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Coronavirus Updates for schools

This page will provide the most recent guidance by Public health wales for parents' information.

If you are unsure of guidance, please contact the school office, we are happy to help.

Mrs Armishaw

5.6.20

Schools in Wales are set to reopen on June 29th. We are asking all parents to complete an online survey to help our planning process:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Ug4_TzS3ZEGUCRtgHRR5k2ERs127iENFjdXLsi3QR1RUOThKUTdKWlA3UFM0UDdYWlFSM1lIUzNHQS4u

 

Please see the latest update from Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams:

“Check in, Catch Up, Prepare for summer and September” – all schools in Wales to enter next phase

All children will have the opportunity to “Check in, Catch Up, Prepare for summer and September”, the Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced today as she published details of the next phase for schools in Wales.

First published:

3 June 2020

Last updated:

3 June 2020

It is proposed that all schools will start the next phase on 29 June, with the term extended by a week, therefore ending on 27 July. 

In the next academic year, beginning in September, the intention is that the autumn half-term break will be expanded to two weeks.

In each school there will be a phased approach. Year groups will be split into cohorts with staggered starts, lessons and breaks. It is expected that this will mean, at most, a third of pupils present at any one time, though schools may need time to reach this level of operation.

There will be much smaller classes, providing secure dedicated time with teaching staff and classmates. This time will include online and personalised classroom experience, getting children and staff ready for a similar experience in September.

Next week, the Welsh Government will publish guidance to support schools, as well as further and higher education institutions. This will include information on managing their facilities and logistical arrangements, including buildings, resources, cleaning and transport.

The Government is also today publishing a paper from its COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group, representing the latest understanding of the virus with respect to children and education.

Further Education colleges are ensuring that appropriate measures are being taken to re-open for face-to-face learning from 15 June. They will prioritise those students requiring licence to practice assessments and vulnerable learners. This follows close working with Government and the joint trade unions.

Guidance for childcare providers will also be published in the next week, supporting them to increase the numbers of children in attendance alongside schools.

Kirsty Williams said:

My announcement today gives schools three and a half weeks to continue preparing for the next phase.

We will use the last weeks of the summer term to make sure pupils, staff and parents are prepared – mentally, emotionally and practically – for the new normal in September.

29 June means there will have been one full month of test, trace and protect, which will continue to expand. I can also announce that teachers and teaching assistants will be a priority group in our new antibody-testing programme. As we continue to keep Wales safe, this approach will be critical.

The evolving science suggests that warm weather and sunlight gives us the best opportunity to ensure more time in school. Waiting until September would mean almost half a year without schooling.  That would be to the detriment to the wellbeing, learning progress and mental health of our young people.

This is and has been a worrying period for us all. I know that many will feel apprehensive. We have not rushed this work and this decision.

The three and a half week period before the next phase also gives us time to keep watch on developments elsewhere and provides further check-points to review evidence and the roll-out of testing.

This is the best practical option that meets my five principles which underpin my decision making.

I am also convinced that it is only by returning to their own school that we will see increased attendance from our more vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Working together we will secure equity and excellence for pupils as they check in, catch up, and prepare for summer and September.

18.05.20

Please see the latest update from Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams:

 

As the Education Minister for Wales, I will make the decisions on how and when more pupils in Wales will return to school. Today I am sharing further information on how those decisions will be reached.

Nothing would make me happier than seeing our classrooms full again. But I want to be clear that this framework does not – and I will not - set an arbitrary date for when more pupils will return to school. Setting a date before we have more evidence, more confidence and more control over the virus would be the wrong thing to do.

This will not be one decision but a series of decisions over time increasing, or if need be, decreasing operation. These changes will be complex, with many different considerations. I want the working document to be a stimulus for wider discussion and feedback.

I am sharing this today to be as transparent as possible. I want everyone to know the extent of the issues related to the next phase. 

When we are ready to move into that next phase, I will ensure that there is enough time for preparation and for staff to carry out any necessary training.

