We have reviewed our risk assessment to reflect the latest government guidance and operating arrangements for the second half of the Autumn term (December 2021). These plans will be under continual review and if changes are needed in order to keep the children and staff as safe as possible, we will communicate with all parents promptly.
SAFEGUARDING DURING COVID-19
This appendix to the school policy, issued by WCC based on additional DfE guidance, addresses how the school will apply the safeguarding and child protection policy in order to safeguard all pupils/students during COVID-19. It applies both to the minority of children who are attending school and the majority who will be staying at home pending further government advice.
operational arrangements - autumn 2021
We have been able to resume some normality this term but we will be continuing to follow good practise to minimise the risk of infection as children return to school and some restrictions will remain in place.
Our school COVID risk assessment is under review for re-issue to reflect these latest arrangements and additionally we will have in place an Outbreak Management Plan should it be necessary.
All education settings are expected to:
- Promote full vaccination of all staff, alongside promoting vaccination among appropriate pupils and parents.
- Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. We would therefore recommend that parents continue to wear face coverings on the school site when dropping off and picking up children.
Parental Contact / PTA Events
We will continue to limit parents coming onto the school site other than to drop off and pick up their children. Where a meeting is required this will be done via phone or online if possible.
If it is necessary to bring parents onto site (e.g. for an parent presentation) this will be takes place outside the normal school day and face coverings will be worn.
We will not return to full school assemblies straight away. For the first half term we will hold KS1 assemblies on Mondays and KS2 assemblies on Tuesdays. Friday whole-school Celebration assembly will continue to be via MS Teams.
Class seating arrangements
In line with national guidance class seating arrangements will return to normal. Class tables will be grouped rather than in lines. For assemblies and lunches classes will be grouped to minimise risk of transmission.
All members of the school internal and external staff community will continue to take Lateral Flow Tests twice weekly.
Cases of Infection
When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test, pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).
If a pupil develops symptoms or has a positive LFT:
- Immediately start self-isolation and arrange COVID-19 PCR test.
- If PCR result is negative: End self-isolation when well and have not had a temperature for 48 hours (as long as nobody else in household is symptomatic or has tested positive)
- If PCR result is positive: Continue to self-isolate for 10 full days after the day of symptom onset/test (if no symptoms) – which is day 0
If a pupil is a close contact of a positive case:
- No requirement for self-isolation, but should have a PCR test and continue twice weekly LFT testing
Should there be an outbreak of infection we will take advice on the necessary course of action from the DfE that may require us to step up measures as a last resort.