We will be updating this page regularly with the most recent guidance and communication regarding COVID-19. All communications are sent directly to Parents using ParentMail, but will be uploaded here as well. Please bear with us, things are changing quickly and we are doing our best to get accurate & useful information home to parents as soon as possible.
Please use the following links to the Department of Education Website for accurate information on the current school closure:
Notice 5th January 2021:
Following the government announcement about lockdown and schools this evening, we are currently unclear about the definition of vulnerable that it is intended we use in order to establish which children should continue to attend school. We do not think attendance will be compulsory from January the 5th 2021 until further notice so all absence will be authorised. Please only send your child to school on January 5th 2021 if you are a key worker or consider your child to be vulnerable. We will write to parents with further information tomorrow.
For all of our children - school is a routine - this routine has been disrupted in the most unexpected way. We cannot give reassurances or offer definite answers to questions. However, there is now a wealth of suggestions and guidance as to how we can respond to our children and to help if anxiety is present.
Please take a look first of all at the Tips for Families document from the National Autistic Society listed below. Be aware - there is a lot of material to look at and it may be a challenge to find the time as you are all busy with the children at home! Also, please bear in mind the level of understanding of your child - for example, a few of the stories are full of information that could provide reassurance for some and cause anxiety in others. You will know your child best.
In line with government policy around social distancing and the impact of setting closures on access to our service, we want to reassure you that Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) remains available to contact for all. We are offering a Telephone Support Line during this time which will be:
A daily telephone support line provided by educational psychologists for families, education staff and other professionals in Hampshire;
available each day from 9.30am -12.30pm and 1.00pm – 4.00pm;
for any queries related to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, their families and staff who know them.
Please look at the documents below for further information.
UPDATE- We have now moved our foodbank to Sycamore Halls, Sycamore Way, Winklebury RG23 8AB and will be open 9-4pm Monday to Saturday .