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LATEST UPDATE

5th March 2021

Dear parents / carers,

Following the announcement from Welsh Government on Wednesday, I am pleased to confirm that all pupils in the primary department will be able to return to school full time from the 15th March 2021.  Our secondary pupils will continue to be offered one week of face to face learning in school and then one week of home learning on a rota system until the Easter holidays. 

If all goes well and we do not have any positive cases within school and community transmission rates continue to fall, we hope to have all pupils back in school full time during the summer term. The summer term starts on Monday April 12th.

Please note that these arrangements are subject to the continuing reduction in numbers of coronavirus cases.  So, it is vitally important that everyone continues to socially distance and not allow children to mix with other families or households outside school.

It has been lovely seeing more of our pupils coming back to school since half term and we look forward to returning to more normality over the next few weeks. We really appreciate your continued understanding and support.

 Kind regards,

Rhiannon Stephens Davies

Head Teacher, Greenfield School

 

 

 

09.02.21

Dear parents / carers

On Friday 5th February, the Minister for Education announced that schools will begin a phased return for Foundation Phase learners from 22nd February, 2021. Greenfield School has been open since January to provide emergency educational provision for the most vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers.

At Greenfield, we recognise that all of our learners are vulnerable and all would benefit from face-to -face teaching to complement the distance learning currently provided. We are therefore in the process of planning a phased return for all pupils over the next half term, alongside Foundation Phase pupils. We need to do this carefully and gradually in order to keep learners and staff as safe as possible. This will involve following our Risk Assessment and will mean that pupils return part-time initially, to keep a safe number of people within each classroom. 

The plans for each key stage will differ due to the increased risk associated with pupils as they become older and reach secondary school age. As soon as a safe and workable plan is agreed, we will share it with you later this week. A phased return to school will begin the week commencing 1st March.

Next week school will be closed for half term (15th to 19th February).

During the first week back after half term (22nd to 26th February) the school will continue to open for children of critical workers and our most vulnerable learners. If you have not already applied for an emergency educational placement and require one for your child during the week 22nd February to 26th February, please make an application by Thursday 11th February, by 3pm.   

We know it has been an incredibly difficult and challenging time for many of our pupils, parents and carers. We are really looking forward to seeing more of our pupils during the next half term and we are hopeful that we can open fully by the summer term, if all goes well.  We very much appreciate your continued understanding and support.

 Kind regards

Rhiannon Stephens Davies

Head Teacher, Greenfield School 

 

 

 

 

 

14.01.21

Dear parents/carers,

Some parents have asked whether we are fully opening on the 18th January. Just to clarify learning will remain online the end of the month in line with all other schools in Wales due to the current situation with the high numbers of Covid 19 in Wales. There will be emergency education places in school for children of key workers and our most vulnerable children. Please refer to my earlier correspondence sent out this afternoon about the process of applying for an emergency education place in school.

Please note that that even if your child had a place in the hub previously you will still need to apply, this is to ensure that we have a fair process for all pupils. The number of applications received will determine the number of days we will be able to offer, this is because we need to reduce the number of pupils in each class so that social distancing can be implemented to keep everyone safe.

Kind regards,

Rhiannon Stephens Davies, Head Teacher

05.01.2021

Dear parents/carers,

Please see the letter attached form our Chief Education Officer Sue Walker.  Following on from that letter I would like to highlight that the plans for this week will remain as explained in my letter sent out yesterday. However, the plans for next week will now have to change.

There will still be inset days on the 11th and 12th of January which means that school will be closed for all pupils on those days and there will be no online learning. From Wednesday 13th January until Friday 15th January there will be online learning provided for all pupils. This will involve a live session with your child’s class teacher at 10:00am every morning. Please try and get your child involved and let your class teacher know if you have any difficulties with logging on or if you have issues with digital equipment. We will do our very best to try and resolve any difficulties you may have.

