Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

COVID

FAQs and Risk Assessment

 

1) Why can't my child wear a face mask for school?

Students can wear a face mask to and from school but these must either be disposed of in an outside bin once they get to school or if they are non-disposable they must be put in a plastic bag inside of the students school bag. Please refer to the guidance from the government within the letter that was sent to you regarding the school re-opening for further reasoning behind this. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings 

2) Why can't my child wear gloves for school?

Students can wear gloves to and from school but once they are on the premises gloves must be disposed of to reduce contamination risk. It would be easier for students not to wear gloves as all students will have to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser once they enter the premises anyway. Gloves on site would be more of a hindrance than a help as they are only effective if changed regularly and current guidance from the government is more concerned with regular hand washing as one of the measures that should be practiced to reduce infection spread. Students will be routinely asked to wash or sanitise their hands at the start and end of every lesson as well as on entry into school first thing in the morning. Hand sanitiser will be provided in every classroom and hand sanitising stations will be clearly marked at all entry and exit points that are in use.

3) Will my child be able to get a hot meal at school?

All parents/guardians will be asked to send their child to school with a packed lunch and drink to cover both break and lunch time. The canteen will not be available during this period. If your child is eligible for free school meals this will be provided for them.  

4) Will my child's attendance be recorded?

We have been asked by the government to record attendance. This is purely to help them understand how schools are managing and will not be used to disadvantage your child or to prosecute you if your child does not attend.

5) Will my child be disadvantaged by not coming into school?

The short answer to that is YES. We all know that every day lost has disadvantaged our students either to a lesser or greater degree depending on their ability to cope with remote learning. There is no substitute for face to face teaching and we have to get students back in the classroom as soon as we can. It is up to you to decide if this concern outweighs current safety concerns.

6) What happens if my child becomes ill at school?

We will have a member of staff on call each day who will be fully equipped with PPE were necessary to care for your child. If your child is displaying COVID symptoms they will be kept in isolation until you collect your child from school and we will provide details of testing facilities that are in place so that you know if your child can return to school once they are better. Alternatively they can self isolate following the governments guidelines. COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance.

7) Will we be checking temperatures of staff and students?

Parents, carers and settings do not need to take children’s temperatures every morning. Routine testing of an individual’s temperature is not a reliable method for identifying coronavirus. Educational settings should reiterate to parents the need to follow the standard national advice on the kind of symptoms to look out for that might be due to coronavirus, and where to get further advice. If anyone in the household develops a fever, or a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they are advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance (which states that the ill person should remain in isolation for 7 days and the rest of the household in isolation for 14 days).

8) Why can't students stay in one classroom each day?

This would be unworkable as each lesson has different students in it and each classes work is at different stages from the next. However we have reduced the numbers of classrooms being used as we have a maximum of 48 students in each day. By having two two hour lessons in the morning students will only be in a maximum of 3 classrooms per day. We have also got hand sanitising facilities in each classroom as well as desk wipes which students will use at the start and end of each lesson. Disposable tissues will also be available in each classroom and we would ask that you send your child in with a good supply so that they can follow the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' approach. Each classroom will undergo thorough cleaning at the end of each day. Surfaces that are regularly touched such as door handles, hand rails will be disinfected before and after each movement of students and staff through the corridor/block they are working in.  

9) How are you maintaining social distancing measures?

In classrooms we have allocated seats in every room so that students and the teacher are two metres apart and this is made possible by having a limit of 12 students to a classroom. Corridors have signage and markings on the floor to show students that they are maintaining a 2 metre distance from each other and a one-way system is in place. Staff will be timetabled to supervise movement around the school between lessons and during break, lunchtime and at the end of the school day. Toilets will be stewarded by staff and students will have to queue along the corridor using the 2 metre guides until a toilet becomes available.  

10) What happens to the rest of the school if a member of staff or student displays COVID symptoms or tests positive?

