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Information Regarding School Reopening

Update 22.06.20

Torfaen have taken the decision to close all schools for the extended final (fourth) week so we will now be closing for the Summer holidays on Friday 17th July.

This means we have had to change our plans for the third week. Weeks will now look as follows:

 

Week 1

Monday 29th June - Friday 3rd July

Key Worker Hub, SNRB, Reception, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6

 

Week 2

Monday 6th July - Friday 10th July

Key Worker Hub, SNRB, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5

 

Week 3

Monday 13th July - Tuesday 14th July

Key Worker Hub, SNRB, Reception, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6.

Wednesday 15th July

SCHOOL CLOSED TO EVERYONE FOR DEEP CLEANING

Thursday 16th - Friday 17th July

Key Worker Hub, SNRB, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5.

Update 19.06.20

Please see the letter below from Mr Waters detailing the plans for those returning to school from 29th June.

Please could you sign the Home School Agreement below before returning your children to school. You can sign the agreement online and return it via email to head.pontnewyddprimary@torfaen.gov.uk

Update 18.06.20

Please see the document below from Torfaen with FAQs for parents regarding returning to school.

Please can we draw your attention to the decision that Torfaen have taken that nurseries will not be reopening for the time being and the information regarding children of Key Workers.

Now we have this information we can finalise learning bubbles and will be in touch tomorrow with plans regarding days, times, bubbles etc.

Update 17.06.20

Thank you to everyone who responded regarding sending children back to school from 29th June.

We are in the process of compiling all the responses and planning bubbles, arranging classrooms etc.

We know parents and carers are eager to hear the plans, days, times etc but please bear with us! Once we have everything in place we will let you know all the details.

We are awaiting information from Torfaen/Welsh Assembly Government regarding whether the Nursery will be open and key worker provision, we should hopefully know more tomorrow.

Once we have this information we can share with you our plans which should be on Friday.

Thank you for your patience.

Update 05.06.20

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As you know we will be contacting you individually towards the end of next week regarding whether your child will be returning to school during the remainder of the term.

However, I know how difficult it is for you to be expected to make an informed decision without knowing a little bit more about our plans.

In order to give you a better idea I have complied a list of possible questions you might have and tried to answer them as fully as possible. But I must stress at this point, that these are just embryonic plans and they might have to change depending on what direction we get next week from Welsh Government and the Local Authority.

Yours Sincerely

K. Waters

Kerry Waters

Headteacher

03.06.20

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.

More information will follow as developments happen.

3 June - Welsh Government Coronavirus Wales Press Conference

From the Welsh Assembly Government 03.06.20:

 

It is proposed that all schools will start the next phase on 29th June, with the term extended by a week, therefore ending on 27th July. 

In the next academic year, beginning in September, the intention is that the autumn half-term break will be expanded to two weeks.

In each school there will be a phased approach. Year groups will be split into cohorts with staggered starts, lessons and breaks. It is expected that this will mean, at most, a third of pupils present at any one time, though schools may need time to reach this level of operation.

There will be much smaller classes, providing secure dedicated time with teaching staff and classmates. This time will include online and personalised classroom experience, getting children and staff ready for a similar experience in September.

Next week, the Welsh Government will publish guidance to support schools, as well as further and higher education institutions. This will include information on managing their facilities and logistical arrangements, including buildings, resources, cleaning and transport.

The Government is also today publishing a paper from its COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group, representing the latest understanding of the virus with respect to children and education.

Further Education colleges are ensuring that appropriate measures are being taken to re-open for face-to-face learning from 15 June. They will prioritise those students requiring licence to practice assessments and vulnerable learners. This follows close working with Government and the joint trade unions.

Guidance for childcare providers will also be published in the next week, supporting them to increase the numbers of children in attendance alongside schools.

Kirsty Williams said:

"My announcement today gives schools three and a half weeks to continue preparing for the next phase.

We will use the last weeks of the summer term to make sure pupils, staff and parents are prepared – mentally, emotionally and practically – for the new normal in September.

29th June means there will have been one full month of test, trace and protect, which will continue to expand. I can also announce that teachers and teaching assistants will be a priority group in our new antibody-testing programme. As we continue to keep Wales safe, this approach will be critical.

The evolving science suggests that warm weather and sunlight gives us the best opportunity to ensure more time in school. Waiting until September would mean almost half a year without schooling.  That would be to the detriment to the wellbeing, learning progress and mental health of our young people.

This is and has been a worrying period for us all. I know that many will feel apprehensive. We have not rushed this work and this decision.

The three and a half week period before the next phase also gives us time to keep watch on developments elsewhere and provides further check-points to review evidence and the roll-out of testing.

This is the best practical option that meets my five principles which underpin my decision making.

I am also convinced that it is only by returning to their own school that we will see increased attendance from our more vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Working together we will secure equity and excellence for pupils as they check in, catch up, and prepare for summer and September."

 

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