LATEST GUIDANCE ON KEYWORKERS

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

You may have seen that the government finally released the key workers list during the night so my apologies on their behalf for the late notice of this communication, I would have loved to have done it earlier to save everyone a lot of stress! The Secretary of State for Education stated that the government’s intention was for somewhere in the region of 10% of pupils to continue to have access to school if necessary and it is extremely important to follow the key principle that if children can be at home then they should be. If everyone sends their children in to school as normal, and we have high pupil numbers, then we simply will not be able to provide a safe environment with our reduced workforce and will be forced to close, whereby the provision designed for those most in need will cease completely.

 

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.

 

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

 

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

 

If you fit into the categories below and you are intending to send your child in to school next week please follow the link at the bottom of the page and fill out the form to let us know.

 

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.

 

Transport

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.

 

Link for form to send into school by 3pm today please and thank you!

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WHwv78n-cEOI7kmVQkY1jKmfQMx9C-hMlQjRCLoD2rtUNVowVVhVNFE3RzZRMktKN1cwNjdaMllZUi4u

 

We will be sending out a letter today to outline what will be happening for children that will be attending school next week and what will be happening for the vast majority of children who should be staying at home wherever possible.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Mr Linfield

Key worker information

Unfortunately we have still not been updated by the government as to exactly who qualifies as key workers and whether or not it is both parents/carers in a 2 parent/carer family to secure a place at school.  We don’t want to make any assumptions or give out incorrect information so we continue to wait for the official release. Please keep an eye out for an email from us asking for your status when we finally get the information we require to plan for next week and beyond.

 

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS UPDATE

After School Clubs on Friday have been cancelled (Rugby, Dance, Code Club, Marathon Club).  After School Clubs will take place today (Thursday) unless notified otherwise (Year 5 & 6 Art Club, Boys & Girls Football Year 3 & 4, Year 3 & 4 Sewing Club, Year 3 & 4 Art Club, Year 5 & 6 Badminton, Year 5 & 6 Girls Football, Year 5 & 6 Sewing).

 

Conkers After School Club will remain open until further notice.

INFORMATION UPDATE

Chalkwell Hall Junior School will close until further notice at the end of the day on Friday 20th March. In line with the government’s announcement, we will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office today and we will update you as soon as we have this information.

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

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

Please do not ring the office for information on the above points as they are very busy and that is all that we know at this moment in time, we will be in touch when we have been given more information by the government.

Kind regards,

Mr Linfield

4GW Information

I am writing to inform you that Mrs Weir will be absent for 14 days from school as she has taken the decision to self-isolate, along with her husband, as a precautionary measure in line with the guidance from the government.

 

We are fortunate that we are able to cover the class with existing staff who know the children well ensuring the least amount of disruption.

Coronavirus update

 

Currently, the advice we have from the DfE and Government is that we are to stay open.

 

We have had a number of questions from parents about absence so to clarify:

 

Children who need to stay off school because they are showing one of the two symptoms, or live with someone that is showing symptoms, will be recorded as authorised absence due to exceptional circumstances. Authorised absence will also be granted for other medical conditions that are listed in the vulnerable groups as advised by the government. Please read this link for details:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

 

The new guidance (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19) advises to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital and you do not need to contact 111. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

 

How long to stay at home:

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

 

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

 

We have had, and continue to have, families in self-isolation as a precautionary measure and we have had no confirmed cases up to this point. The situation changes every day and we will update our plans in line with the advice and instructions we are given from the government.

 

For children who need to be off school in line with the guidance above, there is a pack of work on the website in the homework section, please follow this link:

 

https://chalkwellhall.co.uk/working-from-home/

 

We will update families if and when necessary as the situation changes.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Working from home if necessary

16th March 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Coronavirus update

 

Currently, the advice we have from the DfE and Government is that we are to stay open and everyone who is well is expected to attend.

 

We have had a number of questions from parents about absence so to clarify:

 

Our instructions are that children staying away from school just as a precaution, rather than showing one of the two symptoms below, should be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

 

Children who need to stay off for 7 days because they are showing one of the two symptoms will be recorded as authorised absence due to exceptional circumstances.

 

The new guidance (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19) advises to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

 

  • A high temperature (you feel hot to touch on your chest or back) or
  • A new, continuous cough (this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly)

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital and you do not need to contact 111.

 

We have had, and continue to have, families in self-isolation as a precautionary measure and we have had no confirmed cases up to this point.

 

The situation changes every day and we will update our plans in line with the advice and instructions we are given from the government.

 

For children who need to be off for 7 days in line with the guidance above, there is a pack of work on the website in the homework section.

 

https://chalkwellhall.co.uk/working-from-home/

 

We will update families if and when necessary as the situation changes.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

Newsletter – 13th March 2020

Our talented children have been out and about again displaying their skills. This week we had our sitting volleyball and indoor athletics teams performing at the Essex finals after qualifying to progress from the borough competitions. Both teams did themselves and us proud, as always, with the athletics squad coming away as officially the 4th best in the whole of Essex and the volleyball team securing silver medals after narrowly missing out in the final. Brilliant achievements and memories for the children that will last a very long time – well done Team Chalkwell!

