Updated arrangements for the new academic year 2020-21

Wednesday 9th September

Updated arrangements for the new academic year 2020-21

Dear Parent/Carer,

Pupils have generally made an outstanding start to the school year.  The manner in which they are embracing their social responsibility to others is a credit to themselves and to parents/carers for clearly preparing them well for their return to school. We are all too aware that transmission rates are creeping up across the UK and in Wales so our collective efforts are going to be crucial over the coming weeks and months. This letter is intended to update you with additional information that supplements previously shared communications regarding ‘return to school’ found here: https://pontcomp.co.uk/return-to-school-september-2020/

I am pleased to confirm that school lunches will be served across all Swansea schools from 14th September. It will not be possible to serve refreshments during break time, though pupils will still be able to bring in a snack to eat break time if they wish. The lunchtime menu can be found here: https://pontcomp.co.uk/new-menu/ and at the end of this letter. A lunchtime meal deal will be served in disposables for ease and speed of service, there will be one hot and three cold options A,B,C and D with a 3 weekly rotational menu. The cost of this meal is in line with the present free school meal allowance at £2.40 per meal, posters will be displayed for children to see what is on offer. Pupils will continue to stay within their contact groups (year groups) throughout lunch time.

We have had confirmation that the biometric system can be used, sanitiser units will be placed before children get to the till points for use. This will allow their hands to dry prior to using the biometric reader so that it will register. We would encourage parents and staff to use the internet Squid payment system to further reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. Whilst we are starting on the 14th September, with a limited service, we expect this to evolve with demand.

Please continue to support our safeguarding measures by ensuring that pupils bring their own equipment to school such as pens, pencils, rulers, calculators etc. However, under no circumstances should pupils be bringing in scissors, sharp objects or any type of cutting device/equipment. Chewing gum is not allowed in school. As well as often being discarded unhygienically it could also act as a vector of a myriad of pathogens including Covid-19.

The staggered end of the day appears to be working well so far. At the start of the day we would be very grateful if parents could drop off pupils at the end of the designated drop off lane to ease congestion and to keep the traffic flowing smoothly.

REMINDER: You must not send in your child if they are exhibiting any Covid-19 related symptoms (flu like symptoms, a continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste and/ or smell). If any pupils develop symptoms during the day, parents/carers will be contacted and expected to pick up their child immediately. Everyone must be aware that the risk of spreading Covid-19 cannot be totally mitigated.

Please contact the school if you have any additional questions. By working together, we can give every child the best opportunity to succeed and collectively keep the Covid-19 transmission rate as low as we can in our wider community whilst continuing to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. We shall continue to support you and your family as much as we can. Finally, I hope your child has enjoyed their first few days back in school. If they continue as well as they have started they surely shall reap their rewards both in terms of their learning and developing their character encapsulated in our motto “Learn to live…live to learn”.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Gareth Rees