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 to reduce the numbers of students in a single space. 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 65 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

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.
  • Parents instructed not to send children to school 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 put isolate from others and leave school immediately. They must then follow the latest isolation guidance.
  • Entry to school is typically restricted to a small number of entrance points which are all equipped with hand sanitiser facilities. All staff, students and visitors are required to hand sanitise on entering the school. Sanitiser is also available in each classroom and will be administered by the teacher on entry and exit. Students are able to use their own sanitiser as long as this is overseen by the teacher.
  • Staff and students are asked 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 at entrances and exits to avoid risks of transmission.
  • School to consider introduction of temperature screening measures if government guidance changes e.g. use of a non-contact Infrared thermometer in school for all persons entering school premises.

2

5

10

 

2

Spread of virus via direct contact with contaminated surface.

  • Hand wash/sanitiser facilities are available throughout the school, typically in each classroom and toilet areas.
  • Sanitising gel is located at each entrance and each staff member, student and visitor is required to sanitise on entry to the school.
  • Staff and students are asked 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.
  • Sanitising of all shared resources in the school such as teaching equipment, IT equipment and learning aids at the end of each lesson.
  • Direct contact with handheld teaching equipment, IT equipment, learning aids and other resources to be minimized if sanitisation before use is not practicable.
  • School cleaners clean and sanitise all school areas, refreshment areas, wash stations and toilet facilities daily. Multiple contact points such as stair rails and door handles will be sanitised by site staff before and after change-over times.
  • 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 to wipe down their packed lunch boxes and water bottles with a sanitiser wipe as they take them out of their bags.
  • Consider reducing contact situations eg. Assemblies, school events etc
  • Any assemblies to take place with individual groups in the hall with 2 metre spacing between each person.
  • Teaching Staff should make sure they wash their hands or sanitise them 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 to be closed at the end of school day to minimize fire spread risk.
  • Students bring their own named water bottle which needs to be sent home and cleaned each night. Only the student whose name is on the bottle should handle the bottle.
  • Water fountains and water bottle filling facilities use not available in school at this time.

3

5

15

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

  • Visitors/contractors/parents entering school premises are prohibited unless critical. If deemed necessary, all visitors/contractors/parents will be required to use the hand sanitising provided before proceeding.
  • School deliveries are all required to use the hand sanitising provided before entering school premises.
  • Any visitor/contractor/parent or delivery driver 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.
  • 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. Instruction given to use of PPE. Face masks and gloves are disposable. The sharing of PPE is not permitted.
  • Students should work in as small groups as possible.
  • Children should be in well ventilated areas where practicable.
  • School to consider introduction of temperature screening measures if government guidance changes 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 remain at a safe distance from each other at lunchtime or during breaks.
  • Student and staff welfare issues considered with distancing in mind, ie allocating toilet facilities, first aider provided with mask and gloves etc.

3

5

15

 

4

Spread of virus when travelling to / from school.

  • Walking to school or travelling by bicycle encouraged.
  • 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:
    • 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 and will be communicated to the students.
    • Suitable signage installed to guide parents and carers about where and when they should drop off and pick up their children.
  • The school will determine a queuing system and a process for staff to greet each child, ensure they wash their hands immediately on arrival, and then go straight to their classroom.
  • Students queue 2 metres apart at entrances and exits to avoid risks of transmission.
  • Parents instructed to practice social distancing when dropping off/picking up students.

 

2

5

10

 

5

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

 

  • Any delivery driver or post office worker who appears to be unwell will not be permitted entry.
  • Good hand sanitising and washing practices to be adhered to at all time, particularly after handling deliveries.
  • Packaging to be disposed of hygienically as soon as possible.
  • Gloves available if required when handling delivered goods.

1

5

5

 

6

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

 

  • Close communications between Management team and all staff.
  • Regular documented telephone call 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.
  • School mental health first aider available to offer support.

3

4

12

 

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 when necessary
  • positive opportunities to renew and develop friendships and peer groups.

3

4

12

 

8

A Clinically Vulnerable person contracting COVID-19

  • Clinically Vulnerable staff to notify school management of their specific health needs.
  • Parents of Clinically Vulnerable students to alert school management as to their specific health needs and medical advice received.
  • Staff and Student school specific assessment will be made, taking into account the individual’s latest medical advice.
  • Staff and student specific protection measures and controls will be put in place wherever practicable.
  • 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.

1

5

5

 

               

 

 

 

Risk Level Rating

 

Likelihood          Consequence                                                    Risk Rating

1 – Rare                1 – Damage/Loss of Production                  1-4          Acceptable No further action required. Ensure that controls are maintained.

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