Where the student or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live within that group subsequently develops symptoms.

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. In some cases a larger number of students may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group. Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.

11) Why have you included PE lessons?

In the provisional list of lessons that went out to parents, PE was included. As we have refined the timetable we have realised that we can reduce the time students are in school by removing PE and this frees up an afternoon so that students will be able to leave school on that day at 1.15pm. This will be reflected in final timetables which will be emailed to students before they come back to school.

 

Bishop Rawstorne C of E Academy

 COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT


 

Persons at Risk

School staff, students, contracted staff, parents, visitors.

 

Hazard

Existing Controls, Safe Work Procedures & Reference to Safe System of Work (Where applicable)

Risk Rating

Further Action

 

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C

Total

Monitoring of Controls

1

Spread of virus in school via direct contact with infected person (staff member and student).

  • All staff have been briefed and aware to not attend work if felling unwell.
  • Staff who are classed as vulnerable to seek medical advice from their GP before returning to work. Any staff who cannot return to keep in contact with their line manager at agreed times and intervals.
  • Parents of students who are classed as vulnerable to seek medical advice from their GP before they consider their child returning to school.
  • Parents instructed not to send children to school for 14 days if any member of their household is presenting with any of the following symptoms:
    • dry cough
    • sore throat
    • difficulty in breathing
    • tiredness
    • fever
    • loss of taste/smell
  • Staff and parents are reminded of the latest UK Government Guidance. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
  • Any staff or student who displays any fever symptom whilst at school will be required to isolate from others and staff will leave school immediately. Any students suspected of having COVID-19 will be isolated in M1 until a family member comes to collect them. They must then follow the latest isolation guidance. The flowchart document ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if an individual develops symptoms at school’ will be followed at this time.
  • Entry to school is typically restricted to a small number of entrance points which are all equipped with hand sanitiser facilities and signage is posted around these areas to remind students and staff of the requirements in controlling the risk of COVID-19 infection spread. All staff, students and visitors are required to hand sanitise on entering the school buildings. Sanitiser is also available in each classroom and will be administered by the teacher on entry and exit. Students can use their own sanitiser, and this will be supervised by their teacher.
  • Staff and students are asked to wash/sanitise their hands regularly throughout the day, typically upon entering the school premises, before and after breaks, lunchtimes, end of day etc. Posters are installed throughout school to remind them of hand washing and how to do it effectively.
  • Should any staff, student, parent, or visitor who recently attended school be diagnosed, or self-diagnoses with COVID-19, a deep clean of the school areas they attended will be undertaken immediately. The confirmed case  guidelines should be followed at this time
  • Staff and students instructed to sneeze or cough into a tissue which is then disposed of in a bin or if no tissue is to hand then to sneeze or cough into the crook of their elbow. Staff and students to then immediately wash their hands.
  • Students queue 2 metres apart using the floor markers on external walkways, at entrances and exits to avoid risks of transmission. Signage at these points reminding students and staff of the need to keep 2 metres apart. This will be supervised by members of staff and the SLT including when students first coming onto site, change over periods and students leaving the site.
  • Staff to be encouraged to only attend school during their teaching/supervision period and to leave the site as soon as they have finished. Staffrooms are to be locked and taped off. No photocopying will be allowed.
  • SLT to review government guidance regarding control measures such as the introduction of temperature screening measures and update the risk assessment if there is a change, e.g. use of a non-contact Infrared thermometer in school for all persons entering school premises.

2

5

10

 

All staff provided with procedural flow-chart to follow if infection detected on the premises.

 

 

Screen reminders sent out to all teaching staff at the start and end of each lesson telling them to ensure that students have sanitised hands and desks/chairs.

 

Staff desks to have a checklist attached of the procedures to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will be supervised by SLT at all entry points into school buildings and entry to classrooms by the class teacher.

