Some weather forecasts contain the possibility of snow for South Wales this week (although not in the Met Office forecast below). If school is to be closed we will notify parents and pupils via the website, Facebook and Twitter. You should assume school is open unless we notify otherwise.
Please take note of the following information which was shared with parents in out September newsletter.
Around this time of year there is always the possibility that the school might have to be closed at very short notice. This might be as the result of inclement weather or perhaps a failure in one of the major utilities. In the event of this happening it is important that all pupils, particularly younger pupils, understand the arrangements you have made for them.
The decision to close the school at short notice will not be taken lightly. However, there may be times when to remain open would put at risk the health and safety of both students and staff at the school. We will, of course, endeavour to ensure that no pupil is left in an unsafe situation. Please check the school website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updated information.
There was a report on the news this morning that a Russian website is broadcasting footage from private webcams in the UK – including from children’s bedrooms. It has hacked into these as some users have not changed the logon details when they start using the webcam.
We’re not aware that anyone at Y Pant has been affected by this but suggest that parents and pupils would be wise to check they are following the correct procedures on their webcams. This mainly involves creating secure passwords. The Information Commissioner’s website has some very useful tips on this.
I am conscious that there are some technical difficulties with our on-line calendar at present, resulting in some events not being reported. In order to help you remain as informed as possible, please find attached the dates on the calendar up to the half term. In response to some parental requests, I have split up the calendar into Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 to help with greater clarity.
The on-line calendar will be fully operational shortly.
Students learn about all aspects of e-safety during their ICT, PSHE and Welsh Baccalaureate lessons at school. However it is important that parents and carers know how to protect their children online as well.
We subscribe to these newsletters which parents and carers may find useful. The back issues are available to download here and we will upload more as we get them.