Returning to school – March 2021

8 March 2021

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Returning to school might feel especially strange or worrying this term. Our schools are experienced at managing risk, though, and we’ve been working with them to make lots of changes in line with government guidelines to help keep you safe – we wouldn’t let you go back to school if it wasn’t safe!

We also want to recognise how well you’ve done during the lockdown this year. We know it’s not been an easy time, but you’ve done great and we hope return to school goes well!

Your mental wellbeing

We’re guessing that you’ll have had very different experiences while at home, in terms of learning and personal experience, than the ones you would’ve had in school.

One top tip is to try to return to your “usual” school day routine as soon as possible. If you’re struggling to adjust to the change, or would like to talk to someone about your mental health in general, the following services are all available to you:

  • Devon’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are offering additional 24/7 telephone support. Please contact 03300 245 321 during normal hours (8am-5pm, Mon to Fri) or 0300 555 5000 outside these hours.
  • The ChatHeath text line allows young people aged 11-19 a place to talk completely confidentially with a school nurse about any worries or concerns they may have. Text 07520631722.

You can find full details and information about the return to school on Devon County Council’s website.

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