School Return Update

The Health and Safety site visits for both schools took place on Friday and we are currently working to adapt the sites for re-opening on June 29th in the light of recommendations that were made.
Your child’s teacher will be contacting you by phone in the next few days to find out your current thoughts about your child(ren) returning to school.
Initial plans have been made but we are still waiting for the publication of the Welsh Government guidance on re-opening for schools in order to check our plans for compliance. Each school’s response to this will be different depending on the demands of varied sites and staff availability and are made in order to provide the safest possible solution to this challenge. We are having to consider factors such as the need to provide two isolation rooms, social distancing of the children and staff, the management of access to the site such as holding areas and one-way systems, restrictions on resources that must not be shared, cleaning requirements, staggered break and lunch times building through-flow, toileting arrangements as well as the need for each group of children to be in a ‘bubble’ in order to minimise and hopefully remove any contact with other ‘bubbles’.
I must stress that any plans we put in place will purely be for the pre-summer period and will be designed to meet the Welsh Government’s requirement for the access to schools to be for the purposes of ‘checking in, catching up and preparing for summer’. We will be preparing a completely different response for September in order to meet a different set of needs. Indeed, the organisation of the first week (29th June) could very well be different to the subsequent three weeks as our response will have to be dynamic and regularly reviewed. At all times the safety and wellbeing of all stakeholders is the driving force.
I will update you further when we have received the expected guidance.
This is a frustrating, uncertain and challenging time for everyone so I thank you in anticipation of your patience and support.
Mr R Cook

Phone calls home

Over the next few days, your child’s teacher will be making important phone calls home regarding the return to school. If you receive a call from a withheld number, it will most likely be a member of staff phoning.

Thank you for all your continued support.

School Re-opening

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.

Keep safe!

Mr R Cook

FAO: Lower School Classes – Yellow, Green and Orange.

Teachers are beginning to gather information for annual reports and would like the children’s input.

Please discuss the following with your child(ren) and jot down their responses.

Three things I enjoyed learning about this year were … 

(i.e.  subject, topic, activity etc. Encourage your child to give reasons for their answer.)

My greatest achievement this year has been… 

(Again, encourage them to explain in as much detail as possible, with reasons.)

Next year, I think the most important things for me to develop are…

(try to give 2 or 3 suggestions)

You can either send typed comments or a photograph of handwritten comments to the class teacher’s email address, (this will be provided via Teams on Hwb), or you can have your child’s comments ready to discuss with the class teacher over the phone. Phone calls will be made from the week beginning 8th June 2020.

 Examples to help you will also be shared on Teams.

Thank you very much for your support.

Welsh Government survey

Coronavirus and Me – Nation-wide survey for children and young people in Wales

 

Home learning update

From Monday 20th April, teachers of Yellow, Green and Orange classes, plus upper school classes, will set home learning tasks via Microsoft Teams which can be accessed by the children through their Hwb accounts. Instructions for logging into Teams can be found in an earlier post on this blog and all children have been given their Hwb log in details.
Suggested activities will be set through daily or weekly ‘timetables’ but these can be used flexibly. Whilst we would encourage as many children as possible to complete the ‘Daily Basics’, all tasks are optional.
Individual teachers will communicate further details through Teams. Thank you for your continued support.

**Free School Meals – update**

Due to the volume of calls and emails we are receiving please see additional telephone numbers below for free school meals applications and enquiries.

*   07717803962
*   07701020128
*   07920152568
*   07754746779
*   07789938346
*   07720948033
*   07769718308
*   07770923598
*   07920152579
*   07810200290
*   07754746786

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

Important – FSM

This is a reminder to parents/carers whose children are eligible for Free School Meals. Please note unless you have registered on the bridgesintowork@caerphilly.gov.uk  email you will NOT receive the meals next week.

Free School Meals

Please see contact numbers below with regards to registering for Free School Meals

These numbers replace the 01495 number previously provided.
07717803962
07701020128
07920152568
07754746779
07789938346
07720948033

Scam Emails

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.

Free School Meals

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: bridgesintowork@caerphilly.gov.uk urgently.

If you require any further information please telephone 01495 237921.

Bedwas Hub School

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.