Reopening of School – 8th March 2021 – amendment

Please see amendment below in bold and italics.

 

Following the government’s announcement on Monday 22nd February 2021, we can now confirm that Chalkwell Hall Junior School will be open to all pupils again from Monday 8th March 2021.

 

We are aware that the reopening brings with it a mix of excitement and anxiety, and we have put the wellbeing of children, their families and our staff at the centre of our plans. We are confident the plans and support are in place to make the return to school as smooth and safe as possible. More details on our catch-up plans will be shared with you once we have received further clarity and guidance from the government.

 

The daily set-up for school is very similar to the way in which we were working before the Christmas holidays. Attached to the end of this letter you will find an updated copy of the information that was originally sent out in September 2020 ahead of our wider reopening. It would be very helpful to remind yourselves and your child of this information ahead of their return to school on Monday 8th March 2021.

 

Each class will remain in its own ‘bubble’ and staggered breaks and lunch times will remain with the playground separated into areas for each class to use. The staggered start and finish times remain unchanged, as does the one way systems at drop off and pick up time. Please note that the Sunningdale Avenue entrance/exit will be shut to Infant and Junior parents as preparations begin for building work at the Infant school.

 

We are asking all adult visitors to the school continue to wear a face mask/visor when on the school grounds, unless they are exempt on medical grounds. Staff in school will also be wearing a face mask when moving around school, but will remove them in the classroom or switch to a clear visor. There is no expectation for your child to wear a mask in school, and it is a parental decision whether you or your child wish to wear them when travelling to or from school.

 

We also wish to remind parents and carers to only enter the school site at collection times or if it is essential to visit the school office in person. If you need to wait before a pick up time, we advise you to make use of the open spaces in Chalkwell Park, and ask you to please respect social distancing and household mixing guidance both on site and in the park. This also extends to ensuring that your child follows this guidance should they be allowed to walk home by themselves.

 

We have also updated our FAQ for how to respond to any Covid-related symptoms, diagnosis or contact with a known case. You will find this information on the next page and please be aware of the reporting procedures required.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school.

 

 

What to do if … Action Needed Return to school when …
… my child has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Get a test for your child

·         Inform school immediately about test results

… the test comes back

negative

…. My child tests positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for at least 10 days (all household members)

·         Contact school at the end of the isolation period to confirm child’s return

….the child has completed at least 10 days isolation and they feel better. They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
….somebody in my family has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Household member with symptoms to get a test

·         Inform school immediately about test results

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the household member test

is negative.

…somebody in my household has tested positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

 

… NHS Test and Trace have identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Coronavirus
(this includes cases identified within school)
·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately to inform them of Test & Trace advice (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (child only if it is a school-based case)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

…we/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate apart for a period of quarantine ·         Do not take unauthorised leave in term time

·         Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel

·         Provide information to school with regards absence and return

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school to inform of quarantine period (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the quarantine period of 10

days has been completed.

 

…we have received medical

advice that my child must continue or resume shielding

·       Do not come into school

·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

·       If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…school or medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to

school again.

… we have received medical advice that another person within our household must resume shielding ·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Cases will be discussed on an individual basis

NB: While we will always endeavour to be as flexible as possible, it may not be possible to adapt our approaches to suit all requests while maintaining the ability to cater for all pupils safely

… it is agreed your child can attend safely whilst your family member shields.

Or

…   medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted.

CHALKWELL HALL JUNIOR SCHOOL

Coronavirus related absence – quick reference guide for parents and carers

 

 

Information for the full reopening of school in March 2021

 

Having risk assessed our building and staffing provision, we have made arrangements for all pupils to be in school at the same time. Please share this information with your child so they are prepared and ready to go when they come in to school.

 

Attendance from 8th March is expected for all children unless there are exceptional circumstances, please contact us if this is the case.

 

The main office will be out of bounds for parents from 8:20am-9:00am and from 2:50pm-3:25pm as the space will be needed for the entry and exit of pupils.

 

We will need to stagger the start and finish times of our days to make sure we do not have crowds of people in our limited outside spaces and we can ensure effective social distancing to keep you, your children and our staff safe.