From Wednesday 13th January until Friday 15th January the school will be providing on-site support for the children of critical workers.  As previously, we would expect this support would only be used if absolutely necessary. If you are a critical worker and require child care support for Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th January please contact the school by 1pm on Wednesday 6th January so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

If your child met criteria and was previously offered a place in the Hub during the lock down last summer please get in touch with the school by 1pm on Wednesday 6th January if you would like your child considered for a place in the Hub from Wednesday 13th January until Friday 15th of January.

Currently the plan is for the school to fully reopen for all pupils on Monday 18th January 2021, however, due to concerns over the rate of infection and cases of Covid-19 this may change. As soon as any decisions are made I will inform you.

We appreciate that this ever changing situation is challenging for both you as parents/carers and us trying to run the school safely. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Rhiannon Stephens Davies, Head Teacher.

 

JAN 2021

Dear parents/carers,

Just a reminder that school will be closed today and tomorrow for all pupils. Online learning will resume for all pupils from Wednesday 6th January until Friday 8th of January.

On 6th, 7th and 8th January, Merthyr Tydfil schools will be providing on-site support for the children of critical workers.  Please note critical workers for this purpose are defined as someone who works for one of the following organisations:

  • Health
  • Social care
  • Fire and rescue service
  • Ambulance service
  • Police
  • Education

As previously, we would expect this support would only be used if absolutely necessary. If you are a critical worker and require child care support please contact the school today by 1pm.

If your child met criteria and was previously offered a place in the Hub during the lock down last summer please get in touch with the school by 1pm today if you would like your child considered for a place in the Hub from Wednesday 6th January until Friday 8th of January.

If your child is coming into school from  Wednesday 6th January until Friday 8th of January they will need to bring a packed lunch as the kitchen is closed.

Please note that we have already booked inset days on the 11th and 12th of January which means that school will be closed for all pupils on those days and there will be no online learning.

Our plans have been to fully reopen for all pupils on Wednesday 13th January 2021, however, due to concerns over the rate of infection and cases of Covid-19 this may change. As soon as any decisions are made I will inform you.

If your child has tested positive for Covid 19 over the Christmas period could you please let school know so that we can continue to monitor the impact this is having upon children and young people.

We appreciate that this ever changing situation is challenging for both you as parents/carers and us trying to run the school safely. We wish you and your families a brighter and better 2021.

Rhiannon Stephens Davies, Head Teacher.   

 

 

Dear pupils, parents/carers, staff and friends of Greenfield,

Please click on the link below if you would like to see the Primary Christmas Production. We hope you enjoy it.

https://youtu.be/R3Yt-iK-JTI AND https://youtu.be/4_ZdZ4iABR0

Merry Christmas, Nadolig Llawen,

Rhiannon Stephens Davies

Head Teacher, Greenfield School

 

 

LATEST INFORMATION 17.12.2020

Dear parents/carers,

Please find below a letter from Sue Walker our Chief Education Officer regarding the plans for returning to school in January 2021. Please note that we have already booked inset days on the 11th and 12th of January, as we have already paid for the training provider we are unable to change these inset dates. This means that most pupils will return to school on Wednesday 13th January 2021.

We are grateful for the support you have given the school over the last term which we appreciate has been challenging for both you as parents/carers and us trying to run the school safely. We wish you and your families a happy and safe Christmas from all of us in Greenfield School.

Rhiannon Stephens Davies, Head Teacher.

 

Dear Parents/Carers

As we approach the end of a difficult year, I know many of you will be keen to know what arrangements our schools will be putting in place for January 2021 in light of moving to Tier 4.  I hope this letter will provide helpful information in respect of start-of-term arrangements.

 The key reason for the move to Tier 4 is to suppress further spread of the virus and to this end all Merthyr Tydfil schools will be using Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January to assess levels of available staff, review risk assessments and ensure schools remain a safe environment for learners.

 This means that, on these two days, no learners will be in school.  It also means that direct online learning opportunities will not be provided by individual schools for their pupils on 4th and 5th January.

On 6th, 7th and 8th January, Merthyr Tydfil schools will be providing on-site support for the children of critical workers.  Please note critical workers for this purpose are defined as someone who works for one of the following organisations:

  • Health
  • Social care
  • Fire and rescue service
  • Ambulance service
  • Education

 As previously, we would expect this support would only be used if absolutely necessary.

