10 July 2020
I write with important updates on our provision over the next few weeks and for our return in September.
Our ongoing provision this term
As many of you will have read in the media, Conwy (along with two other local authorities in Wales) have decided to keep their schools open for an extra week this term, and extend the October half term to compensate. For us, that means that school will be open for students as follows :
- Monday 20th July : Year 7, Year 12*
- Tuesday 21st July : Year 8, Year 12*
- Wednesday 22nd July : Year 9, Year 12*
- Thursday 23rd July : Year 10, Year 12*
[*Year12 sessions run from 9.00-11.00]
On Friday 24th July we will close the school to students to allow us time to deep clean and to prepare for September (see below).
The half term holiday in October will now be extended for a two week period from Saturday 17th until Sunday 1st November.
Keyworker Child Care
Welsh Government have taken the decision that they no longer require Local Authorities and schools to provide key worker childcare after Friday 17th July, and so our provision for these children will cease on that day.
Return to School in September
The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, yesterday confirmed that all pupils will return to school in September, subject to the continuing decline of COVID-19 in the community. She also said schools that can accommodate all pupils from the start of term should do so, but that schools may use the initial fortnight to focus on priority year groups, such as those new to secondary schools or those sitting exams, before returning to full capacity. Where possible, she has suggested that students will be placed in groups and they may interact with their peers with limited social distancing, whilst adults will continue to follow guidance on social distancing. The Welsh Government will publish September's updated operational and learning guidance next week.
We will let you have more details about what this will mean for Ysgol Aberconwy students, before the end of this term, but in the meantime if you have any questions about these changes, please get in touch.