COVID-19 Education Wales

Attached is the advice / guidance just published by Public Health Wales’ TAC advisory group.

It reports that infection and transmission rates are higher than previously thought, though the mechanism for this is not well understood.

Preventive measures such as social distancing, hygiene, face masks for older pupils ( and encouraged in younger pupils) and ventilation must be instituted. Health education should promote good practice outside the classroom and school. The potential of asymptomatic testing should be considered.

It argues that teaching is a low risk occupation and that school closures are a relatively weak anti-spread measure.

In view of the negative impacts of school closures, it should be a very last resort.