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Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you found the letter of March 17th. regarding our response to Covid-19 helpful. I wish to thank you all for the ongoing support you have shown us during this period of uncertainty. I also want to thank the staff for the commitment they have shown in difficult circumstances. This is a community and school family to be proud of.

In my letter dated March 17th, I stated:

‘There is a possibility that it may become necessary to close the school in the future and we will take advice from the relevant agencies.’

I can now confirm that we have received communication from the Welsh Government that all schools in Wales will close on Friday 20th. March. Therefore, Gendros Primary school will close on Friday 20th. March at 3.20pm. There is no date for when schools will reopen.

During the next two days staff will ensure your children know how to access online learning resources and it will also give you time to put things in place and ask us questions. We have prepared a simple package of learning for the children to complete at home. These packs will be available on Friday 20th. March.

The packs will be sent home with pupils who are attending school on this day.

For those pupils who are absent ( voluntarily self- isolating) with no symptoms a member of their family or neighbour may collect the pack from school by attending the main reception entrance of the school at 1.15pm. on Friday 20th.

Unfortunately for those families isolating due to a family member being symptomatic we will be unable to invite you into school to collect any packs. We suggest you contact school via telephone to make alternative arrangements.

Please be advised that our school website will contain a home learning section that will contain websites addresses that will be useful for all our pupils. The website will also contain past national test papers for your child to practice for the national tests.

Also, if anyone feels the need to contact us during our closure, they can do so on the following email address:

Please state your name, child’s full name and child’s class teacher if you contact us via email.

Please keep an eye on our school twitter for any relevant updates.

Please take care of yourselves and your families,

I will write again tomorrow,

Kindest regards,

Dean J Phillips

Head teacher