Coronavirus Update

Testwood School is currently: closed to most pupils

 

School Closure Update 19/03/2020

 
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

We are writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and those with EHCPs, children in care and those on the government’s key worker list.

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you are a key worker and require your child/children to be in school. We will then review the government guidance of key worker criteria. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

If you think you will be in the key worker category, please email t.webber@testwood.hants.sch.uk to give us your name, occupation, child’s name and tutor group. No other information is required at this stage.

We are beginning to plan provision and schooling for EHCP and vulnerable students (those in care, have social workers or are under CAMHS). Parents/carers of these students do not need to contact us. All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is via ParentPay, Facebook and on the school website.
 
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn. We have already sent details home regarding home learning, however, as a reminder, work is available for students via Google Classroom or from the work packs which have been sent home with students or have been posted home.

We will communicate with you about school trips and the Prom shortly.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Keep safe.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs J. Pitman
Headteacher

 
Please check the latest national and school advice and our contingency plan below. This page will be updated on a regular basis.
 

School Plan

As per Government & Public Health England advice our school remains open.

We are however making contingency plans which are reviewed regularly as the situation develops.

Depending on staffing levels due to new self-isolation advice and/or government advice/directives, we may need to initiate:

  • A reduced timetable: For example, different year groups attending on different days
  • A full closure: Either due to national advice OR local advice

Student Learning from Home

To support this, we are continuing to prepare online materials to support students learning from home, particularly our Year 11 students in the run up to their exams.

Last week, we created groups on Google Classroom which will allow teaching staff to upload work for students to access via any device with internet access. Teachers have already been busy uploading content onto this platform. This Google Classroom is in addition to a number of other online resources/systems already in use by students.

This will support students who may have to self-isolate OR any form of school closure.

You can log into Google Classroom using the link below. 

 

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

 

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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