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School Closure

Due to the recent announcement from the Prime Minister that all UK schools must close due to the spread of Coronavirus, we can confirm that Weatherhead High School will be closed from 3.20pm today, Friday 20th March.

A letter from the Headteacher has been sent to parents by email and a copy of this communication is available on our letters to parents page. A letter from the Headteacher, with guidance on work available for students to complete from home, is available below.

This is an extremely difficult situation which impacts us all, but we believe that the closure of schools is necessary to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone and prevent further spread of the virus.

If you are worried about the safety and welfare of a child during the closure and you feel that they are at risk of significant harm, please contact Wirral Safeguarding Board:

Wirral Integrated Front Door Team
Mon-Fri, 9.00am-5.00pm telephone: 0151 606 2008
Outside of these hours telephone: 0151 677 6557

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Please see the latest information from Public Health England.

Additional advice and guidance is available on coping with stress and helping children cope with stress plus advice from Public Health England on the coronavirus in an education setting.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Government Health Information and Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

For health information and advice go to:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

 

Government Coronavirus action plan

A Coronavirus action plan has been launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next. The action plan can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

 

The importance of hygiene

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a public information campaign that focuses on the importance of handwashing. Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Support and Counselling Services for Students, Parents and Carers

Barnardo’s

www.barnardos.org.uk

 

Childline

www.childline.org.uk

08001111

 

Child Bereavement UK

www.childbereavementuk.org

 

Full Fact

The UK’s Independent Fact Checking Charity providing free tools, information and advice so that anyone
can check the claims heard from politicians and the media.

fullfact.org

 

Health & Well-being Hub

Wirral’s 0-19 service offers weekly drop-in clinics for school aged children, young people and their families. Every Thursday 4-6pm. Victoria Central Health Centre, Clinic Room, 1st Floor, Mill Lane, Wallasey CH44 5UF.

 

Kooth

www.kooth.com

 

The Open Door Centre

www.theopendoorcentre.org

0151 639 4545

 

Response

response@wirral.gov.uk

0151 666 4123

 

The Samaritans

Call 116 123

Email: jo@samaritans.org

www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan

 

Self Help Websites for Young People

www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk

www.mind.org.uk

www.youngminds.org.uk

 

Teen Wirral

www.teenwirral.com

 

Wirral Brook

www.brook.org.uk/find-a-service/regions/Wirral

0300 123 5474

 

Wirral CAMHS Advice Line

0151 488 8453

Monday to Friday 9am-10pm

Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 8pm

The line is staffed by experienced CAMHS practitioners and is for anyone to call for advice about concerns they may have about a child or young person’s mental health.

 

Wirral Infobank

An online resource to help you find support services near you.

www.wirralinfobank.co.uk

Click here for an emergency food request.

 

Young Minds

youngminds.org.uk/find-help/get-urgent-help/youngminds-crisis-messenger/

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.

Resources for Independent Learning

These resources are available for all students to use:

Go to our e-learning page: weatherheadhigh.co.uk/e-learning for links to resources for each year group.

Click here to access resources for independent learning.