Coronavirus Update

We wanted to keep you up to date and reassure all of our parents, carers and the wider community of our support and understanding during these challenging times. We are taking significant steps to reduce the risk of infection in school and remain open at this stage.

We will be using this space to update you with the latest information and decisions made by the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.

Monday 30th March at 1:09

The current situation brings us many challenges and some opportunities. It is important that we look after our mental health and well-being and that of our young people. The Government have put together some helpful advice which you can find by following the link below.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Claire Gregory
Claire.gregory@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk
07741643485

Stephanie.Bezuidenhout
Stephanie.bezuidenhout@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk
07799259265

Claire Lucas
claire.lucas@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk
07741643483

 

Monday 23rd March 2020 11:55 pm

If you are worried about help & support if school is closed, please find below some helpful telephone numbers & websites.

Should you need to speak with the Multi Agency Support Team we can be reached on:

Claire.Gregory@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk  Mob: 07741643485

Stephanie.Bezuidenhout@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk Mob: 07799259265

Claire.Lucas@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk Mob: 07741643483

 

NHS Direct

Call 111 or visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

 

Non-emergency Police – 101

 

Social Services

Worried about a child – 03000 411111

Worried about an adult – 03000 416161

Out of hours 03000 419191

 

HMRC: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

 

DISK – Disability Information Service Kent:  01303 226464

DISK can advise on a range of topics such as benefits; holidays; mobility and transport and services available that promote independence.

 

Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/

Parents Helpline – call 0808 802 5544

Young person looking for help and support

Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

If you need urgent help text YM to 85258

All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

 

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk

Advice & support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Infoline: 0300 123 3393

Email: info@mind.org.uk Text: 86463

 

Samaritans: https://www.samaritians.org/

Tel: from any phone 116123

Email: jo@samaritans.org

 

Childline: 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

 

Mindfulness: https://www.headspace.com/meditation/kids

 

IASK – Information Advice & Support Kent – Information advice and support for SEND Children & Young People.

Helpline 03000 413000 9am – 5pm

IASK@kent.gov.uk

 

Family Lives

Confidential free helpline for emotional support, information, advice & guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life

0808 800222

 

FOOD BANKS

Ashford                                              01233 500477

Family Food Bank                               familyfoodbank@children-families.org

Unit 4, St Johns Court                        Open 8.30am – 4.00pm

Ashford Business Park, Foster Road

Willesborough, Ashford

TN24 0SJ

Shepway

Folkestone Rainbow Centre               07913 573403

69 Sandgate Road                              foodbank@rainbow-centre.org

Folkestone, CT20 2AF                       Open Tuesdays & Fridays 2.00pm – 3.30pm

New Romney

New Romney Christian Centre           Open Tuesday 5.30pm – 7.00pm

North Street

New Romney

TN28 8DW

Lydd

Hardy Hall                                           Open Friday 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Skinner Road

Lydd

TN29 9HN

Dover

One Church Distribution Centre (Formerly The Ark)

The Ark Church                                  Open Wednesday

Noahs Ark Road                                 info@dover.foodbank.org.uk

Dover

CT17 0DD

Canterbury

To self-refer please call 07718 108875

Health Visiting Service

Ashford                                   Canterbury & Coastal

0300 1233092                         0300 7900156

Dover                                      Shepway

01304 799700                         0300 1231240

Thanet

01843830225

 

Friday 20th March 2020 at 4:20pm

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

We are writing to you as we have followed the government and local authority guidelines and have prioritised placements for keyworkers children and for those deemed to be vulnerable with an EHCP. We are constantly monitoring our staffing expertise, ratios and illness so that we can still safely offer the best service we can in the current climate and conditions.

 

Therefore, we are not expecting your child/young person in school from end of school today Friday 19.03.20 until further notice. We have already worked extremely hard to support with activities, guidance and advice across a wide range of areas (not just pure education and learning!) you will see this outlined below. Please be advised that if your child/young person does come into school on Monday and they are not due in, we will unfortunately be sending them home as there will be no school -based provision for them.

 

We would like to let you know about some of the ways we are trying to support your young person whilst the school is closed.