FAQ's for parents and carers: 

https://gov.wales/how-schools-will-work-during-coronavirus-pandemic#section-42302

 

28.04.20

Please see the latest update from Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams:

"It is important to remember that many schools settings are open – providing a vital service for the children of critical workers and our more vulnerable learners. Therefore I do not want to refer to a ‘reopening’ or a ‘return’, we are planning for a ‘new normal’...

It is vital that parents, staff and students have confidence in returning to their setting.

We will only be taking the next step for schools when the evidence and advice is that this is the right thing to do.

In the next phase, schools will not immediately return to operating at full capacity. It will be a phased approach. This means that I do not expect that schools will be open for all pupils, in all year groups, all week... I will communicate (any) decision to change the operation of schools well in advance of any required action. The Government will provide further guidance to help with the transition to the temporary conditions that will be required for schools during that time."

 

28.04.20

Please see below information from Gwent Safe Guarding Team re: Digital Safety

"The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has led to the increased use of digital technology. Learners and schools are now using technology to continue their learning and many of us are relying on technology for work and communicating with friends and family. This increase in the use of technology has raised the importance of keeping children and young people safe online. The latest Online Safety Zone half termly news article, published last Friday on Welsh Governments Hwb, has many useful tips:

https://hwb.gov.wales/zones/online-safety/news/articles/42ae160b-7ab4-4510-8792-c70ef861c6d5

In addition to this you may find other online safety links useful on our Gwent Safeguarding website:

·         Children and Young People online safety page

·         Parents and Carers online safety page

·         Professionals online safety page

Stay safe"

 

20.04.20

Please see below the latest statement from Education Minister Kirsty Williams:

As I confirmed last week, schools in Wales will not open for statutory provision imminently. Of course we are working on plans for what how there potentially could be gradual re-openings, and I discussed this with international counterparts on Thursday.The government in England has already today corrected the story that was briefed out regarding an early reopening for their schools. We will base our decisions here on evidence, consultation and right timing. Please share. Diolch yn fawr.

 

23.03.20
Please see below the latest statement from Education Minister Kirsty Williams:

"I’d like to thank parents for listening to the advice and keeping most children at home. I’d be grateful if tomorrow morning you only use schools or childcare as a last resort.

The advice has not changed as a result of tonight’s decision to further restrict movement, which our First Minister, along with other UK leaders took with the sole aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Children should be at home wherever possible, critical workers will still need to have safe care arrangements for their children. Our schools and childcare settings are providing a vital service to support critical workers and our most vulnerable children.

Those involved in the current arrangements looking after children should continue. Many thanks to our amazing teaching and childcare professionals for their commitment in this time of national need.

This situation will continue for the immediate term but we will be reviewing with healthcare professionals, local authorities and our teaching unions."

 

21.3.20


Please see the email below from the local authority.

Dear parent, as a local authority we are prioritising childcare places for emergency blue light service, NHS and social care staff. We have already sent out the childcare application form to email addresses of parents we were made aware of through schools, for completion and urgent return by email. If you believe you (and your partner) are eligible and need this childcare provision next week for school age children and have NOT already received an email with the form please follow this website link https://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Health-and-wellbeing/Coronavirus/Council-services-during-Coronavirus/Schools-and-community-adult-learning
You need to submit the form by Saturday 5pm if you need urgent childcare next week.
 Thanks all. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

18.3.20

Following the live interview with Kirsty Williams the Education Minister for Wales we can confirm that school will be closed from the end of day Friday 20.3.20, staff health permitting.

 

 

 

17.3.20

If a member of your household e.g. lives in your house with you daily is self-isolating due to showing Coronavirus symptoms then you should also self isolate.
Self-isolation is now set for 14 days, not the 7 as previous set.

 

Public Health Wales are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who are:

aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):

chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma,

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

chronic kidney disease

chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy

diabetes

problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)

those who are pregnant

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

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