Parent Bulletin No. 23
I hope you and your family are well. In today’s letter I will outline the arrangements for pupils’ return to school along with some of the changes we have made to our routines from when pupils last attended in person before Christmas.
Pupils will be returning to school on the following days:
Year 11 Monday 15th March 9:10 start
Year 10 Monday 22nd March 9:10 start
Key Stage 3 pupils will attend school for one day prior to the Easter break as follows:
Year 9 Wednesday 24th March 9:00 start
Year 8 Thursday 25th March 8:50 start
Year 7 Friday 26th March 8:50 start
Can I ask that pupils do not arrive at school more than 10 minutes before their start. Breakfast club is available by prior booking only. I appreciate that some parents may find the offer of only one day for KS3 pupils disruptive but we are offering as much as we can within the parameters set out by Welsh Government. Unless we hear differently then we expect all pupils will return to full time schooling after the Easter holidays on Tuesday April 13.
Additional Safety Measures
Following the latest advice and guidance from WG and Public Health the following measures are in place from March 15. These are on top of the usual priorities of social distancing, stringent hygiene and keeping year groups separate.
- Face Coverings – These are to be worn in communal areas, when moving around school and when in lessons. They can be removed when eating, drinking or taking part in physical activity.
- Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) – These are available to pupils in Years 10 and 11. Year 11 have collected their kits this week and commence testing this Sunday. We will arrange for Year 10 pupils to collect theirs by next Friday in order to commence testing on Sunday March 21.
- Ventilation – Windows in rooms will be open at all times to improve air circulation. This may make the room feel colder than normal so pupils may want to consider wearing an extra layer under their uniform.
Uniform is to be worn as normal. If there is any reason why pupils cannot wear their uniform then please contact their Form Tutor or Progress Leader.
Food is available; however, it will be a limited menu of “grab and go items”. I recommend all pupils bring a bottle of water with them every day. Packed lunches are welcome. Pupils in Years 7-9 who qualify for free school meals will continue to receive their payments direct.
Provision for Key Worker and Vulnerable Children
We will continue to offer places until Easter. If you wish to apply for a place for your child at school there is now an online form to fill in via our website. This can be found under the Parents tab on the Homepage or via the following link https://www.argoedhs.co.uk/placementbooking/
Can I ask that you contact school no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday to request a place for the following week. This will allow us time to plan rotas and ensure we maintain a safe environment for everyone in the building.
Year 9 Options
Pupils should have completed their free choice survey today. If your child has not done so or is having problems then please contact Mr Goodson urgently on Monday.
There will be a presentation from myself to parents of Y11 pupils explaining how GCSE grades will be awarded this year on Wednesday next week at 5pm. The session should last no longer than 30 minutes and will be uploaded to the school website for anyone that cannot attend. Invites will be sent out via Microsoft Teams. We will follow this up with a virtual parents’ evening the following week where you will have an opportunity to meet your child’s subject teachers. Appointments will be made via the school website and further information will be given next week. Other year groups will receive virtual parents’ evenings later in the year.
Just before writing this I went to see some of our Year 11 pupils who had come to collect their testing kits. It was lovely to finally see our students again and I cannot wait to welcome them back next week. Many were excited to be returning but clearly, there will be some who are nervous and apprehensive. We will do all we can to ease their transition back into school and support them as they return. I will give an assembly on all pupils’ first day in school to explain the measures in place at school and hopefully reassure them.
If you have any questions in the meantime then please get in touch.
Take care and best wishes.
Mr P Smith