Please make sure you are getting all emails from the school to keep up-to-date.
The updated Government guidance for the month long lockdown means very little changes for schools. We need to remind all parents as follows:
1. Only ONE adult per family to drop off/pick up on site
2. Stay 2m away from anyone not in your household
3. Wearing facemasks/coverings on site is strongly recommended if you are able to
4. Do not congregate/stop to chat with other adults whilst on the school site
Please continue to keep to the guidance - we do not want to introduce any changes to school routines because these will be unsettling for pupils, families and staffing at an already stressful time.
If the above steps to do not reduce contact between people on site, then we may have to consider highly staggered drop off and collection times, which we want to avoid.
Breakfast club and afterschool club will continue with slightly altered timings.
If your child falls into a category of clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable , please contact the school office and we can share further guidance with you.
We will continue to have doors and windows open in school to ensure there is adequate ventilation in the school, please feel free to provide your child with lots of layers however please NAME all of their clothes. We will continue with all of our safety measures in the school which have now become part of school life.
If you have any questions, please contact the school.
Being well informed is the best way to reduce worries and anxieties.
What is COVID-19?
- Coronavirus is the virus that causes the illness COVID-19
- COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that affects the lungs and airways
- It can cause flu like symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing
- The infection is not serious for most people including children
- People most affected by the virus tend to be the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions however anyone can get COVID-19
- Most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain
- You can only catch it if you have been close to a person who has the virus
The NHS website provides more advice:
What can you do?
The most important advice to follow is here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/
- Wash your hands
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with when outside your home
Children will naturally be anxious at this time. See our pages on how to help children understand what is going on: https://www.thepinesschool.org.uk/pastoral-support/
Fact based websites
There is a lot of information out there, but not all of it is accurate.
Check the news once a day.
Hearing bad things all the time can make us feel sad and helpless.
It can make us think that the situation is much worse than it is.
The Council's Public Health Team has put together a web page at https://health.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/coronavirus/ which has useful information in one place:
- NHS - looking after your health
- PHE (Public Health England) - myth busting information about Coronavirus
- Self-isolating - what it is and why it is important
- Social distancing - what it is and why it is important
- Shielding - guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
- Government guidance - What you can and cannot do
To help your children understand more about COVID-19, why not have a look at our Helping Kids Cope page?