Coronavirus Update 16th November

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16 November 2020
Dear Parent/Carer
Firstly, can I take this opportunity to again thank everyone for their support at this time. By working together, we are doing some wonderful things across The Gateway Academy including the following:
 Student attendance is above National Average, which is a remarkable achievement, particularly in the current climate.
 We donated 232.8 kg of goods to The Thurrock Foodbank last week, who were overwhelmed with our generous donation, which will go towards helping to feed some of our families in Thurrock. As this was so successful, we are looking to put together a number of hampers to deliver to some of our households over the next few weeks for the Christmas period.
 Year 11 PPE results were wonderful and our Year 11s are on course to achieve outstanding results at the end of the academic year.
I have made the difficult decision that, given the number of Covid cases within the local community, to cancel ALPs and any extra‐circular activities until further notice. The Year 11 Parents’ Evening will be via the telephone and all parents and carers of our Year 11 students, between Monday 16 November and Friday 12 December 2020, will be receiving telephone calls from their child’s subject teachers.
Can I please ask again, that parents and carers do not use social media as their main source of information about our Gateway Academy community. It can cause a great deal of distress to staff, students and their families when non‐factual information is posted. Please contact us directly if you have any questions via e‐mail to Miss Newton, Please also be aware we will not give out any personal details including the names regarding any staff member or students
who test positive for COVID 19. We will contact parents and carers directly if their child is
impacted by a member of staff or student testing positive.
The Gateway Academy is determined to do all that is possible to ensure that we offer the very best educational experience for our students in these very challenging times and we are all determined to minimise any disruption to your child’s education. Can I again ask that you support us as much as possible at this time and talk constantly to your child about the importance of wearing their face masks, maintaining a 2‐metre distance from people not within their bubble and washing their hands as
regularly as possible.
A reminder of the following:
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19:
If your child develops symptoms of COVID‐19, they should remain at home and ensure they get a test.
Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via‐for‐a‐coronavirus‐test or by calling 119. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. The 14‐day period starts from the day when the first person in the house becomes ill.
Please do not send your child to school if you or any member of your household is displaying COVID Symptoms.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by telephone or online. 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. Please see the link ‐ Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID‐19) infection.
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID‐19) are recent onset of:
● new continuous cough and/or;
● high temperature and/or;
● 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 does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at Check if you or your child has coronavirus (COVID‐19) symptoms 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. Do:
● wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds;
● use hand sanitiser gel 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; and
● put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
Further information is available at Coronavirus (COVID‐19).
Yours sincerely
Mrs G McLaughlin