 

If an infected person attends school the site supervising staff will follow the government guidance to ensure all potentially infected areas are disinfected thoroughly and this will be signed off by SLT before reopening to the general school population.

 

 

Staff have been issued with a guide including a list of do’s and don’ts and have been instructed to follow the SLAM technique to ensure they are aware of the risks and are working to minimise the risk at all times.

22nd June 2020 SLT duties adhered to with students following the floor markers and one-way systems. Some students confused by one-way system after going to the toilet so floor markers going to be applied. Teachers have been given a list of instructions for the start and end of the lesson to ensure all of the cleaning procedures are being followed.

2

Spread of virus via direct contact with contaminated surface.

  • Hand wash/sanitiser facilities are available throughout the school, at all entrances, in each classroom, office and toilet areas.
  • Each staff member, student and visitor is required to use hand sanitiser on entry to the school.
  • Staff and students are instructed to wash/sanitise their hands regularly throughout the day, typically before and after breaks, lunchtimes, end of day etc. Posters are installed throughout school to remind them of hand washing.
  • All staff have access to suitable sanitising equipment (wipes and sprays) which are to be used to wipe down classrooms, work areas and equipment during the day.
  • Sanitizing of all shared resources in the school such as teaching equipment, IT equipment and learning aids at the end of each lesson. Students will be supervised to wipe down their desks and chairs with a sterilizing wipe and or spray, staff will ensure their workspace and all equipment has been sanitized. If it is practicable to do so, the site staff will also clean each surface before the next group comes in. Site staff will as a minimum ensure all used classrooms undergo a deep clean at the end of the school day.
  • School cleaners clean and sanitise all school areas, refreshment areas, wash stations and toilet facilities after each session.
  • Staff and students instructed to sneeze or cough into a tissue which is then disposed of in a bin or if no tissue is to hand then to sneeze or cough into the crook of their elbow. Staff and students to then immediately wash their hands.
  • Staff and students are discouraged in bringing in any additional items from home into the school environment unless these are absolutely necessary and are appropriately sanitised before being distributed.
  • Students are to bring in a snack for break, a packed lunch and enough water to last for the full day. Students are to wipe down their packed lunch boxes and water bottles with a sanitiser wipe as they take them out of their bags.
  • Students will only eat their break at their desks once the cleaning procedure at the end of the lesson and disinfecting of their packed lunchboxes and water bottles has taken place and this will be in the classroom they had their first lesson in. They will eat their lunch at their desks only after the cleaning procedure has taken place and they have also disinfected packed lunchboxes and water bottles using a wipe and this will be in the classroom they had their second lesson in. All surfaces will be wiped down by the students using disinfectant wipes/sprays under close supervision by their class teacher before they go to their next lesson.
  • There are to be no large gatherings with a maximum of 12 students and two staff members in a room at one time. All rooms that have been allocated can cater for this number of students and staff, maintaining the 2 metre distancing measures. Seating areas have been marked out for students and in classrooms where tables are movable, the floors have been marked to indicate where students have to sit in order to maintain a 2 metre distance from each other.
  • All PE facilities will be locked and there will be no access to PE equipment.
  • Teaching Staff will make sure they wash/sanitise their hands and surfaces, before and after handling students’ books.
  • Where practicable, all main thoroughfare doors will be propped open to minimize door handle contact. Note – Doors will be closed by the SLT member on duty once all the students have passed through and they will be reopened by the SLT member on duty during the next changeover.
  • Water fountains and water bottle filling facilities use not available in school at this time.

2

5

10

This will be supervised by staff at all entry points into school buildings and classrooms. Handwashing will be supervised and checked by teaching staff on entry and exit from classrooms, exiting the toilets and before and after snacks and meals.

 

 

Screen reminders sent out to all teaching staff at the start and end of each lesson telling them to ensure that students have sanitised hands and desks/chairs.

 

Staff desks to have a checklist attached of the procedures to follow.

