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Coronavirus update

Dear Parents and Carers,


I am writing with a further update with regards to COVID 19 and our school planning. I am aware that extensive media coverage, including the Prime Minister’s live broadcast yesterday will be causing increasing concern for all families with children of school age. The situation nationally is changing so fast, and I feel I should first reassure you that we are keeping as up to date as possible with all daily briefings from the DfE and the local authority.


Dormansland continues to remain open with all lessons running as normal. The children are settled and working well. I have no intention of changing this before I am told otherwise. However, to ensure that our school environment remains safe, I am now looking to minimise all potential risks at this time. This means that some of our non-essential school events will be cancelled or postponed.


For the remainder of this term, these will include the following:


  • PTA cake sale: Friday 20th March
  • parent consultation evenings: Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March
  • Easter service: Friday 27th March
  • PTA nearly new sale: Saturday 28th March


At this stage, the remaining class trips to the Ashdown Forest will go ahead as usual. We are also currently assuming that our Year 6 residential trip to Bawdsey Manor is taking place, as planned.


We will review all future events and activities, due to take place after the Easter break, once we have a clearer sense of how the national situation is developing with regards to COVID 19.


Please can I ask all families to continue to check the updated guidance if children or family members become ill: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


It will come as no surprise to know that we are preparing for the possibility that I will be told to close the school, potentially with very little notice. Staff are already preparing for how we will support the children’s learning and emotional well-being in this event, and I will continue to keep you updated of any further developments, as soon as I know what is happening myself.


Many thanks for your continued support and understanding during these difficult times.


Sarah Stokes