Coronavirus - School Information
Please visit this page to see work packs that have been put together by your child's teacher.
We are operating social distancing at Ibstock Junior School, adhering to government guidelines.
Updated 1/07/20 at 11:28
Please take the time to read this letter, which documents the arrangements for our upcoming transition week (running from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th July, 2020). Please also head to the Transition landing page to see a video recorded by Mr Lewin about these arrangements.
Updated 29/06/20 at 08:49
The final week of e-learning has been uploaded onto your child's respective year group page.
Updated 22/06/20 at 07:44
Good morning. The latest block of e-learning materials have been uploaded onto your child's year group page.
Furthermore, please head to the Transition pages, under the "Children" tab on the homepage, to see welcome letters, transition booklets, and information leaflets from your child's new class teacher.
Updated 19/06/20 at 12:37
Please ensure you reply to our survey about transition week.
Please also see this novel coronavirus bulletin from the NHS.
Updated 17/06/20 at 15:39
Please head to the School Operations page to see what school looks like right now: https://www.ibstockjuniorschool.co.uk/home/school-operations
Updated 16/06/20 at 12:28
Mr Lewin has written this letter, proposing a transition week before the end of term to allow children to meet their new class teachers. Please read the document and be prepared to complete a short survey so that we can gauge parent support of this.
Updated 15/06/20 at 10:14
Work for Week 4, Block 1 is now live on your child's Year Group page.
Updated 08/06/20 at 08:18
Work for Week 3, Block 2 is now live on your child's Year Group page. Please also read this letter from Mr Lewin about how school has operated since re-opening to more pupils, as well as explaining about transition for 2020/21.
Updated 01/06/20 at 10:11
Work for Week 3, Block 1 is now live on your child's Year Group page.
Updated 30/05/20 at 11:18
Please visit the School Operations page - https://www.ibstockjuniorschool.co.uk/home/school-operations - to see a risk assessment and several videos which go into the specifics of how we will maintain social distancing at Ibstock Junior School.
Updated 28/05/20 at 10:38
Please read this guidance on school protocols in place for dealing with the current pandemic.
Updated 13/05/20 at 11:20
Please read this information from the school about Digital safety during COVID-19
Updated 11/05/20 at 08:35
The website has been updated with the first week of Block 2 virtual learning for all year groups. However, in other pressing news, following the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday regarding the potential re-opening of primary schools to more pupils, please read this letter from Mr Lewin, which explains the steps that school leaders and governors must put in place in the meantime.
Updated 04/05/20 at 11:33
Year group pages have been updated to include the second week of the first block of virtual learning. You can access these through the specific year group pages. Again, if you have any difficulty accessing these materials, please contact the school office. Please share your child's learning through Class Dojo - you will have received an email regarding this (please check your junk email folders, just in case!). We know that a small number of parents have had difficulty accessing Class Dojo, so we have put together this step-by-step guide to walk you through the process.
Updated 01/05/20 at 16:00
Please click here to read a letter from Mr Lewin about how we intend to use Class Dojo to support e-learning at Ibstock Junior School.
Updated 27/04/20 at 19:40
Year group pages have been updated to include the first weeks of the first block of virtual learning. You can access these through the specific year group pages. If you have any difficulty accessing these materials, please contact the school office. On a Monday, we are aiming to release an English, maths, and topic session per week for pupils. Be sure to keep an eye on your child's year group page for these updates.
Updated 23/04/20 at 11:03
You may be aware that teachers have attempted to contact pupils this week. Sadly, Mr Colver is unable to come into school to make contact with families in Potter class. Please read this letter, which explains how another member of staff will ring instead. We will ensure that the member of staff who contacts your child is somebody that your child is familiar with.
