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Covid-19 Updates

Thursday 4th June 2020





Dear Families,


You will have received and read the letter from Ben on Tuesday 2nd June explaining what has needed to happen in school this week. As a Governing Body we remain fully supportive of our leadership team and staff at Chilli Road. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff for their efforts and commitment over the last 11 weeks in what has been the most challenging of times.


In addition, we wish to thank you, our families, for how you have all supported our incredible and precious children and for your understanding and support to the school.


Following the Full Governing Body meeting last night, there was a unanimous decision to agree the draft Risk Assessment proposed by the leadership team. This risk assessment has been drawn up using guidance from the Government, the  Local Authority and trade unions as well as a full consultation with our staff team.


We are confident that the measures highlighted in the risk assessment can be implemented to reduce the identified risks. Some risk areas are not static and may not have yet been identified; and may increase or decrease in response to: updated scientific advice about the R, DfE guidelines and instruction, union advice to members or the national picture. The governing body of Chillingham Road Primary will continue to collaborate with its school leaders to ensure the effective implementation and review of this risk assessment.


 The opening of the school is dependent on our capacity to maintain the cleaning schedule and staff the provisionIt has been agreed that from Monday 15th June 2020 that school will be opening on a part time basis for children in Year 1 and Year 6. The Emergency School provision will also remain open to families of key workers and vulnerable children on a full time basis.


 Currently, the government guidance allows families to choose whether they send their child into school and we fully support this choice. In order to support your decision as well as give an understanding of why we can only open to limited year groups, it has been agreed to share with you all the full risk assessment.


Additional letters and information will be sent out to families in Year 1 and Year 6 as well as an invite to a Zoom meeting next week as we know you will have questions that require clarification. We would like to reassure you that despite the risk assessment reflecting a different school reality, all school staff are committed to maintaining the happy and inclusive ethos that is valued by our school community.



With very best wishes,


Shirley Mills (Chair of Governors)




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