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12:36 PM - 6 Apr 2020

Retweetd From School Chaplain

This series of reflections for Holy Week starts this morning at 10:00am. We are all invited to join in with them - Diolch am y gwahoddiad https://t.co/bqowUo0n7u

09:30 AM - 3 Apr 2020

Our staff will continue to supervise children in Year 7, 8 and 9 of essential 'key workers' throughout the Easter period at our hub school. We will publish the next wave of distance learning for w/c 20th April on 17th

09:05 AM - 3 Apr 2020

The collection of 'grab and go' meals for eFSM students will finish as of today. For families eligible for a free school meal, you will receive a letter from explaining how you can redeem your food voucher(s). Please keep an eye out

13:32 PM - 2 Apr 2020

Retweetd From Marc Belli

Thank you to Assistant Head, for creating a list of useful sites to support families in dealing with student wellbeing during lockdown. I’m sure it is useful for families too https://t.co/R4Swt0Pjf3

19:19 PM - 30 Mar 2020

Great! Thank you!

18:21 PM - 30 Mar 2020

What a great idea! Please can you send us details of your contact at the Heath so we can see if we can also help?

http://www.twitter.com/bishop_llandaff/status/1244209637932531712

11:27 AM - 29 Mar 2020

The app is one of the fastest growing platforms during this period of lockdown. While it is a very useful tool, families should be aware of how it can be abused. The National Online Safety poster offers guidance to maintain safe use https://t.co/cPe4WmMnkU

11:53 AM - 28 Mar 2020

Families in Year 10 and 12, please read a letter from Mr Belli regarding the announcement about examinations this summer for GCSE and AS levels. A copy will be emailed today. Click on the link for details https://t.co/HzIO9dpmJx

http://www.twitter.com/bishop_llandaff/status/1243824382901977088

08:56 AM - 28 Mar 2020

This is why social distancing is so important. Please follow these steps, as they will help reduce the spread of https://t.co/Fl0U9yjmhc

18:11 PM - 27 Mar 2020

Year 10 and 12 families - Welsh Government/Qualifications Wales have this evening made an announcement regarding this summers’ examinations. We will look into this over the next 48 hours and contact families affected in writing

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

LAST UPDATED: 28th March 12.00pm
Provision for childcare
As you know, The Bishop of Llandaff 'as we know it' will be closed for the foreseeable future. From Monday, 30th March 2020, our provision for children in Year 7, 8 and 9 where both parents are essential 'key workers' is moving to Ysgol Glantaf as part of a hub-model. This will also include children from the other faith-based schools, and Welsh medium providers. The provision will run from 8.00am until 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. It will also be open during the Easter holidays, excluding the Bank Holiday (ie. Good Friday and Easter Monday). As of Monday 30th, students in Year 7, 8 and 9 within The Marion Centre of essential 'key workers' will receive provision at The Hollies. A number of our staff will be on hand to support with transition arrangements next week. Beyond those students who have attended this week, should any families require support through childcare then they should contact Cardiff Local Authority directly who are overseeing this.

Distance Learning
The work for home-school students is also available in the section below. For any questions related to distance learning, please contact Mr Hughes, Deputy Head by email. We have created a distance learning timetable schedule to help families prepare the workload for students who are at home.

Public Examinations Information
With regard to distance learning, a number of families have enquired about the content of Year 11 work in particular. Please appreciate that the school was not aware of the Education Minister Announcement at the time of creation. We ask students use this for the next fortnight as part of consolidation of learning. Our staff will be moving towards a model of establishing bridging units in readiness for AS level. A letter to families of students in Year 10-13 was sent to families earlier this week. An updated letter in light of the Minister's Announcement on 27th March was sent this afternoon. These are also in the section below.

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.

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.

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

  • students/staff who feel unwell (or develop high temperature or a new cough) should stay at home for 14 days;
  • washing your hands often - with liquid soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport; covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands
    1) before leaving home;
    2) on arrival at school;
    3) after using the toilet;
    4) after breaks and sporting activities;
    5) before food preparation;
    6) before eating any food, including snacks; and
    7) before leaving school.
  • 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.

Social Distancing
As of 17th March 2020, we recognise the need for all members of the community to be particularly stringent in adhering to 'social distancing measures' where they meet one of the following criteria

Actions taken by the school to support the wellbeing of students and staff
School leaders have been working to establish a continuity plan in response to the pandemic. This also includes planning for delivery of activities in the situation of a forced closure and planning for a return to 'usual practice' should a short-term and/or long-term closure take place.

Preventative measures have been introduced, including

  • Establishing a critical incident team to plan for all eventualities;
  • Identify members of the community (student and staff) with underlying medical conditions which place them in the 'at risk' group;
  • Raising awareness of the symptoms closely linked to COVID-19 and the precautionary measures through visual displays;
  • Purchased additional quantities of alcohol based hand santizer and liquid soap;
  • Additional cleaning of the regularly touched surfaces throughout the school day ie. door handles, hand rails etc; and
  • As of 16th March 2020, all non-essential activities will be either postponed or cancelled ie. sporting fixtures and visiting speakers.

In the event of a full/partial school closure (short-term and/or long-term)
The school will only close where there is direct guidance/recommendation from appropriate authorities eg. Public Health Wales and/or where there are insufficient numbers of staff available to safely deliver an education to students. In the event of a school closure, staff will not be able to access the school site. Therefore, in this situation the school will

  • Provide students in all year groups (with increased support for those students preparing to sit public examinations in the summer) with online materials to facilitate distance learning;
  • Provide paper-based materials for those students who do not have access to either a mobile device and/or internet (as part of the preparation phase the school will seek to identify where this is the case);
  • Communicate with families/students 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 students 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 students the school asks that all families

  • Sign up to the school twitter feed @bishop_llandaff to be able to access relevant information in the eventuality of a partial/full closure;
  • Ensure that the school has the correct email address in order to maintain communication throughout the process;
  • 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