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COVID-19 Update: 24th June

In the latest COVID-19 update from Cardiff Council: more useful information on schools reopening;school traffic schemes ensure social distancing the safe way; latest on a new primary school for north-west Cardiff; and providing digital devices and connectivity in the community.

 

Useful information about schools reopening next week

Ahead of schools starting to reopen from Monday June, 29, we have put together some information for parents and carers to answer any questions you may have before your child returns to school.

Our Frequently Asked Questions cover a range of topics from health and safety, attendance, the school day, catering, transport and more.

View the FAQs here:

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Schools-and-learning/Schools/FAQ-for-parents-and-pupils/Pages/default.aspx

 

New school traffic schemes to maintain social distancing in a safe way

A series of new traffic schemes will be put in place across Cardiff, to ensure children and families can maintain social distancing safely and be supported to use active travel, when schools reopen from Monday 29, June.

Road closures will take place at 27 schools sites, to facilitate social distancing at school drop-offs and picks up, meaning that children and families can utilise roads where needed.

Other measures will include the widening of pavements and pathways and the introduction of temporary 20mph limits on roads at some school sites.

Read more here:

https://www.cardiffnewsroom.co.uk/releases/c25/24172.html

 

New primary school provision to serve north-west Cardiff

The latest recommendations on the proposals to establish new primary school provision to serve parts of north-west Cardiff have been approved by the local authority's Cabinet today.

The report notes that the delivery of the new school will be delayed as a result of COVID-19 but that negotiations are ongoing with the developer in relation to their revised timetable.

When progressed, the new school would servethe early phases of the Plasd┼Ár development as well as parts of Cregiau, St Fagans, Radyr, Morganstown and Fairwater.

It wouldbe dual stream, organised as one-form of entry offering Welsh-medium education and one-form of entry offering English-medium places with enhanced use of Welsh. The school would also offer 96 part-time nursery places, with half of the places being Welsh-medium and half English-medium, also with significant use of Welsh.

At its meeting on 23 January 2020, the Council's Cabinet agreed the publication of a statutory notice, outlining the proposals to allow for objections.  The statutory notice was published on 26 February 2020 for a period of 28 days and the Council received three objections, each stating that the new school should be a dedicated Welsh-medium two form of entry primary school.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said:"Cardiff Council has committed togrowing the Welsh language as set out in our bilingual strategy which is consistent with the Welsh Government's own Cymraeg 2050 strategy.

"We have alsooutlined our pledge to promoting the benefits of Welsh-medium education to all Cardiff communities.It is important however, that we increase our Welsh-medium education in a strategic wayto make certain that the balance of school provision reflects the balance of demand. 

"This willensure that our new schools are on a strong financial footing; our existing primary schools in the area remain viable; and that the schools we offer cater for the range of parental preference we see in Cardiff.

"These proposals would deliver an innovative variation on the traditional dual-stream primary school provision and see a significantly greater focus on Welsh teaching within the English medium stream. This is a model that has been developed from nearly 40 years of research in the Basque region, which has seen the uptake of Basque grow to circa 90% from a similar position to that of Welsh speaking in Cardiff. The school would present an exciting opportunity in how the Welsh language is taught to pupils in an English-medium school and whether choosing Welsh-medium or English-medium education, and deliver high quality education in a 21stCentury learning environment."

Cllr Merry added: "The global health crisis has had implications on developments across the country but will be working with developers to ensure the new school can be established at the earliest possible time."

A full copy of the reports are available to view online at:

www.cardiff.gov.uk/meetings

 

Providing the most vulnerable with digital devices and connectivity in the community

Digital Support Services Cardiff who are part of the Adult Learning team, have received free devices from the Future Dot Now/ Good Things Foundation through the Devices.Now initiative. The scheme aims to provide the most vulnerable in our communities with the chance to get online, reduce social isolation and learn new skills. 

The tablets come fully loaded with the internet, apps, links and most importantly digital skills training modules to help the recipients get to grips with their new device! 

The team at Digital Support Cardiff keep in regular contact with the recipients and the organisations which referred them, and provide online support through digital surgery sessions.

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