Our first priority is the safety of all those in the Abingdon Prep community and we have put in place appropriate measures in order to operate safely.
The situation is dynamic and the guidance we are able to give parents is often dependent on the information we receive from the government. We will update this page and notify parents when further details become available.
Whole School Update 5 January 2021
Following the government announcement of a national lockdown the campuses at Abingdon School and Abingdon Prep School are closed to all but essential staff and the children of key workers. All departments are working remotely and remain open. Support staff are available via email, please see the contacts section of the website, and teaching staff email addresses can be found here.
Remote learning information for parents of pupils in Years 3 to 6 - 5 January 2021
Remote learning information for parents of pupils in Years 7 and 8 - 4 January 2021
Key Worker Care Q&A 4 January 2021
Whole School Update 1 November 2020
We are looking forward to welcoming the boys back to school tomorrow for the second half of term. Please note the following:
- The School continues to follow government guidance and will remain open physically.
- We will be operating as we did at the end of the first half of the autumn term but we may have to adapt our procedures if government guidelines change. Music and sport will continue as they were at the end of the first half of term until further notice.
- As of Monday 2 November, face masks will now be required to be worn by boys in Years 7 and 8 and staff when inside buildings in corridors and circulation spaces. Masks may be worn in classrooms but are not mandatory in these areas. Boys are required to have a clean mask with them at all times and a sealable plastic bag in which to keep the mask when it is not being worn eg when eating.
- School uniform policy is unchanged from the first half of term but boys are advised to wear warm clothes as windows and doors will be open to aid ventilation.
- Boys who use the minibus service are reminded of the rules given in the minibus update of 21 August. These are essential to ensure the safety of the driver and all those who use the service. Boys must wear face masks at all times and therefore there is no eating or drinking permitted. Boys must comply with the bus driver’s instructions at all times.
- The risk assessment, health and hygiene measures and the requirement to social distancing where possible, introduced at the beginning of term, remain in place.
Covid-19 risk assessment. Published 1 September 2020 and periodically updated
The risk assessment was first published on 1 September 2020 and is updated as and when needed.
PHE guide for parents 24 September 2020
Public Health England has issued a guide to help parents and carers know when and how to book a test for Covid-19 for their child. The guide, linked below, also gives advice on what to do if a child tests positive or is a close contact of someone who has tested positive.
We have also been asked the following additional questions which are answered below:
Q: My child is self-isolating because they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive but he has no symptoms and has had a negative Covid-19 test. Can he come back to school?
A: Your son will not be able to return to school. He has to complete the 14 days self-isolation as there is still the slight possibility that he could develop symptoms after the test was taken. Please follow this link for clarification:
Q: If the School tells me to isolate, is that the same as NHS Track and Trace – or is it just optional? Will I be fined if I ignore the School’s advice?
A: If someone goes against the School’s advice to self isolate then the school is obliged to inform PHE as a matter of protecting the health of the public. The School can give the details of the person/parent refusing to follow advice and PHE will then contact that person and it is at that stage that it can be legally enforced.
Q: What is a ‘cold’ cough and what is a ‘Covid’ cough?
A: Please refer to the PHE guidance below which outlines Covid symptoms as opposed to cold symptoms.
APS Q&A for parents
We hope that the following Q&A will answer many of the questions that parents have about returning to the Prep School for the Autumn term. We will update this document if the government or the School’s own guidance changes and we will notify parents that the document has been updated. Any further queries should be emailed to the Headmaster at email@example.com
Minibus service guidance
Abingdon Prep Minibus Service – Covid-19 guidance
After much planning and work on how best to safely operate our minibus service, I am pleased to say that we will be running a fully operational service. There will be additional cleaning taking place on the minibuses and we are asking for all boys to wear a face covering when undertaking a journey. There will be a seating plan in operation and boys will need to sanitise their hands before embarking. Sanitiser will be available on the minibus. We would also ask that parents ensure that face coverings are well-fitted before the boys get onto the bus and that they have washed their hands before leaving the house.
The same procedures will be in place before the boys embark on the minibuses from school. The drivers will have a plastic screen in place between the passenger area and the driver’s area. The JBS (Joint Bus Service) will be sending out confirmation timings for all the routes to those of you who have signed up via the JBS website. If you are still keen to utilise the service, then please do sign up via the JBS website where details on routes and timings are available.
School uniform from September 2020
During the pandemic and until further notice, the boys should come to school in the following uniform:
Pre-Prep (Reception, Year 1 & Year 2)
Summer uniform – grey shorts, navy polo shirt, teal sweatshirt, grey socks
Navy shorts, white APS t-shirt, white socks (stored in the front pocket of your son’s bag)
Black outdoor shoes to come to school in and white, non-marking plimsolls in your son’s rucksack
Years 3 to 8
Either white PE shorts or blue games shorts
Either white APS PE t-shirt or rugby/football top
Tracksuit (this may not be needed but should be in your son’s bag in case he gets cold)
Uniform will be reviewed as the situation changes and parents will be given sufficient notice of any transition to more regular uniform requirements.