Message for Parents/Carers regarding and extension of Home Schooling
8th January, 2021
MINISTER’S SCHOOLS ANNOUNCEMENT WELCOMED
Pembrokeshire County Council welcomes the announcement that remote learning will continue until at least Friday, January 29th.
The Welsh Government has brought the decision on schools into line with the three-weekly review of the Alert Levels.
Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced last night that unless there is a significant reduction in Covid-19 transmission before January 29th, remote learning would continue until the next review date, which coincides with the February half-term.
Vulnerable children and children of key workers will still have access to their usual school.
Pembrokeshire County Council Director for Education Steven Richards-Downes, said: “This announcement provides more clarity on the immediate future to learners, parents, carers and our dedicated school staff.
“All schools in Pembrokeshire are already planning and delivering blended learning to their learners and this now includes developing live streaming of lessons where possible.
“Schools have introduced a County wide model policy for live streaming acceptable use to parents.
“Schools have been training staff in the use of a number of platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Google Classrooms including training and support for both synchronous and asynchronous activity as this supports families in being able to meet the needs of learners at home.”
Cllr Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, added: “Once again I thank all learners, parents, carers and school staff for the way they have embraced remote learning and we continue to look forward to the time when face-to-face learning can resume.”
Message to all Parents/Carers regarding On line learning until January 18th
As stated by Welsh Government, schools will now move to online learning until at least January 18th, when it will be revised.
Each class from Reception to Year 6 will be able to access online learning through Microsoft Teams each day. If you are unable to access online learning, a work pack will be made available to your child and can be collected from the Junior department office from Monday 11th January.
Thank you for your co-operation and take care!
Please find information and guidance on the re-opening and running of school during the Autumn term with Covid restictions.
Will pupils be able to interact with each other?
Yes, pupils will interact with each-other within their ‘bubbles’. The ‘bubbles’ will consist of pupils from within their own class and during breaktimes with another class in the same area of the school. All classes will have 1 teacher and at least 1 TA.
What actions are being taken to promote social interaction?
Each child will be given their own learning space, with their individual resources. At the forefront of everything we do is each child’s well-being – ensuring they feel happy and safe. Whilst we all adhere to social distancing guidelines for teaching staff, we will be promoting social interaction through introducing new routines which will allow the children to move safely within their bubble. Areas will be carefully set up both inside and outside the classroom to allow opportunities for activities such as painting, small world, construction etc. Social distancing is easier to observe and maintain outside, therefore we will be using the outdoors as much as possible.
Social distancing - How will this effect pupil’s well-being and what about the psychological impact?
Children will be sensitively supported by staff to understand the importance of social distancing with their teachers and support staff. The new routines and layout of resources will provide a visual representation in assisting children to understand this.
Can we decide at a later date for our child to come back to school after re-opening’?
The expectation by Welsh Government is that all pupils should return by September 14th 2020. Any parent or carer who has concerns should contact the school and seek advice and information.
What happens if my child becomes unwell, displaying symptoms?
If your child displays any symptoms eg. a continuous cough/high temperature, we will contact you immediately and we have ensured there is a safe room for your child to rest and wait until you are able to collect them. Rooms are assigned in both phases .
Will children be required to wear PPE?
WG guidance is that there will be no requirement for children to wear PPE.
What does the return plan look-like?
Please see attached guidance on Re-opening of schools at the end of this document.
Is it possible to visit the school to see the safety measure in place beforehand? I.e. tape/tables/playground etc.
At present no parent or carer is permitted to enter the school buildings. Please contact the school with any concerns.
What will pick-up and drop off look like?
The Foundation Phase department will commence at 9.15am and Key Stage 2 will commence at 9.05am. Please could children arrive at school no earlier than ten minutes prior to the start of their day.(see document below for entrance and exit points).
What cleaning measures will be in place?
All cleaning measures will follow strict guidelines. This will be directed by WG/LA and school staff will adhere to this. In addition to the regular cleaning of the school, the toilet areas and classrooms will be cleaned frequently throughout the day and resources being used will be cleaned with anti-bacterial wipes.
Will toys be removed from classrooms?
Provision will be made for resources within each bubble group to be kept to a minimum. These resources will be enhanced in order to cater for individual preferences and set challenges. As previously stated, each child will have individual resources which will reduce the risk of cross-contamination. These will be appropriately sterilised in accordance with guidance after use.
Children will not be permitted to bring toys to school from home.
What will play-time look-like?
The playgrounds will be partitioned so that pupils may play freely in their bubbles.
Will lunch be provided for pupils?
Lunchtime will run as normal, with restrictions being placed on where pupils will eat due to their bubbles.
Can I send my child with a packed lunch?
Will there be milk & snack time?
Resources to support working families
Will there be a breakfast club?
Breakfast will run as normal from the 7th September from 8.10am to 8.50am, please make sure your child is registered.
Will there be Temperature checks as pupil enters school?
No. Public Health Wales has advised this is not appropriate.
Social distancing and 1:1 support - how will this work?
A member of staff will be dedicated to assist children with additional learning support whilst still adhering social distancing guidelines.
THE STAFF AND GOVERNORS OF THE SCHOOL ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE A HAPPY AND SAFE RETURN FOR ALL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING ALL PUPILS BACK TO THE SCHOOl.
As a school we are fully aware of the constant updates and changes being made at a local and regional level.
Below are some links which maybe useful.
Please watch the short video on how to use your face covering correctly.