Date: 11 December 2020
Dear Parent / Carer,
Once again, thank you for your support during this critical period in a public health crisis.
Infection rates are at record levels and we all need to play our part to bring this situation under control and quickly. If infections continue to rise at the current rate then there is a very real danger the local system will be overwhelmed during the festive period.
As a result of the Chief Medical Officer in Wales’ advice overnight, secondary schools across Wales will switch to online learning from Monday 14 December 2020.
Powys County Council has decided to move primary and special schools and pupil referral units to blended learning.
This will take place from Tuesday 15 December 2020. This is the right thing to do for our primary and special schools and our pupil referral units given the current circumstances.
Primary, special and pupil referral unit sites will still be open until Friday 18 December for our vulnerable learners including pupils entitled to free school meals. There will also be provision for children who have a parent that works in the NHS or in social care and they are unable to make alternative arrangements within their extended household.
School transport will continue as normal until Friday 18 December.
Please can I emphasise that your child needs to be at home and learning until 18 December. It is vital that children not in school do not go out meeting up with groups of friends but stay at home and minimise contact. Coronavirus rates in Powys are rising and if children and young people are out and mixing freely it will only make matters worse.
This has been a difficult decision to take but one that we hope parents and carers can understand. Yn agored a blaengar – Open and enterprising www.powys.gov.uk
Yn agored a blaengar – Open and enterprising www.powys.gov.uk
Please do your bit to fight coronavirus and to keep yourself and your families safe.
Cllr Phyl Davies Cabinet Member for Education and Property
Geraint Rees Strategic Lead for Education
Lynette Lovell Interim Chief Education Officer
Please see below a press release from Powys County Council:-
Schools Update – Friday 8 January
Schools across the county are likely to continue with online learning until at least February half term unless there is a significant reduction in coronavirus cases, Powys County Council has said.
This morning (Friday, January 8), the Welsh Government announced that alert level four restrictions will continue and unless there is a significant reduction in cases before 29 January – the date of the next review – schools will continue to provide online learning until February half term.
Schools will remain open but only for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “I welcome the Welsh Government’s announcement, which provides greater clarity for our learners, their families and for our school staff. We will work with our school leaders to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to support all our learners over the coming weeks.
“We are committed to returning to face-to-face teaching and learning as soon as possible but only when it is safe to do so.
“The Welsh Government has made it clear that unless there is a significant reduction in coronavirus cases before January 29, online learning will continue until February half term.
“The situation remains very serious and it is important that we all follow the advice to stay at home and protect our health service.
“Schools will remain open but only for children of critical workers as well as vulnerable learners where absolutely necessary. However, it is important that children remain at home wherever possible, as this is the safest place for everyone.
“Our priority is the safety and wellbeing or our learners and school staff. Until there is a significant reduction in coronavirus cases and medical and scientific advice allows learners to return to school, online learning will continue in Powys until further notice.
“I would like to thank schools for their ongoing efforts to support pupils during this difficult time and I would also like to thank parents for their patience and co-operation during this unprecedented period of disruption to our schools.”
4th January 2021
Dear Parent/ Carer,
As you may be aware we are once again in a precarious position in regard to Covid and face a rapidly changing situation.
Powys County Council will be releasing a statement later today in regard to a delay in schools re opening until Monday 11th January. As has previously been the case schools will still be open on Wednesday 6th January for pupils, who reach certain criteria i.e Free School Meals, children of key workers etc. if this is required.
We will be contacting you all tomorrow via phone or email to discuss the situation further with you.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We will endeavour to keep you as well informed as possible.
1st January 2021
Hopefully you have had a good break over the Christmas period.
Just a reminder that all our pupils will return to school on Wednesday 6th January.
We are aware that there has been a change of circumstance in regard to Covid since we finished in December. If you have any concerns about this please do not hesitate to contact us at school on Monday or Tuesday.
Happy New Year.
18th December 2020
Please find attached letter from Powys County Council in regard to arrangements for the return to school in January. As you know Monday 4th was already a non-pupil day, the Local Authority have decided that Tuesday the 5th will be the same, and that all pupils will return to school on Wednesday 6th January.
