Coronavirus Update – 17th March

We are facing a very difficult period as a country and we are all facing possibilities that we have never had to consider seriously before.

At Trust-level we are doing everything we can to continue our support for learners and their families. We are supporting our schools with information, planning and decision-making. Your first point of contact is your child’s school. All our schools have been planning in the background for possible closure and the provision of learning resources during any period of closure. This will look slightly different for each school and for different groups of learners according to their age and stage.

We are, of course, concerned about our most vulnerable learners at this time and how best to support them whether that be due to medical conditions, additional learning needs, no access to the Internet at home, or any other social or family factors. Please be in touch with your child’s school if you have any concerns regarding support once plans for arrangements have been shared.

We aim for schools to remain open for as long as the government require but we are also preparing for full-school closure in due course.

The Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
The latest guidance for education settings is available here.

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