 Much in the same way as they have done this week (i.e., using the same eligibility criteria), on Monday 4th January, your child’s school will ask parents to let them know which children will be attending school on 6th, 7th and 8th January.  Please do not contact your school prior to this.

There will be no school meals provided during this week – all children will be expected to bring packed meals – for those eligible for free school meals the current re-imbursement process will be followed.

Pupils who will be learning from home on 6th, 7th and 8th January will receive online learning activities from their schools.

From Monday 11th January, learners will start to return to school.  Your child’s school will let you know how this will happen in January.  It is my expectation that as many learners as possible are educated on-site, as quickly and as safely as possible during this week.

Thank you, once again, for your ongoing support and patience.

Take care – and have a safe Christmas.

Yours sincerely

SUE WALKER

CHIEF OFFICER (LEARNING)

 

LATEST INFORMATION 11.12.2020

Dear parents/carers,

Please find attached a letter from Sue Walker our Chief Education Officer explaining why we have made the very difficult decision to move to online learning from Monday 14th December. We appreciate that this is very short notice but we have been finding it increasingly difficult to operate safely with staff numbers declining due to absences related to Covid-19 and the need for self-isolation.   

I will be asking class teachers to get in touch with you today so that we can discuss any concerns that you may have.

Kind regards,

Rhiannon Stephens Davies

Head Teacher, Greenfield School

 

LETTER FROM SUE WALKER

ONLINE LEARNING – WEEK OF 14TH DECEMBER 2020

You will be aware of the announcement from the Education Minister regarding secondary schools and colleges moving to online learning for the week of 14th December as part of a ‘national effort to reduce transmission of coronavirus’. 

The announcement encouraged special schools and primary schools to remain open.  However, in conjunction with Welsh Government, the local authority and the Governing Body, Greenfield Special School will also move to online learning for the week of 14th December, due to significant health and safety concerns in relation to staff: pupil ratios.

I am confident that Greenfield staff have online learning provision in place for your children next week and whilst face: face teaching within the school setting cannot take place, it is important that your child is given every opportunity to engage in learning activities.

2020 has indeed been a very strange year and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support during the past nine months and wish you all a happy and safe break over the festive period.

Greenfield will re-open on January 4th, 2021.

Yours sincerely

SUE WALKER

CHIEF OFFICER (LEARNING)

 

LATEST INFORMATION 23.10.2020

Dear Parents/carers,

Please note that Greenfield school will be open to all pupils including all secondary aged pupils after half term, we return to school on Monday the 2nd November. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents and carers for your support and understanding when we have had to self-isolate certain classes over the last half term. I would also like to that the staff who have worked hard this half term having settled pupils back into the routine of school whilst putting in place many additional measures to keep everyone safe.

I have found it reassuring that to date we have had no evidence of any transmission of Covid-19 from staff members to a pupils within the school. Public Health Wales believe that the positive cases within the school have been  due to transmission within the community, however, we continue to monitor the situation carefully with the Local Authority and Public Health Wales. Of the very small number of pupils that have tested positive, all pupils showed mild symptoms and recovered very quickly. Could you please inform the school if your child become unwell and tests positive during the half term break as this may lead to the school having to self-isolate your child’s class.

Please contact the school at;  info@greenfield.merthyr.sch.uk

Alternatively you can phone: 07857601866

I hope you manage to have an enjoyable half term break despite the restrictions that are in place.

Kind regards,

Rhiannon Stephens Davies

Head teacher, Greenfield School

 

 

LATEST UPDATE 07.10.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Many of you will be aware that we have had some cases of staff and a small minority of pupils testing positive for Coronavirus.  When a class member tests positive we have to self-isolate the whole class because school classes are considered as close contacts. 

Whilst we appreciate that self-isolating classes may cause difficulties for you, we need to follow the guidance set out for schools in order to keep our whole school and the wider community safe. If your child is asked to self-isolate the school will provide work for your child to complete at home. It is therefore really important that you are signed up to Schoop so that teachers and the school can communicate with you effectively. 

If your child has been classed as having been in ‘close contact’ with a person who has tested positive we will contact you via a telephone call and you be asked to come and collect your child. If we receive information about a positive test result during the evening or weekend we will contact you via Schoop asking you to keep your child home. We will then contact you via telephone when school reopens the following morning or on the Monday morning to discuss the situation.   

I would like to reassure you that we are in close contact with the Local Education Authority and Public Health Wales who are providing support and advice. The positive cases to date have been in different areas of the school so we are confident they are not linked to school systems and processes. We continue to have protocols in place to keep our pupils and staff safe that are regularly updated and reviewed in consultation with the Local Authority Health and Safety Department. A copy of the Risk Assessment that outlines all the procedures put in place can be found on the school website on the ‘Latest information’ page.

I will of course continue to keep you updated with further information as we receive it. Please feel free to contact the school with any queries or concerns you may have. I would like to thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this difficult time. 

Kind regards,

Rhiannon Stephens Davies

Head Teacher, Greenfield School 

 

 

LATEST UPDATE 25.09.2020

Dear parents/carers,

I can confirm that we have now had four positive cases of Covid-19 within the school community, however,  contrary to rumours on social media I am pleased to say all cases are recovering well. I would encourage you to ignore social media posts and look to our website and Schoop/Twitter messages for reliable updates.  The cases are in different areas of the school so we are confident they are not linked to school systems and processes.  The school continues to be in close contact with the Local Education Authority and Public Health Wales who are providing support and advice.

 I would like to reassure parents and carers that we have a number of protocols put in place to keep our pupils and staff safe and a copy of the Risk Assessment that outlines all the procedures put in place can be found on the school website on the ‘Latest information’ page.

I will of course continue to keep you updated with further information as we receive it. Please feel free to contact the school with any queries or concerns you may have. I would like to thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this difficult time. 

Kind regards,

Rhiannon Stephens Davies

Head Teacher, Greenfield School 

 

LATEST UPDATE 21.09.2020

Dear parents/carers,

 

We would like to inform you that we have had three positive cases of Covid-19 within the school community. The cases are in different areas of the school so we are confident they are not linked to school systems and processes.  We continue to be in close contact with the Local Education Authority and Public Health Wales who are providing support and advice.

 

If your child is within a contact group where someone has tested positive then you will have had a telephone call from myself. If I have not spoken to you then your child’s class is not involved and your child is therefore not classed as a ‘close contact’ and may continue to attend school as normal.

 

I would like to reassure parents and carers that we have a number of protocols put in place to keep our pupils and staff safe. These include staggered start and finishes, regular hand washing and sanitising, increased school cleaning and each child has been kept in their own class/key stage contact group (bubble). This means that your child will not be mixing with any other classes/staff in the school and they will also have separate breaks and lunches within their specific contact group (bubble). A copy of the Risk Assessment that outlines all the procedures put in place can be found on the school website on the ‘Latest information’ page.

We will continue to keep you updated with further information as we receive it. Please feel free to contact the school with any queries or concerns you may have. I would like to thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this difficult time. 

Kind regards,

Rhiannon Stephens Davies

           

Update 09.09.2020

Here is a useful video from the Welsh government where the Paediatrician, Dr Heather Payne, talks about how and when a child should have a test for Covid-19. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTDbNz-1F3c&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Update 03.09.2020

Dear parents/carers,

We are really looking forward to welcoming your child back to school on Monday 7th September. We have created an information pack for the Primary department and the Secondary department to help you prepare your child for the changes and the procedure we have put in place. The information packs can also be found on the School Website. The school’s Risk Assessment to manage Covid -19 will be shared on the school website (information page) once it has been approved by School Governors tomorrow.

Following the latest Welsh Government recommendations, it is advised that secondary aged pupils should wear face coverings on school transport and when moving around communal areas of the school. We understand that wearing a face covering will not be possible for many of our pupils and therefore the wearing of face coverings will be a personal choice made by yourself and your child.  If you would like support with this aspect or if you would like support in acquiring a face covering please contact the school.

