Although the school is officially closed, staff are still working and we are here to help you as much a we can. Teachers will be ringing you at least once a week to see how you and your family are. We can also help support you with the online learning tasks we have set.
We will also continue to send you text messages with the latest updates. This will include information about free school meals provision.
If you want to call us for any reason, please call on the main school number
We might not answer straight away but you can leave a message and we will get back to you. We would particularly like to hear from you if you are having problems with food and are worried about your family’s well-being. We might be able to help you ourselves, or find someone who can.
Other useful numbers and contacts at this time are:
For emergencies – 999 for Police, Fire, Ambulance services
If your concerns continue for more than 7 days, call 111
If you have a safeguarding concern – this means if you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of your children or other children, please call First Response on 0117 9036444
I hope you and your families are well at this very unusual time. By now you should have all received at least one phone call from your child’s class teacher or a member of the leadership team. We will continue to make these calls to check you are ok and see if there is anything to do to help with learning.
I hope you have all found the class blogs where new learning will be uploaded weekly. The school office will also be sending out text message links to these learning pages.
There are many other websites you can look at to help with home learning. I have added some links below
Please follow the link below for latest government guidelines.
There is also a Youtube vido of the latest advice in urdu
As you are aware, the Government has instructed all schools to close from this afternoon until further notice.
In the letter I sent out earlier this week, I informed you that this was a likely possibility. We have made plans to support you and your children during this time.
All children have been given a learning pack to take home. If your child hasn’t been in school to collect it, we are making arrangements to deliver the learning packs to your homes. There will also be regular learning tasks for your children posted on the school website. This learning will be posted by teachers on class blog page, found under class pages. I am aware that there are many other learning platforms available. I will post information about these separately.
Although we will be officially closed, to children, we will be open for a small number of children who may require additional support at this time and the children of key worker parents and carers.
Please see the list below for details about the definition of key workers. If you believe you are a key worker and are not able to look after your children at home, please contact the school office as soon as possible.
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.
And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.
We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.
I know you have been following the latest news updates about Coronavirus and have many concerns about how this situation is developing.
Cabot Primary School will be following the latest advice and guidance issued by the Department for Education and Public Health England.
The current advice is that we should make our best efforts to stay open.
However, our staff will be following the same health advice as everybody else. When staff, or the people they live with, have the identified symptoms of a continuous cough or high temperature, they will need to self isolate for 14 days. This could make staffing the school difficult and we may have to announce partial closures at short notice. We will try to let you know updates via text message as soon as possible.
It is very important that you also follow the advice given by the NHS:
– if your child or anyone they live with has a continuous cough or fever they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If a child develops these symptoms in school we will contact you straight away and ask that you come to collect them as soon as possible.
I am also aware that some people are worried about children or family members with pre -existing health concerns. If you have these concerns and would like to self-isolate your family, please inform the school office that this is the reason for your child’s absence. We will not issue penalty notices for families choosing to self isolate at this time.
In school we will continue to tell children to follow good hygiene routines and do our best to provide your child with the best education we can.
This is a fast moving situation and things may change quickly. We will do our best to pass on any new developments to you.
For your reference, you may wish to visit the NHS website:
Here is a link to advice from WHO in Somali
Cabot Primary School
Book week 2020 was a great success! As well as our dress up day, we had a week long celebration of reading. Children came back after school to join us for bedtime stories, we had book making workshops and a visit from a story teller. We will also visit Foyle’s bookshop in Cabot Circus where children can use their book vouchers. Thank you Miss Davies for organising a great week for us.