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24th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for your patience over the past few weeks. Since the Ministers announcement we have been extremely busy on a number of fronts trying to prepare the school for the “check in, catch up, prepare” sessions starting on Monday 29th June. In addition we have continued the childcare arrangements that have been in place since the 20th March.

This week you should have received correspondence from your class teacher confirming the pattern of attendance over the final few weeks of the term. We have been careful to ensure that no class has more than 4 pupils in on any day.

Below I have outlined the information you will need to send your child to school safely along with some updates on the work we have done in preparing the building and site for reopening whilst adhering to the current Welsh COVID regulations.

The Welsh Government have produced a “Frequently Asked Questions” document that explains the rationale for reopening along with the answers to many other questions you may have.

https://gov.wales/schools-increasing-operations-29-june-coronavirus

General Update

The leadership team have worked closely with the local authority to complete an extensive Risk Assessment of all aspects of the school reopening. This has involved:

  • Identifying risks in reopening the school
  • Identifying how we reduce those risks
  • Updating policies
  • Sharing the Risk Assessment with Governors and seeking their comments and approval
  • A site visit from Conwy’s corporate risk assessment managers to review the assessment and inspect the site
  • A review and signing off by Conwy Health and Safety Manager
  • We have also completed individual risk assessments for some pupils identifying specific Health or support needs that would require additional measures such as Personal Protective Equipment

Staff Training

During the past week staff have been in school familiarising themselves with the new staff handbook and planning their school day. They have made changes to classrooms and developed the rotas for playtimes, lunch and activities. These plans are based on the Welsh Government Guidance on school reopening and the guidance on protective measures in childcare settings.

https://gov.wales/keep-education-safe-operational-guidance-schools-and-settings-covid-19
https://gov.wales/protective-measures-childcare-settings-keep-childcare-safe#section-43627

General school organisation

Transport arrangements

We have now been able to finalise the class lists for the reopening and established which parents are willing and able to bring their children to site and which children will require transport to and from school. The requests for transport have now been passed to Conwy’s School Transport department and they will allocate the transport that is available and inform parents of pick up


Picking up and dropping off on site

Walking onto site

  • Please use the double gates and approach the front the school along the walkway
  • When you get to the canopy you will see a taped line. Please wait here
  • In order for you to maintain a 2m distance from other parents and children red and white cones have been placed at 2m intervals. Please wait at one of the cones.
  • A member of staff from your child’s class will come out and support your child back to class
  • They may be wearing some Personal protective equipment e.g. mask and gloves
  • Please leave the site immediately and do not stop to talk to staff or other parents


In the evening this process will be reversed so please wait at one of the cones and a member of staff will bring your child down to you

There will be no access to reception, toilets or the school building

Driving onto site

  • All vehicles coming onto the site must join the line of vehicles that will include school transport and parents wishing to drop off children
  • You should not use the car park area and walk to the front of the school
  • You should not leave your vehicle unless asked to do so by the traffic manager
  • When your vehicle is at the front of the line a member of staff from your child’s class will approach the car and support your child up to class
  • The traffic manager will then direct you to drive away when it is safe to do so.
  • If your child is reluctant to leave the vehicle you should remain in the car and we will direct you to a parking bay where we can spend more time supporting your child to come into school.
  • Parents who have been identified as requiring additional time and space to unload due to use of ramps and lifts should continue to use the designated bays and will need to unload pupils ready for handover to staff
  • This process will be reversed at the end of the school day.

It is important that you do not come onto the school site before 9:10am in the morning or before 2:25 pm in the afternoon. This will ensure that we can keep children, parents, school and transport staff safe.

All children coming in to school will be required to have a daily screening letter. This can be handed in when you drop off your child at school or if your child is using school transport the escort will ask for the screening letter to be completed when they are picked up in the morning. A copy of the letter is included at the end of bulletin and hard copies will be available on site next week.


What will happen if my child is unwell?

The school nurse will be on site every day to support staff and pupils along with a number of qualified First Aiders. If your child arrives with symptoms or develops them during the day we will inform you and ask you to take them home or collect them immediately. Parents or a responsible adult must be available every day and school must have up to date details of the person who is to be contacted in the event of your child being unwell.
The current Public Health Wales Guidance describes the symptoms of COVID 19 as:

  • A high temperature
  • A continuous cough
  • A loss of taste or smell


If your child or anyone in your family has these symptoms they should not be attending school and should follow the self-isolation guidance provided by Welsh Government

Medication

Please ensure that all children have any medication signed in to school on their first day back. It is essential this medication prescribed for the child, labelled on the container and packaging and most importantly in date. Given the lockdown period we appreciate that “epipens”, “Buccal” and other medication may have expired and it may have been difficult to renew prescriptions, however, they will need replacing prior to your child restarting school. We may be able to assist in this process and our school nurse is available in school if you wish to call and discuss concerns with him.

Meal time

All pupils will have the option of bringing in packed lunch or requesting a school dinner.

If a school dinner is requested:

  • Free school meal – as parents receive their FSM payment directly they should be paying the school for a school dinner
  • Children of key workers requesting school dinners on ‘key worker days’ will not be charged
  • Children of key workers requesting school dinners on ‘catch up days’ will be charged
  • Non key worker children requesting school dinners will be charged

What will my child be doing during the day

Our primary focus during the final few weeks of the year will be to re-establish relationships and to build routines and ways of working that are adaptable enough to respond to the start of the new school year in September. In order to establish these skills and routines class sizes are very small and there will be almost 1:1 pupil staff ratio in all classes. This will allow staff to support pupil’s wellbeing as well as reviewing and assessing their learning and skills.

The traditional paper copy of the home school book will no longer be used and is being replaced by the SEE SAW app. Please contact your class teacher if you are having difficulties in accessing this.

If your child isn’t returning to school or on the days they aren’t in school they will continue to receive the support of the class teacher and school.

Reminder on School Uniform

School uniform is not essential and we are happy for you as parents/carers to make a judgement on this matter. If you feel it helps your child please allow them to wear uniform, conversely, if this proves difficult you shouldn’t make this barrier to returning to school

And finally can I once again express my gratitude and appreciation to you for your understanding and support over the past 3 months. We appreciate that the model of reopening prescribed by the Welsh Government may not be what everyone would have wanted or hoped for but it is the start of bringing children back into school and making contact with peers and staff. There is very little information available at the moment in relation to September and what “the offer” will look like, but we are planning for all eventualities and when we have more information we will update you.

We have all missed having the children in school and there has been an excitement and positivity from staff this week who are all looking forward to seeing children back in class in familiar settings with familiar faces. If there is any further information that we can provide please do not hesitate to contact us.

Jonathan Morgan
Headteacher

Please click on the following for a copy of the Daily Screening Questionnaire