Academy life

COVID-19 guidance

From the beginning of April 2022, government guidance changed regarding COVID-19 - the emphasis is now on 'living safely' with COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, whilst focusing on protecting those most vulnerable. Government advice is now as follows:

  • Come to school - attendance at school for face to face lessons is expected for all pupils unless they are unwell
  • Get vaccinated - children aged 5 or over are eligible to two doses of a COVID vaccine and those aged 16 or over and some between 12-15 can also receive a booster dose
  • Practise good hygiene - wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, clean your surroundings frequently - the GermDefence website provides scientifically proven advice on reducing the risks from COVID-19 and other viruses in your home
  • If your child is unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 or common respiratory infections, they should stay at home - they can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature or no longer feel unwell
  • Children and young people under 18 yrs. are no longer advised to test for COVID-19, unless directed by a health professional. If a child or young people have a positive COVID-19 test they should try to stay at home for 3 days after the test. Household contacts of someone with COVID-19 should continue to attend school as usual.
  • Routine asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any schools including specialist and alternative provision settings

Within our school, we will continue to put in place measures that are important for minimising transmission of any respiratory infection including:

  • ventilation of spaces and letting fresh air in, using air purifiers where needed
  • continued enhanced cleaning of spaces and contact points
  • and encouragement to all staff and pupils to practise good hygiene.

General guidance for all on COVID-19 is available on the NHS website here. You can also visit Thurrock Council for COVID-19 information.

Please contact any member of our academy staff if you have any questions.

COVID-19 vaccines for children and young people

Younger people are at risk of spreading COVID-19 unknowingly and also at risk of serious illness. All children aged 5 and over are eligible for two doses of a COVID vaccine and those aged 16 or over and some between 12-15 can also receive a booster dose. 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.

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Wellbeing support

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.

Tips include:

  • 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.
  • Support them though difficulties - pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties.
  • Stay involved in their life - show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
  • Build 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.

The website also has tips for people who may be feeling anxious about getting 'back to normal'.

There's lots more advice and support for young people in the health and wellbeing section of our website.

We know that some people may feel anxious about getting 'back to normal'. Please talk to any member of our academy staff or our safeguarding team. We can support you.