Positive case of Covid 19

We have been made aware of a pupil in our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19. However, given the circumstances of the particular case, the Department for Education (DfE) has advised the school that no other members of the school community need to isolate at this time.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with the DfE and, if required at a later point, Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.

Once we were notified of the positive test, the school’s leadership team followed the established reporting procedures, which includes contacting the DfE. The DfE advise on a school’s next steps in the event of an individual occurrence, based on the circumstances of that particular case.

The DfE advice that we were given stated that:

  • The time when people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) are infectious to others is from 2 days before the onset of symptoms to 10 days afterwards, or from 2 days prior to the date of their test to 10 days afterwards if they have had no symptoms.
  • Only people who came into contact with an individual who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) during this time need to be advised to self-isolate.

Given the circumstances of the positive case, whereby the child had not been in school for more than 2 days prior to being tested, the advice was given that the class bubble does not need to isolate.

Please note, we will not be sharing any more details regarding this specific case, and advise all families to respect the privacy of those involved by not seeking or sharing any further details within the school community.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

We have attached to this letter further advice on what to do should your own child begin to develop any symptoms of Covid-19. Please be assured that this is part of the standard letter that the DfE has provided for us to use in reporting a positive case within our school community.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

 

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

 

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

 

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

 

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

 

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

 

Symptoms

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

 

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

 

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

 

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

 

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

 

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Flu Immunisation – 3rd and 4th December 2020

Your child’s annual flu vaccination is now due

 

This vaccination is recommended to help protect your child against flu. Flu can be an unpleasant illness and sometimes causes serious complications. Vaccinating your child will also help protect more vulnerable family members and friends by preventing the spread of flu. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever that we ensure that children receive the flu vaccine to protect themselves, their families and to help protect the NHS.

 

Your child’s consent form is available here    

Your school URN is: 114718

Please insert this URN into the required field to correctly identify your child’s school.

Please complete the consent form (one for each child) by 5pm, 1st December 2020 to ensure your child receives their vaccination. Please contact your immunisation team on 01702 482830 if you would like any help with the form. Alternatively paper copies are available from your school office.

 

Vaccination will take place on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th December 2020 in school.

 

The vaccination is free and is a quick and simple spray up the nose. It is recommended that flu vaccination is given each year.  A leaflet explaining the vaccination programme is available here.

 

The leaflet includes details about a very small number of children for whom the nasal vaccine is not appropriate. If your child cannot have the nasal vaccine we will contact you directly to offer them the injectable vaccine.

 

Since the programme was introduced, most children offered the vaccines in schools have had the immunisation.

 

If you have any queries, please contact the immunisation team on 01702 482830

 

 

 

 

If your child becomes wheezy, has a bad asthma attack, or has started oral steroids for their asthma after you return this form, please contact the immunisation service on the number above.

 

If you decide you do not want to vaccinate your child against flu, please return the consent form giving the reason. This will help us to plan and improve our service.

For further information see: www.nhs.uk/child-flu

 

More information about your immunisation service is available here.

 

Additional Information:

 

Possible Side Effects:

  • decreased appetite
  • headache
  • nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
  • aching limbs
  • a high temperature

These side effects should pass quickly and can be treated with paracetamol/ibuprofen if you feel your child

needs it. Children are most likely to experience side effects when they receive their first ever dose of the

nasal Flu vaccine. Side effects normally reduce with doses in additional years.

 

The consent form needs to be signed by a person with parental responsibility which includes:

  • Mother: automatic
  • Father: if married to mother either when baby is born or marries subsequently
  • Unmarried father: if name appears on birth certificate (since 01.12.03) or legally acquired
  • Others: if parental responsibility is legally acquired
  • Parental Responsibility Agreement: signed, properly witnessed and sent for registration to Principle

Registry or the Family Division (High Court)

  • Residence Order: granted by the Court

 

Immunisation Service Privacy Notice – May 2018

 

Who is collecting the data?

