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Staying Safe bulletin – Wyedean School

We are aware that self-isolation and disruption of normal routines may put young people and families under increased pressure and have prepared the advice below to try to support you at this challenging time.

Routines

We would recommend that you try to establish some sort of daily routine to provide some structure to your day.  To prevent sleep reversal (where you sleep during the day and are awake at night) it would be helpful to keep to normal bedtimes and get up at your usual time.    You can find more information on sleep from Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning here.

Maintaining wellbeing

This term we have already shared some of the NHS tips on protecting your wellbeing and maintaining positive mental health; a summary of these is included below.

Step to take

How you could do this in self-isolation

Connect with others

Speak to people on the phone and via facetime rather than just sending messages.

Be active

If you are not able to leave the house then check out online exercise videos such as Joe Wicks .  Many do not require any equipment.  Or fire up your Wii fit.  Anything which gets you moving will also boost your mood.

Take notice

Mindfulness has a strong evidence base suggesting it improves wellbeing.   There are plenty of apps and websites that offer mindfulness exercises e.g. Headspace and Calm.  Smiling Mind is designed for young people and is free to use.  Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning have shared information for young people here

Keep learning

Staff have set work on Show My Homework to keep students learning whilst not at school.   There are also an amazing variety of Open Access courses that are available for free online.  Encouraging your child to read every day will also help them to keep learning and developing. 

Give to others

Encourage young people to help siblings with school work or to play games with them.  They could also help around the house more than usual.  This will help them feel more positive as well as giving you less to do! 

Financial hardship

Chepstow foodbank are still supporting people with emergency food, operating a collection service with little client contact on:

Wyedean School can issue food bank vouchers.  Please contact Mrs Dalton (daltons@wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk) for more information.

Mental health support

Childline 0800 1111

Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk

Gloucestershire self- harm helpline (5pm-10pm daily)

 Freephone - 0808 801 0606  Text – 07537 410022 www.gloucestershireselfharm.org

Samaritans 24 hours, 7 days a week

Phone:  116 123  Text – 07725 90 90 90  email jo@samaritans.org

https://ticplus.org.uk/young-people/ - Gloucestershire residents only

Reporting a Concern

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child you can contact social care on 01452 426565 (Gloucestershire) or 01291 635 669 (Monmouthshire).  The NSPCC also have a helpline and online reporting service.

Call 999 if the child is at immediate risk.

Staying Well

The Government advice at the time of writing this is to self- isolate if you or any member of your family has a new, persistent cough or if they have a temperature of above 37.8 degrees.    Public Health England are still advising that washing hand thoroughly is the best precautionary measure that individuals can take.  This means using soap and washing for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday to You twice!).  Hand washing guidance from the World Health Organization is here.

 

Sarah Dalton

Assistant Principal

On behalf of the Pastoral and Student Support Team