Information Regarding Covid-19
Partial School Closure:
Please be aware that on the 30th December, the Government announced the partial closure of primary schools in specific areas commencing from 4th January 2021. We are still open to the children of Key Workers, and also to children that we have chosen to invite in for specific reasons.
During this time, if your children are not in school, then there is still an expectation for them to access learning. You can read more about this in our document Remote Education - Information for Parents.
During these unprecedented times, we have complete empathy with just how confusing and overwhelming it can be to understand what is the best approach to supporting your child - in all ways, education, health and general wellbeing. We are confident in being able to provide your child with an environment that is as safe and secure as possible, and that in working together as a community, while we understand that there will always be various factors over which we have little control, we can work to provide a nurturing environment in which your child can continue to 'flourish'.
Please see below for guidance and advice on what to to if you think your child or a family member are showing signs of COVID -19, as well as up to date information from both the Local Authority and the Government on current restrictions and rules.
Policies and Information
Mental Health Support
Kooth can be accessed via website or via the app and students/parents can self refer for help, it doesn't need to go through a doctor or school referral process: it is also picked up by trained counsellors to support the student. www.kooth.com
Young Minds offers a similar service to Kooth but the support is supported' by trained professionals rather than counsellors actually supporting the students. youngminds.org.uk
MIND are offering free virtual wellbeing sessions (out of school hours) for young people to combat stress, deal with emotions and reduce anxiety in order to enhance resilience. Further information and enrolment onto the course can be found at: https://www.maidstonemind.org/virtual-bounce-back-courses/
MIND also provide information on how to access support and services for a range of issues such as abuse, bereavement, mental
health, housing and benefits: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/
Making Miracles are a local charity supporting young people and families through loss and bereavement, particularly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. They have offered 6 FREE bereavement counselling sessions to any young person who may benefit from it. This is not explicit to COVID being the cause of a loss, but is open to anyone who has lost during COVID from other causes. www.makingmiracles.org.uk
Further information can be found at the Kent Resilience Hub.
Bereavement support for children and young people - Kent Resilience Hub
Positive Well-being for Parents
Our contact details can be found in the Contact Us section further down this page.
An online picture book by Jon Burgerman for children who are worried about Coronavirus
Covid Children's Booklist
If your child is struggling during the pandemic, this booklist has identified some books for home reading
which are recommended to support children with anxieties linked to Coronavirus.
sent to us by Medway Virtual School