We are delighted to be welcoming the children back into school and have a number of new systems and procedures to ensure that our whole school community works together to make school as safe as possible.
This page is designed to keep you up to date on the changes we have made and informed on any new developments. Government advice can also be found here.
The full suite of government guidance for schools can be found here.
Keeping our school community safer
Maintaining the safety of our pupils and staff remains paramount and the organisation, restrictions and procedures in place are subject to regularly reviewed risk assessment. While coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in the community, this means making judgements for our school about how to balance and minimise any risks through proportionate protective measures. It will still not be possible to remove the risk entirely.
System of controls
Essential measures include:
- a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
- robust hand and respiratory hygiene
- enhanced cleaning arrangements
- active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
- formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:
- grouping children together
- avoiding contact between groups
- arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
- staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible
The full policy can be read by clicking on the picture below, detailing the specific arrangements for staggered drops off and collection, classroom arrangements, lunchtimes, PE etc. The risk assessment can also be downloaded below.
The contents of this Risk Assessment currently override any other school policies and should be applied without exception.
It is vital that all members of our community take responsibility for checking symptoms and accessing testing where appropriate. It is common for children to develop a number of viruses throughout the autumn term and we urge parents to keep communication open with school to safely assess the potential risk of Covid. Please see the chart below for help in deciding what measures should be taken.
Responding to the Coronavirus advice from the government is an obligation on all schools in England. The development of the NHS ‘Test and Trace’ scheme is a key part of the plan to manage Coronavirus. Our responsibility extends beyond the school gates and, as part of our statutory duty, it may be necessary for us to share that data on request by Public Health with NHS staff, so that we play our part in making the programme as effective as possible. It is likely that we may be asked to provide contact details if a case of Coronavirus or a suspected case arises in our school. There is an obligation to support Government planning and we will provide details if requested to do so. We will be sharing data on the basis that this is a Public Duty and that, in the case of any health data, it is necessary for the public interest.
Social Distancing - a child-friendly animation - explained in one minute
See why it's so important for us all to keep our distance and not give up, to help stop the spread of Covid 19, in this short child-friendly animation about social distancing!
Whilst the children are in school we are keeping the children within their set bubbles, however, the more that children can keep a safe distance, the better.