Education letter to parents
9 July 2020
Today (Thursday, July 9) a letter has been sent to parents from the Cabinet Member for Education and the Interim Chief Education Officer. Here is the letter:
Dear Parent / Guardian,
We know the past few months have been difficult for learners, with many anxious about loss of learning and not being able to see their friends. That is why we welcome the Education Minister's plan which will enable the council to prepare for the safe reopening of the schools that can do so in the first week of September, with all schools to return the following week.
At the outset, we want to share as much information as we can with you to understand the arrangements that will be in place from September.
Planning and preparation days will take place at the start of term to review risk assessment, processes and systems to ensure individual schools can welcome pupils back safely.
Some specific groups of learners might need to be prioritised during the first week of term, such as Year 7, 12, 13 and special units for secondary, special units for Early Years and Year 6.
Given the current extraordinary circumstances, we know hard working staff in schools, learners and their families may well be under additional emotional, financial and psychological pressure. The council continues to work closely with schools and settings to consider how best to support the ongoing well-being needs of all learners at this time.
From Monday, September 14th, school attendance for all learners will be compulsory.
The resumption of schooling will also mean that the emergency childcare provision for key workers will come to an end Friday, July 24.
Each school setting will have local challenges to address, including the availability of staffing. Work is underway with colleagues to confirm school transport arrangements. The council and schools will work closely to overcome and resolve such issues.
Please keep an eye on the council's website www.powys.gov.uk, which will be updated with further information as soon as it becomes available.
We recognise that reopening schools in the current climate is challenging. Councils and schools are committed to work together to ensure that learners can continue to learn safely. Welsh Government has also made £28m available to support schools to recover.
Finally, we would like to thank you. These past few months have placed additional stresses on everyone, but particularly for parents and carers who have had to quickly adjust to educating their children at home at a time which is already very challenging.
We hope that you find this letter helpful. If you have any queries or questions, please contact your school.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Portfolio for Education and Property
Lynette Lovell, Interim Chief Education Office