- Lateral Flow Testing at Southam College
- LFD Home Testing Information
- Risk Assessment
- Remote Learning Statement
- Remote Learning Guide for Parents
- Mental Health and Well Being
- Warwickshire Hardship Support Information
- Track and Trace Support Payment
Our test site is now fully set up to be able to test two year groups in one day. We are delighted that over 99% of our students and parents/carers have given consent and look forward to starting testing later this week so that we can all come back to school more safely on 8th March! Here is our video guide for students and parents:
When to take the test
Testing should be completed, before school, every Monday and Thursday. In order that these tests are used most effectively we ask that you stick to these times, testing before school rather than in an evening.
Taking the test
An instruction booklet was issued to students with their test kits today, please use the instruction booklet issued rather than the one found inside the kit.
Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it. Students aged 12-17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help to take the test if they need support.
Students aged 11 must be tested by an adult and the adult must report the result.
Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test. This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
All results need to be reported via the NHS website https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
If your child’s home test is positive, your household and any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance. You need to inform the school via text on 07724371488 to allow us to trace close contacts. A confirmatory PCR test must be taken on the same day, in line with PHE guidance, and a negative PCR result will allow your child and all close contacts to return to school.
If the result of your child's home test is unclear (void) your child will need to do another test.
Why take part?
Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not. However, we are strongly encouraging all students and all staff to take part as home testing will allow all of us all to come to school more safely.
How can my child access the live lessons whilst they are at home?
Your child’s teacher will post the time and date of the scheduled lesson on Satchel One. This will follow your child’s normal timetable. At the designated time, your child should logon to Microsoft Teams in order to access the lessons. They will need their school login (their “welearn365” username and password.) All lessons will be recorded and posted onto Microsoft Teams so in the event of your child not being able to access a lesson live, they can access it later at a convenient time.
A video guide on how to access Microsoft Teams is available to watch here:
If your child has forgotten their username or password they should contact the ICT helpdesk at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
When and how will my child receive feedback from the teacher?
Teachers will be able to respond to questions students may have during live lessons. Teachers will also continue to set home learning via Satchel:One and students will continue to receive feedback at set times according to the Department schedule.
How can I help to ensure my child uses Microsoft Teams responsibly?
Students can access Microsoft Teams to communicate with one another at any time and we would therefore ask that parents and students ensure that the platform is used responsibly. Students should only use Microsoft Teams to communicate with their teacher or each other at the designated time on their remote learning timetable and when their teacher is present online. If students do not use the platform responsibly they will be subject to sanctions and may have their access to online lessons withdrawn.
All lessons will be recorded so students should have the camera function turned off if they do not wish to be seen. They should also have their microphones turned off until the teacher asks them to “unmute” (for example, to answer a question.)
How can my child make the most of remote learning?
If possible students should access their online lessons in a quiet space and have the relevant equipment (pen, paper, calculator etc) to hand. They should also have their phones and other distractions switched off or in another room.
What other resources are available to support my child’s learning whilst at home?
The Oak National Academy offers high-quality pre-recorded online lessons for years 7-11 which are linked to the national curriculum and GCSE qualifications across a range of exam boards. The Academy can be accessed here: https://www.thenational.academy/
BBC Bitesize also offer a range of lessons and revision materials for years 7-13: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Seneca Learning also offer a range of revision materials for all subjects and the majority of exam boards alongside quizzes aimed to help students remember key knowledge: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/
Access to Microsoft Teams via Xbox and PlayStation
Please see document below to access live lessons via games console: Using a Games Console to Access Remote
For the next 5 days we are going to post a “Taking care of YOU” top tip for our young people and families. We know this is a hard time for everyone and taking care of your mind as well as your body is so important at this time. These tips might not be anything new but sometimes it is helpful to have ideas broken down and shared again. Pass them on and help others too!
Taking Care of YOU - Day 1
Talk to someone about your worries. It’s ok to feel helpless, scared or anxious at this time. It’s also ok to feel fine. Everyone reacts differently. Try talking to someone you trust about how you feel. Sharing our worries helps. If you don’t feel you can talk to someone you know, click the link below for a range of fantastic helplines.
Taking Care of YOU - Day 2
Connect with people -Take some time out today to chat to someone on the phone you would normally see in person. Or even a friend you haven’t seen in ages! Talking to people and taking time to connect is important.
Taking Care of YOU - Day 3
Planning a routine might help - If you are finding the days long and difficult, it might help to have a routine. You could create your own and write it down or create one as a family and put it somewhere you can all see. Including things such as wake up times, times for meals and different activities (the daily walk) really help break the day up.
Taking Care of YOU - Day 4
Brining nature in to your everyday life can really help improve your mental and physical wellbeing. You can still get the positive effects of nature whilst at home. For example;
Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air.
Arrange a comfortable space to sit, for example by a window where you can look out over a view of trees or the sky, or watch birds and other animals
Taking Care of YOU - Day 5
Bringing nature in to your everyday life can really help improve your mental and physical wellbeing. You can still get the positive effects of nature whilst at home. For example;
Look at photos of your favorite places in nature. Use them as the background on your mobile phone or computer screen, or print and put them up on your walls.
Listen to natural sounds, like recordings or apps that play birdsong, ocean waves or rainfall. Get as much natural light as you can. Spend time in your garden if you have one, or open your front or back door and sit on the doorstep.
- Experiencing Mental Health Problems
- Need Help?
- Warwickshire School Health & Wellbeing Service
- Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
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Warwickshire School Health & Wellbeing Service
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)