COVID-19 & MIND

COVID- 19 & MIND

Wellbeing Drop-in

The Whole School Approach project offers a wellbeing drop-in whilst working within schools, where students and staff can book an appointment to see one of us if they are feeling down, anxious, worried, in need of a chat or just want information or signposting. During school closure we would like to carry on with this drop-in service but via phone call for those that need it. Please note that this is not therapy or counselling. It is an opportunity to have a conversation with no judgement that is kept confidential, providing we do not feel you or anyone else are at risk of harm.

We would like to extend this drop-in to parents and caregivers as well as the young people and staff members. If you feel this is something that would be beneficial to you please get in touch using the information below.

The 15 minute slots are available between the following times/days,

Staff Tuesday 10am-12pm

Years 7 - 11 Wednesday 10am – 12pm

Parents & Caregivers Thursday 10am – 12pm

To book a slot please email WholeSchoolApproach@heymind.org.uk stating your name, school, which category you fall into, year group if applicable, your telephone number and your preferred time. You will receive an email back to confirm your time slot. The appointments will be on a first come first served basis. *Please note days/times are subject to change.

Online Learning Platform

Please make sure you take a look on our learning platform at the well-being section. There are a number of useful resources relating to

  • Pupil Resilience
  • Resilience & Adult Life
  • School Life Stress
  • Self –esteem and Confidence
  • Your Voice Matters

Safeguarding and Well-being Update at The Snaith School

During this prolonged period of school closure, I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that the safeguarding and well-being of students at The Snaith School continues to be our main focus.

Whilst we continue to maintain as much contact with students and their families as possible through regular communications using SIMS Parent App, we clearly do not have the capacity to check in with all students on a daily basis, so if you have any concerns, please do report these to us. 

Whereas our student services team are usually at the end of the telephone, we have adapted to these different circumstances and therefore please see below contact details for all relevant staff, should you have any concerns regarding the safety of one of our students.

Staff

Email Address/Contact Number (if applicable)

AP – Head of Year 7

abigail.pendlebury@thesnaithschool.org.uk

 

ES- Head of Year 8

Eleanor.Scott@thesnaithschool.org.uk

 

JM- Head of Year 9

James.mackay@thesnaithschool.org.uk

 

KC- Head of Year 10

keiranne.Carnell@thesnaithschool.org.uk

 

SB – Head of Year 11

Sarah.Baines@thesnaithschool.org.uk

 

MO’S- Pastoral Manager

Michelle.Osullivan@thesnaithschool.org.uk

Phone on site: 01405 860327

Phone off site: 07538371727

AC- Pastoral Officer(Attendance)

 

HY- Deputy Headteacher/

Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead

heather.yates@thesnaithschool.org.uk

 

RW- Assistant Headteacher/

Designated Safeguarding Lead

richard.wilson@thesnaithschool.org.uk

Phone on site: 01405 860327

Phone off site: 07399168186

Online safety is an important aspect of the role we play in ensuring the safety of our students, no more so than at this time when students are accessing learning remotely and contacting friends online on a daily basis. No doubt our young people will be and have been using popular sites and applications such as House Party, Zoom, Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp. Whilst these provide opportunity for valuable social contact for young people during this time, it is worthwhile parents being aware of how best to protect their children when they are online.
If you have changed any of your contact details, please make our Pastoral Officer (Attendance) aware via email.

The links below will provide you with guidance and useful information regarding internet safety. These sites provide you with tips on how to talk to your children about keeping safe online and detailed information in about popular sites and applications.

 

As this is an unprecedented situation, we have been working closely with Hull and East Riding Mind to look at how we can encourage positive mental well-being in our pupils. There are a number of very useful resources on their website to support young people during this current situation. I would recommend the A-Z resources.

In addition to this our Mind Whole School Approach Practitioner has made us aware of a very useful website/app which has been made free to all young people in response to COVID-19. The is called ThinkNinja and has been updated with new content which brings self-help skills and knowledge to young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during this time. The app allows the opportunity for young people to understand the following aspects:

* Fears relating to the virus

* Isolation struggles and how to stay connected to family and friends

* Worries about personal health and health of family members

* Coping techniques to use during the crisis

* Other helpful tips

If you want to know more about ThinkNinja or access the resources available from MIND please go to the following website:

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email, if you are concerned about any of our children’s mental health and wellbeing or have any questions, we will be happy to offer support where possible.

Update 1/5/20

Zoom Bombing and False Covid

Here is some more information from Humberside Police Cyber Security Unit that may be useful if you are using Zoom to communicate with your family and friends.  Also, there is some information about a false update site for Covid-19 you should be aware off.

Keep an eye on their Twitter account   HP_Cyber or Facebook account Humberbeat, for useful information on cybercrime as updates go out on here regularly.

Coronavirus Map

Zoom Bombing

Message for all from the School Nursing Service

I just want to make you aware that the School Nursing service is still available to children, children, young people and their families during these unprecedented times.  It is evident that young people are struggling with their emotions and more than ever it is important that they look after both their mental and physical health and wellbeing. We have services and online support to help with this.

