Information for Parents: 9.10.20

I hope you are all staying well. Thank you for working with us during this increasingly difficult time, I really appreciate the way adults have responded to wearing masks at the school gate. The number of infections is rising in Lewisham – it has doubled in the last week and with more cases out in the community it is crucial that we remain vigilant.

I am only too aware that most coughs are not COVID related, however it is my responsibility to keep all the children at Myatt Garden as safe as we can, and this means that we cannot take any risks. If your child is coughing continuously, with a new cough, we will be sending your child home. It may be a cold, it may be asthma, but like all schools, we are not prepared to take any risks. 

We know it is not easy for any family to self-isolate, but it is important if we are going to keep schools, etc. open for us all to play our own small part. Whilst it’s frustrating, I hope everyone can appreciate why we are doing this. If your child is sent home with a cough, they and the rest of the household need to self-isolate (10 days for the person with symptoms and 14 days for everyone else) or until they have received a negative test result.

19 schools in Lewisham are currently closed to specific bubbles this week. In many of these cases the virus has been spread through parties and play-dates in the community. Please think very carefully about social gatherings of any sort outside of school and try to restrict any meet-ups to small numbers, outside and children within your child’s bubble. I have no doubt that at some point we will receive notification of a positive test, at this point I hope to be able to limit the number of children we have to send home to a maximum of one bubble.

Community Fund
For families experiencing some financial difficulties during these uncertain times, we have a Myatt Garden Community Fund. The fund is designed to provide practical help and support to the children and families who are most in need in our school community. 

Please contact Orlaine McDonald, our Pastoral Support Manager if you would like to discuss how we could help you, by emailing her at: o.mcdonald@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk

 Coats
As the weather changes and we move towards winter, please make sure that your child brings a rainproof coat to school every day, preferably with a hood. Due to our new procedures, children are more sedentary in our classrooms than ever before. This means it is particularly important that we can get them out in the playground whenever we can.

World Mental Health Day
Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. This year’s World Mental Health Day comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Every Mind Matters offers a range of resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support. It also has a free NHS-approved online tool Every Mind Matters, Your Mind Plan. This free online resource helps people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others too.

You can find out more at: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Please take care, stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

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