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Principal's latest letter to Parents

10th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

I’m sure that you have heard the tragic news involving a teenager yesterday.  Our staff, students, governors and myself are deeply saddened.  News like this is difficult to share and affects us all in different ways.  You too will have been affected as parents/carers.  At this time, we need to be sensitive and supportive of each other and we need to be respectful in the way we talk about this tragedy including on social media.

The teenager’s family, friends, teachers and year group need our support at this most challenging time.  They will also need our continued support in the weeks and months ahead.  Our sincere condolences and sympathy go to his family.

Please be reassured that, as a school, we will provide emotional support for all those affected.  All staff and a dedicated specialist team of counsellors, child protection and safeguarding leads, wellbeing staff and the school nurse will work collaboratively with both students and staff throughout the year.  In addition, the Kirklees Psychological and Outreach Services are supporting the school.

Staff or students who have suffered a loss or bereavement of their own are likely to find it difficult to cope at this distressing time.  We ask you as parents/carers to work with us, alerting us to any symptoms of distress your child may display.  We have set up a dedicated email account for this purpose: wellbeing@thecvhs.co.uk

For anyone affected by the recent tragic event, assistance, help or advice can be sought from the external agencies below as well as the school.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support over the coming months.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Christian

Principal

Helplines for you and your child

Childline

https://www.childline.org.uk

0800 1111 (1-2-1 Counsellor Chat)

Samaritans

https://www.samaritans.org

116 123 (24 hours a day counselling service)

Young Minds

https://youngminds.org.uk

0808 8025544 (Parental helpline/ Charity that specialises in young people’s mental health)

Kooth

https://www.kooth.com

Online chat available until 12pm to 10pm (Monday – Friday) 6pm to 10pm (Saturday – Sunday)

Shout

https://www.giveusashout.org

85258 (Text message service 24/7)

Chat Health

Speak to a school nurse / Text 07520618866 for ages 11-19

PAPYRUS

https://papyrus-uk.org

08000 684141

Winston’s Wish

https://www.winstonswish.org

08088 020021 / 85258 (Text ‘WW’ message service 24/7)