Essex Partnership University Trust Immunisation Service is collecting information about your child to ensure

that we have up to date health information about their health at the time that you are consenting for them

to receive an immunisation. Their demographic information is used to ensure that we identify their

electronic health record accurately.

What data is being collected?

We ask for basic demographic data to allow us to identify them and their health record. The information

about their health is utilised by the nurses to ensure that they can confirm that the immunisation is suitable

for them.

What is the legal basis for processing the data?

Section 9(2)(h) allows for the processing of your child’s data for the provision of direct healthcare and the

management of healthcare systems.

Will the data be shared with any third parties?

Your child’s data will be shared with their general practice (GP) and with the child health information system

(CHIS) which holds immunisation and screening information for all children in the UK.

How will the information be used?

We collect data on consent forms to allow us to identify a person’s health record if you have consented to

their immunisation and to allow the nurses to make decisions about their care based on the most up to date

information about their current health.

How long will the data be stored for?

The information will be stored on their electronic health record after their vaccination; this information will

then be available throughout their lifetime. Their paper records will be destroyed once they have been

scanned onto their record.

What rights does the data subject have?

Data subjects have the right to request a copy of any data we request or record about them.

How can you contact us with queries or concerns about this privacy notice?

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the information that we hold about your child or have a

question regarding this privacy notice, please contact:

Our Data Protection Officer: Epunft.dpo@nhs.net Tel: 01268 407724

Or the Information Governance team: Epunft.info.gov@nhs.net

Or the Information Commissioner Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Web: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ Tel: 0303 123 1113

Newsletter – 23rd October 2020

And just like that, the first half term is over! We have made it! I am in awe of the whole school community and the parts they have played in what I would consider an extremely challenging yet successful term. This success is measurable is many different ways. After 8 weeks, I am proud of how the children have adapted to the new normal and are happy to be back in the school routine. I am also thankful to the parents for not only following all of the new routines, but also adapting to the new rules to help keep the school as safe an environment as it could be, in regards to the vast majority wearing masks on site at the staggered drop off and pick up times. I am immensely proud of the CHJS staff, who have been dedicated to the cause and supportive of each other during this highly intense and very different first half term. I thank them and you all for the continued support.

Since September, we have put wellbeing as our number one priority for the school community. We are incredibly proud of how our pupils, parents and staff have responded to and settled into the new routines in place, so we can now begin to significantly increase the level of academic supports to push our children on to catch up on learning missed as a result of lockdown.

To help schools to provide additional catch-up support, the government has provided additional funding to schools to spend on their catch up plans. We are extremely happy to welcome Mrs Cooper, an ex-deputy head and previous English and Assessment lead, to the CHJS team from after half term. Mrs Cooper will initially be working across Years 5 &6, running a range of interventions to help pupils close gaps in their learning.  Mrs Haggar will continuing to provide teacher-led interventions across Years 3 & 4, as she has since September.

A reminder for parents that your children need to be equipped for the colder weather next half term. Both weekly PE sessions will continue outdoors, and it may be prudent to put a plastic bag and spare pair of socks in their PE kit bags.

Congratulations to all of our newly elected Junior Governors and thank you for those who participated in the process!

Despite the lack of actual sporting events, we have entered several virtual inter-school events, which has meant that every child has represented the school in the first term- WOW!

Thanks to all of those children who took part in the skipping, Mini-Marathon and Sports Hall events. As you know we weren’t able to do the 2.6 miles in one go (in most cases) due to our circumstances (use of public park, weather, time restraints, etc) so the run was scheduled over a few PE sessions.

6TF were the last year 6 class to complete their Bikeability level 2 training this week, and they accomplished this through a wide variety of weather conditions! Well done 6TF!

For those of you who enjoy Strictly Come Dancing, keep an eye out for former CHJS pupil and Eastenders actress Maisie Smith, who is taking part in the show. I am sure you will join us in wishing Maisie all the best for the competition.

