Kirsty Williams, Education Minister
The Minister for Education in Wales Kirsty Williams has announced that schools will reopen for ALL pupils in September. Since 29 June, schools in Wales have been offering their learners the opportunity to attend sessions to ‘check in, catch up and prepare’. This has been on a reduced basis taking into account the scientific advice available at the time and the measures that needed to be put in place to help reduce the risk of transmission. Things have since moved on and we now have more evidence and information available to us to inform our decisions for the operation of schools in the next academic year. The Minister for Education announced on 9 July that ALL learners would return to school in the autumn term. The Welsh Technical Advisory Group (TAG), which provides scientific and technical advice to Government during emergencies, recommends that schools “plan to open in September with 100% of pupils physically present on school sites, subject to a continuing, steady decline in the presence of COVID-19 in the community.”
Taking into account the improved situation we now find ourselves in, the balance of risk is now overwhelmingly in favour of children returning to school. Being out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development and their health and well- being, particularly for disadvantaged children; and, can have an impact both in the short and longer term.
The autumn term will restart on 1 September and it is expected that planning and preparation days will take place at the start of term to enable schools and settings to work with their staff on reviewing their risk assessments, processes and associated systems. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and every school will also need to plan for the possibility of a local lockdown and how they will ensure continuity of education within a broader framework of local restrictions.
Please find below a summary of the key guidelines published by Welsh Government following Kirsty Williams’ announcement regarding the reopening of schools in September for ALL pupils:
- Recognition that some schools may want a short period to focus on priority year groups.
- All schools will be open to all pupils by the 14th September at the very latest.
- Schools will return to full capacity, with only limited social distancing within contact groups.
- At full operations, a contact group should consist of around 30 children. Some direct or indirect mixing between children in different contact groups will also be unavoidable, such as on transport, receiving specialist teaching or due to staffing constraints.
- Social distancing for adults should remain in line with regulations and guidance.
- Schools will be required to minimise the risk of transmission by taking other mitigating measures using the hierarchy of risk controls.
- Every school should continue to be “Covid Protected” - having carried out risk assessments and mitigated them with a combination of controls such as hand and surface hygiene, one-way systems and so forth.
- If early warning information shows a local incident or outbreak then nearby schools should implement appropriate restriction measures.
- Preparations should always be in place to teach up to 100% of children remotely if needed.
The Local Authority has updated their guidance on what parents should do if their child is showing symptoms of COVID-19 or needs to self-isolate:
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.
Track, Trace Protect procedures
Any learner that has possible symptoms of COVID-19, must not attend the school setting but must remain home and self-isolate, arrange a COVID-19 test and notify the school of this. 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 Welsh Government website https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirustest
If you or your child feels unwell and need medical advice, please telephone NHS 111 for advice or visit their website https://111.wales.nhs.uk/ or telephone your GP.
Return to School
Return to School
Swansea Council Additional Learning Needs and Inclusion Team
Swansea Council Additional Learning Needs and Inclusion Team are here to support parents and carers of learners during the lockdown period related to the Covid-19 pandemic. We’d be grateful if you could share the following with your parents and carers.
We recognise that this is a particularly challenging time for parents and carers and can offer support in a number of ways, some of these include:
· support for learning (advice on activities and ways you can support your child's education at this time).
· support for mental health concerns and managing anxiety
· support for managing needs associated with your child's additional learning need
In order for you to receive advice from the most relevant person, we are offering a call/email back facility.
Following the submission of your form, we will identify the most suitable person to give you a call back to discuss your needs in more detail.
Please Click here to access the linkhttps://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=dgsuTFLUNU2Dkhh_rAAu_gErr5f5nIFLgD4TJi86uvRUNUdVVzZUNEhMUllYMUMzS0RWRkpETVdJUC4u
Thank you all in advance for your ongoing support.
Harry The Hound's school has been closed due to the coronavirus.
He is missing his friends and the thought of returning to school once the pandemic is over is filling him with anxiety that he does not know how to deal with.
Part picture book and part workbook, Harry the Hound Returns to School is aimed at 6-11 year olds.
Please see PDF Doc below
Harry the Hound
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