Supporting your Child
Please use the NHS Symptoms Checker to see if your child has Coronavirus symptoms here.
This page is to provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged here or by calling 119.
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 house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, the Academy, or public areas, and exercise should be taken within the home.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
The most common symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough, and/or;
- high temperature;
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
For most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 here or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds;
- use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available;
- wash your hands as soon as you get home;
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
Further information is available here.
Full details of the process in place from September 2020 can be found here.
Students who are not attending the Academy, but who are well enough to continue to work, can find details of their home learning here.
The Education Endowment Foundation has published additional resources to support their independent study, these can be accessed here.
Working from home isn’t quite the same as working from in the Academy, and we appreciate this. We’re expecting students to work for a few hours each day, but they’ll also need further enrichment such as daily exercise and reading for pleasure to keep them motivated, happy, and in good mental and physical health.
We have been advised by Sandwell Local Authority that there are a variety of email and text message scams which are targeting families since the COVID-19 outbreak. Please do not click these links or give your bank details to any sender of these texts/emails.
You can see the most up-to-date guidance available from the NHS here.
There is useful guidance available from the NHS on hand hygiene which can be found here.
Relevant information from the Department for Education that we have been asked to share can be found here.
The latest guidance available from the government can be found here.
RCPCH have provided helpful advice for parents/carers to use when assessing if they believe their child is showing symptoms of COVID-19 in this poster here.
Please continue to report any concerns about our students as normal.
Students can email BeBrave if they’re feeling anxious or have concerns, or they can access confidential advice and support from a Sandwell Nurse by sending a text message to 07480 635486.
The Home Office have published this essential resource providing guidance on keeping your child safe from a range of online harms here.
Healthy Sandwell have shared their 5 Ways to Wellbeing here.
Sandwell’s young people have put together this video encouraging people to stay home.
Parent Info have published useful digital safety guidance here.
The Parents Guide have published a free guide for parents/carers that you can download here.
Education Otherwise is a charitable organisation that has been supporting home-educated families for over 30 years, they have kindly shared this information that you may find useful here.
Children’s Commissioner have published this presentation explaining Coronavirus is a child-friendly way here.
Kooth is a really helpful organisation that can provide support for young people in their time away from the Academy.
Beam is another helpful organisation who are on hand to provide support for young people through the launch of a new telephone service.
The following document contains contact details for support with domestic abuse.