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Dear Parents/Carers,

The Welsh Government's advice to schools regarding Covid-19 has, yet again, been changed. I have extracted the following pieces of information from the updated guidance, hoping that this will be useful for you.

Children and young people aged 18 and under who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19

Respiratory infections are common in children, particularly during the winter months.

For most children and young people, these illnesses will not be serious. Very few become seriously unwell. This is also true for children and young people with long-term conditions. However, some children under 2 can become more seriously unwell from a respiratory condition called RSV. This includes those born prematurely or with a heart condition.

Attending education is important for children and young people’s development, health and well-being. The long-term impact of missing education should not be underestimated.

Children and young people with mild symptoms can continue to attend their education setting. Mild symptoms include a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, in children who are otherwise well.

They should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing. They should wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.

Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home. They should avoid contact with other people where they can. They can go back to their setting when they no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to attend.

It can be difficult to know when to seek help if your child is unwell. If you are worried about your child, especially if they are aged under 2 years old, then you should seek medical help.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

Stay at home and avoid contact with other people

  • Work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home, talk to your employer about your options.
  • If you've been asked to attend a medical or dental appointment in person, let them know about your positive test result.
  • You should let everyone in your household know about your positive COVID-19 test result. COVID-19 is infectious for up to 2 days before you begin to feel unwell, or the date of your test. Therefore, you should tell anyone you had close contact with during this time. This means they can be aware of signs or symptoms. You may wish to ask friends, family or neighbours to get food and other essentials for you.

Many people with COVID-19 will no longer be infectious after 5 days. You should therefore avoid contact with other people for at least 5 days after the day you took your test, or from the day your symptoms started (whichever was earlier).

Some people may be infectious for up to 10 days from the start of their infection. You should therefore avoid meeting anyone who is at higher risk for 10 days. This includes older people, those who are pregnant, those who are unvaccinated, people of any age whose immune system means they are at higher risk of serious illness, people of any age with certain long-term conditions.

With all best wishes.

Mrs Kite

Headteacher

Welsh Government advice on Covid and exams - update

People sitting GCSE, AS, A Level and vocational examinations

We want to enable learners to take their exams, well and safely.

  • If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate and take a lateral flow test (LFT).
  • If the test is positive, you should self-isolate for at least 3 full days. Day 1 is the day after your symptoms started. Please report your result (gov.uk).
  • On day 3, if your symptoms have stopped, take a LFT. If that test is negative, take another LFT on day 4.
  • If your day 4 test is also negative, and you feel well and do not have a high temperature, you can leave self-isolation to sit your exam. Please report your results (gov.uk).
  • If either the test on day 3 or the test on day 4 is positive, you should remain in self-isolation and contact your school or education setting.
  • If you still have a high temperature or feel unwell, you should continue to self-isolate until it returns to normal, or you feel better.
  • You should continue taking daily LFTs until you get 2 negative tests in a row, taken a day apart, or until day 10 – whichever is sooner. You do not need a negative LFT test on day 10 to leave self-isolation.

The link to the full Welsh Government site is given below;

Welsh Government Isolation Guidance

School Covid Risk Assessment and Covid Operating Instructions

The Ysgol Harri Tudor/Henry Tudor School Risk Assessment and School Covid Operating Instructions are subject to ongoing review. Please note in particular that:

Any staff member or pupil/student who has possible symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend school but must remain home and self-isolate, take a COVID-19 test and notify the school of this. The key symptoms are:

  • onset of a new continuous cough,
  • high temperature (fever),
  • loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

Additionally, any family/household member or any member of staff or pupil/student who displays possible symptoms of COVID-19 then the staff member or pupil/student must not attend school but must remain at home and commence a period of household isolation. Again the school should be notified of this.

Additional Learning Resources

A comprehensive list of supporting additional resources and websites for pupils, arranged by Year groups, is available on our digital learning website:

Barnardo’s Cymru launches counselling and well-being services for families struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wales

Welsh Government ‘Live Fear Free’ - Firebreak Lockdown information

Accessing Google Classroom Through PS4 Or Xbox

Accessing GC via Games Console

Don't Send Your Child To School If They Have Any Covid-19 Symptoms

Don't Send Your Child to School if They Have Any COVID-19 Symptoms

Privacy notice - Schools record Keeping relating To covid-19 To Support Test, Trace, Protect


Mindfulness Teaching For Pupils

This approach is proving to be a successful and highly useful coping strategy for young people and adults alike. More details about mindfulness are available as PDF's below. to get in touch email mindfulness@yht.wales

Ms R Dean has been doing some work with Jerome Flynn over the past few months, he's a patron of MiSP (Mindfulness in Schools Project) and a huge advocate of Mindfulness. Here's the link to a wellbeing webinar with Jerome that some parents might be interested in having a look at

School Counselling Service – Pembrokeshire

The School Counselling Service – Pembrokeshire is now able to offer online and telephone counselling sessions for young people aged 10 to 19. To book a session or find out more email: amanda.griffiths@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or phone 07879 694943 during working hours.

