Dear Parents and Guardians
I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to be back in school today and to see all our Avondale children. I have really missed being here but luckily myself and the girls have remained well with no Covid symptoms.
As you know, it was Christmas Craft Day today and I know that children have had a super time being creative.
As we know, the national lockdown is due to finish on the Wednesday 2 December when the country will revert back to local restrictions. Within Blackburn with Darwen, we have been placed placed back into tier 3 which means the rules do not really change very much for us at all. I have summarised below what the implications of tier 3 restrictions are so we are all clear.
- you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
- hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
- accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
- indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
- leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
- here should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
- large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
- places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
- weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
- organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
- organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
- you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
- avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
As with everything relating to Covid, we ask for your support with these restrictions so that we all remain as safe as we can. Your actions outside of school may impact on school so please be mindful of this. Please ensure children aren’t going to each other’s houses for tea or for play dates as these are not allowed.
Each week the staff identify a member of the class who has really shone. This week our stars are:
Communication and Covid
Please rest assured as parents that if there is any information we need to share with you with regards to Covid, and any associated implications for school, then we will do so. Please go off this information and not hearsay within the community. Staff are working tirelessly in school to ensure we are as safe as we can possibly be for all the children. The children have adapted to all the new routines like 'ducks to water' and take everything in their stride. We continue to follow our robust risk assessment to ensure we keep Avondale a safe place to be.
A gentle reminder that parents should not be gathering at the gate or on the yard for a chat or catch up. All parents should remain 2m away from others. We are very lucky to have so many gates to use but once on site please ensure you remain distanced from others. This may mean going onto grassed or spongey areas (Y1) or the trim trail grassed area (Y2) but at least this way you will remain distanced from others.
As there is so much else that is a bit strange at the moment we don’t want the children to miss out on sending Christmas cards to their friends in school. However, this year we will need to do things a little differently. Children are welcome to bring Christmas cards into school for other children in their class. Cards will only be able to come into school on a Monday/Tuesday - so there is:
- Monday 30 November & Tuesday 1 December
- Monday 7 December & Tuesday 8 December
- Monday 14 December & Tuesday 15 December
The cards will then be stored safely in the relevant classroom until Friday of the same week, when they will be given out.
Has your child had their flu jab?
If not, the alternative injectable vaccine is now available from your GP. We’re now well into flu season. Flu affects our immune system, making it easier for us to contract other infections, like COVID-19 or pneumonia, and can make other long-term illnesses worse. You can now book appointments with your local GP for the alternative injectable vaccine for your child.
Reception Colour Day
On Monday 30 November, Reception children will be enjoying a Colour Day and will be carrying out lots of fun investigations linked to colour. On this day Reception children will be able to come to school dressed in their favourite colour. However, please be mindful that they will still be playing out so ensure that they have a coat and that what they wear is practical.
Online Safety Tip of the Week
With Christmas approaching, lots of children enjoy computer games so here is a great website for finding out the PEGI ratings for games.
Dates for the Diary
Thank you for Reading