Over the half term break, the class email accounts will not be checked by our teachers. We encourage all members of our school community, including our staff team, to switch off from school life for a week and enjoy the rest.

It has been a long but successful first half term back and a big effort for pupils, parents and staff alike, and we look forward to everyone returning refreshed and recharged on Monday 2nd November.

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy your half term!

 

PTA NEWS

 

For a fun Halloween activity, don’t forget to enter our Pumpkin Competion for a suggested donation of £1 and the winner will receive a £10 Amazon gift voucher.

 

Please make your donation via our events page: www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta/index.cfm?event=event&eventId=30355#.X4YvdaR4WEc

Simply visit our Facebook events page and upload your creations here (please include your child’s year group with their entry):  https://fb.me/e/3PEOuRiqe  All entries to be in by 6pm, 31st October to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Amazon voucher! Winners (one from the infants and one from the juniors) will be announced in school and on Facebook on Friday 6th November.

 

 

DISCOUNTED TICKETS – Looking to keep the children entertained over Half Term without spending a fortune? Please contact ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com or send a FB messenger to PTA CHS to purchase our discounted tickets for Adventure Island & Sea Life Adventure. Adventure Island will be open every day of the Half Term holiday and every weekend until 15th November. Sealife Adventure is open every day.

  • Blue Band – £16 each (normally £32 on the gate)
  • Green Band – £13 each (normally £25 on the gate)
  • Sea Life Adventure Wild – £7 each (normally £17.50 per adult and £12.50 per child)

For Covid procedures please visit http://adventureisland.co.uk/covid-19/

 

 

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to start getting prepared! We are pleased to announce that we have set up an Amazon Smile account, so every time you shop online with Amazon Smile you can help raise much needed funds for our schools. Please sign up today https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1094927-0 and select Chalkwell Hall as your chosen charity.

 

 

 

 

Attendance matters

Our overall attendance so far this term is 96.8%.

Children in Need 2020

It is Children in Need on Friday 13th November 2020 and we have decided to support this charity again this year.

 

Children are invited to come to school in non-uniform, they can wear Pudsey clothing/accessories if they wish. We are asking for a suggested donation of £1 for this event; however, to minimise the handling of money in school, this year we are requesting use of the link below to donate directly:

https://donate.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Breakfast Club places available

I am writing to advise you that we currently have some spaces available in our Breakfast Club for families who would like before school care for 3 or more days a week.  If you are interested in a place for your child, please contact Mrs Roe by email on asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk.

 

Please note that we will charge for the full contract booking, e.g. if you have booked for 3 days a week, you will be charged for 3 days. Refunds will only be issued if your child is absent from school due to illness or in isolation.

 

We have set up four bubbles in the Breakfast Club which we are not allowed to mix, when a booking is cancelled that place cannot be filled with another child so we cannot recoup the cost of the booking.

 

Mrs Roe has reported that the bubbles are working well and would like to extend an invitation to families who need before school care for at least 3 days per week.  Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Newsletter – 16th October 2020

I cannot believe it is the penultimate week of the first half term already! It has been an interesting journey and I am so proud of how the children, and parents/carers, have adapted and settled into the changes that we have had to make in and around school to make it safe yet inviting and manageable. I commend you all for your efforts!

Firstly, thank you to those families who have donated food to our ‘Harvest’ collection for the charity Southend Foodbank. We have had an overwhelming response, so much so, that we will extend the collection deadline to Thursday 22nd October for any further donations coming in for this worthy cause.

 

Week 2 of Bikeability for year 6 saw 6DS and 6AD battle the elements to complete their Level 2 training. Well done to all of those hardened riders! 6TF will be the last class to take part in Bikeability, which means there will continue to be more bicycles being walked through the playground at drop off and pick up times next week, so please be mindful at the times.

