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We've set up this page to share the most up to date government advice on Covid-19. 

We'll do our best to keep it up to date, but bear in mind that as the official advice is changing so quickly we may get a little behind! For that reason, if there is any conflict between the advice on this page and the advice on official government channels, the advice on government channels should be taken as the official guidance. 

Coronavirus Helpline for Parents and Carers.


"Are you worried about how your child is coping with the coronavirus crisis and lockdown?"


Dorset Council’s Educational Psychology Service

has set-up a helpline to support those who are worried about their child or teenager during the lockdown.


Phone number for parents or carers

01258 474036.


"The helpline number is: 01258 474036. It is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.45pm. Callers need to ring and make an appointment for a 30 minute phone consultation. Calls are confidential unless there is a risk of harm to the caller, their child or someone else. Brief records are kept of each call."


For more information, please see:

If  parents or carers have any concerns about children’s mental health over the summer break, they should seek support.
You can find a list of support available in your area via the YouthWellbeing Directory.

You could also contact:
SHOUT - text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support
Childline - under 19 s can call 0800 1111 for free support
YoungMinds Parents Helpline - Call 0808 802 5544 for free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm



If you have concerns about a child or young person's physical safety or welfare contact;

Dorset Safeguarding CHAD team direct on 01305 228866




Our Covid-19 absence guidance

Here is Mrs Patterson's letter explaining what our partial re-opening will look like

Changes at school for social distancing

Here are some of the changes we're making at school to keep it as safe as possible for everyone in #TeamStAndrews #makeadifference

Update to our Behaviour Policy during Covid-19

Below are some social stories about our partial re-opening. These are child friendly explanations for you to share with your child, explaining what school will look like if they are part of the first group to return to school. 

WEYMOUTH BAY HUB childcare letter 22nd March

For further support and information about Mental Health and Wellbeing during the Coronavirus (Covid 19) please also visit our 'Positivity Page' (see link below) where you will find further materials offering support for adults, children and families during this difficult time.

COVID-19 - Managing Children's Mental Health

The Prince of Wales School have shared this video with us. They've asked Dr Clare Shave, an NHS Consultant Psychologist, for some advice on managing children's mental health during the COVID-19 closures.

What we know at present


COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.


The most important source of up to date information should be the NHS Coronavirus website. 


For child-friendly information the best site is likely to be CBBC's Coronavirus coverage.


Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.


How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms


If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.


If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.


Read NHS advice about staying at home.


Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:


  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days


Use the 111 coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.


How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell



  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

NHS Hand Washing Song

Still image for this video

Boredom busting activities for those in self-isolation