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Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Dear Parents, Carers and the Chalk Ridge Family,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

I am writing to you with information about how the school will respond and support the children in Chalk Ridge Primary in this very challenging and unsettling time for everyone. As Headteacher, I will do everything within my power to support the school community, and wider Chalk Ridge family. This unprecedented situation will require the community to support each other, and the school will aim to play a part in this.

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed by the Government to close the school to almost all children at the end of school day on Friday 20th March until further notice.


As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain and additional needs.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means. We will be in touch again as soon as we are sure who applies to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday 23rd March onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when once we have been directed by the Government.

What we will continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course very important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.
We will be sending home learning packs today for every child. For children who are absent we will arrange for this to be collected or delivered where possible. From Day 4 (Thursday 26th March) we will be using the school website to communicate learning activities and ideas to keep brains working and young people occupied.


Free School Meal Children
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have a significant impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops in the next few days, and from then on.

I know that you will have many questions, which we will hope to answer in the next few days. If you want to get in touch to share any urgent concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via school email.

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Yours sincerely


Clare Beswick