COVID-19 - School Update...
Dear Parent/ Guardian,
Free School Meals
The collection of packed lunch grab bags will stop this Friday , 3rd April . Welsh Government have asked Local Authorities to continue to support children eligible for Free School Meals over the Easter Break. Over the next few days, if you have a child eligible for a Free School Meal you will receive a letter detailing how you may redeem a voucher to the value of £40 as a contribution towards your food needs over the two week Easter period.
Please see below further information regarding emergency food access during this time of COVID-19
There are three ways to access food:
1. You can access food bank vouchers via the Dusty Forge (ACE - Action in Caerau and Ely). Their number is 029 2000 3132 and address is: 460 Cowbridge Road West, Ely, Cardiff, CF5 5BZ
2. ACE also offers the Pantry service - Per week you can pay £5.00 and receive £25.00 worth of food. There is limited food at the moment and ACE is creating food parcels to make it fair for all families, these can be delivered by PCSO's should you not be able to leave the house. Payment can be made online to reduce the contact with people.
3. Lastly Ely Hub is acting as a food bank and food bank vouchers can be used here.
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Key worker Childcare
From Monday 30th March 2020, there will be a Ely and Caerau hub in Hywel Dda Primary School providing childcare for key workers . Eligible families who have accessed the school provision at Herbert Thompson Primary this week have a place.
Any new requests for childcare provision, where parents and carers in keyworker categories have no other safe alternative, must apply using the online form on:
Support for Pre-school children will be made available via the Council’s Family Gateway (03000 133 133).
Keyworkers that are critical to the COVID-19 response are advised that childcare provision should only be used if there is no safe, alternative form of childcare available. Provision is still being prioritised for health and social care workers (including those working in homeless hostels and Outreach) and in the emergency services.
Hywel Dda Primary School, Cambrian Road, Ely, Cardiff CF5 4PD
Free School Meals Grab bags
Those who are eligible can continue to collect their grab bags on Monday 30th March 2020 from the school hall. We will update you on the provision for Tuesday.
Please click on the link below to find Please click here for out more information from guidance for coping during
Cardiff Family Advice and Support COVID-19 isolation
As you are aware, the Government has instructed all schools to
close at the end of Friday 20th March due to the Cornonvirus: COVID-19.
As a school we have been working relentlessly to ensure that your
children can continue with their learning during school closure.
Each class/year group will endeavour to update you of your child’s
weekly learning tasks on Google Classroom (KS2) and the School
Website on the home page by Monday each week. You can access
these by clicking on your child’s class and week to open an overview.
Please be aware that if staff become ill, this will have an impact on
HOME LEARNING TASKS - Key Stage 2:
Each week pupils will have tasks released to them on MyMaths
to complete, there may be a lesson video that they need to watch.
Big Maths online - Pupils will be directed to complete their CLIC
and SAFE tests weekly
Google Classroom - Children to complete any directed tasks assigned, this may be topic related or a discussion/question.
Accelerated Reading - Pupils will read a book and complete quiz/comprehension.
Oxford Owl - Pupils can log in and read a selection of e - books from their book colour.
Purple Mash - Directed tasks or maybe just some educational fun games/activities can be completed on purple Mash.
Hwb - Directed tasks or maybe just some educational fun games/activities can be completed on Hwb
Logins have been sent home for the pupils. If you or your child has any issues in logging in, understanding the tasks then please send us a message via the contact section via the school website, stating your child’s name and class and issue and their class teacher will contact you with support.
New Information ***** Wales’ education minister has appealed to those classed as “key workers” entitled to childcare to “think very carefully” before sending their children to school.
Schools are closed, but some will look after children of parents who qualify in a broad list of professions.
Kirsty Williams said people should ask if their role can be done at home, before they take up an “emergency service”.
Children should only be sent into school if there is “no other alternative”, she told a press conference.
Ms Williams said: “If you have a partner who is not a key worker, what arrangements can you put in place for your family, for your children to be cared at home?
“Children are best kept at home at this time.
“We need to keep the numbers [at school] as low as possible, and parents should do all that they can to care for their children at home and only use these facilities as a last resort,” she added
Following Welsh Government guidance the school will be closed to all pupils from the end of the school day today 20.3.20.
NEW UPDATE ***The school will be putting childcare in place for those children who have parents/carers considered 'key workers' from Monday 23.3.20.
Please click on the link below regarding the definition of a 'key worker'.
Please note that the strong message from the Government is that, wherever possible, parents are asked to keep children home from school, and that the school remains open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. The fewer pupils who continue to come to school reduces the risk of the virus spreading to other vulnerable individuals in society.
Please notify the school if you require childcare as a result of the 'key worker' guidance.
We appreciate this is a very unsettling time for everyone and we are carefully acting on any advice and guidance given to us from the Welsh Government. Every pupil at Herbert Thompson Primary School has been given access to home learning through learning packs and online learning accounts. Details of home learning activities can be found on our school home page.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
At this current time, the school remains open today.
Following an announcement by the Minister of Education in Wales yesterday afternoon, we are writing to advise you of two important decisions that will affect staff and pupils at Herbert Thompson Primary School.
The school will be closed to all pupils in the coming weeks. The last day the school will be open will be Friday 20th March 2020. It is not yet clear how long the school will be closed for, but as we understand it, there are no plans to reopen until after the Easter holidays at the earliest. We will continue to keep you informed and would encourage you to follow any relevant news coverage.
As a school, we are well placed to deliver online learning using our various learning platforms that will be updated weekly. Please access the class pages via the website for further information on this. This will continue to be the case over the coming weeks and pupils and parents have been informed how to access any online learning suggested.
Please be assured that we will keep you informed as soon as the situation changes and that all decisions made are based on advice at national level alongside the health and well-being of all staff and pupils.
***Please continue to read yesterdays Government guidance (18.3.20 update see below) regarding self isolation for 'vulnerable groups'.***
Please see below information issued from Cardiff Family Advice and Support
Cardiff Family Advice and Support will continue to support families across Cardiff. We will provide a range of information, advice and assistance for children, young people and their families across the City. This will be provided via telephone, email, social media pages as well as information being available through our website.
Family Gateway: 03000 133 133
8:30am – 5.00pm (Monday-Thursday)
8.30am – 4.30pm (Friday)
Family Help: Continue to contact families who have been referred to their service this will be via telephone, email and video call.
Support 4 Families: Continue to contact families who have been referred to their service this will be via telephone and email.
Guidance Information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available from Public Health Wales
At this current time, the school is currently open.
We are taking advice from Cardiff Local Education Authority and will update this page with any changes that occur.
At this time we have been asked to communicate the following to all children, parents and carers:
Firstly, if you or anyone in your family has symptoms of the virus you should self-isolate for 14 days.
Our advice on social distancing applies to the following groups:
The advice on vulnerable groups can be found on the Public Health Wales site under advice and guidance, but includes people with:
chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
problems with their spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if they have had their spleen removed
being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
those who are pregnant
We will update this page regularly as the situation develops and/or as we implement further measures to keep our community safe.