The hardest question we have had to deal with in the past two weeks has been to do with children who are unwell. Parents are phoning and saying 'Well they are a bit hot and they have a runny nose and a cough, but it is probably just...Can they still come in?'
We are in an impossible situation here as you can imagine. It IS probably just...but unfortunately without a test coming back negative for Covid-19, we will not know that it wasn't anything worse.
The guidelines we have are to send home any child with a temperature, a persistent, continuous cough or who is reporting a change to taste and smell. Unfortunately by the time they have come in it may already be too late for the wider school community.
The situation has been made worse for you, and us, by documents and flow charts circulating on social media that have not come from Public Health Wales and also by media reports of difficulties obtaining tests. Our understanding however, is that tests are available, but you might have to persevere more than usual to get one.
I thank those of you who have are taking the cautious approach and I can only apologise if we seem hyper vigilant or difficult. As the normal cold and flu season kicks in we will find ourselves in this situation over and over again but it is worth checking as 'It is probably just...' could have severe consequences if it isn't 'just...' Please help us to keep the whole of our school and village community safe by not bringing your child into school if they have a persistent, continuous cough and or a temperature and or a loss/change to taste or smell (however mild the symptoms may be) and instead follow the advice on Wales.gov regarding testing and isolation for your household.
Many thanks for your cooperation with this and your patience and understanding as we all try to keep the children safe.
Mr Cass, Headteacher