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Carlton parents have enough to be worrying about right now

26 March, 2020

Carlton Primary School

• CARLTON Primary’s parents’ action group had a teleconference with Camden Council’s leader Georgia Gould last week to discuss the borough’s proposal for the future of our school.

The precautions around COVID-19 meant we were unable to meet face-to-face as we’d hoped.
Nevertheless I was appreciative of Cllr Gould’s time. I know that Camden, like all our public services, has its hands full responding to the impact of the coronavirus.

The call was the day after our beloved headteacher, Jacquie Phelan, held a meeting to tell parents about Camden’s proposal to “merge” Carlton with nearby Rhyl Primary.

However, few parents were able to make this meeting as they were following government advice around limiting unnecessary contact.

With schools closing last Friday, many parents have still not heard the proposal let alone processed what it might mean for their families.

In our call, we asked Cllr Gould to freeze consideration of this matter for the time being. I was pleased to hear this week that she has listened to us and done just that.

It is imperative that this delay lasts until schools reopen so Carlton parents can be informed and engaged with properly. Our children’s wellbeing is paramount, whether we are fighting to save their school from closure or protecting them from a deadly virus.

With fears about COVID-19 escalating and Camden’s resources diverted to support our communities Carlton’s parents have quite enough to worry about right now.

NOELLA BELLO CASTRO
Member of Parents at Carlton Action Group

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