Council services and advice on current pandemic
All schools will close by the end of the school day on Friday, March 20th, in line with the Welsh Government's all-Wales advice. Please check on the Council's emergency school closures website: www.npt.gov.uk/schoolclosures .
Parents are reminded child care settings remain open and they can and should speak to their usual child care providers if they need help during the Easter Holidays.
The Council is working with the Welsh Government to look at the best ways of ensuring continuity of learning which will include the forthcoming examinations.
Regarding pupils in receipt of free school meals, the plan is to supply healthy meals in the form of "grab-bags" to be made available at key locations. More details will be issued in the near future.
The Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) unit at Ysgol Bae Baglan will close from tomorrow (March 19th) due to the underlying health issues of pupils.
In relation to pupils with special educational needs, the Council is working with parents to provide as much help and assistance as we can to help families cope with this change.
Margam Country Park, Gnoll Estate Country Park and other Council owned parks will remain open. These parks and other Council owned parks which have paid for parking will be suspended with immediate effect. Note that all buildings within Council owned parks will close from Sunday, March 22nd.
The Council will provide support for home-to-school transport providers for the duration of the school closures by paying 75% of the contract value.
The Council's Social Services Department is continuing to work closely with the NHS in assisting with the discharge from hospital of patients who are able to go home.
Croeserw Enterprise Centre will close for all normal business use with effect from March 19th.
Leisure centres remain open at present and Neath Port Talbot Council's civic buildings will also remain open however services normally delivered at the one-stop-shop including blue badges and ordering of bulk waste collections will now only be delivered online (/www.npt.gov.uk/) or by phone (01639 686868).
Other face-to-face services delivered at civic buildings are being reviewed and the Council will make an announcement about these when the review is completed.
Regarding Council staff, the Council is applying the Government's latest advice on workforce arrangements.
The Council wishes to remind people of the urgent need to follow the latest public health advice from Public Heath Wales which is:
- People who live with others should stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature or a new and continuous cough.
- People who live alone should stay at home for seven days if they develop a high temperature or a new and continuous cough.
- Everyone should avoid non-essential contact with others and unnecessary travel.
- Everyone is asked to work from home where they possibly can, and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.
Also, people are urged to wash their hands more often, especially when getting to work or arriving home, after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing, before eating and before handling food.
You should wash your hands for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser and should also cough or sneeze into tissues before binning them.