Here are some of the services offered.

ChatHealth is a confidential texting service that is available to all young people in the East Riding. This is manned by a School Nurse Monday to Friday 9 am to 5pm and it can help support young people with anxieties, worries or any general/health problems The Chat Health number is 07507 332891. This is also a video that can be accessed via YouTube https://youtu.be/S9JwOmAVCZ4 .

Chat Health Poster

 Social Media our ISPHN website and social media sites offer online advice, support and signposting for children, young people and their families from the ages of 0-19.

Update 07/05/2020

Coping With Family Life During Lockdown

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets 

Update 25/6/2020

Dangers relating to Quarries and Railway Lines

We have been made aware via Selby Police and Network Rail, that recently there has been an increase of youths trespassing on railway lines and in quarries within the area.  We have sourced the information to support you in educating your children in the dangers related to these.  

The link to the video below, maybe useful to highlight the danger to your child/children of going to quarries through the eyes of friends and families who have lost loved ones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkRzpvPVdds&feature=youtu.be

Please see the following advice from https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/staying-safe-around-quarries. It points out the dangers of swimming in quarries.  Some of this information is shared below:

Staying safe around quarries

Quarries, particularly abandoned and disused quarries are very dangerous places. Most quarries are private and you should not climb over damaged fences or gates to get into them.

Swimming in quarries is dangerous

Some quarry lakes may look inviting on a hot summer’s day, but there are a number of hidden dangers:

  • deep water
  • cold water
  • submerged abandoned machinery and car wrecks
  • underwater ledges and recesses
  • hidden currents and tunnels
  • submerged plants
  • dead animals and excrement
  • rubbish
  • pollution
  • dangerous algae

The greatest danger is cold water

Quarry water is much colder than rivers, lakes and the sea. Many quarries are so deep that they are fed with water from underground springs or aquifers. As this water originates deep within the ground, it is extremely cold.

As a result, you are likely to become exhausted much more quickly than you would think. Also a sudden plunge into cold water could cause your body to go into “shock”.

Your body’s reaction to jumping into very cold water

If you jump into very cold water, there is a three stage response your body will follow:

length of time

body's response

0 – 4 minutes – cold shock

A sudden plunge into cold water initiates a gasp response which can cause you to drown within seconds of entering the water. It also affects breathing, heart rate and body’s metabolism.

4 – 30 minutes - loss of performance

Poor circulation causes stiff fingers, reduced coordination and loss of motor skills and power. This makes it nearly impossible to grasp a rescue line or hoist. Swimming to safety or climbing out of the water is no longer physically possible. At this stage the cause of death is by drowning.

more than 30 minutes – hypothermia

Most cold water deaths result from cold shock or loss of performance. Few people survive to get hypothermia. True hypothermia only sets in after 30 minutes. However, in a quarry with steep sides, no vegetation or rafts, it is possible that you could stay in the water for 30 minutes.

 

Other dangers in quarries

Disused quarries also pose a threat to motorcyclists, quad-bikers, walkers and mountain bikers. These include:

  • sheer faces and falling
  • landslide and rocks falling from quarry face
  • derelict buildings
  • abandoned machinery and broken equipment
  • settlement lagoons, silt ponds and quick sand
  • sand and spoil heaps
  • weather conditions – Northern Ireland is cold in summer and freezing in winter
  • hypothermia - despite the season, water deeper than a few inches will be cold enough to cause cold shock
  • remoteness - many of these quarries are located in remote rural areas, miles away from a hospital or ambulance station
  • access - some are not accessible by vehicle therefore making it very difficult to call the emergency services and for them to reach you when they do arrive

No one should enter a quarry without the permission of the owner.

Trespassing on Railway Lines- this information and resource have been sent to us by Network Rail

Due to the very high level of trespassing on the tracks by young people in your local area, Network Rail in partnership with Learn Live are working to help raise awareness to students across the UK educating them about the dangers of the train tracks through interactive digital delivery.

Network rail asks you to share the relevant safety video with your teachers and parents to show in class or at home during this difficult time, as there have been 1,024 incidents since lockdown began, we are keen to help keep students safe. 

 We have made things easier for you to watch the free safety videos by just entering the email railsafety@learnliveuk.com

 Secondary school version: Age 11-16 

https://learnliveuk.com/network-rail-secondary-school-safety-talk/   

  • Please note these are the recommended age ranges, we would always advise you to view the clips first to gauge suitability for your class.
  • The session is less than 15 minutes and explains why it is important to stay safe near the tracks. 
  • Over 1 million students, parents and teachers from across the UK have significantly decreased the number of trespasses in their area through watching the safety clip.

Other Useful Resources

Free Online Mental Health Support

Mental Health Event

Telephone Support for Young People

Think Ninja App

Virtual Youth Drop in ERVAS

Updated Advice to Parents and Carers

Please check here regularly for updates.

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