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If you would like your child to attend breakfast club, please do so by following the link below and filling in the form: 

 

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School Pick up for Siblings in Cubitt Town Infants

 

Fill the form in if you would like us to arrange this:

 

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COVID Symptoms Guidance 

 

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

 

We now have had over a week back at school and have had the opportunity to refine and improve our systems slightly. Thank you for all your feedback – it really helped us make the changes for the better.

 

Thank you too for getting your children in on time, as well as adhering to pick up and drop off time. We are even more grateful to those who have more than one child; I know the logistics can be difficult and appreciate you working with us.

 

I have received a few questions from parents around what will happen in school if a child has any symptoms consistent with Covid -19.

 

The symptoms are :

 

  • A high temperature – this means that your child feels hot to touch on their chest of back
  • A new or continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour , or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough it may be worse than usual
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal. 

 

We will be following the guidance provided to us by the government and Public Health England

 

  • If a child has any of the symptoms consistent with Covid 19 (above) when they arrive in the morning:

 

  1. We will ask parents to take them home and get a test – the child will need to self-isolate
  2. If the outcome is positive, the child and members of their household will need to finish their period of self-isolation.  Two or more incidents will result in the classes being sent home.
  3. If the test is negative, the child can return to school if they feel well and the members of the family do not need to self-isolate

 

If a child develops symptoms while they are at school, we will call parents to come and collect them.

 

Children WILL NOT be tested in school

Children WILL NOT be taken offsite

 

As you know we are taking great measures to reduce risks of transmission in school including:

 

  • Extra hand washing
  • Hand sanitiser at all entrances
  • Lunch provided in a rota
  • Only one-year group on the playground at any one time
  • Additional and regular cleaning throughout the day
  • Pupils have individual learning packs with equipment only they use
  • Desks separate and facing front (yr 2-6)
  • Play equipment sprayed
  • Children remain in their class and our science teacher/French teacher and PE teachers move around
  • After school clubs in bubbles

 

 

These are a few of the protective measures taken. Our full risk assessment is on the website.

 

Unfortunately, we are now moving towards flu season which means some children are showing other symptoms, such as sniffly nose or sore throat – these are not potential symptoms of Covid-19. If your child has any of these, they can still come to school. 

 

We currently do not have any confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Cubitt Town Infants and Junior school.  I am hoping that if we continue to work together as a community to keep our children safe, this will continue to be the case.

 

Please continue to be vigilant about keeping everyone safe. Wash your hands, wear a mask, keep your distance and work with us to keep the school open. You have been brilliant so far and as always I thank you for your support.

 

Kind regards

 

Ms Bruce

Headteacher

Cubitt Town Infants and Junior School

Class Dojo (Year 1 & 2) 

 

For more info click on: https://www.cubitttowninf.co.uk/classdojo/

 

 

Arrangements for re-opening for all children in September

 

Following the government’s announcement that schools will re-open to all children in September, we are writing to share with you the arrangements that will be in place at Cubitt Town Infants School.  These arrangements have been agreed following a robust risk assessment process and with the safety of children and staff as the number one priority. We will continue to review the arrangements we have implemented at this stage and will update you with any changes as and when we make them. All decisions will be in line with up to date government guidance and the scientific advice, so this does mean that our plans could change.

We recognise that some of you may have concerns about your child returning to school and that some children may be feeling anxious about the return to school. Furthermore, we also understand that the past months may have been challenging for many families. This has all been taken into consideration when planning the reopening of our school. Here is an outline of the steps we have taken:

 

Maintaining a safe school environment

As per the advice from the government, the following actions for infection control will be in place:

  • Displaying coronavirus infection control measures information posters around the school
  • Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of handwashing for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap in the following circumstances:

 - Before leaving home

 - On arrival at school

- Before and after using the toilet

- After breaks and sporting activities

- Before food preparation

- Before eating any food, including snacks

- Before leaving school

  • Providing alcohol-based hand sanitiser dispensers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol throughout the school
  • Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away - “catch it, bin it, kill it”
  • Ensuring frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected more regularly than usual 
  • Ensuring any one that develops symptoms of coronavirus whilst in school are sent home
  • Isolating any unwell people in a separate room, and providing a separate toilet, where possible
  • Active engagement with the NHS Test and Trace programme if any staff, pupils or parents develop symptoms of COVID -19
  • Supporting staff, pupils and families to access a test if they develop symptoms of coronavirus
  • Ensuring that pupils, staff and other adults do not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days

 

Year Group ‘Bubbles’

As a school, we have decided to set up Year Group ‘Bubbles’ which means the children will only mix with the children in their class and their year group throughout the day.

