Covid-19

 

Below you will find our on-going communications with our parents/carers during the pandemic.  This page is updated regularly with information that has also been shared with our school community via email or our weekly newsletter direct from the DFE.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me directly at head@abbeyvillage.lancs.sch.uk

Thank you

Mrs Bennett

 

Please see updated information from the Department for Education and the Department for Health: 

 

7th April 2022

Updated NHS COVID-19 symptoms lists

The NHS COVID-19 symptoms in adults and symptoms in children have been updated.

Adults and children who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, should follow the UKHSA guidance. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.

 

Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance will advise:

  • adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
  • children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
  • adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days

The population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, settings will no longer be able to order test kits
  • residential SEND settings may be advised by their local health protection team to re-introduce some time-limited asymptomatic testing. This would be an exceptional measure, for targeted groups of staff and pupils or students (secondary age or above) in the event of a possible COVID-19 outbreak. These settings are scheduled to receive an automatic delivery of contingency supply test kits during the week commencing Monday 28 March
  • the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will publish new guidance. Most of the specific COVID-19 guidance for education and childcare settings will be withdrawn from GOV.​UK on Friday 1 April. The operational guidance on the testing in education settings document sharing platform will also be removed on the same day

 

Update on COVID-19 vaccination for 5 to 11 year olds and 12 to 15 year olds

Thank you for your work to support the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12 to 15 year olds in schools.

The in-school COVID-19 vaccination programme will end on Friday 1 April. 12 to 15 year olds will still be able to access the vaccine outside of school, at a vaccination centre, pharmacy or walk-in centre.

Healthy 5 to 11 year olds will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine from the beginning of April. Vaccinations will take place outside of school, in vaccination centres, pharmacies, GP surgeries and walk-in centres. Parents of 5 to 11 year olds will receive a letter from the NHS with further information on the vaccine.

For 5 to 11 year old and 12 to 15 year old vaccinations, please signpost parents to where they can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments online, at a vaccination centre or pharmacy, or find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site without needing an appointment. Appointments and walk-ins can be accessed for 12 to 15 year olds now, and bookings will open up for 5 to 11 year olds from the beginning of April.

Information for parents and carers on COVID-19 vaccination for at risk 5 to 11 year olds

Children aged 5 to 11 years who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed can get the COVID-19 vaccine, in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Eligible children include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the Green Book.

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions.

Further information is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by UKHSA. We have published some frequently asked questions on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Following advice from the JCVI, healthy 5 to 11 year old children will also be offered two 10 microgram doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS will prepare to extend this non-urgent offer to all children during April.

 

Monday 21st February 2022 

From today, Monday 21 February, the Government is removing the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing.

Given we now know that the risks of severe illness from COVID-19 in most children and most fully vaccinated adults are very low, and our successful vaccination programme has achieved a high rate of take-up, we can remove this advice, bringing education into line with wider society.

From Thursday 24 February, the Government will remove the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. In addition, the Government will:

  • No longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days, and remove the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.
  • End self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available.
  • End routine contact tracing. Contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. Staff, children and young people should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home.
  • End the legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate.

Thursday 17th February 2022 

Latest from the DFE- Information for parents of pupils aged 5 to 17 years old on the vaccination programme

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions. Being vaccinated minimises the need for children and young people to have time off from school or college, and helps them to continue to carry out their hobbies, attend social events and live their lives to the full.

We have published some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Please share these FAQs with parents, particularly those with children who are clinically vulnerable.

Guidance on how to book appointments for children aged 12 years and over is available on the NHS website. Further information on the vaccination of high risk children aged 5 to 11 years old is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

 

Tuesday 1st February 2022 

Dear  Parent
 
We have received updated information regarding the rules around whether or not individuals should use a Lateral Flow or a PCR test.
 
The ruling is that if a child/adult has any of the main symptoms of COVID:
  • cough
  • fever
  • loss of taste or smell
they should take a PCR Test
 
If they have no symptoms a Lateral Flow test will suffice.
Updated guidance also indicates that there is no need to take a PCR if a Lateral Flow test is positive. You can assume that the Lateral Flow Test is correct and must start isolating straight away.
 
Guidance can be found using the links below: 
 

 

Tuesday 25th January 2022 

In light of falling case rates, we have now reviewed the evidence and confirmed that face coverings in classrooms in schools and colleges are no longer required from Thursday 20 January, and face coverings in communal areas are likewise no longer required from Thursday 27 January. Here we provide an update on what you need to know.

