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Dear Parent/Guardian,

We hope you have enjoyed the summer holiday and are looking forward to welcoming your children in September. Due to Covid-19, 2020 has been a challenging year for our pupils and our staff. However, it has given us great pride to see how our community has adapted and it was wonderful to see the fantastic achievements of our pupils in their A-level and GCSE examinations.

All pupils will be welcomed back to school full time in September with the different year groups starting on different days, over the first two weeks:

Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th September- Year 7 Only

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th September- Years 7, 11, 12 & 13

Wednesday 9th September- Years 7, 10, 11, 12 & 13

Thursday 10th September- Years 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13

Friday 11th September- Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13

At Cathays High School, it is important to us that we do everything that we can to minimise the risks to pupils and staff. We have carefully reviewed the Welsh Government health and safety guidance and put measures in place that will minimise the risks to all. The procedures that we have introduced are detailed below.

Pupils displaying Covid-19 symptoms:

  • Parents should keep home any children that are exhibiting signs of Covid. These children should isolate for 10 days or until the results of a negative Covid test are received and shared with the school.
  • Parents should also keep home a pupil if another member of their household displays any Covid related symptoms. Pupils should isolate for up to 14 days before returning to school if they have not displayed any symptoms.
  • Any pupil showing Covid symptoms at school will be immediately isolated until parents can collect them. These pupils will then need to isolate for 10 days.
  • Siblings will also have to remain at home and isolate for up to 14 days.
  • The same processes will apply to members of staff at school.

Pupils that have been in close contact with those displaying symptoms:

  • We will contact any pupils/parents/guardians that have been in close contact (as defined by Public health Wales guidance) with pupils displaying symptoms and they will need to isolate for up to 14 days.
  • They will then be able to return to school provided they have not displayed any symptoms.


  • There will be extra cleaning taking place during the school day.
  • The school, as usual, will be given a thorough clean at the end of every school day.
  • Pupils will be expected to sanitise their hands and clean their work stations at the beginning of each lesson. Teachers will oversee this process and ensure that it is completed by all pupils

One-way system:

  • The school has put into place a clear, sign-posted one-way system that pupils and staff must adhere to at all times.
  • Pupils will be walked through the one-way system on their first day at school by their form teacher.
  • Exit from lessons will be staggered by staff to ensure that corridors do not become over-crowded. Pupils will need to remain patient and ensure that they follow the instructions of staff at all times.

Zoning of the school:

  • Each year group will have a zone that they will be permitted to use before school, at break times and at lunchtimes. We have zoned the school and yard as a result of Welsh Government advice on minimising risk by restricting contact between year groups.
  • Zones will be explained to pupils on their first day back. Pupils must remain in their allocated zones as much as possible during breaktime and lunchtime.
  • Zones will be supervised by school staff at all times.

School entrance and exit:

  • All of Year 7 to 11 will enter and exit through the main pupil gate.
  • Staggered exit times have been arranged for different year groups to minimise mixing on exit from school.
  • Teachers will walk classes out to the gates to help the flow through the school. Pupils and staff must follow the one-way system.
  • Years 7 and 8 will leave at 2.55pm
  • Years 9 and 10 will leave at 3.05pm
  • Years 11 to 13 will leave at 3.10pm
  • Face coverings must be worn by all pupils on school or public buses at all times. The school bus will be available from 3pm and staff will be supervising entrance to the school bus.

Uniform and Equipment:

  • All pupils need to be in full school uniform.
  • Pupils must be fully equipped (e.g. bag, pen, pencil, eraser, ruler) and ready to learn.


Face masks/ coverings:

  • Pupil must wear face coverings in corridors, stairwells, communal areas and when social distancing is unlikely to be maintained, they are able to remove them during lessons if they wish.
  • Pupils and are free to wear a face mask in class if it makes them feel safer and more comfortable.
  • The local authority will be providing enough face masks for every pupil and we hope to be able to provide a face make each pupil on their first day. Parents that wish to buy extra face masks can do so.
  • Parents who wish to purchase face-masks for use by pupils in school, are recommended to get one that is reusable and we ask that it is appropriate for a school setting.


  • Cardiff Catering will not resume the production of food onsite until September 14th – at the earliest. Pupils will not be able to buy food on the school site until at least that date.
  • Pupils will need to bring their own food and drinks with them to school.
  • From September 14th, all payments into pupil accounts must be completed online via ParentPay.
  • The machines, on which pupils were able to physically add money to their accounts, have been suspended from use by the Cardiff Catering team until further notice.
  • Once the catering services are back in operation we will organise year groups to get food at different times during the lunchtime to minimise students being in contact with those from different year groups.

Pupil Conduct:

  • We look forward to continuing our supportive relationship with our parents, something that will ensure the safety of all.
  • We will be sharing our new systems of health, safety and conduct with pupils on the first morning that they are back in school.
  • Pupils that fail to adhere to the school rules or safety procedures will be removed from lesson and a parent will be expected to attend the school that day for a meeting with a the relevant head of year or other member of staff.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, a member of the senior leadership team or your relevant head of year if you have any questions.

Yours faithfully

Stuart Davies

(Acting Headteacher)