Children will be seated at desks facing forwards in classrooms where possible.  Children will be provided with their own frequently used equipment e.g. pens, pencils.  All other resources will be used only by the children in the same year group bubble.  If any resources or equipment needs to be shared between bubbles then they will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly or left for 72 hours before being used again.

 

Attendance

In line with government guidance, attendance will be mandatory and usual rules for school attendance will apply unless for medical reasons linked to Covid-19 and as a school, we will need to see evidence of this.  From 1 August, the government paused its advice for vulnerable people to shield. This means that pupils affected by those rules should be able to return to school.

If your child is unable to attend school because they are complying with public health advice given to them (e.g. they are isolating or waiting for a test result) then you will not be penalised for absence. 

We will work with families to ensure all children are able to return, including offering a range of pastoral supports where needed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please contact the school as soon as possible.

 

 

Arrangements for the start and end of the school day

The beginning and end of the school day are the busiest times for children and adults congregating together in one place, therefore maintaining safe distances within normal arrangements can be a challenge. To help with this we have implemented the following measures for when pupils return to school:

 

School will run from Monday to Friday with the following times:

Year Group

Start of the day

End of the day

Nursery am

9am Nursery gate

12pm Nursery gate

Nursery pm

12.30pm Nursery gate

3.30pm Nursery gate

Reception

9am Reception gate

3pm Reception gate

Year 1

9.15am Main office door

3.15pm Main office door

Year 2

9.20am Back gate

3.20pm Back gate

 

If you have siblings in year groups that finish at different times then the child that finishes earlier will be permitted to stay in their classroom and will be supervised until the other sibling finishes.  You will be able to collect both siblings together at the pick up point of the child that finishes latest. This plan will need to be communicated with the class teacher. 

It is extremely important that parents/carers arrive on time to drop off/pick up their children.  Parents must ensure they leave 2 metres between others at all times and leave the school premises as quickly as possible.  Areas will be clearly marked on the floor and with signage for parents to follow so that they can drop their children off as quickly and safely as possible.  We are asking parents to drop children off in clearly marked areas where their class teacher will be waiting for them.  Parents/carers will not be allowed inside the school building for any reason.  Please ensure that only one parent/carer enters the school site when dropping children off. 

Children cannot be picked up or dropped up outside of these times unless in emergency or any other circumstance agreed to by a member of SLT. 

 

Breakfast club

Breakfast club will continue to run from 8am and will take place in the hall from 7th September. Children will be sat at Year Group Tables in order for ‘Bubbles’ not to mix.  Children arriving for breakfast club must be dropped off at the main office door where a member of staff will greet them and take them to the hall. 

If you wish your child to attend breakfast club then please complete and return the google form attached so that we can prepare adequately. 

 

 

After School clubs

We hope that we can provide after school clubs in year groups so that the children do not mix with other bubbles.  More information will be provided in September once we have made the necessary arrangements.

 

The school day

The school day will look very different to what the children will have been used to. To minimise the number of pupils and staff assembling for periods of time, we have made the following changes to the school day:

