What is happening and when?
Schools will start to reopen on 29th June, with the summer term ending on 17th July.
Childcare provision will be delivered at individual schools between 22nd June and 17th July.
Here are some key points:
- It will not be ‘business as usual’ at the school sites.
- Our absolute priority is to provide a safe environment for pupils and school-based staff and we are taking great care and caution to make changes to our buildings and working practices to achieve this.
- Reopening of our schools will be a gradual process, and remote learning will continue to be a key part of our education provision for pupils
- Our philosophy has always been that young people in Neath Port Talbot are given the best start in life so they can be the best they can be. This partial return to school will ensure young people will not have to go almost half a year without experience of the school setting.
- It will also help to make sure pupils, their parents and our staff are prepared mentally, emotionally and in practical terms for another important return to school – when the September term starts.
- We will continue to work closely with our schools to ensure that they are all in the best place possible to reopen safely for pupils
Since the decision to close schools for statutory provision, our understanding of the virus and its longer-term impacts has continued to develop.
We are now creating the opportunity for children to Check in, Catch Up and Prepare before the start of September.
Head teachers and school staff have been working hard with governing bodies to prepare a smooth return to school for children and young people on June 29th and excellent progress has been made.
Our focus is to provide the best outcome for our children and young people.
There is more detail in a letter to head teachers and you can read it here.
How are we preparing?
Work is already under way with Head Teachers in five distinct areas aimed at managing the phased, safe reopening of schools:
What is being planned?
In each school there will be a phased approach. This means that, at most, a third of pupils will be present at any one time.
There will be much smaller classes, providing secure dedicated time with teachers and classmates.
Head Teachers have already modelled how classrooms could look under the 2 meter social distancing rule, and how their school would operate safely for pupils, considering issues like entry and exit strategies, break and lunch times, use of resources etc.
Each school will develop its own bespoke reopening plan and risk assessment including:
- details on how many pupils will attend each day and from each year group
- how social distancing and hygiene will be managed
- how catering arrangements will be managed, and
- how learning will be modified to meet children’s needs and many other aspects
Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs will address generic operational issues relevant to all schools. If you have specific questions, please contact your school.
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