Assessing the risk of Coronavirus
It is imperative that the school does all that it can to keep staff and pupils as safe as possible in the face of Coronavirus. Consequently, we have spent many hours evaluating the risks and planning a range of mitigating controls.
We have written a risk assessment, co-constructed by the Leadership Team, that is responsive to all new guidance that is released by the Government, Ellis Whittam (our Health and Safety provider), the Estates manager from our multi-academy trust as well as our own evaluation of the effectiveness of the controls we have in place.
This plan is always available to view by our staff and is reviewed at least weekly by key staff. The school’s governing body hold us to account for these plans.
We will endeavor to keep parents and carers up to date with the latest information and this will be predominantly shared by update letters and app messages. All letters will be kept on this section of our website.
The Department for Education has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff and parents/carers can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening Hours: 8.00am until 6.00pm.
Key Control Measures
- Keeping children in their class groups during the day
- Class zones on the playground – children only play with children in their class
- Staggering drop off and arrival times
- Parents/carers and duty staff wear masks for drop off and collection
- Different entrances/exit points
- Staggered break and lunchtimes
- Reducing staff crossover wherever possible
- Frequent opportunities for children to wash hands or sanitise during day
- Promoting a ‘no hands – keep our distance’ approach wherever possible
- Hygiene rules for adults and children – catch it, bin it, kill it message
- Enhanced cleaning for commonly used areas throughout day
- Equipment designated to each class
- Frequent cleaning of equipment/minimising equipment use
- Separate risk assessments for curriculum areas; such as PE, music and drama