Dear Parents and Carers,
As you may now be aware, the Minister has just announced that secondary schools across Wales will be delivering blended learning from Monday 14th to Friday 18th December: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55265317. This is in response to the rapidly changing situation in terms of public health.
This decision obviously overrides the school’s own decision regarding opening next week, as communicated to you in my letters of earlier today and of yesterday.
We are responding as quickly as we can to the changes that are being communicated to us and I am keen that we in turn communicate all of the relevant information to you swiftly.
The key points, then, that we have been told of in the last hour or so are these:
Pupils in Year 7 and 8 whose parents are emergency workers may book for emergency childcare from 14th-18th December.
School staff will be in school throughout the week to deliver blended learning.
Whilst the Welsh Government have issued this directive concerning secondary schools, it does not apply across Wales to primary or special schools, however the LA have taken the decision to move all of its schools to blended learning next week, this including primary and special schools, with the same expectation that they will make childcare provision to those whose parents are emergency workers.
Provision will be made for those pupils entitled to free school meals; information on this will follow shortly.
The Local Authority have issued a letter to confirm all of the above. It is linked here: https://bit.ly/SwanseaLetter10thDecember
In addition, the school’s booking form for eligible Year 7 and 8 pupils to access childcare is here: https://bit.ly/BookingFormYears7and8
With thanks for your understanding that we are working as quickly as possible to keep you informed throughout this rapidly unfolding situation. I know that I need not stress that the decision that has been taken by Welsh Government is in response to the serious escalation of the public health emergency. We urge all of our pupils to ‘stay home and stay safe’, as per the Welsh Government guidance, and wish you and your families good health in these most challenging times.