Updated guidance: face coverings, PE kit and equipment

2nd September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

This letter supplements last Friday’s correspondence with additional information.

Updated guidance: face coverings, PE kit and equipment

We have been planning and preparing for our pupils to return to school safely and we are looking forward to their return. We would like to provide you with some updated information so you can help your child to be fully prepared for the new term.

Face Coverings

The Welsh Government recommends the use of face coverings/masks for pupils aged 11 and above, indoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, including in school and on school transport.  Pupils will therefore need to wear face covering/masks from their first day at school in the following areas:

  • School transport /public transport
  • School corridors
  • Queuing for lunch
  • Toilets

The reason for this is that social distancing between contact groups in these areas of the school is more difficult to achieve. As pupils will be removing and replacing the face covering throughout the day it is advisable to store it in a sterilised plastic bag (ideally zip-locked) to support the hygiene of your child.

Pupils may be excused from wearing face masks where there is a medical/health reason not to do so.  If this is the case, parents/carers should contact the school nurse.

Handmade washable face masks will be available for purchase from school (£3/£4 for child/adult), and all proceeds will be used to support our community through Pontarddulais Partnership (registered charity). More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/CanolfanYBont28/posts/3413095142075378

Please ensure you provide your child with a mask. If your child does not have a mask you will be contacted by a member of staff. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

 PE Kits

We encourage your child to wear their PE kit to school when they have PE on their timetable. However, pupils may use the outdoor changing rooms if they wish to change for PE lessons.

 Equipment

Due to the current guidance staff will be unable to provide equipment for your child due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Please ensure that your child has the following items:

  • Black/blue pens
  • Pencils
  • Coloured pencils
  • Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Glue stick
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser

All additional information regarding your child returning to the school can be found here:  https://pontcomp.co.uk/return-to-school-september-2020/

Thank you for your continued support and please contact the school if you have any further queries. Please be assured that the safety of your child, in our care, is and will always be our top priority.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Gareth Rees

Headteacher