Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Letter
Thank you for all you have done to help reduce the number of people catching the
Coronavirus and becoming seriously ill in our local area. The good news is the number
of new cases has fallen enough for your child/children to be able to return to school.
We are writing to you to ask for your help in working with us to make this return to
school a success. We know that as parents you will have felt the strain of your children
not being at school. You may be worried about their wellbeing, their chances to grow
and develop, losing out on their friendships and fun, or about them falling behind with
The steps that we have had to take together have been hard, but have saved lives,
protected the people most at risk and helped our local health and care services to care
for us when we need them. The success of our local vaccination programme is
providing more protection to those at risk and we are working hard to reach everyone
as quickly as we can.
We are not able to relax yet, we still need to be careful and keep the levels of infection
as low as possible as we take this first step and begin to get children back to school.
The Health Board, the local Council, voluntary and community organisations and Public
Health Wales continue to work closely together to control the spread of the Coronavirus
in our local communities, but we cannot succeed without your help and that of everyone
who lives in our area.
Our Head teachers and all their staff have worked very hard to make our schools as safe
as possible. When your child goes back to school we need you to continue to help to
control the spread of the virus by following the advice below:
Don’t send your child to school if they are unwell even if you are not sure if it is
Don’t send your child to school if anyone in your household has booked a
If you need to use public transport or a taxi to take your child to school please do
so safely, or consider walking or cycling where possible
Unless you have no choice, please do not share a lift to school with other families
If someone who uses the school bus service develops Coronavirus, TTP and the
school will work together to identify the school transport contacts and if your
child is identified as a contact then they will need to self-isolate
When you take your child to school and collect them always keep your distance
from other parents and don’t stay around to chat
Don’t invite other children (or their parents/carers) to your home to play or stay,
even outdoors and even if they are in the same bubble at school
Make sure that your child washes or sanitises their hands regularly, it may help
to explain to them that this helps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus
If your child displays symptoms of Coronavirus, they will be sent home. You will
need to arrange a test for them and ensure that they follow the self- isolation
You should continue to work at home if at all possible.
Thank you for your help in keeping the virus in check and helping us to keep schools to
stay open at this time.
Dr Sarah Aitken MBBS FFPH
Executive Director of Public Health and Strategic Partnerships
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board