 

Dropping off (at the main gate only):

 

If some of the older children can walk to school safely on their own this will reduce crowds at the gate. If they cannot come on their own then please be prepared to drop off and not hang around while maintaining a 2m distance from other individuals.

 

Year 6 children will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs by the boys’ toilets to their class. If children aim to arrive at the following times we can maintain a steady stream of traffic in one direction towards their classrooms.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

6AF and 6AD           – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 


Year 5
will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs nearest the gate to their class.

 

5JW and 5JT            – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 

 

Year 4 will enter through the main gate and then go through the main reception door and on to their classroom. The reception area will be out of bounds for parents.

 

4AB and 4CF            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

4GW and 4LR           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

 

 

Year 3 will enter through the main gate and go straight to their classroom door, which they can access, directly from the playground.

 

3SR and 3KB            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

3NM and 3OS           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

Collection at the end of the day: 

 

If older children can walk home from school safely on their own this will help reduce crowds. If you are collecting, please do so individually if at all possible.

 

Parents collecting children in Years 3&4 will need to enter through the main gate and leave the playground via the gate between the two schools (London Road) please. This will keep everyone heading in the same direction and reduce the congestion we usually have at the end of the day at the main gate.  Please ensure you are following social distancing when on the school site to collect children and please be prompt in collecting your child.

 

Year 6 will exit from the door that is between the two schools (by the downstairs kitchen area). The expectation is that many Year 6 pupils will be walking home independently and parents that are collecting can wait around the corner in the front car park please. You will not need to enter the main playground.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

6AF and 6AD            – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 5 will exit out of the blue doors at the eastern end of the building (Leigh Road) and be brought out to the car park by their teacher to be picked up by parents. Please enter via the large gate on Leigh Road. When you have collected your child, please leave via the small gate on to London Road.  Please wait in this area and only go on to the main playground if you are collecting another child.

 

5JW and 5JT            – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 4 will exit on to the main playground through the door near the boys’ toilets at the western end of the building. There will be a waiting zone marked out for parents to wait in for collection. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

4AB and 4CF            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

4GW and 4LR           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

Year 3 will exit from their own classroom doors at the following times. Please stay in the collection zones that will be marked out. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

 

3SR and 3KB            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

3NM and 3OS           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

We know that this won’t be perfect and that some people may need to go to more than one zone but this is the best way for us to minimise congestion with all 840 children needing to leave our rather cramped site. Please follow the signs (and the traffic controllers who will be outside) and we should be able to move everyone around safely.

 

We appreciate that parents will be keen to meet with their child’s teacher but it will not be possible face-to-face at the end of the school day under these guidelines. You will be able to contact your teacher via email/phone and we very much look forward to meeting you all when the guidance allows us to do so.

 

During the day:

 

Once the children are in class, we will use a one-way system in school. Up the east stairwell (office end of school) and down the west stairwell (toilets end of school). This means the main reception will be part of the children’s route through school. The front door will be locked and DfE guidelines state that school offices should be closed to all but essential visitors so please wherever possible contact the office by phone or email. We would much rather see you in person but you will need to book an appointment to visit the office so they can manage the number of people coming through.

 

When children are in class and when moving around school, we will remind and expect them to observe the social distancing rules that have become the norm. They have a combination of rules to follow now. Within their own classes, they are now allowed to be next to each other and don’t need to be separated but they should stay 2 metres away from their teachers and pupils from other classes as much as possible. Desks will all be facing forwards so the children are not directly facing each other.

 

The dining hall will be providing hot meals, however, as we are not allowed to mix class bubbles, children will be eating their dinners or packed lunches in their classrooms.  We will be sending out the 2 week menu as a reminder, the week beginning the 8th March will be Week 1. Free School Meal vouchers will cease from 5th March 2021, however, we await news from the government on whether vouchers will be provided during the Easter holidays.  Please pay for dinners using SIMs Pay.

 

Children will eat lunch in the classroom and will have outside time at morning break and lunchtime in a zoned area of the playground where they will only be allowed to socialise with the same children from their class. Playground equipment will be out of bounds but we will make sure the children have things to play with which will be sanitised regularly.

 

Stationery will be provided and only used by the individual child. You do not need to send in pencil cases, they won’t need them, but they can bring in reading books or something they have done at home they would like to share with their teacher. We are trying to minimise the number of items going back and forth from school to home and vice versa.

