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21st October 2020

Dear Parents

Thank-you very much for all your support this term.  All our pupils have risen to the occasion, worked extremely hard and coped well with the current situation. Just to remind you, Friday 23rd October is an INSET day for all pupils.

After half term, the week beginning 2nd November is part of the Welsh Government’s ‘firebreak’.  

Therefore: 

  • Years 7 and 8 will be in school every day and for all of their lessons.
  • Pupils who receive specialist provision  in all year groups will be in school every day and for all of their lessons
  • Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 mainstream pupils will not be in school and their lessons will be online.  They will have their lessons at their normal timetabled time through Teams.  Please could you make sure that your children are up and ready to learn at the start of each school day.  Pupils will need to log onto Teams and accept the lesson invitation from their class teacher at the start of each lesson.  If you have any concerns regarding access to IT, please follow the links below or, contact your child’s Head of Year. /1095/parental-support-with-home-learning
  • The school buses will run as normal throughout the ‘firebreak’ week.
  • School dinners will be available as normal for all pupils in Years 7 and 8, including those on FSM 
  • Cardiff Council will provide a voucher for mainstream pupils in Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 who are entitled to FSM.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ‘firebreak’ week, please contact the school. 

This letter is also available on the school website and it can be translated into other languages by clicking on the ïƒ¾ button on the menu at the top of the home page.

Yours sincerely

 

C Bradshaw

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

School Risk Assessment

 

Letter from Mrs Bradshaw 2nd October 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

 

Thank-you to all parents who are adhering to the public health guidelines when their child/children or a member of their family tests positive for Covid.  This is helping the school to stay open and enabling our pupils to carry on learning while reducing the spread of the virus amongst pupils, staff and the wider community.

 

Unfortunately, there are still cases where a pupil arrives in school when they should be self-isolating.  Please follow the guidance below:

 

  • Do not send your child to school if they display any of the Covid symptoms (new and persistent cough; high temperature; loss or change of sense of taste and/or smell)
  • Arrange a test and report the result to school
  • If anybody in your household is symptomatic then the entire household must self-isolate.  Brothers and sisters of the child with symptoms must stay away from school
  • The above applies for 14 days or until a negative test is returned.  If you are self-isolating due to quarantine or contact with a positive case then you must do so for the full 14 days even if you test negative.

 

If a pupil who should be isolating comes to school it escalates the risk for everyone.

 

Please follow the guidance in this letter.

 

Thank-you for your continued support in this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

C Bradshaw

Headteacher

To All Parents, 

Thank-you very much for your continued support at what can be a stressful time. The information below may help you make the best decisions for your children. We are working hard to ensure that each pupil minimises the number close contacts and there may be times when we ask a group of pupils to work in a different venue and to have their break and lunch at a different time. I am very proud of the way that all pupils and staff are keeping their focus on teaching and learning despite of all the changes to their school day. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s Head of Year so that we can support you. 

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What do I do if… 

Action needed 

Return to school when… 

My child has Covid-19 symptoms: 

High temperature 

This means they feel hot to touch on the chest or back. 

New continuous cough 

This means coughing a lot for more than an hour or 3 continuous coughing episodes in 24 hours. 

A loss or change to their sense of taste or smell. 

This means they have noticed they cannot smell or taste anything. 

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL 

Symptomatic child to isolate for 10 days. 

·   Isolate the rest of the household for 14 days (a household is all adults and children living in the same property or your extended household if you have created one). 

Parent to arrange to get child tested. 

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY 

Test comes back negative. 

If no test is taken, child must remain off school for 10 days, whether or not they are feeling well before that point. 

If no test is taken, other household contacts must continue to isolate for 14 days, whether they are feeling well or not. 

My child has been sent home from school with Covid-19 symptoms. 

Collect all siblings from Fitzalan High School and any other schools. 

Symptomatic child to isolate for 10 days. 

Isolate the rest of the household for 14 days (a household is all adults and children living in the same property or your extended household if you have created one). 

Parent to arrange to get child tested. 

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULT. 

Test comes back negative.  

If no test is taken, child must remain off school for 10 days, whether they are feeling well or not before that point. 

If no test is taken, other household contacts must continue to isolate for 14 days, whether they are feeling well or not. 

My child tests positive for Covid-19. 

