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 26.03.2020 Pembrokeshire County Council Childcare Arrangements

 

 

Information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection

  • cough;
  • difficulty in breathing; and/or
  • fever.

How COVID-19 is spread?
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

Prevention
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

  • Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, such as older people and/or those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have yet to have been reported in children.
  • 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.

 During closure, the school will

  • Provide pupils in all year groups (with increased support for those pupils preparing to sit public examinations in the summer) with online lesson by lesson plans and materials to facilitate distance learning. This will be shared via Edukey ClassCharts for years 6-11 and via ClassDojo for years 1-5.
  • Communicate with families/pupils on a regular basis to provide updates on recovery phase ie. safe return to normal school life.

Upon return to ‘normal practices’ the school will

  • Undertake a learning audit for examination classes to identify skills-gaps in readiness for the summer series;
  • Communicate with relevant awarding bodies to make them aware of any requirements for special considerations;
  • Respond to any ongoing support required for pupils and/or staff. This may include counselling services.

Communication
Throughout the UK Government response phases to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the school will work closely with relevant authorities to make decisions which are in the interests of the all members of the community. However, to support the safety, wellbeing and continued learning of pupils the school asks that all families

  • Sign up to the school twitter feed @Penrhyndewi and follow us on Facebook to be able to access relevant information in the eventuality of a partial/full closure;
  • Talk to child(ren) about hygiene practices and make use of relevant sites to reduce anxiety.
Useful Information

UK Government (COVID-19)

Welsh Government (COVID-19)

Public Health Wales

Advice for Public Covid-19

How to set up notifcations for School closures on Pembrokeshire County Council website

Important revised data protection information for parents, carers and learners
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on education in Wales and following the announcement by the Minister for Education that schools will close, at the latest on 20 March 2020, Welsh Government is taking immediate steps to allow all learners to access Hwb Additional Services.
The Welsh Government believes that it is in the public interest to ensure EVERY learner in maintained schools in Wales has full access to Hwb so that schools can use the distance learning tools available.

Please see the full text in our news article

Gwybodaeth ddiwygiedig bwysig ar ddiogelu data i rieni, gofalwyr a dysgwyr
Oherwydd effaith COVID-19 ar addysg yng Nghymru, ac yn dilyn y cyhoeddiad gan y Gweinidog Addysg bod ysgolion yn cau ar 20 Mawrth 2020, mae Llywodraeth Cymru yn cymryd camau ar unwaith i roi i bob dysgwr fynediad at Wasanaethau Ychwanegol Hwb. 
Mae Llywodraeth Cymru o’r farn ei bod er budd y cyhoedd i sicrhau bod POB dysgwr mewn ysgolion a gynhelir yng Nghymru yn cael mynediad llawn at Hwb fel y gall ysgolion ddefnyddio’r offer dysgu o bell sydd ar gael.

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