Reminder about when and where to get tested
Regular testing for COVID-19 is essential in order to detect people who have the virus – with or without symptoms. Importantly, they can then self-isolate and stop passing on the virus to other people.
Remember if you have symptoms or if you, anyone in your household or support bubble tests positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days to prevent the further spread of the virus.
Over the last few months, there have been different testing options introduced, so here’s our guide to when and where to get tested depending on your circumstances.
If you have COVID symptoms
If you have any of the COVID symptoms (high temperature, new or persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell), stay at home and book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. There are 3 testing sites in Knowsley for people displaying symptoms (in Huyton, Kirkby and Stockbridge Village) and you will be offered the first available appointment at a test centre. Please note, you need an appointment to attend these testing sites.
If you don’t have symptoms and can’t work from home
There are 7 SMART test sites operating across the Borough offering testing (through Lateral Flow Tests). You don’t need to make an appointment, but please only visit these sites if you do not display any symptoms. For the locations and opening times, click here.
Remember a positive test means you have COVID-19 and you (and others in your household, support bubble and close contacts) need to self-isolate for 10 days.
If you live or work with children
If your household includes school children or people who work with school children, you can collect rapid (lateral) tests from Huyton, Kirkby and Stockbridge Village to carry out regular testing at home. These sites are open from 1pm until 8pm 7 days per week – no appointment is needed but please only attend during the specified times.
You can find you nearest site here: https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/
Importance of testing
COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person and many people can have COVID-19 without having any symptoms. That’s why regular testing is essential – it will identify people who have the virus so that they can self-isolate and stop passing it on to others.
Safeguarding Hub for Parents
With children likely spending more time online, now is a good time to remind parents of the risks certain websites, apps and social media can pose, so that they are aware of the steps they can take to protect their child.
We’ve created a safeguarding hub that allows your pupils’ parents to access interactive guidance on setting up parental controls on their child’s devices, as well as guidance on apps like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and more.
Click the link below to view the safeguarding hub for parents.
LETTER REGARDING CORONAVIRUS - 19TH MARCH 2020
Dear Parents / Carers
As you will be aware, Coronavirus is a rapidly changing situation and we have been working with the Department for Education, Public Health England and Knowsley Council to plan for such a pandemic.
As per the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday we have been directed to close schools for most children. We are prepared and ready to respond to this challenge.
We are writing to inform you that school will close on Friday 20th March at normal time and remain closed until further notice. Parents should check the school website for updates which will be posted weekly.
Pupils will be provided with work through SeeSaw/ or work packs have been made available.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open from Monday 23rd March for the following groups:
Please contact school if you are a key worker and require this provision. School may ask you for further information about your role. School will also ask you for further detail about your requirements – eg. if you need the place all week for example.
We encourage you and your children to continue to follow Public Health England advice on keeping yourselves safe. Updated information can be found here :
Pupils who are eligible for free school meals will have their lunches provided for them. Further information about this will be communicated to these families in due course.
Energy difficulties - The Government has announced that energy suppliers won’t shut people off and that families should contact their supplier in the first instance.
Our Pastoral Team will be available to offer any support if needed.
Mrs Ball 07753419389
Mrs Livesey 07734391555
Mrs Hyland 07734258218
Ms Sarah Murphy
Please find below links to the current government advice. School will continue to follow this advice unless advised otherwise by Public Health England
KNOWSLEY FOOD BANK
In the event of an extended school closure, families struggling with food poverty can seek support from:
IDEAS FOR HOME-LEARNING IF A CHILD IS STAYING AT HOME (SELF-ISOLATING)
Children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal.
FREE online education resources
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
Numberblocks. Learn how much fun counting can be with the Numberblocks - a fun-loving group of numbers who work together to solve problems big and small.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.