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Update on school return Tuesday 23rd February

Dear Parent/Guardian


I am sure you are all frustrated at the lack of clarity on the situation returning to school. Can I reassure you that we are all feeling the same. We really want the children back at school as it is not only important for them developmentally but also socially and academically. However we are sure that you understand that staff and governors must be confident that we can do this safely.


As we have not as yet received up to date guidance on how the Welsh Government would like us to do this safely, we have worked on plans, which best support our individual school situation and our level of staffing. Please remember that any shortage in staffing reduces the provision we can offer and we must think safety first. As well as foundation phase pupils returning to school, it is also expected that we provide a hub for key worker pupils and online learning continues for KS2 pupils. Please note if your child is a foundation phase pupil and has a full time place in the hub they will attend school full time from Tuesday 23rd February. They must continue to receive a full time place.


As there will be a very important update from Welsh Government on 19th February we ask for your patience as we need time to digest and plan for further changes. To this end school will not start for pupils until Tuesday 23rd February. Individual school plans will differ as their school size and staffing levels are different. We aim to bring full time nursery pupils in at the same time as reception pupils, as they are used to school and are much more independent. Part- time nursery,new starters and those who should have started full time, will not return until all other pupils are confident with the new systems that are in place and can support the new starters. By this time we hope that our staff who support with intimate care, (for our 3 year olds) will have received the vaccination.  In the meantime, Bethania Chapel will continue to provide weekly nursery work packs with activities for you to do at home. As well as KS2 packs.


Pupils will arrive and leave school at separate times. It is important that you arrive with your child at their time, not before or later. It is more important than ever that you wear a face mask and leave promptly once you have dropped off your child. The new strain of the virus is more potent and is more likely passed through close adult contact. Hub pupils will continue to arrive at 8.50am and leave at 2.50pm but will be collected by the hub leader from the rear car park entrance of school. You will also need to collect your child from this entrance at the end of the day. Unfortunately, you will not be able to park in the car park for insurance reasons, so if you are driving in, please park on the street and walk in around the barrier. The door will be locked at 9am and 3pm with no admittance after these times. We have to be strict with timings. Late arrival does not mean you can turn up at the main gate because there are other groups arriving at various times.


All pupils will have had a taster of the new arrangements in school, by Friday 26th February as Welsh Government have stated. All fulltime nursery, reception , Y1 and Y2 pupils will return together on Monday 1st March but remain on staggered timings. All pupils will need a packed lunch and a snack for at least the first week.


Tues 23rd Feb           Full time Nursery and Reception surnames A – M.      9am -3pm

                                   Y1      surnames A - M                                                        9.15am -3.15pm

                                   Y2      surnames A- M                                                         8.45am – 2.45pm


Wed 24th Feb            Full time Nursery and Reception surnames N-Z.         9am -3pm

                                   Y1      surnames N-Z                                                            9.15am -3.15pm

                                   Y2      surnamesNL-Z                                                            8.45am – 2.45pm


Thurs 25th Feb          Full time Nursery and Reception surnames A-M         9am -3pm

                                   Y1      surnames A-M                                                          9.15am -3.15pm

                                   Y2      surnames A-M                                                          8.45am – 2.45pm


Friday 26th Feb           Full time Nursery and Reception surnames N-Z         9am -3pm

                                   Y1      surnames N-Z                                                            9.15am -3.15pm

                                   Y2      surnames N-Z                                                             8.45am – 2.45pm

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via:

Have a wonderful half term .


Mrs L Jones Headteacher