Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Education Information
Return for Learners
Learners have now returned to all schools and colleges here in Blaenau Gwent.
The top priority for the Council and all our schools is to consider safety and minimise disruption to learning for our children and young people. We worked closely with Headteachers in Blaenau Gwent to agree a common approach for return.
Home to School Transport continues to be available for those who normally access it and full COVID-19 safety controls will be in place.
The Council and its schools are working together, using Welsh Government guidelines, to provide COVID-19 secure, fully risk assessed learning environments and more information on this can be found below.
For the latest Welsh Government guidance on schools click here.
Lateral Flow Testing of Pupils
Secondary schools in Blaenau Gwent are offering regular Lateral Flow Testing for pupils in Years 10 & 11.
All our schools are fully on board with the testing, which is in addition to many other safety measures currently being used in schools. Regular testing can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by picking up asymptomatic cases early on, which can potentially avoid the need for larger groups of contacts having to self-isolate and keeps education safe for our pupils and staff.
The testing process is voluntary, and parents/carers will be required to give their consent for under 16’s.
Please look out for more information from your school who will be touch to obtain consent, and with further detailed guidance and arrangements for testing.
Arrangements for Welsh qualifications 2021 & 2022 (Update 24/03/2021)
Adaptations for 2022 and final details for 2021 have been announced by Qualifications Wales.
Find out more here.
Operating Schools around Coronavirus
- We continue to work closely with schools to provide safe learning environments for the children and young people in attendance, based on the latest Welsh Government operational guidance - https://gov.wales/education-coronavirus
- All schools have Covid secure risk assessments in place.
- Schools participate fully in the Wales Test Trace Protect programme and where necessary will ensure that details of anyone needing advice will be provided.
- Procedures remain in place for enhanced cleaning regimes.
- School staff remain vigilant to pupils displaying any symptoms, and are ready to take appropriate action where required. Parents, carers and guardians can support this by remaining alert and ensuring that children do not attend school if they develop any potential symptoms, however mild, and arrange for a PCR test for the child affected - https://gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19
- The main recognised symptoms are:
- A high temperature
- A new continuous cough
- A loss of taste or smell
• If your child develops recognised symptoms whilst at school, they will be isolated appropriately and you will be asked to pick them up immediately. Please make sure your school has your emergency contact details
• Please speak to your child’s school about any concerns you have about a return to school
• Breakfast club provision is currently not available. This will be kept under review
• Frequent hand washing and sanitising are robustly built into school routines
• Schools will be cleaned in line with the latest Welsh Government guidance, with a particular focus on touchpoints, equipment, toilets and highly frequented areas
• Personal Protective Equipment will only be used in accordance with the current Welsh Government guidance for schools
• Dedicated Home to School Transport will be available for those eligible pupils attending school. Buses will be regularly cleaned and sanitiser available for those on board.
The use of face coverings in school settings
Face coverings will be used in school settings in line with the latest Welsh Government guidance.
You can find contact details for all schools in Blaenau Gwent here.
Latest Welsh Government Information:
To keep up to date with the latest information on Education and Coronavirus (COVID-19) please follow the link to the Welsh Government website below: