FAQs and Risk Assessment

 

1) What are the rules for wearing face masks in and around school?

Students must wear a face mask if they are travelling by bus. It is not compulsory for students to wear face masks in school.

2) 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. 

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

From Monday 16 August 2021 unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Those identified as a close contact will be informed by NHS Test and Trace that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We strongly encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. There is no requirement to self-isolate while awaiting PCR test results and so individuals can attend their setting as usual.

Children and young people who attend an education or childcare setting and who have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend their setting as normal.

 

 

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)

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Further Action

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

  • All staff have been briefed and know that they are not to attend work if felling unwell.
  • Staff who are classed as vulnerable may wish 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 should 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 the music practice room on the left as they enter the A block until a family member comes to collect them. They must then follow the latest isolation guidance.

Entry to school is typically restricted to the students designated block with entrance points equipped with hand sanitiser facilities and signage posted around these areas to remind students and staff of the requirements in controlling the risk of COVID-19 infection spread. All staff, and visitors are required to hand sanitise on entering the school buildings. Students are to sanitise as they enter their classroom. Sanitiser is also available in every classroom. Students can use their own sanitiser but they must follow the same procedure. The class teacher should remind all students to sanitise on entry and exit from the classroom and observe them doing so.

  • Staff and students are asked to wash/sanitise their hands regularly throughout the day, typically upon entering the school premises or a classroom, before and after breaks, lunchtimes, end of day etc. Posters are installed in toilets to remind them of hand washing and how to do it effectively. Toilet signage indicates queuing zones and guide lines to avoid overcrowding in the cleaning areas.
  • All staff and students are to wear a face mask outside of the classroom and this is only to be removed if a student is eating their break/lunch outside whilst maintaining a 2m distance from others if possible but at least 1m.
  • Should any staff, student, parent, or visitor who recently attended school be diagnosed, or self-diagnoses with COVID-19, a thorough 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 at least 1 metre apart using the floor markers on external walkways, at entrances and exits to reduce risk of transmission. Signage at these points reminding students and staff of the need to keep at least 1 metre apart whenever possible. 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.
  • Staffrooms and working areas will have a maximum occupancy and this is displayed on doors.
  • 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.

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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.

 

 

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, and offices. 
  • Staff and visitors are required to use hand sanitiser on entry to the school with students sanitizing on entry into their classroom.
  • 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 at the end of each period.
  • Sanitizing of all shared resources in the school such as teaching equipment, IT equipment and learning aids at the end of each lesson. Resources that are shared between bubbles, such as PE and art equipment will be cleaned meticulously under the supervision of the class teacher at the end of the lesson and the resources will also be cleaned by students at the start of the next lesson. Where possible, PE and art equipment will be rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different bubbles. Otherwise meticulous cleaning between lessons falling within this period of time will take place before the equipment is used again.   Students will be supervised to wipe down their desks and backs of chairs with a sterilizing spray, staff will ensure their workspace and all equipment has been sanitized. Site staff will as a minimum ensure all used classrooms surfaces undergo a thorough clean at the end of the school day.
  • Students have been placed in 'year group' bubbles to enable the school to offer a full curriculum. Interaction between other years groups is minimised as far as is reasonably practicable.
  • School cleaners clean and sanitise all school areas, refreshment areas, wash stations and toilet facilities at the end of each day.
  • 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.
  • All staff and students are to wear a face mask outside of the classroom and this is only to be removed if a student is eating their break/lunch outside whilst maintaining a 2m distance if possible or at least 1m from others.
  • Staff and students are discouraged in bringing in any additional items from home into the school environment unless these are 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. Alternatively, parents can order food from our caterers and this will be delivered to the students’ bubbles at the start of break/lunch.
  • Students will only eat their break in the classroom they have their third lesson in. They will eat their lunch in the classroom they have their tutor period in. All surfaces will be wiped down by the students using disinfectant wipes/sprays by their class teacher before they go to their next lesson. Alternatively, if the weather is ok students can eat their break or lunch in their designated outside space within their year group bubble.
  • Seating plans must be adhered to by all students and they must stay seated to ensure they maintain a 2 metre distance from their teacher.
  • All PE facilities will be available and on dry days students should go outside for their lesson’s wherever possible. However, as only the Y11 students have access to the changing rooms, other year groups will be required to come to school in their PE kit on the days that they have PE. On wet days this will mean that students will have to do their PE lessons in the sports hall, gym or in a classroom as we cannot have students sitting in wet clothes. All rooms will need to be well ventilated and this is the responsibility of the class teacher. Students will still be expected to wear their blazers over their PE top when in other lessons.
  • Teaching staff need to maintain a 2 metre distance from students in the classroom. They should also work in well ventilated conditions wherever practicable.
  • Teaching Staff will make sure they wash/sanitise their hands and surfaces, before and after handling students’ books or equipment.
  • Water fountains and water bottle filling facilities are not available for use in school currently.
  • Staff will ask students to photograph their work at home and send it when required to reduce the risk of contamination from exercise books.
  • All classrooms identified of student who has tested positive and list of rooms sent to site supervisor from the office staff to ensure rooms are thoroughly cleaned.

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This will be supervised by staff at in classrooms. Hand sanitising will be supervised and checked by teaching staff on entry and exit from classrooms.

