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June 2021 OHGS COVID-19 Risk Assessment
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June 2021 COVID - 19 Risk Assessment

This COVID-19 risk assessment provides advice and guidance in identifying, assessing and describing methods of controlling risks. It must be dynamic and be updated whenever advice, circumstances, or any of the assessed risk factors are seen to have changed.  

Staying COVID-19 Secure – Our Commitment

Guidance documents

This risk assessment has been informed by the most up-to-date Government guidance for schools and other educational settings at the time of writing. It should be read alongside the DfE guidance Schools Coronavirus COVID 19 Operational Guidance 

Other helpful guidance documents for schools:

Assessment process for selective schools admissions December 2020 - Available here.

Overarching Principles

The Government has set out five overarching principles to control the spread of COVID-19 in schools which has formed the basis of this risk assessment. These are:

Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Symptoms can be mild, moderate, severe or fatal.

DO NOT LEAVE HOME IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LIVE WITH HAS EITHER:

These are the main symptoms of coronavirus. If you have these symptoms, you should not leave home and seek advice regarding self-isolation.  

Risk Rating Key

Very Low or Tolerable risks

No management action required

Moderate risks

If reasonably practicable take required management action to remove or reduce risk

High and Intolerable risks

Management action must be taken to remove or reduce risks.

Risk No

Risk Description

Likelihood

1-3

Impact

1-3

Risk Score

(LxI)

Mitigation/Actions

Owner

Mitigated Score

 1-9

Date Complete

1

Staffing

1.1

Inadequate staff numbers

2

3

6

  • Audit of educational and non-educational support staff required to supervise, provide administrative support, maintain security and hygiene levels.
  • Provide support to staff with concerns about working on site.
  • During any future period of lockdown close monitoring of staffing levels and the potential for this to be affected, with the need to balance key workers provision with remote learning.
  • During any future period of lockdown parents will be asked to only use key workers provision during periods of lockdown if they have no alternative.
  • Ongoing review of appropriate staffing levels in the event of staff illness.

SLT, SSMT

HR - Line managers

3

1.2

Infection Control: Staff Behaviour, social distancing/understanding of how to protect each other and students mental health.

2

3

6

  • Communications on staff having symptoms. All employees, themselves, or persons within their household (including support bubble), who have COVID-19 symptoms, should not attend school settings. A PCR test should be arranged as soon as possible and the results shared with the school. Regular reinforcement of the importance of these measures in messages from the Principal / SLT.
  • Maintain staff wellbeing and provide support where required. Staff reminded of availability of Counselling service, regular updates from SLT.
  • PPE available for staff on site for dealing with suspected COVID-19 cases.
  • Initial communications to be verbally at staff briefings and/or by email.
  • Clear reporting procedure in place for COVID-19 related H&S issues - Covered under ‘Infectious diseases’ in Staff Sickness Policy
  • Provide effective communication, training and promotion of the need to wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running, warm water, and soap. If such facilities are not available, ensure provision of hand sanitiser.
  • Ensure each entry point to school has hand sanitiser available and effectively communicate to staff, pupils, visitors and contractors to school the need to use when entering the premises.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of soap, paper towels, hand sanitisers and tissues including provision of hand sanitiser is available in all working areas.
  • All staff to be responsible for contributing towards cleanliness of their own working area and equipment.
  • Staff to be discouraged from bringing additional items from home unless absolutely necessary and sanitised before being distributed.
  • Staff to remain at a safe distance from each other and the pupils, including breaks and lunchtime wherever possible.
  • Conduct individual staff Risk Assessments where necessary e.g. pregnant women are in the ‘clinically vulnerable’ category .
  • Following the start of the summer term members of staff who are “clinically extremely vulnerable” are advised to work at home where possible. If colleagues cannot work from home they can attend school. All other staff can continue to attend work if needed, including those living in a household with someone who is clinically vulnerable. 

CJDM, ND, JLa, KS, RG

3

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

1.3

Infection Control: Staff showing symptoms in school.

