Due to the Government announcement on 5th January the school is closed to all children except those of critical workers and vulnerable children.
Please note that various policies have been amended or have appendices due to the epidemic and the school risk assessment is available on request.
Information on Remote Education can be found in school Policies here.
Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing
Children's Mental Health and wellbeing at this time is a concern for us all below is a link to a 30 minute webinar on emotional wellbeing.
Dr Alison D’Amario
Education and Child Psychologist
Xavier Catholic Education Trust
Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus
The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.
A Covid test can be booked here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on handwashing can be found at:
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)
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE link
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Appendix Covid 19
Safeguarding During Covid 19
Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain.
ActionFraud reported a 400% increase in reports of coronavirus related fraud in March 2020. The reported frauds are varied and include:
- charity fraud
- online shopping fraud
- phishing emails
Further information is available on the ActionFraud website.
Periods of instability lead to increased pressure, which in turn may lead to reduced internal controls and management oversight, making organisations more vulnerable to fraud risks.
During these periods staff wanting to be helpful and flexible when dealing with suppliers can be more susceptible to targeted attacks from fraudsters, particularly around changes to payment details.
Remember, fraudsters can be very convincing, they are used to exploiting organisations and will have prepared thoroughly.
Organisations should continue to follow all business processes and procedures designed to protect them from fraud. Below are some key actions for all organisations during the pandemic and other periods of instability:
- Maintain effective governance and financial management and oversight. Periodically remind staff that, despite the instability, the organisation continues to implement and require compliance with internal controls.
- Maintain strong internal controls and retain and implement clear policies and procedures. Provide further training on these policies and procedures where required.
- Maintain and promote strong anti-fraud controls. Review internal control risk assessments and fraud risk assessments. Ensure that staff know how to report suspected fraud.
- Undertake internal audits to monitor internal controls and segregation of duties to ensure they are operating effectively.
Cybercrime is an increasing risk to all business, including the education sector, and is a particularly vulnerable area in the current situation. We have published a guide on cybercrime and cyber security to help raise education providers’ awareness.
Further guidance on reducing fraud risks is also available.
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.