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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. 


Learning at Home

Please refer to the Hamstel Remote Learning Provision document for more information on how we support children if they have to self isolate and stay at home.   We have also created a Frequently Asked Questions document to support any questions you may have.


Covid-19 Recovery Strategy

Our Covid-19 Recover Strategy outlines how the school plans to support children due to the pandemic.

Guidance from Southend Borough Council

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

If your Child is Ill

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 (using a PCR at one of the testing sites).  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 10 days and their classroom deep cleaned. If the (PCR) test result is negative, your child may return to school when they are well enough and no longer show symptoms.

Thank you for your understanding and support.


Symptoms of Coronavirus


Your child should not attend school if they develop one or more symptoms of Covid-19:


  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste


(most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms) or they test positive. They may also have to self-isolate for 10 days if they come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. More information for parents can be found in the government guidance: What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19.

How Parents Can Help

In line with government guidance we ask parents to:


  • wear a face mask when on the school site unless medically exempt
  • adhere to the one way system in operation
  • come on to the school site alone
  • drop and collect children at the allotted time for their child's class 
  • not congregate on or near to the school site
  • follow the instructions of the school staff on duty at the beginning and end of the day
  • not to come to the school office without a prior appointment

Lateral Flow Tests



Parents are now able to take regular (twice weekly) Lateral Flow Tests as part of the government's asymptomatic testing programme.

We encourage all families of school age pupils to:


  • test twice a week at home (if able to do so)
  • report results online as positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping us to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country

Families and households can also access home test kits for adults.


A PCR test is not the same as a LFD test which you can do at home and receive the result of in 30 minutes. LFD tests should only be taken when someone does not have symptoms; they are taken to help prevent asymptomatic people from transmitting the virus.

Mobile Testing Units

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:




Support Helpline for Parents

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.

Letters and Documents

Letters and Documents

The following information booklet was produced by the government for all parents regarding children returning to school full time in September 2020:

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)