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.
Welsh Government continue to monitor COVID case rates across Wales, and how they relate to hospital admissions. The success of the vaccine programme gives cause to be optimistic about the future, and as restrictions are eased across wider society, educational settings should follow a similar pattern.
Three main changes are being proposed to bring some normality back to education ahead of the new autumn term. They are:
Welsh Government will also publish The Local COVID-19 Infection Control Decision Framework at the start of the autumn term so that schools have time to embed new systems during the weeks that follow. The framework will enable schools to tailor some of the interventions to reflect the level of risk identified locally, supported by public health officials and local authorities to ensure measures are appropriate to their circumstances.
We have already met with Headteachers to discuss these changes and will be working closely with our school leaders to make these changes and to continue to ensure the safety of our learners and staff.
It is essential that we all continue to follow the guidance in relation to self-isolation and wash our hands frequently to reduce the potential of transmission in our schools.
It is important that you inform us if your child has a positive test over the holidays, please report this to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org providing your child’s name, year group and school.
All school staff and secondary school pupils are being offered lateral flow testing that they can carry out at home twice a week.
The aim is to quickly identify those who are unknowingly carrying the virus so that they can self-isolate. Many people with COVID-19 have mild, or even no symptoms, but can still spread the virus. With regular self-testing we can slow the spread and help protect the most vulnerable in our families and communities.
Self-testing for COVID-19 is simple, quick and can be carried out at home without the need to attend a test centre or post samples to a lab for analysis. Lateral flow devices (LFDs) are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes.
Testing is voluntary, but individuals are strongly encouraged to take up the offer to further reduce the risk of transmission in those that do not show any symptoms.
It is important to remember that the purpose of the testing is to complement the safety measures that have already been put in place in schools to allow face-to-face learning, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings. Furthermore, a negative LFD result should not be read as a means to relax or ignore social distancing or other measures to help reduce transmission – lateral flow testing is an additional tool that contributes to reducing risk.
The testing kits can be collected from your school, who will also provide you with further information on when and how to carry out the tests and how to record the results, and what you should do if you test positive.
Further information on lateral flow testing in schools including some useful FAQs can be found on the Welsh Government website.
It is essential that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, or who shares a household with someone who has symptoms, must self-isolate, even if your symptoms are mild. To protect others, you must not attend school, nursery, other childcare settings, work, or go to or to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started. They can return to school or work after 10 days if they are well enough to do so.
Anyone in the household who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when the first person in the home started having symptoms.
If a parent thinks their child has symptoms BUT chooses not to put them through a test all household members must remain in self-isolation for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
If you receive a positive test result, you will be contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect Team who will advise you further.
If the test is negative, self-isolation can end for everyone, children may return to school and parents can return to work if they are well enough to do so and as long as nobody else in the household has developed symptoms.
Parents and carers on low incomes with children who are self-isolating are now eligible for a £500 support payment.