June 5th 2020 Mehefin 5ed

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m sure you have been made aware of the announcement made by the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams regarding the proposed reopening of schools on June 29th.

Although this date is now agreed, I am awaiting the additional guidance from Welsh Government next week in order to be able to communicate to you how this will take place here at Rhos Street School. The Local Authority will then be preparing an online questionnaire for you to indicate whether you will be sending your child into school, so it may be a little while before the picture becomes clear.

Rest assured, we will be spending the next three weeks preparing to open with every safety aspect in mind and look forward to seeing our pupils again. I am in regular meetings with Headteachers, Local Authority and regional representatives as we collaborate with the intention of making this whole process as smooth, safe and as clear as possible.

I think it’s important to stress that this reopening will in no way reflect what we we previously called normal and the amount of time your child/ren will be allowed to spend in school between now and the proposed start of the Summer break on July 24th will be very much limited and could be as little as half a day or perhaps one full day per week. Like I said above, we await the guidance, but the reopening of schools in Wales has been framed as an opportunity to ‘Check in, catch up and prepare.’ This will give us the chance to reestablish direct contact with the pupils who return and help us prepare for the ‘New Normal’ in September, which will it seems, continue to require a blended approach of home learning and face to face contact with teachers in school.

In the meantime, I will ensure that when things are in place and decisions have been made, I will communicate them with you. The safety of all will be the highest priority and I’m sure I can count on your support, cooperation and trust as we work together in securing the reopening of Rhos Street School as safely as we possibly can.

In the meantime, please stay safe and look after one another.

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones