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School Restart 20-02-2021

Ysgol Hen Heol / Old Road School
Pennaeth / Headteacher
Mrs Non Neave
 
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Old Road, Llanelli SA15 3HW Tel 01554 773822
Staff.oldroad@ysgolccc.org.uk

11th February 2021

Dear Parents & Pupils

Welcome back on to our Foundation Phase (FP) pupils after the extended Christmas break. Despite these challenging times, I hope that you are all keeping safe and well and Covid-19 free!

A big thank you to all our pupils who completed the tasks and activities this half term – well done!

Thank you also to the pupils who took part in ‘The Lightbringers’ project and produced some fantastic lanterns. The Local Authority has requested permission to use our pupils’ work to display as good practice throughout the county; please keep an eye out for our PowerPoint presentation.

I’m so proud of all of you!

As we continue in these unprecedented times I would like to share with you our arrangements for the second half of the Spring Term.

The 22nd and 23rd of February will be planning days and FP pupils will have a phased return as from 24 - 26 February with the view that all FP pupils will be in school by Monday 1st March.

A member of staff will be contacting you directly to confirm the days and times that your child will attend school.

The arrangements are as follows:

Drop off Times
8.50am – 8.55am – siblings drop off time (families with more than one child attending school)
8.55am – 9am – no siblings drop off time (families with no brother/sister attending school)

Collecting Times
2.45pm – 2.50pm – siblings collecting time (families with more than one child attending school)
2.50pm – 2.55pm – no siblings collecting time (families with no brother/sister attending school)

Drop off / Collecting arrangements
Year 1 – usual place / front of the school
Year 2 – side hall door
Early Years – usual place
Hub – gate adjacent to the Early Years drop off

The safety and well-being of pupils, parents and staff will remain a high priority. Please adhere to the guidance of social distancing and the wearing of masks at all times. Your child will not be required to be in school uniform. During the first week there will be no catering facility, therefore, please make sure that your child has a box with packed lunch/snacks and water. To reduce the possible spread of the virus please ensure that your child does not bring to school any unnecessary bags/equipment.

When your child is not attending school, his/her learning will continue through accessing the Learning Grid on J2E.

For our Key Stage 2 pupils the current provision will continue, however, we will keep you updated when we have further information. Please encourage your child to access the daily check-ins as it is important that we check our pupils’ well-being and to have the assurance that they are keeping well and coping during these challenging times.

Your support with this is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

The hub will continue daily for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, however with the amended times as noted above. If you require this provision, please complete the on-line form in the usual way. However, as from 24th February FP pupils who have attended the hub will access their learning with their class teacher and therefore need not apply for a place in the hub.

Teaching staff are entitled to Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time and this is a challenge due to the current situation. In order to facilitate this and keeping everyone safe we are currently in discussion in closing the school on Wednesday 10th 17th and 24th of March at 12 noon.

Further information/update on this will follow shortly. However, pupils who access the hub will continue to do so.

If you are still having problems with technology or with accessing your hwb account, please e-mail Mrs Pope our ICT Co-ordinator on oldroadschool@gmail.com and she will be more than happy to help you.

I very much look forward to seeing you all again very soon, as it has been a very long time and school has been very quiet!

In the meantime, please keep safe, strong, focussed and resilient!

Cofion gorau / Best wishes

Non Neave

 

 Carmarthenshire County Council letter is shown below

 Dyddiad / Date:

11 Chwefror 2021/11 February 2021

 

Dear parent / carer

 

We have been working very closely with schools to plan for a phased and safe return of pupils after the half-term break.

Following a number of meetings with Headteachers, it has been agreed that pupils aged 3 -7 years-old (nursery, reception, year 1 and year 2) will return to school in a phased and flexible way from February 22, with a view to all Foundation Phase pupils to be back in school as soon as practically possible and by March 5 at the latest.

This will allow smaller groups of pupils to attend school and a reduction in the numbers of pupils mixing at any one time in any one place.

Your school will provide you with further information on when your child will return and on what days etc. Each school will be different according to their own individual circumstances in relation to staffing and capacity etc.

Please see below further important information:

• Schools have been given the option to use Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23 as planning and preparation days – your school will inform you.

• There will be no on-site catering available until the week commencing March 1 – pupils will need to take in packed lunches. Free school meal payments will continue for all eligible pupils.

• Schools may provide breakfast club supervision only from February 22 – please check with your school.

• Schools will continue to make on-site provision available for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.

• Schools will continue to provide remote learning for older pupils, however, please be aware that with some pupils returning and schools having to make provision for vulnerable children / critical worker children, it may have an affect on the learning being provided, for example, there may be less live streaming etc.

• Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) should not attend school until at least March 31 and will continue to learn from home.

Please be assured that the safety of both pupils and staff is our main priority, and we have robust health and safety measures in place, which are consistent with the measures identified in the most recent scientific advice.

These include:

• Staggered start and finish times to reduce congestion around school gates at drop-off and collection times

• Effective and frequent hand-washing/sanitising

• Wearing of face coverings (where appropriate)

• Managing movements around the school to reduce contacts

• Ventilation in classrooms via open windows/air conditioning

• 2m social distancing between adults at all times

• Maintaining pupils in consistent contact groups/classroom bubbles

• High levels of effective cleaning

• Staff and pupils to stay at home if they have symptoms, have tested positive or are required to self-isolate

• Effective management of symptomatic pupils / staff at school

Research shows that transmission rates between children and other children, and children and adults in schools is very low; and transmission is more likely in households or via community-based activities for example, sleepovers, children’s parties, parents meeting in other homes etc.

Children should not be mixing outside of the classroom environment and contact groups/classroom bubbles only apply within the school setting.

Wales is still in the highest level of restrictions and the ‘stay at home’ requirements must be adhered to. It is extremely important that we all continue to follow the guidance around hand-washing, social distancing and face coverings. We cannot reiterate how important this is to reduce transmission within our communities.

Please remember:

• Only one parent to drop-off/collect children

• Wear face coverings (unless exempt)

• Do not gather at the school - leave as soon as you have dropped off/collected your children

• Maintain a minimum of 2m social distance from other adults including school staff

• Do not to attend school if self-isolating or you have any symptoms

• Do not enter the school grounds without permission (unless in an emergency

If you or your child or anyone else living in your household has any of the Covid-19 symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate and get tested. It is also important that you inform your school if your child tests positive.

For all the latest information on schools including a comprehensive list of FAQs please visit our website carmarthenshire.gov.wales/education

Your school will be in touch with further detailed information on your child’s return to school.

Thank you once again for your continued support and co-operation.

Yours sincerely

Yn gywir

Gareth Morgans

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