On Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown.
Primary and secondary schools have been told to provide face-to-face teaching for those children deemed vulnerable or with a critical-worker parent. This is expected to be in place until at least mid-February, and schools have been asked to provide remote learning to all pupils who are not in school.
For Special Schools and the Alternative Provision College, face-to-face provision will continue for pupils where staffing allows this to be done safely. Headteachers in our Special Schools are prioritising those most at risk during this time for face-to face tuition and providing home-based learning for others. They will be reviewing their provision for pupils regularly in light of staffing and safety arrangements.
Colleges and universities have also been asked to teach students remotely during this time, with the exception of their priority students.
The Government has suggested early year settings, including nursery schools, can remain open as normal where they have the staffing to enable this to be managed safely.
The Government also announced that:
- public examinations this summer will not take place in the way they were intended, and further information will be provided about this in due course
- systems will be available for access to IT for disadvantaged pupils who are currently unable to access online learning and the detail of this will follow
- information and systems for providing free school meals for those not attending school will be coming in due course and will be communicated with schools and eligible families. Families in need of support can contact the West Sussex Community Hub, open 8.00am-8.00pm, seven days a week on 033 022 27980.
We are currently waiting for national guidance and will update this section as soon as we receive it.
West Sussex County Council is in regular conversation with school and early years leaders to support them in this change.
For the latest information on how Coronavirus is affecting West Sussex and the County Council’s services, visit the other COVID-19 pages on our website.