The school will build up to a full return for all pupils from Wednesday 9th September; in line with the letter sent out on 15th July, the start of term will look like this:
Tue 1st & Wed 2nd September: planning and preparation days- no pupils in school
Thursday 3rd September: Start date for Year 3
Monday 7th September: Start date for Year 4
Tuesday 8th September: Start date for Year 6
Wednesday 9th September: Start date for Year 5
Current Welsh Government Guidance for schools identifies the potential difficulties in ensuring full classes of primary age children socially distance and instead require schools to operate as far as possible in contact groups by:
• grouping learners together in classes
• avoiding contact between groups as much as possible
• arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
• staff maintaining distance from learners and other staff as much as possible.
In line with the guidance and following site visits from Health & Safety officers and a detailed risk assessment, the following preventative measures are in place:
• Minimise contact between groups and individuals wherever possible.
• Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have COVID- 19 symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.
• Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.
• Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
• Continue enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach.
• Where necessary, in specific circumstances only, staff may need to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
• Where possible, ensure appropriate ventilation in classrooms and other areas.
It is important that we all follow effective procedures and routines that will help to reduce risks and to keep everyone as safe as possible. Below is a list of these procedures for your information:
All learners will be expected to return to school, unless they have a medical or health reason not to.
WG Guidance (July 2020) now states we need to keep classes apart as much as possible during the school day. Staggered start and finish times remain in place. Please could you drop off and collect your child at the allocated time for your child’s year group (shown below).
Wherever possible, provision will be made for sibling children to be picked up at the same time.
All children must be brought to school by a parent / carer. Parents / Carers must hand their children over to their teacher / teaching assistant at the allocated drop off / pick up point (Gates A, B, C or D). Do not leave your child unattended.
Parents will need to socially distance at drop-off / pick-up points. To minimise the number of contacts, parents will not be permitted on to the school site, unless in the case of an emergency. Please ensure any messages are communicated to the member of staff at the drop-off / pick up point or by telephone / Seesaw.
If your child is not attending school due to an illness, please inform school by 9.30am at the latest.
If your child is unwell, please do not send them in to school. If they display Covid symptoms (see list below), please follow PHW guidelines.
All learners will still need to bring a healthy packed lunch to school every day. There will be no meals provided at lunch times. Learners must bring a clean full water bottle to school daily and this must be clearly labelled. Snacks can also be brought to school for mid-morning. Please do not send nut based products into school. All waste will be sent back home. The Local Authority will continue to provide free school meals for those learners who are eligible. These families will need to prepare sandwiches for their children.
There will be no breakfast club at present (September 2020).
Home learning will cease, however, our online platforms such as Google Classroom, Hwb, Seesaw, ActiveLearn, Purple Mash and Prodigy will continue to be used as part of your child’s education provision in school.
Parents/carers will need to stand 2 metres apart and follow the floor markings at the school entrances. Please make every effort to be on time. If you are late, please contact school on 02920 852518. Parents/carers will need to take responsibility to distance yourselves from others.
You will need to make an appointment to see any staff member. Appointments can be made by phoning the school. Please ensure any messages are communicated to the member of staff at the drop-off / pick up point or by telephone / Seesaw.
Any child who presents as unwell will be sent home. We will have 2 isolation rooms where children will wait to be collected. These rooms will be deep cleaned before being used again. Parents will be called to collect their child from school as soon as possible. Any children who are sick are to be collected from Door 5 and leave via Gate C.
Children will be encouraged to socially distance from staff and children in other classes. Please can you reinforce this message at home before your child comes back to school.
Break times and lunchtimes will be staggered to minimise contact between classes / year groups. The playground will be divided into 4 zones, which the children will access on a rolling programme over the days they are in school. Please note, children in Years 3 and 4 who are in different classes will be permitted to play together.
Handwashing and hand sanitizing will be essential and will be encouraged regularly throughout the day. Please encourage good habits in this at home before your child returns.
Each child will have individual basic resources (pen, pencil, ruler) kept in an individual bag or pencil case in their classroom. Your child will not need to bring in any of these resources from home.
Shared equipment will be cleaned at the end of every day.
Each child must bring a packed lunch in a lunch box / bag (there is no need to bring in a larger bag other than a lunch bag)
No litter or food waste is to be left in school- this will all go back into children’s lunchboxes and brought home.
Your child will need to bring 1 / 2 bottles of water. These can be refilled in school by staff if needed but the water fountains will not be accessible to children.
Children will need to wear clean clothes every day. This should be school uniform but, where not possible, should be sensible clothing, which allows physical activity. There will be no PE in the school hall (September 2020).
The children do not need to bring any bags to school. Coats will remain in classrooms and must be taken home at the end of each day.
There will be no breakfast club and there will be no school-run After School Clubs. (NB. Clwb y Ddraig will be operating in the school hall from the start of term)
The current PHW advice is that wearing a facemask is not necessary as long as social distancing and regular handwashing are observed.
Children with long hair should tie it back to minimise the need to touch their face with their hands
The wearing of jewellery and watches is not permitted.
The safety of all children and staff in the school is paramount. Any child who behaves in a way that compromises the safety of themselves or others by deliberately flouting the safety rules will not be able to remain in school – parents / carers will be contacted to pick them up as soon as possible.
This list will hopefully cover all of the information you will need to know to allow you to bring your child back to school safely. If there is anything else you need to know or if you would like any of these points clarified, please contact the school by telephone or on Seesaw.
Symptoms of COVID-19: Under no circumstances should learners or staff attend schools if they feel unwell and/or have any of the four identified COVID-19 symptoms
a high temperature
loss of taste or smell
they have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 7 days.
Live in a household with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested
positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Please note the following key changes to reduce congestion, improve safety and enable greater social distancing:
All parents are reminded to arrive at your child’s class’s drop-off / pick-up point as near as possible to the allocated time, and to leave promptly to allow the next class to queue to avoid having to queue on the road
A new entry gate will be in use (Gate E at the back of Hendre Haven) This is to be accessed directly from the rear car park, and will be the new drop-off and pick-up point for Miss White’s class (Venus)- Please see aerial photo below, and video uploaded to the class Seesaw page.
Regrettably, we will be unable to admit siblings at the same time in the mornings, though should mean there will be less of a gap for the majority of siblings.