A short video [03:02 min] for pupils to watch and get a feel for what returning to the building will be like for our return from 29 June.
Update following announcement from Welsh Government for Schools on 19 February 2021 (see letter for full details)
We are planning (subject to Welsh Government confirmation) for the following pupils to return to in-building learning from 15 March:
- Class 3/4
- Class 5/6
- Class 9/10
- Class 11/12
Class 7/8 will continue with their ‘Beyond the Classroom’ distance learning until further guidance from Welsh Government on their safe return.
We will continue to offer school day provision, as needed, to Class pupils who are classed as vulnerable, or are children of essential workers, from 8.50am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.
Wraparound Care is operating normal hours (Breakfast Club 8.00-9.00, Afternoon Care 1.00-3.30, Afterschool 3.30-4.30/6.00) and is open to all pupils who are in-building as above.
Prior to 15 March in-building provision will be for the following pupils ONLY:
- All Kindergarten children (age 3-6)
- All Class Ty Haul pupils
- Class 11/12 students are able to come into School for some specific practical assessments for the NZCSE qualification
- Pre-booked school day provision to Class pupils who are vulnerable, or are children of essential workers, from 8.50am to 3.30pm
All other Classes (Lower School and Upper School) will continue with our ‘Beyond the Classroom’ distance learning from Mon 22 February.
Wraparound Care will operate normal hours during this period (Breakfast Club 8.00-9.00, Afternoon Care 1.00-3.30, Afterschool 3.30-4.30/6.00) and will be open to all pupils who are in-building as above.
Our pupils from Cardiff and surrounding areas have already been issued with a ‘Reasonable excuse to travel to education’ letter.
We have a full risk assessment in place following the ‘Welsh Government Operational Guidance for Schools and Settings’, and ensure social distancing and cleaning and hygiene measures, both in the classrooms and around the School. See further details in the ‘Return to School’ letter in the ‘Latest Updates’ on this page.
We have made judgments based on our particular school context about how to balance and minimise any risks from COVID-19 with providing a full educational experience for your children.
The guidance will be kept under constant review and will always follow the latest scientific advice.
We offer the Certificate of Steiner Education (NZCSE) in our Upper School. The structure of the NZCSE, focused on ongoing assessment, means it is particularly well suited to adapt to the current times. Our Class 11 pupils all achieved their Level 2 certificates in July 2020 and we fully expect our Class 12 pupils to complete their Level 3 by the end of this School year. We are in regular contact with SEDT, who manage the NZCSE to ensure our Upper School pupils can continue with their qualification without disruption.
22 Feb 2021
Update following Welsh Government Annoucement for Schools on 19 Feb from College, School Management Team and Trustees
8 Feb 2021
Update following Welsh Government Annoucement for Schools on 5 Feb from College, School Management Team and Trustees
5 Jan 2021
Update following Welsh Government Statement for Schools from College, School Management Team and Trustees
2 Jan 2021
Update on School Return in January from College, School Management Team and Trustees
11 Dec 2020
Update following School Announcements from College, School Management Team and Trustees
8 Sep 2020
Caerphilly New Restrictions Update (updated 18.30) from Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager and Health & Safety Lead
3 Sep 2020
Return to School Letter Sep 2020 from Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager and Health & Safety Lead
10 July 2020
End of Year Thank You and update from College, School Management Team and Trustees
26 June 2020
22 June 2020
Risk Assessment from Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager and Health & Safety Lead
17 June 2020
Transition Programme from 29 June to 10 July from College and the School Management Team
9 June 2020
Update following Welsh Government proposals for schools from College, School Management Team and Trustees
19 May 2020
Welsh Schools and Covid-19 Latest Update from College, School Management Team and Trustees
8 May 2020
Welsh Schools and Covid-19 Update from College, School Management Team and Trustees
19 April 2020
Wellbeing and Safeguarding Briefing for Parents from Miranda Knight
3 April 2020
Check In and Update from College and the School Management Team
23 March 2020
Update on Learning in the Classes from the Teaching Team
20 March 2020
18 March 2020
17 March 2020
Class 6/7 Theatre Trip Cancellation Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager
17 March 2020
Update for Kindergarten Parents Anna Podesta and Gail Chester, Kindergarten Teachers
13 March 2020
Coronavirus: School Measures and Update Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager
28 February 2020
Coronavirus Infomation to Parents Miranda Knight, School Administrative Manager
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.
