Weekly update for parents and carers
23rd November 2020
Dear parents and carers,
The Academy values that we are promoting this week are “Happy, Healthy and Successful.”
Because of the pandemic, I understand that as parents/carers we are continuously worrying about the health of our children and other members of the family. But we must not forget the basic healthy guidelines – a good sleep, regular exercise and eating a balanced diet helps us all maintain our health and have more resilience to cope with the day to day. This balance also helps us to maintain a healthy mind. Children need this balance even more than us.
Another positive habit that we sometimes fall out of is reading. If children read just 20 minutes a day it has been worked out they learn up to 1.8 million new words a year. So a little less time on phones and online games and some quality family time around a good book or newspaper might be a nice relaxing start to the weekend. Well that is my target for me and my two boys as this is a habit we need to start up again.
We have had one new positive case in year 9 just confirmed today. All close contacts have been sent home for 14 days. We are now collecting close contact information for those pupils who are inside at break and lunchtime. We continue to follow Public Health England advice which is to send home close contacts. We will not close a year group unless we have a number of positive cases in the same year group at the Academy who are not already isolating.
As I have said previously, our COVID secure procedures will not prevent cases coming into the Academy. If you and your child are worried, rather than keeping your child at home I would suggest they wear a mask at all times, as many now do, and find a quieter place to have break and lunch in their bubble areas.
Thank you to the families who have been keeping their child at home following the national guidance. Families should continue to keep their children at home if anyone has any of the three COVID -19 symptoms – loss of taste and smell, high temperature or a new continuous cough. Please ring 119 for advice what to do or use the website www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. Anyone with symptoms should get a test. Please do inform the school of the advice you have been given.
The parent computer scheme through Academy will now be offered to Year 9, as well as Year 7 and Year 8. Further information will be sent to Year 9 families this week. There is support for pupil premium families, please contact Mr Leatherbarrow for more information. nleatherbarrow@saa..woodard.co.uk
If you have any queries about any of the points I have covered, please do contact the office or your child’s pastoral team. You can also contact me on my work email. Jfeldwick@saa.woodard.co.uk
J Feldwick - Principal
St Augustine Academy