Dear Parent/ Carers
As school closes to pupils this afternoon, we do not know how long the closure will last.
We have tried to make this a special day for our year 11 and 13 students, whose education at Bro Dinefwr has ended abruptly. The traditional shirt signing has been a source of fun and a release of some tension.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish them every success and happiness as they move forward to the next stage in their lives.
We will look forward to seeing them and celebrating their success later in the year when it is safe for us to meet.
Important information regarding childcare provision for key workers
Please follow the link below which will assist the Authority and wider services in identifying childcare needs for key workers over the coming weeks.
What will the role of schools be after Friday 20 March?
It is not our expectation that schools will be opening and functioning as normal at the end of the Easter holidays i.e. on 20 April. This will be kept under constant review, based on the latest public health advice.
Following the end of the Easter holidays, in line with all schools, we will enable the continuation of learning remotely for our learners. We will be keeping the situation under constant review.
Resources for pupils
Following the end of the Easter holidays, all schools will need to enable the continuation of learning remotely for their learners. As noted earlier this week, staff have been preparing resources to support pupils. Please see the “how to” guides for pupils and parents. These show you how and where to access resources. Additional activities will be added as the weeks progress.
How will pupils eligible for free school meals continue to have access to them when schools close?
The Welsh Government is working to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals. For next week, this will mean a variety of solutions including collecting food from schools, or food delivered to home or community locations.
They are developing a Wales-wide approach to provide support through supermarket and shop vouchers.
More details will be shared as soon as we receive them. Please check the website regularly for updates.
I can confirm that we are arranging refunds for the monies that have been paid for all trips planned for the summer term and for examination resit fees.
Given the large number of pupils affected, this may take a little while. The refund will take the form of a cheque. We understand that the current situation will place some families in financial difficulties and will endeavour to refund you as quickly as possible. If you need this money urgently, please email me or telephone school on Monday.
As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads, panicked shoppers are clearing grocery store shelves of sanitary products. As part of the “End Period Poverty” initiative, we have significant stores of free packs of tampons and sanitary towels which you are welcome to collect.
Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be frightening and can affect our mental and emotional health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times. Please see the website for some sources of support. We will add to these over the weeks ahead.
Should you need to contact us, staff will be working in school next week, having regard to the latest advice on social distancing and self-isolation.
Please contact me if you need any further information
or Telephone 01558 824800.
Thank you once again for your support during this challenging period. Please take care of yourselves and your families and do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.