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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 07:35

Coronavirus update

Updated : 7th April 2020

As you are already aware school will be closed from the end of the day 20/3/20.  A copy of the letter sent to all parents on Friday March 20th regarding school closure can be found here.

Following a joint planning day on Monday 23/3/20 at school and cluster level, from Tuesday, schools will re-open for a new purpose.  This purpose is to provide care for the children of essential/key workers during our normal school hours, where there is no other available childcare provision.  

The information below will hopefully elaborate on the provision that will be available in school for the foreseeable future and help you to access it, but if you need any further information, please get in touch.

 

If you are working as a key worker :

If you are working as a "key/essential worker" (as defined here https://tinyurl.com/sqjewep) and you need to access childcare at school on a weekday, please complete the application form here https://tinyurl.com/vqq584q. If you require childcare over a weekend please use this application form : https://tinyurl.com/qw5m5v5.

We strongly recommend that if you are a keyworker and are able to provide alternative childcare provision for your children then you do this rather than send them to school.  School is operating as a ‘last resort’ childcare facility for parents that don’t have another option.  We will rely on your honesty and clarity in this regard and hope that you would not put school staff and any other children at unnecessary risk.  We will let you know what you need to do to access this support as quickly as we can.

Some school transport will continue as usual to support this and this provision will be continuously monitored over the coming weeks.  If you need help with transport to and from school, please contact the school by phone during normal opening hours.

 

If you have a child at Ysgol Aberconwy who receives a free school meal :

If you have a child at Ysgol Aberconwy who would normally receive a free school meal during term time, we are able to offer you a 'packed lunch' for free during the current school closure period.  This will need to be collected from a local school (not necessarily Ysgol Aberconwy) on a daily basis.  If you wish to access this support and you have not previously done so, please contact the school by phone during normal school opening hours.

It is highly likely that Conwy is going to move to a direct payments to parents of students receiving free school payments (as reported in the media this week : https://tinyurl.com/qvg42fw) - we will send you further information on this when we get it.

 

If you have a child in school, who will now be at home : 

If you have a child in school, who will now be at home, we will be supporting them in a number of ways :

  • Up and until the end of the Easter holiday period, we will be continuing to provide work and resources for you to continue learning, in the following ways :

    a) Work has been set for year 7, 8 and 9 through 'TEAMS' and we have set up dedicated pages on our website to share the tasks with you. Please see the links below, and get in touch if we can help in any way :

    Year 7 : https://tinyurl.com/yx2djuaj
    Year 8 : https://tinyurl.com/wem8xe4
    Year 9 : https://tinyurl.com/tcj6p9q

    b) In school we are preparing resources and information for students to access remotely in the unlikely event that schools are asked to close at some point in the future. Most of these resources can be found on the student intranet here : https://aberconwy.sharepoint.com/Student/SitePages/Home.aspx. (Students will need to log in to this page)

    c) As you will know, all subject classes in the school already have the facility to communicate through 'TEAMS' on Office365 - we will use this facility to maintain contact during any period that the school is closed.  If we decide to schedule particular sessions at particular times, we will let you know when these will occur.

    d) Many of our GCSE students are already using 'GCSEPoD' to help them revise. The company have created a pack of resources to help during this uncertain period. If the need arises, we will post information on how to access these and how to use them effectively.

  • Please check back here for further details on how we will be meeting educational needs of students after the Easter period.
  • We will be maintaining contact with a number of families and students occasionally by phone, to see if we can support you in any way.

 

If you have a child in years 10, 11, 12 or 13 who were expecting to take exams this summer : 

Firstly, there will be NO EXTERNAL EXAMS THIS SUMMER.  The exam boards have been working hard to organise the way in which exam grades will be awarded this summer, the relevant information is available for you here :

  • Qualifications Wales have issued a letter explaining how grades for full GCSE and A levels exams will be issued.  You can find it by clicking here.
  • Information for Year 10 and 12 students about what will happen to your exams this summer and how your grades will be calculated at the end of your course in 2021 can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yx5svm34

  • We are still waiting for firm conculsions to discussions from BTEC and City & Guilds - we will update you when we hear from them.

 

Other Information on the national picture :

  • The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, announced on Wednesday 18th March that schools across Wales will be closed from Friday 20th March 2020.

 

Please find a summary of links to advice that is generally available for your information :

  • Specific advice from Welsh Government on a number of topics related to the Coronavirus can be found here
  • Support services for children can be found here. We have other suggestions for support and advice on the Well-being page of our websire : here.
  • Current government advice has been updated and is summarised as follows :

Stay at home for 14 days if you, or anyone in your household, have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Further information/guidance can be found here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

  • Specific details on 'How to Self-Isolate' effectively can be found by clicking here
  • A brief summary of the symptoms of the virus can be found here.

 

 

 
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