16th July 2021
Dear parents, carers and guardians,
The following letter has been sent to every school in Nottinghamshire by the local authority. Please read it carefully so that you know what to do and what will happen in the event of a positive Covid-19 case in school from Monday 19th July 2021.
I would also like to share the advice given directly to Head teachers by Colin Pettigrew, the Director of Education for Nottingham:
‘The guidance is clear that Headteachers are not to send bubbles home because of a positive case/cases and any necessary isolations will be notified by Test and Trace.’
Re: Changes to contact tracing in education and childcare settings
As you know, the Prime Minister announced on 12 July that Step 4 of the roadmap would go ahead on 19 July.
One of the key changes that will take place from 19 July is that education and childcare settings will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts.
NHS Test and Trace already manages the contact tracing process for the rest of society – including children who have recorded a positive PCR test – and has expertise in supporting people to identify close contacts.
This letter sets out in more detail below how that process will work and what you need to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19.
Self-isolating and taking a test
Self-isolation and/or testing of close contacts
We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families, education and childcare settings have had to make. This has been an enormously challenging time for everyone and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you have done.
Thank you for your continuing support.
A 'BEYOND EXPECTATION' CHARITABLE ACT
Olivia, in Class 2, is planning to have her lovely, long hair cut - her ponytail is a whopping 43 centimetres long.
She is going to donate her hair to the 'Little Princess Trust'. This is a UK charity that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people, up to the age of 24, who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment or other illnesses.
In addition, Olivia would really like our school to benefit from this thoughtful act. Olivia and her mum, Tammy, are hoping to raise £100 to buy extra equipment for the school - something that we probably wouldn't otherwise have.
If you feel that this is an enterprise that you would be willing and able to support, please log on to their JustGiving Crowdfunding page using the link below.
I would like to offer a very big thank you to Olivia who is really going 'Beyond Expectation' and being a great ambassador for our 'Take Care' school values, both in school and in the wider community.
From Mrs Reeson on behalf of Olivia and her mum, Tammy.
Wellbeing Award for Schools
You may remember being sent a letter during February about the school's intention to achieve the Wellbeing Award for Schools. If you'd like a refresher, the letter can be found within Key Information on the signpost. The letter can be found by clicking on the rainbow near to the bottom of the page, under the heading 'Physical & Mental Health and Wellbeing'.
Unfortunately, it would appear that the Parent Survey that was sent out never worked so Mrs Howitt has sent another link earlier today. We would REALLY appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete thi s survey as your responses will be used create our school Action Plan.
Fortunately, the Pupil Survey did work and you can find the results for this in the document below. I have to say that we have been very pleased with the children's responses and we feel that we are going in the right direction.
For future reference, WAS stands for Wellbeing Award for Schools.
Thank you for taking the time to have a look.
Top Tips for Supporting Your Child's Mental Health
Dear parents and carers,
Please don't think I'm trying to teach Grandma how to suck eggs; this article could well be reaffirming that you're doing the right thing during these challenging times. I've no doubt that everyone is trying their best.
Maintaining good mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. It affects the way children think, feel and act. As a parent, you play an important role in promoting your child's mental health and recognising when there may be early signs of difficulties.
Put simply, you can do this by:
So, here are our 10 top tips on practical ways you can positively promote your child’s mental health:
Try to have make time every day for an activity where you can connect with your child without distractions that enables comfortable conversation. We all lead busy lives, but doing an activity like this together will offer your child the opportunity for them to feel secure and express how they are doing / feeling;
This is a great way to connect with your child and takes no planning! Uninterrupted quiet time provides an ideal environment for your child to focus and build their attention span. When things are overwhelming, quiet time can help your child reset their thoughts and avoid behaviour escalation to meltdowns;
Recognise their efforts as well as achievements- praise the small steps. For example, say your child has difficulty sitting quietly and calmly at the dinner table. Although desired, it would be unrealistic to initially expect them to do this for half an hour. So small steps might be praising that they achieved 5 -10 minutes. At the next meal this could be built on by reminding them of their previous achievement and setting a new goal of 15 minutes;
Self-esteem is how they feel about themselves, both inside and out. Children with good self-esteem generally have a positive outlook, accept themselves and feel confident. Fostering self-esteem includes showing love and acceptance, asking questions about their activities / interests and helping them to set realistic goals;
That’s really listening to what they are saying and how they are feeling. Often the way children feel may seem unrealistic or disproportionate to adults but remember, children do not have the wisdom of experience and they may need help and direction to make sense of situations and feelings. Try to answer your child's questions and reassure them in an age-appropriate manner. Whilst you may not be able to answer all their questions, talking things through can help them feel calmer;
Following through on commitments and routines builds trust and continuity, important relationship factors. Try to keep to as many regular routines as possible to help your child feel safe and secure. This includes having regular times for going to bed, waking up, eating meals and doing activities /hobbies;
Should the need to break a commitment or routine occur make sure there is a valid reason and take the time to explain why to your child. Remember success comes from keeping your promises to your child;
Play is a fantastic way for children to learn new things and develop problem solving skills. It also offers great opportunities for them to learn how to express their feelings;
Look after your own mental health and wellbeing. Children are intuitive and will readily pick up on feelings such as stress, anxiety, hopelessness and fear.
Teaching children about feelings can be hard as it’s an abstract concept but if they can understand and express their emotions, they will be less likely to ‘act out’. For example, you can discuss how characters in a book are feeling and the reasons why they may be feeling that way;
We hope you find these tips helpful. It is important to recognise and accept that sometimes your child may not feel comfortable talking to you. As a parent this is a tough one, but the reality is that there will be occasions where this is the case. Rather than feel resentful or unhappy, you can take positive action and help them find someone they feel comfortable talking to e.g., a grandparent, an older sibling or another positive adult role model. Above all else, if you have any concerns, no matter how minor, or are at all worried about your child’s behaviour, mental health or wellbeing please contact your GP. In the first instance they may offer a face-to-face appointment or may ask you to speak to them via phone or video call. GPs are experienced professionals trained to help and you shouldn’t worry about wasting their time.
I hope you found the article useful.
HOW TO ACCESS THE LEARNING PLATFORM
Please find below the link for our home learning platform. If you paste the link, the children will be able to access their learning platform using their logins and passwords provided. If you have any difficulties please contact your class teacher by emailing school and the message will be passed on.