Coronavirus Updates

Update - Novel Coronavirus Covid 19 - Date - 25th March 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PARENTS OF FSM PUPILS

Families entitled to free school meals in Carmarthenshire will be able to collect food packs from Thursday, March 26.

The council has teamed up with Cross-Hands based Castell Howell and other suppliers to the schools catering service to provide food for children registered for free school meals.

The packs will contain breakfasts and lunches for five days.

They can be collected from secondary schools across the county between 9am and 12noon starting this Thursday through until next Friday, 3rd April. Queen Elizabeth High School is one of these collection points.

More information can be found by following this link:

http://newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/2020/03/continuing-the-provision-of-free-school-meals/#.Xnoy_Mj7RPY

Date - 23rd March 2020

Link to: Letter to Parents & Carers 

Date - 20th March 2020

Update –Novel Coronavirus Covid-19

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We are currently working with the local authority to identify the children of parents in the ‘critical sectors’ and of vulnerable pupils who require additional support around school closures. We are also working closely with the education and other agencies to develop and identify the strategies to support these groups.

Please read carefully the information contained in link below, and where relevant complete the online registration. This will help the authority to support parents to allocate the appropriate support needed.

http://newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/2020/03/providing-care-for-children-of-key-workers/

Date - 19 March 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

School will be open tomorrow as usual, with normal rules applying regarding uniform and behaviour.

School will be closed to all pupils from Monday 23rd March 2020.We have made preparations for supporting pupils via on line resources and through booklets, though the latter resources might take us a little longer to collate. We will be posting information via our website with instructions for parents on where and how to access educational resources as well as online well-being support.

We will continue to follow the Public Health Wales guidance; any pupils who have been self-isolating within the last 7 days are expected to remain at home. Any pupil who has been self-isolating within the last 7 days will be asked to return home should they attempt to access school tomorrow.

Many thanks,

Dave Williams

Date - 19 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

We appreciate that this is a time of uncertainty for our pupils, especially those in Years 11 and 13. We are in contact with WJEC, Qualifications Wales, Welsh Government and the Local Authority. Please bear with us as we come to terms with the changes and challenges ahead. We are not, at present, able to answer all your concerns and questions; however, we will ensure that any information we receive is passed on promptly to yourselves.

Many thanks,

Dave Williams

Please find below the statement made by Kirsty Williams the Minister for Education released yesterday regarding examinations this summer:

“We are in an unprecedented period, one that is changing hour-by-hour, and governments around the world are having to make quick decisions. We recognise the worry and anxiety that the uncertainty around the summer exam series was causing. Today I met with Qualifications Wales and WJEC to consider options that are in the best interests of our learners. We recognise that there are no easy choices but we have agreed that the best way forward is not to proceed with summer exam series. Learners due to sit their GCSEs and A levels this summer will be awarded a fair grade to recognise their work, drawing on the range of information that is available. We will be working with the sector to announce further details shortly but wanted to give this early certainty. We also won’t be using the results to publish performance measure outcomes in 2020.”

Kirsty Williams, Education Minister, Welsh Government 18th March 2020

In addition, here is the link to the latest information received from Qualifications Wales:

Qualifications Wales statement on the decision to cancel summer 2020 exams

We welcome this decisive action from Welsh Government, which gives clarity for learners, parents, teachers and anyone else affected at this uncertain time. 

We agree that cancelling exams for summer 2020 is the right decision. 

We are working with Welsh Government, WJEC and fellow UK regulators to ensure that learners due to sit their GCSEs and A levels will be awarded a fair grade to recognise their work. 

We appreciate people will want to know more and will share further details as soon as we possibly can. 

This is an unprecedented situation at a time of serious and rapid public health developments. It is also an especially anxious time, particularly for anyone preparing for high stakes exams.  

We are pooling expertise and experience to protect learners in the exams system. In this extreme circumstance with widespread global disruption, there is no ideal scenario for exams which, by nature, run as carefully controlled events. 

Our priority is ensuring fairness for learners while following public health advice. 

Date - 18 March 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURE FROM FRIDAY EVENING – 20 March 2020.

On advice from the Welsh Government the school will be closing to pupils only at the end of the school day on Friday for the foreseeable future. Pupils will not be in school from Monday 23 March until further notice.

Further statement to follow.

Mr D Williams
Interim Head Teacher

Date - 18 March 2020

If you are unable to attend school and wish to have contact to a Counsellor you can self-refer using the link below. 

https://www.area43.co.uk/referrals/ 

Date - 17 March 2020

Update: Nova Coronavirus Covid -19

Updating Information – official correspondence and checking information

During this time of unprecedented change in the health advice we are receiving and of suggested changes to lifestyle, could I ask that parents be very mindful of the way in which they engage with the school.

We only issue advice or updates through our official website page and through our own social media outlets, texts and email service. The information contained on our website page, and the regular updates, are provided from the government nationally, Welsh Government, Public Health England/Wales and/or the Local Authority.

Please can parents appreciate that what is published on our website etc. is not the view of the school but information provided to us officially which we then pass on to parents to help keep them abreast of a rapidly changing set of circumstances. While we are happy to address and attempt to answer any legitimate questions or queries, parents should avoid posting unhelpful comments or criticisms.

Please can parents also be aware that there might be a hoax/malicious website(s) or social media posts posing as the school. Parents should check all information received against that published on our website.

Updated Advice: Self Isolation and Social Distancing

Following yesterday’s Government Press Conference and advice from Public Health:

Wales/England. Please be aware of the following advice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Self-Isolation and Social Distancing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Vulnerable Groups:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults#what-is-the-advice-if-i-live-with-a-vulnerable-person

Date - 16 March 2020

RE: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

At Queen Elizabeth High School, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously and, whilst there have been no reported cases at the school to date, we wish to reassure you that measures are being taken in line with current advice from the UK’s Chief Medical Officer and Public Health Wales. 

The most up to date advice we have received from Public Health Wales, was today, regarding attendance at school for pupils and staff. Their advice was that if you are asymptomatic (have none of the symptoms of coronavirus) then you are advised to carry on as normal. This is regardless of whether someone at home is self-isolating. 

As a school, we continue to promote good hand and respiratory hygiene and respectively request that you support this at home too. Further advice and information can be found via this link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response 

Cleaning arrangements within the school have been further enhanced and regular checks of all toilets ensure that there is soap available in every toilet throughout the day. 

Our extensive range of extra-curricular activities will be closely monitored and, where necessary, events and activities will be postponed or cancelled. We will, of course, communicate any decisions as they arise. However, sporting Associations are already directing schools to cancel fixtures. 

Whilst we are currently adhering to advice and remaining open as a school, we are mindful of the fact that closure may be inevitable in the coming weeks. In order to prepare for such an eventuality, we are in the process of collating on line and hard copies of learning material, including revision resources for pupils about to embark upon external examinations. We have been advised that Qualifications Wales is monitoring the situation and we will remain in regular contact with the WJEC regarding any further advice and updates. 

Staff have been asked to reflect upon any future meetings or events which may take them out of school and to rearrange commitments in order to maximise current teaching opportunities for our learners.

Under the current circumstances we will be abandoning the use of the fingerprinting screens in the canteen until further notice. Pupils will have to give their SURNAME and FORM to the till operator when they go to purchase food.

As I am sure you will appreciate, the protocol of “social distancing” in a school is very difficult to introduce, however, our programme for daily assemblies will be postponed for the foreseeable future. 

We will continue to liaise with the local authority regarding our response to the virus and will dedicate a section of our website to provide updates as and when they arise. Please follow via social media and also please check your inbox regularly for any emails/text updates you may receive from us.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Yours sincerely,

Dave Williams

Acting Headteacher

Date - 13 March 2020

Overseas Trips Cancellations – Florida (April 2020) and China (July 2020)

Following government guidance issued yesterday 12th March 2020:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-advises-schools-and-colleges-to-cancel-overseas-trips

The school has taken the decision, in cooperation with travel companies to cancel the two overseas school trips that were scheduled to place in April and July of this year.

Date - 13 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer/Pupil

Following advice from the Local Authority in conjunction with Public Health Wales, a decision has been made to postpone this year’s Annual Prize Giving Evening, which was due to take place on Thursday 02 April 2020, until the Summer term.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this change of date may cause, but these are exceptional circumstances. We thank you for your support and cooperation in this matter.

We will confirm a new date as soon as is possible.

Kind regards

Dave Williams
Interim/Acting Headteacher

Date - 13 March 2020

Following advice from the Local Authority, the Year 8 Parents' Evening on 19th March and Prize Evening will be postponed until later in the Summer Term.

The School Eisteddfod and Student Sessions have been Cancelled. 

Date - 12 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

As the coronavirus situation develops, please be assured that we are taking professional advice from Public Health Wales, Welsh Government and the Local Authority and continue to take all necessary measures as advised.

There are no diagnosed cases of coronavirus for either staff or pupils at the school. Please be assured that we will inform parents if and when there is any new information to share.

Understandably there will be concern amongst the community, but we ask that you refer to official communication that will be published on the school’s website and social media, or directly communicated with you, to prevent the spread of inaccurate information and rumour, which is not helpful. We would appreciate your cooperation.

Dave Williams
Interim Acting Headteacher