COVID-19 – Change to Guidance on Symptoms
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
What do we mean by possible or confirmed coronavirus infection (COVID-19)?
- Possible infection is where a person has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and is currently awaiting a test result.
- Confirmed infection is where a person has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19 Key messages
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, OR you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
Consider alerting the people that you have had close contact with in the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19.
You must also telephone the AAW Absence Line / App message to report your illness and/or COVID-19 test.
NEW NHS Test and Trace service for COVID-19
If you suspect you have coronavirus you can order a test by dialling 119 or visiting NHS.uk/coronavirus. If your test comes back positive, you will receive a request by text, email or phone call to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and asked to give details of people you have been in “close contact” with. ‘Close Contact’ is defined as people you have been within two metres of for more than 15 minutes without protective equipment. Those people who have been in close contact with you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to isolate for 14 days, even if they are asymptomatic. If you need support in booking a COVID-19 test please contact the academy and we will try and assist.
If you have COVID-19 Symptoms
- After 7 days, or longer, if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste, you must continue to self-isolate until you feel better.
- You do not need to self-isolate if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste after 7 days, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.
- If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), then you must stay at home for at least 7 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill.
- Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection that people in your household could pass on to others in the community.
- Reduce the spread of infection in your home by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser, and cover coughs and sneezes.
- If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus (COVID-19) service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Phased Opening of Astrea Academy Woodfields
There is no definitive phased re-opening for Y10 and Y12 but we are assured this will be clarified by the DfE soon. In preparation for a further announcement we have been working through Pre Opening Action Plans to ensure that when the time is right the health and wellbeing of all staff and children is at the forefront of all decision making.
The DfE has published their expectations of Secondary Schools to begin to provide ‘face to face support for Y10 and Y12 pupils to supplement remote learning’ at some point before the end of the academic year. This is not the same as re-opening to the full cohort or offering in-school provision to all. Any form of national re-opening will be dependent on scientific advice and, at a local level, on risk assessments of the health, safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff. The outlook for pupils in Year 7-9 is that September will be the earliest likely return date. The DfE has a guide for parents, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
What do to today?
Please find a link to a new document on our website where students and parents can find an example of a suggested school day whilst they are learning remotely. Some students may have their routines well organised and may be working well, if so I would not suggest that they change anything. However, this may help any students out there who are finding a lack of structure difficult to cope with. Please click the link Example Day
Stuck for something to do…. Take a look at our ‘Background Knowledge’ grid full of tips and ideas of useful websites to do some background reading and watching on relevant topics to keep your mind active and knowledge up to date.. Please click the link Background Knowledge
Find links to all distance learning information on our Academy website.
National Book Tokens – Win £5000 for our school and £100 for yourself!!
You could win £5,000/€5,000 of National Book Tokens for our school library, ready to spend when schools reopen – and if your entry is picked, you’ll also get £100/€120 of National Book Tokens to spend on yourself!
Whether you work in a school or have school-aged children yourself, you’ll know the importance of a good school library – and not just for learning. Studies show that reading for pleasure doesn’t just give children an advantage academically; it can improve their wellbeing, too.
Enter here https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools
Hot Chocolate Friday and our Woodfields Frog Leaderboards
We will be celebrating the hard work of our students every Friday with a Hot Chocolate. We are busy creating leader boards now for Frog, where we can see clearly the top 10 students who have been logging in frequently and spending a lot of time learning on Frog. This is on a weekly basis, for the holidays and for the half-term. We are going right back to the beginning of lock-down to celebrate. This week Hot Chocolate sachets have gone to nearly 40 students, to those who were in the top 10 for their consistent approach to Frog learning and to those who got off to a flying start in that first week we were in lockdown. Congratulations everyone, it would be great to receive some pictures of students enjoying their Hot Chocolates via Froghelp@astreawoodfields.org. Also, if your child is not using Frog but is working every day and is spending at least 6 hours every day on their school work, let me know through Froghelp@astreawoodfields.org. That is the standard needed to get near the leaderboard.
Home visits and student checks
Staff at AAW continue to carry out student visits and make phone calls to make sure everyone is safe and well. Calls may come from the Academy main phone line, a withheld number or a private mobile number.
Health and Well Being
As part of our mental health week we have been gaining the views of students on how they are feeling now and prior to returning to school. This will be able to inform future work to support key pupils and their mental health. Students may have already completed this via Frog, if not please show them this link and complete the questionnaire via this link https://bit.ly/3gmze1l
In these challenging times it is important for us all to look after ourselves – and each other. Keeping safe, well and mentally healthy are vital and there will be times when we all need support. The links below offer support for positive mental health and safeguarding, which is of particular importance when accessing online learning.
Recommendation: NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxietydepression
Help if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. Access to self-help, talking therapies and helplines. Support for adults, children, teens and students.
Recommendation: Young Minds https://www.youngminds.org.uk
Age appropriate information, guidance and support for mental health. Specific guidance covering a wide range of issues that children and young people face. 24/7 crisis support (text YM to 85258). Signposting to appropriate helplines. Separate advice for parents/carers
Recommendation: Headspace https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
Offering free support (articles) and meditation exercises during the Coronavirus crisis. Meditation exercises for: relieving stress; walking at home; and feeling overwhelmed.
Recommendation: With Me in Mind (NHS Service) http://www.withmeinmind.co.uk/
The team help enhance support already in place from school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists and the voluntary sector to treat those with mild to moderate mental health issues in school.
As all the schools in the country are now closed to most students, children will inevitably be spending more and more time online. Whether that time is learning online via Frog Learn or socialising with friends via Instagram, Zoom or HouseParty, it is important, now more than ever, that we continue to educate children about how to keep themselves safe online. Please see the link below to the NSPCC website which contains some very clear and useful information about how to keep children safe online.
Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives
Please continue to follow the updated Government’s advice on how to protect you and others during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check this out the latest Government guidance found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via the Academy App or if you need to reach out to any of the team here at AAW during this difficult time, together as always, we are all here for each other!
Safeguarding – Miss Lisa Bland – email@example.com
Frog – Mrs Julie Atkins – Froghelp@astreawoodfields.org
App – Mr Jacob Gorham – Astrea.App@astreawoodfields.org
Counselling – Mrs Joanne Boulter – Joanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Advice and Guidance – Careers Inc – https://www.careersinc.uk/blog/2020/03/18/virtual-careers-advice/
Supervision of Key Worker children – Mr Alistair Hartley – Alistair.email@example.com
Free School Meal Vouchers – Please message in via the App
New Y7 Parental questions (Transition) – Mr Luke Sadler – Luke.Sadler@astreawoodfields.org
Academy site team management – Mrs Claire Hudson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal – Mr Adam Atkinson (Principal’s PA – Ms Karen Bromilow – Karen.Bromilow@astreawoodfields.org)