Today the Secretary of State for Education has written an open letter to parents encouraging continued regular testing, to support all the hard work schools and colleges have been doing to increase participation.
The Public Health England COVID-19 resource centre has been updated with new testing resources to support your outgoing communications to parents and students in secondary schools and colleges. This includes:
social and poster resources – to stress the importance of continued testing and reporting in settings and on school social media channels a test explainer kit with practical resources to support self-testing at home, including the vital step of reporting
Update to the contingency framework following the announcement on enhanced response areas
The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of COVID-19 in education and childcare settings. It covers all types of measures that settings should be prepared for, which includes those that may be recommended as part of an enhanced response area.
All education and childcare settings should have outbreak management plans outlining how they would operate if any of the measures described within the contingency framework were recommended in their area for any reason.
Secondary schools and colleges should ensure their outbreak management plans cover the possibility that it is advised that face coverings should temporarily be worn more widely in settings in their area and that asymptomatic testing sites (ATS) may be required. Additional guidance has been issued to the Directors of Public Health advising that they work in partnership with schools and colleges before reinstating ATS. The green ‘How to Guide’ details how schools and colleges should set up and run an ATS, as they did in March 2021.
If settings are concerned about COVID-19 issues in their area and think additional measures in their setting may be required, they should discuss with their Local Authority, Department of Public Health or Health Protection Team.
The information below has not changed since our last update
There are lots of great apps and games online and your child is bound to have their favourite, but we know lots of parents worry about balancing their enjoyment with managing their time online and keeping them safe. The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to give simple bitesize information and advice on the latest apps, sites and games your child might be using.
To find out more about children’s online favourites and get tips and advice on settings and how to reduce risks, visit Net Aware
From the 1st April 2021 there will be some changes to the provision of services in Sussex. Firstly four Victim Hubs will go live across the County (in Eastbourne, Hastings, Horsham and Brighton). Each Victim Hub will have a multi-agency function, comprising police and partners from the main commissioned victim support providers. The Hubs will follow the principles of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH) by co-locating the main commissioned victim support service providers in a single consolidated hub. The Hubs will reduce duplication and provide an enhanced victim experience by ensuring a more co-ordinated and co-located approach to victim support provision, and will reduce the risk of re-traumatising victims by having to retell their story to multiple providers. In addition they will support a common needs assessment for victim support across service areas. The hubs will also enable a more effective feedback loop between victim support providers and investigators within the Police.
To use a motor vehicle legally on the road, it must meet certain legislation and construction requirements. These also apply for e-scooters, meaning they would need to be registered, insured, taxed and comply with all the relevant safety standards.
Unless a privately owned e-scooter, and its rider, could meet all the required legislation, using one on the road is illegal.
Separate rules apply for those used in designated official e-scooter trial areas, where rental e-scooters may be used on the highway.
Use an e-scooter on the pavement in modern times and you run the risk of a fixed penalty notice.
BeeZee Bodies, the healthy lifestyle company, for families of 5-15 year olds commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council, is offering free weekly webinars to local families. For more information please go to www.beezeebodies.com