Updated arrangements for January return

Thursday 31st December 2020

Updated arrangements for January return

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you have been able to relax and enjoy over the Christmas holidays. I received notice this afternoon, from Swansea Council’s Interim Director of Education, that there will be no face-to-face learning for pupils until Monday 11th January in Swansea, at the earliest. This means that our initial plan for Year 11 and Year 10 pupils to return to school next week have now changed. We wanted you to know as soon as possible so that you can make any necessary plans or arrangements. For other year groups there is no change to the original plan.

From Wednesday 6th January the school will continue with a distance learning model, where pupils will follow their normal timetable remotely from home. All year groups are now experienced with this aspect of the school’s blended learning model. Here is the link for information required for learning from home: Pupil Area – Pontarddulais Comprehensive School

The statement from the Interim Director of Education is below (this will be shared via the council’s social media platforms later today):

Updated Position on Swansea Schools Return to Face to Face Learning

All Swansea schools will aim to return to face to face learning from Monday 11 January instead of 6 January. There will be a delay to face to face learning to allow time to consider updated information, expected next week, about Covid-19, including the new variant. All schools will provide online learning from Wednesday 6 January and each school will provide onsite childcare for vulnerable children if needed and critical workers’ children if essential from Wednesday 6 January. The position will be reviewed on 6 January.

Provision for vulnerable children will be available at school, from Wednesday 6th January, and if critical workers need emergency childcare for pupils in years 7 and 8 then contact the

school to check eligibility. A childcare place must be booked at least 24 hours in advance so that resources can be put in place and the booking can be confirmed, as necessary.

We shall endeavour to confirm your child’s physical return to school date as soon as is possible. Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. G. Rees

Headteacher