 

Year 6 Parents are also reminded that the deadline for submitting your Secondary School preference forms is fast approaching. Applications need to be submitted by 31st October 2020. Details can be found on our school Facebook page or by visiting www.southend.gov.uk/admissions

Thank you to all of the parents/carers for wearing a face covering when entering the school site. The Local Authority is introducing the ‘School Gate Campaign’, which is aimed to promote the wearing of face coverings, encourage social distancing and other Covid-19 preventative measures at school drop-off and pick-up points. Thank you in advance for your support in this matter. I hope that you will agree that it is a very small inconvenience for a much greater good. We really want to avoid children being absent from school and any form of closure.

 

We have been given a batch of disposable facemasks, which will be offered by staff to parents/carers/grandparents who may have forgotten to bring theirs on the school run.  We will be running a poster competition to promote the wearing of masks for visiting adults on school site where the winning designs will be displayed at key points around school grounds. Details will be released in class next week.

Earlier this week, you should have received two letters, one from our Chair of Governors and another from Southend Borough Council. They outline the current process of consultation for potential amalgamation, as part of Southend Borough Council’s Head teacher recruitment process for Infant & Junior Schools.  Please see recent letters on the website.

CHJS & Southend Borough Council want as many members of the community as possible to have their say. To help inform everyone’s views, they have provided a tab on the consultation’s website under the title ‘More Information about This Consultation’.

Southend Borough Council have advised that staff and governors at both schools cannot make any formal comments on the proposal.

To find out more about the possible merger and why Southend Borough Council are considering this, and to complete the online survey, please visit: www.southend.gov.uk/ChalkwellConsultation

PTA NEWS

PTA EVENTS WEBSITE – As current Covid restrictions are preventing cash handling for events at school, the PTA are moving everything online. The PTA events website has previously only been used to promote and sell tickets for some of our PTA fundraising activities, but we will now be selling all tickets for our fundraisers via this site and any donations to the PTA can also be made via this site. Please ensure you register as soon as possible using the following link or scan the QR code, it only takes a few minutes: https://www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta We hope that this will save the early morning panic before school of searching for £1 here and there to bring in!!!

PUMPKIN CARVING / DECORATING COMPETITION – Halloween is almost upon us and with limited activities to do, the PTA have decided to have a pumpkin competition to keep you and your children busy over half term!

We are kindly asking for a suggested £1 donation per entry to be made via our events page: www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta/index.cfm?event=event&eventId=30355#.X4YvdaR4WEc

Simply visit our Facebook events page and upload your creations here (please include your child’s year group with their entry):  https://fb.me/e/3PEOuRiqe. All entries to be in by 6pm, 31st October to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Amazon voucher! Winners (one from the infants and one from the juniors) will be announced in school and on Facebook on Friday 6th November.

DISCOUNTED TICKETS – Looking to keep the children entertained over Half Term without spending a fortune? You can purchase our discounted tickets for Adventure Island & Sea Life Adventure from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway! Adventure Island will be open every day of the Half Term holiday and every weekend until 15th November. Sea Life Adventure is open every day. Please purchase our discounted tickets from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway at any time (cash only).

  • Blue Band – £16 each (normally £32 on the gate)
  • Green Band – £13 each (normally £25 on the gate)
  • Sea Life Adventure Wild – £7 each (normally £17.50 per adult and £12.50 per child)

For Covid procedures please visit http://adventureisland.co.uk/covid-19/

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Consultation regarding Proposed Amalgamation

Following on from my letter in early September regarding where we as a school stand regarding the appointment of a new Headteacher, I can now provide you with a further update.

 

From today (Monday 12th October 2020) Southend Council are conducting a first stage survey of Chalkwell Hall Infant and Junior Schools parents, staff, governors and other stakeholders within the community to gauge the interest in a potential amalgamation of the two schools. The details of this can be found in the attached letter.

 

Stage One of the consultation process will run for 5 weeks, ending on Monday 13th November 2020. All views submitted to the council via the ‘Your Say Southend’ survey (link in the attached letter) will be considered and from there Southend Borough Council will decide to either:

 

  1. End the consultation process and both schools continue as they are. At which point, the process for appointing a permanent Junior Headteacher would begin.
  2. Continue to Stage 2 & 3 of the consultation if they feel the amalgamation would benefit all stakeholders. This part of the process would begin in January 2021, and would involve specific details of a potential amalgamation for September 2021 being shared.

