As you will be aware, the Welsh Government has given us permission to open schools, in a very limited way, for 4 weeks from Monday June 29th. We would like to offer children the opportunity to come in one day a week for a total of 4 sessions. We understand that this is a difficult decision for many people, so we have put together some information to help you decide what to do.
Why send your children in- The idea behind these sessions is that children will get an opportunity to spend some time back in school before the summer break. They will see familiar faces of friends and teachers but will only work in small groups so contact will be limited. They can discuss any issues they have had with distance learning and we can prepare them for this to continue in September IF the school is not fully open at that time. We can get them on track and prepared for the social distancing that will be needed in the new school year and take away that extra worry of what that will be like. We can start our Well Being curriculum, giving the children a chance to explore their feelings and helping to give them the tools to cope as the pandemic continues. We know, from our many conversations with parents, that children have been struggling with the isolation during lockdown and this may be a starting point to help them. We can give them some basic skills maths and language work and ideas for home learning. We can give our Y2 pupils some work to transition to being in the juniors and give our Year 6 pupils the closure they need, saying goodbye to their primary education, friends and teachers and to help them look forward to their high school experience.
Social distancing and hygiene
· Children will be put into small groups with less than 8 children in each class.
· They will have a set time to attend and leave so only 8 children arrive at any entrance at any time.
· Social distancing is in place in each class, with tables 2m apart. We recognise this is difficult especially in the Foundation Phase, but we have experience of working this way in the hubs for the last few months and the staff will be vigilant and give reminders as necessary.
· Children will have separate toilet facilities from other classes.
· We will use natural ventilation of classrooms and will as spend as much time outside as the weather allows, in our separate, designated areas.
· Each classroom with have hand washing facilities.
· School cleaners will work during the day and clean the classrooms and facilities regularly.
· Personal Protective Equipment is provided for staff dealing with pupils who have had accidents such as cuts and bumps.
What happens next- We will be sending out a questionnaire later today. It will ask you the name and year group of your children. We would like you to fill out a questionnaire for each child as we realise that you may feel differently about different aged children attending. Please complete this questionnaire by Thursday 11th 2pm. Once this is done, I will release a timetable, hopefully early next week, to let you know when the sessions are. We understand that this is a lot to take in. The safety of pupils, parents and staff is of concern to all of us. We hope this may have answered some of your questions. The decision whether to attend these sessions is personal to you and we will understand whatever you decide.
Mr Cass, Headteacher