Current information 

 

As of 19th April Maple class will start school at 8.50am. 

 

Please see below an important letter and timetable concerning the return to school for all pupils on 8th March 2021.

As February half term approaches, we are aware of the potential need for childcare for many of the parents of critical key workers. As a local authority we are keen to do all we can to support this and have managed to work with two sports companies to arrange provision at two sites across the authority and one child-care provision at a third site.

 

Offer 1

Progressive Sports are going to be based at Abbeywood Community School from Monday 15th to Friday 19th February running an active camp from 8.30am to 3.30pm for children aged 5-13 years. The link for booking is below and parents can book directly with them. The cost is £85 for the full course or £17 per day. All children will need to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle and suitable clothing for the weather.

https://progressive-sports.co.uk/bristol-south-glos/product/abbeywood-community-school-february-active-camp/ 

 

Offer 2

Swift Sports will be based at The Park Primary School and bookings can be made via their website bookings@swiftsportscoaching.co.uk  – please see flyer attached for all the relevant information. This will run from Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February from 8.45am-3.30pm for children aged 5–13 years. The cost is £16.50 per child, per day with a 10% for multi day bookings of 3 or more days, alongside this they will be offering a 10% sibling discount on bookings. Bookings can only be made by email and paid via BACS transfer. Places are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and will only be secured once payment has been received. Suitable clothing and footwear will be required for indoor and outdoor use. Children will need to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle.

 

Offer 3

St Helen’s February Holiday Club will be open for children who are currently permitted to attend school during lockdown. This Ofsted-Outstanding provision has been offering high-quality wraparound and holiday care since 2011 and runs from St Helen’s C of E Primary School, Alveston. We have continued to support keyworkers and their families since March 2020.

 

The holiday club provides learning through play in a safe and secure environment. Children have access to a large woodland area, all-weather pitch and the school’s large playground and outdoor play equipment. We pride ourselves on offering a free-flow play environment, where children choose where, when and what they play, while supported by a team of qualified and experienced playworkers. We follow all up to date government regulations with further details here and all staff will be Covid-tested before working.

 

This holiday we will be offering:-

  • Free keyworker registration here
  • For ages 4-12 years
  • Long Day 8am-5.30pm at £29.50 (if booking individual days) including a breakfast of cereal, toast and fruit juice and an evening snack of toast and fruit - own packed lunch to be provided please.
  • A special offer rate of £120 for a full week (just £2.50 per hour’s childcare!) for 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday (long days only) for bookings made by Monday 8th February
  • This holiday we are also offering a Short day for just £18.50 per day, 9-3pm - own packed lunch to be provided.

 

Why not REGISTER NOW with no obligation…

Then (once we have authorised your account) login and BOOK HERE

 

Please note all offers are for children of critical key workers only and bookings will be made on a first come, first serve basis and places secured once payment has been received. 

School Day for Critical workers, Children with EHCP's and Vulnerable children

 

All pupils to start at 9am and be collected at 3pm

 

Maple and Willow class - Cage Gate

 

Cherry and Oak class - Middle Gate

 

All other classes - Main Gate

 

Hot dinners are available as per the menu that is on the website under Parents/School dinner menu - please pay on a Monday for the week as normal. 

 

Breakfast club will be running from Monday 11th January from 7.30 - 9am as usual and costs £2.00 - Please book a place on Friday for the following week. 

 

Government guidelines state that if you are able to work from home then you MUST and your child should stay at home with you.

Please find below the letter and Key worker form that needs to be completed and returned by email by 9am tomorrow morning. This form should be completed by all parents that are key workers (both parents need to be keyworkers), parents of children with an EHCP if you wish your child to attend school from tomorrow. 

 

Key Worker Letter and Form 

Following the PMs decision tonight, Shield Road will now be closed to all children on Tuesday 5th January.
From 6th January school will be open only to children of Keyworkers, with EHCPs and families with social workers. More details to follow. 

