Information for Parents (from Buckinghamshire Children's Services Education 15th October 2021
Twice weekly testing using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) remains recommended for the families of school-aged children. These are available for free, see this link to order: Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
This helps to identify if you or your child is infected so that others in the school and wider community can be protected. Please note that this type of testing is only for people without symptoms of COVID-19 and if you test positive, you need to self-isolate and arrange for a free confirmatory PCR test via this link:
Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
People aged 16 and over, including adults, can book a vaccination appointment through the National Booking System or attend a walk-in clinic:
Severe illness and death from COVID-19 infection are more likely with increasing age. Therefore, adults are more vulnerable than children and it is important that you are vaccinated as well as any of your eligible children to protect your and your family’s health.
If you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination (people aged 50 and over, or anyone aged 16 and over with a high-risk health condition) then you can book an appointment to have it here, although please note that it must be at least 6 months since your second dose of the vaccine. This will help to top-up your protection against COVID during the Winter months.
Flu and other winter viruses
As we move into winter, other viruses may start to spread, causing flu and colds. The symptoms from these infections can be similar to those of COVID-19.
It is important to get a free PCR test for COVID-19 first if you or your child develops any of the 3 key symptoms. If this test is negative, it is still important to continue testing twice-weekly using LFDs as you or your child might go on to become infected with COVID-19 later.
People who are eligible, including children aged 2-15 years old and anyone between the ages of 6 months and 50 years old who is clinically vulnerable can have a free NHS flu vaccine this year, which is the best way of protecting ourselves and those around us from seasonal Influenza.
Here are some tips that you can use to assist your child/children in dealing with anxiety about the coronavirus.
Useful resources and websites to support you keeping your children safe online:
Oak National Academy
The Oak National Academy has launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.
The Oak National Academy can be accessed here: https://www.thenational.academy/
Launch of BBC Bitesize
The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.
BBC Bitesize can be accessed here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
The NSPCC has created a number of resources to support parents and carers during this difficult time. Topics include:
The advice can be found on the NSPCC website here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/
Rev. Andrew online assembly - 'Stillness'
An online assembly with some thoughts on stillness from Reverend Andrew Lightbown