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Vulnerable learners and children of key workers

Children of critical key workers

If a school is required to close as a result of COVID-19, provision will be made for children of critical workers to attend a school or suitable setting from three days after the closure.

Cardiff will apply the Welsh Government key worker definition. Provision in each school will depend on staffing levels and capacity. Children of parents in frontline blue light services, NHS, school workers and social care will be prioritised to help the fight against COVID-19.

Vulnerable learners

Provision will be made for vulnerable learners to attend a school or suitable setting from three days after a closure as a result of COVID-19.

The definition includes, but is not limited to, learners who are in one or more of the following groups:
  • learners with special educational needs (SEN)
  • learners from minority ethnic groups who have English or Welsh as an additional language (EAL/WAL)
  • care-experienced children, including looked after children
  • learners educated other than at school (EOTAS)
  • children of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children
  • learners eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • young carers
  • children at risk of harm, abuse or neglect.
Not all learners from these groups will face barriers to learning or be vulnerable to underachieving. Welsh Government has set out a series of principles for determining which learners should be offered face to face provision as vulnerable learners.

If required to do so, schools will make decisions on which pupils should attend school depending on local circumstances and their capacity to provide face-to-face learning in addition to a distance learning offer.

You school will communicate arrangements with you directly.

Support in schools

If your child has medical or intimate care needs the school will update the risk assessment for your child and discuss this with you.

If staff need to have direct contact with your child, this will be discussed with you first. Health and safety advice will be followed, including additional hygiene and use of Personal Protective Equipment.

Pupils with a statement of SEN

Schools should give particular consideration to learners who may struggle to access learning online, for example those with sensory impairments.

Schools should also consider the particular needs of learners attending Wellbeing Classes or Specialist Resource Bases. Schools will make a consistent learning offer to all pupils, whether they are in school or learning from home, including those with ALN.