LATEST UPDATE 21.09.2020
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.
Rhiannon Stephens Davies
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.
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.
Rhiannon Stephens Davies,
Head Teacher, Greenfield 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
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.
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:
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.
‘Please see link for some lovely resources prepared by Spectrum for children and young people to complete at home’
Please see the updated link below to the latest half termly news article for the Online Safety Zone: