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Health and safety

The Welsh Government has issued operational guidance to schools. This sets out how schools and other providers can make their sites safe for staff and learners.

Pupils should be kept in as small a bubbles as possible. This allows appropriate tracking of contacts and the reduction of contact groups in the event of a positive case. 

Where possible, pupils should not mix across bubbles and should attend only one setting.

Use of staggered start, break, lunch and finish times will allow schools to reduce any mixing of bubbles.

It is recognised that learners in secondary schools, particularly older learners, will be moving between contact groups. Arrangements should be put in place to enable learners to maintain social distancing measures where possible.
For school children, the focus is on keeping learners in consistent groups or bubbles wherever possible. This will make it quicker and easier in the event of a positive case, to identify those who may need to self-isolate and to keep that number as low as possible.

Use of staggered start, break, lunch and finish times will allow schools to reduce any mixing of bubbles. Floor markings may remain in communal areas around the school to show pupils how far apart they need to stand. Schools will continue to utilise outdoor areas where possible, encourage ventilation and some may implement a one way system. 

Perspex screens will be located at face to face contact points to protect children and staff.

Social distancing for drop off and pick up times

Your school will advise on the arrangements for drop off and pick up of children from school.

Staggered arrival and departure times at school may still operate, where possible.

A series of traffic schemes will be in place at some schools to ensure the safety of children and families at drop-off or collection. This includes road closures, one way systems and the widening of pavements.

Schools will be cleaned thoroughly and enhanced cleaning regimes will take place during the day. This includes hand contact surfaces including handrails, door handles, push pads, taps, toilet flushes etc.

Individual risk assessments have identified areas that are used frequently throughout the day where cleaning should take place more often and all schools have been provided with specific cleaning and disinfection advice.

Where rooms are being used by more than one group, cleaning of tables and chairs will take place between sessions.

Schools will review the resources that they provide to staff and learners to minimise the need for cleaning and to reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Schools will be responsible for ensuring the necessary cleaning of items used in accordance with health and safety guidance.

Wherever possible, learners will be provided with their own resources, e.g. pens, pencils, to minimise the risk of cross contamination.

Where resources are shared, these will be cleaned between uses where this is practical.
Regular hand washing will be part of the school routine and the first stop for all pupils at the start of every day, and throughout the day thereafter.

Hand washing is considered the most effective primary defence but where this is not practical, hand sanitiser will be provided.

Hand sanitiser stations have been installed at key points within schools, including entrances to the school and close to toilet facilities.

Pupils will be encouraged to ‘Catch It, Kill It, Bin It’ and to sanitise hands afterwards.

Schools will ensure help is available for learners who have difficulty cleaning their hands independently.
The Welsh Government updated its operational guidance on the use of face coverings in secondary schools and colleges. 

The guidance now states that face coverings should be worn: 
  • in all areas outside the classroom by staff and learners in secondary schools and colleges and where social distancing cannot be maintained
  • on dedicated school and college transport for learners in year 7 and up
  • by visitors to all schools and colleges, including parents and carers dropping off and picking up children
​​The wearing of face coverings is not currently recommended for primary school age children. This will be kept under review in line with Government guidance, while taking into account any infection rate rises or outbreaks in the city.

Below are some guidelines to consider when wearing face coverings.



  • Clean your hands before touching the covering
  • Inspect the covering for damage or if dirty
  • Adjust the covering to your face without leaving gaps on the sides
  • Cover your mouth, nose and chin
  • Avoid touching the covering
  • Clean your hands before removing the covering
  • Remove the covering by the straps behind the ears or head
  • Pull the covering away from your face
  • Store the covering in a clean plastic, re-sealable bag if it is not dirty or wet and you plan to re-use it
  • Remove the covering by the straps when you take it out of the bag
  • Wash the covering in soap or detergent, preferably with hot water at least once a day
  • Clean your hands after removing the covering


  • Do not use a covering that looks damaged
  • Do not wear a loose covering (tying a knot at the end of the ear loops will tighten the fit) 
  • Do not wear the mask under the nose
  • Do not remove the covering where there are people within 2 metres 
  • Do not use a covering that is difficult to breathe through
  • Do not wear a dirty or wet covering
  • ​Do not share your mask with others