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Newsletter 9 (Friday 12th November 2021)

Newsletter 9 (Friday 12th November 2021)

by Abercarn Admin -
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Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week! It’s already the middle of November! Time is going so fast! Lots of important messages this week, please be sure to read the icy mornings drop off routine.

Please continue to help us with Covid.

Please wear a face covering when you are on the school site, we provide these for you at the entrance. More and more parents are deciding not to wear them, please do! They will be beneficial especially when it is congested.

Please keep your distance as much as possible. I know there is congestion around Year 1 on the Foundation Phase yard particularly at the end of the day but please bear with us as we do not have any other way of exiting the area. Also in the mornings, please walk around the one-way system, we have several parents continuing to ignore this by just doing what they want and this causes even more congestion.

Icy conditions routine

Please pass this information to anyone who may drop off / collect children. Now that winter is approaching, we will need to have a routine for dropping off when it is icy. Afternoon collection will not be affected (afternoons remain unchanged) but dropping off will be slightly different! On icy mornings use the gritted areas only and walk slowly on site.

On an icy day you will receive a text in the morning stating that we will have our icy drop off routine! Staff will also be outside helping to re-direct. If you don’t receive a text and staff are not re-directing then it is the usual routine for dropping off. This routine is only for icy mornings only. Remember to always walk on site and only walk on the gritted pathways.

If you receive a text and staff are outside re-directing then the following procedure must be followed:

Breakfast Club

Enter through the Junior door – opens at 8.10am and last entry is 8.35am. Wait in the Year 3 and Year 6 waiting area. Breakfast club staff will be at the Junior door.

Nursery

No change. Walk down to the Nursery gate and drop off like you do now.

Reception

Walk to the front yard and line up on the front yard. Staff will come out to collect children between 8.50 and 9.00am. Please do not play on the yard as although it will be gritted there may still be icy patches. Please wait on the yard until staff arrive. Staff will come back and forth to collect children.  Please bear with us. 

Year 1

Drop off at the class door but do not walk down the drive and across the Astro. Walk directly to the door by walking in front of the main entrance. Stay right and walk past any queuing people. Drop off and then exit the way you came in.

Year 2

Walk to the front yard and line up on the front yard. Staff will come out to collect children between 8.50 and 9.00am. Please do not play on the yard as although it will be gritted there may still be icy patches. Please wait on the yard until staff arrives. Staff will come back and forth to collect children.  Please bear with us! 

Year 3 – (both classes)

No change – Line up in the usual area and staff will direct children into the building through the Junior door.

Year 4/5 JJ, HH and RT (all classes)

Line up in the middle of Year 3 and Year 6. There will be a board for children to wait behind. Do not walk to the classroom doors. Staff will direct children into the building through the Junior door. Please drop off at the main gates rather than walk in with children. This will reduce congestion.

Year 6

No change – Line up in the usual area and staff will direct children into the building through the Junior door.

I understand it will be busy and there will be more people around. In fact, there will be much more congestion but I must try and get all children into school safely, in separate groups whilst also looking after anyone who is on site!

It is really important to wear a face covering especially if there is more congestion on site, please do so and create as much space as possible between you and others.

Inclement Weather

Abercarn Primary School has detailed procedures in place to deal with inclement weather conditions. The decision to close our school will never be taken lightly and a full risk assessment will be undertaken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of pupils, staff, parents and visitors prior to any decision being made.

As you can appreciate there are many factors that will affect the safety and wellbeing of our school community including the condition of access roads / paths, availability of staff and conditions within the school site itself to name but a few.

Every effort will be made to keep Abercarn Primary School open during any adverse weather conditions although this cannot be guaranteed.

Please read our Inclement Weather procedure here: https://inclementweather.abercarnprimary.com

Please note that we will offer home learning / distant learning if closure due to adverse weather continues for more than 2 days. Please ensure Chromebooks are taken home and fully charged. We would start home learning on day 3 of any closure.

COVID Advice and Sickness

Please do not send your child to school if they are any way unwell! We need to do everything possible to reduce the spread of the virus. If your child is unwell and you are unsure, please keep your child home!
 
Government advice has changed regarding contacts or Covid cases in households. If there is a positive case in your household or someone has symptoms – please do not send children to school. Arrange a PCR test. Children can return to school if a negative PCR test is received. Negative PCR results can be emailed to acnpa@abercarnprimary.org. A useful chart is attached


If your child has a sickness bug you must keep them off for 48 hours from the last time, they were sick. This is Public Health Wales advice. Please do not send your child to school before 48 hours as this is causing the bug to spread and along with COVID it is causing lots of children to be off school. We have enhanced cleaning every day to make sure classrooms are nice and clean, please help us on this matter!

Nut Free School and Cakes

We actively encourage being a “Nut Free” school. We have several children who have severe allergies to nuts. Please make every effort to ensure any food / sandwiches brought into school is as nut free as possible e.g. no snack bags of nuts, snickers bars or peanut butter. Thank you so much!

We are happy to share cakes for Birthdays but please remember shop bought cakes only and also to send in a couple of days before the actual birthday so we can follow our risk assessment. Many Thanks

Remembrance Sunday

Our Head children, Ethan and Maisie visited the Cenotaph in Abercarn on Wednesday to participate in the Remembrance Service and lay our wreath. Both children represented our school beautifully! Thank you both! The service will be released on our YouTube channel on Sunday at 11am to coincide with the Remembrance Services around Wales and the UK.

Children in Need and Culture Day

It is Children in Need on Friday 19th November 2021 along with our termly Culture Day. The country this time is France. We will combine both days. Children will be able to wear the country colours (blue, white and / or red) or fancy dress for Children in Need / Non uniform with spots or Pudsey things etc. We do not expect anything special to be purchased. Any donations that you’d like to make to Children in Need can be made online here:

 https://justgiving.com/fundraising/Abercarn-Primary