What have you announced?

The confirmation that face coverings no longer need to be worn in classrooms from Thursday 20 January, or in communal areas of schools and colleges from Thursday 27 January.

This decision comes in response to national infection data showing the prevalence of COVID-19 is on a downward trajectory.

Are there any circumstances where I still might need to wear a mask?

Local directors of public health are able to recommend the use of face coverings in communal areas—across their area only—where DfE and public health experts judge the measure to be proportionate due to specific health concerns. This is a temporary measure.

Directors of public health will also continue to advise individual settings experiencing outbreaks. Any local introduction of face coverings will be subject to routine review and removed at the earliest opportunity.

Do pupils, families and staff still have to take regular COVID tests and get vaccinated?

Yes, we recommend that all pupils, their families and school, college and early years staff should test twice weekly. This ensures even instances where people have the virus but show no symptoms are picked up and able to isolate to stop the spread of the virus.

It is also important that all those eligible get a vaccine or booster. For information on the importance of getting a vaccine or boosted, please visit our piece here: How getting a booster will help protect education - The Education Hub (blog.gov.uk).

Wednesday 19th January 2022 

From tomorrow, Thursday 20 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in classrooms and teaching spaces for staff, and pupils and students in year 7 and above. They were introduced in classrooms at the start of the spring term as a temporary measure.

From Thursday 27 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in communal areas for staff, and pupils and students in year 7 and above.

This decision comes in response to national infection data showing the prevalence of COVID-19 to be on a downward trajectory. Whilst there are some groups where cases are likely to continue rising, it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally. There remains significant pressure on the NHS but hospital admissions have stabilised, and the number of patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) remain low and are falling.

This means it is right we remove the most stringent restrictions around wearing face coverings from education, but the virus is still with us, and continuing with proportionate protective measures remains vital to protect education.

Friday 14th January 2022 

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Tuesday 11th January 2022 

Temporary suspension of confirmatory PCR tests in education and childcare settings

Confirmatory PCR testing following a positive result on a lateral flow device (LFD) will be temporarily suspended from today, Tuesday 11 January. This means that for all education and childcare settings, staff and students who have tested (either at home or through ATS) and reported a positive LFD result will no longer be advised to get a confirmatory PCR test.

This change is informed by public health advice. With high COVID-19 rates, the risk of a positive LFD result being false is very small. We therefore don’t need to ask people to do a confirmatory PCR unless they:

  • have symptoms (in which case they need to follow the stay at home guidance, self-isolate and order a PCR test)
  • wish to claim the Test and Trace Support Payment
  • have been advised to take a PCR test because they are in a clinically vulnerable group
  • have been advised to do so as part of a research or surveillance programme

Education and childcare settings are not expected to trace contacts of a positive case as this will remain the responsibility of NHS Test and Trace. From today, Tuesday 11 January, contact tracing is triggered once a positive LFD test is reported.

Students should be strongly encouraged to test twice weekly at home and to report all results to NHS Test and Trace and to their setting. Anyone with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate and follow self-isolation guidance.

Information on the new arrangements can be found in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Monday 10th January 2022

Removal of confirmatory PCR tests

Anyone, including staff and pupils, who now receives a positive lateral flow test but has no COVID-19 symptoms will no longer have to take a PCR to confirm the result. This will be effective from Tuesday 11 January.

Tuesday 4th January 2022

Attendance:

All pupils should continue to attend face-to-face education unless they are self-isolating in line with government guidance. Attendance continues to be mandatory for all pupils. All absences must be reported to the school office by email or by telephone. Messages can be left on the school answer phone if you wish to report an absence out of school hours. Please do not send your child to school if they are displaying any of the main symptoms of Covid or the symptoms linked to the Omicron variant, which includes runny nose, sneezing, itchy throat, and cold like symptoms.

If you do need to enter school grounds, please wear a face covering unless medically exempt.

Self-isolation:

Individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus are now able to end self-isolation after 7 days instead of 10 days if they have negative LFD test results on days 6 and 7. This applies to all people regardless of their age or vaccination status. The two LFD tests need to be taken 24 hours apart and the first test should not be taken before the sixth day. Pupils should only end their self-isolation period before 10 days if both LFD tests are negative and they do not have a high temperature. If the conditions for ending self- isolation early are met, pupils may return to school from day 8. Anyone who is unable to take lateral flow tests will need to complete the full 10-day period of self-isolation.

