COVID-19 Updates for Families - 5.1.2021
We wish all our staff, students and families well.
The UK is in National Lockdown from 5th January
Keep your family safe by reading what you can and cannot do in a National Lockdown. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Wearing of masks in communal areas
As part of the national lockdown measures, students and staff are required to wear masks in communal areas in school. This includes corridors but does not include outdoor spaces.
Students are reminded to bring a mask with them to school for use when in communal areas. Read about face coverings on the gov.uk website.
Please continue to check our website for updates - see the linked letters below. Should you have any enquiries please email email@example.com.
UPDATED: Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Here are links to the most recent letters from Copthall School:
Click here to see all Letters Home - IMPORTANT Letter for Families added 23.2.2021
Government and Public Health England (PHE) guidance on Mental Health and Well-being aspects of coronavirus (COVID19). It is important we take care of our minds as well as bodies. Seek further support if you need it: tinyurl.com/vbrhvsd
Where to find the latest information:
Government updates on COVID-19: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare
Guidance for vulnerable students and key workers: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Please use the DfE helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Festive Mental Health and Wellbeing
In ‘normal’ times, the holidays can be a fun time of year. However, for some, the season can be a difficult time, and never more so than during these uncertain times. 2020 has been a difficult year, and we must all prioritise our mental health and wellbeing over the festive period. Please look at the Copthall Mental Health & Wellbeing webpage for information, advice and guidance. Below are two fantastic resources, ‘Thriving at Christmas’ and ‘Looking Back – Planning Ahead’ gives some great tips and advice to help you structure your plan around self-care and wellbeing over the festive period, so that your mental health is maintained and managed.
Changes to Children and Young People's Health Services
We would like to signpost our families to recent changes to children and young people’s health services, which have been put into place to ensure the NHS can continue to deliver the best care for local people during the winter and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These temporary changes came into effect last week and we wanted to make sure all local parents and carers were made aware.
The changes follow a review of children and young people’s health services across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, an area the NHS designates as north central London.
The changes include the temporary closure of the children and young people’s emergency departments at the Royal Free Hospital and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) through the autumn and winter. The Whittington Hospital and North Middlesex University Hospital children’s emergency departments have been expanded to meet any additional demand. Barnet Hospital children’s emergency department has also reopened following a temporary closure throughout the spring and summer.
More information about these temporary changes can be found on the North London Partners website.
These temporary arrangements will allow the NHS to focus resources and ensure children and young people’s services are not subject to disruption should there be an increase in demand due to the pandemic.
Parents and carers of children and young people are asked to call NHS 111 or go online to https://111.nhs.uk, so that they can be to be directed to the best service for them. Parents of children receiving ongoing or planned care will be contacted directly if there are any changes to existing arrangements.
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