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coronavirus information booklet for children

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Click here. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?

We want to make sure that this book is accessible to every child and family and so the book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it. However, we have suggested, at the back of the book, that families might make a donation to help our health service if they find the book useful: https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/.

SEN school Closure Resources and Information

We appreciate that this may be a difficult time for many of our SEN pupils and their families. Below are some links to useful sources of information and resources. Please do get in touch if we can help you further. 

Small Paul Story to explain current circumstances 

IDL  at home guide

SEN Links and Resources

Community Response Helpline

Our Community Response helpline is open

We’ve opened a new dedicated helpline as part of our Covid-19 Community Response. 

We’re working alongside our citizens and local organisations to make sure that together we can all support our neighbours and communities over the coming weeks. We’re working especially closely with local voluntary sector organisations through our partners at Volunteering Kirklees (part of Third Sector Leaders). 

Together we’ve developed a co-ordinated Community Response, including a Kirklees Council helpline and online forms that anyone can use to either request help, or to offer support to others. Our response teams in local places will be matching requests for help with offers of support, so that we can work together to support the most vulnerable in our communities. 

How to request support or offer support 

Anyone can let us know about the things they need help with, or that someone who they are concerned about might need help with. Individuals, organisations and businesses can also tell us about the support they may be able to offer to others.

·       Online forms: Covid-19 Community Response

·       Community Response helpline: 01484 226919

The helpline is managed by Kirklees Direct and opened at 9am on Wednesday 25th March. It will initially be open from 8am to 6pm weekdays. We will review this daily. Citizens and organisations can share information with us online at any time.

School closure information and resources

Dear Parents,

I am sure most of you will now be aware of the announcement that from the close of day on Friday, schools will remain closed for the vast majority of pupils until further notice. It seems that schools will remain open for children of key workers and for vulnerable children, yet at the moment we have no further information on how schools need to plan for this. I have been informed this evening that the Cabinet Office will be releasing some guidance on this for schools tomorrow.

I would like to reassure parents that over these last few days, our federation leaders have been planning for school closure and home learning in the anticipation that closure was imminent. This evening all our staff have come together to continue planning. During the next two days we will be informing parents about our arrangements for home learning and how parents and pupils will be able to access home learning. The staff will be working incredibly hard to ensure everyone is as prepared as possible.

During closure, we intend to maintain contact with parents and pupils a much as possible during working days- this will be done via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for pupils and School Ping and emails for parents. Further instructions and details on the use of the VLE will be shared with pupils and parents by Friday. We would like to assure parents that we will continue to update you with important information and developments even after closure. We are aware that we do have some vulnerable families and that some parents may require some support/ guidance/ signposting to support services and advice in the coming weeks. We will be letting parents know by Friday how they can contact us to seek advice or support in these challenging times.

I will send an update for parents again tomorrow when we have further information to share. In the meantime, keep safe everyone and support each other.

Mrs Kenworthy

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