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Ysgol Ty Coch School

Dysgu Gyda'n Gilydd

Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -02.01.22

School will fully reopen to pupils on Thursday 6th January. 4th and 5th January are designated planning days.

A very limited provision in school will be available on Wednesday 5th January for pupils of critical workers and those considered highly vulnerable. If you meet the criteria for critical workers and need to request a place in school on 5th January, please email louiselangley@ysgoltycoch.co.uk by 10am on Tuesday 4th January. Critical workers are defined as:

➢ Blue light workers, including NHS, Police, Ambulance and Fire Service staff; 

➢ Social care workers (including care homes); and 

➢ Childcare or education staff

Pupils considered highly vulnerable are identified through conversations with children’s services and health colleagues. If your circumstances have changed over Christmas and you feel your child needs to access provision in school on 5th January, please email louiselangley@ysgoltycoch.co.uk by 10am on Tuesday 4th January to request a place. We will confirm directly with families at lunch time on Tuesday 4th January. Please only apply for this provision if you clearly meet eligibility and are scheduled to work and have exhausted all possible childcare avenues.

General Reminder:

  • Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. 
  • Your child must not come to school if they have any Covid symptoms
  • If your child or any member of the extended household is going for a test or receives a positive result, please inform us by email testing@ysgoltycoch.co.uk 

Prevention

  • Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.  
  • Minimise contact between individuals wherever possible.  For younger learners the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older learners it will be on physical distancing where possible.  
  • Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual, ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and promote effective ventilation.
  • Continue enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach.  
  • Where necessary, in specific circumstances, wear appropriate PPE.
  • Wear face coverings (staff and pupils aged 11 and over who are able to, in communal areas etc.). 

 Reactive Approaches  

  • Engage with the Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) strategy.  
  • Manage confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the school community and contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.
  • The school will communicate directly with the school community in the event of a positive case within our school. This level of communication will quite rightly be differentiated depending on the closeness of the contact.
  • As always, please do not publicise information on social media as this can easily be misinterpreted and cause un-intended anxiety. Any concerns or questions should be directed straight to the Headteacher or member of the Leadership Team

It is absolutely vital that school and home continue to work and communicate closely. A reminder of our communication strategy is as follows.

  • Physical Letters – I will write to parents as often as needed and will print and send letters home with pupils
  • Parentmail Email – In addition, I will ensure copies of letters and important information is emailed to parents via our Parentmail service. If you haven’t been receiving letters recently, it is likely there is a problem. Please contact Louise Langley who will sort this out for you
  • Parentmail Texts – Short messages will be communicated by our parentmail texting service
  • SeeSaw – Teachers will be communicating with you via SeeSaw. This is a great way to keep in touch directly with them and a brilliant way to see what your child has been up to in school. In the event of your child having to self-isolate, teachers will be setting work using SeeSaw. If you haven’t got this set up yet, please contact the teacher
  • Twitter – we use Twitter to give general school updates and links to useful information
  • Website – The school website is an effective place to find general school information e.g. Policies etc…Our COVID-19 Risk assessment is also updated on the website for you all to see. www.ysgoltycoch.co.uk
  • Telephone – we will of course also be available by telephone during the school day and until 4pm in the evening.

 

Very best wishes

Dave Jenkins

Headteacher, Ysgol Ty Coch