Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Page
Parental Update 8th June 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians
As you are aware, Fitzalan will be open for pupils from 29th June until 27th July. We want to do everything we can to make Fitzalan safe and secure for all members of the Fitzalan community. Thank-you to all parents who responded to our parent questionnaire: your feedback shows your concern for the safety of your children and we want to make sure we protect your children while they are in school.
Cleaning and Hygiene. In addition to supplies provided by the LA to all schools in Cardiff, we have ordered additional handwashing stations for Fitzalan and our cleaning team will be on site throughout the day to keep the school clean and safe. Hand sanitiser will be readily available and we will ensure that everyone follows a good hand hygiene routine.
School site. The site has been deep cleaned, and will be set up for effective social distancing. Desks in classrooms and halls will be at least 2 metres apart and there will be one way systems so that movement of pupils around the school is safe and well-managed.
Timetable and Curriculum. Each year group (7, 8, 9 & 10) will be able to be in school for approximately one day a week. Year 12 will come in on different days for their options. Some pupils with additional learning needs may be in school more often. This will keep the total number of pupils on site at any one time safely below the limits set out by Welsh Government and will make it easier to prevent transmission. When pupils are in school, the focus will be ‘Check in, Catch up, and Prepare’. They will have wellbeing sessions, structured subject lessons and targeted support to help them with their remote learning. Timetables will be sent to your child’s school email address, which will tell them the time that they need to arrive in school and their lessons for the day. Timetables will also be on the SIMS parent and pupil apps. Different groups of children will arrive at school, leave school and have their break at different times. This will reduce the number of people that any pupil comes into contact with and will allow them to social distance.
Remote learning. It is important that pupils still do their remote learning work on the days that they are not in school.
Uniform. Please ensure your child wears their school uniform to school, and then changes into home clothes as soon as they arrive home so that their uniform can be washed. We have spare, clean uniform items available at school for anyone who needs them.
Learning together to be the best we can be
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk
Transport: The safest way to travel to school is to walk or cycle. However, school buses will also operate.
Catering: To reduce the risk of transmission, there will be no food provided in school this term. All free school meal children will continue to receive a direct payment to use to buy food. Please provide a packed lunch for your child.
Contact Details. If you have received this email in the post, it means that we do not have a working email address for you. Please set up an email account and let your child’s Head of Year know your email address.
I will send out more detail and updates in the coming weeks, please be reassured that we are doing everything we can to make Fitzalan as safe and as welcoming as possible. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact either myself, or your child’s Head of Year. This letter is also available on the Covid-19 page of the school website where it can be translated into other languages by pressing the globe on the menu bar.
We understand that everyone is anxious at this time and we will do everything we can to make sure that all our pupils and staff are safe in Fitzalan.
Mrs C Bradshaw Headteacher
For more information, contact:
SIMS app: Email Mr L Morgan: email@example.com
Uniform: Email Mrs A Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Year 7: Email Mr K Olsen: email@example.com
Head of Year 8: Email Mrs A Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Year 9: Email Ms R Daniels: email@example.com
Head of Year 10: Email Mr B Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Year 12: Email Mrs S Greenaway: email@example.com
Please note that Year 11 and Year 13 are not required to attend this term and further information will be available about examination results in due course.
You can translate all the information, including the COVID-19 pages, by clicking on the google translate button on the top line of the home page (world symbol).
If you do not have access to any IT equipment for remote learning, please let your child’s Head of Year know.
If you are a keyworker and you want to book a place for your child in the Hub in Cathays, please email firstname.lastname@example.org reserve a space.
All pupils have received an email with all their usernames and passwords for all programmes and e-learning resources in the school. Please contact their HOY if you do not have this.
Year 7: Mr K Olsen email@example.com
Year 8: Mrs A Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9: Miss R Daniels email@example.com
Year 10: Mr B Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 11: Mr N Jones email@example.com
Year 12&13 Mrs S Greenaway firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure your children check their school email to access their remote learning.
If they have forgotten their email password, they must contact their Head of Year.
Any new information regarding school opening will be put on our school website and twitter and will also be sent by text and email to parents. However, any decision is likely to be taken on a national level and therefore will also be announced in the media following the government decision.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
- difficulty in breathing
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See Ending Isolation section below for more information)
- this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
- stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
- sleep alone, if that is possible.
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
- stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
- you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 14 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.