Covid-19 Update 11.05.20

11th May 2020 Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s), I hope you all managed to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend, and are keeping well. You will have heard the Prime Minister last night indicating that the government believes it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools from 1 June, starting with pupils in reception, year one and year six.  This is part of the government’s conditional plan which it says will remain under regular review.  We are now waiting to receive more information from government but in the short-term, nothing has changed. At Alfriston we are keen to start…

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Covid-19 Update 01.05.20

1st May 2020 Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s), The lockdown continues . . .   In the Prime Minister’s update last night, he said it was still too early to say when there would be any easing of social distancing measures but that plans were in place to restart the economy, reopen schools and enable people to travel to work safely.  Further information and detail is expected to be released during the course of this week. As with all schools, re-opening will not happen overnight.  There are many decisions and considerations to be made, such as the capacity of staffing, how to manage social…

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Covid-19 Update 23.04.20

23rd April 2020 Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s), I hope that you and your loved ones are all well and adapting to this current situation. School continues to remain open for a few pupils who meet the criteria of having parents who are key workers or who are in a vulnerable situation.  This week we have had between 4 – 7 girls in on any one day, according to individual circumstances.  Not surprisingly, as the lockdown goes on, more families are finding this situation increasingly difficult to cope with and may need some help.  Please contact your pastoral tutor or the school office…

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Covid-19 Update 17.04.20

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s), I hope you all managed to remain in good health and to enjoy the Easter break.  The weather was glorious, and the community spirit has been uplifting.  As expected the lockdown has been extended, and from Monday we will continue to remain partially open for those pupils whose parents are critical workers and unable to keep them at home or with significant wellbeing and welfare vulnerabilities.  Our staff have been in contact with many of you throughout this period, checking up on how you are, and offering support where needed.  Please do make contact with the school if…

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Covid-19 Update 03.04.20

3rd April 2020 Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s), We now find ourselves at the end of the Spring Term, and into the second week of the lockdown.  I hope you have all managed to keep safe and to look after one another during this time. At the end of the lockdown period, which will be during the Easter holidays, I am hoping to gain some indication of when we might be able to plan for re-opening the school.  At this stage, we are still expecting to remain partially open for those pupils whose parents are critical workers and unable to keep them at…

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Covid-19 Update 30.03.20

30th March 2020 Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s), I hope this finds you well, and that you are coping with these unusual circumstances. We continue to remain open to provide support for a small number of pupils whose parents are critical workers and unable to keep them at home or with significant wellbeing and welfare vulnerabilities.  Numbers fluctuated between 2 – 8 last week, with minimum staffing provided to reduce social contact.  Nearly all of our pupils and staff have been working from home. Next week will be the Easter holidays, and it is important that everyone takes a break from schoolwork, both…

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Covid-19 Update 26/03/2020

26th March 2020 Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s), Still here!  We now seem to be entering a slightly more settled phase, as the 21-day lockdown period becomes established.  Nearly all of our pupils and staff are staying at home, to ensure minimum contact with others and to help to prevent the spread of this virus.  Today is day 4, so only 17 days to go!  At the end of this period there will be a reassessment of the situation and it is at that time that we will expect further Government direction. In the meantime, we remain open to provide support for our…

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Covid-19 Update 24/03/2020

24th March 2020  Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),  I hope you are all well, and coping with these unusual circumstances that we find ourselves in.  Following last night’s Government announcement, we are stepping up our efforts in school to increase social distancing still further.  Today we have 8 pupils attending, which has allowed me to release some staff to work from home.  If we can reduce this number, then I could allow more staff to stay at home.  It is vital that we practise social distancing as the Government is advising to delay the spread of this virus, and I am determined that we will do all we can to support this strategy.  I…

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Covid-19 Update 23/03/2020

23rd March 2020  Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),  Today we find ourselves in a very different place at school, with 20 pupils attending.  These are the pupils whose parents are critical workers and who are unable to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.  We have split our available staff into two discrete teams, who will work on a rota of one week in school and one week from home, to reduce the risk of cross contamination.  We are making an attempt at keeping the pupils at a safe distance from one another, and…

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Covid-19 Update 20/03/2020

20th March 2020  Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),  Following on from my letter yesterday, it is my intention that the school will remain open.  However, as an increasing number of staff are needing to stay at home we will not be able to operate fully as from Monday.  The latest guidance issued by the Government is:  Special schools, colleges and local authorities are advised to make case by case basis assessments of the health and safeguarding considerations of pupils and students on an education, health and care (EHC) plan. For some, they will be safer in an education provision. For others, they will…

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