3

3

9

  • Staff will be offered twice weekly appropriately spaced asymptomatic testing in line with the Schools and Colleges testing handbook. This is being offered to all staff who are attending work. Staff will be asked to report the results of these tests to Test and Trace and to school. The risk assessment for this testing is here.
  • Staff with a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test result must self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. They will also need to arrange a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school. Those with a negative LFD test result can also continue to attend school and use protective measures.
  • Staff who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should not present at work. They should book a PCR test as soon as possible. How to book a PCR test
  • If they do come to work, they are to be sent home straight away. They must self-isolate for the required length of time.
  • Advise Public Health England immediately for guidance.
  • Area the staff member has been in contact with to be disinfected.
  • Government testing guidelines to be followed.
  • Absence must be reported to HR immediately so that self-isolation and absence data can be recorded accurately and promptly.
  • Inform other members of staff and pupils who have been in contact, but the bubble will remain open unless it becomes a confirmed case.

SMT

33

Ongoing

1.4

Confirmed case of COVID-19 in school

3

3

9

  • If there is a confirmed case in school then the parents and staff will be informed, Public health will be informed to advise on closing the bubble. PH advice will be followed regarding closure and self isolation of pupils.

SMT

3

Ongoing

2

Pupils

2.1

Infection Control: Pupil Behaviour, social distancing/ understanding of how to protect each other.

2

3

6

  • Parents using the Nursery are encouraged to limit the number of settings used.
  • Any visits to school must adhere to strict Covid secure guidelines.
  • All pupils are able to attend face to face teaching and strict control measures will be in place.
  • Online lessons via Google Suite will be provided for pupils who are required to self-isolate.
  • The school is able to offer asymptomatic testing for senior school pupils. Pupils are to carry this out at home. The risk assessment for any in school tests is here.
  • Clear instructions have been issued to pupils and parents on taking tests. How to take a lateral flow test Pupils and parents will be asked to report these results to Test and Trace and to school.
  • Pupils with a positive LFD test result must self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. They will also need to arrange a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school. Those with a negative LFD test result can also continue to attend school and use protective measures.
  • Communications on pupils having symptoms. All pupils, themselves or persons within their household that have COVID-19 symptoms, should not attend school settings. They must arrange to have a PCR COVID-19 test as soon as possible and share the results with the school.
  • Communicate clear expectations and COVID-19 behaviour principles including social distancing etc. to all students and share with parents/carers: to include social  distancing measures and good respiratory hygiene. Regular reinforcement of the importance of these control measures from the Principal, SLT and classroom teachers.
  • Provide effective communication, training and promotion of the need to wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running, warm water, and soap. If such facilities are not available, ensure provision of hand sanitiser.
  • Update individual pupil RAs based on individual need and identify students, with medical conditions, who should not attend school but continue with remote learning at home.
  • Induct students into new ways of working and new operating procedures. Teach students safe working practices.
  • Pupils and parents are given information which will include clear  expectations for conduct.
  • Following the pausing of shielding guidance pupils who are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group can now attend school.

JCB, RK, CB/AAS

3

Ongoing

2.2

Infection Control: Students showing symptoms in school.

3

3

9

  • Clear policy and procedures to be communicated to staff to respond to students who become unwell or develop symptoms in school.
  • Inform parents/carers and students that they are not to attend school if  they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus.
  • If symptomatic students do come to school, they are to be isolated immediately in the lower ground floor medical room at Senior site, Ladybirds room in Nursery and Infants, Room 7 in Hulme Court, or room 11 in the Estcourt building until collected/sent home, following agreed protocols.
  • Area the student has been in contact with to be disinfected.
  • Government testing guidelines to be followed.
  • Inform other members of staff and pupils who have been in contact, but the bubble will remain open.
  • Absence must be reported to the relevant school administrator immediately so that absence data can be recorded accurately and safeguarding followed.

JCB/RK/

CB/AAS/DJD

3

Ongoing

2.3

Confirmed case of COVID-19 in school

3

3

9

  • If there is a confirmed case in school then the parents and staff will be informed, Public Health will be informed to advise on identifying close contacts / closing the bubble. PH advice will be followed regarding closure and self isolation of pupils.