Close Contacts of COVID 19 

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time. If a pupil lives in a household where there is a positive case of COVID-19, parents should arrange for a PCR test as soon as possible. If the PCR test is negative and your child is well, they can return to school immediately. As a close contact of someone with COVID-19, they should take an LFD test every day for seven days.

This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school/ place of work from day 8.

Monday 29th November 2021

Following recent Government guidance, we will be wearing face masks at the start and end of the school day and in communal areas.  We will limit the amount of visitors on site and ask that all parents/carers call the school office rather than attend in person.

Friday 3rd September 2021

At the end of our first week in school, please find below the September opening formal risk assessment ( Lancashire County Council, version 7) which has now been checked and verified by our Health & Safety governor.  This risk assessment should be read in line with our 'Return to school document'.  

Sunday 29th August 2021

Information with regards to school re-opening has been shared with parents/carers today.  Please refer to documents below for specific details.

Thursday 27th May 2021

Please ensure you read the most recent guidance ( this can be found below) sent out today in relation to on-going management of the pandemic within schools and across Lancashire Authority as a whole.

Covid 19 Designated Duty Officer

School is shut for the half term holiday from Monday 31 May- Fri 4 May.- please email head@abbeyvillage.lancs.sch.uk if your child has a positive covid test result.

Thank you

Friday 5th March 2021

Please find attached our whole school  risk assessment for return to school on Monday 8th March 2021.

All parents/carers please refer to detailed emails sent via our SchoolSpider platform.

Household Access to Rapid Lateral flow testing- please refer to detailed email sent home.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our children back to school next week.

Monday 1st February 2021

As we start our fifth week of blended learning, we have spent some time reflecting on what is working and on what maybe needs to change.  Getting the balance 'right' is so important for everyone in our school community. We all know too well that having too much screen time is not always a good thing!  Please find our amended provision timetables for home/school learning- at Abbey Village we are very much working together as one.

If you take a look at our Twitter page you can see for yourself the amazing learning that is happening and how our team are working with our parents to develop great experiences ( our parents are telling us that they too are learning new things every day!)

Take a look at our new 'Five Ways to Well-being' project which has really taken off this term in Abbey Village!

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Sadly, school is closed today for all children whilst we finalise our numbers and plans to commence on-line learning from tomorrow.  Please join our well-being calls for each bubble this morning.  We will call all families who do not log onto the calls.

Please check on-going correspondence via SchoolSpider emails for further updates.  Thank you

Friday 11th December 2020

Covid 19 Designated Duty Officer

All confirmed cases of Covid 19 for the period 19-24 December must be immediately reported to our Headteacher Mrs Joanne Maher head@abbeyvillage.lancs.sch.uk

Friday 25th September 2020-Update

Home Learning Offer 2020-2021

Today we have shared our home learning offer with our families.  Following consultation with parents/carers, after the period of national school closures, we have devised an on-line timetable which will commence for all bubbles should a period of school closure occur in the future.  We remain fully committed to delivering an ambitious and broad curriculum to all our children whilst supporting those children who have developed significant gaps in their knowledge.  Please refer to attachments for further details.

#TogetherWeAchieve

 

Thursday 16th July 2020-Update

Today we can share our updated risk assessments for our September 2020 return with our school community.  Our return plan and risk assessment has again been robustly tested by our full Governing Board.

This week we have seen every child return to school, in every year group at our school who has wanted a place in a bubble.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back in September and would like to thank all our parents, governors and wider school community for their tremendous support.

#TogetherWeAchieve

Thursday 2nd July 2020- Update

Today the Department for Education have formally shared their plan for September 2020 re-opening.  We are now evaluating our risk assessments in line with this new information and our school context.  We aim to share our new September school plan, with updated risk assessments with our whole school community by Friday 17th July 2020.

Tuesday 30th June 2020- Daily Update

Today we can confirm that Abbey Village Primary school will be closing to all children on Friday 17th July 2020.  We will not be closing early at 2.20pm ( as originally planned) but ask that all parents/carers collect their children at the agreed collection times following our plan.

The Dfe have recently confirmed that there is no expectation that schools should open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers over the summer holiday.

Importantly they also stated: "Teachers, support staff and school leaders deserve a break, to recharge and rest."

They further added: "We can confirm that providers offering paid childcare will be able to operate over the summer holidays, in line with protective measures guidance.  Additional funded activities may be available in local areas, such as Holiday Activities and Food scheme".

