Rejected petition Allow primary schools in Wales to invite parents into schools to attend their Christmas concerts.

Current Covid-19 guidance for schools is recommending that close interactions between adults, staff and learners is reduced. On this basis, schools in Wales are being told to not allow parents/carers into the school building for concerts or activities. This is despite theatres, cinemas, concert halls and rugby stadiums all being open for business. The mental well being of our children has taken a decline due to the pandemic, hence I am asking the Senedd to reconsider this decision.

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Lateral flow tests and covid passes are in active use, and the booster vaccination scheme is already well underway.
Thousands of fans used these methods to gain entry to the Principality Stadium on 30th October, to attend the Wales vs New Zealand match.

Our local primary schools had to close their doors for sports days, have struggled to fundraise due to the guidance around social distancing, and are now being told that the guidance for a consecutive season of Christmas concerts is the same in that parents cannot attend.

Mental wellbeing of children has taken a decline due to the uncertainty and isolation. We should be supporting our children with return to normality too.

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s about something that the Senedd or Welsh Government is not responsible for.

Petitions to the Senedd cannot concern an issue that is the operational responsibility of a local authority or individual schools and, therefore, we are not able to accept a petition on this issue.

The Welsh Government guidance states that local authorities, employers and schools must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable measures to protect staff, learners and others from COVID-19 within the setting. It states that any events should be risk assessed.

You could consider contacting your local council or School Governors about this matter instead.

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