September 2021 Arrangements
On Friday, we received the following from the new Education Minister for Wales, Jeremy Miles:
“………….. I want to be as clear as I can be at this time about the basis on which you
should currently plan for September to limit the disruption for you and your learners:
- We will no longer be recommending the routine use of face coverings in classrooms
- Contact groups/bubbles will no longer be recommended. However we will use our TTP system in order to identify close contacts of learners who have tested positive and TTP may contact your school to supplement the information they have gathered with any further intelligence you may have available. Our expectation of your school is that you follow the specific advice you receive from TTP about whether individuals need to self-isolate.
- Normal session times will resume.
- Secondary school children and education workforce should be encouraged to test before returning to school.”
Therefore, here are the main changes for September that will affect you as parents:
- School for juniors will start at 9.00am. Gate will open at 8.50am for all juniors. Juniors will leave at 3.15pm
- School for infants will start at 9.00am. Gate will open at 8.50am for all infants. Infants will leave at 3pm.
- Nursery mornings will arrive at 9.05am and leave at 11.15am.
- Nursery afternoons will arrive at 12.45pm and leave at 2.55pm.
- Lunch will be taken by all pupils in the hall
- Breakfast club will remain as it is – booking by email only
- Pupils will be expected to wear school uniform apart from days when they have PE. They can come to school in their PE kit. There will be no PE during the first week of term.
- After school clubs will recommence. More information about this to follow.
However, the following measures will remain.
Public health advice to minimise COVID-19 risks
Public health advice to minimise COVID-19 risks The system of controls, established by Public Health Wales set out in this section continue to provide a set of principles for infection control; if schools/ settings follow this advice and maximise the use of these control measures, they will effectively minimise risks of viral transmission. All elements of the system of controls are essential. All schools/settings must address each of these elements, but the way schools/settings implement some of the requirements will differ based on their individual circumstances.
Local authorities, schools and settings must comply with health and safety law, which requires them to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Schools/settings, with their local authority, should thoroughly review their health and safety risk assessments to ensure they continue to address the risks identified in the system of controls, with which schools and settings will now be familiar.
Essential measures include:
- a requirement that people stay at home and self-isolate if they:
◦ have symptoms of COVID-19, whether they feel unwell or not ◦ have tested positive, even if asymptomatic
◦ have been advised by NHS Wales Test Trace Protect (TTP) to do so
◦ are household members of a positive case, even if that case is asymptomatic
◦ are required to self-isolate for travel-related reasons
- instilling robust hand and respiratory hygiene in learners and staff members
- ensuring appropriate ventilation measures on school premises and continuing increased thorough cleaning arrangements
- active engagement with TTP strategy
- formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise social and physical distancing between those in school, wherever possible, and putting in place appropriate mitigating measures to minimise the potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable. Reducing close interactions between learners, learners and staff, and between staff is still important.
Schools/settings should ensure the following:
- Staff maintaining social distance from other staff.
- Staff maintaining social distancing from learners as much as possible, recognising this may not be possible with younger learners. This may not also be possible for some learners in special schools and some learners with SEN; in those cases you should refer to the guidance on supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged learners.
- Making the most of the space available, including outdoor space.
Iwan Lloyd Jones
Information regarding Covid symptoms from Conwy County Borough Council
Covid-19 Risk Assessment
Click on the link below to access the risk assessment document created in preparation to reopen the school following the Covid-19 outbreak.
Updated: March 2021
Ysgol Craig y Don Risk Assessment
Phased Return – Juniors March 2021
Click here to download the Phased Return for Juniors week commencing 15th March onwards
Phased Return – Infants February 2021
Click here to download the Phased Return Plan for Infants. (Updated 12.02.21)
Work provided for pupils while they are away from school.
In the event that we are advised by Test, Trace and Protect that a group, or groups, of pupils have to stay at home due to a positive case of Covid-19 at the school, the school will provide home learning activities while those pupils are away from school. This will also be the case should a pupil be in receipt of an official shielding letter.
However, home learning activities will not be made available in the following instances.
- Where a pupil is home due to illness
Where a pupil is away on holiday
Where a pupil is home having to quarantine on return from a holiday
- Where it is parental choice that the pupil stays at home
- Where a pupil is at home pending a Covid-19 test result for themselves or a member of their household.
Covid Case Guide
Please click on the link below to view the Covid Case Guide (24/9/20)
21st September 2020 update
We have been receiving an ever increasing number of calls asking for advice regarding whether or not pupils exhibiting certain symptoms should attend school. We are not in a position to advise you beyond what is laid out in the government guidance. Here is a link to that guidance.
This link should be your first point of call. The webpage has further links to advice on isolation and testing. You are in the best position to judge whether your child should attend school or not. All we can do is refer you to the guidance on the webpage above.
Please avoid phoning wherever possible. We are finding it very difficult to cope with the volume of calls. Email is the best way to communicate with us at the moment.
Online Learning during the Covid-19 Outbreak