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 and prepare to re-open our schools.
There will be a phased approach at schools with year groups 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. There will be much smaller classes, providing secure dedicated time with teachers and classmates.
Please be assured that we have been working hard to put plans in place for re-opening our schools . Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.
Please visit this page for all information, it is being continually updated. The following FAQs should answer any queries that you may have about schools re-opening. Get in touch via the "Ask a question" tab if there is anything you need additional information about.
Under no circumstances should you send your child to school if they:
- feel unwell, have any of the three identified COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of taste or smell) or they have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- live in a household with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
For information on how to apply for a test for yourself or someone in your household with symptoms including children under 5s please visit the Public Health Wales website.
Strict procedures are in place for this and the child will be kept in a separate room until they can be collected and taken home. The room and any surfaces they have come into contact with will be thoroughly cleaned.
Similarly, if a member of staff develops symptoms, they will leave the premises immediately and a thorough clean of their classroom and any surfaces they have come into contact with will be carried out.
All members of the public who are displaying symptoms of coronavirus are now able to book tests for coronavirus, please visit the Public Health Wales website for more information.
The Test, Trace, Protect strategy is critical in supporting the increased operations of our schools. It sets out the next phase for tackling coronavirus; testing people with symptoms in the community, tracing those who have come into close contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus, and protecting family, friends and our community by self-isolating. More information on this can be found on the Welsh Government website.
Welsh Government has also confirmed that the rapid deployment of testing will be made available to support outbreaks by the NHS Wales Test Trace and Protect Programme in partnership with Local Health Boards who will facilitate PCR antigen testing for everybody in the school/setting ‘bubbles’ (small, consistent group of no more than 8) that are affected by the outbreak and everyone in the school/setting if it has been established that the setting has not followed Welsh Government guidelines for schools and/or Infection Prevention and Control measures.
The method for delivery and sampling of rapid antigen tests can be executed in a range of ways such as the deployment of Mobile Testing Units (MTUs), temporary testing satellites and drop off and collection routes. The most appropriate testing channel will be discussed and agreed between all stakeholders.
The Welsh Government is also undertaking a programme of antibody testing being rolled out to at least 10% of schools staff who have worked in hub schools during the pandemic.
Antibody testing will also be carried out at the end of term with an additional sample group consisting of the broader school community.
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