This page will contain all information and updates pertaining to the Covid19 outbreak and Ysgol Penmaes.

The Welsh Government has recently announced that a free and voluntary programme of asymptomatic COVID-19 testing will be available in education and childcare settings across Wales. This offer is available to all learners in years 7 and above.

Along with the primary infection control measures we have implemented, such as social distancing and good hand hygiene, testing will allow us to provide some additional reassurance to the wider school community.

If you agree to take part, a consent form will need to be completed and returned, you will then arrange with the school to collect a pack of LFD test kits which will enable self-testing from home. Tests should be taken 3 to 4 days apart as suggested above. The LFDs supplied do not require laboratory processing and can provide a quick result in around 30 minutes. Comprehensive guidance on self-testing is contained in the ‘Instructions for Use’ leaflet which comes with the test kit.

Once the test has been conducted each test result must be logged at the link below:

It is important to highlight that the purposes of the testing policy in education in Wales is to complement the primary control measures (such as social distancing and face coverings) that have already been put in place to enable face to face learning / care to continue and to:

  • Rapidly identify those who are regularly on site during learning hours, who are unknowingly carrying the virus and ask them to self-isolate to reduce disruption to face to face education.

  • Complement symptomatic results data with asymptomatic results data to provide a picture of infection rates as a marker for the effectiveness, and implementation of, primary control measures and to assist in the early identification of clusters. In addition to a range of other data and public health advice this information can be used to inform national policy decisions.

People who decline to participate in this testing programme should follow the usual national guidelines on self-isolation and anyone should get tested if they show symptoms.

Yours faithfully,

Karen Gittins

Pennaeth / Head Teacher