Welsh Government have developed a framework document in partnership with schools, local authorities, public health experts and other stakeholders based on the approach of enabling schools to operate as normally as possible following the move to alert level zero on the 7th of August 2021.
Therefore, when schools return in September 2021, many of the more severe measures that were in place prior to the summer break (such as class ‘bubbles’; routine wearing of face coverings in the classroom for secondary school learners etc.) can be relaxed as part of a proportionate system of controls determined by local risk levels associated with Covid-19.
However, there is still a need to do everything reasonably practicable to ensure health, safety and welfare of individuals, hence, certain measures including risk assessments, hygiene, ventilation and preventing attendance by individuals with Covid-19 symptoms will continue to be in place.
On the 25th of August 2021, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language asked parents/carers and learners to continue to follow guidance on isolating, testing and vaccination, to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in education settings and to follow these important measures:
- Get the vaccine if it’s offered to you.
- Maintain regular handwashing.
- Any staff or learner with symptoms of COVID-19 - however mild – should stay at home and book a PCR test at their closest test site.
- Staff in primary schools - and staff and learners in secondary schools and colleges - without symptoms should take two lateral flow tests (LFTs), three days apart during the week leading up to their first day back. If the test is positive they should self-isolate, and book a PCR test.
- Going into the new term, staff in primary schools and staff and learners in secondary schools and colleges not showing symptoms should continue to take regular rapid lateral flow tests twice a week, and report the results online.
- Learners in Year 7 and above must continue to wear face coverings on school and college transport (unless exempt).
Please see below for ‘Schools Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQs) which contains further information in relation to lateral flow testing and other useful information.
Additional information is provided on the Welsh Government’s website (via the following links) :
Important links from Welsh Government
Latest advice on Coronavirus from Welsh Government will be issued at gov.wales/coronavirus.
Frequently Asked Questions (2021/22)
The Council has prepared some frequently asked questions to assist parents, carers and pupils. These cover a range of topics from school buildings, the school day, catering, illness and transport.