We’re working with schools across East Sussex to help them re-open to pupils where possible in line with the Department for Education’s timetable.

That is the message from East Sussex County Council, responsible for education in the county.

Its statement says: “This includes supporting schools to put every possible safety measure in place to manage the risks involved in providing vital education at this difficult time.

Several of the county’s primary schools have been able to re-open as planned this week, some have decided they are not able to open at the moment and are providing online learning; we understand this is a fast-moving and challenging situation.

In many cases, schools which are not fully open are still able to accept vulnerable children and those whose parents or guardians are keyworkers. This applies to schools in Hastings and Rother which the government had already asked not to open fully before 18 January.

We would advise all parents to keep in touch with their children’s school for the latest information.

You can read the Department for Education’s advice to parents and carers on their site.

We have a long-standing service to provide automatic alerts about school closures; find your school to sign up.”

The Swale ‘Family’ of Primaries in Eastbourne is led by Executive Headteacher Julie Prentice, pictured.