We also have a team representing us at gymnastics this afternoon. Another first for us and great to have even more of our children getting the chance to show what they can do. Our girls are playing football against Fairways this afternoon too – good luck all of you!

 

Year 5 had a fascinating trip to Braintree Museum yesterday where they took a step back in time and got to experience what life was like in a Victorian classroom (and they think I’m strict!). A fascinating insight into a very different era that will hopefully inspire them back in our modern day classrooms.

 

Coronavirus

 

Firstly, I would like to thank parents and carers for their sensible approach to the ongoing worldwide pandemic.

 

We continue to follow DfE and NHS guidance on hygiene in school and we will continue to update you with the advice from those bodies about travel restrictions and the need to self-isolate where necessary. We have had families in self-isolation as a precautionary measure and we have had no confirmed cases up to this point.

 

The new guidance ( https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 ) advises to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital and you do not need to contact 111.

 

Our present instructions are to stay open, carry on as usual with the business of being a school and to make sure that handwashing is frequent and thorough. If anything changes in that regard, we have contingency plans in place and will update if (hopefully not when) necessary. The situation changes every day and we will update our plans in line with the advice and instructions we are given from the government.

 

Parking

We have had local residents calling in to complain that parents have been parking over drives again. Please be considerate when parking. Parking is extremely difficult around school but local residents still need to be able to get in and out of their drives too!

 

Odd Socks Day

Next week is National Diversity Celebration Week and in our assemblies the children will be given the opportunity to deepen their understanding about what this means. As well as this, on Friday 20th March 2020, to mark World Down Syndrome Day, we will be holding an odd sock day and would welcome as many children as possible to take part in this event.

 

 PTA NEWS

 

Thank you to everyone who bought at our pre-loved uniform sale earlier this week, you helped to raise a fantastic £217!

 

Raffle Prizes Needed – We are kindly asking for raffle prize donations for our forthcoming Quiz Night & Sumer Fete. If you are able to donate a prize (or know someone who may be able to, perhaps even your employer), please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com . Thanks in advance.

 

Event Volunteers Needed – We are kindly asking for volunteers to help at 2 of our biggest events on the calendar:

  1. GO BONKERS INFLATABLE AFTERNOON (Friday 15th May – 3.30-5.30pm and/or 6-8pm)
  2. SUMMER FETE (Saturday 27th June)

 

If you have any time to spare and are able to volunteer, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com . These events wouldn’t be possible without you and we thank you in advance.

 

Quiz Night – We are excited to welcome back Clips & Pieces to host our Quiz Night on Friday 24th April (first week back after Easter). Tables for this event always sell very quickly and the dining hall is often full to bursting, so save the date, book the babysitters and get ready for an evening of fun and laughter! Letters have been sent home with children today so return your slip and payment ASAP.

Infant Bunny Hop – Friday 3rd April (during school hours)

Easter Egg Raffle – Friday 3rd April (during school hours)

Quiz Night – Friday 24th April (8pm)

Go Bonkers Inflatable Afternoon – Friday 15th May (3.30-5.30pm / 6-8pm)

Summer Fete – Saturday 27th June (12-3pm)

 

Attendance matters

Dates for your diary – 2020  
Thursday 19th March 2:30pm 5DS class assembly
Thursday 26th March 2:30pm 4SR class assembly
Thursday 2nd April 2:30pm 4GW class assembly
Friday 3rd April Last day of Spring term

This week there were 35 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Newsletter 6th March 2020

Plenty going on this week in and outside of school. World book day was rather soggy but that didn’t dampen spirits as children and adults came in dressed as much-loved characters and talked enthusiastically about their favourite stories. Some very impressive artwork was also on display for those children who took the chance to show their artistic side with their “books rock” creations!

We have installed 3 friendship benches in memory of Ken Smith, our much loved crossing patrol officer (lollipop man!), with donations in his honour made to our school. A lovely legacy and he certainly won’t be forgotten.

Our musicians performed at The Palace Theatre last night as part of Southend Makes Music. It was a lovely evening, showcasing so much local talent and our children helped to light up the stage for the audience. I’m sure we have some stars of the future in our school!

 

After some lessons in school, and always looking for new ways to get our children involved in new activities, we had our first ever squash team in action today at DW fitness in Thorpe Bay where they came 2nd and now move through to the next round!

Our netball team were absolutely superb on Wednesday at the annual borough tournament. The girls couldn’t quite manage to retain the trophy they won last year but did come away with well-deserved bronze medals in a competition of exceptionally high quality. They won every game bar the semi-final in style and represented us in impeccable fashion with their positive attitudes and brilliant team spirit all the way through!

Our girls played in the SUFC tournament at Garon Park yesterday in horrible conditions. Despite driving rain, wind and the cold, both A and B teams fought hard in every game playing with spirit and determination even when they couldn’t feel their feet! The A team battled all the way to the final and came home with their second major trophy of the season and now go on to represent Southend United in the next round at Chelsea’s training ground later in the year!

 

All the children that have represented us this week have been genuinely amazing and we couldn’t be prouder of them – go team Chalkwell!

 

PTA NEWS

Pre- Loved Uniform Sale – We will be having a Pre-Loved Uniform sale on Wednesday 11th March in the library after school from 2.45pm. All items will be £1 each, so come and grab a bargain!   Please note we do not need any donations at this time.

Discounted Theatre Tickets – We have been very busy securing the best discounted tickets and are thrilled to announce we now have tickets to these fabulous shows that are going to tour and come to Southend!!!

 

  1. WAITRESS THE MUSICAL (Cliffs Pavilion)
  2. SCHOOL OF ROCK (Cliffs Pavilion)

 

Please purchase your tickets via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta  , click ‘shop’, then ‘events & tickets’.

 

Thank you to everyone who voted in our FB poll we are still trying to secure discounted tickets to the most popular choices and will let you know once these are available.

 

Quiz Night – We are excited to welcome back Clips & Pieces to host our Quiz Night on Friday 24th April (first week back after Easter). Tables for this event always sell very quickly and the dining hall is often full to bursting, so save the date, book the babysitters and get ready for an evening of fun and laughter! Letters with full details will be sent home soon.

 

500 Club Lotto Draw – Congratulations to the February winners:

Rachael Marchant (203), Nicola Tyrell (134) & Tammy Willens (195). If you would like to join our school monthly lottery please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com.

 

 

Infant Bunny Hop – Friday 3rd April (during school hours)

Easter Egg Raffle – Friday 3rd April (during school hours)

Quiz Night – Friday 24th April (8pm)

Go Bonkers Inflatable Afternoon – Friday 15th May (3.30-5.30pm / 6-8pm)

Summer Fete – Saturday 27th June (12-3pm)

 

Attendance matters

 

This week there were 51 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

Dates for your diary 2020  
Tuesday 10th March all day Year 3 parent consultations
Thursday 12th March 2:30pm 3NM class assembly
Thursday 19th March 2:30pm 5DS class assembly
Thursday 26th March 2:30pm 4SR class assembly
Thursday 2nd April 2:30pm 4GW class assembly

 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Newsletter – 28th February 2020

Lots of different things going on in school this week, ranging from our usual sporting events to a visit from artist Louis Masai who painted an amazing mural in our playground!

 

Due to all the brilliant work that the school has been doing to help the environment, we were selected by Southend Borough Council and the Young People’s Trust for the Environment as winners of a fantastic mural to be painted by British artist Louis Masai. He is a leading global artist in his field (street art) and has had his work feature across London and other major cities. His work is also displayed at ZSL London Zoo. For the last two days, Louis has been working (through all weather conditions!) to create the amazing Bluefin tuna, which you can now see in the playground.

Our teams have been representing us superbly again this week. Our Year 4 footballers took on Leigh North Street and, although they couldn’t grab the win, they worked hard from start to finish and played with smiles on their faces – even in the cold!

 

Our Year 5 & 6 boys were in action on Thursday against Bournes Green. Both of our teams showed great commitment but sadly ended up as the losing sides on this occasion.

Our girls team are in action this afternoon, also against Bournes Green, and will be trying to maintain their excellent start to the season. Good luck girls!

 

Four of our girls team squad, fresh from winning the Essex finals, have been selected to play in the Southend representative side for football which is a fantastic achievement – very well done!

 

We are always looking to try new things with the children and we had squash sessions in school for the first time. Year 6 were given the opportunity to take part in a squash session run by Chris Vine, an Essex Squash Development Officer and ES Coach. The children were taught the basic principles of the game and had great fun competing against each other.

Finally, our upper and lower school dance squads are out today at the creative dance festival showing the routines they have been working hard on in dance club and I’m sure they’ll be as awesome as always!

 

PTA NEWS

 

Volunteers needed! Last year together we raised over £50,000 for our schools and we are hoping to raise even more this year, but we need more help! The PTA is a very small group with just 5 parents and we are looking for more volunteers, so if you have any time to spare and would like to get involved please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com .

 

We are looking to hold a pre-loved uniform sale in the next couple of weeks. It will take place after school in the library, but we need 2-3 volunteers to run this. If you are available from 1.45 – 3.45pm any day during the week and would be happy to help, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com or send a message via FB or via your class WhatsApp group.

 

Adventure Island has now reopened for the season and we are once again selling discounted tickets. We are also now selling discounted tickets for Sea Life Adventure Wild and both are available via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta or from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway at any time.

  • 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)

Thank you for your continued support!


Attendance matters

 

When your child is ill and off school, it is important to give a specific reason for the absence, rather than just saying they are unwell. This is to ensure we can act appropriately should the child’s illness have a possible consequence for others within the school community.

 

This week there were 40 times when a child arrived late. Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

Dates for your diary – 2020  
Tuesday 3rd March all day Year 4 parent consultations
Thursday 5th March 2:30pm 4TF class assembly
Tuesday 10th March all day Year 3 parent consultations
Thursday 12th March 2:30pm 3NM class assembly
Thursday 19th March 2:30pm 5DS class assembly
Thursday 26th March 2:30pm 4SR class assembly
Thursday 2nd April 2:30pm 4GW class assembly

 

Thank you for your continued support.