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Children and Schools - Transition to the new normal

Return to School Frequently Asked Questions

The following frequently asked questions have been developed to answer the majority of your queries at this time.

If you have a query about your child’s school please contact the school directly

Should you have any queries that aren’t answered here, please email education.coronavirus@pembrokeshire.gov.uk and we will provide you with a timely response.

Public Health Wales: Schools and Covid 19: Information for Parents

What days does my child need to attend?

Is attendance compulsory?

What has been done to make schools safe?

Do pupils need to wear face coverings in schools?

What measures are in place on school buses?

What happens if a member of our household has symptoms of Covid-19?

What happens if a pupil or teacher starts to show symptoms of Covid-19 while in school?

 

What days does my child need to attend?

During the first two weeks of the September term not all pupils will be in every day, to allow a safe and organised return. The situation will vary from school to school based on many different factors, but your school will have contacted you directly. From Monday 14 September, all pupils are expected to return to school full-time.

Is attendance compulsory?

Attendance at school will be compulsory from 14 September but schools and Pembrokeshire County Council will work with parents and carers to try to resolve any issues and provide reassurance where necessary. Parents are asked to contact their school if a pupil is unable to attend for any legitimate reason. Pupils with medical needs may feel less confidence about returning to school. Help, support and adjustments can be provided if you talk to your school.

What has been done to make schools safe?

New full risk assessments have been carried out at all schools. There may be restrictions and one-way systems in some communal areas in some schools. Additional cleaning hours at all schools will allow more frequent cleaning of high frequency contact points in each school. In addition to the thorough daily clean, a 'clean as you go' process will continue to be used in all schools. All children will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly with soap and water throughout the day. Hand sanitisers will also be widely available across each school.

Do pupils need to wear face coverings in schools?

Secondary age pupils may be required to wear face masks in school corridors and communal areas, dependent on the individual school's risk assessment. Schools will provide pupils and parents with details. Face coverings are not needed in primary schools.

What measures are in place on school buses?

Pupils aged over 11 will need to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport services but younger pupils will not need to wear them although may do so if they wish. Pupils with medical exemptions will not need to wear them. Pupils are not allowed to consume food or drink on school transport services.

Pupils travelling on public transport will also be required to wear three layer face coverings if they are aged 11 or over as they will be mixing with the wider travelling public. There will also be social distancing on public transport services.

You can view further information here: Covid-19 School Transport Information  

What happens if a member of our household has symptoms of Covid-19?

There is clear advice for pupils and teachers not to attend school if they or a member of their household begins to show symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19): The main symptoms are a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

For most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you and all members of your household must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have Covid-19. It is very important that you are familiar with the 'Test, Trace and Protect (TTP)' guidance.

You can view this here: Test, Trace, Protect Guidance 

What happens if a pupil or teacher starts to show symptoms of Covid-19 while in school?

There are clear processes in place if any pupil or member of staff displays symptoms whilst in school to ensure the safety of everyone.

 

Related links

Operational guidance for schools and settings from the autumn term

Guidance for safe operation in post-16 learning from September 2020

Welsh Government: Updated FAQs

 

 

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