Covid-19 - School FAQs

Page updated on: 24/09/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our schools are taking immediate action as soon as it's known a pupil or member of staff has tested positive for Covid-19.

The process of testing and contact tracing is part of the ‘new normal’ and where schools follow these guidelines carefully, there is no cause for alarm.

Pupils over 11 years old will be required to wear face coverings on school transport and in school indoor communal areas where social distancing cannot be maintained, unless they have a medical exemption.

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Our key priority has always been the safety of children, their families and school staff and this will continue to be our main consideration as we begin to enter the recovery period.

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Face coverings

All learners aged 11 and over will be required to wear face coverings on school and college transport.

All secondary school pupils (and staff) will be required to wear face coverings in communal areas, where schools risk assessments demonstrate social distancing is not possible. Communal areas includes, for example, corridors and school canteens. It does not include classrooms.

This use of face coverings does not apply to those pupils who are exempt for medical reasons.

We ask parents to provide face coverings for their children for the first day of school where possible. The council will provide a reusable face covering for those pupils who do not have suitable provision.

We are encouraging the use of reusable face coverings where possible, rather than single use face coverings, as not only is this better for the environment but it costs less too.

It is important to remember that face coverings are not to be used as a substitute for social distancing and handwashing.

The use of face coverings in schools will be continually reviewed.

Please see Welsh Government guidance on how to make a 3 layer face mask.

All learners aged 11 and over will be required to wear face coverings on school and college transport, unless they have a medical exemption. Coverings are required for the whole of their journey to and from school.

We ask parents to provide face coverings for their children for the first day of school where possible. The council will provide a reusable face covering for those pupils who do not have suitable provision.

Failure to wear a face covering will result in transport being withdrawn.

Please remember the most effective way to protect your child and others from infection is to follow social distancing rules, avoid touching surfaces and face, and wash your hands regularly. The wearing of face coverings must not be used as an alternative to any of these other precautions.

Pupils must not touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing them. They must wash their hands immediately on arrival at school or home, dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag for washing.

We are encouraging the use of reusable face coverings where possible, rather than single use face coverings, as not only is this better for the environment but it will cost less too.

Please see Welsh Government guidance on how to make a 3 layer face mask.

We are asking parents to provide face coverings for their children for the first day of school where possible and to ensure they have it on when they get on school transport, and that they have washed or sanitised their hands. The council will provide a reusable face covering for those pupils who do not have suitable provision.

Please see Welsh Government guidance on how to make a 3 layer face mask.

We ask parents to make sure their child has their face covering on when they board the vehicle, and that they have washed or sanitised their hands. If a pupil turns up without a face covering, they will be permitted to travel to school but will be asked for their full details by the driver who will inform the school. The school will provide the pupil with a face covering for the return journey. However, should the pupil forget their face covering a second time, they will be refused travel.

Refusal to comply with this requirement will result in your child’s place on school transport being suspended. Your support in reinforcing this message with your child would be greatly appreciated.

Primary pupils who are 11 years-old and over are required to wear face coverings on school transport unless they have a medical exemption. This follows guidance from Welsh Government and risk assessments from our transport providers. Younger children may wear face coverings, however it is not a requirement. We ask that where possible parents provide a face covering for their first day travelling to school.

If this is not possible then a reusable mask will be provided by the school on arrival.
Similarly, only secondary school pupils are required to wear face coverings in designated school communal areas.

All college students travelling by bus to Coleg Sir Gâr and Pembrokeshire College will be required to wear face coverings on transport unless they have a medical exemption. Coverings are required for the whole of their journey to and from college. If you need any further information, please contact your college directly.

 

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