29th October 2020
I am writing to you with further details of our plans for opening after half term, in the second week of the country’s national ‘Fire break’.
Firstly, I would like to refer you to a letter from the Local Authority which you can find on our website here: https://www.aberconwy.conwy.sch.uk/important-notices/item/966-conwy-councilfire-break-information-for-parents. This outlines some general information on School attendance, Distance learning, Children needing additional support, Transport and Free School meals arrangements.
At Ysgol Aberconwy, we will be operating as follows between Monday 2nd and Friday 6th November:
Years 7 & 8
If your child is in years 7 or 8, the school will be open as normal for them. School transport will be provided in the normal way for them (this includes both bus and taxi provision), and lesson times, school meals and other schedules will be as planned before the decision to introduce a ‘Fire break’. Please note (as detailed in my letter before half term) that we will be finishing school a little earlier at 3.00pm for the foreseeable future.
Years 9 - 13
Students in other year groups will be learning from home during the week. This means that we will be delivering lessons and learning tasks through TEAMs. We will do this by following the normal timetable – so students should log on to their subject TEAM at 9.00am for a morning lesson or 1.00pm for an afternoon lesson to meet with their teachers and to access resources that have been provided for their learning. Teachers will be available to support them in a number of ways either ‘live’ or through ‘chat’ facilities and will be engaging them in learning opportunities using a variety of resources and techniques.
We will be monitoring attendance at these sessions and taking ‘registers’ in the normal way, so please encourage your child to engage with their learning during this time, and let us know if you anticipate any problems accessing TEAMs or the internet so we can provide what you need to continue learning effectively in this way.
We appreciate how challenging this period can be for you and your children, but we are confident that we can continue to provide meaningful opportunities for them, whatever year groups they are in. We will also do everything we can to support you remotely over the phone or by email and to maintain the high standards of learning and support you naturally expect from us.
We would also welcome your feedback on the experience at the end of the week so that we can develop the things we are doing, should the need for future ‘Fire Breaks’ become a reality. In the meantime, I hope this reassures you of our commitment to our students and their learning at these challenging times, but if you need any further information, please let me know.
With kind regards,