Accessing School Counselling & National Counselling Support During This Difficult Period

Information for learners, parents and staff:

Top Ten Tips To Support Parents During Covid-19 Restrictions

Please find attached latest resources to support parents with child development during Covid-19

Tanyard Youth Project

TYP

Information from the Additional Needs Department

We appreciate that during this difficult time pupils with additional needs and their parents may feel isolated and worried. The ALN team will continue to offer advice and support. If you wish to contact us please use the emails listed below.

Ann Andrews, ALNCO/Assistant Headteacher: aandrews@yht.wales

Sue Beasley, Assistant, ALNCO: sbeasley@yht.wales

Neil Truman, Head of the LRC: ntruman@yht.wales

Please see attached helpful booklet which was put together by colleagues in Community Family Psychology, Neurodevelopmental Team and Children’s Occupational Therapy (20th March 2020)

Operation Encompass

Supporting Children Through Key Adults.

All schools in Pembrokeshire currently take part in a project called Operation Encompass that runs jointly between schools and Dyfed-Powys Police as a county wide initiative.

Domestic Abuse Advice And Support

Dyfed Powys Police are still offering support to people living with domestic abuse even in the midst of COVID19.

Please see the attached Help and Support document for those who are experiencing (or know someone experiencing) abuse and sexual violence during the coronavirus emergency.

School Based Youth Worker

Please find contact details of our School based youth worker on the attached PDF.

Resources and Information for Parents, Carers, Schools and Supporting Professionals during the Coronavirus

Please note: This document has been compiled by Educational and Child Psychologists throughout the UK.

Young Minds Helpline

Advice Helpline for Parents

YoungMinds Parents Helpline

YoungMinds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25.

You may have questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional wellbeing, or mental health condition. You may have a child who’s already been admitted to CAMHS and have questions about their treatment or want to know what to say to your GP when you visit them.

YoungMinds trained advisers are available to give parents help and advice, whatever the question.

Call the Parents Helpline: it‘s free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm – available in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Phone: 0808 802 5544

Calls may be recorded for monitoring or training purposes.

Outside of the Parents Helpline hours

Out of operating hours, you can contact the Parents Helpline via YoungMinds online contact form: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

Tuesday March 24th : Tips For Families

Please see a useful document offering tips and advice to families during this pandemic.

PCC Inclusion Service ALN Resources And Links For Parents And Schools

Please note, additional resource information will be shared on the Local Authority Inclusion Service Facebook page.

Useful Reading-Related Websites

The attached is a list of reading-related websites, which have activities, videos, reviews etc.

Newsdesk

A much respected and beloved colleague and member of our staff, Ms Sue Beasley, very suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on 9th November. Ms Beasley had worked at Ysgol Harri Tudur and Pembroke School for 17 years. The most heartfelt of condolences from everybody here are extended to her two daughters. Read More…

The school now has its own twitter account to promote important news and events as well as sharing celebrations of our learner's achievements. Please follow us on Twitter @YsgolHarriTudur. More detailed information can always be found on our school website www.yht.wales and also via the Ysgol Harri Tudur app. Please continue to get in touch with us in the usual ways. Read More…

The Staff Association at Ysgol Harri Tudur have recently been donating toys, books and other gifts to the PATCH (Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship) Annual Christmas Gift Appeal. The charity also run an all year round food bank and provide other household items to families and individuals who are experiencing hardship. Read More…

All drivers are requested to ensure they park in the correct parking areas; please do not park in the Bus Pick Up and Drop Off Zone. Not only does this type of parking create significant difficulties for the buses to collect and pick up learners, it increases the risk of accidents occurring. Read More…

Just a quick reminder that the next Virtual Parent Network Group of the term, which is called "Positive Praise & Rewards" is coming up on Friday 2nd December 10:00-11:30. Read More…

Ysgol Harri Tudur is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive environment for all its learners and staff. We will not tolerate bullying in any form and we remind learners that help is available from Mentors, Subject Teachers and Pupil Support Staff alongside peer support from our Sixth Form Prefects. Learners will be reminded of the school's anti-bullying measures throughout the week in Mentor Time and in Assemblies, emphasising the message that bullying is never acceptable and that help is always available. Read More…

Learners from MPCT, House representatives, school Army cadets and members of staff participated in a small Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday 11th November on the school playground. This comprised of the reading of short war poems, a 2 minute silence and the laying of wreaths. Following a school House wreath design competition, the winning designs were incorporated into wreaths and laid jointly by the winning designer and a cadet from each house. The Head, MPCT staff and the 6th Form also laid wreaths. Full story and images of the ceremony here. Read More…

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