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For the week ending: 27 March, 2020

As we come to the end of week one, overall I have been very pleased with how it has gone. In
particular, my thanks go to all parents and carers for your support and understanding, it has not
been easy planning for the unknown. I would also like to take this opportunity to mention a few
things.

School work is set up on-line and for the few that do not have a computer at home hard copies have
been delivered. It is important for me to highlight that our procedures also have to follow the
Government’s guidance regarding social distancing and only going out when it is absolutely
necessary. I’m sure you will therefore understand that I do not want staff driving around Lowestoft
delivering packs unless there is no other way our students can complete the work. I also have to
think about how we will provide feedback on the work which makes a complex scenario even more
difficult, not for on-line work but hard copies. On top of this, we need to negate as much as
possible, any risk of CV19 coming into school when the work is returned. Thank you for your
understanding on this.

The very few students who are in school are being looked after well and are working hard. Staff are
on a rota and there is always a first aider on site and a member of the senior leadership team. When
not in school staff have tasks to complete which they will balance with family commitments, each
situation is different.

Parents and carers of key workers will be contacted shortly with regards to school provision over the
Easter holidays. For all other students, the school will be closed during this time. It is our small but
crucial contribution to keeping the country going and ensuring health care and other key supplies
are in place for our community.

Any child entitled to free school meals, will have received a text message asking for parents to
confirm their preferred supermarket of choice.

Finally, from a personal point of view it all feels very strange. Different ways of working, not being
able to meet up with friends, shopping is done carefully but with more room than ever due to social
distancing, little traffic but also with some real highlights. Last night the whole of our village stood
outside their doors at 8pm to ‘clap for our carers’. It was very moving. In Spain my best friend has
been telling me they have been doing this every night for some time and it includes police cars and
paramedics with sirens blaring.

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

 

Mr Jim Nixon, Principal

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