Coronavirus

School is now partially open to identified pupils/families. 
These pupils/families will be contacted directly regarding arrangements. All pupils should continue to access remote learning material via our online learning portals or complete paper-based materials that have been posted home.

BCP Educational Psychology Service

Telephone Consultation Line for Parents and Carers
As part of the response to COVID-19, BCP Council EP Service
are offering parents and carers the opportunity to speak to
an Educational Psychologist (EP) about their child while
educational settings are closed. Click here

Department for Education coronavirus helpline – Monday 25 May Bank Holiday opening hours

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.

Phone: 0800 046 8687

The helpline will remain open over the May Bank Holiday weekend for staff, parents and young people as follows:

10am to 4pm – Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Our standard opening hours will resume on Tuesday 26 May:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.

A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.​UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during the coronavirus outbreak

We have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance on helping secondary school children continue their education during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

We have updated our guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home to include information on the wider opening of educational settings.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on the wider opening of education and childcare settings


Yesterday we published guidance on our plans to open education and childcare settings to more children from 1 June.

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Updated guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak with information on preparing for the wider opening of schools, including guidance on water systems, ventilation, fire safety and cleaning.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-school-premises-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Safer travel guidance for passengers during the coronavirus outbreak


The Department for Transport has published guidance on travelling safely during the coronavirus outbreak, providing information on walking, cycling, using private vehicles, travelling in taxis and on public transport. Information on children travelling on public transport is also provided in this guidance.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers
Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance is to help employers and employees understand how to work safely and covers offices, labs and research facilities, construction and factories which may be relevant to some education settings.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
The information below has not changed since yesterday.

Handwashing advice


It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

BCP Council Volunteer Hub

Dear All,

BCP Council has launched a Volunteer Hub and dedicated helpline to support vulnerable people who need vital support while isolating at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Thededicated helpline can provide a range of support, from organising deliveries of food and household supplies to people in need, and providing information and advice. Additionally, staff working through the Volunteer Hub can make regular telephone calls to help keep people’s spirits up during periods of isolation.

Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said, “We are delighted to launch the Volunteer Hub and dedicated helpline to support our most vulnerable residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

“Through our Together We Can community response we have more than 1500 volunteers plus council staff who can help our most vulnerable residents with picking up food and household supplies, as well as provide a cheerful voice to break up those long days of self-isolation. 

“I know that this is a stressful and worrying time for everyone and there are some residents across our three towns who desperately need help with accessing food and every day household items.  I would encourage anyone who is in this position to call our dedicated helpline so that we can connect you with our volunteers and get you the support you need.”

The dedicated helpline is 0300 123 7052 and will be open 8am – 8pm seven days a week 

Residents, businesses and charities are being encouraged to share the dedicated helpline with anyone they think may be vulnerable and without support.

Want to volunteer?

People wanting to get involved and help with the Together We Can Volunteer Hub can register their details by visiting: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/TogetherWeCan.  Please do not call the helpline number as this is only for vulnerable residents who need vital help.

Many Thanks

Cllr Simon McCormack