Where pupils eligible for free school meals are not required to attend school during a firebreak, then payments will be made by the council in lieu of free school meals.

This will be done via a BACS payment to the families of pupils eligible for free school meals and who have registered their relevant details with the council.

Primary schools will remain open other than during usual half term holidays and any planned INSET days parents have already been advised about. The Welsh Government has said throughout that ensuring children can continue to be taught in school is a priority, and schools are also a safe environment.

Secondary schools will re-open after the half-term, subject to any planned INSET days parents have already been advised about, for children in years seven and eight. Pupils will be able to come in to take exams but other pupils will continue their learning from home for an extra week.

Some pupils in year 9-13 may be invited into school to support their learning.

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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