Thank you all for your patience and understanding during the first phase of our reopening during September. I don’t think that as a nation any of us had imagine we would see such a swift resurgence of the virus and we have had to continue to react (sometimes at great speed) to the situation on the ground.
Wednesday (30/9/20) will see the start of phase 2 of our reopening plans and is designed to coincide with a forecast change in the weather during which we may see a greater need for indoor space for pupils particularly at break and lunchtimes. The pupils have been magnificent during the last month or so in working within the current restrictions and we hope that the changes we make this week will see a similar response from them during the winter months.
In order to facilitate even fewer ‘bubbles’ across the school day and so reduce the potential for transmission of the virus still further we are also removing tutorial sessions on a trial basis from Wednesday and slightly reorganising the school day accordingly. We also recognise the need to try and extend lunchtime a little and so this has been built into our plans.
If these changes affect either the start or the end of the school day for your children you should have received a text message from the school on Friday afternoon giving you as much notice as possible of the change to allow you to plan accordingly. May I remind you that from Wednesday of this week, start and end times for the school day are as follows:
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
School day starts
|School day ends||2.50||2.55||2.50||2.55||
Please help us to provide a safe environment for the whole school community by trying to ensure that your child arrives at school as close to this time as possible and by encouraging them to leave the site at the end of the day in a safe and socially distanced fashion. The current local lockdown situation in Torfaen from 6pm this evening reminds us how vigilant we all need to be in the current circumstances.
Thank you again for your continuing support,
Mr J N Hicks