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Parent/Carers Notice: Supporting You

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are well.

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds we are conscious that this will be a challenging time for everyone. Please continue to follow NHS guidance on social distancing and hygiene and remember that the rationale for self-isolation remains in place.

Whilst your daughters’ are at home, they should remain inside during the lock down period and only go out accompanied by an adult,  if absolutely necessary. It is vitally important that you ensure that your daughter adheres to all the advice from Public Health England regarding social distancing, hand washing etc.

As a school, we expect all students to be at home during the time-tabled school day and log into SMHW to complete the work they have been set by their teacher. We will contact you if your child is not engaging fully with this provision. Keep routines and structure where possible (particularly around bedtimes). Maintaining a routine with your daughter will be important, but it need not be overly strict.

If your child has forgotten their login details for SMHW or needs a password reset, please email your child’s full name and form group to welcome@central.towerhamlets.sch.uk.

Staff are uploading resources daily onto SMHW so please do continue to check daily according to your daughters Timetabled lessons. Once work is completed at home, please ensure your daughter submits the work back to her teacher via SMHW; she can also message her teacher for support while completing the task. Heads of year will be sending messages to students and assemblies via SMHK to support students and to help focus on student’s emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.

Updates and news will be available via our website, Facebook and twitter pages (@cfgsschool) with the aim of keeping students and staff connected as a community.

 

Other Activities you can carry out with your daughter include:

  • Carrying out fun activities – create a family book club, read a story and discuss it as a family, bake a cake, or learn something new using YouTube tutorials.
  • Keep Active! Trying to stay active can help with physical and emotional regulation. You could set up circuits, practice yoga or make up games and challenges together. Again, there are lots of fabulous free resources online such as Joe Wicks online PE lessons on you tube every day at 9am.  https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro 
  • Staying in touch – another critical component of good mental state is feeling connected to others. Connect and make time for friends on supervised social media or over the phone. Children may benefit from video calls with family they can’t see.
  • Try and ‘slow down’ and see the opportunity to try new things – maybe a new mindfulness app on your phone? Or perhaps it could be a good time for de-cluttering.

 

We are also aware that there will be families within our school community that will struggle as a result of self-isolation and social distancing.

To help support families we are sharing information below that may help you to access various levels of support, should you need to do so. Some of these organisations offer practical support regarding finances and wellbeing others offer information and advice.

If there is anything further you need or you have a suggestion that you think would help others, please do let us know.

 

Name of organisation & website

Brief description

OFGEM

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/household-gas-and-electricity-guide/extra-help-energy-services/priority-services-register-people-need

Energy costs may rise if you’re at home more than you usually would be. Think about how you can manage your energy use. You could also ask your energy provider about any support they offer, for example if you can sign up to their priority services register. This guide will tell you if you are eligible

Anna Freud

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health. They share a list of strategies young people can use to self-care – this list is based on academic research and in liaison with professionals. A 2 min clip with tips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnANLAcpRZ4&feature=youtu.be

The Trussel Trust

https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/

Food banks are grassroots, community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life.  If you cannot afford food, please use this website to locate and contact your local food bank.

Citizens Advice Bureau

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

They offer advice and support for parents on low incomes. They also offer guidance if you can afford food but are unable to get to it due to self-isolation or social distancing. 

Gingerbread

https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/coronavirus/

 

This is a charity supporting single parent families. If you are unsure of how the virus will impact you and your family’s circumstances, you can contact their expert advisers on their Single Parent Helpline which is free and confidential: 0808 802 0925. More information on their website.

Doctors of the world

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/#

Doctors of the World share Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 23 languages and is based on the government’s updated advice and health information. Their aim is to help to ensure this important guidance reaches migrant and asylum-seeking communities in the UK.

Youngminds https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Offers tips and advice on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their wellbeing. They also signpost other services that might be of benefit.

The Money Advice Service https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you

Free impartial advice on money issues by the Government. They have advice directly related to the implications of COVID-19 for your work, benefits and travel plans. They also share information on your rights to sick pay, changes to claiming your benefits and what it means for travel.

Local Authority – Grants, Benefits & Crisis Funds https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

Use the web link to find your local authority where you can access services and seek advice on potential grants, benefits and funds

 

The Samaritans

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/ 116 123

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting the way many of us live our lives, and it's normal that this will affect people's mental health. The Samaritans share resources that might be helpful as well as run a free 24 hour and confidential support helpline for those that want to talk about it.

National Debt Line https://www.nationaldebtline.org/

A national helpline and advisory service giving free, impartial and confidential debt advice to help you manage your budget.

Family action

https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/

Family Action work directly with vulnerable children and families to tackle some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today – including financial hardship, mental health problems, social isolation, learning disabilities, domestic abuse, or substance misuse and alcohol problems.

Turn2Us https://www.turn2us.org.uk/get-support/Benefits-and-Coronavirus-new

Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially. They help people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.

Family Fund https://www.familyfund.org.uk/

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

Online Courses

https://www.futurelearn.com/

or

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

FutureLearn and OpenLearn have free online courses you could try and there are lots of child-friendly ideas available too

https://www.positive.news/society/mum-shares-list-of-child-friendly-activities-to-help-self-isolating-families/

 or https://fiveminutemum.com/2020/03/13/all-day-at-home-with-kids-how-do-i-structure-the-day/

 

We will keep all parents and carers updated, if the situation changes in a way which will impact on our approach, we will inform parents/carers as soon as possible through the school website and social media sites. In the meantime we will continue to support our students, parents and community as best we can.

Should you wish to get in contact with the school you can do via the following email address welcome@central.towerhamlets.sch.uk

These are unprecedented times and throughout this period of home education we want to ensure that our students and their families stay safe and well.  It is important that all our students continue to learn and take part in their education whilst at home.  We look forward to welcoming all our students back to school when this crisis has passed.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E. Holland

Head Teacher