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.

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 website.

Please continue to check our website for updates - see the linked letters below.  Should you have any enquiries please email

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

COVID-19 Copthall School Risk Assessment - Reopening Sept2020 Final - issued 19 Aug

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:

Where to find the latest information:
Government updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for vulnerable students and key workers:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

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.

Thriving at Christmas

Looking Back Planning Ahead Tool Kit

Children's Guide to Coronavirus

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.

NHS - Temporary closure of children’s A&Es at UCLH and the Royal Free HospitalNHS - Call NHS 111 or visit first

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, 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.

Caring for yourself and family whilst self isolating 2

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