9th July 2020
What we are doing to minimise the risk of person to person transmission of coronavirus:
- Reminding our school community (staff, pupils, parents / carers, visitors and contractors) that anyone with symptoms listed in government guidance, must not access our school site, this applies equally to anyone who is required to isolate;
- Emphasising that clinically extremely vulnerable people should not attend our school site;
- Taking all reasonable steps to help people work from home;
- Adopting social distancing in all areas of our school;
- Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach;
- Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate for normal and emergency situations;
- Allowing the use of face masks for all who wish to wear them;
- Updating our medical procedures including the actions to take if someone becomes ill with symptoms of coronavirus whilst at school;
- Encouraging our staff to follow government guidelines when travelling to and from school: to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times;
- Nominating a single user for our school vehicles where possible and provided cleaning / sanitising products;
- Requiring contractors to provide their company coronavirus policies;
- Delivering the updated Contractor Induction.
What we are doing to minimise the risk of indirect transmission of coronavirus from surfaces:
- Enhancing our cleaning procedures in line with government guidance;
- Updating our waste management procedures;
- Adopting handwashing protocols (reinforced by briefings and signage) and providing sanitiser at key locations;
- Reminding staff of the requirement for daily washing of all clothing.
What we are doing to keep up to date with current government guidance:
- Reviewing and communicating guidance from government web sites and briefings;
- Working with education sector groups and legal experts to interpret the requirements;
- Working with colleagues to update regularly the risk assessment and supporting procedures.
How we are consulting with and keeping our whole school community informed:
- Our governors and leadership team have oversight of changes we make;
- Health and Safety Committee members are consulted on the practical implementation of our procedures;
- Staff and parents are provided with communications reminding them of the expectations and controls identified in the risk assessment;
- Signage and posters are positioned at key locations around our school;
- Staff are attending briefing sessions to reinforce procedures and expectations.
During these un-precedented times we continue to comply with our other statutory duties in line with our Health and Safety Policy.