 

PE and other lessons that require equipment will still go ahead, we will have enhanced cleaning routines for any equipment that gets used and children will wash hands before and after using it as well. PE kits still need to come into school as before, and children will change for PE as needed during the day.

 

Desks will be cleaned during the day and handwashing routines will be strongly reinforced. The school will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day.

 

We expect the children to be in uniform, although we understand that getting every item sorted with growing children and other things going on at the moment is tricky so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect on day one.

 

Medication:

 

If your child needs medication, please drop it into the school office during the day outside of drop-off times.

 

To maintain social distancing please note that there should only be one parent in the school reception area at a time.  If queueing is necessary, please observe social distancing in the car park area as well.

 

Conkers before and after school club:

 

We are aiming to resume a service for wraparound care, and more details on Conkers before and after school club will be sent out separately.

 

Other clubs:

 

Although the guidance states that we can have clubs, we are still formulating plans to enable this to happen whilst remaining in class bubbles, which takes priority. We will inform and update when we have risk assessed all of the options.

 

Lockdown:

 

Should we find ourselves in a situation where there is another lockdown, be it local or national, then we will move to remote learning through Microsoft Teams. This will allow for direct communication between teachers and families, including feedback on work, and ensure that what we would be learning in school can be replicated at home. Please inform the school if you are unable to attend school due to parents/carers who are shielding.

 

 

Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs

 

I am writing to confirm the latest situation with regard to Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs with all pupils returning to school on Monday 8th March 2021.  Key worker and vulnerable children bookings will be given preference until further notice.

 

Mrs. Roe, Extended Schools Manager, has this week been contacting key worker parents and parents of vulnerable children who have been using breakfast or after school club to confirm bookings commencing on Monday 8th March.

 

For families who will be requiring this service from the 8th March, please contact Mrs Roe via asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk regarding your booking requirements.

 

For families who now find they need before school or after school care who have previously not needed the clubs, you will need to register with Kids Club HQ to make a booking request.

The link to get started creating your account is here:

https://chalkwellhall.kidsclubhq.co.uk/rdr?u=home

 

Bubbles have been established, and will remain in place, based on the guidance that we have been given. There are 4 main bubbles – Reception, Year 1&2, Year 3&4 and Year 5&6.

 

Breakfast and after school club runs every day from 7.30am to 8.35am and 3.00pm to 6.00pm in term time. Prices remain unchanged: the breakfast club is £4 per session and the after school club is £8 per session.

 

Each bubble has a separate area of the playground and all equipment that the children use will be disinfected between uses and food will be delivered to their tables to avoid queueing and mixing groups.

 

Children will be asked to continue the regular handwashing that they will already be doing in school. Whilst children will not need to socially distance in their classes, they will be asked to maintain a level of social distancing in Conkers club to minimise mixing in line with the guidelines.

 

 

When collecting, parents will not be allowed to enter and we would ask that you maintain social distancing wherever possible when waiting for your child at the door. Please find below further information on both Conkers Clubs:

 

  • Mrs Tracey Roe is the Extended Schools Manager and Miss Carly Whitmore is the Deputy Extended Schools Club Manager, there are two great teams of staff who work with them in the Breakfast Club and After School Club.

 

  • Further information about the clubs can be obtained from the CHJS website.

 

  • Payment for bookings for at least the week ahead must be made by the Friday before the week in question. Failure to pay may result in your booking being cancelled. All cash or cheque (made payable to Chalkwell Hall Junior School) payments can be submitted on collection at Conkers Club. Other payment options – SIMS Pay and Childcare Vouchers will continue as normal.

 

  • You are required to pay your contact invoice in full. Refunds will be given for sessions missed if your child is absent due to sickness or in isolation in accordance with Health and Safety guidance. Please contact via email (asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk) or telephone (07756263156) as soon as possible.

 

  • We have a policy on the Breakfast and After School Club which is available on both schools’ websites.

 

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Roe on asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk or contact the Junior school office staff on 01702 478570.

 

Reopening of School – 8th March 2021

Following the government’s announcement on Monday 22nd February 2021, we can now confirm that Chalkwell Hall Junior School will be open to all pupils again from Monday 8th March 2021.

