We are really looking forward to welcoming the children back from next Monday 29th June 2020. Just in case you have missed any of our communications about re-opening, we have sent:
– A letter regarding the ‘bubbles’ with information about the bubble day including drop off and collection arrangements. For those who have said yes to returning, you should have already have received an e mail via School Comms regarding returning days and times. If you have not, please contact your child’s class teacher via Class Dojo.
– A letter from the Director of Education which includes confirmation that the end of term is now 17th July 2020
– A link to our Schools Reopening page with the following tabs:
• Latest re-opening news
• Swansea Local Authority Consistent Principles
• Brynmill Primary re opening FAQs (regularly updated)
• Translated letters from LA for re-opening
Later this week, teachers will be sending out a ‘Coming Back to School’ Booklet aimed at preparing the children for their return to school. We very much hope that this booklet will help address any anxieties your child/ren might have about what school will be like when they return.
We are also preparing a presentation with information on daily routines including handwashing and promoting the 2 m rule. The link will be sent out in due course.
Swansea Consistent 16 Principles for reopening schools
Swansea’s guiding principles on the return to education opportunities have been drawn up to help schools plan how best they can allow pupils who would like to return to check-in, catch-up and prepare for September. The principles are not prescriptive for all schools but allow as much consistency as possible in Swansea schools, at this time. It is accepted that every school is different and safe return will be based on the school’s own risk assessment.
The local authority’s and schools’ primary focus must be the physical and emotional wellbeing of staff and learners.
Schools need to make provision available for vulnerable children (for check –in or respite) and the children of key workers (which now includes school staff) between 15 June and 24 July. Emergency childcare takes primacy.
Wherever possible, all pupils should have contact with their current and next school year’s class teachers/form teachers when they attend their school. The contact can be virtual.
All children should be offered a few visits to school in the four-week period between 29 June and 24 July. A school’s risk assessment will determine frequency. There will be no minimum number.
There will at least be a virtual opportunity for transition between primary and secondary schools.
Schools will be responsible for determining sessions for check-in, catch up and preparation for September to be conducted within normal school operational hours
The school-based emergency childcare settings will move to each school between 15 June and 29 June. Childcare will be offered by individual schools for their own pupils (who are vulnerable children or are the children of key workers) between 8.30 am and 3.30 pm during weekdays for the remainder of the summer term. Ensuring this provision will take priority for schools’ planning in terms of capacity.
Schools must not exceed 33.3% occupancy.
The last day of this school term for pupils in Swansea schools will be Friday 24 July. Schools are expected to be open for staff on Monday 27 July (if required).
A simple clear message to parents will be reinforced between 3 June and 29 June to state that schools can offer what is practical and safe. Continuity of learning plans will continue in parallel to ‘check-in and catch up’.
The local authority’s guidance and risk assessments to schools will align with national guidance.
All children to bring their own packed lunch to school unless a school offers half day sessions where no lunch at school is required.
Schools in Swansea will not be open for nursery and reception aged children between 29 June and 24 July. They will return in September.
A consistent corporate approach to staff in shielding households or who are shielding will be adopted so that leaders have a clear message for staff.
All pupils with ALN must have the same opportunity for the check-in, catch-up and preparation for September as other pupils. Individual needs, the child and their families’ voice must be considered and reasonable adjustments put in place to enable access to the check-in, catch-up and preparation facility.
Where possible, parents and carers should travel with their children to and from school, ideally on foot, by bike, scooter or any other means of active travel. Social distancing should be maintained on the journey to and from school.
The Transport Team will work with schools and settings to determine the demand for home to school transport for eligible pupils and will endeavour to meet these requirements.
In providing free home to school transport, priority will be given to those pupils who are unable to attend school without it.
In case parents have not yet filled in the LA questionnaire, here is the info you need:
Regarding any possible reopening of the school, it is vital that parents take note of this paragraph from LA Director:
‘Capacity in schools will vary and many schools will need to introduce a phased re-integration. This
might affect the year groups that can attend and the days available.
Schools will work very differently, at least for the rest of this summer term. Class sizes
will be small and schools will implement social distancing. This means lessons may run
differently, break times and lunch times may be staggered, school start and finish times
may be different. We will be working closely with schools and governors to try to ensure
consistency in terms of principles and approach.’
School will NOT be open for all pupils all of the time. It will not be possible. We hope it will be in the future, of course.
1: Fill in this LA questionnaire
Please understand that it directly affects how we plan for reopening.
2. If you have any questions about this, the LA have provided a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Page.