Week starting 30th March 2020
We hope your first week of having your children at home has gone well. There is no change in guidance for education settings, which remain closed except for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We continue to ask that parents keep their children at home, wherever possible.However, if your child is eligible for Emergency Child Care would you kindly click on the link provided and complete the application form provided. This will allow us to plan for the week ahead, if you have an emergency where you need your child to stay on a day you haven't indicated, please do not worry, just call down on that morning and we will make arrangements. I would like to express our gratefulness to the whole school community for supporting each other during these uncertain and difficult times. If you do need anything please remember we are at the school Monday to Friday, we can also be contacted by the school's email address.
Link for Child Care Application is: https://bit.ly/childcare30thMarch
For the latest criteria used for Emergency Childcare provision please click on the link below:
At present we are only offering emergency child care to the children who would come under the identified criteria as outlined by the City and County of Swansea.
We have just been informed that the Education Minister for Wales has directed all schools in Wales to close no later than Friday 20th March. As we have an INSET day on Friday 20th March school will close for pupils on the 19th March at 3.20p.m.
For the Minister's full statement please click on the link provided:
18/03/2020 Information that may help in relation to the Corona- virus from the BBC Newsround:
Update from Swansea City Council 16/03/2020
The following message is being published across all Council platforms this evening and we encourage you to share it with your staff, parents and carers:
We want to reassure residents that, in collaboration with our partners, all necessary steps will be taken to ensure the wellbeing of our communities.
At the moment council services remain open. Following the government announcement today we will be assessing the position and making further detailed announcements tomorrow.
Government guidance is that schools should remain open for the time being. The message to parents is that, as in other areas of Wales, schools will open tomorrow as normal and the position will be kept under continuous review.
Residents and parents are urged to follow the Government’s revised social distancing guidelines and anyone who is experiencing symptoms should continue to follow Public Health Wales advice which can be found here: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
Update from Swansea City Council 14/03/2020
As we continue to follow UK, Welsh Government and Public Health Wales advice, the Council has advised us that all schools in Swansea are open as normal on Monday. The situation is being kept under continuous review and we will advise immediately if something changes. It is also worth noting that the number of days any school is open and the date of school holidays are decided by the Welsh Government and not the Council’.
No additional measures need to be taken above the advice already provided by Public Health Wales.
Please see below the latest update from Welsh Government.
The Welsh Government is working closely with the other UK nations to ensure a consistent, public health-led approach to the Coronavirus situation. At the COBRA meeting today, all four Governments agreed to move from containment to delay.
Potential school closures and the implications for all pupils are part of those discussions. However, the Chief Medical Officers’ advice is clear; that schools, colleges and childcare settings, should not be closed at this stage. These decisions are based on the latest scientific evidence.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised schools, colleges and universities against international travel, including school trips overseas.
Advice and guidance to educational settings will be updated to reflect revised advice. https://gov.wales/guidance-educational-settings-about-covid-19.
For the very latest advice from Welsh Government, please check gov.wales/coronavirus
Swansea Council is advising all schools in the city to follow the latest professional advice from Public Health Wales. Public Health Wales is the lead agency in Wales responding to Coronavirus.
In relation to preventing spread of infection, including the latest virus, the advice is very clear: people should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for approximately 20 seconds.
This advice is being constantly monitored and schools are being notified of any changes. The actual risk remains low and no additional measures need to be taken above the advice already provided by Public Health Wales.
If you need any further information please go to https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/.
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus through good hygiene.
There are, however, general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Public Health Wales makes the following recommendations on how to prevent the spreading of the disease: These include:
Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
If you feel unwell, stay at home and do not attend work, school or childcare/ educational settings
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the bin, and then wash your hands immediately
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
Additional Information for parents and carers may be found at:
Please check the most recent advice for returning travellers, which includes guidance for those returning from China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Italy, and Iran.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Italy, due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and in line with various controls and restrictions imposed by the Italian authorities on 9 March.
If you are planning to travel check travel advice on GOV.UK.
Members of the public can help protect themselves and others by always carrying tissues, and using them to catch coughs or sneezes. They should bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash their hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel. This is the best way to slow the spread of most germs, including Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Public Health Wales will be publishing the number of people tested for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales every Thursday at 3pm as part of our daily statement. The UK Department of Health and Social Care will publish updated UK data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice. New cases in Wales will be announced by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:
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Tel: 01792 462104