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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

COVID 19 - Corona virus updates

Limited Community Opening

From Monday the 23rd of March the school will be running a limited community support service. In light of this, we are asking any parents or carers to confirm if:

• School closure would prevent you earning money (zero-hour contracts, no work-no pay contracts, self-employed) and you would have no other reasonable child care alternative in the current circumstances.

• Your occupation would class you as a key worker and school closure would prevent you from undertaking your role.

Easter Opening

We are making arrangements for Easter opening for children. This will be for key workers or where there are exceptional needs and respite care is required by a family e.g. Education, Health Care Plan or a child protection plan. This facility will only be open to children where it is absolutely necessary.

If you believe the above applies to your current circumstances then please complete the online form by Thursday 26th March 5p.m., in the first instance, so that we can arrange appropriate staffing. If there is some difficulty completing the online form i.e. you are not yet aware of your shift pattern please complete ‘free text box’ to explain – we will accept your best guess and understand this may very well change – everything else is at the moment! Either way, there are more important things to be concerned about so we will be open and if the above criteria applies your child will have a place, this will include short notice changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have invited questions from parents to help us form the best response to the things that are your “unknowns”. We will open a similar process for children to answer their questions. In doing both of these we hope that we can:

 Reduce the anxieties and worries held by families

 Move to the “New Normal” as quickly as possible and get the learning machine back up and running in the shortest possible time.

 Recognise opportunities quickly and respond effectively to changing circumstances in support children and families.

Please read the comprehensive frequently asked questions document. If your question is not answered within it, use the electronic form below – we update this document every 24 hours.


NHS Self isolation

If your family does need to self-isolate please ensure for the safety of all families you follow the clear guidance available at:


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

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

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

Who this guidance is for

This advice is intended for:

  • People with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well.
  • Those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus.

It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable.

Those with symptoms and living alone should remain at home for 7 days after the onset of their symptoms (see ending self-isolation). This will reduce the risk of you infecting others.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, then household members must stay at home and not leave your house for 14 days (more information in the ending self-isolation section). If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in your house became ill.