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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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