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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents and carers

Back to school a video for children

Update on wider re-opening of schools 19 May 2020

Following the recent government announcement, Dr Catherine Driscoll, Director of Children’s Services and Cllr Marcus Hart,Cabinet Member for Education and Skills have written an open letter to parents, carers and guardians about Worcestershire’s approach to the wider re-opening of schools.

Download: Letter to parents

Update on testing for under 5 year olds

Testing for symptomatic under 5s can be arranged through NHS 111. Any child (whatever age) should not attend any setting if they or a household member are displaying coronavirus symptoms.

Use the 111 online coronavirus symptom checker (opens in a new window) service if your child is 5 or over. Call 111 if they're under 5. The 111 Service can arrange to test a child under 5 if clinical assessment indicates appropriate.

Children can get Coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.

Home testing and drive through test centres

Book a test

Please read the NHS guidance regarding test eligibility for children and young people (opens in a new window). If your child has coronavirus symptoms, please see below for appropriate testing guidance.

  • children under 5 years old: you cannot use a home test kit and if your child under 5 has coronavirus symptoms, please call 111
  • children aged 5 to 11 years old: they cannot do the test themselves, you (their parent or guardian) must swab test your child
  • children aged 12 to 15 years old: can swab test themselves or have their parent or guardian swab test them
  • child or young person under 16 years old: you can ask for a self-swabbing test for them, a young person can apply for a test for themselves from the age of 16

Some test sites cannot do tests for children aged 5 to 11. If a test site in your area cannot test children under 12 years old, you'll get a warning when you're booking the test.

If you want a test for a child who is 13 or over, check that they are happy for you to ask for a test for them.

The test can only be done during in the first 5 days of having symptoms and best within first 3 days. The test usually involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. The test can only tell you if you currently have Covid-19

Test and trace

A new test and trace service is due to be launched shortly, supported by contact tracers who have now been recruited. This service will work to reach those who have been in close contact with someone who has developed coronavirus following a positive test. This service will provide information and advice to contacts of cases.

Advice and guidance

Educational resources and things to do at home

The Department for Education (DfE) have published guidance for parents and carers on supporting home learning for primary and secondary children.

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus

The DfE updated advice for parents and carers looking after primary school children to include information regarding returning to school for some children.

Website: Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Helping children continue their education during coronavirus

The DfE published yesterday (Thursday 21 May) advice for parents and carers on supporting the home learning of secondary school children.

Website: Help secondary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

New careers advice helpline

Students across the county have now left school a lot earlier than planned due to the to the Coronavirus (COVIC-19) pandemic.

If you’re unsure of what step to take next and would like some advice, then call Careers Worcestershire.

Website: Careers Worcestershire (opens in a new window)

Wellbeing support guide

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the services provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust are working in different ways, and some have ceased for the time being. They have produced the following leaflet with information to help direct families, children and young people to services available to support them during this time.

Download: Wellbeing support guide for children, young people and families

BBC Bitesize

You'll find daily lessons for home schooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.

Website: BBC Bitesize (opens in a new window)

Starting Well Partnership

Starting Well Partnership, a new public health service for families has launched and details can be found on their website, including lots if information to support families during the current challenges as a result of Covid-19.

Website: Starting Well Partnership (opens in a new window)

Be aware of scam emails

We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.

COVID-19, Domestic Abuse and Your Community

You might be worried about yourself or a friend/relative’s wellbeing whilst we are being asked to stay at home as part of the COVID-19 emergency measures. If so, help is available:

SafeLives ending domestic abuse # you are not alone
Safe Lives have all the domestic abuse resources in a one stop link:
Website: SafeLives ending domestic abuse - Domestic abuse and COVID-19 (opens in a new window)
Free phone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

West Mercia Women’s Aid Helpline 24 hours a day on 0800 980 3331
Website: West Mercia Women's Aid (opens in a new window)

Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)

In an emergency always dial 999

For more information about this service and further domestic abuse related information and services please visit the Worcestershire County Council Domestic abuse website.