SLT

3

Ongoing

2.4

Infection Control: Start and finish of the school day

2

3

6

  • Sufficient staff to be available to ensure that students adhere to social distancing requirements.
  • Staff will support the safe entry and exit of the students.
  • Entry and exit points allocated for each bubble. Multiple entry and exit points to the building supervised by staff.
  • Hand sanitiser at each entry and exit point.
  • Parents in the Juniors and Nursery & Infants required to wear face coverings when collecting children from school.

JCB/RK/

CB/AAS

All supervising staff

3

Ongoing

2.5

Infection Control: Breaks and Lunches

3

3

9

  • Students are to ensure they clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating.
  • Supervised and controlled breaks and lunch breaks for individual groups/bubbles.
  • Play areas /zones separated for different bubble use.
  • Fixed play equipment cleaned between use by different bubbles. Bubble integrity to be maintained and to be used by single bubbles only.
  • The main school kitchen will offer a limited menu.
  • The School kitchen will continue to operate, but must comply with the guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • No self service options.
  • COVID-19 plan for kitchen and dining operations in place.
  • In the Summer term, Year 5 and 6 pupils will start to have hot lunches in the main school dining room. Until June 21st, Year 3 and 4 pupils will remain at Hulme Court for lunches and food will continue to be delivered to Hulme Court on a daily basis. The Year 3 and 4 pupils will start to have hot lunches in the girls side of the main school canteen from Monday 21st June.
  • Junior school pupils will enter and leave the dining room via the stairs into the old aftercare/ common room. The children will use toilets on the lower ground floor. The children will sit in their class groups. The dining room will be well ventilated and it will be cleaned before and after each group of pupils have used it.
  • Handwashing and wiping of tables maintained.

RK/CB/AAS All supervising staff

3

On return to the settings

2.6

Travelling to school

2

2

4

  • School buses will be able to operate during the summer term.
  • Encourage students to follow Government guidance on how to travel safely, and minimise the use of public transport for travel to and from school if at all possible.
  • Students are advised to walk, cycle or get dropped off by car by a member of their household rather than use public transport.
  • Sharing of transport or walking in groups of non-household members to be discouraged.
  • Social distancing measures for drop off and pick up zones: main gate, car park, etc.
  • School transport service - Use of fogging machine to kill virus on contact, pupils adhere to SD rules whilst waiting to board the bus and must wear suitable face covering for the duration of the journey. Pupils are to sit with their bubble or consistent group, clean their hands before boarding and maximise social distancing. Fresh air to be circulated.
  • Pupils adhere to the Home to School Transport Code of Conduct

JCB/RK/CB/AAS/ supervising staff

2

Ongoing

2.7

Movement around the schools sites

3

2

6

  • Pupil bubbles to be allocated and adhered to.
  • Wherever possible, staff to move around classrooms and sites for teaching rather than pupils.
  • Walk through of the buildings carried out in order to establish pinch points and plan a one-way system for movement where possible.
  • Clear floor markings and wall signage displayed for direction of movement.
  • Communicate new procedures to pupils and staff and walk through.
  • When entering and exiting an area all must sanitise hands.
  • Face coverings must be worn in situations where social distancing between adults is not possible.
  • Entrance/exit points identified.

RG, RK, CB/AAS, JCB

3

Ongoing

2.8

Safeguarding

3

2

6

  • Communicate safeguarding arrangements with all staff: the safeguarding addendum will continue to operate in conjunction with the Child Protection Policy and Keeping Children Safe in Education policy
  • Clear arrangements for Designated Safeguarding Lead/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads to be shared with staff and students; students to be reminded of reporting routes including online safety for use when remote learning at home
  • Recommunicate reporting routes for staff.
  • Assign key staff to continue rolling programme of ‘safe and well’ welfare checks to continue for all other students who are not accessing on site provision.
  • Normal absence procedures to apply.
  • Closely monitor mental health and well-being of students and signpost and refer as appropriate.

