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Covid-19 Related Pupil Absence
A Quick Reference Guide and Terms Explained:

We recognise that this remains a stressful time for families. A number of you have been in contact with us requesting guidance related to illnesses and absence. We felt that the tables below may provide support in this key area.

COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines

 Covid-19 Terms Explained

When to get your child tested?

How to get your child tested

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Click on the documents below for advice and information about dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
and a simple breakdown for younger children.



For the latest information, please see the links below:
Welsh Government
Public Health Wales

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Full or partial school closure (short-term and/or long-term)

In the event of a school closure, staff will not be able to access the school site. Therefore, in this situation the school will:

  • Provide students in all year groups with online materials to facilitate distance learning (Google Classroom)
    Please see our Distance Learning and Heath & Wellbeing pages specifically set up for pupils and parents
  • Where possible provide paper-based materials for those students who do not have access to either a mobile device and/or internet
  • Communicate with families/students on a regular basis to provide updates on the recovery phase ie. safe return to normal school life.

Upon return to 'normal practices' the school will:

  • Undertake a learning audit for examination classes to identify skills-gaps
  • Communicate with relevant awarding bodies to make them aware of any requirements for special consideration
  • Respond to any ongoing support required for students and/or staff. This may include counselling services.


Throughout the UK Government response phases to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the school will work closely with relevant authorities to make decisions which are in the interests of the all members of the community. However, to support the safety, wellbeing and continued learning of students the school asks that all families:

  • Sign up to the school Twitter account @sjhsnewport to be able to access relevant information
  • Ensure that the school has the correct email address in order to maintain communication throughout the process
  • Also, please check your inbox regularly for any emails/updates you may receive from us via Schoolcomms.


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. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection

  • cough;
  • difficulty in breathing; and/or
  • fever.

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, such as older people and/or those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have yet to have been reported in children.

How COVID-19 is spread?
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including

  • students/staff who feel unwell (or develop high temperature or a new cough) should stay at home for 14 days;
  • washing your hands often - with liquid soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport; covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands
    1) before leaving home;
    2) on arrival at school;
    3) after using the toilet;
    4) after breaks and sporting activities;
    5) before food preparation;
    6) before eating any food, including snacks; and
    7) before leaving school.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell; 
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please use the Coronavirus COVID-19 symptom checker on NHS Direct Wales. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment;
  • see the latest information about novel coronavirus on the Public Health Wales website.

Social Distancing
As of 17th March 2020, we recognise the need for all members of the community to be particularly stringent in adhering to 'social distancing measures' where they meet one of the following criteria