Dear parents and carers,
As Headteacher of Ysgol Bae Baglan I have the interests of all of our children at the heart of all decisions that we make. I continue to follow advice from Local, National and UK governments, and announcements by Public Health Wales. I have listened to all advisory bodies and although school closure remains a possibility for the future, all advice right now is to remain open. We have no confirmed cases.
Some parents have made the decision to keep their children at home because of concerns about family health conditions. In some cases, this is not in line with advice from Public Health Wales or government guidance, but I respect parents’ decisions. When parents’ decisions are in line with WG guidance then we will authorise absence, this includes when pupils have a new persistent cough or high temperature. Absences which do not follow government guidance are being recorded, coding and authorisation of these will be discussed with the Local Authority.
We have taken steps to reduce risk to pupils. We have stopped all school trips, sports fixtures and parents’ evenings. We have closed the school to public bookings out of school hours, we have cancelled school assemblies and stopped the use of our meeting rooms by outside agencies and governors. We have stopped the use of biometric readers and toilet areas are being continually checked and soap replenished. Teachers have spoken to pupils about hand washing and where possible this is being demonstrated in class. We will constantly review these measures and respond to any advice.
In preparation for any future school closure, we have been discussing the preparation of schoolwork as advised by Kirsty Williams the Minister for Education. We are working on ways of publishing this work and will give details in the near future.
We have had a large increase in email correspondence and telephone calls at school. In response, all correspondence will be through publishing regular letters home where I will try and answer as many questions as possible. These will appear on the school website, Twitter and Facebook.
Mr R. Rees
Remember, information about safe routes to school can be found on our Safe Routes to School page.
As we approach the summer holiday, there are a couple of points I would like to bring to your attention and ask for your co-operation:
The school has a Uniform Policy which can be viewed on the website. I would like to reiterate that:
- Pupils in Year 7-11 are not allowed to wear jeans, skinny trousers, leggings or tracksuit bottoms to school.
- Jewellery is not allowed in school however a watch and a single set of stud earrings are permitted. No facial piercings are allowed.
- We do not permit extremes of fashion in students’ hairstyles. Added hair colours must be natural and subtle. Hair braiding and patterns cut into hair or eyebrows are not acceptable.
If you are concerned about whether a particular item/style is suitable then you should contact the school for advice before buying or sending your child to school.
Attendance and Punctuality
Your assistance in ensuring that your children attend school regularly and are punctual are greatly appreciated. The Welsh Government target for attendance is 95%. School begins at 8.30 a.m. and the expectation is that pupils are at their classes by this time.
Once again, thank you for your continued support.
R E Rees (Mr)
Deputy HeadteacherLetter to parents – July 19
We look forward to welcoming those pupils attending Prom on Monday 1st July 2019.
Pupils should arrive to Ysgol Bae Baglan from 5:45pm onwards on Monday 1st July, buses will be leaving from the front of the school at 6:30pm to take pupils to Manor Park.
Please accept my apologies that the pupils’ tickets have a different time on them. This was an error on my part. We look forward to welcoming you all at YBB from 5:45pm.
Parents and friends are welcome to join Year 11 pupils for photo opportunities at Ysgol Bae Baglan between 5:45pm and 6:30pm. Please respect our neighbours by parking in the rear car park or designated bays. We kindly ask that no parents attend Manor Park.
Can pupils please remember that they will need to bring with them their money or cheques for official prom photographs that are ordered directly on the night. Portraits cost £10 each, payable on the night by cash or cheque made payable to: Always & Forever.
Buses will return pupils to the rear of Ysgol Bae Baglan between 10:50pm and 11pm.
We hope that all pupils will have an amazing evening and wish them all the best in their futures.
Mr. D. Grounds
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