Thursday 17th February 2022

Return to school March 2022

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and your family are well.  With the numbers of positive Covid-19 cases showing a steady decline across Swansea schools and the wider community over the last week and a half, the local determination of control measures for schools will now move to ‘high level’ control measures, from ‘very high level’ control measures. This means we will employ some significant changes when pupils return in March. Please continue to support the school by reinforcing the changes below with your child. Staff INSET days will be held on Friday 18th February and Monday 28th February, pupils shall return to school on Tuesday 1st March.

Main Changes

Year groups/bubbles will no longer be in operation. This means that normal session times will resume – no staggered end of the day. All pupils will finish at 3.00 pm. Please note that there will not be vehicle access from Caecerrig Road into the bus bay area, which will also include the adjacent lane, as well as the school car park from 2.55 – 3.10pm, or until all buses, have left. The decision to prevent access to vehicles into this area within the timeframe stated will eliminate the risk of injury to pupils and staff. This was highlighted as part of a recent traffic management risk assessment survey conducted by Local Authority Health and Safety officers.

The school day timings are shown below:

  • Break time refreshments will be available to all pupils every day.
  • Breakfasts will be available again every day between 8.05-8.25am.
  • Face coverings will no longer need to be worn in classrooms. They should still be worn in communal areas such as corridors, toilets and when queuing for refreshments at break and lunch time.
  • Pupils can wear face coverings in classrooms if they wish to.
  • Extra-curricular activities, which involve a mix of year groups can recommence.
  • As part of our asymptomatic testing programme, staff and pupils are strongly encouraged to use LFD tests twice a week. This is reduced from three times a week, and ideally the testing should take place on a Monday and Thursday morning before school. This advice does not impact on arrangements for those identified as contacts of positive cases (who are advised to use LFTs each day for 7 days) or those who have symptoms (who should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test as soon as possible).

Please ensure your child brings a mask with them each day, and masks must still be worn on school transport.

Uniform

Installation of mechanical ventilation has been completed so we can use the indoor changing rooms once more. Therefore, from Tuesday 1st March all pupils must now wear their full school uniform every day. Previously, pupils have been allowed to wear their PE kit to school due to the limited changing facilities. The full school uniform rules can be found here https://pontcomp.co.uk/uniform/. Please can you check a few of these points before your child returns in March:

  • FOOTWEAR: Black and polishable shoes. All-black polishable trainers (black soles, black laces & stitching). No mesh/canvas trainers.
  • JEWELLERY: Only jewellery permitted is one pair of stud earrings to be worn in ear lobes. No facial piercings (lip, nose, tongue).
  • TROUSERS: Plain black tailored trousers. Trousers need to have a zip or button fastening. Leggings or jeggings are not permitted.

Some pupils will be entitled to a uniform grant, which can be accessed here: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/schooluniformgrant

Please contact the school if any further support is required with ensuring your child attends school in the correct uniform.

Key Dates

INSET – Friday 18th February 2022
INSET – Monday 28th February 2022
INSET – Monday 6th June 2022
Additional Bank Holiday – Friday 29th April (confirmed date)

Swansea Council’s term dates for 2021/2022 can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/termdates2022

Due to the approaching Storm Eunice a Red Weather Warning was released earlier today, and all Swansea schools will be closed tomorrow (Friday 18th February). Therefore, staff will be working from home tomorrow during our INSET day. If you need to contact the school tomorrow please do so by email (info@pontcomp.co.uk).

A positive relationship between school and home is key to securing best outcomes for pupils and therefore your continued support is very much appreciated. I hope you can enjoy some time with your family over the half-term break.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. G. Rees

Headteacher