In this section we will share with you the latest updates regarding COVID-19. Updates made to this page will be in line with the information that we receive from the Government or Public Health England.
Alec Reed Academy Guidance
In accordance with government guidelines, the academy remains closed to the majority of its children and young people. The academy is only open for the children of key workers and those who are deemed to be more vulnerable. From the 15th June, the academy will have a cautious and phased return for nursery, reception, year 1, year 6, year 10 and year 12 students. Should your child be in these groups, you will be written to separately to let you know the plan for your child. In order to ensure social distancing measures and positive COVID-19 hygiene practices are in place, your child will not initially attend the academy on a daily basis. The academy is committed to a safe reopening in order to protect its children, young people and staff and the wider community. All other children and young people will continue to be set online learning tasks until further notice.
- Guidance for parents during COVID-19
- COVID-19 KS1 pupil guidance
- COVID-19 KS2 pupil guidance
- COVID-19 secondary students guidance
Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools, and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to align with policy announcements already made, for example, the flexibility for primary schools to welcome back additional pupils where they have the capacity to do so. We have also changed the layout of the page in response to user feedback to help parents and carers navigate to the information they need.
The guidance can be found here:
Letters to Parents - COVID-19
All correspondence from the academy can be found under our Letters to Parents section here.
Government Coronavirus Action Plan
The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what they plan to do next.
The situation is constantly reviewed, and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.
The action plan can be found here:
Ealing council have dedicated coronavirus pages where families can access updates on the virus as well as access services and support:
- Family Services Directory can be found via the link below
- Or via the Local Offer website
COVID 19 Support & advice from Hillingdon Health and Care Partners (HHCP)
Coronavirus facemask explanations
- Click here for a simple explanation on face covering
- Are you exempt from wearing a face mask? Click here to download free resources with explanations as to why you are exempt
The importance of hygiene
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
- Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and water, here is a short clip from the NHS for guidance:
Department for Education Helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Please note, the line is currently experiencing high volumes of calls and the helpline apologise for any wait that you may experience.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Useful links for you & your families
- Glasspool Trust is a UK wide grants giving charity that provide one off grants to individuals.
- Save the Children run a grant programme called Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! For low income families, this programme provides beds, white goods, toys and books to children who are disadvantaged and in need.
- The Family Fund gives grants to families raising disabled and seriously ill children aged 17 and under.
- Health through Warmth is an initiative set up by NPower to assist vulnerable people in England and Wales who have long term, cold related illnesses and need assistance to fund and install heating and insulation in their homes.
- The Trust helps families and individuals living in fuel poverty, or who are struggling to pay for their gas and/or electricity. They award grants to clear those debts. The Trust also offers help via Further Assistance Payments to clear other priority household debts or purchase essential household items.
- The British Gas Energy Trust has a particular focus on fuel poverty, helping those who are struggling to pay for their consumption of gas and electricity get back on their feet and remain debt free going forward. In exceptional cases the Trust can also help with other priority household costs and items.
- The Family Holiday Association provides holidays for parents and children who experience disadvantage as a result of poverty.
- Action for Kids supports young people with physical and learning disabilities through the provision of mobility aids, employability training and family support.
- Caudwell Children provide equipment, treatment, therapies and family support for disabled children and their families across the UK.
- Family Action have both welfare and education grant programmes to help address the needs of disadvantaged families and individuals that struggle to afford basic needs and to pursue educational and employment ambitions.
- Marvellous Family Grants are for families facing financial hardship while caring for a seriously ill child.
mental health & wellbeing
Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing
You can also find a few resources linked below with some more information and guidance on mental health & wellbeing: