Learners returning to school after Easter - FAQs

All pupils are expected to return from 12 April 2021.

Individual schools will inform parents and carers of local arrangements regarding the phased return of learners and these will be based on considerations that will be pertinent to each setting.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has confirmed that evidence suggests that schools have been successful in providing safe environments for children and teachers. We echo that view.

We are confident that the control measures applied by our schools have been effective in ensuring that children can return to their learning in Covid secure environments in accordance with the guidance provided by Welsh Government

We would remind families to continue to use protective behaviours at all times, these include:

  • regular hand washing
  • wearing of face coverings where required
  • surface cleaning
  • ventilation
  • not mixing with people outside your household or support bubble; and
  • maintaining social distancing (2 metres)

They remain the most effective and beneficial ways of protecting yourself, your family, your friends and your community. 

Families are also reminded that under no circumstances should learners attend school if they:

  • feel unwell; or
  • have any of the three identified COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of taste and/or smell); or
  • they have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 10 days; or
  • live in a household with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 10​ days.

We strongly request that parents/carers heed the messages provided by the Welsh Government and the Council to:

  • avoid congregating around school settings
  • observe the school’s advice regarding children’s dropping off and picking up arrangements
  • ensure parents / carers and other visitors wear face coverings on the school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including at drop-off and pick-up times.

Similarly, we must continue to exercise the same control measures in our daily lives that will restrict the transmission of the virus, this includes not permitting sleep overs or other household mixing outside of school.

We advise strict social distancing during the journeys made by families to and from schools each day.

School transport will continue to be provided in accordance with eligibility and will be operated in line with national guidelines.

Please contact your children’s school for details of opening and closing times.

If a efsm (eligible for free school meals) child does not take up the school place, their BACS payments will cease unless they are physically shielding/ living with vulnerable family members and unable to take up a place.

BACS will continue for all other pupils who are efsm.

Non-efsm pupils will continue to pay upon request of a school meal.

Members of our education workforce have worked hard work to ensure that remote learning and engagement have been sustained during very challenging times for our pupils.

However, we know that even the most effective remote learning provision is not a substitute for the richness of experience that can be gained from face-to-face engagement.

Further information on return to school and college arrangements can be found on the Welsh Government’s website

Other FAQs

Both Ysgol Hendrefelin and Ysgol Maes Y Coed will open after the half term break.

Face coverings must be worn by youngsters aged 11 or over – circa 2800 pupils across the County Borough of secondary school age.

There is a requirement to minimise the risk of exposure by taking all reasonable measures to ensure 2 metres is maintained between any persons and take any other reasonable measures for that purpose. Although there is an exemption for those travelling on a vehicle providing a school transport service, logic dictates that this level of social distancing is not possible on school transport.

Accordingly, the Council is proposing to source face masks of the required standard wholesale and put in place arrangements to distribute them to pupils (probably via schools themselves initially; but this means that some youngsters may have to make an initial journey without a face covering). This will be at zero cost to schools, parents and pupils initially; but the Council reserves the right to limit the provision of free masks after this initial period should the Welsh Government decline to fund this provision. The position currently remains unclear, so the Council will review its policy prior to the Autumn half term and communicate its position as soon as is practicably possible. If the provision continues, supplies will be limited to 5 reusable masks per pupil per term. However, the Council is mindful of the need to ensure that all children and young people have access to face coverings where required.

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Home to School Transport

Please see current guidance for home to school transport. Local plans will be updated subject to further Government guidance.

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