 

We are aware that the reopening brings with it a mix of excitement and anxiety, and we have put the wellbeing of children, their families and our staff at the centre of our plans. We are confident the plans and support are in place to make the return to school as smooth and safe as possible. More details on our catch-up plans will be shared with you once we have received further clarity and guidance from the government.

 

The daily set-up for school is very similar to the way in which we were working before the Christmas holidays. Attached to the end of this letter you will find an updated copy of the information that was originally sent out in September 2020 ahead of our wider reopening. It would be very helpful to remind yourselves and your child of this information ahead of their return to school on Monday 8th March 2021.

 

Each class will remain in its own ‘bubble’ and staggered breaks and lunch times will remain with the playground separated into areas for each class to use. The staggered start and finish times remain unchanged, as does the one way systems at drop off and pick up time. Please note that the Sunningdale Avenue entrance/exit will be shut to Infant and Junior parents as preparations begin for building work at the Infant school.

 

We are asking all adult visitors to the school continue to wear a face mask/visor when on the school grounds, unless they are exempt on medical grounds. Staff in school will also be wearing a face mask when moving around school, but will remove them in the classroom or switch to a clear visor. There is no expectation for your child to wear a mask in school, and it is a parental decision whether you or your child wish to wear them when travelling to or from school.

 

We also wish to remind parents and carers to only enter the school site at collection times or if it is essential to visit the school office in person. If you need to wait before a pick up time, we advise you to make use of the open spaces in Chalkwell Park, and ask you to please respect social distancing and household mixing guidance both on site and in the park. This also extends to ensuring that your child follows this guidance should they be allowed to walk home by themselves.

 

We have also updated our FAQ for how to respond to any Covid-related symptoms, diagnosis or contact with a known case. You will find this information on the next page and please be aware of the reporting procedures required.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school.

 

 

 

What to do if … Action Needed Return to school when …
… my child has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Get a test for your child

·         Inform school immediately about test results

… the test comes back

negative

…. My child tests positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for at least 10 days (all household members)

·         Contact school at the end of the isolation period to confirm child’s return

….the child has completed at least 10 days isolation and they feel better. They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
….somebody in my family has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Household member with symptoms to get a test

·         Inform school immediately about test results

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the household member test

is negative.

…somebody in my household has tested positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

 

… NHS Test and Trace have identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Coronavirus
(this includes cases identified within school)
·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately to inform them of Test & Trace advice (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (child only if it is a school-based case)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

…we/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate apart for a period of quarantine ·         Do not take unauthorised leave in term time

·         Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel

·         Provide information to school with regards absence and return

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school to inform of quarantine period (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the quarantine period of 10

days has been completed.

 

…we have received medical

advice that my child must continue or resume shielding

·       Do not come into school

·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

·       If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…school or medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to

school again.

… we have received medical advice that another person within our household must resume shielding ·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Cases will be discussed on an individual basis

NB: While we will always endeavour to be as flexible as possible, it may not be possible to adapt our approaches to suit all requests while maintaining the ability to cater for all pupils safely

… it is agreed your child can attend safely whilst your family member shields.

Or

…   medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted.

 

 

CHALKWELL HALL JUNIOR SCHOOL

Coronavirus related absence – quick reference guide for parents and carers

 

 

Information for the full reopening of school in March 2021

 

Having risk assessed our building and staffing provision, we have made arrangements for all pupils to be in school at the same time. Please share this information with your child so they are prepared and ready to go when they come in to school.

 

Attendance from 8th March is expected for all children unless there are exceptional circumstances, please contact us if this is the case.

 

The main office will be out of bounds for parents from 8:20am-9:00am and from 2:50pm-3:25pm as the space will be needed for the entry and exit of pupils.

 

We will need to stagger the start and finish times of our days to make sure we do not have crowds of people in our limited outside spaces and we can ensure effective social distancing to keep you, your children and our staff safe.

 

Dropping off (at the main gate only):

 

If some of the older children can walk to school safely on their own this will reduce crowds at the gate. If they cannot come on their own then please be prepared to drop off and not hang around while maintaining a 2m distance from other individuals.

 

 

Year 6 children will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs by the boys’ toilets to their class. If children aim to arrive at the following times we can maintain a steady stream of traffic in one direction towards their classrooms.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

6AF and 6AD           – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 


Year 5
will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs nearest the gate to their class.

