Today schools welcome back all pupils and each of us has a part to play in making sure that our schools can remain open.
There is now an extended list of COVID-19 symptoms and testing is available for children and families who are experiencing them. Please read our updated FAQ’s for more information about the extended symptoms and other important messages about the start of school.
As all pupils return, please help to keep our schools safe and open by following these rules:
😷 Wear a face covering during drop-off and pick-up times
2📏 Keep 2️ metres apart from others
⌚ Don’t arrive early for your drop off/ pick up time to avoid crowding at the school gates
⚠️ Avoid congregating with other parents around school entrances and leave immediately after drop off or collection times. Please don’t be tempted to hang around and chat
🛴 Walk, scoot or cycle to school where possible
🚶 If you have to drive, park well away from the school and walk the rest of the way
🅿️To help with pupil safety and social distancing, please do not park on the pavement
🚗 Please don’t accept an offer of a lift to school from other parents, unless you have no other choice
Make sure you child understands the importance of washing their hands regularly
😷 We would like to remind secondary school pupils that face coverings should be worn on school transport, when moving around the school and where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Please also remember:
⚠️ Do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell, even if you are not sure if it is COVID-19.
⚠️ Do not send them if they are showing any COVID-19 symptoms or if anyone else in the household is showing any symptoms.
⚠️ Do not send your child to school if they or anyone else in the household is waiting for a test result
⚠️ Do not send your child to school if they have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
Welsh Government have confirmed that all pupils in Years 10 – 13 can access a Rapid Lateral Flow Self-Test (LFT). The aim is to quickly identify those who are unknowingly carrying COVID-19 so that they can self-isolate and prevent more people catching the virus.
A short video demonstration as well as step-by-step guides available in a series of different languages can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-self-test-help#video-how-to-self-test
Although schools are reopening, COVID-19 has not gone away.
Parents and carers are reminded that mixing outside of school is not allowed, even if they are outdoors and even if children are in the same bubbles at school.
This includes overnight sleep, parties and play sessions as this may increase the spread of the virus and lead to increased restrictions.
For more information about how to stay safe and keep schools open, please visit our updated parent and pupil FAQ’s: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/covidschoolfaqs