Hello everyone! Welcome back Foundation Phase and also a big welcome to our Rising 3 children.
Children have settled back into school really well– we are very proud of them all! Well done! There has been lots of smiley faces every day – great to see (parents smiling as well as children too). We are still not out of the woods yet and we have lots of procedures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible but at least we can see some light at the end of the tunnel. We may still have positive cases and may need to isolate but hopefully it will be a little less than it was before Christmas. I am proud of our school community for everything we have achieved for what is coming up to nearly a year of disruption. This time last year we were anticipating some sort of disruption but never thought it would’ve been quite like what we have experienced. Thank you everyone!
As you already know the Welsh Government announced last week that we will be welcoming back Key Stage 2 children from 15th March 2021 but until then remote learning will continue. We have not received any further details or operational guidance from the Welsh Government yet but as soon as we do I will let you know what the plan will be! I don’t anticipate we will receive anything for a little while but we are aiming for the remainder of Key Stage 2 children to attend from 15th March 2021.
We have started to give out Chromebooks, just to clarify the Chromebooks will not only be beneficial for remote learning but will also be used to support our day to day learning in school and at home e.g. homework, research tasks, IT Skills, Abacus maths, Seesaw, reading, National Tests etc. Being provided with a Chromebook helps to ensure no child is disadvantaged and helps reduce the digital divide. We will expect Chromebooks to be brought into school on many occasions in order to support “blended learning” which means starting a task in school and finishing at home and also for teaching IT Skills. It does not matter if your child already has a Chromebook or device, please use this one!
Covid-19 - Important
Please remember that although we have started back to school COVID-19 has not gone away. We ALL need to follow the rules, create space, wear masks and wash hands as much as possible. Please do not gather at the school gates and please do not stop for a chat with friends keep moving and keep your distance. By now, we all probably know people who have been affected by COVID and understand that it can affect people in different ways – some may not show any symptoms while others are severely affected We do need to work together to ensure we do not see a rise in cases.
- All adults – please wear a face covering / mask when on school property. Spare masks are in a white box near the gate – help yourselves if you have forgotten yours. The only exception is for medical reasons. Please wear a mask. Even if you are just standing in by the gate do your bit!
- Sanitise hands on entry to the premises.
- Keep your distance from others. In areas that you need to cross – do so with as much space as possible between you and others. When waiting / queuing keep your distance spread out!
St David’s Day
St David’s Day is Monday 1st march 2021. We will be celebrating St David’s day both in school and remotely. Children have been participating in tasks this week and we will be having lots of competitions too! Children can wear Welsh costume, welsh clothes, rugby shirts etc to school on Monday instead of uniform.
World Book Day
It is World Book Day on Thursday 4th March 2021. Children will participate in some tasks / competitions in school and will be sending home a World Book Day voucher. Children can wear a costume to school if you like or wear uniform – no pressure.
Lunch and Fruit
Hot food will be available from Monday 1st March 2021 – Parents need to ensure Upay accounts are topped up. Hot food is available for Key Stage 2 children as well although if children entitled to Free School Meals have hot food in school deliveries will stop to the home. Fruit will be available free to all children. Children can also bring in a healthy snack too.
There is a delay with the bags so we have now started to distribute the Chromebooks in order for us not to waste any more time and get them to the children as quickly as possible. We will provide a bag when they arrive. Parents need to sign an agreement. The Chromebook allocated and will belong to your child for the duration of their time with us.
If your child is in KS2 and you have not collected your Chromebook yet – please ring the school office so we can arrange collection. Take some time to set up all the usual platforms we use such as Seesaw, Google, Abacus, Purple Mash etc. We have provided your child’s Hwb login and Google login. The Hwb login is required to log into the actual Chromebook. The Google login is for everything else (abercarnprimary.org). When setting up Google and Seesaw etc – make sure you use the Google email and password and it is not reverting to the Hwb login – you may need to click “use another account” as it may automatically use your Hwb details.
If something happens to the Chromebook – accidents do happen –let us know so we can sort something out e.g. repair or replacement etc. Please make every effort to keep the Chromebook secure and look after it. If it is stolen – please let both the police and us know.
There will be teething problems. We are giving out over 130 Chromebooks – I am sure there will be issues. Let us know and we will sort them for you!
check out: https://chromebooks.abercarnprimary.com
It has lots of useful information about Chromebooks, Connecting your Chromebook, Google G-Suite guides and E-Safety information, well worth a look.
Positive Cases and Test Results
Please use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address to alert me to any positive test results out of school hours. Please only use this email for positive results out of school hours only. Use the school email address for any other information you wish to share. If you use the out of hours email address – please expect a call from me using a withheld number.
Do not send children to our Childcare Class if your child is:
- Symptomatic and / or
- He/She or a family member is waiting for test results.
Wait until you have received the result and your child is better before sending your child to school!
If we have a case in school classes will need to isolate for 10 days. Please be alert and ensure the number we have on file for text messages is up to date as we will use a text to alert you to case and any isolation required – it maybe late at night or early in the morning – please be alert.
Lateral Flow Tests
Please be aware that in line with Welsh Government guidance staff will be undertaking Lateral Flow Tests twice a week. We have not yet received the tests from the Welsh Government to start them at the moment. Hopefully we will be receiving tests today to start next week. When we do start, BE PREPARED - classes may need to isolate if a member of staff receives a positive tests result. The length of isolation may vary as it may be temporary or for the full 10 day period – it will depend on whether a 2nd positive result is received from a PCR test. If a PCR test gives a positive result then 10 days isolation will be required from the date of the positive LFD result. If the PCR test returns a negative result then everyone can return to school. You will be notified by text of any positive result and isolation period.
It is around this time in the year when we have our 2nd Parent Evening. Due to us not being in school for the past 6 weeks we will delay parent evenings until after Easter. When we do have them, we will continue with remote video appointments like we did in the Autumn Term. Further details will follow after Easter. This will also give teachers some time to assess children as they return to school etc.
Nursery and Rising 3’s PE / Games
Nursery / Rising 3 PE / Games will start on Friday 5th March 2021. Children to wear their kit to school. Please ensure they wear trainers as it will be outside.
PE / Games
PE / games will continue this term although it will be outside for the time being. Please ensure children wear appropriate kit to school for outside PE / Games on their allocated day.