COVID-19 Guidance and Updates


Face coverings reminder

Please remember (as per the letter regarding face coverings) that the government guidance does not say that children and staff require face coverings when they return to school. Ormiston Trust has said that they can be worn if this helps students and staff to feel less anxious about a return to mainstream schooling. The procedures put in place for prevention of COVID 19 are seen as enough to make the academy as COVID safe as possible.

Please prepare your children :
1. To see some staff wearing face visors around the academy.
2. To be asked to remove their face coverings on entry to the academy, unless they make staff aware that they are going to continue wearing them.
3.To use excellent hygiene routines and to understand that safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully.
4. Multi-use face coverings will need to be washed regularly.

Further guidance on face coverings can be found at:

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care provides
Face coverings in education settings

NSPCC Resources

With disruption in everyone’s lives due to coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important that we all pay attention to our mental health and well-being and the mental health of children and young people.

Research suggests that the pandemic is going to affect everyone’s mental well-being, particularly vulnerable groups such as children (Holmes et al, 2020).

Children and young people may be feel worried or anxious about different things. Beyond the virus itself there is the interruption of the normal school routine, suddenly spending most of their time indoors and no longer regularly seeing family and friends.

They may also experience someone close to them, such as a family member, carer, friend or teacher, becoming seriously ill or passing away. This can cause feelings of sadness, loss and grief.

The NSPCC has pulled together some resources to help you support the children and young people and families you know and work with through this challenging time.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/april/supporting-children-young-people-mental-health?utm_source=Corona-newsletter&utm_medium=Mental-Health&utm_campaign=202006_Corona

Keeping Children Safe from Abuse and Harm

Updated advice for parents and carers about keeping children safe from abuse and harm has been released by the government and can be accessed using the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm