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Update for members on the Welsh government's guidance for schools

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A message from NAHT Cymru to members in Wales

This evening the Welsh government has issued a series of guidance documents to support you and your school during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The guidance follows our letter to the Minister for Education yesterday (Tuesday 24 March 2020) urging support for schools leaders who are putting themselves at untold risk to offer childcare for key workers.

The documents go a long way to answer some of the genuine concerns you have raised with me over the last week and set to address our priority: your safety.

The guidance includes information on school opening and the services during this period, answers questions around school staff and their employment, and provides advice on childcare for parents.

Information on examinations and assessments is also provided, along with statements from Qualifications Wales and other relevant examination bodies.

And it covers ensuring access to free school meals - another issue that you have raised. The Welsh government is considering alternatives to the current grab bag provision at schools so that you can provide for each child in need.

Crucially, the Welsh government is listening to our concerns over the health and well-being of staff during these most challenging of times. It has been the top of our agenda in every meeting with officials during the last week.

The guidance is not extensive, and of course, there remain many questions that need answers. But I want to assure you that we will keep pushing the Welsh government to support and protect you and continue to work with each local authority to help you serve the children and parents of your communities during this national crisis.

You can read the guidance documents here.

First published 25 March 2020