All schools in Pembrokeshire are already planning and delivering blended learning to their learners and this now includes developing live streaming of lessons where possible.
Schools have introduced a County wide model policy for live streaming acceptable use to parents.
Schools have been training staff in the use of a number of platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Google Classrooms including training and support for both synchronous and asynchronous activity as this supports families in being able to meet the needs of learners at home.
Distance learning through Hwb
Free access to a range of tools and resources. It is suitable for use from Nursery age onwards. Your child will have a login and been how to use it at school.
Pembrokeshire primary school teachers have got together to create a fantastic bilingual online learning resource for county children and families to use at home www.dysguarlein.com
Qualifications Wales is cancelling the spring internal assessment window – due between February 22 and April 23 – for GCSE, AS and A levels.
Qualifications Wales has confirmed that following the Minister for Education’s policy direction on the assessment approach for Summer 2021, it will change its regulations for approved GCSE, AS and A levels in Wales to allow grades to be determined by schools and colleges.
For the most up-to-date information: Qualifications Wales News
Free School Meals
Parents/Guardians of pupils in receipt of Free School Meals will receive a Free School Meals payment every fortnight that the pupils are distance learning, until they return to school. Payment for the period from the 4th January to Friday 15th January will be in parent’s bank accounts on Monday the 11th January.
The next payment covering the period 18th January to the 29th January will be in parent’s bank account on Monday the 18th January and fortnightly thereafter.
The fortnightly payments will be £39.00 per child eligible for free school meals.
Please email email@example.com if you have any queries or on 01437 775912, 01437 775922 or 01437 775250.
New full time pupils
Parents of pupils who should have started school on a full time basis from the 4th January and have older siblings who are eligible for free school meals should contact the Free school meals eligibility team at firstname.lastname@example.org to register their child as free school meal eligible.
Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools
Our Catering Service have considered the safest and most appropriate way of providing meals to pupils using Cashless Catering. For those secondary schools offering a school meal provision when the schools reopen the following measures will apply:
To request a meal account number, or for any further information, please email email@example.com
Who will be eligible for school transport?
Everyone that was entitled before Covid-19 as per the normal school transport policy. However we still urge parents to follow the WG advice and try wherever possible to take their own children to and from school, this will ensure that transport will be available for those most in need.
How will social distancing be kept on school transport?
There will be no social distancing on dedicated school transport in September 2020. The only social distancing that will take place will be on large vehicle (16seats +) between the driver and the pupils/students. This will be maintained by the front row of seats being unavailable for use. There will be no distancing and staff will therefore wear appropriate PPE to mitigate any risks.
Will children be expected to wear a face covering on dedicated education transport?
It will be mandatory for secondary aged pupils and college students to wear face coverings on dedicated education transport unless they have an exemption, for all other pupils it will recommended and actively encouraged.
Please see link to WG guidance on how to make a 3 ply face mask
How many children will be able to travel on each bus/coach?
All seats will be available for use apart from the front row on larger buses (16+ seats), for example, on a 53-seater coach, 49 pupils will be able to travel and on a 70 seater coach, 65 pupils will be able to travel.
How will you make sure that all children that need to use school transport can do so?
As there will be no social distancing between pupils vehicle capacities will be significantly increased to what we saw in July 2020, having spent the summer planning transport for September we are confident that everyone that needs to use education transport will be able to do so. We also expect at least a slight drop off in terms of numbers of pupils using transport as some parents have already expressed a preference to transport their children to school themselves at this time.
Parents have been asked to inform the LA if they are definitely not going to use school transport in September 2020, this will assist us in managing numbers of pupils on transport and allowing concessionary seats to be made available to those pupils not entitled to free transport but have no alternative transport.
Will there be concessionary transport available?
Yes, but as is the case every year we may not be able to offer these until later in September, this is due us not having confirmed numbers of 6th formers returning to school until they physically go back. However, where we can definitely identify spare capacity now we will endeavour to get as many concessionary passes out as we can. For those routes where on paper pupil numbers are very high we will have to wait until the schools start back to enable us to confirm what space is available. We appreciate that this may put pressure on some families but we ask that parents be patient and we will respond to every application for concessionary space as soon as practicably possible.
Will there be more public transport?
In most cases where pupils eligible for school transport travel on public service buses, due to low capacity on these vehicles we will put in place replacement vehicles on a temporary basis to ensure that there is always space for them to travel. This pupils who are not entitled to school transport but utilise public transport to get to school will have to continue using it or find alternative means to get to school.
How will transport look for special schools and those with additional learning needs?
As there is no social distancing the vehicles will be back to full capacity, however, the guidance for ALN transport remain the same as above in that parents are still advised to transport their children wherever possible using active travel wherever possible etc. Drivers and Passenger Attendants will be required to wear PPE due to the need to be in close proximity to the children to carry out their role.
Ysgol Cymunedol Brynconin
The following frequently asked questions have been developed to answer the majority of your queries at this time.
If you have a query about your child’s school please contact the school directly.
Welsh Government continue to monitor COVID case rates across Wales, and how they relate to hospital admissions. The success of the vaccine programme gives cause to be optimistic about the future, and as restrictions are eased across wider society, educational settings should follow a similar pattern.
Three main changes are being proposed to bring some normality back to education ahead of the new autumn term. They are:
Welsh Government will also publish The Local COVID-19 Infection Control Decision Framework at the start of the autumn term so that schools have time to embed new systems during the weeks that follow. The framework will enable schools to tailor some of the interventions to reflect the level of risk identified locally, supported by public health officials and local authorities to ensure measures are appropriate to their circumstances.
We have already met with Headteachers to discuss these changes and will be working closely with our school leaders to make these changes and to continue to ensure the safety of our learners and staff.
It is essential that we all continue to follow the guidance in relation to self-isolation and wash our hands frequently to reduce the potential of transmission in our schools.
It is important that you inform us if your child has a positive test over the holidays, please report this to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org providing your child’s name, year group and school.
All school staff and secondary school pupils are being offered lateral flow testing that they can carry out at home twice a week.
The aim is to quickly identify those who are unknowingly carrying the virus so that they can self-isolate. Many people with COVID-19 have mild, or even no symptoms, but can still spread the virus. With regular self-testing we can slow the spread and help protect the most vulnerable in our families and communities.
Self-testing for COVID-19 is simple, quick and can be carried out at home without the need to attend a test centre or post samples to a lab for analysis. Lateral flow devices (LFDs) are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes.
Testing is voluntary, but individuals are strongly encouraged to take up the offer to further reduce the risk of transmission in those that do not show any symptoms.
It is important to remember that the purpose of the testing is to complement the safety measures that have already been put in place in schools to allow face-to-face learning, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings. Furthermore, a negative LFD result should not be read as a means to relax or ignore social distancing or other measures to help reduce transmission – lateral flow testing is an additional tool that contributes to reducing risk.
The testing kits can be collected from your school, who will also provide you with further information on when and how to carry out the tests and how to record the results, and what you should do if you test positive.
Further information on lateral flow testing in schools including some useful FAQs can be found on the Welsh Government website.
It is essential that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, or who shares a household with someone who has symptoms, must self-isolate, even if your symptoms are mild. To protect others, you must not attend school, nursery, other childcare settings, work, or go to or to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started. They can return to school or work after 10 days if they are well enough to do so.
Anyone in the household who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when the first person in the home started having symptoms.
If a parent thinks their child has symptoms BUT chooses not to put them through a test all household members must remain in self-isolation for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
If you receive a positive test result, you will be contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect Team who will advise you further.
If the test is negative, self-isolation can end for everyone, children may return to school and parents can return to work if they are well enough to do so and as long as nobody else in the household has developed symptoms.
Parents and carers on low incomes with children who are self-isolating are now eligible for a £500 support payment.
Our key priority has always been the safety of children, their families and school staff and this will continue to be our main consideration as we begin to enter the recovery period.
Please be assured that we have been working hard to put plans in place for our schools. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.
Please visit the other pages on this site for further information, which are being regularly updated.