CORONAVIRUS - GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS/CARERS
Thursday 5th March 2020
Dear Parent / Carer,
I am sure you have seen the media coverage surrounding the Corona virus outbreak across the globe and the cases being confirmed in the UK are growing, it seems, by the hour.
Guidance for parents
Although the current risk in the UK is low, we aim to be as proactive as possible in raising awareness and encouraging cleanliness amongst our students.
What we are doing
Section 3 of the DFE guidance for schools reminds us how to prevent infection, it has been the basis of the information we have provided to our students and our preventative measures outlined above.
What you can do
The guidance is very clear about how to seek medical advice if you are concerned about your health by calling NHS 111.
The only reason to isolate your child would be:
If you have travelled abroad (even if it is not to a category 1 or 2 area) please let us know so we can manage effectively the concerns of others.
To review which areas are currently Category 1 and 2 country/areas please visit www.gov.uk
One of the best strategies to delay and block the spread of the virus is practising good personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds and following the principles of catch it, bin it, kill it for coughs and sneezes.
If pupils or staff are diagnosed or come into direct contact with someone with the virus in the coming days and weeks, we will take advice from the relevant agencies and take all action recommended up to and including, if required, closing centres for a period and deep cleaning centres.
If children are diagnosed or come into direct contact with someone who is diagnosed with the virus then please inform centre as a matter of urgency and make contact with NHS direct on 111 for further guidance.
If you are concerned at all then you are free to contact centre directly at any point. If you or someone you are in contact with is diagnosed with the virus please inform centre at the earliest opportunity.
Mr Steve Howell
City of Birmingham School
At the City of Birmingham School we understand that parental support makes a big difference to our students' success. This page has useful links and information specifically aimed at parents. Note that some of these links are to third party fights and while we have checked them they could be updated in the future. Welcome to COBS!
The City of Birmingham School builds upon the schools core values and creates behavioural expectations for all areas of the school, emphasising the core behaviour that should apply to every situation. It is purposely simple to ensure all learners, parents and staff can remember our three simple rules and apply them consistently. Our rules require all pupils to be Ready, Respectful and Responsible.
Positive relationships with pupils are essential to our behaviour management and staff receive training on how to encourage positive and meaningful conversations with learners to promote trust and instil confidence, so that pupils believe that their school is an environment where they can succeed and achieve and that the staff are there to support them along the way.
These three values are displayed in every centre across the whole school in order to maintain a focus on positive behaviour and to encourage pupils to understand how their behaviour impacts themselves, and others and how they can make changes that will have a positive impact in the future.
From May 2019 we have been using ParentMail, ParentMail Poster a service used by over 6,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate to parents. ParentMail is beneficial to you because you can:
Registering with ParentMail is very easy! Over the next few days you will be sent either an email and/or text message from ParentMail, when you receive this please just follow the instructions in the message. ParentMail Registeration-Poster
Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.
Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we highly recommend you download the ParentMail App for the best user experience. To do this, simply search for “ParentMail” in your App store.
If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit the help site: https://www.parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/ or if you have not received any contact from ParentMail within 7 days please contact the Centre your child attends for further assistance.
You may be eligible to claim free school meals for your child, up to the age of 19-years-old, if you (or your child) get one of the following:
To claim a free school meal you should ask your child’s school or nursery for an application form. You will need to complete the form and return it to the school/nursery, along with evidence to support your application.