September 2020

Letter to parents from Mr N Williams, Director of Education for Swansea Council

Letter to parents

Arrangements for September

In line with all schools in Swansea, Tuesday 1st September will be a preparation day and we will reopen to pupils from Reception to Y6 on Wednesday 2nd September. Nursery pupils will start a staggered entry from Tuesday 8th September.

Main messages:

  • School restarts on Wednesday 2nd September for all classes from Reception to Year 6
  • Children who are ill with covid symptoms must not attend school
  • If someone in your household has covid symptoms your child must not attend school until it is safe to do so
  • All children to bring a packed lunch until 14th September including those entitled to free school meals
  • School buses and minibus will operate as usual
  • Please see arrangements below for dropping off and collecting your children from school
  • Please only use breakfast club/after school club if it is absolutely necessary
  • Children can wear PE kit on their designated PE day, you will be informed of this day by text
  • Unfortunately, there will be no after school clubs until further notice
  • Parents are welcome to telephone or email school, we are not permitted to allow visitors to school
  • Please ensure your child is not late to their designated drop off point in the morning and if your child is absent from school please inform us as soon as possible.

Minibus

Our school minibus will operate as usual. Children do not have to wear a mask to travel on the bus. However, parents must not enter the minibus and must maintain appropriate social distancing when waiting to drop off and pick up from the minibus.

Arrangements for dropping off and collection from school – if your child does not travel by school bus or minibus

As already established in the summer term, all parents should maintain appropriate social distancing when waiting to drop off or collect children from school. These are the only entry and exit points so we are able to safely move children around school. As a result, children must be prompt to school.

Reception children

Reception children should be brought to the reception playground through the grey gate on Convent Street. Their teacher will meet them in the playground and they will enter reception class through the door at the far end of the playground. This will be from 08:30am during the first few days, reverting to normal time of 08:40 by 14th September. Children should be collected from the reception playground at 3:10pm.

Year 1/2 children

Year 1/2 children will come into school through the black gate on Convent Street which will be open from 08:30 during the first few days, reverting to normal time of 08:40 by 14th September. Children should be collected from the Year 1/2 playground at 3:15pm. Please avoid using the entrance near the learning pod on Caepistyll Street (unless you have a pushchair) as this will be a designated area for year 3 children

Year 3 children

Year 3 children will come into school through the gate near the learning pod fire exit on Caepistyll Street. Their teacher will be there to meet them. This will be from 08:40. They can be collected from the same location at 3:20pm.

Year 4 children

Year 4 children will come into school through the door to the right of the main entrance on Caepistyll Street. Their teacher will be there to meet them. This will be from 08:40. They can be collected from the same location at 3:20pm.

Year 5 children

Year 5 children will come into school through the basement entrance near the corner of Llangyfelach Street and Caepistyll Street. Their teacher will be there to meet them. This will be from 08:40. They can be collected from the same location at 3:25pm.

Year 6 children

Year 6 children will come into school through the main entrance on Caepistyll Street. Their teacher will be there to meet them. This will be from 08:40. They can be collected from the same location at 3:25pm.

Breakfast club and after school club

Keeping children to their own class group at all times will not be easy particularly if parents require wrap around care. Therefore, I am asking that you only use breakfast club and after school club if it is absolutely necessary.

Hygiene

On entry to school, and at key points during the day, all children will wash their hands supervised by staff. We will also provide hand sanitiser.  We will provide all necessary equipment for the classroom and we ask that children only bring a named clear water bottle to school, a small bag with their lunch/snacks and their daily diary and reading book. Children must be able to put their own belongings in their locker so please do not send in large bags which will be difficult to fit in their own space. Toilets will be designated for particular phase groups and there will be a one way system in school to avoid congestion in corridors. Frequent touch points will be cleaned throughout the day.

Shared spaces

Our main aim at all times will be to keep children in their own class groups. In breakfast club, children will sit at a table where only children from their own class will be able to share the table. Food will be brought to the table. Packed lunches will be eaten in the classroom.

Playtimes will be staggered in the morning. Children will be able to play outside with those from their class. Afternoon breaks will be taken when needed.

Use of face masks

Welsh Government guidance states that if you choose for your child to wear a face mask on their journey to school, they should take it off once in school. We ask you to please show your child the correct way to take off their mask to avoid transmission of germs from their hands. Please provide a small plastic bag for children to store their mask. Disposable masks will be put into a designated bin.