Parent UpdatePosted on: October 20th 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
NATIONAL ‘FIRE BREAK’
What is a Fire-break?
As many of you may be aware a ‘fire-break’ involves a tight set of restrictions, similar to the national lockdown imposed during the spring, but operating for a fixed-period of time. The ‘fire-break’ announced yesterday has been used successfully in other countries, such as New Zealand and Singapore, albeit by other names. They are designed to bring the number of cases down on a national level. First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that the ‘fire-break’ will come into effect on Friday 23rd October at 6.00pm and remain in place until Monday 9th November 2020 on which day all pupils will return to school.
For further information on the national ‘Fire-Break’ please visit the Welsh Government site.
Mr Drakeford has confirmed that half term will remain a holiday period for schools. However, during week two of the fire-break, the week beginning Monday 2nd November:
- Secondary schools will re-open after the half term week for Year 7 and Year 8 students
- Only Year 11, who will be sitting an external examination during the week beginning 2nd November, will be allowed to attend school for that specific exam
- All other students will continue their learning from home
- Home to school transport will continue to operate
Click here to access the First Minister’s announcement.
However, the remaining year groups will not attend school and will access their work remotely using Microsoft Teams. Work will be provided by staff on a daily basis and students should complete their work according to their timetable. Mr Hampson (Assistant Headteacher – Teaching & Learning) will write to you later today providing further details of how, after listening to parents, carers and pupils, we are developing our distance learning offer.
Attached to Mr Hampson’s letter will be a link to a home school agreement, which will require your digital signature.
A number of our pupils will be sitting examinations during the w/c 2nd November (the second week of the ‘fire-break’). These examinations will go ahead as planned. Our pupils and staff have worked tirelessly together to prepare for these exams over the last 2 years and we want our pupils to succeed. Therefore, pupils who are scheduled to sit the exams should ensure that they arrive fully equipped and on time on the day of their examination. The sharing of equipment in the current situation is prohibited. Arrangements should be made to leave immediately after their exam.
For many of our pupils, the prospect of missing more time from school will obviously create further anxiety. However, please know that our wonderful pastoral team will be there to support. As many of you will be aware, during the previous ‘lockdown experience’, these members of staff continued to make weekly calls to a large number of our identified children. We will continue to prioritise many of those individuals during the first week after half term. If you feel that your child would benefit from a similar contact then please do not hesitate to contact the school (firstname.lastname@example.org), by no later than 3.00pm this coming Friday.
I would like to reassure you that, despite once again entering a period of uncertainty, with many of our children learning from a distance, we will continue to work together as one school family, so that all our young people will continue to flourish in all aspects of their life and learning.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our pupils for their behaviour this term. They have shown much grace and good humour in adapting to all the ‘Covid’ arrangements we have put in place.
Dioloch a da iawn bawb. Thank you very much everyone.
I wish you and your families a restful, and safe, half-term break.