As schools in Denbighshire return to face-to-face learning from tomorrow (Monday) pupils and staff are being reminded to take regular lateral flow tests to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
With the spread of the Omicron variant, all school staff and secondary pupils are asked to follow Welsh Government guidance and take lateral flow tests on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays prior to attending school if they aren’t displaying symptoms.
Those who are displaying symptoms should not go to school and arrange for a PCR test.
Denbighshire County Council says it has been working closely with schools in the run up to face-to-face learning resuming.
Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, the council’s Lead Member for Education, Children's Services and Public Engagement, said: “With the Omicron variant and the rising case numbers across the UK we are continuing to work closely with schools to do everything we can to protect pupils and school staff.
“It is important pupils and all school staff take regular lateral flow tests when they do not have symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus. Anyone displaying Covid-19 symptoms is asked to take a PCR test and stay home until they get a negative result or they complete the self-isolation period.
“However, the case rates nationwide are likely to impact on staffing levels and the ability for our schools to maintain face to face provision over the coming weeks.
“This means decisions may need to be made to close classes or year groups due to the numbers of teachers in isolation.
“I would like to once again thank all of our school staff for their continued dedication and hard work and parents and pupils for their support for helping control the virus.
“Despite the difficulties in continuing education during the pandemic, everyone involved has given their all to ensure our children get the very best education possible.”
School staff are asked to wear a face covering in all indoor areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained with secondary learners also asked to wear face coverings in classrooms, with staff and pupils encouraged to practice good hygiene, which includes regular handwashing and sanitising.
Parents and carers are also asked to be aware that due to the high number of Covid-19 cases there may be some disruption, possibly at short notice, to school transport.
Alternative arrangements will be put in place where possible and those affected informed, however parents and carers are asked to discuss options and contingencies with their child or children should school buses or taxis not arrive and we thank parents and carers for their understanding at this time.