17th April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope that those of you who have continued with Easter holidays, at home, have had a successful week.

Government Information

Yesterday the government announced a further 3 week extension to the lockdown and the 5 specific things that need to have happened before they consider it safe to adjust any of the current measures in place. This means that schools remain closed except to the children of key workers and vulnerable children. We will continue to do our best to support you with activities, social media content and regular communication over this next period of lockdown. Please do email your class teacher or phone the school office if you have any concerns.

Practical information

As you are aware staff able to work have worked on shifts to cover the Easter break. The shifts will continue through the next stage both to ensure that I provide all staff with their Easter Holiday and also to meet the government’s social distancing guidance for the workforce whilst keeping the children safe who are in school.

For the week commencing Monday 20 April teaching staff who will be available are:

 

  • Marwa Sewilam
  • Nathan Bird
  • Sophie Loydell
  • Toni Sharpe
  • Sophie Milner-Smith (Wed, Thur, Fri)
  • Emily Dyer
  • Frances Hodges (Wed, Thur, Fri)
  • James Doig (via email)
  • Emmanuelle Dubois (via email)
  • Sarah Richardon (via email)
  • Gemma Meachim (via email, working days (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Lauren Lucas (Via email Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Other members of staff will be in school too. Should you need anything further please do call the school office.

FSM Vouchers

The national scheme should start next week. For those of you who opted to receive vouchers direct please do let us know if you have any problems and for those who are accessing via school we will post them out as soon as we are in receipt of them.

 

Support in following the governments’ guidance

Currently we know that some of you are experiencing difficulties either in accessing shops to get food (for example because you live alone with your child which can make food shopping hard) or because your children are finding it very difficult not to go out which is made harder if you don’t have a garden. I am hoping the following will be of use:

 

Government advice under the heading Coronavirus outbreak: FAQS: what you can and can’t do contains the following paragraph:

Can I exercise more than once a day if I need to due to a significant health condition?

You can leave your home for medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health – including if that involves travel beyond your local area – then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day – ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower cards

This is a card that you can carry that identifies that your son or daughter has a learning difficulty. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower was first launched at Gatwick Airport in May 2016. It is starting to be recognised globally and has been adopted in the UK by all of the major airports, many supermarkets, railway stations, leisure facilities, in the NHS and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations.

As a school we have put in an order to the trust for the cards. Please do let us know if you need one to support you whilst you are accessing supermarkets / medical appointments / supporting your child in having exercise and once they have arrived we will send you one.

We do hope this will be of help to you as the lockdown continues.

Safeguarding information re illness

Please click here to find some information in regards to illness and the use of medical services from the West Sussex Safeguarding team to support families in recognising serious symptoms and what action to take.

If there is anything worrying you or you need any help at all please do contact us and we will do our very best to help.  Thank you for your continued good wishes and support.

Best Wishes

Catriona

 

 

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