Coronavirus Information

Student Wellbeing

Friday, 20 March 2020.

Student Wellbeing

Schools are working closely with the Local Authority and the Headteacher Associations in order to offer a consistent and safe response to the current crisis. The health and safety of children and young people is everyone’s priority and I wanted to inform you about our ongoing arrangements to keep children safe during this period of school closure. We understand how worrying it is for your during this time and we will do everything we can to continue to support our children and families.

With the current coronavirus outbreak and Government recommendations to limit social contact, many people will be spending more time at home than they are used to. We appreciate this is an uncertain time and many children and young people will have mixed feelings about what is happening. With this in mind I have put together a list of resources that might be of use during the coming weeks.

If parents/carers or students have any wellbeing concerns during the school closure they can email sso@notleyhigh.com and someone will get back to them.

Mrs C Wager
Designated Safeguarding Lead

We Are Flourish: Children and Young People, Looking After Our Mental Health

A YouTube video from our school counsellor and mental health expert, Jo Morton-Brown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2EgkDtOGP4&feature=youtu.be

The Children’s Society: Self Isolating and Dealing with Conflict

Self-isolating may mean spending more time with family, carers or friends and this may create difficult situations, especially for those coping with pre-existing family problems. The Children’s Society asked one of their well-being practitioners to share her top tips for dealing with conflict at home.

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/news-and-blogs/our-blog/dealing-with-conflict-at-home

Heads Together: Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Heads Together have published a free toolkit with resources and tips to help address anxiety arising from these challenging times. The toolkit includes videos to provide practical guidance and tips to parents/carers about coronavirus and mental health, activities to ease anxiety that can be done at home and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for adults and children.
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/1960/coronavirus-mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources.pdf

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Podcast on Coronavirus and Child Mental Health

Dr. Jon Goldin is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works at Great Ormond Street Hospital. In this podcast he discusses child mental health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
https://www.acamh.org/podcasts/dr-jon-goldin-on-the-coronavirus-and-child-mental-health/

Young Minds: Helpline

If you are concerned about a young person's mental health during this difficult time, you can contact the Young Minds Helplines.

Parents Helpline: If you are a parent who needs advice about your child’s mental health you can contact the Parents Helpline directly on 0808 802 between 9:30am-4pm

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis you can text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support

The Young Minds website is: https://youngminds.org.uk/

Key Worker Information

Friday, 20 March 2020.

Key Worker Information

20 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – BE RESPONSIBLE – SUPPORT EACH OTHER

Following the announcement from the Government that school closure will not be "an educational setting" but a "safe place" for critical workers to leave their children and the publication of the ‘key worker’ list, we need to collect details of which families fall into this group so we can plan accordingly.

Urgent Update: 18 March 2020

Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

Urgent Update: 18 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

You will probably all be aware of the announcement made regarding school closures from Friday 20 March 2020.  We will consider the next steps and communicate with you as soon as possible.

The safety and welfare of students and staff are our highest priority.

Braintree Arts Theatre: Closed to the Public

Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

Braintree Arts Theatre have been and will continue to actively monitor and follow advice from Government and Public Health England about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following the government’s announcement on 16 March, the decision to has been made to close our theatre to the public, initially until 3 April.

If you have tickets for events during this time, you will shortly receive an email from us with much more information about the shows you were due to attend.

We will keep the situation under review, based on the government advice, and if we need to extend the closure period and cancel more events we will notify customers by e-mail or telephone and via our website and Facebook page.

We kindly ask all customers to refrain from contacting our Box Office via the phone. Please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to understand the implications and to put appropriate steps in place.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Notley Sports Centre: Closed to the Public

Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

Notley Sports Centre and Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form lettings will continue to actively monitor and follow advice from the Government and Public Health England about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following the Government’s announcement on 16 March, the decision has been made to close all of our facilities to the public, initially until 3 April 2020.

If you currently have bookings with us, we will be in touch via email and school hire bookings with much more information.

We will keep the situation under review, based on the Government advice, and if we need to extend the closure period and cancel more bookings, we will notify customers by email or telephone and via school hire.

We kindly ask all customers to refrain from contacting our Sports Centre by telephone. Please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to understand the implications and to put appropriate steps in place.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Letter to Parents/Carers: Students in Years 9 &10, 17 March 2020

Tuesday, 17 March 2020.

Letter to Parents/Carers: Students in Years 9 &10, 17 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Students in Years 9 and 10

Following the Government advice relating to the COVID-19 virus yesterday, we have a large number of staff who are absent due to a variety of reasons. As a result, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend the timetable for Years 9 and 10 students from Wednesday 18 March – Friday 20 March 2020. 

Year 10 Parents’/Carers’ Consultation - Cancellation

Monday, 16 March 2020.

Dear Parents/Carers

Upon reflection, we feel that it is appropriate to cancel the Year 10 Parents’/Carers’ Consultation Evening tomorrow, 17 March 2020.

If you have any particular concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Mrs C Wager
Assistant Headteacher – KS4

Coronavirus Update 13 March 2020

Friday, 13 March 2020.

13 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

The safety and welfare of students and staff is one of our highest priorities. We can confirm that members of our school community have chosen to self-isolate as they have symptoms associated with Coronavirus (Covid-19). This has not been confirmed by 111 or any medical professional and they have not had contact with anyone returning from a high-risk area of anyone with Coronavirus.

Symptoms in children

Public Health England have changed their advice to all members of the public that they should self-isolate for a period of at least seven days should they show the symptoms of a fever/high temperature and/or a new persistent cough.We have also been told that children can contract Covid-19 and the symptoms are frequently mild. With this in mind, we urge all parents/carers to keep their children away from school for a week if they are concerned that their child might be displaying these symptoms.

Trips & Visits

The government have advised that all school trips abroad should stop; we have none planned in the immediate future and will review the guidance in due course as the situation develops. We would ask parents/carers to be patient on this matter and we will inform you as soon as there is clarity. Additionally, all trips and visits have been cancelled from Tuesday 17 March until the Easter holidays. We will communicate directly with parents/carers whose children are on trips.

French Trip

With regards to the current Year 8 History and French trip which is returning from Paris today, we have been advised by the Department for Education that students and staff can return to normal life, school/work, on their return from France. If, during the next seven days any develop a symptom or state that they are feeling unwell they must call 111 immediately for support. If anyone has the slightest cough and/or temperature (for Coronavirus this is 38 degrees, peaking at 38.3), they must immediately call 111 and disclose the area that they have returned from. If anyone has a temperature under 38 degrees, this is not a Coronavirus fever. They will be told to self-isolate for seven days. Public Health England feel that it is better not to test until disclosure of breathing difficulties, as they do not wish to risk people coming into contact with anyone that does have Coronavirus.

Extra-Curricular Clubs, Activities & Fixtures

While the school will remain open during the normal day, we will take some steps to minimise the risk of community transmission in additional activities.  We have therefore decided to cancel or postpone after-school clubs, activities and fixtures from Monday 16 March for the time being.

Partial Closure of School

As stated previously, our aim will be to keep Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form open through this period, or until government policy changes.  With this in mind we do need to inform you that there are minimum safe staffing levels for our operation and in the event of heavy staff absence through self-isolation it may be necessary to partially close the school to some students. We would only make this decision when it is essential in terms of safe staffing levels, and our decision about when to send children home would be made on the basis of their age and the closeness of their public examinations. Decisions may be made at short notice but we would hope to inform parents/carers on the day before if we have to partially close. 

Full Closure of the School

Should the government decide that schools across the country should close then we will of course follow this advice. We believe that we would be able to continue a form of online education for students, and teaching staff would be expected to work from home to set work.  If this occurs, we will provide more detailed information to parents/carers and students.

Further Information

We will continue to be vigilant with cleanliness and to promote hand hygiene. We would like to remind you to look regularly at the government’s advice on these matters, as this will include the most up to date guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your understanding on this matter and your support.

Yours faithfully

Dr C Cusick
Head of School

Coronavirus Letter

Friday, 13 March 2020.

Dear Parents/Carers

Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form can confirm that one of our students is self-isolating as they are displaying symptoms associated with Coronavirus (Covid-19). This has not been confirmed by 111 or any medical professional. The student has had no contact with anyone returning from a high-risk area or anyone with Coronavirus symptoms.

We will continue to be vigilant with cleanliness and ensuring we are aware of the symptoms and latest advice. The latest advice and guidance can be found on the NHS website.

The student is monitoring their symptoms and I will update you if there is any further information I need to share.

Yours faithfully

Dr C Cusick
Head of School

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