COVID Risk Assessment and Infection Control Measures – September 2020

 

Risk Assessment v2.1

Hazards Who might be impacted? Measures to Mitigate Risk
Spread of coronavirus infection within school community Staff, students, families Infection control measures – see below See Infection Control Measures (ICM) for parents and staff
Anxiety in the school community related to coronavirus and related school provision Staff, students, families Detailed infection control plan, structured communication strategy to advise families of school experience and plans, consistent, visible execution and monitoring of infection control measures Communicate Infection Control Guidance to parents and staff. Send video home to explain set up to children. Invite parent and staff feedback. SLT to read RA and ICM each day and rigorously enforce and monitor all measures and send regular reminders.
Children receiving sub-optimal education provision (within coronavirus situation constraints) Students All students are required to attend school. Distance Learning Policy drives consistent and coordinated delivery of education through a combination of in-school and distance learning arrangements. Ensure students have appropriate facilities to access distance learning where required (e.g. Chromebook) SGL to contact all children from wider vulnerable list re school places.
Children experiencing mental health issues/disengagement from school due to coronavirus / lockdown Students Identify children suffering or at risk from suffering mental health issues. Maintain close contact with at risk children, particularly those that can’t or won’t attend school. Keep consistent staff with class bubbles where possible.  Teachers to prioritise well-being via agreed strategies on return in September. SGL to continue regular contact with vulnerable children and monitor attendance.
SEND children missing out on provision due to Covid restrictions SEND students Encourage SEND  students to attend school. Ensure regular contact maintained with families where students can’t or won’t attend school. Ensure appropriate provision and special accommodations are supplied remotely if students not attending school. SW to closely monitor SEND provision in class
School staff welfare compromised due to stress and changing workload required to manage changes due to coronavirus Staff Develop detailed plans for changing school procedures and timetables and fully engage staff team in necessary change plans. Solicit staff feedback and incorporate feedback into plans where possible. Ensure regular communication sessions with staff to ensure issues ae identified and addressed in a timely manner. Fortnightly staff Zoom sessions include opportunities to give feedback on arrangements. Use email to communicate all documents to staff. SLT to reinforce content of documents each day
School finance adversely affected due coronavirus effects and accommodations School Record all additional spending and income lost as a consequence of coronavirus restrictions and accommodations.
Following hazards were included in RA V1.0 when most children unable to attend due to lockdown – anticipate some degree of continued COVID-related non-attendance – much lower level but will need to continue to be monitored closely – particularly important to understand reasons (legitimate or otherwise) for any non-attendance.
Children not attending due to parent/carer consideration of COVID risks Students HLSW to monitor non-attendance and determine parent/carer reasons. Solicit medical evidence to support non-attendance. If no medical support provided advise that non-attendance is unauthorised. If unauthorised non-attendance persists then follow school Attendance Policy
Children experiencing domestic abuse or neglect Vulnerable Students HSLW to maintain regular with families/social care where students can’t or won’t attend school. See Temporary Addition to Child Protection Policy
Children disengaging from school due to prolonged absence Students Encourage all students to attend school. Ensure children not attending school maximally engaged with distance learning. Regular phone calls from class teacher for children not attending school due to COVID considerations.
Children having insufficient nutrition due to missing school dinners FSM / UIFSM students Encourage students to attend school and access FSMs where possible. SGL to check during scheduled telephone conversations. Remind parents of requirement to attend school and how to access FSM if eligible

 

 

 

Infection Control Measures

 

Principles

  • Segregation of groups is made possible by ‘Staying inside your bubble’
  • Bubbles will be by year group to enable the smooth operation of the school
  • Staff may work across different bubbles
  • Social distancing is not possible for our youngest children (Year R and 1)
  • Social distancing will be modelled for Years 2 – 6 whilst accepting that it is not 100% enforceable (for example during playtimes and circle/carpet time)
  • Adult social distancing is possible and must be adhered to by staff, parents and any essential visitors
  • All safety instructions, designed to change our day-to-day habits, must be strictly adhered to with no exceptions
  • Handwashing and good respiratory hygiene are essential measures
  • Frequent cleaning of regularly touched surfaces and equipment is an essential measure
  • People with symptoms must stay at home and seek a test
  • Active engagement with NHS test is an essential measure
  • Wearing of face masks by children in school is not permitted. If worn children will need to remove these at the school gate.
  • This is a community combined effort to reduce virus transmission. All parties to follow the guidance set out by the school and are advised to adhere to official government guidelines outside of school.
  • From 1st September 2020 attendance school attendance will return to being compulsory for all children, unless advised by a doctor or Public Health England
 