 

 

3

Spread of virus via close proximity to infected persons (staff, students, parents, visitors).

  • Visitors/contractors/parents entering school premises are to follow the same procedures as the staff and students whilst on the school premises. They will be given a summary guidance document to read before they come through the gate which they must agree to adhere to before they are allowed to enter the school premises. All visitors/contractors/parents will be required to use the hand sanitisers provided before proceeding. This activity will be supervised by the school receptionist.
  • School deliveries including postal will be left at the school gate and all deliveries to be disinfected with a spray before going into the school buildings.
  • Any visitor/contractor/parent who appears to be unwell will not be permitted entry.
  • 2 metre distancing strictly adhered to by staff and students unless absolutely critical. In which case staff to wear PPE as covered in government guidance.
  • 2 metre distancing requirements communicated to staff and students regularly and reinforced with suitable markings and signage around school. Duty staff to supervise this in their designated areas before and after lessons, during break and lunch and at the end of the school day. All rooms that have been allocated can cater for this number of students and staff and maintain the 2 metre distancing measures. Seating areas have been marked out for students and in classrooms where tables are movable, the floors have been marked to indicate where students have to sit in order to maintain a 2 metre distance from each other.
  • For tasks where there is a requirement to work within 2 metres, such as medical or care routines with students, staff have access to suitable PPE such as gloves and face masks. All staff to be issued with guidance on the safe use and disposal of PPE.
  • Children will be in well ventilated areas where practicable.
  • SLT to review government guidance regarding control measures such as the introduction of temperature screening measures and update the risk assessment if there is a change, e.g. use of a non-contact Infrared thermometer in school for all persons entering school premises.
  • Classes with no more than 12 students per group and one teacher (and, if needed, a teaching assistant).
  • Staff to maintain 2 metre distance from each other at all times. They are instructed not to use staffrooms, photocopying facilities or enter the school office unless there is an emergency. Staff should only attend school for their teaching period and subsequent supervision of break/lunch. All staff are instructed to arrive at school as close to the start of their lesson as possible and to leave as soon after their lesson finishes as possible. Staff are not to stay on site to have meetings or to catch up with colleagues, this will have to continue remotely.  

 

2

5

10

Screen reminders sent out to all teaching staff at the start and end of each lesson telling them to ensure that students have sanitised hands and desks/chairs.

 

Staff desks to have a checklist attached of the procedures to follow.

 

 

4

Spread of virus when traveling to / from school.

  • Walking to school or travelling by bicycle encouraged.
  • If coming by bicycle, then to maintain the two metre rule when storing the bicycle which will be in the allocated storage facility. No person will touch anybody else’s bicycles and the security of the bicycle will be the responsibility of the owner.
  • Wherever possible students should travel to school with household members only.
  • Sharing of transport or walking groups with non-household members to be discouraged.
  • If students have no option but to share transport or use public transport:
    • Students need to wear a face mask if they are on public transport but at this time that does not include school buses.
    • Wherever possible ensure good ventilation (i.e. keeping the windows open) and facing away from others may help to reduce the risk of transmission.
    • Keep touch contact to the minimum wherever possible.
    • Frequent hand sanitisation both during and after the journey is strongly recommended.
    • Suitable signage installed to guide parents and carers about where and when they should drop off and pick up their children. Staff will guide parents to the right hand bus bay on entry to the school to avoid cars coming up the drive.
  • A queuing system is in place (with external and internal floor markings at 2 metre intervals) to greet each child, ensure they wash their hands immediately on arrival, and then go straight to their classroom.
  • Students queue 2 metres apart using the floor markings for guidance at entrances and exits to avoid risks of transmission. This will be supervised by SLT.
  • Parents instructed to practice social distancing when dropping off/picking up students. This is supervised by a member of the SLT in hi-vis who will ensure a 2 metre distance is being followed by students as they get out of cars.

 

2

5

10

 

 

5

Spread of virus when handling delivered items, food deliveries etc.

