This page will contain all information and updates pertaining to the Covid19 outbreak and Ysgol Penmaes.  Latest information at the top, oldest towards the bottom.


April 20th 2020 - Summer term – helping your children stay safe and stay learning

Kirsty Williams, Education Minister, announced earlier today that schools will not be opening to pupils as usual on 20th April. As a result, learning will often take place at home, usually online, led by schools.

You may have questions about that and we want to know what’s important to you.
Could Parents please complete the 10 question survey below?  This will take about 2.5 minutes.


April 3rd 2020 - New Documents section added in the sidebar on the right hand side of this Covid 19 page to make it easier for Ysgol Penmaes staff to share information with parents as it comes in.


Free School Meal allocation to entitled pupils


Updated 3rd April 2020

UPDATE REGARDING FREE SCHOOL MEAL ALLOWANCE

 

Our teams are currently in the process of contacting all parents and carers of entitled free school meal pupils. This is to check that we have their contact details correct prior to issuing any vouchers or payments.

We have a Tesco voucher scheme set up, which we know will not suit everyone, however we are also in the process of also setting up a Pay Point “cash out” scheme, where parents will receive a voucher via SMS or email which they will be able to cash at a local pay point store (for cash).

If neither of these options are suitable, then parents will be able to contact the Income & Awards Team on 01597 826345 and request a payment to their bank accounts. Parents will receive £15.00 per week per child, this will include this week (30th March – 3rd April) and also over the Easter break period. Then ongoing fortnightly. Voucher queries can be made on 01597 826660, although all parents will be contacted by our team.

The Pay Point voucher scheme is taking a little longer to set up and should be available within 1-2 weeks, but we are pushing to get this set up as quickly as possible. Our teams are working hard to get this arranged ASAP.


Kind Regards

Jason Rawbone MCGI
Professional Lead Catering & Cleaning /Arweinydd Proffesiynol Arlwyo a Glanhau

Local Authority Statement: Guidance re special schools and pupil referral units

There is very clear guidance from UK and Welsh Government that, for most pupils, the best place for them currently is at home.  However, from Friday 27th March, Powys County Council will be providing emergency childcare provision for children of key workers and the most vulnerable pupils through a number of hubs located in Powys schools.

From Monday 30th March, the Powys special schools and pupil referral units will also be offering emergency childcare provision at two specialist hubs across two sites.  The two sites will be Ysgol Cedewain and Ysgol Penmaes.  These will operate from Monday to Friday, during normal school hours.

There will be a need to cap the number of pupils attending each day, in order to make sure that there are enough appropriately qualified staff on site as well as enough space for pupils, in line with Government guidance.

The special school and PRU headteachers will continue to determine which pupils will be prioritised depending on available staff and will update parents, carers and children's services as required.

If necessary, the headteachers will develop a weekly rota system for families so that more pupils have access to the specialist hubs over time.  We appreciate the patience and understanding of our families as we make these arrangements.

There may be a need for a weekly staff rota going forward.  In addition, if required, other special educational needs specialists from across Powys may be asked to join the permanent school staff, again on a rota basis. 

For those pupils who are not attending the specialist hubs, the schools/PRU will continue to keep in regular contact with the families and will provide learning opportunities for the pupils while they are at home.

Over the coming months, local authority officers will continue to work with the schools/PRU to review the situation, in order to make sure that we can provide the best possible support for our most vulnerable young people.


NEW: Documents Section

Latest Documents

Recent announcements

  • School Closure - update 18th March 2020 Statement from Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, on school closures in WalesFirstly, I would like to extend my gratitude to all those working in our education and childcare settings ...
    Posted 3 Apr 2020, 07:07 by Scott Robinson
  • VACANCIES We currently have the following vacancies:2 x level 1 teaching assistants - maternity leave contracts 32.5 hrs per week term time only1 x level 1 teaching assistant - permanent ...
    Posted 26 Feb 2020, 06:57 by Karen Moses
  • New Childrens' Multisports Session 6-7 pm at Brecon Leisure Centre! Brecon Integrated Sports Association New Multisports Club! starting on Friday 24th January 2020 Main sports hall at Brecon Leisure Centre Term time from 6 pm to 7 pm Children with ...
    Posted 22 Jan 2020, 06:26 by Karen Moses
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