Three more Cardiff schools hit by coronavirus cases

Three more schools in Cardiff have been hit by coronavirus as cases in the city rise.

A teacher, teaching assistant and 25 year four pupils at Ninian Park Primary in Grangetown have been told to self isolate for 14 days after one case was confirmed in a pupil at the school on the evening of September 9.

Four pupils and three members of staff from Ty Gwyn Special School in Ely have also been asked to self-isolate for 14 days after a confirmed Covid-19 case at the school.

The schools will be deep cleaned and Cardiff Council moved to reassure the public they are taking all measures to keep children, staff and the community safe.

Five year five pupils at Bryn Deri Primary in Radyr have also been asked to self isolate after a positive case in a pupil at the school.

Ty Gwyn Special School in Cardiff
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In a joint statement from Cardiff Council and Bryn Deri Primary School, a spokesperson said: “Five Year 5 pupils from Bryn Deri Primary School have been advised by Public Health Wales to self-isolate for 14 days after they were identified as close contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case, whilst in a social setting outside of school.  

“The safety and welfare of all our pupils is our priority and the school has acted on information and guidance provided by Public Health Wales in order to reduce the possible spread of the virus to school pupils, staff, family, friends and the wider community.”

Lockdown in Caerphilly

The mother of one of the children asked to self isolate said her daughter was very upset and the school had not sent enough remote learning work or contacted her.

“Surely after all these months they should have a plan if children have to self isolate?,” she said.

“My daughter loved being back at school and a call to ask how she is would have made all the difference.

“There is a bit of work on Google Classroom but not a huge amount. I asked yesterday for more work and this morning but got no reply.”

The school and council said in a statement: “The school will always support any pupil who is required to self-isolate and appropriate online learning provision and regular communication from staff will continue to be provided until they are able to return.”

Education Minister Kirsty Williams speaks to a class at Roath Park Primary School on June 29 when schools re-opened for three weeks. Sixty pupils at the school were told to self isolate this week after a COVID case was confirmed
(Image: Matthew Horwood)

Across the city’s 18 secondary, 80 primary and seven special schools two pupils – one each at Ysgol Bro Edern and Roath Park Primary have also tested positive for Covid-19. A total 30 children at Bro Edern and 60 at Roath Park Primary have were asked to self isolate earlier this week. 

Across Wales there had been 36 cases in 31 schools up to September 9. Those figures were confirmed by Public Health Wales before the latest two Cardiff schools. More details on the situation across Wales here.

Confirming the case at Ninian Park School, Cardiff Council said: “The Year 4 pupils along with one teacher and one teaching assistant, have been identified as close contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case at the school and have been asked to remain at home in order to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community.

An enhanced clean will be carried out on areas of the school used by the year group.

Thirty students at Ysgol Bro Edern are self isolating.

Ninian Park Primarty head teacher, Jenny Scott, said: “As soon as we received confirmation that one of our pupils had tested positive for the virus yesterday evening (Wednesday Sept 9), we followed advice from Public Health Wales and promptly informed parents of all those pupils and staff who have been in close contact.

“Due to the vigorous measures in place at the school, the number of pupils required to self isolate is just one class out of our four Year 4 groups. As well as our enhanced cleaning regimes at the school, additional cleansing has taken place ready for the start of school today.

“I know that some parents may have some concerns this morning on hearing the news but I would like to reassure them and indeed our pupils that we are following guidance carefully to make sure that the school remains safe and the spread of the virus is minimised.”

Confirming the case at the city’s Ty Gwyn special school, Cardiff Council said: “Four pupils and three members of staff from Ty Gwyn Special School have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days following the confirmation of a Covid-19 case at the school.

“The pupils and staff from the Foundation Phase have been identified as close contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case at the school and have been asked to remain at home in order to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community.”

An enhanced clean has been carried out on areas of the school used by the pupil group at Ty Gwyn.

Cardiff’s cabinet member for education, Cllr Sarah Merry said: “Making sure our schools remain safe for pupils, parents and staff is priority. Schools have been supported so that they can implement measures to enable them to protect their pupils, however it is vital that parents remain alert and keep children home who are showing any of the symptoms.

“Currently the numbers of COVID in Cardiff is rising and it is essential that every single one of us remains vigilant and takes responsibility to help keep our communities and the rest of Wales safe by following Welsh Government guidance.”

WalesOnline – Cardiff