Dear Parents / Carers
I hope that you are all well.
As I expect you have heard, Kirsty Williams has announced that schools will re-open in a restricted form from the 29th of June. They are also extending the summer term so that summer holidays will start on the 27th July.
Both Bedwas Juniors and Rhydri are receiving their scheduled Health and Safety site visits this Friday. I expect to know the ‘safe’ capacity for both schools as a result of these visits. Once we know this number we will be able to plan for the organisation of the children’s return. Kirsty Williams stated that she expected that ‘up to a third’ of children will be on site at any one time meaning that children will only be attending for a few days a week at most and that, depending on the advice we receive, it could take a while to build up to the ‘new normal’.
When the children return there will be changes to start and pick-up times as well as the way in which break times and lunch times are managed. These will be planned according to the groups we develop after the Health and Safety site visit as well as in light of Welsh Government guidance for schools that we expect to be published imminently.
I understand that many people will be concerned about sending their children back in to school even under the adapted circumstances and it is important to emphasise that we will support you whatever decision you take; Kirsty Williams has said that there will be no ‘consequences’ for parents who keep their children home but at the same time we will work as hard as we can to make the return to school as supportive and positive experience as we are able.
With regard to what the children will be doing when they are back with us, the message we have received is that “…it is important to note, that the school experience will not be as it was before. The immediate focus will be upon “Check-in, Catch-up & Preparation” in readiness for September. The focus is very much upon the wellbeing of the children in these initial stages and not upon academic work.”
The important question of ‘which children on which days?’ will be answered as soon as we have had the opportunity to respond to the Health and Safety recommendations and we will let you know what the return will look like as soon as possible. Once you are able to see the plans we will have prepared, I would like to engage with you again to find out how many of you would be considering sending your children back to school.
Mr R Cook
A little message from all the staff to make you smile this bank holiday weekend.
Coronavirus – A Book For Children by Alex Scheffler
This book, by Alex Scheffler, explains Coronavirus in a child friendly way. It explains what Coronavirus is, how it affects people, the impact it has had on society and the emotional impacts of being on lock-down.
Feel free to download a copy and read this with your children.
While school buildings are closed, we encourage your children to access this at home to continue regular reading. Follow the link for instructions of how to access this resource.
Parents’ Info Reading Pro
Due to the volume of calls and emails we are receiving please see additional telephone numbers below for free school meals applications and enquiries.
Please note: If you made your request for meals to Bridges into Work after the 31st March you will not receive any meals until either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Full details on our website https://bit.ly/2WUkn6U
This is a reminder to parents/carers whose children are eligible for Free School Meals. Please note unless you have registered on the email@example.com email you will NOT receive the meals next week.
Please see contact numbers below with regards to registering for Free School Meals
These numbers replace the 01495 number previously provided.
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.
From Monday 30th March 2020 the Authority will provide all eligible free school meal pupils whose parents signed up to this facility via the email below with 5 frozen meals each week. These meals will be delivered to your home address on a weekly basis. Further information with regards to dates and time will be posted by the end of the week.
If your child is eligible and you wish to receive this service and haven’t yet contacted us, please can you contact the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org urgently.
If you require any further information please telephone 01495 237921
A twitter page for the latest Hub School has been created: @HubBedwas
Hub Schools are for children whose parents are essential key workers who have no other arrangements for childcare.
Keep up to date using the twitter page
For everyone’s safety when the free school meals are being collected, please can you form an orderly queue ensuring that you leave at least a 2 metre gap between yourselves and the person in front and behind you.
as a local authority we are prioritising childcare places for emergency blue light service, NHS and social care staff. We have already sent out the childcare application form to email addresses of parents we were made aware of through schools, for completion and urgent return by email. If you believe you (and your partner) are eligible and need this childcare provision next week for school age children and have NOT already received an email with the form please follow this website link:
You need to submit the form by Saturday 5pm if you need urgent childcare next week.
For those eligible for FREE School meals – CCBC will be distributing packed lunches to St James site daily from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March between 11:00 – 12:00. They will have a register on site so there is no need to bring proof of receipt.