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Covid-19 Support

You may find the following sources of information helpful during this time:

MEA website – the safeguarding, online safety, domestic abuse and health & wellbeing pages of our website contain advice and links to materials and organisations which can offer support.

Manchester City Council (MCC) – The MCC website also has a dedicated Covid-19 information page for the latest guidance and support available to residents: https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/homepage/965/covid-19

NHS – information and advice about coronavirus is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ including symptoms of coronavirus, testing for coronavirus, booking a vaccination and advice on social distancing and self-isolating.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to get a test.

Rapid lateral flow tests are available for households and bubbles of students to carry out twice weekly testing. These should be used when you do not have symptoms of coronavirus, to help stop the spread of the virus. For more information and details of how to get tests visit:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/

DfE – the Department for Education have a helpline available to answer questions about coronavirus for staff, parents and young people:

Phone: 0800 446 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am to 6pm (Saturday & Sunday)

DfE guidance for parent and carers during coronavirus can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

The Money Advice Service – have a coronavirus hub with guides to all things money related, so you can understand your rights and find out how to get support: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/hub/coronavirus-money-guidance

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