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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

To help keep you informed regarding the measures we are taking as a school in response to the Coronavirus, we have created this Question and Answer area on the school website. 


National Lockdown from Monday 4th January 2021

From Monday 4th January, due to the national lockdown, school will only be open for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils.  All other children should remain at home. Children should complete the home learning which has been set for them and send their work to their class teacher (via their class email) by 3:30pm each day.

Children Returning to School from 8th March 2021

School will open to all children on Monday 8th March 2021. 

Learning at Home

Please refer to the Hamstel Remote Learning Provision document for more information on how we are supporting our children whilst learning at home. We have also created a Frequently Asked Questions document to support any questions you may have.


Guidance from Southend Borough Council

Parents can access the latest guidance regarding Coronavirus from Southend Borough Council.  Advice is updated daily.


A support helpline has being set up for parents who have concerns about sending their children to school due to COVID-19.

The helpline has been set up by the school nursing team at Southend Borough Council in response to the number of calls the council’s customer service team have received regarding concerns about attendance and Covid-19.

Any parent who has concerns or is considering home-schooling their child due to COVID-19 can talk through their worries with a member of the school nursing team.

The helpline opened on Monday 28th September and operates Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm.  

The number for the helpline is: 01702 212520


Talking to your children about what is happening

News about the Coronavirus pandemic is everywhere. With schools closing and many people constantly exposed to digital media, it is no longer possible to control the news that we consume, or to shield children from upsetting information.


Below are a few useful resources that might be helpful when talking to your children.



As you know, any child who is now in school, is following a strict regime of handwashing and good hygiene in order to minimise the risk of germs spreading.  To keep our whole community as safe as possible, any child who is unwell should be kept at home and the school informed immediately.

If your child shows symptoms of coronavirus they will need to isolate at home for 10 days.  They should also be tested for the virus.  The test result should be shared with the school as soon as possible.  In line with government advice, if a child tests  positive the other children and adults in their class group will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days and their classroom deep cleaned. 

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Mobile testing units are at various locations across Essex and  are run by the Ministry of Defence.

To find out their current location please click on the link:



Letters and Documents

Please see the information booklet from the government regarding all children returning to school full time in September:

If you have any questions about COVID-19 related to
education, you can contact the government helpline:

Phone:   0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)