 

5JW and 5JT            – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 

 

Year 4 will enter through the main gate and then go through the main reception door and on to their classroom. The reception area will be out of bounds for parents.

 

4AB and 4CF            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

4GW and 4LR           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

 

 

Year 3 will enter through the main gate and go straight to their classroom door, which they can access, directly from the playground.

 

3SR and 3KB            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

3NM and 3OS           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

 

 

Collection at the end of the day: 

 

If older children can walk home from school safely on their own this will help reduce crowds. If you are collecting, please do so individually if at all possible.

 

Parents collecting children in Years 3&4 will need to enter through the main gate and leave the playground via the gate between the two schools (London Road) please. This will keep everyone heading in the same direction and reduce the congestion we usually have at the end of the day at the main gate.  Please ensure you are following social distancing when on the school site to collect children and please be prompt in collecting your child.

 

Year 6 will exit from the door that is between the two schools (by the downstairs kitchen area). The expectation is that many Year 6 pupils will be walking home independently and parents that are collecting can wait around the corner in the front car park please. You will not need to enter the main playground.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

6AF and 6AD            – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 5 will exit out of the blue doors at the eastern end of the building (Leigh Road) and be brought out to the car park by their teacher to be picked up by parents. Please enter via the large gate on Leigh Road. When you have collected your child, please leave via the small gate on to London Road.  Please wait in this area and only go on to the main playground if you are collecting another child.

 

5JW and 5JT            – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 4 will exit on to the main playground through the door near the boys’ toilets at the western end of the building. There will be a waiting zone marked out for parents to wait in for collection. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

4AB and 4CF            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

4GW and 4LR           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

Year 3 will exit from their own classroom doors at the following times. Please stay in the collection zones that will be marked out. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

 

3SR and 3KB            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

3NM and 3OS           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

We know that this won’t be perfect and that some people may need to go to more than one zone but this is the best way for us to minimise congestion with all 840 children needing to leave our rather cramped site. Please follow the signs (and the traffic controllers who will be outside) and we should be able to move everyone around safely.

 

We appreciate that parents will be keen to meet with their child’s teacher but it will not be possible face-to-face at the end of the school day under these guidelines. You will be able to contact your teacher via email/phone and we very much look forward to meeting you all when the guidance allows us to do so.

 

During the day:

 

Once the children are in class, we will use a one-way system in school. Up the east stairwell (office end of school) and down the west stairwell (toilets end of school). This means the main reception will be part of the children’s route through school. The front door will be locked and DfE guidelines state that school offices should be closed to all but essential visitors so please wherever possible contact the office by phone or email. We would much rather see you in person but you will need to book an appointment to visit the office so they can manage the number of people coming through.

 

When children are in class and when moving around school, we will remind and expect them to observe the social distancing rules that have become the norm. They have a combination of rules to follow now. Within their own classes, they are now allowed to be next to each other and don’t need to be separated but they should stay 2 metres away from their teachers and pupils from other classes as much as possible. Desks will all be facing forwards so the children are not directly facing each other.

 

It would be enormously helpful if children could bring in a packed lunch, as the dining hall team will not be making hot dinners (we are not allowed to have everyone in one place eating together). Children who are entitled to free school meals or need to purchase a meal will have a packed lunch provided by the catering team on request.

 

Children will eat lunch in the classroom and will have outside time at morning break and lunchtime in a zoned area of the playground where they will only be allowed to socialise with the same children from their class. Playground equipment will be out of bounds but we will make sure the children have things to play with which will be sanitised regularly.

 

Stationery will be provided and only used by the individual child. You do not need to send in pencil cases, they won’t need them, but they can bring in reading books or something they have done at home they would like to share with their teacher. We are trying to minimise the number of items going back and forth from school to home and vice versa.

 

PE and other lessons that require equipment will still go ahead, we will have enhanced cleaning routines for any equipment that gets used and children will wash hands before and after using it as well. PE kits still need to come into school as before, and children will change for PE as needed during the day.

 

Desks will be cleaned during the day and handwashing routines will be strongly reinforced. The school will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day.

 

We expect the children to be in uniform, although we understand that getting every item sorted with growing children and other things going on at the moment is tricky so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect on day one.

 

Medication:

 

If your child needs medication, please drop it into the school office during the day outside of drop-off times.

 

To maintain social distancing please note that there should only be one parent in the school reception area at a time.  If queueing is necessary, please observe social distancing in the car park area as well.

 

Conkers before and after school club:

 

We are aiming to resume a service for wraparound care, and more details on Conkers before and after school club will be sent out separately.

 

Other clubs:

 

Although the guidance states that we can have clubs, we are still formulating plans to enable this to happen whilst remaining in class bubbles, which takes priority. We will inform and update when we have risk assessed all of the options.

 

Lockdown:

 

Should we find ourselves in a situation where there is another lockdown, be it local or national, then we will move to remote learning through Microsoft Teams. This will allow for direct communication between teachers and families, including feedback on work, and ensure that what we would be learning in school can be replicated at home. Please inform the school if you are unable to attend school due to parents/carers who are shielding.

 

 

Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs

I am writing to confirm the latest situation with regard to Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs with all pupils returning to school on Monday 8th March 2021.  Key worker and vulnerable children bookings will be given preference until further notice.

 

Mrs. Roe, Extended Schools Manager, has this week been contacting key worker parents and parents of vulnerable children who have been using breakfast or after school club to confirm bookings commencing on Monday 8th March.

 

For families who will be requiring this service from the 8th March, please contact Mrs Roe via asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk regarding your booking requirements.

 

For families who now find they need before school or after school care who have previously not needed the clubs, you will need to register with Kids Club HQ to make a booking request.

The link to get started creating your account is here:

https://chalkwellhall.kidsclubhq.co.uk/rdr?u=home

 

Bubbles have been established, and will remain in place, based on the guidance that we have been given. There are 4 main bubbles – Reception, Year 1&2, Year 3&4 and Year 5&6.

 

Breakfast and after school club runs every day from 7.30am to 8.35am and 3.00pm to 6.00pm in term time. Prices remain unchanged: the breakfast club is £4 per session and the after school club is £8 per session.

 

Each bubble has a separate area of the playground and all equipment that the children use will be disinfected between uses and food will be delivered to their tables to avoid queueing and mixing groups.

 

Children will be asked to continue the regular handwashing that they will already be doing in school. Whilst children will not need to socially distance in their classes, they will be asked to maintain a level of social distancing in Conkers club to minimise mixing in line with the guidelines.

 

 

When collecting, parents will not be allowed to enter and we would ask that you maintain social distancing wherever possible when waiting for your child at the door. Please find below further information on both Conkers Clubs:

 

  • Mrs Tracey Roe is the Extended Schools Manager and Miss Carly Whitmore is the Deputy Extended Schools Club Manager, there are two great teams of staff who work with them in the Breakfast Club and After School Club.

 

  • Further information about the clubs can be obtained from the CHJS website.

 

  • Payment for bookings for at least the week ahead must be made by the Friday before the week in question. Failure to pay may result in your booking being cancelled. All cash or cheque (made payable to Chalkwell Hall Junior School) payments can be submitted on collection at Conkers Club. Other payment options – SIMS Pay and Childcare Vouchers will continue as normal.

 

  • You are required to pay your contact invoice in full. Refunds will be given for sessions missed if your child is absent due to sickness or in isolation in accordance with Health and Safety guidance. Please contact via email (asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk) or telephone (07756263156) as soon as possible.

 

  • We have a policy on the Breakfast and After School Club which is available on both schools’ websites.

 

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Roe on asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk or contact the Junior school office staff on 01702 478570.

 

11+ Preparation Sessions

Further to my letter of 4th February 2021 regarding running 11+ preparation sessions for Year 5 children, I am pleased to inform you that we will be uploading a pre-recorded instructional video delivered by Mrs Cooper each week and available every Wednesday from 9am.

 

These videos will aim to assist children in developing those skills required for the 11+ selective test and will be available to view on Teams, weekly, from this Wednesday 24th February 2021.

 

Please understand that this is not tutoring, but a familiarisation and preparation offer, which will require your child to practice in their own time if they choose to participate in the 11+ selective test.

