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Update: Wednesday 25nd March 2020 - School Trips

Unfortunately we are currently unable to issue refunds for, or comment on, any school trips.

Please be assured we are taking daily advice from the Trip Leaders, Travel Agents, Cardiff County Council and keeping up to date with travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

We understand your concern of wanting a final outcome and will do our utmost to update you as soon as we have any further information. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this unsettling and challenging time.

Cofion Cynnes Kind Regards,

 

P. Battle                                              

Rheolwr busnes Business Manager 


Update: Sunday 22nd March 2020 - Added link to Free School Meal Arrangements


Update: Friday 20th March 2020

KEY WORKERS CHILDCARE PROVISION AND CLARITY ON THE COMING WEEKS

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
I am writing to give as much clarity as I am able to in relation to the headings below.  Our over-riding aim is to support the national attempt to control the spread of COVID-19 and to allow health care workers to carry out their essential roles.

School closures

Schools will be closed for the foreseeable future and we do not anticipate reopening for normal school business until the autumn term 2020.
 
The majority of my staff will work from home from Monday 23 March until Friday 3rd April 2020.  Teachers will be available by email to support the students in their work, prioritising the use of online platforms to provide work tasks and resources to their classes. 
 
A skeleton staff will remain in school to manage the unfolding situation.  I will update you prior to, and after the Easter break.

Re-purposed schools

We are also preparing to be re-purposed to provide support for the children of key workers who are involved in the immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak. 
 
At this time, this means those in Health & Social Care or the Emergency Services (Ambulance, Fire & Rescue, and Police).
 
  • During the week beginning Monday 23rd March, LHS will be open from 8:30 am – 3:05 pm for the children of key workers up to the age of 14.  The school bus service will continue to operate.  The school canteen service will continue to operate.
  • The provision is strictly for children where at least one parent is a key worker and there is no other adult available to look after them. 
  • This is also only for those days you are actually working.  
  • Students will be supervised in mixed ages by school staff and will be working through the resources that have been provided to them.  
  • Students do not need to wear uniform but should be appropriately dressed for the school environment.
 
If you would like to access this provision, please submit your request to the following email address by 7pm on Sunday 22nd March:
 
 
Please include the following information that will assist us in planning for appropriate staff/student ratios. 
 
  • Name of Child/Children
  • Year Group
  • Frontline Parent and Role
  • Days Required Next Week 23.03.20
  • Reason childcare is needed
 
 
Please note: if your family has been self-isolating, the 14 day rule still applies. Do not send your child to school. We also reserve the right to check any child’s temperature if they seem unwell whilst with us. We would like to make it clear that as a staff we all want to do our civic duty at this difficult time and assist other key workers to do theirs, particularly those in our blue light services who are doing an amazing job - thank you!
 
However, at a time when everyone is being instructed to stay at home to reduce social contact wherever possible, we expect this to be the case in school.
 
The more children we have in school, the more risk this places on them, their families and indeed my staff who also have families at home. It will also not help the country’s aim to slow the spread of the virus. We already have staff who are self-isolating and this is likely to increase, reducing our ability to provide the service for those who really need it.

Vulnerable children/students eligible for free school meals

The local authority have put an emergency provision in place from Monday 23rd March for two weeks to support children who are entitled to free school meals.  This provision will be temporary until a more sustainable long-term solution can be arranged.
 
From Monday 23rd March, all students who are entitled to a free school meal will be able to collect a grab bag from their local school.  This will be the school that is the nearest school for them to walk to.  The local authority will be contacting families to inform them of the school that they should report to. 
 
Llanishen High School will facilitate this for the students for whom we are the closest school.

Exams and grades

Exams are to be suspended in the summer term. Staff will be asked to help submit student work so that grades can be awarded fairly.
 
We are advised that the awarding bodies will contact schools next week to instruct us on how this will be organised.
 

Years 11 and 13

We will do everything that we can to facilitate a formal farewell for these year groups when it is safe and appropriate to do so.  We hope to be able to make arrangements for the early autumn.
 
 

Coronavirus Poster

 

18th March 2020 - Update:

The most recent communication from Mrs Parry, regarding the pending school closure has been sent via ParentMail.  A copy of which can be downloaded from here.

17th March 2020 - Update:

ParentMail communication: download.

Student Absences

At this time the school still remains fully open to all year groups and provisions; however, in line with Welsh Government guidance, the school will close at 3:05pm on Friday 20th March 2020, at which time the Easter break will commence.

If you have concerns about your child, you need to follow the information provided by the Welsh Government

This guidance is very clear about the current circumstances when a student should attend school or self-isolate. The guidance also sets out the different scenarios for when a student should or should not attend school. Parents are to report all absences to the school, including the context.

Staff at LHS are not able to provide medical advice and relevant contact details for NHS Wales are in the recent parentmail letter, as sent on the 13th March 2020, a copy of which can be downloaded here.

Coronavirus Information

The school is being kept updated daily with guidance related to Coronavirus. We are following Welsh Government advice and show a poster here, for your information, that is being displayed across the school from today onwards.  All parents should have received a letter via ParentMail - a copy of which is available here.

The latest advice and guidance from Public Health Wales can be found by clicking here, and is updated daily at 3pm.

Please speak to your child/children about the simple methods outlined in the poster to help prevent the spread of any virus.

Remember:

  • Catch it – cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • Bin it – put used tissues in the bin immediately

  • Kill it – wash your hands with soap and water. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

 

Further information for schools can be found on the following link: https://gov.wales/guidance-educational-settings-about-covid-19