Updated 20/04/20 at 09:20
We hope you have a pleasant Easter break, where possible! School will continue to offer childcare for those parents classed as key workers. We will also be providing additional learning resources during this period. We want to give parents the opportunity to have spaces in the day, or over the week, when children can learn in a similar way to being in school. During the next week teachers will be planning blocks of optional work to be completed over a two week period. These will include tasks at different levels as they would be in class and use some of our teaching methods/phrasing which children will be familiar with. We are designing work which may be accessed via the internet e.g. some videos and PowerPoints, but also work which can copied and given to children should they not have access to all the technology they need for effective online learning. For more information, please read this latest letter from Mr Lewin.
Updated 10/04/20 at 13:45
After Easter, we are aiming to provide digital home learning through a block of work which is flexible enough for children and parents to do in the time available to them, in a way which suits them. We also want to be able to provide feedback like we would do in a class, so we aim to have some work which can be easily marked/assessed and also ensure that each child has the opportunity for telephone feedback from their class teacher. Please read this letter from Mr Lewin which further explains this.
Updated 30/03/20 at 13:47
Please be aware that the children's work pages have been updated, with each year group now having their own page for resources. Click here to visit the landing page, which will redirect you to the pages you require.
Updated 25/03/20 at 13:15
If you have concerns about a child's safety whilst the school is closed please read the attached letter by clicking here. This will allow you to get in touch with the school with regards to any safeguarding concerns that you have.
Similarly, the government has advised that people should be social distancing. For reasons why everyone should be social distancing, please read this document.
Updated 24/03/20 at 13:03
A letter has been sent to those parents defined as key workers. Following the most recent government guidance, we must again stress that school remains open to those children whose parents are key workers. The diagram below shows who key workers are:
Key amongst the new measures introduced by the Prime Minister yesterday were:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school.
Updated 20/03/20 at 07:01
Advice from the government released just before midnight
Please note, the school is being requested to offer childcare to those children who cannot be kept at home so that the virus has a reduced chance of spreading, including via journeys to school and through contact with school staff. Please pay attention to these paragraphs from the document.
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.
The school will spend today planning how to fulfill the government's request. School will be open to some pupils on Monday morning 23rd March, but it is unlikely that everyone mentioned on the above list will be offered a place straight away. There are still a lot of unanswered questions which I am hoping I will get clarity on during the day. Mr Lewin
Updated 18/3/20 at 20:26
Ibstock Junior School will be closed to most pupils after this Friday. An email has been sent to all parents with the information currently available to schools from the government. Please let the office know if you think you are classified as a 'key worker' by the government e.g. police, ambulance, nurse, fireman.
Updated 18/3/20 at 09:05
Please be aware that Dress Down Day (Friday 20/3/20) and Chocolate Bingo (Wednesday 25/3/20) have been postponed.
Similarly, if you have children at the Infants School and have had to take them out of school due to them displaying COVID-19 symptoms, please inform the school office immediately. Thank you.
17/3/20 at 10:20:
Understandably, we are getting many queries about the school’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Since it is such a dynamic situation with advice changing daily, we have created this webpage so that parents can access the latest advice we have been given and the school’s response to it. By asking parents to look on the website, we can also reduce calls to school and provide more detailed information than we can by text. (ibstockjuniorschool.co.uk/home)
Most importantly, the prime minister announced last night:
- Anyone with a fever or continuous cough should stay at home for 14 days. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days.
The Department for Education have issued this guidance on 16/3/20:
· 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 advice also goes on to say:
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.
What this means for pupils and parents of Ibstock Junior School:
Any child who appears unwell with either a fever or continuous cough will be sent home and the family advised that the government are asking for a 14-day isolation for the whole family. Therefore if one child is ill, we will be asking for all siblings to be collected as well.
The school will continue to stay open whilst we have sufficient staff.
All school trips will continue unless they are to a confined space e.g. a museum or the swimming pool.
Work packs have been created for each year group: these will be available in the foyer
Online resources are available from links on this page.
Other issues the school has to consider:
If there are not enough staff the school will have to either close or operate a reduced timetable.
If the St Denys kitchen closes due to lack of staff, our school might have to close as it would on a ‘snow day’
The government may instruct the school to close – we would of course follow this advice immediately.
Residential trips for Years 4 and 6 might not be able to go ahead.