Safety Aspect

 

Staff

 

Parents

 

Reception / Year 1

 

Years 2-6

Social distancing ·  Keep children in the allocated ‘bubbles’

·  No working in corridors

·  Do not enter other bubbles unless instructed by SLT (e.g. for cover/emergencies)

·  Strictly stick to bubble timetables and allocated ‘Zones’ – see Map

·  Always stay 2m apart from other adults

·  Stick to room-capacity limits (HT office 3, Main office 4, staffroom 12)

·  Charge and use Walkie Talkies for collection/emergencies

·  Avoid use of public transport if you can – walk, cycle or drive to school if possible

·  If using public transport take infection control precautions such as wearing a face covering

·  Use external doors to enter and exit classrooms whenever possible

·  Keep children in the allocated ‘bubbles’

·  Do not enter other bubbles unless instructed by SLT (e.g. for cover/emergencies)

·  Stick to bubble timetable and allocated ‘Zones’ – see Map

·  Stay 2m apart from each other at all times

·  Use signage and 2m floor markings

·  Stick to room-capacity limits (HT office 3, Main office 4, staffroom 12)

·  Charge and use Walkie Talkies for collection/emergencies

·  Walk, cycle or drive to school if possible

·  Use outside doors to classrooms

·  Explain importance of bubbles to children

·  Use signage and 2m floor markings outside school

·  Observe no stopping instructions as indicated by ‘hatched’ areas

·  Do not enter the school building or playground without an appointment

·  One parent to attend at a time

·  Adhere strictly to allocated drop-off and collection times

·  Stick to Government social distancing advice during the rest of the day to protect our community from transmission

 

·   Keep children in and teach them about bubbles

·   Children may mix in year group bubble outside but must remain in class groups indoors

·   Distance from children when circumstances allow (e.g. children may be supported and comforted)

·   Avoid prolonged contact where possible

·   As little physical contact as possible during playtime

·   No contact during sports or games at playtime or during PE

·   Use signage and 2m floor markings

·   Plan to teach outside as much as possible

·   Educational visits as day trips are permitted

·   Assemblies will be via Zoom/in class or one bubble in the hall

 

· Social distancing is not expected

· Moveable ‘barrier’ by open door to mitigate possible bubble breach

· Reception to eat in Dining Hall

· Year 1 to collect lunch to eat in classroom/outside

 

·   Model and expect social distancing where possible

·   All children to collect lunch, lining up on 2m floor markings, to eat in classroom or outside

·   Children to sit in front-facing rows

 

Cleaning ·   School cleaner will circulate from 11am-1pm to clean high-contact areas, classroom hard surfaces, door handles, light switches, toilets and bins

·   Bubble staff to assist with regular cleaning of toys and other shared equipment

·   Use your class cleaning kit to clean high-contact areas regularly

·   Remove soft furnishings and hard-to-clean toys

·   Ensure regular supply of soap and paper towels for all classrooms and toilets

Hygiene ·  Wash hands for 20 seconds frequently

·  Use disposable wipes and spray to clean toilet seat after use

·  Wear clean clothes to school each day

·  Wash all adult mugs, cutlery etc thoroughly and immediately and wipe down food prep areas with spray

·  Open doors and windows where possible

·  Use hand sanitiser if entering the building for an appointment

·  Ensure your child has a clean, filled water bottle each day

·  Equip children with labelled sunhat, sun-cream, (hand-cream if necessary) and a change of clothes to stay in school from Day 1 – these will stay in school until the end of term

·  Send only a packed lunch and a water bottle from home – no additional toys or other items eg pencil cases

·  Ensure children wear clean clothes each day

·  Remind and teach children about hand-washing

·  Teach children daily about good hand washing

·  e-Bug posters displayed:

·  Horrid hands Super sneezes Hand hygiene Respiratory hygiene Microbe mania

·  Schedule and supervise handwashing times – arrival, each hour, before and after eating

·  Check that children are bringing, using and taking home daily, their own water bottle or disposable named cup

·  Check that children are only bringing essentials from home (packed lunch, water bottle, sun cream)

·  Use allocated bubble playtime equipment – keep this in your classroom

·  Children may use outdoor play equipment but should wash hands before and after

·  Clean iPads after use

·  Clean class bubble shared equipment 2 x per week

·  Clean school shared equipment (sports, art, science) thoroughly after each bubble use

·  Children should sing outside

·  Staff member will accompany children to allocated toilet ·   Use ‘toilet stick’

·   Maintain use of own set of personal equipment (e.g. stationery including a small pack of coloured pencils and felt tips, a rubber, a sharpener and a glue stick) in Zip Lock bag/tray

Medical needs/First Aid Use your class kit to administer minor First Aid – wipe bag after use

Use class pack of gloves/apron when administering First Aid

Administer medication as requested by parent/carer

Contact office for serious incidents by Walkie-talkie (leave the bubble if contact can’t be made)

Ensure all medication, including inhalers is brought back to school

Ensure children’s vaccinations are up to date

Ensure we have permission for administration of medicine

Apply sun-cream before leaving the house

Children may not go to the office for First Aid
Symptoms/

Suspected cases

·  Anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19 must get a test (a new or continuous cough (coughing for more than an hour or more than 3 coughing episodes in a day), a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your sense of taste or smell)

·  Any members of staff who have helped someone with symptoms and any pupils who have been in close contact with them do not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should arrange a test) or if the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive (see below) or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

·  Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing website

·  In the event of a positive test result, school will contact the local health protection team (0344 225 3861 option 1 to 4 depending on area then option 1) for advice on who should be sent home

·  As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the cohort or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take.

·  Do not come to work if you or your family have any symptoms

·  Request a test for you and your family as soon as possible

·  Communicate test results to school as soon as they are received

·  Office staff to follow up with parents re test results within 24 hours of a child going home with symptoms

·  Follow Suspected Cases Protocol at all times (including informing SLT)

·  Use NHS 111 for further advice Stay at Home Advice)

· Do not come to school if you or your family have any symptoms

· Request a test for you and your family as soon as possible

· Communicate test results to school as soon as they are received

· Children’s temperatures will be taken on arrival at school

· Ensure you are contactable immediately should your child develop symptoms

· Collect your child as soon as you possibly can from the library outside door

· If a child develops COVID symptoms and / or tests positive for COVID over a weekend or during a school holiday please advise  the school immediately on 07923 246136

·Move children with symptoms to the library to be supervised by AR who will wear PPE

·Use Walkie-Talkie to contact office to request parent collection from library

·Remove class outside or to the hall if raining whilst cleaning occurs

·Office to contact Hayley

·Library and bubble classroom to be thoroughly cleaned as soon as possible

Shielded and clinically vulnerable ·  Shielding guidance is being regularly updated, in line with transmission rates, and is expected to ‘pause’ on 1st August

·  It is currently expected that the majority of pupils will be able to return to school

·  Pupils complying with clinical or public health advice will be offered access to remote education (see Distance Learning Policy)

·  Where children are not able to attend as parents are following clinical or public health advice, absence will not be penalised

Returning from Overseas ·  Please refer to the government quarantine guidance
Unsafe or disruptive behaviour in bubble ·  Follow Behaviour Policy

·  Use lanyard guidance for reflective conversations, co-regulation, anxiety

·  Teach children about bubble safety and why we ‘Stay Inside our Bubble’

·  Use necessary contact to keep children and others safe – e.g. if a child attempts to leave the bubble

·  A member of SLT/HSLW will be contactable by Walkie Talkie

·  Use Walkie Talkie to call Tina/Clare/Sue/Steph to assist if a child’s behaviour is unsafe to themselves or others or they repeatedly attempt to breach bubbles

·  Teachers to contact parents to discuss persistent unsafe behaviour

·  Risks assessments may be required if unsafe behaviour issues persist