Introduction and useful links for parents and carers, including supporting your child's mental health and wellbeing
Dear Parents and Carers
This page of the web site will provide you with the details you need to understand what we consider to be the most important information to share with you. We hope this is helpful in giving you the essential information.
The NHS has advice for parents and carers on supporting their child's emotional and mental wellbeing: click here
The link below is to a Public Health England leaflet which explains the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme for eligible children and young people.
Please click here to see a letter from the NHS regarding vaccinations for 12-15 year olds.
I am sure you know but it is worth re-stating that it is vitally important that your child does not attend the Academy if they have any of the COVID 19 symptoms, any member of your household has the symptoms, or if your child has been in immediate contact with any person who has symptoms, or if your child has returned from a country on the Government Travel restrictions website.
If your child has been exposed to anyone with confirmed symptoms or you have returned from a country on the list of travel restrictions then you must remain at home and call the Academy for further guidance.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
We have prepared a powerpoint for our parents, students and staff. We hope that the slides are easy to understand and use. Please read this powerpoint.
There is a slide for:
- what to do if your child, you or a member of your household develops symptoms at home
- what we will do if your child develops symptoms when attending the academy
- how we will deal with any positive cases, including liaising with the local health protection teams.
Support for parents of vulnerable students, including those with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities
Danielle Deschamps is leading the SEND team during this time and so please email her on D.Deschamps@harrisinvictus.org.uk if you have any questions and/or queries.
Please note that there is some useful help and advice available for parents to help support children with special educational needs during the crisis. This includes:
Top tips for autism and coronavirus: https://petervermeulen.be/2020/03/16/autism-and-the-corona-virus-20-tips/
The Croydon local offer, updated for Covid-19 can be accessed on:
The Harris Invictus Academy Support email
We have created a bespoke email for parents and students to use during the crisis. It is:
We will prioritise dealing with any concerns in relation to our vulnerable group of students, but we have a team of staff who will monitor and check any information coming into the email.
Other sources of support and guidance
We are conscious that online learning and students using more internet resources may bring some additional worries. Our staff have received updated training and protocols on safeguarding at this time. We are confident that our use of technology is safe.
However, you may find the following particularly useful:
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
The college have identified a range of useful websites and information to help parents and children at this time. The website can be found here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers
The webpage can also be downloaded as a pdf here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/generated-pdf/document/COVID-19---resources-for-parents-and-carers.pdf
Stay at home activities for children and young people
Young Minds – advice for young people on coronavirus
Mind – advice for adults on protecting their mental health and well-being
And a reminder of help for staying safe online – you may wish to discuss this with your child too:
If you have any questions or need support – please do use our support email stated above. We are here to help!