Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
As children and young people return to school in September, it is understandable that there may be some concerns around safety as a result of the pandemic. The Department for Education (DfT) has created their #backtoschoolsafely campaign, with the aim to help reassure and support parents, carers and young people as they return to school and college.
This includes the parent leaflets:
- Returning to primary school: what parents need to know (PDF, 203KB)
- Returning to secondary school: what parents need to know (PDF, 229KB)
These are now translated into 13 languages (external link) to support those who may not have English as a first language.
Since the beginning of August, Haringey has seen an increase in people who are testing positive for Covid-19.
This comes as no surprise, since the ending of lockdown and the easing of restrictions, the numbers of social interactions have, as expected, risen.
The good news is that while cases are going up the overall rates remain relatively low and we are not seeing a corresponding escalation in the death rate figures.
We should not, however, be complacent. Unless we take collective action we risk harm to our communities and a local lockdown in the coming weeks and months.
For the most part many of those testing positive are in their 20s, an age group that tends to display only mild symptoms.
But as we saw in the first wave, Covid-19 is a Coronavirus that can be easily passed from one person to another.
While the young generally do not suffer, older age groups do – and it is these people who will be more adversely affected if they catch the virus.
As we head into autumn and winter, we must continue the good work we have achieved so far in keeping the numbers down.
Don’t forget, winter is a busy time for hospitals even in normal years, so if we are going to help save lives and protect the NHS then I urge you to keep working together as a community.
I cannot stress enough that it is more important than ever to remember to:
Wash your hands more frequently
Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces
Keep the numbers of people you socialise with down to a minimum
Keep your distance from others in public.
You can find out more about what Haringey is doing about the pandemic as well as useful tips and advice here.
It is understandable that, with everything that has been going on during the pandemic, the return to school may be a stressful experience for some children and young people. We want to reassure parents, carers and young people that support is available.
Good Thinking (external link) has some great online information and resources to help deal with stress and anxiety, including links to podcasts, tips and tricks for mindfulness and links to free wellbeing apps (external link).
Locally, the Haringey Wellbeing Network (external link) can provide support via telephone and email: 07508 511 128 | HaringeyWellbeingNetwork@mih.org.uk – and the council also has a list of support resources available online.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious about returning to school, please reach out for help, you are not alone.
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