11th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m sure after the Prime Minister’s statement last night, you will have many questions, just as we have lots of questions that need clarification too. To reassure you we will continue following the appropriate guidance from the Government and from West Sussex County Council as it comes out.

For the moment for schools there is no change to the guidance.

We will continue to provide care for children in school as required by the government. The guidance on children allowed to be in school has not changed and our approach to supporting pupils in school and at home remains the same. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home.

We have not received any information to support us with the proposed new plan to start the phased reopening of some year groups. We expect we will receive further information from the DFE shortly, with hopefully some further clarification. We will take the time to analyse any information and look at what it means for our particular setting and will make any decisions based on the guidance issued and our own knowledge of what will keep our school safe. All schools are different (size, numbers of staff available, how classes are organised for example) and these factors will all contribute to how a phased return can be safely managed. In a specialist context we also need to carefully plan how we can safely meet the children’s needs within the government’s guidelines.

At this time we are not in a position to answer any specific questions relating to the Prime Minister’s announcement. In the short-term, nothing has changed and we will provide further information in the coming days and weeks once we are able to do so.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

With best wishes

Catriona

 

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