Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

Corona virus update 16.3.20

Published: 16th March 2020

Dear Parents

I just wanted to keep you up to date with the latest information in relation to the Coronavirus.

This is an unprecedented situation which is changing rapidly and we know it is causing lots of anxiety and stress. In school, we are working to keep things as normal as possible so that the children feel safe. We have also explained that if the children have any questions, we will do our best to answer them.

We continue to follow all the advice available to keep children safe. The children are regularly washing their hands, with appropriate supervision to ensure that they are doing it properly. We have a ready supply of tissues in all classes and children know how to use them to catch coughs and sneezes. We are also taking measures to make sure that classroom items are more regularly cleaned and that children do not unnecessarily share resources.

Parents who are concerned their child may have symptoms of the Coronavirus should contact NHS 111 online – do not ring 111 unless symptoms are severe. Please click on the following link

If your child has a high fever or persistent cough, they must self isolate for 7 days – please inform the school on 01493 750322 or by email You should inform the school office in the usual way if you are self-isolating the children at home.

The current advice from the DfE remains that schools should not close unless instructed to by Public Health England, even if they have children or members of staff who are self-isolating.

As a precautionary measure we are postponing both the film night for Key Stage 2 children, and the quiz. We will let you have new dates as soon as this is practical. If anyone is unable to make the new date we will refund your money at that point. Any queries, please check with the school office.

It is a very real possibility that the school will have to close at some point as part of government measures to prevent the spread of the virus. If this happens, you will be informed by e-mail and text and we will give you as much notice as possible. There is a new “home learning” section of our website which will be used to communicate about activities that you can do at home to ensure that as little learning as possible is missed. We are working as a staff team to make this as interesting and user friendly as possible. We will provide further details as they become necessary. In the meantime, some entries for our Easter Egg completion are up for you to have a look at!

We will keep you updated as the situation unfolds, both by e-mail and the school website.

Rosie Welch and the Alpington Team

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