 

The building may be closed but our support of you and your family will carry on.  Here are some of the ways we hope this period of closure can be made a more positive experience for all:

 

 

Beacon Learning Zone

We have set up a ‘virtual classroom‘ for every class in school.  We will try and update this as frequently as possible to ensure there will be work put into the pupil’s class page by their teacher.  It could be a task for them to complete, some links to useful websites, suggestions for activities and some suggestions for you as a parent to help support your child at home.  These have been produced by the class teacher specifically for your child’s class and they will be updated regularly. To find them you need to go to www.blz.org.uk.There is also a direct link to BLZ on the parent zone of the website.

 

 

Communication

 

We will be producing a weekly newsletter which will be put on our website and on Facebook so that we can keep in touch and keep you updated in these difficult times. We will be putting regular posts on our Facebook page so that we can keep in touch and can keep you informed about anything you may need to know.

 

We will remain contactable via email you can use the parent voice email parent.voice@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk  or email me or your child’s head of zone if you have any specific questions or concerns.

Our emails are listed here:
Deputy Headteacher alison.cole@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk

Zone 1- Nursery to Year 6- jackie.macfarnell@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk

Zone 2- Year 7-9 and Specialist Classes- irene.white@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk

Zone 3- Year 10-14- stefanie.zintelwarner@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk

Beaconplus- College Base Provision- mel.winter@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk

Headteacher ady.young@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk

Safeguarding

 

If you have a safeguarding concern or wish to contact any of our multi –agency support team, their contact details are below.  There is also a safeguarding information leaflet on the parent section of our website.

 

Zone 1: claire.gregory@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk 07741643485

Zone 2: stephanie.bezuidenhout@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk  07799259265

Zone 3: claire.lucas@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk 07741643483

 

We hope that you and your family keep safe and well and that it won’t be long before we see you back in school.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Best wishes

 

Ady Young

Headteacher

Friday 20th March 2020 at 8:55pm

We are open to the children of key workers as on this list.

We have asked that by midday today parents on that list let us know if they are intending to send there young person in today. In terms of vulnerable young people due to the specialist staff that are needed to make safe prevision for our specific young peoples needs, we will be open to those we have identified as those who are most in need of our specialist support.

This will be subject to change daily dependent of those who available

All other learners will have access to remote learning and support from the school details will be out today.

Thursday 19th March 2020 at 4:20pm

Dear Parent / Carer,

I write with reference to  our recent correspondence and the announcement by the Government regarding School closures for all UK schools, however there were exceptions to this directive.

The exceptions related to children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Key workers have been defined as follows:

  • NHS Staff
  • Police & Emergency Service workers
  • Delivery drivers who need to deliver food and supplies such as petrol

Vulnerable Children have been defined as follows:

  • Any child with a social worker
  • Any vulnerable child with an EHCP  – I am currently awaiting further guidance in relation to the parameters around this requirement

 

I must emphasis not all children and young people who have an EHCP will be expected or able to attend school from Monday 23rd March 2020.  We will be confirming arrangements for your child/young person tomorrow which will include distance learning from home and for an identified group some provision in school will be made available subject to staffing.

 

If you are a Key Worker (as identified above) and will need your child to attend school next week, we ask you to advise us by email return and at the latest by 12.00 pm tomorrow Friday 20th March. We will then endeavour to make contingency planning to support you in some way. In the first instance please can you email the school at the address below to advise us of your requirements, stating the following:

  • Your name:
  • Your child’s name:
  • Confirmation that you are they only person available to care for your child during this time:
  • Days next week you are working:
  • Yes – My Child will attend, my profession is:
  • I request the school to call me to discuss my circumstances further  (contact number please):

Alison.Cole@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk

Please note we only require one response per family.

If you do require a call from the school a member of staff will be in contact with you within the next 24 hours to discuss your intentions.

As I have referenced in recent letters regarding the Coronavirus; if your child has an underlying health condition and or you consider it is in the best interest of your family to keep your child at home for the duration of the pandemic please do so. This will not adversely affect your child attendance record.

For those parents of pupils who have already chosen to keep their child at home or are now choosing to do, please continue with these precautions for the foreseeable future and continue to check the parent emails/communications we send and the website which will be updated frequently .

 

A huge thank for all your continuing support, please stay safe and keep well.

 

Kind regards

 

Ady Young

Headteacher