Update from Wrexham LA regarding Foundation Phase return to school

Please see below a letter from Wrexham’s Chief Education Officer.


Annwyl Riant / Dear Parent

As you are aware, on 5 February, in an open letter to headteachers, the Minister
for Education announced that children in the foundation phase would begin to return
for face-to-face learning from 22 February. This is in addition to the current arrangements that are in place for remote learning for all pupils and onsite provision for children who are vulnerable and
children of critical workers.

You will also know that the numbers of positive Covid 19 cases in Wrexham have
consistently been amongst the highest in Wales, particularly so in recent months,
and whilst they are falling, they remain high in comparison to neighbouring Local
Authorities in both Wales and England. As a result, the council and headteachers
are carefully considering plans, while continually monitoring the local situation.
In light of this, we will need to take a cautious and phased approach to
foundation phase children returning to school; and children will not be returning to
schools in Wrexham until Friday, 26 February at the earliest – depending on
local coronavirus levels after half-term.

Headteachers will share more detailed information with parents and carers after
the half-term holiday (the week beginning 22 February), once coronavirus levels have
been reviewed. And even then, the council and headteachers will continue to monitor
local levels and will review arrangements if needed. Should there be a need to change our approach (e.g. in the case of increasing numbers) we will communicate this with you as soon as we are able to do so.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support during these
difficult times.

We would also like to reiterate our thanks to parents and carers of older children,
who will continue to learn from home. We know that remote-learning presents
many challenges for families trying to manage work and home responsibilities,
and we’re truly grateful to parents, children and staff for their continued efforts.

Yr eiddoch yn gywir / Yours sincerely
Karen Evans
Prif Swyddog Addysg ac Ymyrraeth Gynnar / Chief Officer Education and Early Intervention