Homewood School Lockdown 2021 Key Information

This page is our central resource for all the key information related to the current lockdown.

Safeguarding

If you have any Safeguarding concerns, our Designated Safeguarding Leads will be available during school hours (8.45 am – 3.30 pm). Please contact us on safeguarding@homewood.kent.sch.uk should you need to speak to anyone.

Outside of school hours any Child Protection and Safeguarding concerns should be reported to the Kent Social Care and Health ‘Front Door’ – 03000 411111 (outside office hours: 03000 419191) and/or the Police on 101/999.

Free School Meals

Are you eligible? Click here for more information.

If your child is eligible for free school meals: For the two weeks beginning Monday 4 January and Monday 11 January the school will pay £15 per week per student. Please contact finance@homewood.kent.sch.uk and provide details of your child’s name, their year group, your bank account number, the sort code and the name of the account holder. Parents who have previously provided bank details will need to do so again because we do not keep those records under GDPR regulations. This includes any students in school. 

From Monday 18 January and for the four weeks to Friday 12 February, vouchers will be sent as in the first lockdown from the DfE provider Edenred for £15 per week per eligible student. Please contact finance@homewood.kent.sch.uk from 18 January onwards if you have any queries in this respect.

Please see this document for a useful guide on how to use your Free School Meals Vouchers.

School provision 

Children of critical workers, students with a social worker, young carers and students with an EHCP are eligible to attend school presently although it must be noted that parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can. 

Further details can be obtained from:

Students attending school presently have the opportunity to take part in ‘mass asymptomatic testing’ of COVID-19.

Bus/coach provision for key worker and vulnerable students during lockdown

KCC and the school transport service providers have been monitoring the use of school transport to and from Homewood since the start of term January 2021. 

As a result of services not being used or where alternative provision is available i.e. another bus/coach running on the same route the following services have been suspended or will be withdrawn (as at 12.01.2021)

  • All KCC closed door hired services for Entitled Scholars – withdrawn
  • HS1 (R&J Coaches)  –  Alternative service Stagecoach service 2
  • HS2 (Chalkwells) – Alternative service Stagecoach service 2
  • HS7/8 (Chalkwells) – withdrawn
  • 293 (Hams Travel) – withdrawn
  • Stagecoach Bus service changes in Kent and East Sussex w/c 18.01.21

Please follow this link to see the timetable changes for Stagecoach buses during the third lockdown.

There will be no Chalkwell HS services w/c 18.01.21 so any students travelling to Homewood using these services will need to make use of either the 2 or 2A service (timetable details in this link.)

If you are affected by the above changes please contact the school transport providers in the first instance for further advice.

Supporting Students at home

Helping children and young people to manage anxiety

A practical guide to supporting pupils and students during periods of disruption.

Click here for more information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers

Click here for more information.

Guidance around supporting children and young people’s wellbeingduring the coronavirus outbreak.

Click here to view the PDF document.

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support

If your son/daughter is needing support Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support during their time away from school, our website has resources for both parents and students:

There are also a number of external support agencies available:

  • The Single Point of Access (0300 123 4496) can provide information, advice and support.
  • Text the word “Kent” to 85258. This is a new 24/7 text service provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line as part of the Kent and Medway Release the Pressure campaign. This is suitable for people of all ages.
  • Accessing moodspark.org.uk or kentresiliencehub.org.uk to learn about mental health and find tips and resources to keep emotionally healthy.
  • Texting ChatHealth for support around physical and mental health on 07520 618850. The number is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
  • Self-referring to the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service
  • Accessing the Big White Wall if aged 16+ for anonymous support through BigWhiteWall.com
  • Accessing the National Autistic Helpline at autism.org.uk for advice and support

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Here are some useful links and information to help parents and carers, for more information: net-aware.org.uk

Guidance and Support

If you are in need of local guidance and support, the following local organisations are available:

Kent Together

24 hour KCC helpline to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. 

kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling 03000 419292. 

Ashford Borough Council

Support for people who live in Ashford who are in need of guidance and support.

Email help@ashford.gov.uk

East Sussex County Council

Support for people who live in East Sussex who are in need of guidance and support.

eastsussex.gov.uk

Ashford Food Bank

familyfoodbank.org

Tenterden

mytenterden.co.uk or by calling 01580 761060 – Also, here’s a listing of local shops and businesses

Useful Official Documents