Covid-19

SUPPORT PAGE

WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU THROUGH THIS.

Covid-19 Support

As a school, we are very aware that this is a stressful time for our families with lots of changes to the way that we are currently living our lives. We know that many of our families seek support from school staff on a day-to-day basis and we want to make sure that we are still providing that level of care whilst school is closed.

This web page has been set up to provide parents with all the information they may need at this time. Please have a look at all the different sections and access as much support as you need.

We know that asking for help is not always an easy thing to do but we really do urge you to reach out to us if you are struggling; we are here to support you through this.

Should you require any further information. Please do not hesitate to email admin@cottagegrove.co.uk or call the school office on 02392 341 133; if nobody is able to take you call, leave us a message and we will get back to you.

Keep safe,

Polly Honeychurch

Headteacher

Summary of Updates:

03/06/2020

Updated WIDER SCHOOL OPENING INFORMATION

28/4/2020

Updated FREE SCHOOL MEALS CHILDREN

    • Provided latest information on supermarket voucher scheme

16/4/2020

Updated FREE SCHOOL MEALS CHILDREN:

    • Provided information about communication which has been sent via email which informs parents of how they can order supermarket vouchers or food parcels for their children. Please see the FREE SCHOOL MEALS CHILDREN section for further information.

16/4/2020

Added information to the following pages:

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION:

This section now features:

      • Current Government Guidelines on staying at home.
      • Current Government Guidelines on School closures.
      • NHS guide for parents about who to contact, and when, if someone in your household displays virus symptoms.
      • NHS hand-washing video for children.
      • Resources to support parents explaining the virus to children.

SAFEGUARDING:

    • Added information about how to contact our Pastoral Support Team during the school closure; they are still able to provide support

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

New section created to signpost parents to health and wellbeing support for themselves and their children.

This new section features:

      • Information about how the School nurse and Solent NHS are currently offering support
      • Information related to Domestic Violence
      • Mental Health resources for children (Ninja App)

FREE SCHOOL MEALS CHILDREN

      • Update on progress related to food vouchers; parents of children that are eligible for free school meals will be emailed early next week with information about how they can order food parcels or food vouchers going forward. Thank you for your patience as we set up this new system - we received access to the Government's online food voucher system on 16th April 2020.

SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES WITH MONEY WORRIES

This new section features:

      • Information about how we can access local Foodbank support for you
      • Portsmouth City Council - information and support

15/4/2020

Added information to FOOD SUPPORT section, outlining the support that is available for families eligible for free school meals provision; as well as any family that may require support accessing food or benefits at this time.

14/4/2020

Added the following information to the PARENTAL SUPPORT section:

      • Information about Portsmouth City Council Parent Support Sessions which are being offered via phone call
      • Resources that can be used to help children to understand Covid-19.
      • 'Safer Portsmouth' website to signpost to local support for Domestic Violence.

WIDER SCHOOL OPENING INFORMATION

Updated on 3rd June 2020:

If your child has been offered a place as part of our wider opening plans you will have received a social story and a copy of the pupil charter. By sending your child into school you are agreeing to the pupil charter.

If your child is in N, R, 1 or 6 and you would now like them to attend but have not received a social story please DO NOT just send your child into school. You will need to phone the school office to add their name to the waiting list. Please do not send your child in until you have received the social story and have been given a time they can start.

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Stay Alert

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON CORONAVIRUS

NHS Guidelines if you, or your child, is displaying symptoms

Resources to help explain Covid-19 to children

We understand that children may anxious and have questions about the what is going on at the moment. Below are resources you can share and discuss with your child. They also contain further information about the virus.

Resources aimed at younger children:

Resources aimed at older children:


SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS

Safeguarding remains our top priority

If you have concerns about a child's wellbeing, please visit our dedicated safeguarding page where you will find up to date information about how you can help and who you need to report these concerns to.

Information relating to the health and wellbeing on parents and support for issues such as Domestic Violence can be found in the HEALTH AND WELLBEING section below.

Our Pastoral Support Team continues to work during the school closure and our Pastoral Support Lead, Karen Davies, is in constant communication with the Local Authority in order to ensure that the families in our care remain fully supported during this enforced closure.

If you would like some support from our Pastoral Support Team - please do not hesitate to call the school office on 02392 341 133; you can leave a message with your name and number and the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

PARENTING SUPPORT

Resources

Parental Support Sessions

Portsmouth City Council are running parenting support session by phone. Please see the link below with information about how to book one of these sessions:

Practical Information and Advice

Here are some great websites to visit if you are looking for practical information about dealing with family life during lockdown:

MABS

We have some limited capacity to offer telephone support with a member if staff from the Multi Agency Support Service (MABS.) Please enquire by contacting the school office, 02392 341 133, and leaving a message for Karen Davies who will contact you to discuss this service.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Parents

School Nurse

The Solent NHS Trust have provided us with the following information:

Due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak the Solent NHS Trust '0-19' Children’s Service needs to reduce the amount of contact we have with children and families to ensure that we comply with the nationwide restrictions on social contact to reduce the rate and spread of infection. Routine home visiting, child health clinics and telephone contacts are being reduced on a temporary basis but you may still contact us if you need to discuss worries about your child’s health and development that cannot wait.

We will continue to provide a Duty Health Visitor and School Nurse telephone line for issues such as infant feeding difficulties, maternal mental health, behaviour management and concerns for any school aged child or other problems that you may be struggling with.

Solent NHS Trust 0-19 Duty Telephone Line: 0300 123 6629

You can also message our text service on:

Health Visiting Solent Pulse Text messaging service: 07491163275

School Nursing Solent Pulse Text Messaging service: 07491163276

If you think your baby or child is unwell and you are worried please seek advice as you would do normally by contacting NHS 111 or your GP as appropriate.

You may also find the Healthier Together Website helpful for guidance on childhood illness and well-being: www.what0-18.nhs.uk/solent

Domestic Abuse Information

Support remains available for all those experiencing domestic abuse. The links below will provide you with information from Hampshire Police and Aurora New Dawn:

Mental Health Resource for Children

'Think Ninja' app - mental health support for young people

There is a free app called Think Ninja now available for young people in Portsmouth that can help with mental health education and coping strategies and has recently been updated to include support for use during the COVID-19 outbreak.

You can use it on smartphones or tablets - just search for 'ThinkNinja' in the IOS or Android app store from a mobile device to download the app and put in your home postcode to activate it.

More information about the app can be found here

SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES WITH MONEY WORRIES

Foodbanks

We are aware that we have families in need who are not yet eligible for free school meals. We can also request support from the local Foodbank for families in need. If you need food for your family from the Foodbank please email Mrs Honeychurch, head@cottagegrove.co.uk , including details of your name, address, date of birth and the number of adults and children in your family. Mrs Honeychurch will then contact you directly to let you know when you can collect food from the Foodbank.

Financial Support

There is lots of useful information on the Portsmouth City Council website about financial support available linked to work and benefits, click the link below to access this:

If you need support with accessing benefits, please contact us at school (02392 341 133 or admin@cottagegrove.co.uk) and we will see what we can do to support you.

As always, if there is anything else we can do to support you in this difficult time please don't hesitate to contact us.

ACCESSING LEARNING FROM HOME

Student Intranet

Student's are able to access work remotely via our Student Intranet

Teachers will be regularly setting work on the homework pages and these can be accessed via the big green 'homework' button and selecting your child's year group. It's best to have a look here for any work that your child's teacher has asked to be completed.

There are also a number of learning resources available on the 'Resources' page - which can be accessed via the big red 'resources button'.