Chopps Chat

January 2021

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Headteacher's Comment

Happy New Year! We hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable break over the festive period. We are hoping that this year, 2021, will be less chaotic and more settled.

Just before we were due back there were announcements from the government regarding the return to school and the effects of Tier 4 guidance. This has not altered our stance and we are opening again to children tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January.

We have made some amendments to our procedures which will be explained in this newsletter.


Mr D. Nelson

COVID-19 Procedures - January 2021

Covid 19 - Social distancing around schools

Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms

If at any point any child displays any symptoms of the infection, we will contact a parent or carer who must come and collect the child immediately. This will be a school decision and we will follow the government guidance for schools on what to do if this occurs. This process will involve a member of staff having to use PPE when waiting with the child before collection, in a room separate to anyone else.

If anyone is displaying symptoms in your household, your child must not be sent to school.

School Start/Finish Times - from 5th January 2021

There can only be one adult dropping off and collecting, per child/family. Drop off and pick up times must be strictly adhered to by parents and carers. (see table below)

Please make sure you respect the social distancing rules and provide 2 metres between other parents/carers.

There will be 'buffer zones' in place at each drop off/pick up point - please ensure you respect them as they are there for everyone's benefit.

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Reception Admissions

The portal is open for Reception places for September 2021 and applications need to be in by January 15th 2021. Please sign up as soon as possible, if you have any problems then let us know. Use the link to go to the online NCC portal

Absence Reporting

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason please make sure that you contact school to let us know. We have an answerphone service (option 1) which has been set up to help with this. Please leave a message and if we need to call back for more information then we will do so.

It is your responsibility to inform school if your child is going to be absent or late.

About us

Choppington Primary is a school at the heart of the community of Choppington, Northumberland. We are a school where every child is encouraged to achieve their very best. This is a happy, vibrant place to learn – we aim to give children the skills for life and a wealth of memorable experiences.