We have had to wait quite a while to welcome all classes back to full-time education at Nant-y-Cwm. Afternoon care is also available for the younger children.
What the school day will look like, and the procedures in place.
The following information has been updated to take account of all pupils to return to face-to-face teaching on Tuesday 20th April 2021, for the whole teaching day.
Access to the Kindergarten and main school
Please note that to continue to abide by the current restrictions from the Welsh Government parents/carers will not be permitted inside the Kindergarten or main school buildings and playground unless it is an emergency, or by specific invitation of a member of staff.
IN THE MORNING
Please use one of the 2 car parks to arrive in good time for one family member or carer to walk down to the Kindergarten and/or main school entrances for the start time of 9 am. (Staff will be ready to welcome children after 8.45am.)
FOR SAFETY REASONS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE A VEHICLE AND STOP IN THE SPACE OUTSIDE MAIN SCHOOL TO THE RIGHT OF THE PLAYBROUND GATE (GATE 1).
For the Kindergarten use Gate 2 in the diagram below, and the path from the hall through gate 3. Walk down to the Kindergarten yard, staying socially-distanced from other households. If necessary please wait on the path in a socially distanced queue, noting the tiles denoting 2 metre distances. Before entering the yard through Gate 4 to be greeted by staff, adults should sanitise their hands from the dispenser provided, and don a face-covering (well-made, reusable, cloth masks are preferred to single-use surgical type masks). After the staff have welcomed your child, parents should leave the yard through Gate 5 where there will be another sanitiser gel dispenser attached to the gate.
For main school. There will be cars parked outside the school to the left of Gate 1. If there is a need to wait please maintain social distancing between households to the right of Gate 1. All pupils will use Gate 1 to enter the playground. It will be propped open.
In the playground a member of teaching staff will welcome children. If the pupil is in that teacher’s class they will wait with the teacher. Other class pupils will walk to their relevant building entrance for their class and walk to their classroom.
Once lessons commence Gate 1 will be closed and the front door will be locked and alarmed.
AT LUNCHTIME/IN THE AFTERNOON
Kindergarten. The parents/carers of children not receiving afternoon care should aim to arrive as near to 1pm as possible. Approach via Gate 2 and the path from the hall. Observing 2-metre social distancing, walk down to the Kindergarten yard and wait outside Gate 4 for the staff who will invite you in to receive your child. Leave through Gate 5 in the diagram above.
Main school. The parents/carers of Class 1/2 children not receiving afternoon care should aim to arrive as near to 1.10pm as possible. School finishes at 3.30pm. If you need to wait please use the tarmac area outside main school to the right of Gate 1.
Procedures to be implemented
It is a requirement that staff and parents sign the COVID acknowledgement between the staff and families, and return it to the School by Friday 23rd April. The trustees are requesting that this document is signed before the beginning of each term.
You should not lift share with members of another household to get children to Nant-y-Cwm. Please refer to the Welsh Government guidance (“Travelling safely during the coronavirus pandemic: alert level 4 guidance for the public” – this link has been removed on the gov.wales website, latest travel advice). If some families have no option but to car share to get their children to school, please contact Pete Jewell (trustee) for further advice.
Having play dates or sleepovers is not permitted by Welsh Government at this point in time.
We have implemented a procedure to provide enhanced cleaning of all areas of Nant-y-Cwm.
Staff have been provided with a document alerting them to the symptoms of Covid-19, and the procedure to follow if someone (child or staff member) shows symptoms.
The School’s COVID-19 risk assessment has been updated, detailing the arrangements we have put in place to further minimise the risk of anyone contracting, or transmitting, COVID-19 while at Nant-y-Cwm. There have been a few minor amendments to the previous assessments.
This term, parents of the older children (in Classes 6, 7, and 8) are able to request rapid (Lateral Flow) COVID test kits for those children from Alice in the main school office. These tests are to be undertaken at home. This is a purely voluntary scheme.
Staff are also able to self-administer a twice-weekly rapid (Lateral Flow) COVID test to further reassure them that they are unlikely to have Coronavirus if they test negative, and therefore transmitting it even if they are asymptomatic.