Please find information below regarding the schools Covid-19 arrangements and communication.
This risk assessment is developed from the current government guidance and is reviewed as new guidance is published. The mental health and wellbeing of staff and children are placed alongside safety as well as the practicalities and limitations of the school.
During the current period of national lockdown, the school is only open to children of key workers critical to the COVID-19 outbreak and those who are vulnerable. Even in this instance, if children of key workers are able to stay at home, they must.
It is important to note, according to the guidance, that ‘limiting attendance does not suggest that schools […] have become significantly less safe for young people. Instead limiting attendance is about supporting the reduction of the overall number of social contacts in our community’.
‘For vulnerable children […] and the children of critical workers, who should still attend school […], and their teachers, the system of protective measures means that any risks are well managed and controlled.’
‘Restricting attendance during national lockdown: schools’ guidance, DfE January 2021
Symptoms are described by NHS:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
System Controls (Guidance for full opening – schools; 2nd July 2020 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools#section-2-school-operations)
- minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who are required to stay at home do not attend school
- where recommended, the use of face coverings in schools
- clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
- ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents
- minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
- where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Always keep well occupied spaces well ventilated
Numbers 1 to 5, and 8, must be in place in all schools all the time.
Number 6 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit particular circumstances
Number 7 applies to specific circumstances.
Response to any infection - must be followed in every case where they are relevant.
- engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
- manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community
- contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
Numbers 9 to 11 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.
For more detail on each of the system controls, go to: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/950510/School_national_restrictions_guidance.pdfhttps://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/950510/School_national_restrictions_guidance.pdf