Update for the return to school in September 2020

Over the next 5 weeks or so guidance in many areas from both the Welsh Government and CCBC will be issued. As a result of this it is not possible to present a reopening plan at the moment as there are still too many unknowns for a meaningful plan to be able to be put in place. It is also clear that the situation and the required responses are changing, at times daily, and we are not able to accurately state what the situation will be six weeks from now. We are currently expecting updates through August in areas such as shielding, transport, PE, ‘Test, Track and Trace’ as well as the longer term plans for Catering alongside further supporting guidance from Caerphilly and the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government requirement is that all children will be back in full time education from September 14th 2020.

We are aiming to publish our reopening plan after we receive the last piece of key guidance and therefore expect the plan to be published towards the end of August.

The first two days of term (Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September) are designated ‘Planning and Preparation’ days and we have been directed by Caerphilly to use those days to finalise our response to the reopening in the light of the most recent guidance and any changes to the wider COVID-19 situation. We will also need to carry out new full site and staff risk assessments and action any subsequent adjustments on those days as this will mean that they are as relevant as possible to the situation at that time.

At the moment our plan is that –

  • Year 3 and Year 6 will start school on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of September. This gives us the opportunity to support the Year 3s with transition as all the normal activities were not possible due to the pandemic and also to focus on the Year 6 children who will be starting a very important year in their education after unprecedented disruption.
  • Year 3 children will enter the school site via the main gate on Celtic Way at the back of the school and will be guided to a designated area on the yard.
  • Year 6 children will enter the school site via the front gate on Church Street and go to the yard via the side gate next to the reception area where they will be guided to their designated areas.
  • Years 4 and 5 will start school on Monday September 7th meaning that all year groups will be attending school from that point.

There will be staff on hand to help.

The timings for school start and end times will be confirmed in the reopening plan but will hopefully be as close as possible to the timings of a normal school day.

The arrival and pick up plans will be detailed in the reopening plan as aspects such as the staggering of start and finish times and points of access and exit from the site will need to be confirmed.

A letter from Caerphilly detailing further aspects of the return to school will be shared once we receive it.

It must be emphasised that all of these plans are provisional and could change completely before the return to school.

Thank you for working with us and helping to make our return to school for the last three weeks so successful. It has been lovely seeing the children again; we have really appreciated the chance to catch up and are looking forward to our return in September.  It is still extremely frustrating to be unable to plan in more detail but that is the nature of the situation and we will keep you as up to date as we are able.