JCB, RK, CB/AAS, AHM, DDSLsPastoral Teams

3

Ongoing

2.9

PPE

2

2

4

  • Share with parents/carers, students and staff current local public health guidance that face coverings should be worn by senior school pupils in communal areas and staff in communal areas. They do not need to be worn in classrooms. This will also apply to visitors, contractors and subcontractors. This advice will be kept under regular review and the school will respond to changing local guidance.
  • All staff and pupils may wear face coverings at any time during the school day if they wish.
  • Staff working across different bubbles of pupils can wear face coverings when working indoors with groups or individual children in any section of the school (including support staff, peripatetic teachers and extra-curricular providers).
  • Information on the need for safe removal of face coverings will be reinforced. They should be placed in individual sealable plastic bags between use. Given the more extensive use pupils and staff will be encouraged to have spares with them.
  • School will also keep a supply of masks for staff or pupils who forget to bring one.
  • If staff or pupils wish to wear face coverings in other areas throughout the school day they will be encouraged to do so.
  • Face visors or shields should not be worn as an alternative to face coverings as they may not be effective in reducing aerosol transmission.
  • PPE must be worn by staff caring for the student showing symptoms of coronavirus while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.
  • Appropriate PPE must be worn by staff carrying out the asymptomatic testing.
  • In accordance with World Health Organisation advice that “adults aged 60 or over, or who have any underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung cancer, should wear a medical mask” school will  provide such medical masks for all such staff and encourage them to wear one.

JCB, RK, CB/AAS, RG

2

Ongoing

2.10

Potential for clothing to hold the virus

2

2

4

  • Full school uniform should be worn. Pupils may bring a coat if they are cold in well ventilated classrooms. School will be understanding if parents have not been able to source items due to the pandemic.
  • Items brought in from the outside will remain with the students in their bubbles, i.e. outdoor jackets, lunch boxes, books and stationery.

RK, CB/AAS, JCB

2

For return to settings

2.11

Behaviours

3

3

9

  • The Behaviour Policy has been amended to ensure that it covers COVID-19 related incidents.
  • Communicate COVID-19 behaviour expectations clearly to parents/carers, pupils and staff.
  • Train staff with revised behaviour procedures.

RK, CB/AAS, JCB

4

For return to settings

3

Curriculum

3.1

Ability to socially distance in classrooms

2

3

6

  • Students will be given clear guidance and expectations in line with social distancing guidelines.
  • During any further periods of lockdown key workers provision will be designed to ensure self-contained groupings which do not mix.
  • Consistency of staffing has been maintained as far as is possible.
  • Year groups to form bubbles throughout the school phases.
  • Two year groups will form a bubble in the junior phase by building: a Y3 & Y4 bubble and Y5&Y6 bubble.
  • N&I and Juniors to reduce mixing and movement between groups (staff and students) by having ‘bubbles’ of staff and pupils that remain together throughout the day.
  • In the senior setting the bubbles are for pupils only, teaching staff will not form part of the bubble to allow teaching across year groups and school buildings.
  • KS3 (y7 - y9) will remain in form rooms for teaching and teachers will move to the rooms.
  • KS4 and KS5 will have zones per year group to minimise contact with other year group bubbles.
  • Practical lessons to be kept to a minimum to minimise movement around the school as much as possible.
  • Classes requiring specialist equipment - science, food, DT, Art, Textiles and PE will pre book specialist rooms.
  • Specialist rooms to be cleaned between use. It is the responsibility of the teacher using the room to communicate to the technician or Cleaning Supervisor to ensure that it is cleaned afterwards.
  • Use outside space whenever possible.
  • Avoid hot desking in stationary bubbles by each pupil having a designated desk and, as far as possible, use their own equipment and books to complete their work in. Pupils in the Juniors have their own stationery in their own pencil case as they do in Secondary Schools.
  • Signage will be used throughout the school to ensure adherence to social distancing guidelines.
  • Bubbles will be clearly defined and classrooms will be organised.
  • Chairs and tables will be arranged to face in the same direction.
  • Each group/bubble to take break and lunch together
  • Staff provided with guidance on social distancing in classrooms during induction.
  • To reduce contact situations, there will be no f2f assemblies beyond bubble groupings. Whole school assemblies will be held via google.
  • Detentions in the senior site will be held on a designated day per year group.
  • Activities which take place during school hours – so any lunch or break-time club is permitted, as long as it follows the government’s broader schools’ guidance. From 12th April all parents may access wrap around and extra-curricular provision without restrictions.
  • In Nursery & Infants school will risk-assess activities that involve malleable materials for messy play such as sand, mud and water, as part of regular curriculum planning.
  • In the Nursery & Infants frequently touched surfaces, equipment, tools and resources for messy play are thoroughly cleaned and dried before they are used by a different group.

RG, RK, CB/AAS, JCB

4

For return to settings

3.2

Some subjects are more difficult to maintain whilst social distancing.

3

3

9

  • Practical subjects to risk assess their curriculum and needs and how best to move forward.
  • Music, dance and drama can be undertaken in school so long as safety precautions are undertaken as per the full opening guidance for schools.
  • In PE and sport the school is following the prescribed system of controls and following the advice of national sporting bodies.
  • Fixtures against other schools can take place from 29th March (outdoors) and 12th April (indoors). Grassroots guidance for the sports to be followed.
  • Pupils should be kept in consistent groups and sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups.
  • Outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible.
  • Where peripatetic music lessons cannot be delivered safely in school they will be delivered remotely.

MCJ, RK, CB, HoD’s

3

3.3

Contamination in classrooms/work areas.

3

3

9

  • Time given to staff to ensure classrooms/offices are tidy and clutter free so they are easier to clean.
  • Surfaces need to be clear and cleaned more regularly.
  • Cleaning materials and training available to all staff.
  • Staff to wash hands before and after handling pupils’ books.
  • Time given to staff to organise classrooms to maintain social distancing using the model provided.
  • Children to be allocated places and remain in seats whilst in lessons as much as possible.
  • Lessons to take place outside as much as possible
  • Where possible, only use resources that are washable or wipe-able.
  • Limited use of textbooks and worksheets in the classroom.
  • Each classroom provided with hand sanitiser and tissues.
  • Bins are emptied throughout the day.
  • Students provided with guidance and expectations on social distancing and protective measures in classrooms during their induction.
  • All meetings of staff where at least a 2m distance between all participants cannot be maintained, must be online.

MCJ, RK, CB/AAS, HoD’s, All Teaching & Educational Support Staff

3

Ongoing

4

Operations and Buildings

4.1

Infection Control: Cleaning needs to be increased and focused on limiting the spread of infection.

2

3

6

  • Additional cleaning staff on site throughout the day. Dedicated cleaning staff are assigned to the various buildings during the school day.
  • Priority given to the disinfection of surfaces, keyboards, phones, door handles.
  • Removal of unnecessary items from the classroom, especially items that are hard to clean.
  • Ensure more frequently than normal daily cleaning regimes are implemented, concentrating on high frequency touch points, or often used items e.g. doors, door handles, handrails, bannisters, books, desks, chairs, sinks, toilets, light switches, regular emptying of bins, etc. Following Public Health England’s guidance for non-healthcare settings.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of cleaning materials.
  • Prop doors open (bearing in mind fire safety and safeguarding requirements) to limit the use of door handles.

RG, AW

3

Ongoing

4.2

Risk of contamination of people requiring first aid on site.

2

2

4

  • Follow health and safety legislation and policy.
  • Students with known conditions to be risk assessed prior to returning to school.
  • Clear communication between school and home on procedure if the student suffers any ill health on site.
  • Accurate records to be maintained inclusive of reference to COVID-19 precautions undertaken.
  • Initial assessment must be completed using strict social distancing measures.
  • Where possible, the patient will administer their own first aid under the guidance of a first aider.
  • First aiders must wear disposable PPE (provided) if they need to administer care.
  • Designated rooms: Ground floor Medical room [non COVID-19], Lower ground floor medical room [COVID-19]
  • Students to be sent home if unwell.
  • Non-contact thermometers available at each site.

JCB, RK, CB/AAS, First aid trained staff

2

Ongoing

4.3

Risk of fire drill procedures not being compliant with social distancing requirements.

1

3

3

  • Evacuation policy and procedure updated to maintain SD at assembly points.        
  • Communicated to staff by email.
  • Carry out termly fire drills.
  • All staff and children to be more vigilant about fire hazards due to more fire doors being propped open in line with COVID-19 guidelines to maintain good air circulation.

RG

2

4.4

Deliveries into the building

1

2

2

  • Staff to maintain social distance from delivery personnel.
  • No delivery drivers to be admitted onto site if they appear to be unwell.
  • No signatures; delivery drivers now take photos of goods in Reception foyer as proof of delivery.
  • Site staff to use appropriate hygiene measures when dealing with deliveries.
  • All staff handling deliveries to wash hands afterwards.
  • Packaging to be disposed of hygienically as soon as possible

Reception staff, site staff

1

Ongoing

4.5

Visitors to the building

1

2

2

  • Limit the number of visitors on site during the working day wherever possible.
  • No visitors to be admitted onto site if they appear to be unwell. All visitors wishing to enter the building(s) shall complete a Test and Trace form for tracing purposes.
  • Senior school electronic signing in system updated to capture tracing information.
  • All visitors to use hand sanitiser provided on entry to buildings at Reception before signing in.
  • Visitors (over the age of 11) must wear face coverings whilst in the school buildings.
  • Visitors to be verbally advised of social distancing and hand washing arrangements before admittance beyond Reception.
  • In Early Years parents and carers are able to enter a setting to help their children adapt to their new environment. School will ensure that parents and carers:  wear face coverings, stay for a limited amount of time (ideally not more than an hour), avoid close contact with other children, are aware of the ‘system of controls’, how this impacts them, and their responsibilities in supporting it when visiting school with their child.

Staff at Reception

1

4.6

Lettings

2

2

4

  • Indoor lettings are not to restart until receipt of clear guidance from the government and we deem it safe to do so.        
  • External lettings resume following Government guidelines and exclude the use of indoor changing and toilet facilities.

ND

1

4.7

Contractors on Site

2

2

4

  • All contractors will complete a Covid-19 Screening Checklist for Visitors form.
  • All contractors to use hand sanitiser provided on entry to buildings at Reception before signing and when entering other occupied premises.
  • Where practicable, contractors on site to be scheduled for out of school hours.
  • No contractors to be admitted onto site if they appear to be unwell.  All contractors including sub- contractors requiring entry into the building(s) shall complete a Test and Trace form for tracing purposes.
  • COVID-19 related protocol for visitors also applicable to contractors on site
  • The Estates Manager shall be responsible for ensuring contractors and any sub-contractors adhere to COVID-19 protocol including social distancing measures on site.

RG

2

Ongoing

4.8

School Trips and Summer Term Events

3

3

9

  • Following the Easter break, some school trips and visits will be permitted following careful planning and risk assessments, with approval from the school’s SLT.
  • Use of school minibus must follow government guidelines on dedicated transport.
  • In June, in accordance with the current government guidance on grassroot sports and organised sports events, we will hold our end of year sports days in the Nursery, Infants and Juniors. This year the event will be split so that the children are kept in their ‘bubbles’, Y5&6 will have their sports day events in the morning. Y3&4 will have their events in the afternoon. This retains the integrity of the bubbles and also significantly reduces the spectators at the events. In splitting the event into 2 we are also reducing the duration of each event.  Parents will be permitted to attend these events, subject to there being no additional local restrictions imposed. The events will take place outside and have been fully risk assessed. No parents will be allowed into the school building. Please click here to read the risk assessment for the Sports days.
  • In the week before the national restrictions are scheduled to be lifted, the Nursery, Infants and Junior children will use St Thomas’ Church Werneth to record their summer shows. The children will be walked to the church (less than 0.5mile); they will perform in their bubbles; and on the Thursday they will be filmed by a professional cameraman who will wear a mask throughout and not be left unsupervised with the children at any time. The church will be cleaned between bubbles. Staff will carry hand sanitizer and closely supervise the children throughout. Risk assessments will be completed and shared with staff.
  • Nursery and Infants are holding a number of end of term trips. Additional considerations have been made to follow government guidelines and keep children, staff and visitors safe. Individual risk assessments can be found. Reception, Year 1, Year 2,

Trip leaders/ JCB/ RK

2

5

Communications

5.1

Parents not being clear about procedures and expectations regarding their child.

2

3

6

  • Parents have signed a disclaimer to confirm they have read the Risk Assessment, that they will report suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 within their household (including support a bubble) and share COVID-19 test results with the School.
  • Parents of vulnerable children will be contacted and a risk assessment made
  • Letters to be sent to parents/carers explaining how we intend to operate. Simple messages to be disseminated and parents asked to speak to their child regarding social distancing etc.
  • Letter to set out protocol for drop offs and pick-ups.        
  • Parents are encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school.
  • The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by contacting:            Phone: 0800 046 8687 or e-mail:   dfe.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

JCB, RK, AS, RW

2

5.2

Governors being aware how the school is operating.

2

3

6

  • Governors to sign off the risk assessment.
  • Regular updates given to the Chair of Governors and Chair of the HS&E Committee and increased frequency of meetings.

CJDM, ND, RG

2

Ongoing

5.3

Governance arrangements during closure

2

2

4

  • Appropriate Governance measures in place from 31.03.2020 to facilitate remote governance and decision making during pandemic conditions.

ND, Governing Body

2

Completed

6

Local lockdown

3

3

9

  • In the event of a further  local or national lockdown, the School will adhere to Government guidelines regarding any closure of the school.        

SMT

2

6.1

Confirmed case in school

3

3

9

  • In the event of a confirmed case in school Local Public Health will be informed and they will inform whether the bubble or the school should close.
  • Parents of children affected will be contacted to collect their children and adhere to Government guidelines on isolating.
  • Remote teaching will resume for affected pupils
  • Parents to be given regular updates and informed when pupils can return to the setting.

Covid response officer

4

7.0

Admissions Open events

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  • Visits are permitted by the DfE for the purposes of admissions
  • Contact details will be retained for ‘track and trace’ purposes
  • Visitors displaying Covid symptoms will be asked not to attend.
  • Where possible these visits should take place outside normal operating hours where children are not in the building
  • Visits to be arranged on Saturday mornings, or when the children in the setting will have gone home at the end of the day
  • Staff involvement in these visits will be kept to a minimum.
  • Staff and visitors will keep a 2m distance as much as possible.
  • Parents & staff to wear face coverings whilst in the buildings
  • Staff will keep a 2m distance between themselves and any visiting children as far as possible.
  • Social distancing adhered to throughout tours
  • Parents to arrive for their appointments only, and to wait in their cars until their appointment time
  • Parents regularly requested to sanitise hands throughout the tour; as they enter the site and again as they move from building to building.
  • Staff will closely monitor the number of families in a given space and will politely move families on with their tour if social distancing becomes a problem in any areas.
  • Cleaning to take place between each visit. Touch points wiped down etc.

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7.1

Year 6 to 7 transition day

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  • In response to recent guidance from the DfE we will not be holding an in-person Year 6- Year 7 transition day. A remote event is being held instead.

7.2

Nursery, Infants and Juniors transition morning

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  • Internal Moving up morning and transition events will go ahead as visits are permitted by the DFE for the purpose of admissions and settling in sessions for young children.
  • Parents will be reminded not to send children into school if they are displaying symptoms or have been told to self isolate.
  • The new pupils and their parents of the Caterpillars class will form one bubble  and will stay in this constant bubble.
  • Similarly, the new pupils and parents of the Butterflies pupils will stay in a constant bubble. These children will have time to play outside with our own pupils who will also be in the Butterflies class but will be separated by a fence so that they can not mix together.
  • All parents who are attending the Nursery event will be asked to wear face masks.
  • Transition activities with older groups which include new pupils from other schools/ bubbles will be outside as much as possible. When they are inside, new pupils will be seated so that social distancing is observed and there is a 2m distance between them and the children in the existing bubble as much as possible. Rooms will be kept well ventilated.  
  • All pupils, parents and staff members will be asked to sanitise at regular points throughout the morning.
  • Details will be collected of all the children and families attending the events for track and trace purposes.

CB and RK

I have read and understood the Covid-19 Risk Assessment