 48 hours. If your query is urgent, call Elaine  on our emergency number 07771636859.   

Health advice and information from the Government

What are the symptons of coronavirus?
They include:
  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever
Preventing the spread of infection
  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please visit 111.nhs.uk or, if you do not have internet access, call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to hand washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. In school, we are using e-Bug resources produced by Public Health England to teach the children. Younger children may enjoy the NHS hand washing song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Latest Department for Education information:
https://twitter.com/educationgovuk
https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
 

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