  • Children should wear full and correct uniform.
  • The children should bring a coat, book bag and a water bottle to school.
  • Children should not bring any other belongings or toys to school (no PE bags)
  • On PE days children will be asked to come to school in their PE kit and will remain in their PE kit for the rest of the school day.  This can be tracksuits in cold weather.
  • We ask that children come to school wearing trainers or closed school shoes as we will be completing the Daily Mile and spending as much time outside as possible
  • Children will not need to wear any PPE in school and if this is worn before school they will be required to take it off and give it to their parent before they enter the school building
  • Children will sit in rows facing the front of the classroom where possible
  • The children will be provided with all resources they need on the desk including a pencil, ruler and anything else they need for their learning.
  • The majority of learning will take place in the classroom but other areas in the school such as the library or the hall can be used and will be cleaned in between bubbles. When the British weather allows, the children will also use the outside space around the school as much as possible
  • In each class, there will be 2 members of staff and children will not leave the room unless accompanied by another adult, to ensure that strict social distancing measures can take place around the school and in particular in corridors and toilets
  • School trips may need to be adapted or re-considered to ensure they are safe for pupils and staff.  Risk assessments will be carried out and more information will be shared with parents/carers.
  •  There will be no whole school assembles as year groups are unable to mix.  Assemblies can be held in each class or in year group bubbles in the hall. 
  • Parent meetings will be held over the phone or virtually where possible
  • If you need to speak to a member of staff you must call the school to arrange an appointment.  No visitors will be allowed to enter the school building. 
  •  Children will not be able to leave school early for unnecessary appointments. Please arrange all appointments for after school. Where this is unavoidable evidence will be required.

 

Arrangements for break times and lunchtimes  

We recognise the importance for all pupils to have a break from learning and to enjoy time outside during the school day. Reconnecting with friends will be an important aspect of pupils settling back into school life, but we have made some adjustments to break and lunch times:

  • The children will have a break with children in their Year Group only.  Children in Year 1 and Year 2 will have different play times.  The equipment in the playground will be cleaned in between year groups.  Reception and Nursery children have access to their own outdoor area which will be available for them to use throughout the school day.
  • Reception children will continue to eat their lunch in their classroom.  Children in Year 1 and Year 2 will eat their lunch in the hall in two different sessions so that the two year groups do not mix.  The hall will be cleaned in between the two lunch sessions. 
  • The children in year 1 and 2 will have access to the outside area (weather permitting) in two different sessions to ensure that the two year group bubbles don’t mix. 
  • The children will have access to some equipment at break and lunchtime to be used by their year group only.
  • Children will be able to bring a packed lunch to school if they wish or school dinners will be on offer.  As soon as the new dinner menu is available it will be shared with parents/carers. 

 

Curriculum

Cubitt Town Infants School are in the process of developing a new and exciting curriculum.  Changes have had to be made to respond to the needs of the children when they return to school after so long away.  Further information about our new curriculum will be shared with parents/carers in September. The children will have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and staff will make this as fun as possible in line with the guidance. Some subjects will be adapted to ensure that provision is as safe as it can possibly be.

If for whatever reason the school is forced to close to some or all children then the curriculum will be delivered remotely via google classroom. 

 

Homework

Children will be able to bring home reading books in September.  A new system for home-school communication, which includes setting homework, will be shared with parents in September. 

 

Uniform

Children are expected to be wearing full school uniform in September.  Parents are reminded that it is important for children to be wearing clean and tidy uniform each day.  Please ensure children wear appropriate footwear to school that they can safely exercise in.  To ensure social distancing can be adhered to, school uniform will be available to purchase at a specific time for each year group as follows.

 

Please come to the nursery door to purchase uniform:

 

Year 1 classes – Tuesday 1st September

Rujina’s class 9.00-10.00

Fatima’s class 10.00-11.00

Andrew’s class 11.00-12.00

 

Year 2 classes – Wednesday 2nd September

Shehan’s class – 9.00-10.00

Lis’s class – 10.00-11.00

Sandy’s class – 11.00-12.00

 

If there are any issues purchasing uniform at these times then please contact the school office on 0207 987 3373 or email admin@cubitttown-inf.towerhamlets.sch.uk

 

Parent/carer responsibilities

As an important part of our school community, we ask that you continue to encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough handwashing at home, and keep your child informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection. 

We are asking parents to work with us to ensure children can return to school safely.  We require parents to sign the attached home-school agreement which outlines your role in supporting the school to successfully keep children happy, safe and learning. 

There is a lot of information, new rules and practices to get used to and this may take a bit of time.  We appreciate your patience and understanding whilst we all settle in to this new way of operating.