Can I also take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the course of the year. It has been extremely challenging for us all, hopefully things will improve in 2021.
I wish you all a Happy and safe Christmas. We look forward to seeing everyone in January.
16th December 2020
Powys will be providing vouchers for students who are entitled to free school meals over the Christmas Holiday period – – 21st Dec – 4th Jan 2021
They have also asked that we include the following link to a parent/carer information pack.
- A full downloadable information pack for parents/carers is available here
Parents who have received the FSM allowance via BACS will also continue to receive these payments.
24th November 2020
Wearing of face coverings at school
The Welsh Government has updated its guidance on the use of face coverings in schools and on dedicated school transport for year 7 and up. Although Special School pupils are exempt from this, please encourage your child to wear a face covering If possible.
To reduce the risk of transmission amongst parents and relatives, please wear masks when visiting school, and at drop-off and collection areas. Maintaining clear social distance at the school gates will also reduce risk and set a good example to pupils.
Along with regular hand washing/sanitising and social distancing, this will reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at school as far as possible.
Please follow these guidelines and encourage your child to follow theirs too. They have been made stronger to keep you and your families as safe as possible. They are based on new advice from Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Group, as we learn more about the way COVID-19 is transmitted.
Thank you for your help in doing all we can – together – to keep ourselves and others safe.
24th November 2020
Dear Parents/Carers & Staff,
Please see below a press release from Powys County Council:-
Coronavirus circulating in Powys schools
Powys parents are being urged to be on their guard for Coronavirus and keep unwell children at home even if symptoms seem very mild.
Most Powys pupils have returned to school after the Welsh Government’s national Firebreak restrictions, but parents are being asked to keep pupils away from school if they are unwell.
New Coronavirus cases have been reported in county schools which have been linked to pupils and staff staying in school when they have been unwell triggering new cases.
Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Phyl Davies said: “It is vital that we do all that we can to prevent the spread of the virus. I urge families to help and ensure that those who are unwell and show any symptoms even if they appear mild stay at home and follow medical advice. We need to do all that we can to prevent a further rise in coronavirus cases. “
“It is important for all of us to remember that Coronavirus is still a very real threat to public health and the best way to stop the chain of infection is to come into contact with fewer people.”
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature: this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste: this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
If you have any symptoms, ensure that you and your immediate household self-isolate immediately. Visit https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or call 119 to book a test.
We can all help to reduce the spread of coronavirus:
- Stay at home
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Keep a social distance from others.
- Do not meet anyone you do not live with
- Wear a face covering in shops, in indoor public spaces and on public transport unless there is a reasonable excuse not to do so
- Work from home if you can.
The Powys Test Trace Protect team is working tirelessly to ensure that positive cases are contact traced, and that symptomatic contacts are offered testing. If you are identified as a confirmed contact, our Powys contact tracing team will call you from 02921 961133.
If you are called by a contact tracer, please help them in their vital work to Keep Powys Safe.
Ffôn/Tel: 01597 826377
6th October 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and schools having to adapt to new ways of working, the Welsh Government need to be able to collect attendance data more frequently than once a year. Collecting up to date information will support Welsh Government and provide the evidence they need to understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on attendance and how they can support schools.
The Welsh Government will implement a new process for data collection using the school’s information system. This new collection builds on discussions officials have held with ADEW and Data collection leads in local authorities. The data will be collected through the Welsh Government’s School Data Provisioning Service, which is currently used by Hwb.
Please find attached an additional privacy notice which explains what information will be collected and when.
If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact the school
3rd September 2020
Thank you very much for the co-operation we have received in regard to your children returning to school. It was brilliant to see them all today, and to welcome our new starters.
A couple of things for your attention that are different due to the situation we find ourselves in.
- We are no longer able to use home/school books. Teachers will communicate with you via email on hwb as we were during lockdown.
- If pupils are struggling to cope with the new requirements in school and are putting individuals at risk, we will ask parents to pick them up from school. We will then work with parents on individual risk assessments to help prevent further problems.
- Can we ask you in these unusual times that if your child has any symptoms that may be associated to Covid 19 that you please check temperatures and err on the side of caution before sending them to school. Symptoms of Covid are:-
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.