Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing this morning to update you all with two pieces of information that require clarity. I am doing this because of some queries which have come to us over the last twenty-four hours. Please accept my apologies if you are already familiar with the contents of this update.
Firstly, pupils and students at Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School will not return to school on June 1st. This is because there are no plans for any schools in Wales to return. Welsh law is different to that of England and the Welsh Government are making their own decisions about the roadmap out of lockdown. We understand that many of you will be worried about your children's education, along with vast numbers of parents across the world. Schools in Wales will not return in any capacity until the Welsh Education Minister's five criteria have been fully met. These five criteria are:
- The safety and mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of students and staff
- Continuing contribution to the national effort and strategy to fight the spread of COVID-19
- Having the confidence of parents, staff and students – based on evidence and information – so that they can plan ahead
- Ability to prioritise learners at key points, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Consistency with the Welsh Government’s framework for decision making, to have guidance in place to support measures such as distancing, managing attendance and wider protective actions
Our website is where, for the last fifteen months, we have posted updates, given out information and kept all of our parents. pupils, students and wider community informed of information. We are also using text messages and email. It is therefore essential that school has the correct contact information, so that all relevant information can be communicated, now more than ever before. We are also communicating with our pupils and students on Google classroom. We will not send out any paper communication, other than packs for our new Year 7 parents.
Thank you so much for all of your lovely messages of support and thank you’s in these absolutely unprecedented times. Some of our pupils have also shown great acts of kindness to others – if you would like to nominate your son/daughter or another pupil at this school please let us know and we will add them to our roll of honour. We will be proud to celebrate their achievements.
Google classroom is our on line learning platform and we are also providing paper work packs where IT access is problematic. Engagement rates with work is generally good but we support other forms of learning other than constant screen use as well. Our website contains lots of useful information about Google classroom and many helpful resources to support learning and wellbeing at this time.
A reminder of some contact information
For help with ICT – firstname.lastname@example.org
For help/queries with teaching and work issues, please contact your child’s subject teacher or mentor by email ( email@example.com staff list can be found here) or Mr Crichton, Deputy Headteacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 11 examinations /results – email@example.com Mrs A James
Sixth Form queries – firstname.lastname@example.org Mr J Jones
Safeguarding and wellbeing concerns – email@example.com Mrs A Andrews
To update the school with parental contact information – firstname.lastname@example.org
All teachers can also be contacted through Google classroom
Nominate a pupil for an act of kindness – email@example.com
Finally, we understand that some of you will be balancing and managing complex situations at home like all of us. We must keep going for some time. I came across this yesterday and thought you might like to see and hear it.
Above all else, stay safe, stay home and please look after you and yours.
With all best wishes