Have a look at the latest government guidance for parents and carers about children and young people attending school. Key messages from the government are that:
- all schools and childcare settings are open and attendance is mandatory for all pupils at school
- continuing to take regular rapid twice weekly tests will help you to identify infections early and reduce transmission
- the school will no longer trace close contacts - close contacts will still be identified via NHS Test and Trace
- pupils who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal
- the government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces
- vaccines are available for 12-15 year olds - via school, booking an appointment on at a walk in centre
- as always, you should not send your child to school if:
You should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. You can also get help and advice from the Havering Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 368 5201 or visit www.havering.gov.uk/covid19
Information and updates for parents and carers about any specific arrangements that need to be made should there be any change to the guidance or a rise in cases will be shared with parents and carers via letters and our website. We will continue to follow government guidance and regularly review and update our academy's risk assessment if anything changes in our academy or public health advice changed.
Please contact any member of our academy staff if you have any questions.
Twice weekly testing is vital in helping minimise COVID-19 transmission. Reporting the results to school is also really important as it helps build an understanding of the spread of the virus in local areas. Information about twice weekly testing is provided here, but staff at school can also provide advice and guidance as needed.
COVID-19 vaccines for 12-15 year olds
Younger people are at risk of spreading COVID-19 unknowingly and also at risk of serious illness. All 12-15 year olds are now able to access a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are considered by the NHS and health experts to be our first line of defence against the virus. The best way to protect oneself and others from COVID-19 is to get fully vaccinated.
Vaccines are being offered by the local public health team at the school and school staff are in touch with parents and carers about this. Parents and carers can also book COVID-19 vaccinations online. Walk in sites are also available. You can find your nearest one here.
A guide to the vaccine for young people is available to read here.
Public Health England’s Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign has NHS-endorsed tips and advice for parents and carers to support children and young people’s mental wellbeing.
- Be there to listen - ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings.
- Stay involved in their life - show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
- Support positive routines - be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bedtime routines, healthy eating and getting active.
- Encourage their interests - being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests.
- Take what they say seriously - help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.
There's lots more advice and support for young people in the health and wellbeing section of our website.
We can support you if you're feeling sad, anxious, unwell or finding life hard during the current pandemic. Know that you're not alone. Please talk to any member of our academy staff or our safeguarding team. We can support you.
Support for families
Support for you and your family whenever you need it.
We want everyone in our academy community to feel safe, respected and able to talk about any concerns they may have.
Access remote learning
Information for parents and carers about what to expect from remote education if restrictions require students to remain at home.