Click here to see our guide to how we are keeping you safe during COVID-19. It contains details on how we have prepared the school, and how we can help you and your family during this time.
Return to School in September
Check out the videos above to see the arrangements for your child's return to school in September. You can also read about the arrangements in the Summer Special Star Newsletter. We can't wait to see you all in September!
Is the school open?
The government has announced that schools in England will be closed until further notice We are offering care for "key worker" and vulnerable children during this time. We are in regular contact with these families via phone, email and Tapestry. We respond to requests for help and offer places where absolutely necessary. It is important that if children can stay at home, then they should, to limit the risk of transmitting and contracting Covid-19.
You can see the DFE's most current information and guidance here.
We will be updating this information as we receive updates from the government. Please see our most recent communication to parents/carers in the file list below.
How can I explain the situation to my children?
Please look at this social story which explains the Coronavirus to children in a clear and simple way: https://www.flipsnack.com/KeshetChicago/coronavirus-social-story/full-view.html
There is useful guidance here on how to explain the Coronavirus to children with autism: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/neuroscience-in-translation/202003/how-explain-global-health-crisis-children-autism
Follow this link, for Coronavirus information translated in to different languages: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/#
We are part of the government's scheme to provide supermarket vouchers for children on benefit related free school meals. You should receive an email with this information, unless you have already told us you would like these to be posted to you. You can find the FAQ here.
Where can I access food banks?
East Brighton Food Co-operative : Call 01273 885068 if you or someone you know needs a freshly cooked meal, 7 days a week. Or a food parcel delivered (Thursdays).
The Brighton Table Tennis Club, The Fitzherbert's Centre | 36 Upper Bedford Street | Brighton | BN2 1JP. Info is here - https://www.facebook.com/brightonttc/photos/a.146995728705301/3773173966087441 People can just turn up between 1-4pm 7 days a week to the carpark from St George's Terrace. Or if they want delivery they can email email@example.com or call the club 01273 670145 when the club is open.
See this flyer for further information.
How can I help my child with their learning at home?
Your child's teacher will share a weekly activity list via Tapestry or the class email accounts. These activities can also be accessed via the class learning pages of the school website.
How can I keep my child safe on line?
This page has been created by CEOP to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, we will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.
How can I contact the school?
You can email your child's teacher on the class email address eg Year1@stmarks.brighton-hove.sch.uk . Mrs Fendley and Miss Moulson also access these accounts.or the school office firstname.lastname@example.org .
The school office is manned on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during school time on 01273 605588.
How can I manage my family’s worries?
We are aware that pupils / students are feeling understandably anxious about coronavirus. As parents and carers you may want to repeat the messages above and support your child to
manage any difficult feelings. If your child is struggling with anxiety about this or other things you may find these links helpful:
This website provides helpful information to support adult wellbeing:
What if I have other worries if the school is closed?
If you are worried about your child’s mental health and wellbeing, please contact the Primary Mental Health Worker on 01273 293331 or CAMHS 0300 304 0061 or go direct to GP or A&E
Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service https://www.brightonandhovewellbeing.org/children-andyoung-people
If you are worried about a child’s safety call Front Door For Families on 01273 290400
If you are worried about your own wellbeing, contact The Samaritans on 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org/
Children who are worried can call Childline on 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk/
If you are having financial difficulties and in need of food, there is the local food bank https://thewhitehawk.foodbank.org.uk/ or call 07941 397648 or http://www.realjunkfoodbrighton.co.uk/
If your child has SEND and you are worried, contact AMAZE: https://amazesussex.org.uk/amaze_news/amaze-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19/
If you are already working with other services, please keep them informed of your situation eg social workers, health visitors and school nurses. They will all be happy to help.
If you are suffering domestic abuse, please go to the Rise website: https://www.riseuk.org.uk/ or call 999
If you need support you can still call the RISE helpline 9-5 Mon-Fri on 01273 622 828. Out of hours please call the 24-hour National Domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000247. You are not alone
We have also updated our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy to ensure this remains a top priority throughout this time. This can be seen here.
The school nurse service is able to offer advice during school closure please see attached information here and text 07480 635423 if you need their help.
Here is a wonderful poem written by one of our children during school closure:
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