Coronavirus Updates

Information For Parents

Symptom Checker flowchart

Quick guide for absence from school

Return to school 8th March

The government have announced that all children will be returning to school on Monday 8th March. We look forward to welcoming you all back and have information regarding the return in the link below.

Returning on 8th March

We recognise that returning to school could be a worrying time and we are keen for the transition to be as smooth as possible. Well-being is extremely important to us all and if you would like some ideas for preparing your child for their return, please see the links below:

Childline: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/school-college-and-work/school-college/school/

NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/away-from-home/at-school/#cornavirus

Covid-19 Poster

Catch-up Funding

The government announced funding to support children to catch up lost time following school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.

School allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis and will be released to the school throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

Schools are requested to use the funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Please see our catch-up funding report below to see how we intend to use our funds to best support our children with their educational needs.

Catch-up Funding 2020-2021

WE HOPE YOU ARE ALL KEEPING SAFE

We hope you are all keeping safe and well during this very difficult time. The staff at DCINS have created a very special video for you and hope you enjoy! Take care and we will see you soon.

THANK YOU TO NHS STAFF AND KEY WORKERS

Today our children came together to create this beautiful rainbow poster to celebrate our NHS staff and key workers!

RAINBOW SONG

We were delighted to participate in a new recording of a special song created for the Diocese. We hope you enjoy our version of ‘Looking to the Rainbow’. We dedicate this to our staff, our families and our children. On Thursday 20th May, it is ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ so sing along and enjoy! Several schools participated so it was a nice event to celebrate: https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/news/norfolk-pupils-look-to-the-rainbow-to-sing-their-thanks-to-teachers/

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Remote Learning

Please see our remote learning information  on our website under Children’s Zone, Home Learning.

Remote Learning September 2020

Speech and Language Information

The following link provides information and resources to support your child’s communication skills:
https://salt.ecch.org/parents/
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s speech, language and communication skills you can contact the ECCH parent advice line on 01502 719830 (Monday – Friday 9am – 12 noon)

Free School Meals (FSM)

All families eligible for FSM are entitled to receive lunches during the school closure period. Any families eligible for this can claim for food vouchers for days their child is not attending school. A letter has been sent to all eligible families. If you think you may be eligible for this, please contact the office on 01362 692727 or office@dereham.norfolk.sch.uk for more information.

Safeguarding

We are committed to ensuring all families are safe during this difficult time. Where possible, we will continue to communicate with all our families to check that everyone is happy and well.

We understand that concerns may still arise during this challenging time as families are under huge amounts of pressure. If you see something or hear something that concerns you, please contact Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership on 0344 800 8020 to help keep all children safe. In an emergency, call 999.

See Something, Hear Something, Say Something

Norfolk Constabulary have also released a ‘Safer Schools’ Newsletter for all children:

Safer Schools Newsletter

The Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) have launched a new campaign called ‘We’re Still Here’. This NSCP wants all our families to know that this is a difficult time and if you are struggling, please come forward and seek help.  They will be sending out many postcards with the Just One Norfolk support and advice line. Please call this advice line if you need help: 0300 300 0123

Further information can be found at http://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/

Mental Health and Well-Being

We consider mental health and well-being to be of great importance for our children, families and staff. This is a very challenging time and there are lots of aspects to consider: feeling low because of the news, worrying about health, and coping with isolation and not seeing our family and friends. There are helplines available below that we hope will be of support:

Young Minds Charity: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental-health/

Mental Health Foundation: http://https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people

Mind: http://https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/

NSPCC: http://https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/mental-health-parenting/

Wellness Plan