The school is now closed in line with government closures to all pupils except those in the Resource Base. This is open as part of government provision for children with additional needs. It is not compulsory for those children to attend but provision is there for those who would like to access it. It is run by school staff.
Please see the latest updates from the Welsh Assembly Government below.
Kirsty Williams (AM for Education in Wales) has today announced that schools in Wales are to reopen from Monday 29th June 2020.
Mr Waters has written a letter to parents with information regarding the school's plan to reopen.
Parents and carers will be contacted next week to find out how many pupils we are preparing for.
Changes to the regulations will come into force on Monday (1st June) and include:
- Allowing members of 2 separate households in the same local area to meet outdoors at any one time as long as they maintain social distancing. There is a low risk of infection if the 2 metre physical distancing rule is maintained while outdoors. This does not need to be the same people from the same household every time. ‘Local’ means not travelling more than 5 miles from home
- The 2 households can meet in private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, but this comes with a higher risk of infection as people may have to pass through someone’s private home to reach a garden. The Welsh Government will provide guidance about the precautions which can be taken to minimise these risks
- Allowing weddings and civil partnerships to take place if the bride or groom is terminally ill.
The need to stay local and not mix with others other than in certain circumstances will be subject to exceptions similar to those that currently apply. Guidance will be provided about what staying local means in different circumstances.
Beauty and tourist spots will remain closed.
Mark Drakeford said:
"We recognise what people have given up to help Wales slow the spread of coronavirus. I want to thank everyone for everything they have done – by sticking to the rules, we are all helping to protect each other and help our NHS respond to the pandemic. We know people are missing seeing their family and friends – the latest evidence, which underpins this review, means we can make some changes, to enable people to meet again, if it is done outdoors and locally, and people continue to follow the social distancing guidance. We are learning more about this virus every day and we know the risk of transmission is lower outdoors than indoors. That’s why, if we all remain 2 metres apart, 2 households will be able to meet outdoors, including in private gardens. However, a lower risk doesn’t mean no risk. Even in these circumstances it is vital we all maintain social distancing so we can continue to tackle the spread of this virus. Now and in the days and months ahead we all have a personal responsibility to make sure our actions don’t contribute to the spread of coronavirus. Please help keep Wales safe by staying local."
LATEST UPDATE - 08.05.20
The Welsh Ministers must review the need for the requirements and restrictions in the regulations every 21 days.
The latest evidence from the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the advice of the Chief Medical Officer for Wales says while the first peak of infection has been passed and rates continue to fall, it is still too early for a significant lifting of requirements or restrictions.
As part of the second review, the Welsh Government has decided the lockdown in Wales will continue until the next review period in three weeks’ time.
People are being asked to continue working from home if they are able to do so.
The First Minister has today announced Wales intends to make a series of small adjustments to the regulations, including:
- Allowing people to exercise more than once a day, but people should stay local. This means any exercise should start and end at home and not involve going a significant distance from home.
- Enabling local authorities to begin the process of planning how to safely reopen libraries and municipal recycling centres.
- Allowing garden centres to open provided they comply with the physical distancing duty.
It is intended these adjustments will come into force on 11th May, so Wales moves in step with the rest of the UK.
LATEST UPDATE - 28.04.20
Schools are currently only open to children of critical workers and vulnerable children, with many local authorities adopting a hub approach rather than opening all schools in their area.
School provision will gradually adapt and extend further during the next phase, in line with changes to the current restrictions outlined by the First Minister last week. The First Minister published a framework with seven key questions to help lead Wales out of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Education Minister set out five guiding principles which will determine when and how schools will return to providing education for most school pupils:
- The safety and mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of students and staff
- Continuing contribution to the national effort and strategy to fight the spread of COVID-19
- Having the confidence of parents, staff and students – based on evidence and information – so that they can plan ahead
- Ability to prioritise learners at key points, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Consistency with the Welsh Government’s framework for decision making, to have guidance in place to support measures such as distancing, managing attendance and wider protective actions.
Kirsty Williams (Education Secretary for Wales) said:
"Our latest understanding of the rate of transmission of COVID-19 allows us to be hopeful, but still requires us to be cautious.
It is vital that parents, staff and students have confidence in returning to school. We will only enter the next phase when the evidence and advice suggests that it is the right thing to do.
I will communicate any decision to change the operation of schools well in advance of any required action, allowing school staff, pupils and parents to plan ahead.
Schools will not immediately return to operating at full capacity. It will be a phased approach and I do not expect schools will suddenly open for all pupils, from all years, all week.
The ongoing challenge of COVID-19 means we will prepare schools for a range of scenarios for the foreseeable future. However unlikely, we must prepare for an eventuality that requires schools to reduce operations at specific future points.
I would like to thank the all those working hard to ensure that schools and hubs are able to provide support for those who need it. As I have said previously, our teachers, support staff and childcare workers have proved themselves to be national heroes."
LATEST UPDATE - 15.04.20
Lockdown is still in place in Wales with the restrictions remaining as they were set out initially.
Kirsty Williams (Education Minister for Wales) has released a statement saying that schools will not reopen imminently. School closures will only end when she receives the advice from the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer that it is safe to do so.
Hub schools for key workers' children and those providing access for additional needs children (like Pontnewydd Primary) will remain open for those pupils only.
"The scientific advice is very clear in terms of the continuation of social distancing practices, so what are the practicalities of actually operating that within the school. We may be in a situation where we can have part of the school cohort going back."
LATEST UPDATE - 23.03.20
New restrictions in place for at least 3 weeks (after which it will be reviewed):
People should only leave home for one of four reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk, or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents' homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school
- Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home
Even when following the above guidance, people should minimise the amount of time spent out of their homes and should keep two metres (6ft) away from people they do not live with.
The government is also stopping all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies - but funerals will be allowed.
LATEST UPDATE - 18.03.20
Kirsty Williams, Education Secretary for the Welsh Assembly Government announced this afternoon that all schools in Wales will close by Friday 20th March. It is our intention to close at the normal time on Friday.
Torfaen Catering and Cleaning have notified us this evening that they are unable to provide a service for Thursday, therefore we are asking that children who are attending bring a packed lunch with them. There will be no breakfast club on Thursday.
LATEST UPDATE - 16.03.20
The latest news from the UK Government is:
- They are continuing to keep all schools open.
- They are recommending to only travel if necessary.
- If anyone in the household is displaying the symptoms (new, persistent cough or a high temperature) that the whole household should self isolate for 14 days.
Please inform the school if your child is self isolating.
The teachers are preparing home learning booklets to send home to the children in the event of closure. When these are available you will be able to download them from the 'Children' area of the website.
Please see the latest letters from the school.