Back to school

All pupils should now be back in school full time and following the guidelines to keep them safe.

This is good news for young people and their families who can return to a more normal routine following the sometimes frightening early days of Covid-19 when transmission rates and deaths were a lot higher than they are now.

But this can also give us a sense that Covid-19 is going away and will soon be gone, and for this reason, now is a good time to remind everyone that the guidance we issued a few weeks ago is still crucial to ensuring the September term is a safe and positive experience for everyone and that the numbers affected by Covid-19 in Wrexham remain low.

No matter how mild your symptoms are, you should get a test for Coronavirus

We can all play a part

Things parents and carers can do to help…

  • Follow any advice issued by your school.
  • Be patient – we’ve never been in a situation like this before, and your school might need to adapt a little as we go along.
  • Remind your child to cover their mouth when they sneeze – wherever they are. Catch it, bin it, kill it.
  • Remind your child to clean their hands regularly – including before and after they use school or public transport, and wherever they’re asked to by school staff.
  • If you drop off and collect your children, please don’t congregate at the school gates. Keep at least two metres away from other parents (outside your extended household), follow instructions from your school, and don’t hang around longer than needed.
  • Don’t send your child to school if they – or anyone in their extended household – has symptoms.
  • Don’t send your child to school if they – or anyone in their extended household – has been advised to take a Covid-19 test (for example, by contact tracers).
  • Please ensure your child has a face covering for use in communal areas when in school.
  • Check out school transport arrangements here
  • Check out the latest update on school meals here

Why are we seeing cases of Covid-19 in our schools?

As some of the strict restrictions of lockdown are lifted, it’s natural that we’ve felt safer from this virus, and some people have stopped taking all the precautions necessary to keep our communities safe.

Social distancing for example seems to have been forgotten about by some, and not everyone is paying close attention to hand hygiene. Some people might be giving lifts to anyone…to work, the shops, school or college. But sticking to the rules – including social distancing, cleaning our hands and avoiding car-sharing – is key to preventing the spread of Covid-19.

We shouldn’t be surprised if we see some positive tests in our communities, but these can be really reduced if we follow the correct guidelines.

It’s essential we all do this in order to keep ourselves, our families, our friends and our communities safe.

Cllr Phil Wynn, Lead Member for Education, says: “Schools have worked really hard to welcome back all their pupils and now is the time for parents, pupils and staff to stick to the guidance in order to ensure minimum disruption to school routines and to prevent children having to socially isolate or – even worse – spreading the virus to vulnerable members of families, friends and the wider community.”

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Community Safety and Public Protection, says: “Now is a very critical time for us all. Covid-19 is still in our communities and remains a huge threat to the new freedoms we have recently been given. The lockdown in Caerphilly should serve as a reminder to us that keeping those freedoms is down to all of us and if we all follow the guidelines we can play our part in keeping our communities safe.”

How to get a test