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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

This page contains links to all other pages on our site in relation to our closure due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Also available below is links to other external resources for help.

From Monday 21st September, the Academy is now highly recommending that all students, wear a face mask in communal areas when on site, such as in the yard and within corridors. This has already been enforced upon all staff members on site. We would ask you to please purchase and provide a mask for your child/children for school. These should be plain, simple patterned or a disposable surgical mask. We are expecting guidance for this within schools to be changed to a requirement in the  future.

Information for Parents with Students being Sent Home With COVID-19 Symtoms

Please note that this page can be translated into multiple languages. 


Academy Protocols for During COVID19

Linked below are the Protocols created for students and staff returning to site. These document sets out specific changes to how students are expected to behave and new procedures on site that must follow be followed if attending during COVID19.

Student Protocol

Staff Protocol

General Advice & Links

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. 

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Straightforward advice for parents can be found here.

Advice for Parents

Translated NHS Guidance

Doctors of the World in collaboration with the Red Cross have translated NHS guidance regarding COVID-19 into 44 languages including Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hausa, Hindi and Polish.

Translated Guidance - Doctors of the World

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Travel advice for educational Settings

Advice for educational settings, and their students and staff, who are travelling or planning to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

DfE/PHE Travel Guidance

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing 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 hand washing can be found at:

Handwashing Guidance

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

Click here for the e-Bug Project website

Please regularly check the government/local advice pages.

Gov UK - Coronavirus Advice

Walsall Council - Coronavirus Advice

Citizens Advice - Guidance

Citizens advice - Support with living costs

There is support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkuknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
  • Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
  • UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)

The full guidance can be accessed via the link.

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus – Children’s Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner has developed a children’s guide  to Coronavirus which supports children and young people in understanding what it is, how they can protect themselves and their families, how to deal with worries and hints and resources to pass the time whilst in lockdown.  The Children’s Commissioner says “All these changes might make you feel scared or worried. That’s OK. It’s totally normal to feel like this”.  The Children’s Guide can be accessed via the link below.

Children's Guide

Coronavirus: online safety

Source: The Children's Commissioner for England

Date: 09 April 2020

The Children's Commissioner for England, in association with the privacy law firm Schillings, has produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help keep children safe and well online during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the news story: Digital safety and wellbeing kit
Download the kit: Parents' digital safety and wellbeing kit (PDF)
Download the guideChildren's guide to staying safe online (PDF)

Social isolation, reduced exercise, and bereavement, may affect children’s wellbeing in this period.

Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:

All NHS mental health trusts are setting up 24/7 helplines, and seeking to use digital and virtual channels, to continue delivering support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Public Health England

Public Health England have also produced an easy read guide to looking after yourself during the pandemic.  This can be accessed via the link below.

Public Health England - Personal guide

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Animation & Story Book Explaining the Coronavirus to Children (INEQUE)

The virus has brought monumental change to how we teach and care for children and young people. The virus presents a particular challenge for a lot of younger children as they adapt to new social distancing measures and forms of learning.

To support different forms of learning, Jim Gamble's team at Inqeue have prepared a short animation, a story book and an activity to support teachers and parents tackle misinformation and help children understand Coronavirus.

Further information: