Dear Parent / carer,
We have been informed by the local authority that the Regional Incident Management Team (IMT) in Swansea Bay have raised the Covid-19 risk level to ‘High’.
This means that all schools in Swansea will need to reinstate a number of measures to protect pupils and staff. These are:
• Not holding large group gatherings such as assemblies (whole year groups in Comp/whole school in Primary)
• The use of one-way systems within the school building
• Consistent seating plans (recognising this may not be possible for younger learners)
• Using outdoor spaces where possible
• Floor signage
• Physical distancing and seating plans in place in classrooms. This may include forward facing desks depending on room capacity and risk assessment, recognising that this may not be possible with younger children or with learners that require one to one support.
• Twice weekly LFD testing available for staff and secondary learners to help identify and isolate asymptomatic cases as soon as possible.
• Face coverings should be worn by secondary aged learners when moving around indoor communal areas outside of the classroom, such as corridors, where physical distance cannot be maintained. Face coverings continue to be recommended on school transport.
• Face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in schools when moving around indoor communal areas outside of the classroom, such as corridors, where physical distance cannot be maintained.
These measures will be on top of those already in place in Morriston. The guidance states that these measures need to be in place by Monday 20th September, but we will be introducing these measures from Thursday this week to provide additional reassurance to our children and staff.
Thank you once again for your continued support in these difficult times. I would greatly appreciate it if you can stress the importance of following these new measures with your child.
Mr M Franklin
Dear Parent / carer, - 16-09-2021
Following my letter and the letter from the Director of Education yesterday, I want to clarify what the changes will mean for our children and staff in Morriston from Thursday 16th onwards. Please be aware that these new measures are being enforced across all schools and are the direct result of the Regional Incident Management Team (IMT) in Swansea Bay raising the Covid-19 risk level to ‘High’.
What we are already doing
• Children will continue to use hand sanitiser regularly around the school and when entering classrooms.
• Children will continue to clean down their desk space at the beginning and end of the lesson
• Children will continue to sit in an allocated seating plan decided by the teacher.
• Children will continue to use a one-way system around the school or walk on the left side of the corridor.
• Children and staff will continue to be strongly advised to take twice weekly lateral flow tests to help identify and isolate asymptomatic cases as soon as possible.
What we will need to change from Thursday 16th September.
• Face coverings should be worn by pupils in school when moving around indoor communal areas outside of the classroom, such as corridors and when queuing in the canteen, where physical distance cannot be maintained.
• Face coverings do not need to be worn in lessons and when outside.
• We have limited supplies of face coverings. We ask that parents / carers ensure their child has a face covering to come to school if at All possible.
• Assemblies will be held on Teams rather than as a Year group in the theatre.
• Face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in schools when moving around indoor communal areas outside of the classroom, where physical distance cannot be maintained.
What happens if my child has PE?
• On days when the children have PE, they will be able to wear their school PE kit to school. They will not be expected to use the school changing room.
• Children must wear the correct school PE kit. Tracksuits or ‘joggers’ will not be allowed.
• PE kit can only be worn on days when your child has PE. Staff will be checking this every day.
• Year 7 and 8, who have swimming are able to use the pool changing rooms and should come to school in normal uniform.
We want school to continue as normal, our focus this term is to get all students back learning, getting them back into school routine, setting high expectations and making good progress in school. Our students have made an excellent start since returning and we want this to continue.
Once again, thank you for your continued support. If you have any other queries or concerns please contact the school.