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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Covid-19 Update 18/03/2020

18th March 2020  Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),  As you will no doubt have already heard, the Government has made an announcement about school closures.  The message is:  It is clear that education and children’s social care settings are increasingly finding it difficult to continue as normal, as illness and self-isolation impacts on staffing levels and pupil attendance.  To provide parents, students and staff with the certainty they need we are announcing that schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.  Examples of these…

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