19th March 2020

Dear Parent /Guardian

Based on the information shared yesterday that schools are now officially closed to pupils from this week.  I feel it is important to inform you of the arrangements for pastoral care during this time.  Although your child will not be in the school building and we may not get the opportunity to connect face to face, we would like to continue to provide pastoral support or guidance if necessary, to pupils and parents.  If you have a concern or require any support with an issue please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. account and a member of the pastoral team will endeavor to be in touch.

Please remember that there is additional support available within your local community and I have enclosed the Children and Young people support list from EA.  I would also encourage you to download the Here2Help app which includes details of organisations that can provide additional support for a variety of issues.  There are many categories within this app and I have found it useful as a source of signposting others to support.

If, at any point, you have serious concerns about your child’s mental wellbeing, please contact your GP for additional support and advice.  The current situation is very worrying for all of us and this uncertainty and fear may become too much for our loved ones to deal with.  Please be vigilant and if you have any concerns seek advice immediately.

On a day to day basis, feeling isolated and the worries of this COVID-19 outbreak can have a significant impact on all our mental health, so please encourage your child to maintain relationships by staying in touch with friends and loved ones.  It is also important if we are feeling low ourselves, that we remain kind to others e.g. social media.  If someone is already feeling isolated and vulnerable, unnecessary hurtful comments may cause others additional upset.  In these times, we will need a little bit more affection and human kindness, so I would really appreciate if you would reiterate this message to your child(ren).

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Thank you for your continued support

E Beckett

Acting Vice-Principal

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