Coronavirus – return to school …

Return to school

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum seem to do quite a bit of what you might call heavy lifting.        Click icon to see their Coronavirus articles on the right hand side.        Notably, a ministerial SEND letter, of Jun 2020, about plans for the return to school.

Latest plans

The National Autistic Society set out government guidance, 7 Jul, about returning to school for pupils with SEN.       Topics include:

  • Autistic children who go to mainstream schools
  • Children who attend special schools and colleges
  • Will children be expected to return to school full-time?

Click icon for article.       Here are their Education updates.

Locally

Harrowby Infant School and National Junior School, in Grantham, were not expected to re-open on 1st June.       See also:  update        Bluecoat Primary         Families not to be fined

The world has turned upside down

Ambitious about Autism has published a children’s story, The world has turned upside down.        Find a link to it on their Twitter feed or their website:

https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/

Also, on their website, find:  Home > About autism > Coronavirus
– The Coronavirus resources page has some easy reading downloads.
– The Learning from home page has quite a few handy links with practical resources.       Look for it in Corona > Education.        See also GAIN’s Home education page for a broader picture.

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Resources and updates

National Autistic Society has collected together resources and news about Coronavirus.        Click icon to browse.        Also:

  • Here is an NHS fact sheet about Coronavirus for kids.
  • The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has produced a podcast featuring two clinical psychologists about getting children with autism through this time of upheaval.
  • The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has its own Covid-19 information and resources page.       It includes information about legal rights.        They have some ideas to help to make hand washing fun.

Government FAQ

Click icon for the Cabinet Office updated do’s and don’ts.      You are now able to: exercise outdoors as often as you wish – following social distancing guidelines.        See also complete Guidance and support

SKDC has launched its Covid community information hub:

  • Phone: 01476 406177 / 406358 : 8am – 7pm
  • Email:  SKCommunityHub@southkesteven.gov.uk

Scams

With current Coronavirus restrictions it seems wise to be aware that criminals have been seeking to exploit increased dependence on the internet.      This BBC article highlights efforts in the UK to combat on-line scams.       Click icon to view.       Here are a few pointers for safeguarding yourself.

Social story

Here is a social story about seeing people with face masks.        Click icon to take a look.       If it is not just what you want, does it give you any ideas?       See also: how to write your own         free images .

Health

The NHS continues to update its Coronavirus page.        It is straight forward to browse.        Click icon to view.

Lincolnshire heritage & culture

Lincolnshire County Council have a number of short stories from long ago, produced by Lincoln Castle, on Youtube.       Click play button to see the list.

Lincoln Castle have also published a free audio guide download to the castle.       Click download to scan QR code with your Android or iPhone.

Virtual coffee mornings

Shine, the mental health support network in Lincolnshire, are putting on virtual coffee mornings for carers in Lincolnshire.      They are regularly on Mon, Wed & Fri on Zoom.       They offer support for learning disability as well as mental health.        Click icon for details about the latest events.        See also:  How they work        Shine basics

Supermarket opening

When are supermarkets open during the Coronavirus outbreak?       When are only NHS and vulnerable shoppers allowed in?        Click icon for an outline.

Key terms

Here is a table of school years and ages:

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