23rd June, 2021

Coronavirus Update

What’s the current situation?

  • All students are in school
  • Students will break up for summer on Friday 23rd July between 12.40pm and 1.00pm (staggered departure). Students can attend the final day in their own clothes.  Further details have been posted on the Parent Portal for parents to view.
  • Staff and students will still need to self-isolate for 10 days if they are close contacts of a positive case
  • Despite restrictions being lifted on Monday 19th July we will continue to operate the measures of control that are currently in place in the final week of term to prevent students and staff from self-isolating.
  • This means we will continue with:
    1. Year group bubbles
    2. Face coverings
    3. Hand sanitising
    4. Social distancing
    5. All other measures of control we currently have in place
  • Return to School plans for September have been published on our website https://www.little-lever.bolton.sch.uk/our-september-21-return-to-school-plan/
  • Parents have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas on the plans via the Parent Portal until Friday 23rd July at 1.30pm
  • ALL adults over the age of 18 are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated at one of the Vaccination centres in Bolton.
  • ALL adults awaiting their second dose are encouraged to get FULLY vaccinated at one of the Vaccination centres in Bolton. Please click the following link to view the vaccination centres available in Bolton  http://www.little-lever.bolton.sch.uk/vaccinate-bolton/
  • A ‘College Ready’ programme for all Year 11 students has been launched. This will involve a series of pre-recorded and LIVE sessions which teachers will deliver to ensure our Year 11 students have the ability to ‘catch up’ on areas of the curriculum that we have not been able to teach.  This is to ensure all our students are ready to be successful in the next stage of their education!  A text to all Year 11 parents will be sent to signal the launch of this!    Please visit our Y11 Steps to Success webpage for more details on this.  https://www.little-lever.bolton.sch.uk/our-curriculum/support/
  • Infection rates remain high in Bolton.

What is happening as a result of high infection rates in Bolton?

The Local Public Health Team are taking swift action to get on top of the virus.  School leaders across Bolton are working with each other and the Local Public Health Team to support our communities to drive down infection rates in the following ways:

  • FACE COVERINGS….Following advice from Public Health England and the Local Authority Schools across Bolton have agreed that face coverings will continue to be worn as they are now. That means face coverings are worn in communal areas and in classrooms across the school.

Continued use of face coverings in schools letter

  • ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING (no symptoms)
    1. LFD TESTING…. We must continue to test TWICE a week using the LFD test and report your results to the school and to the NHS website every SUNDAY and THURSDAY.
    2. MOBILE TESTING UNITS (MTU’s)… These are open from 10am until 4pm 7 days a week. This is an optional PCR test.
  • SYMPTOMATIC TESTING (i.e. you have symptoms)… You must book a PCR test in the normal way. You must not use an LFD test if you have symptoms.
  • MOBILE VACCINATION BUSES… These are mobile vaccination centres set up to try and vaccinate as many who are eligible for the vaccine as possible.
  • SELF ISOLATION… We must continue to self-isolate in line with the guidance if we test positive or have been identified as a close contact. Please don’t forget there is support both financially and emotionally for those of you who may have to self-isolate.  Please visit the Bolton Council website for more information https://www.bolton.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-1/coronavirus-support?documentId=639&categoryId=20119

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk. In England, the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.

It’s being given to:

  • people aged 18 and over
  • people who will turn 18 before 1 July 2021
  • people at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19

Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine


People with other conditions that put them at higher risk

People with certain other health conditions are at high risk and can get the COVID-19 vaccine (as well as people who are clinically extremely vulnerable).

These conditions include:

  • long-term lung conditions (such as severe asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis)
  • long-term conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels (such as congenital heart disease, heart failure and peripheral arterial disease)
  • diabetes
  • chronic kidney disease
  • long-term liver conditions (such as cirrhosis and hepatitis)
  • conditions affecting the brain or nerves (such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or stroke)
  • learning disabilities
  • a condition or treatment that makes you more likely to get infections (such as HIV or some treatments for lupus, psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • severe mental conditions (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder)
  • severe obesity (a BMI of 40 or above)

If you have a condition that means you can get the COVID-19 vaccine, the NHS will contact you to arrange your vaccination appointments.

You can also book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now if you would like to.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments


Some charities have worked with the NHS to produce advice about health conditions and COVID-19 vaccination.


You may be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine if any of the following apply:

  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • your GP record shows you are a carer
  • you get a Carer’s Allowance or other support following an assessment by your local authority

You may be able to book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments

If you think you should be eligible as a carer but you cannot book an appointment online, speak to your GP surgery. Your GP may be able to update your GP record and book an appointment for you at a local NHS service.

People who live and work in care homes

Anyone who lives or works in a care home can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.

Frontline health workers

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re a health worker who has direct contact with people at higher risk from COVID-19.

For example:

  • you work in a clinical role (such as a doctor or nurse)
  • you have contact in a non-clinical role (such as a receptionist or porter)
  • you work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary or a funeral home

You can book your appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy, or contact your employer about getting vaccinated.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Vaccination priority groups

The order in which people are offered the COVID-19 vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

If you are not eligible yet

Wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.