When staff are contacting parents to confirm whether their children will be attending school, could you please ask them how they intend to travel to/from school each day. If they are entitled to school transport, could you ask if they have any alternative means, either by car, or encouraging walking/cycling, where appropriate, as we have limited capacity allowing for social distancing.
Regardless of whether children entitled to school transport intend to use this transport or not, can this information then be passed to the School Transport Officer at Transporting Somerset that your school normally liaises with. This will allow us to ensure that we only provide transport for those who really need it.
Wessex Water: Important information regarding your water supply after lockdown
The lockdown restrictions in place over the last couple of months has meant several business premises have been forced to close which means water within the building plumbing systems will have been left stagnant.
This can cause the water quality to deteriorate within the plumbing system in a number of ways:
- Warming of water
- Growth of micro-organisms (e.g. bacteria, legionella)
- Increased leaching of metals found in plumbing (could cause discolouration)
- Taste and odour from prolonged contact with some plumbing materials
Wessex Water would like to bring to your attention the steps that should be taken to remove any stagnant water and renew your water supply before your workforce return to work and use the water, please see attached document to the right or here for more information.
COVID-19 Infection prevention and control resources and support for schools in Somerset
Please see attached document to the right or download here which provides a short summary of some the infection prevention and control resources available to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. These pages will be updated as new resources and information become available.
Key Stage 1 and 2 Road Safety Resources
The Somerset Road Safety Team have provided the below links for Key Stage 1 and 2, which will provide a wealth of resources to supplement their in school activities which are suspended for the time being due to COVID-19:
Key Stage 1 & 2 activity sheets:
Teaching resources including link to THINK! website:
They hope to be able to book in talks to schools in 2021 and would invite head teachers to contact them at email@example.com to make arrangements for them to deliver their Stay Safe talks in the next school year. They have also designed a booklet for KS1 & 2 titled Stay Safe, which they would happily provide to schools. The team are also working on online resources for KS3 & 4 as well as FE colleges.
For more information, please visit here.
Free Online Training Offer - Please click here for further details
The EPS is proud to offer free training for schools to use, to help the planning of how best to meet the SEMH needs of all pupils as more and more return to school. Please click here to access the training (You need to be logged in to view this page).
The second part will be available as soon as possible, please return to this website on the 26th May for further details.
We have also put together a page of useful resources about Talking to Children about COVID-19 - Click here to view this page.