Following the latest information received from the Welsh Government, to assist with our school staffing plan for the following weeks we need to identify key workers who will be requiring our services.
The list is currently identified as:
- Health workers – all those employed within the NHS Education staff who work in schools and settings
- blue light / emergency service officers
- social care workers
- supermarket delivery drivers
- prison officers and other prison staff
- probation service staff
Please see the latest text message and email back to the school office by 8.00am Friday 20th March to allow us to collate the figures.
Many thanks for your support under these current and developing conditions.
Please find attached a letter with information about home learning and how school will keep in touch over this coming period. If possible I would ask that you avoid contacting staff after the end of the day Friday until Monday 6th April unless the matter is urgent.
As yet we do not have any information from Welsh Government about who will be defined as a key worker and what provision for learning / childcare is going to look like. We are anticipating that we will hear this later today. PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR A MESSAGE FROM US LATER TODAY OR TOMORROW. WE ARE EXPECTING TO NEED TO COLLATE A LIST OF PARENTS WHO ARE IN THE KEY WORKER CATEGORY TO ENABLE US TO PLAN FOR PUPIL NUMBERS AND STAFF COVER.
We have had a message from RAM who supply school uniform to say that they will close their shop to members of the public on Friday 20th March. If you have any queries about uniform that you may have ordered, please contact them by telephone or email. They will be continuing to complete orders via their website www.ourschoolwear.co.uk
You may be aware from media reports that Kirsty Williams, Education Minister for Wales is bringing the Easter break forward and schools in Wales will close by Friday 20th March at the latest. The Minister has announced that there will be support for those people most in need, including people involved in the immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak. As yet we do not have any further information but as soon as we do, we will forward this to parents via email and the school website.
We intend to stay open until Friday if there are no further changes announced after the COBRA meeting this afternoon. HOWEVER WE DO ASK THAT IF YOU ARE ABLE TO CARE FOR YOUR CHILD AT HOME TOMORROW AND FRIDAY THAT YOU DO SO PLEASE. OUR STAFF LEVELS ARE VERY DEPLETED AND THIS WOULD HELP US PRIORITISE SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE UNABLE TO WORK FROM HOME.
A letter will be posted on the website later today with information about our learning packs which will be available for your child to use.
Many thanks for your support. Look after each other and stay safe and well.
Please find a copy of the letter which will be sent home with the children today.
We are a number of staff down in school already due to new guidelines released yesterday, therefore we ask that you please bear with us if your child comes home and says that there have had to be changes to classes. Although we will be doing our best to minimise any disruption to learning, please be aware that it is possible that we may have to partially close school over the next few days. We will give as much notice as possible to support families if this situation arises.
If your child or anyone in your household has a continuous cough OR a high temperature, your child must not be brought to school for 14 days from the day when the first person in the house became ill. Coronavirus-and-non-uniform-160320.pdf
We really appreciate the support that has been shown to school in this difficult time. In case anyone is unaware, a reminder that if your child has a continuous cough OR a high temperature, they MUST NOT be brought into school and please follow advice from https://phw.nhs.wales/
In addition, the UK government have issued information this evening stating that if anyone living in the household has symptoms then the whole household should self-isolate for 14 days. Therefore we ask that your child is kept home from school if anyone in the household has symptoms. We are anticipating that we will receive this update tomorrow.
Please email school or telephone and leave a message on the absence service to enable us to monitor this.
We do appreciate this is difficult for all and as you will be aware, the situation is changing daily. An update will be sent home tomorrow regarding the school calendar and other information.
As you will be aware, as of yesterday, the latest advice from Public Health Wales is that anyone with a high temperature or a new continuous cough should stay home and self-isolate for seven days. Full information about this is available on https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
School follows this advice and we also receive regular updates from the Local Authority. Currently schools are open and the advice from Public Health Wales is that pupils should attend as normal or absence would be unauthorised.
As you will appreciate we are regularly contacted by parents about absence with childhood coughs, colds, and other illnesses. We also have children who come to school, a little under the weather, often ‘to see how they go’ which between families and ourselves in partnership, we manage well. However, in light of the current situation and for the safety of other children, staff, other parents and extended family members, we ask that if your child says they are unwell or appears unwell and has a high temperature that the advice from Public Health Wales (PHW) is followed immediately.