School will be closing after lunch on 18th December and the timings are below: 

Please find below the collection times for each class:

 

Class Collection Time
Maple 12.55
Willow 1.05
Cherry 1.15
Oak 1.05
Elm 12.55
Cedar 1.20
Silverbirch 1.05
Redwood 12.55

 

Preparing parents in the event of a bubble closure affecting their child 

South Gloucestershire guidance October 15th.

 

With the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in schools rising, it is important to pre-warn parents and carers to plan ahead for the possibility that their child will be told to isolate. 

In the last few weeks, we have seen numerous bubble classes needing to close and all children in that class being sent home to help keep everyone safe. Inevitably, this will have an impact on childcare for some parents and carers and it is for that reason, we would like you to make your school community aware that this is a possibility and they should make plans in case they are affected. 

Due to the nature of any bubble closures, and in line with national Public Health guidance, these decisions are made with immediate effect giving little or no notice to parents and carers. By keeping in mind that this could happen, and children may be told to stay at home for up to 14 days, schools can help parents and carers plan in advance and reduce the stress of having to make last minute arrangements. 

We have also produced a guide on when to keep your child home from school

 

https://beta.southglos.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/Parents-Covid-Guide.pdf 

The following ARE symptoms of coronavirus

Individuals will need a test if they have any of the following:

A high temperature: any new high temperature where the person feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature);

 

A new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours;

 

A loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal.

 

Individuals do not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

Message from NHS Test and Trace

We have seen unprecedented demand for testing recently. NHS Test and Trace figures show that between mid-June and the end of August the number of people getting tested for the first time rose by 63% and we have seen demand for testing increase significantly again this week.

 

People with symptoms absolutely must come forward to get a test as this will help us stop the spread of the virus. As we manage this period of high demand, it is especially important that if individuals don’t have symptoms, and have not specifically been advised to take a test, they should not be coming forward for a test because they could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it. A recent survey at testing sites suggests around a quarter of people who have accessed tests did not have symptoms.

 

Since the start of the pandemic, we have vastly expanded the nation’s testing capacity, more than doubling the capacity of the NHS and PHE laboratories as well as setting up an entirely new nationwide network of testing sites and new Lighthouse laboratories to process samples.

 

We continue to expand capacity even further and to help ensure that testing is being used by those who need it most.

Schools have been issued with guidance on testing and the advice for parents and teachers. It is very important that this guidance is followed. Schools should not advise pupils or teachers to take a test unless they exhibit one or more of the listed symptoms. If there is a confirmed case then schools should not advise entire classes or year groups to get tested. Only those with symptoms or those advised by their clinician or Local Authority should get a test. Schools must not require students to provide evidence of a negative test before letting them back to school.

Please do whatever you can to reinforce the below messaging:

  • The main symptoms of coronavirus are: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

 

  • If you have Covid-19 symptoms, get a test. It's really important that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms can get a test. This will help us stop the spread of the virus. If you don’t have Covid-19 symptoms and you are trying to book a test, do not come forwards for a test – you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it. This is increasingly important as we head into Autumn and Winter and more people will get colds and the flu. Only if you have one of the 3 symptoms should you book a test.

 

  • Do not stockpile tests – if you develop symptoms in the future you will be able to book a test. There is no need to order a test in case of future use.

 

  • If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. The vast majority of people who are tested in person get their results the very next day. Full guidance on self-isolation is available on gov.uk.
  • If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you won’t go on to develop the virus. That means you could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people.
  • If you have symptoms and need to book a test, you can do this online here or by ringing 119. Please keep trying as appointments are released throughout the day.

 

  • The local NHS 111 service is currently experiencing high numbers of calls from people seeking Covid-19 tests. The 111 service is not able to arrange tests and callers have to be redirected to the correct 119 number, or online service, which is frustrating for individuals and affects 111 capacity. We need to make sure that 111 is protected for people who are ringing about other medical and health issues.

 

  • You can find NHS information and advice on how to treat coronavirus symptoms at home here. If you are concerned about your symptoms and need medical advice, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call 111.

 

  • Please remember to social distance when you drop off/collect your child.
  • Parents to leave once their child is in the gate.
  • We encourage parents to wait on the other side of the road if you have time between drop offs or to return to your car if you have driven