I have received the message below from Cardiff County Council this evening to share with you:
End Of Term Arrangements
As you will be aware, since last Friday, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Cardiff. Schools have put in place excellent preventative measures to minimise the risk of the virus spreading and have worked tirelessly to respond to confirmed cases when these have arisen. However, despite these measures, the pattern of increasing numbers of cases has continued to rise in the community.
As the rates of Covid-19 in our local communities has risen this week we have witnessed a significant increase in the consequential impact on the number of staff and children requiring self-isolation due to a confirmed diagnosis or close contact with a confirmed case. On the basis of the current trajectory of transmission, we are acutely aware that this impact will only set to worsen over the forthcoming week.
Welsh Government have announced today that all secondary schools are to move to distance learning as from Monday 14th December. In respect of Primary Schools, it is our intention that they continue to deliver face to face learning until Tuesday 15th December. From Wednesday 16th December they will then be expected to provide a consistent, online learning offer. If schools have planned INSET in the last week of term these should continue.
This decision reflects recent advice from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the importance of a self-isolation period for families prior to the relaxing of restrictions over the Christmas period. By finishing face to face learning earlier this will also reduce school cases into the TTP system and give additional capacity to ensure TTP can manage community cases over the holiday period.
We must stress how important it is for parents and communities to continue to follow national Covid-19 guidelines. Schools must reinforce the importance of this to parents and carers in their communications regarding arrangements.