Pupils arriving by transport / taxi may have slightly varied collection and drop off times so that we can stagger start and finish times to enable social distancing. Your transport provider will provide you with your collection and drop off times. If you require further information regarding transport please contact the transport department on 01685 726288.

For the week of 7th September all children must bring a packed lunch.  Reimbursement for children eligible for Free School Meals continues until 11th September. From Monday 14th September the school kitchen will reopen. 

I understand that some of you may feel anxious about sending your chid back to school. I would like to reassure you that we have worked hard to create a safe and welcoming environment for your child. If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 Kind regards,

Rhiannon Stephens Davies,

Head Teacher, Greenfield School  

 

Primary Return to school

Senior Return to school

 

 

Greenfield school will be reopening for all pupils on the 7th September 2020.

The school canteen will remian closed until the 14th September so all pupils will need to bring a packd lunch from the 7th until the 11th. 

Staff will be in school from Tuesday 1st September so please get in touch if you have any queries or concerns. 

 

 

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RETURN TO SCHOOL- SEPTEMBER 17/07/20

Dear parents/carers,


Following long discussions, the local authority has determined that schools across Merthyr Tydfil will begin re-opening for pupils on 7th September. School staff and local authority officers will spend the time from 1st September to 4th September ensuring that schools are ready for pupils to return and the appropriate safety measures are in place with regards to social distancing both within the classrooms, within the school canteen and outside the school building. We appreciate your patience and understand that you and your children are excited to return to school but am sure you also understand the need for the local authority in conjunction with head teachers to ensure that robust measures are taken to ensure schools open safely. This time will also enable schools and the local authority to respond fully to any further guidance or changes in legislation which are expected over the next 6 weeks.


As a school we would like to see all pupils returning to school full time from Monday 7th September. School will continue to put in place measures to keep pupils and staff as safe as possible but we will not be able to have a 2m social distance within classes if all pupils return. We will operate a bubble approach where we will limit social contact with pupils from other classes. We will also try to keep a consistent team of staff for each class where possible.


If your child receives transport there may be some issues around getting all pupils to school at the normal times as taxis may need to do multiple runs to reduce the number of children on a taxi at any one time. The transport department will advise parents and carers of any changes regarding transport once there is clarity on the procedures for transporting pupils to school from Welsh government. Staff will be in school from 1st September to answer any further queries you may have.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents and carers for your hard work and enthusiasm in supporting your children with distance learning. We understand that this has been a difficult and challenging time for many families. We are looking forward to welcoming our pupils back in September and wish you and your family a happy and safe summer.

 

 

LATEST UPDATE 22/6/20

Summer term school-based support arrangements

School will opening on the 29th June. If you have decided to send your child back to school, your class teacher will be intouch to inform you of which day your child will be attending. 

For further information on how school will look please see our 'Return to School' Information Pack & video by clicking the links below. 

/media/29181/Return-to-school-Primary.pdf

/media/29184/Return-to-school-Seniors.pdf

https://youtu.be/ffHtsZa30Aw

 

 

Please note that due to potential staffing issues in many schools during the week commencing Monday 20th July, and in line with other Local Authorities across Wales, all Merthyr Tydfil schools will now close on Friday 17th July.

 

It is important to note, therefore, that schools will need to reconsider their plans for the provision of ‘Check in, Catch up and Prepare’ sessions.  Your child’s school will contact you shortly to confirm arrangements.

 

As you know from Monday 22nd June, emergency childcare for the pupils of key workers (including school staff) will be provided in their own schools. More information will be provided to those parents who had booked childcare for the fourth week early this week.

 

For further infomation please see Welsh Government & NHS guidance using the links below:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

 

Here is a special message to all our pupils and their families. We are missing you all but by staying home you are staying safe. We can't wait to see you all again soon. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_jFHVFDcA8

 

‘Please see link for some lovely resources prepared by Spectrum for children and young people to complete at home’

https://www.hafancymru.co.uk/about-us/parent-activity-packs-covid-19-support/

 

Please see the updated link below to the latest half termly news article for the Online Safety Zone:

https://hwb.gov.wales/zones/online-safety/news/articles/42ae160b-7ab4-4510-8792-c70ef861c6d5