Plans for September 2020 opening from Mrs Williams
06-Jul-2020 – Leaflets to support parents
29-Jun-2020 – A free Story Book
Please follow the link to a free story book resource to support the return to school of pupils from Powys County Council
25-Jun-2020 – Check in, catch up
24-Jun-2020 – Emergency Childcare Hubs
19-Jun-2020 – Transport Guidance document
17-Jun-2020 – Letter from Cllr Phyl Davies, see both English and Welsh versions below
10-Jun-2020 – Video from Cllr Phyl Davies
09-Jun-2020 – Supporting your return to School
Please view the link for latest from Powys CC
09-Jun2020. Letter from Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property on the Phased re-opening of schools
We want to share with you the latest information about the phased re-opening of
schools in Powys.
The Minister for Education in Wales, Kirsty Williams, announced on 3 June 2020
that all children would have the opportunity to ‘Check in, Catch up, Prepare’ for
summer and September. The next phase will start on 29 June 2020 with term
extended by a week and will end on 27 July 2020.
This is an anxious time for everyone. We know that we have seen a fall in
COVID-19 cases nationally and your actions have made a big contribution to
this. We also know that some families and children have found lockdown very
difficult to cope with. Some will have been personally affected with loss and
grief, others will have encountered financial challenges and we have all
experienced change and uncertainty. The next stage is how we can now open
things up gradually and sensibly so that we do not see an increase in cases
We know you will feel uncertain and have many questions about your child’s
individual circumstances. We want to help deal with those questions and
address your concerns. The safety of children and staff is our priority.
Pupils who are in receipt of a shielding letter due to their medical vulnerability or
who live in a household with someone who is in receipt of a shielding letter
should not return to school.
School leadership teams will be carrying out risk assessments to help them
identify the approach that is right in your child’s school.
As a council, we acknowledge that not all schools will be able to meet the Welsh
Government’s ambitions immediately. Capacity in schools will vary and many
schools will need to introduce a phased re-integration. This might affect the
year groups that can attend and the days available.
Schools will work very differently, at least for the rest of this summer term. Class
sizes will be small and schools will implement social distancing. This means
lessons may run differently, break times and lunch times may be staggered,
school start and finish times may be different.
We will be working closely with schools and governors to try to ensure
consistency in terms of principles and approach. Because some children will be
in school while others are at home, teachers will need to consider how they can
balance the various approaches to teaching.
If your child requires home to school transport, these arrangements will change
as strict safety and social distancing arrangements will be applied on the
vehicles. We will provide further details in due course.
We know that schools not being fully open can create difficulties for working
parents and will be creating a set of frequently asked questions for the council’s
website at www.powys.gov.uk/schools which will be published later this week.
As a local authority and individual schools, we now need to plan carefully for the
re-opening of schools and need to know how many children will attend school
during this period and how they will be travelling to and from school and we
have created a survey for parents to fill in. You will need to complete the survey individually for each child. You can access the survey here – https://tinyurl.com/school-reopening-survey – and your responses will help us and your school greatly with our planning process. Please complete the survey for each individual child as soon as
possible and by Friday, June 12 at the latest.
The Education Minister has said that pupils are expected to attend school.
However, we know that personal circumstances can change for parents and
carers. These changing circumstances might influence your decision whether to
send your child to school or not. We will be understanding of this, whatever your
decision, over this challenging period.
Thank you in anticipation of your continued support. I will write to you as soon as
we have received further guidance from Welsh Government.
Cllr Phyl Davies
Cabinet Member for Education and Property
03-Jun-2020. Council statement on schools
The safety of children, families and school staff in the county remain the main priority for Powys County Council following the announcement by the Wales’ Education Minister.
Kirsty Williams announced on Wednesday, June 3 that schools in Wales will start the next phase on June 29 so that all children will have the opportunity to ‘Check in, Catch Up, Prepare for summer and September’.
Reacting to the announcement, Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: “From the beginning of this pandemic, we have made it clear that our main priority has always been the safety of children, their families and school staff and this still remains the case
“Some of our schools and early years providers have remained open to provide childcare for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children throughout the lockdown, including at weekends and bank holidays. We want to say thank you again to all the staff who have worked tirelessly to make this happen.
“We understand the pressure families are under, and the importance of ensuring that children are able to return to school when it is safe to do so. We also appreciate parents’ genuine concerns about sending their children back to school.
“Here in Powys, we have been working hard to put plans in place for increasing the operation of our schools to enable more children to attend when the time is right to do so. We have been working closely with headteachers, governors and school staff, and discussions are continuing with Welsh Government and the teaching unions.
“Risk assessments are being carried out at all of our schools across the county. Each school is being individually assessed on its own situation, and it may very well be the case that ‘a one size fits all’ approach will not work. This means that some schools may not be able to offer the same level of provision, which will depend upon on building space and staffing capacity. The main consideration is to keep everyone – children and school staff – as safe as possible.
“Parents will be updated over the coming weeks on the specific arrangements and the measures that are being put in place to allow us to do this.
“I would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can, and we will keep you informed every step of the way, but please bear with us as it may take some time to put all these arrangements in place.
“In the meantime, our schools are continuing to work hard to support children with their learning at home; and if you need any additional support at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your school.
“Thank you for your continued support and co-operation, we will be providing you with an update as soon as we can.”
22/05/2020 – Distance Learning – A Guide for Parents from ERW
22/05/2020 – Letter from Calon Cymru Cluster
Please see below various links for your information.