We hope that these arrangements provide you with the information you need to support your child to return to school. Please note that arrangements will differ from school to school as local context is vital to ensure the safety of the community a school serves.  The school will constantly review the risk assessment and follow advice from the government and local authority.  If anything changes we will communicate with you as soon as possible. 

 

We thank you again for your continued support and can’t wait to see you all in September!

Cubitt Town Infants School Home – School Agreement Autumn 2020

 

By sending your child to school we will presume consent to this agreement and that you have agreed to follow government guidance on staying alert and safe.

 

School

The school will do its best to:

  • Provide an environment which has been risk assessed in response to the COVID-19 infection and most recent DfE guidance
  • Enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • Engage with Track and Trace by arranging tests for all staff, pupils and families, providing details of close contacts and self-isolating if needed
  • Adhere to the social distancing rules as set out by the government as much as we reasonably can, both in and out of school
  • Provide a curriculum that meets the needs of your child’s well-being, mental health and academic needs
  • Contact parents/carers if your child displays symptoms of COVID-19
  • Continue our clear and consistent approach to rewards and sanctions for children as set out in the Behaviour Policy as well the expectations outlined in this agreement
  • Communicate between home and school through notices, newsletters, text, apps, email and the school website.

 

Parent/Carer

To help my child at school, I know and understand that:

  • If my child, or anyone in my household, shows symptoms of COVID-19, I will not send them to school. We will self isolate as a family, following the Stay at Home Guidance. I will get them tested and I will let the school know as soon as possible via telephone
  • If my child shows symptoms of COVID-19 at school, I will collect my child from school immediately
  • On my commute, and when dropping my child off and picking them up, I will adhere to the social distancing rules and leave the school site promptly
  • When dropping my child off and picking them up, only one parent or carer will enter the school site
  • I will ensure that I stick to the pick-up and drop off times allocated to my child. 
  • My child will bring a water bottle, book bag, coat and packed lunch if needed but no other items will be bought in to school
  •  I will need to remind my child about social distancing rules but accept they are difficult to follow and that my child may not always do this successfully
  • My child will need to use good respiratory and hand hygiene
  •  I will not be allowed into the school without a prearranged appointment and I will make appointments via telephone or email
  • I will read all letters/messages/emails that are sent home
  • I need to inform the school immediately of any changes to parents/carer and emergency contacts details
  • I need to support all staff in their efforts to create an ‘as safe as possible’ environment during this pandemic.

 

It is more important than ever that we are able to contact you at ALL times. Please update your contact details by following the link below.

 

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Coronavirus Help and Information

 

 The risk of getting the illness in the UK is moderate.

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

The GOV.UK website contains more information about the government response, which they will update as necessary.

As ever, please inform the school of any travel arrangements so that we can respond accordingly and protect the school community as soon as possible.

We will keep you informed about any developments and ensure we are keeping the school clean to help prevent the spread of any virus. Thank you for your co-operation as we all work together to support the children to feel happy and safe.

The actions the school is taking in line with advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

 Coronavirus Advice for Education Settings

 

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today (16th March 2020), the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

The updated guidance can be found on the Gov.uk website.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

 Watch this short NHS film for guidance

 

Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase

Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full details of each stage are in the government action plan.

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

 You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

COVID-19 travel guidance for the education sector

The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway.

 

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice

As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:

  • against all but essential travel to Italy
  • against all travel to Hubei Province, in China
  • against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China
  • against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19.

The latest travel guidance can be found here.

 

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.

It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.

The latest updates from Ofqual can be found on the Gov.uk website.

 

The importance of hygiene

As a school:

  • There are ongoing discussions with the children about how we keep the spread of any virus to a minimum through good hand hygiene.
  • Although these discussions happen on a daily basis anyway, we are redoubling our efforts and reinforcing the key messages.
  • We are ensuring that our supplies of soap and other sanitizers remain at an appropriate level.
  • We are encouraging all pupils and staff to follow CATCH IT, KILL IT, BIN IT whenever they sneeze!
  • The school toilets are cleaned twice daily as part of our cleaning contract and all shared surfaces at least daily.
  • Our cleaning contractor has completed awareness training with members of our cleaning team in line with public health guidelines.

There are many additional resources available to support you and your child – here are links to some of them:

 

Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools.

 

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

A new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

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