COVID-19: Schools update... 13 July

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In today's update:


Summer holiday activity directories

Today we have launched our summer holiday activity directories to the public.  We hope the directories will make it easier for parents and carers to find information about available services during the school holidays 2020. We also aim to support childcare and activity providers to publicise their offer to parents and carers as they begin to restart activities. If you are able to include the link on your school website that would be brilliant.

We would be grateful if you would share the below communication with any parents or carers, and/or share our social media post on your own social media pages.

We will be updating the directories regularly so we would advise anyone who wishes to distribute hard copies to check the website frequently to download and print the latest version.

Please share the message below with parents/carers:

Summer holiday activity directories

To support parents and carers looking for childcare and activities during the school summer holidays 2020, Cumbria County Council and partners have today launched an online directory for each district of Cumbria which lists local options for holiday camps, childcare providers and other support services and activities.  

We hope the directory makes it easier for parents and carers to find information about available services. We also aim to support childcare and activity providers to publicise their offer to parents and carers as they begin to restart activities.

You can find the directory for your area at https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/childrenandfamilies/cfis/

We will be updating the directories on a regular basis as we receive more information. If you have any listings to add to the directory, please contact childrens.information@cumbria.gov.uk.

We will also be posting information about events and activities on our Facebook page @ChildrenandFamiliesInformationService throughout the summer holidays.

There is further guidance for parents about attending out of school settings available on the government website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.


Staff, pupil and parent views about the return to school

We are making available two unbranded template questionnaires – one for staff and one for pupils and parents – which schools may wish to use in order to help them understand people’s concerns and collect ideas about their support needs. 

These are brief and simple, and the intention is that the school will edit them to suit their particular situation. 

These are entirely optional, and the LA will not be collating the data from them.  We hope that they will prove useful in school planning and that staff will feel supported by their use.  The scaling questions from them could be repeated later on, if required. 

+ Staff questionnaire

+ Pupil/parent questionnaire


PPE update for schools

We are extremely grateful to LASL and WELL colleagues in managing cluster/consortia schools’ PPE needs this term, and in supporting CCC to order equipment centrally for schools.

We have been asked about PPE ordering potential for the start of the new term in September.

If schools would like to order PPE for September, they should submit their request by close of business on Tues 14th July (tomorrow) to laslwest@gmail.com (for schools in the west), to Sarah.Connolly@caldew.cumbria.sch.uk (for schools in the north) and  to vicki.clarke@cumbria.gov.uk (for schools in south).

Approved PPE will be delivered to schools before 15:30 on Friday 17th July.

Schools can ask for one or two week’s supply of PPE initially, based on their risk assessments and with reference to the national guidance.

If emergency PPE is required by schools during the summer holidays they can request it via the phone line: 0800 783 1967 (which is manned from 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday and 10:00 – 14:00 Saturday and Sunday).

Going forward, CCC will be offering the same PPE ordering service for the autumn term. You can resume ordering PPE as required through the LASL Coordinators in September.

We will let schools know the amount they are being invoiced for PPE this week. Invoices will be delivered in due course.


Supporting Schools to maximise use of technology

We are so proud of the amazing work so many schools are doing to offer blended learning and access to virtual learning. As we continue to plan for September and beyond, there is a genuine willingness of schools to support each other.

Last week, Cumbria County Council was delighted to hear that Dalton St Mary’s has been selected as an EdTech Demonstrator School for the Department for Education. 

The EdTech Demonstrator Programme includes a network of schools and colleges across the country, chosen by the DfE, who exhibit highly effective practice in the use of technology.

The programme’s aim is to help schools and colleges provide education for children remotely.  Dalton St Mary’s will be will be able to offer support to you in three ways:

  • 1:1 support
  • Live Webinars
  • Recorded demonstrations available online. 

This will all be remote and can be tailored specifically to the needs, devices and staff, of your school.

Although recognised as an Apple Distinguished School Dalton St Mary’s uses a blended platform of technology including Google and Microsoft alongside an embedded Apple interface.  This will ensure that they can support schools, whatever type of technology they are using and whatever their current situation may look like.

Schools who would like to access this support with remote learning, through the EdTech Programme, should register through https://edtech-demonstrator.lgfl.net/ where they can request support from Dalton St Mary’s.

We are delighted to see a Cumbrian school chosen by the DfE to support schools in this way and we would encourage schools to register if one of your priorities is to further enhance remote learning provision.


Director of Public Health weekly COVID-19 sitrep

Please find link below to the latest situation report for COVID-19 for Cumbria.

Data for schools 13 July 20.v1.pdf