We will share with parents/carers any local provision through our 'News' feed once we receive notification.  We are investigating the summer voucher scheme for our eligible families and will contact all eligible families directly with an update.

From today, we will only update this feed with critical updates.  We are still awaiting official guidance from the Dfe with regards to September and will update our risk assessment and plan as quickly as we can.  Our plans for September will be shared directly with parents/carers via email.

Please do not hesitate contacting school via head@abbeyvillage.lancs.sch.uk if you have any questions.

A huge thank you to all our parents and carers for their support and understanding.

Monday 29th June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Friday 26th June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Thursday 25th June 2020- Daily Update

Today we welcomed our Year 6 children back into school.  Smiles all around... they had a fabulous day!

Wednesday 24th June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Tuesday 23rd June 2020- Daily Update

Today we welcomed back a new bubble to school.  We have all had a fantastic day ( parents and carers reporting their days have been great too!)  It is wonderful having more children on site.

Monday 22nd June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Friday 19th June 2020- Daily Update

Confirmed take up for our Bubble provision is as follows:

Bubble 1- 15 places (14 places taken) 1 place available for a key worker child only

Bubble 2- 15 places (15 places taken) THIS BUBBLE IS NOW FULL

Bubble 3- 11 places (10 places taken) 1 place is available

Bubble 4- 8 places ( 7 places taken) 1 place is available

Thursday 18th June 2020- Daily Update

Parents/Carers of Year 2,3,4 and 5 children have been invited today, via direct email, to raise an expression of interest for a place in our Bubble 4.  We are hoping to open this bubble on Monday 6th July 2020.

Wednesday 17th June 2020- Daily Update

We will be calling all families today who are in Phase 2 return (cohort 1) starting on Tuesday 23rd June 2020.  We will be sharing with you your drop off and pick up times.  It is ESSENTIAL that all parents/carers are PROMPT on arrival for their times.  Late arrivals will have to wait for a 15 minute clearance time if they are late.

We ask for your support and understanding with this new system.

Please ensure that you have read all the documents in detail before bringing your child to school.

SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL GROUPS ON MONDAY 22nd JUNE FOR STAFF TRAINING

Tuesday 16th June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Monday 15th June 2020- Daily Update

Lancashire County Council have announced today that it is safe for schools to re-open to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from week commencing Monday 22nd June 2020.  We are delighted to announce that our school is ready and very keen to welcome more of our children back to school.  Please read the detailed documents attached that will give you insight into the detailed planning and risk assessment that we have undergone to ensure our school is as safe as possible moving forwards.

SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL GROUPS ON MONDAY 22nd JUNE FOR STAFF TRAINING

Friday 12th June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Thursday 11th June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Wednesday 10th June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Tuesday 9th June 2020- Daily Update

The Government have announced today that they no longer expect primary schools to be open to all year groups for the month of July.  At Abbey Village, if we do get the go ahead for wider opening for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children, it is highly unlikely Years 2, 3, 4 or 5 will attend school before September 2020 ( at the earliest).

Monday 8th June 2020- Daily Update

It has just been announced by Lancahire County Council that schools will not re-open to wider year groups on Monday 15th of June.  We are disappointed as a team as we are absolutly ready to welcome more children back to school but we must follow the lead of our local authority.  It is hoped that schools may re-open on Monday 22nd of June.  We will continue to keep you updated as soon as we are notified.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding.

Friday 5th June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Thursday 4th June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Wednesday 3rd June 2020- Daily Update

The advice from Lancashire County Council's Director of Public Health Dr Sakthi Karunanithi for Lancashire schools to not reopen to more pupils will be reviewed on Monday 8 June.  IF the advice changes, schools may be encouraged to reopen to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 15 June.  We will continue to keep our school community updated via this page the minute we have any further news.

Tuesday 2nd June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Monday 1st June 2020- Daily Update

No further changes today.

Wednesday 27th May 2020- Daily Update

Our Full Governing Body met last night and after robustly testing our return to school plan and risk assessment, voted unanimously to support both.  As a school, we are ready to open to more children.

However, this evening Lancashire County Council have instructed all schools to not reopen to more children from Monday June 1st as they do not feel that they as an authority can satisfy the government's five tests, 'Locally, we are currently able to meet the requirements of the first three tests; however, we do not meet the requirements of the final two tests'. ( Advice to schools on reopening to more pupils- Lancashire County Council, 27th May 2020).

We will continue providing the excellent Phase 1 provision to our keyworker families and valuable families.

We will keep our whole school community updated with future developments.

 

 

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