COVID-19 Case Confirmed

We have been informed today of one positive case of coronavirus within the school community at Haygrove School. Working with colleagues at Public Health England and at Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team, we undertook a risk assessment and identified the children who may have been in close contact with the confirmed case and asked them to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of last contact.

With this advice and support we were able to act swiftly and take effective action. PHE has carried out a risk assessment and is satisfied with all the measures we are taking to keep our students safe. Our response includes a comprehensive deep clean of the affected areas.

We must stress that children self-isolating at home do not need to get a COVID test unless they develop symptoms. If any other students become symptomatic and are awaiting tests or results, the guidelines state that they must self-isolate for 14 days; they must not come to school.

Clearly this has had an impact on the school community especially those students involved and their families. The affected year group - Year 10, which comprises 213 students - will have access to comprehensive online resources which build on the curriculum they would be following at school and they have been set assignments so they can focus on meaningful and ambitious work that reflects their usual timetable. Teachers will use instructional videos to support learning and give clarity on what is to be taught and practised in each subject. 

Somerset County Council will be working with us to ensure that vulnerable pupils get the support they need whilst self-isolating. The County’s e-Learning and Information Management team is also supporting us with online learning and technology. We also have access to lap-tops through a government scheme if there are pupils who need them to do their work.

A letter has been sent home to each year 10 student and to the rest of the school.

Letter to year 10

Letter to rest of school

 


 

Our YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING will this year be an online only event due to COVID-19 restrictions. From 6pm on Tuesday 29 September interested parents/carers and students will be ablel to access an 'open day experience' via our website. Please watch this space or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates. 

 

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Emotional Health

At Haygrove School we are committed to working with students to improve mental health and well-being. We have a School Counsellor and a visiting Chaplain who can provide support to students when required. Click here to view the EWC Club timetable.

 


Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown

Students who are worried or anxious about the impact of the recent lockdown and subsequent return to school in September might find this guide a useful: SELF CARE ADVICE

 


One of the ways in which we are doing this is to work with SHARE (Schools Health and Resilience Education).

SHARE wants to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of our young people in Somerset. We want to change our culture by breaking down the stigma of mental health issues, and by helping our young  people become more resilient so they are better equipped to understand and manage their emotions and behaviour. SHARE will do this by involving everyone in schools – teaching professionals, young people and parents, volunteers and support staff -  and provide them the tools and resources to help recognise, manage and sustain good mental health and emotional well-being.

Over the next three years SHARE aims to work with schools to:

  • Promote good mental health and increase knowledge of tools to support those with mental health needs.
  • Upskill staff to identify early signs of emerging mental health conditions, how to sign post to other services appropriately and to provide young people and their families with seamless access to high quality evidence based interventions.
  • Deliver a bespoke training package, ‘Mindful Emotion Coaching’, to Head Teachers, teachers and other key members of staff.
  • Support schools to develop Peer Education Champions and support schools to develop parent drop-ins. 
  • Provide access to Mental Health Project Workers for schools and help develop resources in schools to educate people about mental health. 

 

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Kooth is an organisation which provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. If students need help/advice for themselves or for a friend, Kooth can provide online support in many ways such as chatting to their friendly counsellors, reading articles written by young people, writing a daily journal and getting support from the Kooth community.

For more information click here to visit the Kooth website.

 


Play the video or click here to visit the Wheel of Wellbeing website to find out more about how to maintain good mental health.

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