Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the school is now
closed for statutory education.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Following today’s announcement from Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education, we are working with Cardiff Council to plan for the re-start of school on 29th June. We will be writing to all parents over the next two weeks to inform you of our plans to provide check-in and catch-up sessions for pupils. Our priority continues to be the safety of pupils and staff. Thank you for your support.

Mrs Gill

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update Monday 30th March 2020 Provision for the children of Key Workers

Following the latest guidance announced regarding school closures, it is the local authority’s intention to provide childcare for essential Key Workers only.

Any requests for childcare for the children of Key workers must be made through the local authority. Please Note the child care will not take place at Cantonian but will be in a Hub School elsewhere.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE 18th March 2020

Please view the letter home by clicking the link below for full details.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE 17th March 2020 at 2.00pm

Following the latest advice from Public Health Wales, if you or a member of your family show symptoms of a fever or a persistent cough, then you must self-isolate for 14 days. In addition to this, there is a recommendation for anyone in the following category to undertake social distancing:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions) 
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds)
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis 
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis 
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed 
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy 
  • being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • those who are pregnant 

As a result of this new guidance we are experiencing a number of staff shortages. Whilst we remain operational today, any further staff shortages will result in a partial or whole school closure. If this is the case, the school will close to Year 7, 8, 9 and those pupils educated within our base facilities. If we have to instigate a partial or whole school closure you will be notified via the school website and twitter.

In preparation for possible closure, we have conducted a survey with our pupils to establish those who have access to the internet at home and those who do not. Those that have internet access will be able to access online materials to enable them to continue their studies at home. Pupils have been provided with login details and passwords and trained in using Microsoft Teams, an online platform where we can provide distance learning. If pupils do not have internet access, we are providing paper copies of resources for them.

I appreciate that this is a very difficult time for our pupils and their families and I hope you understand the decisions we are having to make.

Diane Gill

Headteacher

Information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Most cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) seem to be mild.

Coronavirus is a viral disease that can cause coughing, fever and difficulty breathing. It can be more severe in older people, those with weakened immune systems and some long-term conditions like diabetes or cancer.

Symptoms

If you or a member of your family show symptoms of a fever or a persistent cough, then you must self-isolate for 14 days. If this is the case, please contact the school pupil absence line (029 20415297 or 029 20415250 option 1) providing your child’s name, their symptoms and the date in which their self-isolation ends.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including

  • pupils/staff who feel unwell (or develop high temperature or a new cough) should stay at home for 14 days;
  • washing your hands often – with liquid soap and water or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport; covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. Pupils, staff and visitors should wash their hands
    1) before leaving home;
    2) on arrival at school;
    3) after using the toilet;
    4) after breaks and sporting activities;
    5) before food preparation;
    6) before eating any food, including snacks; and
    7) before leaving school.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell; 
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please use the Coronavirus COVID-19 symptom checker on NHS Direct Wales. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment;
  • see the latest information about novel coronavirus on the Public Health Wales website.

Actions taken by the school to minimise the risk of infection

The school has taken a series of steps to minimise the risk of infection whilst in school. These include:

  • Installation of an antibacterial sanitiser which we require visitors to use before entry to the school
  • Raising awareness of the precautionary measures needed to avoid contracting or spreading Coronavirus
  • Employment of additional cleaners to undertake specialist cleaning duties, paying particular attention to high-volume areas and those that are regularly touched
  • Postponement or cancellation of non-essential activities, including sporting fixtures
  • Cancellation of all assemblies

In addition, we are not allowing visitors onto the school site, therefore all parent meetings are cancelled and will be conducted by telephone. The forthcoming Year 7, 8 and 9 parents’ meeting scheduled to take place on 2ndApril 2020 is cancelled and will be re-arranged at a later date.

Future actions

The school is currently open and operating normally, however we will continue to be directed by Public Health Wales and the local authority to ensure the safety of pupils and staff at all times. In preparation for any possible disruption to the running of the school, we will:

  • Provide pupils will online materials to facilitate distance learning
  • Provide pupils with paper-based resources where they do not have access to the internet
  • Provide regular communication via our website and twitter 

To assist us, please provide the school with updated phone numbers and email address to enable us to maintain communication with you.