 

  • Deliveries to be left at the school gates. This will be supervised by the office staff.
  • All packaging to be sprayed down by receptionist/site supervisor before it enters school buildings.
  • Packaging to be disposed of hygienically as soon as possible.
  • Gloves to be used when handling delivered goods. Gloves to be disposed of as soon as packaging has been removed.

1

5

5

 

 

6

Mental health issues for staff in the workplace and home workers.

 

  • Close communications between Management team and all staff. This will be via the usual channels and SLT line-managers will touch base with staff after each teaching session to ensure everyone’s needs are being met.
  • Regular documented telephone calls between school management and home workers.
  • Should management become aware of any mental health issue with an individual, they will be referred to suitable Occupational Health support.
  • Confidential Occupational Health telephone support available to all staff.
  • Mental health first aider available to offer support.

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4

8

 

 

7

Mental health issues for students in the school or at home.

  • The school will provide:
  • opportunities for student one-to-one conversations with trusted adults where this may be supportive.
  • positive opportunities to renew and develop friendships and peer groups.
  • A counsellor is available for those that need further support.

3

3

9

 

 

8

A Clinically Vulnerable person contracting COVID-19

  • Clinically Vulnerable staff to notify school management of their specific health needs. They are only to come back into school if their GP/consultant has agreed that it is safe to do so and that they have their own care plan in place. If there is any doubt, staff are not to return to work.
  • Parents of Clinically Vulnerable students to alert school management as to their specific health needs and medical advice received. They are only to come back into school if their GP/consultant has agreed that it is safe to do so and that they have their own care plan in place. If there is any doubt, students are not to return to school.
  • Staff and Student school specific assessment will be made, taking into account the individual’s latest medical advice and a care plan produced.
  • Staff and student specific protection measures and controls will be put in place wherever practicable. If school cannot meet specific needs the staff member/student will not be allowed to return until these have been met.
  • Clinically Vulnerable staff and students are expected to fully comply with the requirements detailed in this risk assessment as a minimum.
  • Extreme Clinically Vulnerable staff and students are likely to be prevented from attending the school premises.

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5

5

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

Risk Level Rating

 

Likelihood          Consequence                                                    Risk Rating

1 – Rare                1 – Damage/Loss of Production                  1-4          Acceptable 

2 – Unlikely         2 – Minor Injury                                                5-9          Adequate Look to improve at next review.

3 – Possible        3 – Lost time Injury                                         10-16     Tolerable Look to improve within specified timescale.

4 – Likely              4 – Major Injury                                                 17-25     Unacceptable Stop activity and make immediate improvements

5 – Certain          5 – Death                                                            

Review Schedule

Date

Changes

06/06/20

No delivery personnel to enter the school premises. All delivery personnel to be met at the school gates by the receptionist and signing to be done there. This includes the postman who will need to scan at the gates instead of in the office. All deliveries to be disinfected with a spray at the school gates.

08/06/20

Hazards 1-4 review: After some discussion around consequence scoring it was agreed these should remain as 5. Extra measures have been put in place for Hazard 1: markings on the ground at 2m intervals around the whole school premises including from the bus bays at the bottom of the drive. Staffrooms to be locked and taped up to ensure staff do not congregate in a confined space. Staff instructed to leave the site as soon as their teaching/supervision session is finished. No photocopying until further notice.

15/06/20

Scores remain the same. Two procedural changes in place to ensure all of the processes are taking place include screen reminders sent out to all teaching staff at the start and end of each lesson telling them to ensure that students have sanitised hands and desks/chairs. Staff desks now have a checklist attached of the procedures to follow. Extra markings on the floor to make sure that one-way system is being adhered to.

 

22/06/20

All systems are working as intended. There are no updates from last week.

29/06/20

There are no updates from last week.

3/07/20

There are no updates from last week.

5/07/20

There are no updates from last week.

12/07/20