 

 

 

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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. A summary guidance document will be displayed at the entrance to the school for them 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.
  • Year groups to spend their time in school in year group ‘bubbles’ with a designated working area away from other year groups. For the two mixed use spaces (technology block and PE areas), all surfaces to be thoroughly cleaned prior to the arrival of the next bubble.
  • 2 metre distancing strictly adhered to by staff unless critical. In which case staff to wear PPE as covered in government  guidance. Students outside of the classroom should still follow the 2m distance rule whenever possible or as a minimum 1m. In the classroom students will move straight to their seat to minimise close contact with other students.
  • Social distancing requirements followed whenever possible and 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. Seating plans being adhered to by students in every classroom. Seating plans being kept up to date by Teachers and posted onto Teams.

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 can find guidance on the safe use and disposal of PPE in the Staff Documentation Team in the COVID channel. If in any doubt, refer student to a member of staff who is confident in the use of PPE.

 

  • Children will be in well ventilated areas where practicable. This will be monitored in classrooms using CO2 monitors and staff will be required to adjust windows accordingly to maintain a balance between air flow and temperature.

Students moving between school buildings have their own ‘flow’ plan to follow which reduces the risk of contact with students from other bubbles. There is a separate flow plan for each bubble and teachers need to remind students of the correct flow at the end of the lesson if the students are leaving the buildings within their designated bubble. This will be for PE, art, technology, computing and music lessons. If students do not need to use the resources of these other buildings, risk levels can be reduced further by using a room in the ‘bubble buildings’.

 

 

  • 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.
  • Staff to maintain 2 metre distance from each other always. They are instructed to only use staffrooms if there is always at least two metres between them and that they adhere to the maximum occupancy levels for each room. 
  • To maintain bubbles throughout the school day and to reduce the risk of cross bubble contamination, there will be no dining facilities in place until government guidance measures are reduced. This means that all students will be required to bring their own food and drink into school each day. Alternatively, parents can order food from our caterers and this will be delivered to the students’ bubbles at the start of break/lunch.
  • Only when absolutely necessary will a face to face meeting take place.  This will be with the minimum number of participants, whilst observing social distancing rules either in an outdoor space or well-ventilated area indoors with face masks warn throughout.
  • All parental meetings are held outdoors or in a well-ventilated designated room maintaining 2m distancing at all times with face masks warn throughout. Staff meetings, whether pastoral, departmental, ITT or SLT will take place remotely and not be conducted face-to-face to minimise contact time.  No rooms maximum occupancy is to be breached at any time.
  • All members of staff who do not work out of the main office will only go in as a last resort. All communications should take place remotely. If a longer discussion is needed use the phone or zoom. No staff member other than the main office workers will stay in the main office in excess of 15 minutes. This will reduce the number of people the main office are coming into contact with in an enclosed space.
  • Site supervisors not to  occupy the site staff office at the same time. To take staggered breaks if necessary.

Music and Drama

  • Singing, and playing wind and brass instruments will not take place in larger groups such as school choirs and ensembles, or school assemblies
  • During Music lessons or clubs involving singing, shouting or the playing of wind and brass instruments group sizes will be restricted to 15. A 2 metre social distance will be maintained and students will be positioned back to back or side by side
  • Instruments will not be shared where at all possible, where this is not possible frequent cleaning of instruments between use will take place
  • When practical, singing and wind/brass instruments will be played outside. If this is not possible windows will be opened to encourage good ventilation.

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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 or a local authority school bus.
    • 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.
    • Students on buses to sit in the designated sections for their year groups and not to cross over with other year groups.
    • Students waiting at bus stops to socially distance if it is safe to do so and to wear masks whilst waiting for the bus.
    • Frequent hand sanitisation both during and after the journey is strongly recommended. Students who come by bus are therefore encouraged to have their own personal hand sanitiser.
  • Students queue at least 1 metre apart using the floor markings for guidance at entrances and exits to reduce risks of transmission. This will be supervised by SLT.
  • Parents instructed to stay in cars whilst dropping off/picking up students.

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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.
  • Food provided by the canteen will have been prepared in a controlled environment.

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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 regularly to ensure everyone’s needs are being met.
  • Where management have become aware of any mental health issue with an individual, they have been referred to suitable Occupational Health support or have been offered other types of support.
  • Confidential Occupational Health telephone support available to all staff.
  • Mental health first aider available to offer support.

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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.

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A Clinically Vulnerable persons

  • Clinically vulnerable staff to notify school management of their specific health needs. It is advised that they seek the advice of their GP/consultant to enable them to develop their own care plan. This should be shared with the SLT so that the risk assessment can be adjusted to meet their particular needs if necessary. If there is any doubt, staff are not to return to work until a thorough individual risk assessment has taken place and it is deemed acceptable for them to return.
  • 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. This should be shared with the Head of Year/SENCO. If there is any doubt, students are not to return to school until a thorough individual risk assessment has taken place and it is deemed acceptable for them to return.
  • 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 if the school cannot adequately control the risks that have been identified.

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All of the above guidance including the wearing of face masks is in accordance with the directives and recommendations of the Government and it's associated agencies such as PHE, NHS and JBC. We will always follow the latest guidance.

 

Persons involved in assessment

Paul Cowley, Peter Rawlinson, Sarah Gaskell

Signature of Lead Assessor

 

Date: September 2021