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. 

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULT. 

Contact school to agree a date for return. Minimum of 10 days isolation after start of symptoms. 

To be agreed with Headteacher. 

My child tests negative for Covid-19. 

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULT. 

Contact school to agree a date for return. 

Test comes back negative and child is well (when symptoms have gone in line with normal sickness procedures). 

My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19. 

Follow the usual school absence procedures. 

Feeling well or normal sickness absence procedures (e.g. 48 hours after last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting). 

Someone in my child’s household has Covid-19 symptoms. 

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. 

Child to isolate for 14 days. 

Isolate the whole household for 14 days. 

Symptomatic household members to get tested. 

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULT. 

The symptomatic person must receive a negative test result or full isolation period be completed before a child can return to school. 

  

  

Someone in my child’s household tests positive for Covid-19. 

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. 

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULT. 

Contact school to agree a date for return. 

Isolate the whole household for a minimum of 14 days. 

Anyone who becomes symptomatic must get tested. 

The child has completed 14 days of isolation. 

(A negative test for the child within the 14 days does not mean they can return to school) 

NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect Service has identified that my child has been in close contact with someone with confirmed symptoms of Covid-19. 

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. 

Follow advice from Test, Trace, Protect Service. 

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY. 

Contact school to agree a date for return. Minimum of 14 days isolation. 

The child has completed 14 days of isolation. 

Family/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as a period of quarantine. 

 DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. 

Consider Welsh Government travel advice regarding quarantine and exempt countries. 

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY. 

Isolate the whole household for 14 days from arrival back in the UK. 

The quarantine period of 14 days has been completed. 

My child’s contact group has been sent home/told to isolate due to a Covid-19 outbreak in school. 

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. 

Please log into Teams or Google Classroom to continue with Home Learning. 

Other members of the household (siblings/parents etc.) can continue to go to school and work unless a household (or extended household) member, including the child, has symptoms or receives a positive test result. 

School will inform you when your child can return. 

  

Household - A group of adults and children living in the same property. 

Extended Household - Up to four households who meet, act, and are treated as though they are one household (e.g. do not maintain social distancing and all must self-isolate if one person becomes symptomatic). 

Self-Isolation/Isolation - Stay at home and do not leave the house for 14 days. Do not visit GP, pharmacy, or hospital. You must not go out to buy food or other essentials. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Do not use public transport or taxis. Do not allow others to enter the household. 

14 day period - This starts from when the first person in the household or contact group becomes ill. 

10 day period - This starts from the day symptoms begin. 

Contact Group - School class/year group ‘bubble’. 

NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect - This covers Wales’ approach to testing in the community and tracks people that you have been in contact with, to protect family, friends, and the community. They may trace you if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. 

Further information can be found at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Message for all Parents

For information: 22 pupils have been advised by Public Health Wales to self-isolate for 14 days after they were identified as close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case. 
The safety and welfare of all our pupils is our priority and the school has acted on information and guidance provided by Public Health Wales in order to reduce the possible spread of the virus to school pupils and staff, family, friends and the wider community
The pupils are from a separate teaching group, where pupils of different ages are taught together for all of their provision.

Letter from Headteacher

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.

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Learning together to be the best we can be

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Email: fitzalanhigh@cardiff.gov.uk Website: www.fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

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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.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs C Bradshaw Headteacher

For more information, contact:

SIMS app: Email Mr L Morgan: lmo@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Uniform: Email Mrs A Thomas: ath@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Head of Year 7: Email Mr K Olsen: kol@fitzaaln.cardiff.sch.uk

Head of Year 8: Email Mrs A Jones: ajo@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Head of Year 9: Email Ms R Daniels: rda@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Head of Year 10: Email Mr B Jones: bjo@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Head of Year 12: Email Mrs S Greenaway: sgr@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

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 keyworker@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.ukto reserve a space.

 

Latest information from Welsh Government

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 kol@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Year 8: Mrs A Jones ajo@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Year 9: Miss R Daniels rda@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Year 10: Mr B Jones bjo@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Year 11: Mr N Jones njo@fitzalan.cardiff.sch.uk

Year 12&13 Mrs S Greenaway sgr@fitzalan.cardif.sch.uk

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:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

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.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection

Key messages

  • 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.

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