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dragonfly logo iconJanuary 2021


Dear Parents / Carers,

We have received information from Cardiff Council yesterday afternoon regarding arrangements for schools following the Christmas break.

Following extensive discussions, Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association have set out a common approach for the return to school in January. With transmission levels continuing to increase across Wales, and uncertainty over what impact that might have on school staffing levels over the Christmas break, there will be some flexibility built in at the beginning of term.

Cardiff Council has set out the following plans for January, however these may need to be adapted should the position in Cardiff see significant change between now and the start of term.

Return to school arrangements - January 2021

  • Week beginning Monday 4th January- pupils will remain at home and engage with distance learning activities. This is to enable schools to assess staff availability and to make appropriate plans for the return of face-to-face learning.
  • From Wednesday 6th January- schools will provide provision for vulnerable learners and critical worker childcare, where they have the capacity to do so. In light of the increasing transmission it will be important to ensure that provision in Cardiff schools supports frontline blue light services, NHS, school workers and social care as part of the critical workforce. Schools will make local decisions, made in discussions with parents over need. Priority will be given when both parents are critical workers and where all other childcare options have been exhausted.
  • From Monday 11 January- the expectation is that all pupils will return for face-to-face learning. Exceptions may be made if a school is affected by significant community transmission or staff availability, which impacts on school capacity.

If you need to access critical worker childcare on Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th January, please email the school office on Monday 4th January so we can allocate places.

For more information about issues relating to schools due to COVID-19, a series of regularly updated questions and answers for parents and pupils are available here: Covid-19 FAQs for parents and pupils (

We would also like to remind parents and carers of when children should be kept at home from school, please visit our quick reference guide here: Guidance for sending your child to school (

Thank you for your continued support.

Rachel Mitchell

Head teacher

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