We are now in the second phase of the lockdown and have been told to remain at home and in isolation for another three weeks. This week we should have been coming back to school after the Spring/Easter break, but schools remain closed to the majority of students, but still remain open for those students whose parents are classed as Key Workers.
For some of you this would have been the final run in for your examinations and you would have been deep in preparation for the exam season. This cannot be easy for you as this was something that you have worked so hard for, but the school is here for you and the school will support you for the rest of this year and if you need it beyond. No one has been through this before, but your teachers are working hard to provide you with work, but also to make sure that this whole process is fair and supportive. As soon as any more information is given by the Government this will be shared with you.
For everyone else in the school, this would have been your final term in your current year group and we would have been supporting you in the transition to the next academic year and for those of you in year 9, the next step in your educational journey with your options. Still prepare for this and we will still be supporting you in getting ready for the next academic year.
These are really strange times and it can be hard to get motivated to do work at home and we completely understand this and it is really important that you do keep on doing the work that has been set by your teachers. This work will keep your mind working and keep you in a routine for when we do return to school in the future. It will also help you not fall behind in your education and this is really important as your education is really important and helps you get to where you want to be in the future. The future at the moment is unclear and life may be different, but things will settle down and life will start again.
However, at the moment we are not in normal times and things are not normal at the present moment in time and it is also important to look after your mental and physical health. Make sure that you are taking breaks from the work that is set and that you are taking time for yourself as these strange times.
You should make sure that you find ‘you time’. If you are self-isolating and cannot leave the house you could be doing something that you already enjoy or you might even like to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill at home. If you are not self-isolating and you can leave your home it is good make sure that you take your hour to do some exercise and if you have access to outdoor space spend some time out there.
Remember it is still important to spend time talking and communicating with other people and you can spend time with your friends and family in other ways. Many of you now have mobile phones, tablets and other devices that allow you to connect with the world through social media and use apps to keep in contact.
It is also really important that you remember and follow the guidance though;
Remember that you should wash your hands more often than normal and make sure that it is with soap and that it is for at least 20 seconds, but longer if possible. This is more important now than ever and you should do this before you eat, whenever you touch a surface and especially if you do go outside at any point.
You can leave your house to go to the shops, but this is only for essential items and many shops are now only letting one person in from a family, so if you don’t need to go out and someone else in your home can do this, let them.
You can also leave the house to exercise for one hour per day, but you must do this on your own or with people who live in your home, not with anyone else. If you do come into contact with another member of the public then make sure that you stand 2 metres away from each other and maybe even cross over to the other side of the road to avoid them.
You must not socialise with your friends and spend time with them as you can carry the virus without even knowing it and showing any symptoms, this is called being A-Symptomatic. Also your friends may be carrying the virus and then pass it onto you and then you can take it home and spread it around your family.
It is also important that you do not spend time with family members outside of your home for the same reason and it seems to be that the virus affects the elderly generation more than any other people in our society, so be really careful if you are delivering any shopping to them. Knock on the door and leave it on the door step.
As a school we are all here for you and please remember that if you need any support from school then the Safeguarding Team are available for you also and you can email us at SG@notredame.liverpool.sch.uk
As a school we are all still here to support you and you can keep up to date with everything through the school website (www.notredameliverpool.com) and the school twitter account @NDEvertonValley.