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Schools Update – Friday 8 January


Schools across the county are likely to continue with online learning until at least February half term unless there is a significant reduction in coronavirus cases, Powys County Council has said.


This morning (Friday, January 8), the Welsh Government announced that alert level four restrictions will continue and unless there is a significant reduction in cases before 29 January – the date of the next review – schools will continue to provide online learning until February half term.


Schools will remain open but only for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners.


Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “I welcome the Welsh Government’s announcement, which provides greater clarity for our learners, their families and for our school staff. We will work with our school leaders to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to support all our learners over the coming weeks.


“We are committed to returning to face-to-face teaching and learning as soon as possible but only when it is safe to do so.


“The Welsh Government has made it clear that unless there is a significant reduction in coronavirus cases before January 29, online learning will continue until February half term.


“The situation remains very serious and it is important that we all follow the advice to stay at home and protect our health service.


“Schools will remain open but only for children of critical workers as well as vulnerable learners where absolutely necessary. However, it is important that children remain at home wherever possible, as this is the safest place for everyone.


“Our priority is the safety and wellbeing or our learners and school staff.  Until there is a significant reduction in coronavirus cases and medical and scientific advice allows learners to return to school, online learning will continue in Powys until further notice.


“I would like to thank schools for their ongoing efforts to support pupils during this difficult time and I would also like to thank parents for their patience and co-operation during this unprecedented period of disruption to our schools.”


What is coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.

What we are currently doing?

To help stop the spread of germs and bugs you may have noticed we have introduced more frequent hand washing in school. In addition we have tissues and hand sanitiser in each classroom and we have ordered hands free sanitiser spensors for school.

Preventing spread of infection

  • washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds  - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if hand washing facilities are not available. 

  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with un washed hands. 

  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:​

    • on arrival at school

    • after using the toilet

    • after breaks and sporting activities

    • before eating any food, including snacks

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A message from Mr Clarke

Welcome to the website of Berriew CP School. We hope that you find the information useful and that you will make our school your first choice for the learning journey of your child.

We are proud of our friendly and inclusive school that expects children to work hard and to "Reach for the stars" in everything they do. We believe it is a school which is committed to providing a stimulating, creative environment so that all our children enjoy learning, make outstanding progress and reach their potential.

By offering a rich, diverse and creative curriculum, we are constantly striving to provide high quality learning opportunities which engage, challenge and inspire all our pupils.

We believe that children learn best when parents take an active part in their learning.   We see parents as partners in the education of their children and greatly value their contribution to school life.       

Our school is a joyful, vibrant place which buzzes with enthusiasm for learning.

I look forward to welcoming you into our school community.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.​

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Berriew, Welshpool Powys SY21 8BA

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