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Lateral Flow Testing for Pupils
The government has announced that pupils from Year 10 to Year 13 are able to have lateral flow tests to use at home. If you would like your child to have this test, please complete the following form.
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.
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.
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.
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.