Do NOT send your child to School if they have any COVID-19 symptoms (see NHS Wales advice here)
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child has COVID-19 symptoms they must self isolate immediately. Phone 119 or book a test online at gov.wales/coronavirus
If you are unsure if your child’s symptoms are COVID-19 or cold-like symptoms please use the symptom checker
If your child only has a runny nose or other coldlike symptoms, and none of the above symptoms a COVID-19 test isn’t required. Your child can go to
School if they are well enough to do so.
If your child has been told to self-isolate by the Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) service or the School on behalf of TTP, you must ensure they stay at home for 14 days (the start of the 14 day period will be on the advice of the TTP team). See the NHS Wales ‘A guide for parents – what to do if your child needs to self-isolate’
Other household members
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have received a positive test result
Please report your symptoms to the School (see Who To Contact)
The latest Welsh Government staying at home guidance asks that you immediately stay at home and begin to self-isolate at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms start. All other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken.
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- Phone 119 or book a test online at gov.wales/coronavirus if you have not already had one. The result of the test will determine how long you must stay at home and self-isolate.
- Stay at home while you are waiting for a home test kit or a test site appointment.
- A positive test result means you must complete a 10-day isolation period.
- If your test is negative, you can stop self-isolating as long as you are well.
- If you do not have symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms after your test, restart your 10-day isolation period from the day the symptoms start.
- Stay as far away from other members of your household as possible, especially if they are clinically extremely vulnerable. Avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present and take your meals back to your room to eat.
- If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, then use the NHS 111 Wales online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111 Wales. For a medical emergency dial 999.
- Consider alerting the people that you have had close contact within the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19.
- Following a positive test result, you will receive a request by text, email or phone to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and provide information about recent close contacts.
Based on the risk level in the UK, we have increased precautions in our Admissions processes to ensure the safety of our students and teachers.
Visiting is being kept to essential purposes only. Prospective parents are able to visit on online Virtual Visits
We ask all visitors to confirm that they are not displaying symptoms before they visit and to observe our ‘Reducing Risk’ advice below on any visit.
If you are concerned that you may be displaying symptoms, please follow the Government’s staying at home guidance and do not attend the School. See ‘Who To Contact’ in order to speak to us about arranging a private tour on another date in the future.
Thank you for helping us take all the appropriate precautions at this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
The Welsh Government has published advice for how to reduce the risk from coronavirus in education settings.
To help stop the virus from spreading:
- wash your hands for 20 seconds often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands :
- before leaving home
- on arrival at school
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving school
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- class sizes should reflect the amount of teachers available but kept as small possible. Lunch times, break times and the movement of children around the school should be staggered as needed to reduce large groups of children gathering
- make sure anyone who is feeling ill stays at home
- social distancing should be maintained while recognising that with very young children this will be harder to maintain. Staff should implement social distancing as far as they are able, whilst ensuring children are kept safe and well cared for within the School
There are a number of additional resources that you may find useful for further information on the coronavirus, the Government and international response and how best to talk about the outbreak with your children. Links to these can be found below:
- The Welsh Government and NHS Wales are appealing to the Welsh public to download the COVID Symptom Tracker app to help the NHS response to COVID-19 in Wales.
- Coronavirus COVID-19 symptom checker on NHS Direct Wales
- Public Health Wales website
- NHS coronavirus overview
- UK Government coronavirus updates
- NHS 111 advice service
- World Health Organisation updates
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice
- Welsh Government advice for schools
- Child Mind: How to talk to children about the outbreak
- BBC: How to talk to children about the outbreak
- How Do I Find and Create Goodness for My Children
- Communicating with Children and Supporting Them in Difficult Times
- How to Stay Sane When Working from Home with Young Children
- Why the Coronavirus (Mostly) Spares Children
Cardiff Steiner School
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