8th February 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Red Nose Day – Comic Relief – Friday 19th March 2021 – Non-Uniform Day

 

Red Nose Day is back and after a funny old 12 months, we’re more than ready for a giggle! The ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ tells us that by caring about and giving to others, it can actually improve your own wellbeing, so here’s the perfect opportunity!

 

If in school, we are inviting children to come to school in non-uniform (you can wear official Red Nose Day merchandise if you wish, just make sure it’s clearly named otherwise our noses get in a muddle!), but if you are at home why not wear your uniform for the day?!

 

To minimise bringing things in from home we are kindly asking for donations to be made on-line here: https://donation.comicrelief.com/

 

Here are some fun activities that you can complete at home if you wish. I really like the share a smile poster, I wonder how many I will see in windows around the local community?

 

Poster Bunting Assembly
Quiz and Games Quiz and Games Answers Certificate

 

We thank you in advance for your support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr N. Hanshaw

Acting Headteacher

 

100 or Moore Challenge

 

 

#100orMoore

One hundred or more for Captain Tom Moore!?

What can you do??

With the sad passing of the incredible and inspiring Sir Captain Tom Moore, someone who despite challenges valued the importance of physical activity and raised millions for charity. We challenge you to continue his legacy by completing 100 of something.

You choose a 100 challenge that best suits you…..

You can have a go as many times as you like, challenging yourself to something different each time.

It could be 100 laps around your front room, 100 keepy-ups with a balloon, 100 hops, 100 jumps on a trampoline, …. think creatively maybe you could wear fancy dress whilst completing your challenge.  But PLEASE – do it carefully!

However you decide to challenge yourself, please show us how you get on!

Please upload your photos/video clips to the ‘#100orMoore’ assignment on Teams by Thursday 18th February 2021.

If you would then like to donate to Tom’s charity, you can donate here:

Donate — The Captain Tom Foundation

“Thank you Captain Sir Tom. Because of you tomorrow will be a good day for so many more.”

#100orMoore

11+ sessions on Teams

As your child is in Year 5 you will, no doubt, be very aware of the CSSE 11+ selection tests that will take place in Autumn 2021.

 

Usually we would be holding a meeting to share information of the test, the process, results and key dates for applications. However, this is not possible at present, but the information is available on the following link:

 

https://csse.org.uk/

 

Guidance on secondary school admissions 2022/23 should be released in the summer term 2021.

 

Following the success of last year’s classes, I am pleased to inform you that we will be running 11+ preparation sessions for Year 5 children, but they will look slightly different this year. They will take the form of a pre-recorded video, delivered by a CHJS teacher. These sessions will aim to assist children in developing those skills required for the 11+ selective test, and will be available to view and revisit on Teams, weekly, after half term.

 

Please understand that this is not tutoring, but a familiarisation and preparation offer, which will require your child to practice in their own time if they choose to participate in the 11+ selective test. Please share this link with your children when having a discussion about this process.

 

https://csse.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Appendix-6-FINAL-Preparing-for-the-11statistics-05-10-16.pdf

 

Tasks will be set at the end of each session and reviewed at the beginning of the next session. Please find the useful links below to help your child practice the skills and techniques.

 

https://csse.org.uk/practice-material/

 

https://www.educationquizzes.com/11-plus/

Active Lives Survey

Pupils in Year 3 have been invited to take part in the Active Lives survey, undertaken each year by Active Essex.

 

The Health and Wellbeing of the residents of Greater Essex is our priority and Active Essex are able to obtain insight from the national Active Lives Survey for adults and also via their online ‘Essex State of Life Survey’.  This is currently providing key information on all aspects of health and wellbeing, habits, motivations and current trends for people at this time.  Active Essex are able to use this information to shape their offer and to work with their partners to align resources and respond to need.

 

In order to ensure they are able to do the same for our young people, it has been agreed following national consultation that Active Essex will continue with the Active Lives survey for children and young people this term.

Active Essex fully respect the current difficulties and pressures on schools at this time,  and the survey questions have been updated to ensure they are relevant and reflect current climate. We are expecting the majority of pupils to complete this at home (with parental support where required).  However, if your child is attending school then they will complete the survey within the school setting.

 

If you wish for your child to complete the survey, they need to follow the link below:

 

https://ipsos.uk/XFZPY

 

Thank you for your continued support.