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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Advice and Information

While the school is closed and we are not able to support our community directly due to social distancing, we have tried to gather the most recent information and current Government guidance on the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic on this page. We have also included links to useful information to support yourselves and your children while at home.

 

Please remember, although the school is closed to the majority of our children, we are not closed to the school community. If you need any help or assistance, please contact the school via the Hewett Road Site telephone number: 0208 270 6640 or the office email address: office@roding.bardaglea.org.uk.

Roding Food Bank

At Roding, we understand that times are difficult for everyone at the moment. To help our families during this crisis, we would like to tell you about our ‘Roding Food Bank’. Staff have kindly donated towards buying and donating lots of food, to be distributed to those families in genuine need. If you would welcome some essential food items, please email office@roding.bardaglea.org.uk and we will arrange for you to collect a pack asap. You do not need to go in to details about your situation, all we ask is that you let us know who you are and what time (between 9.30 - 2pm) you could attend. Thank you

Roding Child Protection and Safeguarding guidance during closure

We take the safeguarding of our children very seriously and will be upholding the same standards throughout this time of school closure. This is the information that has been provided to all staff over this period:

 

All staff on site during the partial closure who are made aware of a CP/safeguarding issue for one of the children who is in school will follow the usual school guidance. An outline of the process is given below:

What to do if a child discloses something to you

  • Reassure the child.
  • Listen so an accurate account can be given of what was said.
  • Tell the child the information will need to be shared so that their concern could be dealt with.
  • Depending on the disclosure, refer directly to a member of the designated safeguarding team. This could include physical abuse with visual marking, witness to domestic violence or sexual abuse.*
  • Complete a CPOMS incident in as much detail as possible in all instances of disclosure including inadequate food or hygiene, emotional abuse & other physical abuse.

 

If you are concerned about the conduct of a member of staff.

  • Report concerns to the Lead person on site; if the concern is about the site head report to the executive head who will take the necessary steps. This will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
  • For further information and advice, please visit:

https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/safeguarding-at-risk-children

*During this time of closure, once once there has been a disclosure from the child please contact the lead person on site (usually a DSL) or the relevant site DSL for further advice.

 

Site DSLs:

Hewett Road Site

Lesley Roberts

Nic McKay

Cannington Road Site

Sheila Caden

Steve Ley

Adam Robbins

 

If there is a concern that the child is at immediate risk and the DSLs are not contactable call Ext 3811 immediately – this is the social services triage line, explain everything to them and they will be able to provide advice and act quickly.

They may ask for a completed Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF) – this is not difficult and can be completed online via the link below (access to Integris for the child’s details is required in order to complete the MARF).

https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/form/child-protection-referral-form

Latest Government Rules

Please follow all Government guidance - you can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

Make sure you and your children follow social distancing principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus. Detailed information can be found on the Government 'Staying home and away from others' website.

 

Only leave the house if:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home (key workers)

Keep the time spent outside of the home short, ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Only children of Key Workers or Vulnerable Children can attend school.

 

Shops and places of entertainment have been closed including:

  • libraries, community centres, and youth centres
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities
  • communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms
  • places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.

 

To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people. There are only a few exceptions:

  • where the gathering is of a group of people who live together – this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home
  • where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should try to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace

In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies.

 

If you leave your home or gather in public for any reason other than those specified, the police may:

  • instruct you to go home, leave an area or disperse
  • instruct you to take steps to stop your children breaking these rules if they have already done so
  • take you home – or arrest you – if you do not follow their instructions or where they deem it necessary

If the police believe that you have broken these rules – or if you refuse to follow their instructions – a police officer may issue you with a fixed penalty notice for £60 (reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days). If you have already received a fixed penalty notice, the amount will increase to £120 and double on each further repeat offence.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.

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