7th September 2021
Please take note of amendments to the end of day routines for KS2 Junior pupils (Foundation Phase pupils including year 2 pupils are not affected).
Parents are requested to wait in the following areas:
- Welsh Department: top/furthest blue door, near the activity wall
- English Department: first blue door, near the yard entrance/exit gates
We also request that all parents wait at least 10 metres from the school building – a line will be marked on the yard – which will allow pupils/parents unrestricted access to the exit gates.
We are also staggering the pick-up times slightly:
3.15pm Dosbarth 5 (Miss Gwenter)
Class 7 (Miss Simmonds)
3.20pm Dosbarth 6 (Miss Jenkins)
Class 8 (Miss Thomas)
3.25pm Dosbarth 7 (Miss Ryan)
Class 9 (Mr Pascoe)
Class 10 (Miss Davies)
3.30pm Dosbarth 8 (Mr Hopton)
Class 11 (Mr Topping-Morris)
We apologise for these changes but they are necessary as yesterday’s arrangements did not work as planned.
G D Evans
3rd September 2021
We would like to welcome you all back for the start of the new term, especially those children who are starting for the first time.
The procedures put in place in July will remain and these can be found on the school website under letters or Covid-19.
We had received official confirmation that the current risk level for RCT is yellow/moderate. This means that the procedures we have put in place will be appropriate and effective. However, as we have previously explained, if the level rises to high, then we may need to revert back to procedures that were in place in the summer term. In order for us to remain safe, I would like to remind you of the current guidelines, outlined in our latest risk assessment:
- Limiting close interaction between pupils where possible
- Avoidance of large groups, eg assemblies
- Face coverings where appropriate
- Visitors to wear face coverings if entering the school building
- Parents to avoid congregating in groups when dropping off/picking up children
In order to minimise risk, we ask that you carefully adhere to the following guidelines:
- Any pupil displaying Covid-19 symptoms must not come to school and must book a PCR test. Once tested, if negative they may return, if positive they must isolate for 10 days.
- Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms or who tests positive will continue to be required to self-isolate – no matter how old they are or if they have been vaccinated or not.
- Anyone displaying Covid-19 symptoms should stay at home and begin to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the date of symptoms onset while making arrangements to be tested. Any other members of the household 18 years and over who have not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 should also self-isolate. If the test result is negative the individual with symptoms and isolating members of the household will not be required to complete the full 10-day isolation period (unless instructed to isolate for other reasons).
- Local health boards are also making Covid-19 testing available to people with a wider range of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle ache or pain, a sore throat, a headache, a runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea.
- For children displaying wider symptoms, parents can book a PCR test online by selecting the ‘book a test if advised by a Public Health adviser’ option.
- Parents can also ring 01443 443151 to book a PCR test if their child has wider symptoms.
- Parents will be requested to immediately collect their child from school if they are too unwell to remain in school; or they have one of the three classic Covid-19 symptoms (i.e. a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of or change to their sense of taste or smell); or there are significant concerns. It is a parent’s decision whether to take the child for a test.
Parents must contact school immediately if they suspect that the child, or anyone in the house, has any Covid-19 symptoms.
Obviously in the first half term we will be operating a cautious approach to any person/child who is displaying symptoms. We will therefore request that children are taken from school should the need arise. We appreciate that this may at times be inconvenient for some but we respectfully ask that parents support us during this period.
We have received communication today from the authority that Breakfast Club will continue at the start of term; we will commence Breakfast Club as soon as possible and once we have received the total numbers requiring the facility. We are therefore unable to provide Breakfast Club for at least the first two days of term, ie Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th.
G D Evans
This year for Red Nose Day we will be having a Disney Day to raise money for Comic Relief.
Comic Relief is a charity dedicated to helping people in need all around the world, so we are raising money to help them in their mission. The Disney Day will take place on Friday 19th March and we are inviting children to dress up as their favourite Disney character with a suggested donation of £1.
There will be a competition for the best costume. There will be a winner for each class who will receive a small prize. Each class winner will then compete for a larger prize in Foundation Phase and KS2. There will also be some other activities such as designing a red nose.
Thank you very much!
The School Council
3rd March 2021
Following the announcement made today, we are delighted to inform you that all KS2 pupils will return to school on Monday 15th March.
In order to adhere to the strict guidelines, minimising risks and maintaining social distancing, we will be operating exactly the same routines as we did in the Autumn term:
- Parents must adhere to the staggered times for both drop-off and pick-up, ie:
- All parents/guardians to follow the one-way systems which remain in place
- Adhere to social distancing and do not congregate
- All parents/guardians entering the school premises MUST wear face coverings
- Immediate communication to school if any pupil (or anyone in the family household) has any Covid-19 related symptoms
- Breakfast Club provision can be accessed by those who were successful in the November/December application process.
For pupils entitled to travel on school transport, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon on Monday 8th March to confirm if your child will or will not be using the bus.
G D Evans
Dolau Primary School is supporting “Safer Internet Day” on 9th February 2021. It’s celebrated across the globe in over 170 countries, with thousands of young people joining in across the UK to explore how they can use the internet responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to focus on online safety with your child – whether that’s trying out some of the learning activities in the Safer Internet Day pack (see below), asking about what they like to do online or using their favourite app or game with them. Your child may also have some remote learning activities this week on internet safety.
The theme for Safer Internet Day 2021 is An internet we trust: Exploring reliability in the online world. Take a look at the pack of ideas below to support this at home or visit saferinternetday.org.uk.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you need further support with online safety at home.
Dolau Primary School Digital Lead
The Safer Internet Day pack:
Letters sent to parents:
Firstly may I welcome you all to the new term and exciting school year! A brief outline of the year’s dates/activities is attached.
In order to ensure safety of pupils, I would be grateful if you could spend a minute looking over the following procedures:
Breakfast club starts at 8.15am – please ensure your child is taken to the hall door where a member of staff will be waiting. Children not going to breakfast club are not allowed on the premises until 8.40am; official supervision is from 8.50am.
When driving children to school, please be reminded that no vehicles are permitted to drive in to the school grounds at any time. When parking please do not park in front of the school gates, nor on any hazard lines or yellow lines. Under no circumstances should anyone stop their vehicle in the middle of the carriageway to drop their child off.
When leaving at the end of the day, please ensure your child(ren) (particularly infants) are supervised at all times and they do not go on to the bankings or play on any of the school equipment/activity trails. Children should not ride their scooters out of the school gates and must be in control when on the pavement.
School gates will be closed at 9am and any child arriving after this time should report to the school office before making their way to class. A child arriving after registration will be marked late for the session (be aware this affects their percentage attendance).
Please inform school as soon in the day as possible should your child’s end of day routine change, or if your child is absent from school. Any parent wishing to speak to a teacher should send in a note with their child to request an appointment/telephone call.
As you are aware, pupils’ attendance and absence is monitored continuously by RCT and we ask for your cooperation in helping us to achieve the highest attendance we can. In light of this we ask that, where possible, you do not take children out of school during term time especially for the purpose of holidays. However should you need to request holiday absence, please submit the relevant form and be mindful that school will not provide homework for the child to take on holiday with them.
Dogs are not permitted on school premises at any time.
G D Evans