Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils


In line with the government’s announcement, Chalkwell Hall Junior School will close at the end of today, until further notice, to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children.


Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.


All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.


As advised by the government, we will do everything possible to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, education sector, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.


Please note that this is a national closure, as you will have heard in the news, so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is via email, Facebook, Twitter and our website.


What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home


Your child’s learning is, of course, important to us so we will continue to help you help your child to learn.


  • Follow this link to find learning activities for your child to engage with at home. We will update this regularly. If you cannot access the internet at home, please contact us.
  • Children will be sent home with their medication, books, PE kit and some basic equipment.
  • If your child will not be attending school but is currently off school ill or in isolation, you can come in and get their books, PE kit, etc next week or whenever you are allowed out of isolation.
  • Given that we are working with greatly reduced numbers of staff, we will not be in a position to take work in or give feedback during the time that we are shut to the majority of pupils. Our focus is on making sure that we can stay open with a skeleton staffing structure to accommodate the children of key workers and vulnerable children.


For those children in school


  • Children will still need to wear school uniform and have PE kit.
  • If your child usually receives free school meals we will be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government should be announcing soon.
  • School dinners will continue to be served for those that require them, although there may only be a cold option.
  • Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs will continue to run as usual as long as we have enough staff to operate them safely. Please continue to book as normal and we will update if the situation changes.
  • We will provide a combination of the usual school subjects and a mixture of other activities in school. The school day will be different to what we usually provide and dependent on the staff we have available.
  • After school extra-curricular clubs (such as football, netball, drama, sewing, etc) will not be taking place as we do not have the staff to run them. If we can do some at lunchtimes we will.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.


We are still able to answer your queries in school but there may not be anyone on the phones at certain times and it may take longer to get back to you as we are all preparing to do many extra jobs to make sure we can stay open.


Thank you again for your continued support, we will be in touch with more information when we can.