Whilst we are currently adhering to Government advice and Bro Dinefwr is remaining open, we are mindful of the fact that closure may be inevitable in the coming weeks.
In order to prepare for such an eventuality, we are collating on-line and hard copies of learning material, including revision resources for pupils about to embark upon external examinations this summer.
Any pupil or staff member with a new, persistent/continuous cough and/or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate* for seven days following new guidance from UK and Welsh Government.
* Self-isolation means staying at home, not going to school, GP Surgery or other public places, and avoid public transport or taxis. It is important to stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened and keep away from other people in your home. It is okay to have friends, family or delivery drivers drop off supplies, leaving items on the doorstep.
All pupils have Hwb logins. If the school closes, they will be able to access distance learning using a range of the Hwb tools. Staff are setting up Microsoft Class Teams and uploading resources to Moodle, all of which can be accessed from home. Where pupils do not have access to the internet, hard copies of resources will be provided wherever possible.
The WJEC is working closely with Qualifications Wales, the Department for Education, and other awarding organisations to consider how they collectively manage the particular risks which may impact the smooth running of exams this summer. At this stage, pupils, teachers and schools have been advised to continue to prepare for the summer exams and assessments as usual. We will of course update you if or when this advice changes.
Following a Corporate meeting of Carmarthenshire County Council, we have been advised as a precautionary measure, to consider postponing all non-essential large-scale events where there is interaction between staff, pupils, parents and the wider community with immediate effect. As a result, the Year 7, 8 and 9 Parents’ Evenings have been postponed until further notice.
In line with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, the Welsh Government advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. As a result, the Year 7 visit to Normandy planned for 15-18 May and the exchange visit to Le Conquet, planned for 21-27 May 2020 have been postponed until further notice. A decision regarding the visit to Berlin/Krakow planned for 06-11 July will be made as soon as possible.
There are general principles we must all follow in school to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
washing hands often - with soap and water - this is particularly important on arrival at school
covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin
pupils, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
o before leaving home
o after using the toilet
o after breaks and sporting activities
o before food preparation
o before eating any food/snacks
o before leaving school
avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
We are ensuring that frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned, and disinfected and soap supplies are checked and topped-up throughout the day. The Catering Service are using sanitizing wipes to clean the thumbprint scanners during morning break service and lunch time service.
We will continue to update you as quickly and frequently as possible as the situation develops.
Please contact me if you need any further information:
Ionwen.Spowage@brodinefwr.org.uk or Telephone 01558 824800