Returning to school FAQs
Are schools opening on 29 June 2020?
Yes, all schools will re-open for check-in, catch-up and preparation for September.
Your school will be in contact you. Welsh Government have now published the guidance documents. https://gov.wales/operational-guidance-schools-and-settings-keep-education-safe-covid-19
Will nursery and reception reopen?
All pupils of statutory age will have the opportunity to ‘check in and catch up’ with their school before the end of term. Schools will make their own decisions around provision for nursery pupils. We advise you to contact your child’s school if you are unsure of arrangements.
How many days a week will children attend and for what length of time?
This is a decision taken by individual schools taking into account a range of issue including social distancing guidelines.
Will parents be offered a preference on which day/s their child attends and will digital / distance learning continue on the remaining days?
Parents will receive notification when pupils are requested to attend school. Teachers will continue to provide distance learning activities.
Will I be fined if I don't send my child back to school before the summer?
Pupils will not be fined for non-attendance in school for the remainder of the school year. Parents are encouraged to contact 07702948725 or 07702948738 regarding any concerns around pupil attendance.
What are the dates for the two weeks October half-term?
We are waiting for Welsh Government to confirm the dates. This answer will be updated as soon as possible.
Where can I get more information before deciding if my child will return to school?
Welsh Government have released information https://gov.wales/operational-guidance-schools-and-settings-keep-education-safe-covid-19
Will there be a relaxation of uniform rules, as buying new summer uniform would work out costly for such a short space of time?
Schools will make individual decisions regarding school uniform. If required, please contact your child’s school for further clarification.
When is the last day before the summer holidays?
The last day will be Friday 17 July with the summer holidays starting on Monday 20 July.
Health and safety
Will staff and pupils all need to wear PPE to attend?
All schools have been encouraged to follow Welsh Government advice on the use of PPE in schools. Pupils are not expected to wear PPE. Any exceptions to this rule will be communicated by the school directly to the parents. Instead, schools are advocating good hygiene, such as handwashing, and implementing social distancing measures.
What is the acceptable number of pupils and staff on site?
Every school will be different due to numbers on roll, attendance and timetable, however the maximum on any school site will be one third of the pupils.
Will all schools have hand sanitizers in place?
Sanitizers will be available for pupils. However, schools will encourage regular washing of hands with soap and water as this remains the most effective deterrent.
How will social distancing work with young children?
The schools will be operating on reduced numbers (maximum of a third of all pupils). Children will be grouped in small groups with play/learning zones being established.
How would drop off and pick-ups work?
Each school is likely to have staggered drop-offs and pick-ups whilst also ensuring line ups and social distancing is adhered to by parents outside the school.
Is school transport operating, and how will it work?
The number of pupils that will be able to travel at any one time is significantly reduced due to social distancing. For example, on a 49-seater coach - 12 pupils will be able to travel. Parents are encouraged to transport their children if possible due to capacity issues on school buses.
This is a complex issues and will be managed on a school by school basis.
Wellbeing and behaviour
What will happen if pupils break social distancing rules, does this become a behavioural issue?
All pupils and staff are required to maintain social distancing, except in the case of pupils who require support to meet medical, physical or intimate care needs. Some pupils may have greater difficulty in maintaining social distancing and schools will need to plan carefully to support these pupils. Where pupils demonstrate significant difficulties in behaving in a way that maintains social distancing and hygiene measures, individual risk assessments will need to be completed to identify how to mitigate against the risk posed.
My child wants to go back to school but feels anxious, what help will the school give?
School staff have received guidance from educational psychologists in managing the potential anxiety that pupils may experience on their return. Further support can be provided from the Exchange counselling service and educational psychologists in cases where the anxiety requires more targeted support.
What will happen to my school meal deliveries?
Those in receipt of free school meals will continue to receive home deliveries which will also include a sandwich pack.
How will new arrangements be explained to pupils before they go back to school, e.g. virtual walk throughs?
Schools will decide on an individual basis the best way to inform about the new arrangements in school. Staggered starts will likely allow pupils to receive an induction when they arrive.
What is the procedure for when someone is showing symptoms – tracking and tracing etc. ?
All schools continue to follow Welsh Government guidelines should a child display symptoms in school.
Will this be the same in September?
Local Authorities are currently working with Welsh Government on this issue. Parents will be informed as information becomes available.
Will the younger children be told to socially distance, I am worried about the long term impacts on them socially?
Welsh Government recognises the challenges of social distancing with young children. In addition to academic learning, schools are currently preparing and delivering a range of wellbeing lessons with resources to support pupils.
My children are in different year groups can they attend on the same day?
This will be decided by individual schools.
Usually someone else collects my child from school is this still allowed?
Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school to ascertain if there has been any change in arrangements.