We do recognise that there is also likely to be an increase in adult illness. This is also very likely to impact on your child’s ability to come to school, maybe not because they are ill themselves but due to adult self-isolation and the difficulties / risks involved in sending your child to school from the household.
We also recognise that some children have underlying illnesses which may leave them more vulnerable, they live with elderly family members or with adults who have underlying health conditions – all making them more vulnerable to this disease.
Over the coming weeks, if vulnrability due to underlying illness or in the event of your child being ill or unable to come to school due to self-isolation reasons within the family, please contact school via the website or by leaving a message on the telephone absence message service with some details before school starts. This enables us to monitor the situation and authorise absence appropriately.
Thank you for all of your support with encouraging your child to follow good hand hygiene and we will continue with this in school.
At present there are no plans for school closures and all schools will remain open. Hopefully this will continue to be the case if measures and directives put in place by the WG are followed by all.
However as a school we are trying to be prepared for all eventualities and ensure we can support all of the children in the best way that we can. We are asking any parents who are not signed up to our free Seesaw App to please do so. A new paper copy of an invitation will be sent home with your child to any families who are not linked today. If you do not receive this, please contact school on Monday and we will re-issue this.
This will be one of the ways that school can communicate learning materials if this becomes necessary at any later stage.
Following on from the infection control news we uploaded last week, we are receiving regular updates from Public Health Wales regarding the coronavirus. Currently there are no confirmed cases in North Wales and Public Health Wales have asked that we direct parents and carers to the website https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/coronavirus for the latest details and information.
As with all education facilities across the UK, we will follow the advice from the Government and Public Health Wales. The current advice is to follow sensible hygiene and health practices such as Catch it, Bin it, Kill it. Could you please ensure that your child/ren follow the good practice we adhere to in school?
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant, especially after coughing and sneezing, before handling and/or consuming food.
- Use disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and dispose of used tissues carefully and promptly.
- Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and avoid sharing personal items.
- Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets, backyard or commercial poultry farms and do not touch wild or domestic birds (alive or dead).
- Avoid any contact with animals, birds or surfaces that may be contaminated with animal or bird droppings.
If you are considering foreign travel please see the website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice Local information is available from https://beta.wrexham.gov.uk/service/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information
We will keep you informed of the latest information through our usual text, email and/or school app channels.
We have had a few reported cases lately in school of a mix of temperatures, sore throats, rashes and stomach upsets amongst the pupils. We have been reminding the children about good hygiene and to regularly wash their hands, use tissues etc. Advice from the government is also sent through to us on a weekly basis re coronavirus. Please could you ensure that your child/ren follow the good practice we adhere to in school?
Wash hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant, especially after coughing and sneezing, before handling and consuming food.
Use disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and dispose of used tissues carefully and promptly.
Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and avoid sharing personal items.
Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets, backyard or commercial poultry farms and do not touch wild or domestic birds (alive or dead).
Avoid any contact with animals, birds or surfaces that may be contaminated with animal or bird droppings.
Further advice is available from the following websites:
For travel considerations https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
For coronavirus updates https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/coronavirus/
More information is available on www.nhs.uk
A couple of things have been brought to our attention since returning to school this week which we would appreciate your support with.
In the short wait between infant and junior home-time, some younger siblings do not appear to be fully supervised on the yard resulting in accidents, broken equipment and injuries. ALL CHILDREN NEED TO BE CLOSELY SUPERVISED, FOLLOWING OUR ‘BE RESPECTFUL & KEEP EVERYONE SAFE’ RULES WHEN WAITING / PLAYING AND SHOULD NOT BE USING SCHOOL EQUIPMENT. Please can you also make all adults, including grandparents who collect children and wait on the yard aware of this. Diolch yn fawr.
Something else that you may already be aware of has been brought to our attention regarding a dangerous social media challenge which has been circulating on apps like Tik Tok. It is called ‘skull breaker’ and involves tricking people into jumping before their legs are kicked out from under them. We have talked to the older children in school about the dangers of this kind of behaviour, although very few were aware of the craze, we would appreciate your support in reinforcing how things that start off as ‘pranks / mucking about’ can result in very serious injuries if you have not already done so. Diolch.