Please see details from the county-wide campaign encouraging neighbours, extended family, those working to provide essential services and volunteers to look out for the county’s children, as the coronavirus lockdown continues.
SENsational Families has been hearing a lot from families who are having problems buying particular foods and drinks for their children. This has become a real concern for those who have rigid eating patterns and limited diets.
Families are having trouble finding delivery slots and the limited items per order when they do isn’t helping.
To help with this, SENsational Families have created a Facebook group so people can share which items they are having difficulty sourcing. They will add this info to a spreadsheet on their website so that other people can help search for the items.
They will be approaching supermarkets and manufacturers to see if they can help directly, too.
Please click link for more information on the Groceries Hunt
Dear parent / carer
Thank you for your patience as the school has been organising Free School Meal Vouchers. I am please to announce that the Government has now developed a system allowing schools to distribute vouchers electronically for those parents with email addresses. Those eligible parents without email addresses will receive vouchers by post. The new arrangements will start on the 22nd April.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a pleasant Easter break. Please stay safe.
We have been advised that Short Breaks are allowing families who receive funding from Short Breaks, are able to spend £500 of their budget on equipment to keep the kids amused which is amazing! For more information follow click here
The Local Authority has issued guidance to parents and carers in line with Government advice concerning EHC plans. This can be found on the Local Offer website, or click on this link:
Dear Parent/ Carer
I am writing to you on the behalf of the governing body at Parkside. First, I hope you and your children are well and are coping with the transition to social isolation/ distancing.
As you are aware Parkside is closed for the majority of pupils, though remains open and is providing child care on the school site for children that have parents who are key workers and for other children in particularly challenging circumstances. In addition to this, work is available from the school website to help you in supporting the learning of your children at home in the coming weeks.
One of our most important aims as a school is to try to ensure positive emotional well-being for all of our pupils. This is an aim that is now significantly more challenging due to the current circumstances, and we would encourage all of you to contact the school if you have any concerns about your children in this regard. We would also encourage you to have this in mind when encouraging your child’s learning at home. Please do not feel that you have to become a teacher overnight. The resources provided on the website are there for you to choose from and are not meant to be prescriptive. It is important that you try to take an approach to supporting your child’s learning in a way that is most appropriate to them as an individual. Routine is certainly important, but routines will be different for different children. Also, please don’t feel that you have to ‘battle’ to make your child learn all of the things that they would have learnt if they were attending school. If you can make learning as fun and stress-free as possible that will certainly contribute to your child’s emotional well-being and help to ensure positive family relationships during this challenging time. Rest assured that staff at Parkside will assess all children’s progress on their return to school and pick up their learning from where they are up to.
I cannot emphasize enough that school staff are available to offer help, guidance and support, so please get in contact with your child’s class team/tutor group for any concerns or issues that you have.
We know from the Government that the current situation is likely to continue for a number of weeks/months. The school is planning to open after the Easter break on April 20th with the same arrangements and pupils. Since there has been no critical need identified for the school to open over the Easter break from key working parents, this will provide an opportunity for the school to have a deep clean in preparation for the Summer term.
Finally, on behalf of the governing body, I would like to offer huge thanks to the staff at Parkside. I am in regular contact with Bob and other members of the leadership team at the school and know that the response of all the staff to the crisis caused by the virus has been exceptional. As ever staff are going the extra mile time and again in the interests of the children and young people that attend the school.
Mr Steve Hobbs, Chair of Governors
Dear Parent / Carer,
Thank you for your continued support for the school. We are delighted with the feedback that we have received in relation to the resources teachers are preparing for educating in the home, which I will pass on to the relevant staff.
We realize that this is a very difficult situation to deal with, especially as we do not know how long we will need to close the school to the majority of pupils. We do work closely with Educational Psychologists in CEPP, who can remotely support families having significant difficulties.
In line with most other complex needs schools we will be closing for all pupils over the Easter break, as we do not have staffing in place to open the school itself and we will need to deep clean the whole of the school. Many of our staff support young people with complex needs in different settings over this period. If you are a key worker and have a critical need for support over this time please do contact the school to see if we can help.
Dear Parents and carers
We’ve been approached by a team of researchers at the University of York who are interested in how children with special educational needs and disabilities are feeling during the Coronavirus outbreak and how parents would like to be supported. They would like to invite you to complete a 5-10 minute online survey by clicking this link (https://york.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e4LnbX5Q7X2MF9j). They’ve also compiled a list of online resources to support your wellbeing and your child’s wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak (see below). If you have any queries about this survey, please contact the research team directly on firstname.lastname@example.org”
Coronavirus and Your Child’s Wellbeing
- Autistica – coping with uncertainty for autistic people and their families – https://www.autistica.org.uk/what-is-autism/coping-with-uncertainty?dm_i=4U0R,BB4Y,2UR4W7,18O1Z,1
- The Anna Freud Centre – supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption – https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus
- The Mental Health Foundation – talking to your child about scary world news – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/talking-to-your-children-scary-world-news
- Young Minds – blogs aimed at young people on wellbeing and Coronavirus – https://youngminds.org.uk
Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing
- Mind – your wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- The Mental Health Foundation – looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- The NHS – how to look after your wellbeing whilst staying at home – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- The NHS – list of helplines if you need to speak to someone about your mental health – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- British Association for Counselling Psychotherapists – how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during self-isolation – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing