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Important Information on Return to School in January

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Welsh Government’s announcement:-

Following this announcement, in regard to the arrangements for the new term in January, 2021, I am writing to confirm the approach for schools in Caerphilly CBC and for us at Cwmcarn Primary.

This decision has been based upon the increasing number of staff shortages due to positive cases and self-isolation together with the concern that these numbers are, of course, unpredictable for the first week of term. All risk assessments will have to be reviewed. It is a Welsh Government decision, not a school's decision.

Monday 4th January will be our INSET as planned and then Tuesday, 5th January and Wednesday, 6th January will be distance learning days for all schools, whilst staffing levels are confirmed.

We aim to have school open to all classes on Thursday, January 7th providing we have enough staff to safely do so. If there are any classes that we are unable to open we will let you know on Monday 4th January.

If we do have any classes that we were unable to open we would provide care for any children whose parents are key workers and had no other childcare options from Thursday 7th.

During the first week of term all children will need to bring their own lunch as the canteen will not be operating. We will also be delaying the start of the rising 3’s and Miss Pyle will inform the parents of the new start date .


Other points to note
Pupils entitled to free school meals will continue to receive deliveries as up to now.
Pupils having provision on site will be required to bring a packed lunch.
The Welsh Government list of key workers is extensive, so priority for applications will be given to those from frontline emergency services, social care and education staff in the first instance, in line with our current context in Caerphilly. In our case, this will only apply where we are unable to open classes from Thursday January 7th.

If you have any questions we will be happy to answer those we can today on dojo, otherwise we will answer them the first day or so of the new term.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy Christmas.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs H Robbins
Headteacher
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