WHAT WE’VE DONE
The wellbeing of our pupils and community and the continuity of our educational programme is of paramount importance to us. As a school we have been taking ongoing proactive steps to reduce the risk to our school community, including:
- We suspended in person learning and teaching from Friday 20 March, and continued to provide education through online learning [see letter]. From 29 June to 10 July we provided part-time, in-building provision for Kindergarten and all Classes. A combination of different classes attended on different days to ensure social distancing and hygiene, both in the classrooms and around the School. This followed the Welsh Government guidance of the closure and opening of all state schools in Wales, which made clear that these decisions have been focused on public health advice. Welsh Government have informed independent schools that they would encourage independent schools to follow the advice given to maintained education settings to put the wellbeing of all learners at the forefront.
- We ran a small, necessary provision from March to July 2020 for our pupils who were vulnerable or were children of parents of ‘essential workers’ – those whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response [see letter].
- Extra cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces, including desks and handles, and within toilet blocks.
- Travel ban for all international school trips, including requiring our staff to declare if they, or their families, are travelling overseas.
- Avoiding the exposure of pupils to large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as cinemas, theatres, and other similar settings. (Our weekly Games lessons at Sophia Gardens have been risk assessed and are currently still taking place).
- We will update parents about the postponement/cancellation of trips once we have formal confirmation from our insurers and providers, to limit any unnecessary losses.