Coronavirus Update

 

 

 

Coronavirus Risk Assessment – For week beginning September 7th 2020

   
 
 
 
 
 

Testwood School is currently: Open to all Students

 

School Closure Update 1/09/2020

 

 Department for Education Guidance for Parents
 

Student Well-being

We are aware that your child’s education has been significantly disrupted since March and we recognise that each child would have had a different experience of lockdown. When we return to school, we will be working together to support each and every child, and reassure them that they will not be judged on how much work they have done during lockdown. Our aim is for all children to feel confident in returning to school and also to fully engage with their learning, so that we can support every child in making progress and feeling safe.

September 2020: start of term

We very much look forward to welcoming back all of our students. Our new Year 7 students have not yet had the opportunity to visit Testwood and so they will have time on their own on Monday 7th September. Also, as the majority of our students have not been in school since March 2020, we will have staggered “Welcome Back” sessions on the following days for each Year Group, in the afternoon, to calm any concerns and to explain the new timetables and break time routines. All students in Years 8-10 must attend their “Welcome back” sessions at the time and date specified below.

Please see our Information for returning to school for further details


 

School Website
Google Classroom
GMail
Seneca Learning 
Accelerated Reader

 

 

 

 

 

Logging into Google:

 

This can be found on page 137 of KS3 planners, or page 135 of KS4 planners.
 

 

Communication

We will continue to make use of the following methods to communicate any updates and/or changes to students/parents/carers:

  • Parent Pay
  • Email
  • School Website – specifically this webpage

To aid communication please could parents/carers ensure we have the most up to date phone & email contact details.
 

Year 11 Exams

Currently advice for all schools is to continue preparing for exams as normal.

JCQ who oversee all the exam boards are currently making plans for any disruption to the exams which are due to start mid May.

We will of course update all Year 11 students and parents/carers if relevant information becomes available.
 


 

Symptoms & Self Isolation

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • recent onset of a new continuous cough
  • and/or high temperature.
  • If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started.

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.
If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better up to 14 days, contact:
NHS 111 website.
If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
 
NB: WE ARE ASKING ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS/CARERS AND STAFF TO ADHERE TO THIS ADVICE TO HELP PREVENT ANY POSSIBLE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS WITHIN SCHOOL.
 

Hand Washing

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water.

Hand washing is particularly important after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so.

Use hand sanitiser if you do not have access to soap and water.
 
NB: WE CURRENTLY HAVE PLENTY OF STOCK OF HAND WASHING MATERIALS FOR ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF.
 

Sneezing & Coughing

To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue.

If you use a tissue, throw the tissue away immediately.

Wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel after sneezing/coughing.
 
NB: WE ARE HAPPY FOR PARENTS/CARERS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THEIR OWN PERSONAL PACK OF TISSUES IF DESIRED. WE CAN’T GUARANTEE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE HAND GEL OR TISSUES AS WHOLESALE STOCKS ARE LIMITED.
 

Cleaning

Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
 
WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED AN ENHANCED CLEANING REGIME, PARTICULARLY AROUND HIGH RISK AREAS SUCH AS DESKS, WORK TOPS, KEYBOARDS/MICE, DOOR HANDLES ETC. WE HAVE STOCKED UP ON REQUIRED CLEANING PRODUCTS/MATERIALS.
 

School Canteen Access

We have suspended use of the finger identification pad. Students need only give their name to purchase food and drink.
 

Useful Links

The following external links provide access to useful information on COVID-19 Coronavirus:

Latest Government Guidance

NHS Coronavirus Information
Government Advice
Public Health England Advice

 

Free resources and activities every month to encourage walking and active travel.

https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-to-school/secondary-schools

 

 

Click Here for our Mental Health COVID Booklet

 

 

Smiling Mind is an app designed to support meditation and mindfulness. It provides lots of information and guidance and the app provides guided relaxation/mindfulness sessions.
 
They also have a YouTube channel with lots of informative videos as well as a guided meditation session
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSP__8_QEFYdi0gY2F3CXfA
 
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. This NHS website offers advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
 
 
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a national children’s mental health charity which offers advice for supporting mental health and wellbeing.
 
 Offers support for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
 
 

Information about supporting young people with anxiety
 
 
Calm is a worldwide app for guided relaxation and mindfulness. They have created free access to support guided relaxation in response to the coronavirus situation.

 

 

 

 

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