St Illtyd’s Catholic High School will be closed from 2:50pm on Friday 20th March 2020.
This is a Welsh Government decision which was announced via the media. I can only apologise, on their behalf, for the distress and concern this may have caused.
The school remains open and will continue to operate as normal. There are currently no plans to close the school. If this decision is ever taken we will contact parents and carers directly.
We continue to encourage staff and pupils to follow high levels of personal hygeiene, including regular hand washing and using tissues to catch sneezes and coughs. The school have installed additional hand soap dispensers within the toilets for pupils to use. We have also enhanced our cleaning regime, and now have cleaning staff on site during the school day to clean door handles, finger plates, pull handles and banisters. They are also undertaking regular toilet and hand soap checks throughout the day to ensure the facilities are clean and stocks are replenished.
In the event of a possible school closure, we are putting contingencies in place to ensure that learning can still carry on. Teachers are currently working on our Google Classroom resource to make sure that there is sufficient and appropriate work on it for all our pupils to access. All pupils have logins for this resource and we will be checking that they are clear on how to do so. We will also be sending instructions home by email. Alternatively, there will be paper copies available for any pupils without internet access, which can be obtained from Reception by prior arrangement.
Public examinations at the time of writing are still due to take place on the dates published. If we receive any notifications that this is to change, we will share this with you and our pupils immediately.
The school is being kept updated daily with guidance related to Coronavirus. We are following Welsh Government advice and attach a poster for your information that is being displayed across the school.
The latest advice and guidance from Public Health Wales can be found by clicking here. This is updated daily at 3pm.
Please speak to your child/children about the simple methods outlined in the poster to help prevent the spread of any virus.
- Catch it – cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Bin it – put used tissues in the bin immediately
- Kill it – wash your hands with soap and water. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
Further information for schools can be found on the following link: https://gov.wales/guidance-educational-settings-about-covid-19