 

The Local Authority have advised that staff and governors at both schools cannot make any formal comments on the proposal. To help inform everyone’s views, they have provided a tab on the consultation’s website under the title ‘More Information About This Consultation’.

 

As the Chair of Governors, I encourage all parents and staff members to take part in this process, so that Southend Borough Council have a clear picture of the views of our community.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Tony Moltino

 

Consult – LA Letter to parents oct 20

Harvest – Southend Foodbank

Soon we will be celebrating ‘Harvest’ and in recognition of this we will be taking part in our annual food donation event. Along with the Infant school, we will be supporting the charity ’Southend Foodbank’. This is a service that has become even more vital in recent times and now in its seventh year has supported over 26,600 adults and children.

 

 

We are asking children to bring their donations to school and give to their class teacher on Friday 16th October 2020. Please do not bring these donations to the office so that we can minimise unnecessary adult contact. Whilst any donations are gratefully received, Southend Foodbank have made some special requests so please take a look at the poster below.

 

We thank you in advance for your support.

Newsletter – 2nd October 2020

Another week completed and the children are really getting into the rhythm of school life. All of the children are enjoying the extended break times and upper school classes are grateful that they can all now be outside every break time. This is all made possible thanks to the children adapting and following the new rules so that we can have fun and remain as safe as possible.

In other exciting news…… ASSEMBLIES ARE BACK! (but not as we knew them!).  Thanks to some changes made by our ICT gurus over the weekend, we were able to amend our assembly plans to get a whole year group involved in a virtual assembly through Teams. Having everyone (virtually) together again as a group was a chance not to be missed and one we are glad to have back.

It was great to see the classes interacting with each other again in a normal school routine, and as confidence with the system grows, we can’t wait to share more stories and pupil achievements with a wider audience again.

We would also like to introduce to you our new Lollipop Lady. I hope you will all join me in welcoming Nikki to the Chalkwell Hall Schools community.

Year 6 will be starting their Bikeability course this month, with 6AF and 6RM taking part next week. This will mean that there will be more bicycles being walked through the playground at drop off and pick up times, so please be mindful of this at these times.

Whilst on the subject, can I please remind parents that you do not need to arrive before your child’s 10 minute going home window, the aim is to arrive during the allotted time. This will hopefully limit the waiting time, especially as the weather is becoming more unpleasant as we march on through the term.

I would like to thank all parents and careers for maintaining the one-way system rule, but I feel I need to remind you, with my ‘Fun Police’ hat on, that adults still need to socially distance within the site during pick-up times. If it makes you feel safer, you are welcome to wear a mask whilst on the school site. I would also encourage you to exit the site as quickly, but as safely, as possible via the London Road exit between both schools.

We have had a few requests about collecting children earlier than their designated time slot. We will not be able to accommodate these requests due to the negative impact on the child’s learning and the disruption it would cause to the wider class.

At this time, every year, we would usually be hosting a ‘big sleep in’ at school to raise money for the HARP charity, but sadly this is not possible at the moment. However, there is still an opportunity to have sleep outs in your own homes or gardens and still raise money for the local homeless charity. Please follow the link for further information https://www.essexsleepout.org/.

In the coming weeks, children will have the opportunity to take part in the trials for the Essex Virtual Sports Competition. A range of skills will be taught and practised during PE sessions and the top 5 boys and top 5 girls’ scores in each event, in both upper and lower school, will be submitted on Friday 23rd October 2020. Good luck to everyone!

Individual photos will be taking place next Friday, so this is a reminder to look super smart on that day!

 

Attendance Matters

Overall attendance this week is 96%.

Thank you for your continued support, especially in these turbulent times, and I appreciate your patience in these matters.