Dear Parent / Guardian,
As part of the return to face to face learning for pupils we are introducing a number of additional measures to provide an added level of assurance for parents and staff. This includes the introduction of twice weekly testing for staff members. All those working in schools will have access to Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs). This enables them to undertake a test for coronavirus at home twice a week. The LFDs provide a result within 30 minutes and don’t require a laboratory to process. The testing will take place on either Sunday and Wednesday evenings or Monday and Thursday mornings – schools have made their own decisions on when to test. If a member of staff tests positive and has been in contact with the children within the last 2 days, the whole of the contact group will need to self-isolate. This means that you, as parents / carers, will be contacted advising you that your child must self-isolate immediately. In the meantime, the staff member will be tested again using a laboratory test (a PCR test). If this second test is also positive, the self-isolation will need to continue as advised by Public Health Wales. If the PCR test is negative, the school will contact you to arrange for the children to return to school the next day. We will ensure that in those instances of a positive test that we can get a message to you as soon as possible. These arrangements are to provide additional assurances of the safety of your child.
Claire Homard Chief Officer, Education & Youth
Mr Cass, Headteacher