Covid-19 Information

A message from our Principal, Rabbi Pearlman:

 "To everyone who is part of our very special Broughton Jewish Family, whilst it is of course very difficult being seperated from one another, families stay together. We want everyone to remain happy, healthy and safe. Although we might be leaving the building, the school is carrying on through different modes of communication that we have set up. All of you know how to get in touch and we are going to continue doing what we do best at BJPS which is looking after eachother, building on our strong relationships and using the challenges that come our way to help us grow and become better for it."

 

BJPS Response:

Staff at BJPS feel passionately that, during these unprecedented times, the mental health of our pupils is of upmost importance. During these school closures, we trust and request that all of our parents prioritise the mental health of our pupils above all else.

Below is some supportive guidance for parents to reflect on, when considering how they can support their children at home. Remember look after each other and reassure your children. 

Be the grown-ups. It's on us to start conversations with our children. Continue to ask them what new things they've heard about the virus, to correct misinformation, and to answer their questions honestly and using short sentences, children get bogged down in words.

Point out things that are different. Birthday parties are being cancelled. Mummy is working from home. (Maybe, for some) there's no school. People aren't traveling for holidays. Acknowledge these things that children will notice.

Point out things that are the same. You're still having Cheerios for breakfast. You're still playing with your favourite toys. We still have to brush our teeth.

Play, play, play. Children work things out with stuffed animals, dolls, action figures, costumes. Let your little ones be mad at the virus, attempt to control it. Maybe Elsa casts a spell so that it freezes in its tracks. Maybe Ryder and the pups go on a rescue mission to help those who are sick. Maybe you mix a Covid-19 cure potion involving food colouring, glitter, and whatever else.

Structure and routines are your friends. Even more than usual, and particularly as daily life looks less and less familiar. The world may feel chaotic and unpredictable, but your home doesn't have to. Consider making a daily schedule and hanging it up for all to see (use pictures).

Validate feelings of anger and disappointment. It is upsetting that you had to cancel your plans, your sleepover party, or your school play. It's OK to cry or feel angry.

Provide helpful, calming strategies. What does help when we're worried is getting into our bodies ie. "Let's do some jumping jacks!" or doing some deep breathing ie. "Smell the cookies as they come out of the oven, now blow on them since they're too hot to eat." You know what makes a worry get even bigger? Worrying about the worry! "And then worrying about the worrying about the worry!" and suddenly you're in a playful interaction and things don't feel quite as bad anymore.

It's OK to say "I don't know," or "I have to think about it." Our little ones need us to project a calm, clear confidence. This is not synonymous with knowing all of the answers. Pause. Think. Look something up. Ask a parent friend how they might respond.

Move your body. Jump. Dance. Stretch. Family dance party. When we feel grounded in our bodies, our emotional state often improves as well.

Focus on community, both local and global. Talk out loud about how you are going to check in on your elderly neighbours to make sure they have all they need. Mention that right now everyone in the world is working together to solve this problem. Guess how many people on your street are washing their hands at the exact same time you are. Your family is not alone in handling these challenges; you are part of a greater whole.

Expect regressions. When children have to adjust to a completely new routine, or are sensing anxiety around them, their developing brains can't always handle that shift on top of everything else; internal resources get allocated to the new task at hand, and something else goes. Your potty-trained toddler may start having accidents, or your self-assured school-goer might start showing some clinginess. That's okay, and to be expected.

Take care of yourself. The number one thing children need to stay calm during difficult times is a parent (or caregiver) who stays calm during difficult times. If you are feeling panicked or overwhelmed, do what you can to regulate yourself before attempting to calm your child. If your attempts to soothe your child are out of sync with your worried demeanour and energy, your child will notice, and this will be even more distressing for them.

Reach out for support if needed. Social media is awash with opinions, arguments and misinformation. As always, if you are worried about, or even just confused by, something your child is doing or saying, please don't hesitate to reach out to our BJPS staff. We are in uncharted territory, and you don't have to go it alone.

 

The Government's Response to Covid-19

BJPS are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The following information may prove useful. 

 

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

A new 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
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

 

Educational Provision

Please see attached below the government guidance on maintaining educational provision which was published shortly after school closures. Our staff are ready to support our families when we are needed but we do ask that you take note the the guidance says:

"If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be."

 

Read the guidance here:  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

If you work in one of the critical services listed and you think you will not be able to keep your child safe at home, please contact the school by email or telephone. Our contact information is available on the Contact Us page. Thank you for your continued support. 

 

 

 

New Guidance For Households With Symptoms

The Government has introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

·         if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

·         if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

·         for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

·         A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

·         A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020

 

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Latest Department for Education information: