COVID-19 Information for Parents
Our wonderful Year 6's reciting The Rainbow Children June 2020
Ensuring safe reopening of school in September 2020
The phrase “a lot of moving parts” has never been so correctly applied to a situation where the risk posed by the virus is dynamic and will remain so. So many different stakeholders of varying ages and health will bring multiple shifting risks which must be considered on a daily basis for the safety of pupils, staff and parents.
The Principal and Senior Management must analyse and then co-ordinate the way ahead. To do this, information from agencies and knowledge of the school are paramount factors to bring the right information at the right time to schools to allow informed decisions and changes that reflect a safe and secure school environment.
The School’s policy towards staff and pupil illness will be that:
If a member of staff or pupil shows symptoms that would require ‘self-isolation’ under the current Government guidance, they will be sent home immediately to self-isolate/get tested.
COVID-19 is particularly awkward as the outcome of the risk assessment for one group within a school will have an impact on another: teaching staff, support staff, visitors and contractors (if these groups are allowed access) or pupils of varying age groups and class size.
The overall assessment of risk will require daily revision and should include but not be limited to:
- Is Government advice being regularly accessed, assessed, recorded and applied?
- Are changes regularly communicated to staff, pupils, parents and proprietors?
- Are changes reviewed by proprietors?
- Is access to school controlled effectively and are visitor (if allowed) details recorded?
- Are Social Distancing (SD) and other hygiene rules communicated, understood and applied?
- Are staff and pupils being reminded and checked to ensure they are complying with hygiene and Social Distancing (SD) rules?
- Are there sufficient supplies of hygiene materials and are they well placed?
- Has the cleaning regime been regularly re-assessed and, if necessary, revised to high risk areas such as toilets, door handles, switches, hand rails and regularly used hard surfaces?
- What precautions are being used to keep shared teaching equipment (e.g. musical instruments) hygienic?
- Are high risk areas being regularly monitored for hygiene?
- Are contingency plans in place for the transition to full opening (or re-closing) including rapidly sharing decisions?
- Are all the risks identified properly mitigated and regularly re-assessed?
Children and staff will be required to follow the government advice on regular hand washing as being the best method of avoiding transmission of the virus. Hand sanitiser and tissues will be available in school. Signs and posters will be used to remind staff and children of the above. Face masks will not be worn unless explicitly advised by Government or NHS officials, as this may cause unnecessary distress to some children.
Visitors to School
General visits to school should be cancelled during school hours to minimise the exposure of our children. Other visitors to school can be admitted provided:
- The visit is essential for the education, health or wellbeing of a the child
- The visit is to carry out essential urgent maintenance on school property – non urgent maintenance should be carried out when children are not present in school.
- The visitor is not showing any symptoms that would require ‘self-isolation’ under the current government guidance.
- The visitor follows the hand washing / sanitisation requirements.
- The visitor leaves a contact number so that in the event of an outbreak Track and Trace can be suported
Current restrictions on group sizes will be lifted to allow schools, colleges and nurseries to fully reopen to all children and young people, as Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall.
Covid-19 secure measures will remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission, with schools being asked to keep children in class or year group sized ‘bubbles’ and encourage older children to keep their distance from each other and staff where possible. This is alongside protective measures such as regular cleaning and handwashing.
Where there is a positive case in a school or college, the Public Health England local health protection team will advise on the appropriate action, which could include small groups of young people and staff being asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days. Where there are two or more confirmed cases in a two-week period, health protection teams may ask a larger number of other children or young people to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure.
Where an outbreak in a school is confirmed, for specific detailed investigations a mobile testing unit may be dispatched to test others who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school if necessary.
All staff, pupils and their families will continue to have access to testing if they develop Covid-19 symptoms and schools will be provided with easy to use home testing kits for children and staff who would otherwise be unable to get a test.
Schools will be expected to have plans in place to offer remote education to pupils who are self-isolating.
For nurseries, childminders, and other early years providers, restrictions on group sizes will be lifted from 20 July, increasing capacity from the start of the summer holiday.
The schools guidance sets out a range of measures to protect children and staff. This guidance applies to all mainstream schools, alternative provision, independent schools and boarding schools and sets out advice on how they can minimise contact and mixing. Separate guidance has also been published for special schools.
Schools should implement class or year sized bubbles, as well as encouraging staff and pupils, where they are able, to keep their distance from each other and avoiding touching. All schools should work to implement other policies in line with their own risk assessment and in a way that ensures pupils can be taught a broad and balanced curriculum. Other measures set out in the guidance include:
- teachers to distance from each other and older students where possible
- increasing the frequency of cleaning
- reducing the use of frequently shared items
- minimising contact in corridor GOV.UK
A message from all our staff to pupils during Lockdown 2020
Support for Bereaved Families:
NHS Support Mental Health
Testing sites in our local area...
Guidance on getting tested:
Please click on the link below for guidance on home testing
COVID RELATED PUPIL ABSENCE - A quick guide for parents
From Monday 24th August parents are encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children’s return to school.
Our email is monitored 7 days a week - if your child or someone in the household tests positive for COVID-19 please email:
Further advice can be found here:
SEND COVID-19 SCHOOL RESPONSE.
If you are worried about a child please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 050 7666. If a child is in immediate danger call 999.
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Risk Assessments September 2020
Here you will find guidance and links as well as our risk assessments for a full reopening. Coming soon... COVID-19 Curriculum Recovery Plans...
Guidance and Links:
28/08/2020 Guidance for the full reopening of schools: (updated)
PPE and Safe Working in Education
Guide for putting on/taking off PPE:
Stay at home Guidance: