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by School Admin - Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 01:01 PM

Coronavirus Update - 16/3/20
Following Friday’s update, we are asking that parents and families avoid visiting the school reception area wherever possible. This is to minimise contact for pupils and staff. We are operating only meetings which are absolutely essential for the running of the school and the safeguarding of pupils – therefore, we would ask that any concerns be raised firstly through telephone or email to school. Meetings with Progress Leaders to discuss minor or standard issues will not be held face-to-face.

If pupils exhibit the symptoms of a new persistent cough or high temperature (above 37.8oC) , they should not attend school but should be kept home for a period of 7 days in self-isolation. If we feel as a school that we have seen symptoms, or if children report to us with them, we will be contacting home asking families to collect children as soon as possible. This is to help contain the virus and protect the whole school community. Public health advice for anyone with symptoms is to not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, but check their symptoms against the NHS Direct Wales website – and take further guidance from this, including if you feel your child may have been in direct contact with a confirmed case of Covid19.

Up to date advice is here:

We are also being asked whether pupils should self-isolate as a protective measure to themselves or an ‘at risk’ family member. The national advice here is that pupils who are well and exhibit no symptoms should continue to attend school. As a school we cannot deviate from national advice and guidance. Due to the workload of staff, we are not able to set separate work for pupils not in school. When pupils return to school, they will be able to catch-up. If school should close at any point, we will then move to a system where work is available from the website for Years 7-9 with separate work for Year 10 and Year 11 on Google Classroom. Year 10 and Year 11 pupils all have Google log-ins to enable this.

We are not yet planning for an impact on the summer GCSE examinations. If there is any change to this, it will be a national decision and all pupils will be treated the same across the country. They will not be disadvantaged.

I understand this is a very anxious time for the whole country. I have been very impressed with our pupils’ maturity during this period, but am also very aware that some will be hiding worries and concerns about family members and themselves. Please speak to the children and continue to reassure them.

We will continue to keep you informed of significant developments as things change.

- Mr. A. Thompson