Coronavirus

Coronavirus

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Latest Update 15th May 2020

 

We have been asked to share the following message which we received from the Welsh Government on Friday 15th May;

 Today at 14:00 we are publishing “The Decision Framework for the next phase of childcare and education: considerations, planning and challenges”. Many thanks for your input and the support so far.

 This working document shows the complexity of the matter and the considerations and decisions that need to be taken to open up childcare, schools and other educational settings for more children and young people. We do not expect that schools or other childcare or education settings across Wales will be open for all learners, from all years, all week anytime soon.

 We are not setting a date before we have more evidence, more confidence and more control over the virus. But we are using this time to plan.

 We want to be honest and transparent and start a wider discussion about how we do this, including with parents and children. The safety of childcare workers, teachers, lecturers, students, teaching assistants, cleaners, caretakers and catering staff and other supporting settings is paramount, as outlined in the Minister for Education’s five principles.

We have set up a number of groups to advise us. We will also be continuing to take the views of parents, children and young people into account. This includes sessions such as #AskKirsty next Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:00 where we are inviting people to give their views directly to Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education through twitter and facebook.

We are keen that we minimise any confusion between the situation in Wales and the rest of the UK.

 

Here is a special message to all our pupils and their families. We are missing you all but by staying home you are staying safe. We can't wait to see you all again soon. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_jFHVFDcA8

 

‘Please see link for some lovely resources prepared by Spectrum for children and young people to complete at home’

https://www.hafancymru.co.uk/about-us/parent-activity-packs-covid-19-support/

 

Please see the updated link below to the latest half termly news article for the Online Safety Zone:

https://hwb.gov.wales/zones/online-safety/news/articles/42ae160b-7ab4-4510-8792-c70ef861c6d5

 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - LATEST UPDATE  20/4/2020

 

Please see the updated advice from the government regarding exercise and leaving your home. It indicates that where individuals have a learning disability or autism and require exercise in an open space two or three times a day then this is permitted but must be done in line with the persons care plan agreed with a medical professional.

We would be happy to work with our school nurse to update care plans to reflect this if requested to do so, there will be a small number of staff in school from Monday 20th April if you want to get in touch.

I would imagine that this would make a big difference for many of our pupils and could also support the respite work that Personal Assistants carry out. Please see the information in the link below;

https://gov.wales/leaving-home-exercise-guidance#section-41074

 

In response to the escalating Covid-19 outbreak Welsh Government advised schools in Wales to close for children and young people. The advice from Welsh Government is that keeping children safely in their home should limit the chance of the virus spreading and protect those vulnerable to more serious illness as a result of the virus. 

 

We would like to thank parents and carers for their understanding and support as we work together during this difficult time. As a school we understand that this will mean making some compromises and sacrifices. We will be available to provide support and advice over the phone should you need it. We will also continue to provide work packs and on-line learning activities for parents/carers to do with their children whilst they are at home.  

 

If your child receives free school meals, this will continue and a packed lunch will be delivered to you by the Local Authority. 

 

Following guidance from Welsh Government Greenfield School will provide non-statutory emergency child care for those pupils/families who meet specific criteria AND who absolutely need a place. We are not operating in a statutory school capacity and there will be crucial differences. This criteria for an emergency child care place focusses on where children cannot be safely cared for at home because:

 

  1. They are children of parents involved in the front line response to Coronavirus.

  2. They are Vulnerable children as defined by UK and Welsh Government

 

The purpose of this information is to help manage your expectations about what may be possible over the next week, weeks and months ahead. Welsh Government clearly state that schools should continue to provide emergency child care for as small a number of pupils as possible. If it is possible for children to be at home, they should be.

 

If parents/carers are not able to care for their child/ren safely at home or where both parents are key workers then the emergency child care will need to be applied for. 

Applications for childcare provision can be made up to 6 weeks in advance (but no less than 5 days) – please use the following link to apply  https://www.merthyr.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus/school-closures-emergency-childcare-and-free-school-meals]<https://www.merthyr.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus/school-closures-emergency-childcare-and-free-school-meals>

 

Applications for childcare provision starting the week beginning 20th April must be made by 13th April. 

 

All applications must be received at least 5 days in advance so that the number of hubs required and staffing ratios are managed safely.

 

IN ALL INSTANCES THE SAFEST OPTION TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS AND TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN IS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME.



As advised by Welsh Government if one parent is a key worker but the other parent is not, then the other parent should provide safe alternative arrangements at home when possible.

 

It is vital that you only apply for a place if absolutely essential. If demand outweighs our ability to supply, we will apply additional criteria to ensure ‘the most vulnerable are prioritised’ (Welsh Government, 20 March 2020).

 

Please see further information on the welsh government web site on the following link;

 

https://gov.wales/5-things-you-need-know-sending-your-children-school-or-childcare-coronavirus



All our decisions are based on trying to keep everyone safe as possible. All staff have been given advice on Social Distancing which we will try to implement as effectively as possible within the school building. 

 

Advice on social distancing can be found on the following link;

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

 

During the school closure you can use the following additional contacts that we have set up;

 

For all Primary Department enquiries contact Gwyn Daniels, Acting Deputy Headteacher on 07873543453

 

For all Secondary Department enquiries contact Rachel Faulkner, Deputy Headteacher on 07716955973

 

For any emergencies or confirmed cases of Coronavirus contact Rhiannon Stephens Davies, Headteacher on 07749475405

 

Alternatively you can e-mail:  info@greenfield.merthyr.sch.uk 

 

If you have any other concerns or queries please contact myself or the Senior Leadership Team as we are here to support you.

 

Kind regards,

 

Rhiannon Stephens Davies

 

Headteacher, Greenfield School

 

 

 

Latest guidance from Welsh Government regarding Coronavirus – 17th March 2020

 

What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus 

You should stay at home if you develop either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days

  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

You should only contact 111 if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

  • your condition gets worse

  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

If you need to stay at home follow self-isolation advice on Public Health Wales.

 

For the latest advice on Coronavirus from Welsh Government: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

Advice and guidance to educational settings is being updated on a regular basis to reflect current advice and can be found at:

https://gov.wales/guidance-educational-settings-about-covid-19



Advice from Public Health Wales Published 12 March

 

Symptoms

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or

  • high temperature

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection

 

Key messages

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See Ending Isolation section below for more information)

  • this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.

  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.

  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.

  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.

  • sleep alone, if that is possible.

  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.

  • stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.

  • you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

 

Ending self-isolation

 

You should remain at home until 7 days after the onset of your symptoms. After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS Direct Wales online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

 

Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.

 

For more information relating to self-isolation, please click on the following link;

 

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/