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Thrybergh Fullerton Covid Risk Assessment

Arrangements from 4th January 2022:

  • No class bubbles needed (refer to risk assessment below/ outbreak management plan for when this could potentially be needed).
  • Whole school assemblies can continue but may be done virtually initially until infection rates in the school community are known.
  • Limit visitors to schools (urgent only). Any visitors attending school to wear face coverings.
  • Face masks are now mandatory for staff in central areas.
  • Lunchtime can continue in dining hall with mixed year groups where required but will also be in classrooms to limit the numbers of children accessing the dining hall at any one time.
  • No requirement to social distance (refer to risk assessment for when this could potentially be needed).
  • The school continues to be no longer responsible for test track and trace for the school community.
  • Lateral flow tests must be used by staff twice weekly in the morning before attending school.
  • Children and staff who have symptoms of Covid should not attend school but should have a PCR test and self-isolate pending results. They can return if the PCR is negative and if they do not have symptoms. If symptoms continue, they need to get a second PCR test.
  • Children no longer need to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone with a positive case of Covid but need to take daily lateral flow tests (age 5 and over) for seven days.
  • Thorough and robust cleaning regime remains in place.
  • Rooms must continue to be well ventilated.
  • Pupils and adults must continue to wash hands regularly.
  • Parents and Carers to continue to drop off and collect children at the classroom door or school gates where applicable.
  • Children who are unable to attend school due to covid but are well enough to access education should engage in remote education.
  • Children not attending due to Covid who are eligible for FSM should still receive their entitlement.
  • All children expected to attend school unless advised not to do so due to Covid. All absences to be dealt with under the school’s attendance policy.
  • Children who should be attending school but aren’t due to concerns about Covid 19 should be discussed with LA attendance leads and DSAT to agree best course of action.

 

Close Contacts - For schools, this could include: a form group or subject class, a friendship group mixing at breaktimes, a sports team, a group in an after-school activity.

 

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1), or in line with other local arrangements. Hospitalisation could indicate increased severity of illness. Settings may be offered public health support in managing risk assessments and communicating with staff and parents.

 

Shielding is currently paused. Shielding would be considered in addition to other measures to address the residual risk to pupils/ staff for whom a specialist clinician has indicated further action should be taken (CEV pupils/ staff), and an individual risk assessment should be put in place.

 

Updated risk assessment

 

Do we have procedures in place to deal with any pupil or staff displaying symptoms at school?

Do we have additional rooms designated for pupils with suspected COVID-19 whilst collection is arranged?

All staff and pupils will have a temperature check if they begin to show symptoms or feel unwell. If their temperature is above 37.8, staff will be sent home and children with this temperature will not enter school: parents will take them home. During the school day, if staff or pupils display Covid-19 symptoms they will be moved to a designated room while parents are telephoned, and a PCR test is recommended. We have ensured that we have a supply of gloves and masks for staff dealing with this potential issue.

 

Have we ensured classrooms and spaces in school are well ventilated?

Yes.

Door/ windows to be opened whenever weather permits and on colder days, door open when children are not inside.

Have we ensured face coverings are used in communal areas by staff?

All adults to use of face coverings in school/ communal areas.

All visitors to wear face coverings – Urgent visitors only.

Have we ensured additional cleaning procedures are in place?

 Antibacterial spray or wipes provided in each classroom, staff toilet, office space or work/staffroom areas.

 

Additional cleaning regime in place.

 

Have we considered whether it is necessary to cancel school visits and events?

Events in school with live audiences to be postponed or delivered virtually for a temporary period of time during high community transmission of new variant. Risk assessments in place for any further education visits.

 

Have we ensured staff test use lateral flow tests regularly?

Staff use lateral flow tests twice a week (taken in the morning).

 

Where staff are identified as a close contact (pupil case in class or an external contact), staff test daily for 7 days.

 

Staff use LFT even if they have tested positive within 90 days.

 

Have we considered pupil use of lateral flow tests regularly?

Families advised to carry out daily LFTs for 7 days where pupils are considered to be a close contact (including from positive cases within the classroom).

Have we considered how to manage staff shortages during January (high community transmission)?

Yes.

Where there are staff shortages which cannot be filled with supply:

 

  • Use teaching assistants flexibly
  • Consider combining classes where it is safe to do so and space to do so
  • As a last resort, consider a hybrid flexible pattern of combining face to face teaching with remote learning reduced timetable)

 

Have we considered prioritising vulnerable pupils for face-to-face education?

 

Vulnerable pupil definition now includes:

  • Those with a social worker
  • Those who have previously had a social worker
  • EHCP
  • Children with challenging home circumstances
  • Those school consider to be ‘otherwise vulnerable’

 

Yes.

Where pupils who are self-isolating are within our definition of vulnerable we have put systems in place to keep in contact with them. When a vulnerable pupil is asked to self-isolate, we will:

1/ Notify their social worker (if they have one) and, for looked-after children, the local authority virtual school head 

2/ Agree with the social worker the best way to maintain contact and offer support

3/ Check if a vulnerable pupil is able to access remote education support if applicable due to staffing shortages

4/ Keep in contact with them to check their wellbeing and refer onto other services if additional support is needed. 

 

Have we implemented changes to self- isolation guidance?

We have informed staff and families of changes, including the following:

  • 10-day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless a person cannot test for any reason. Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation.
  • The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion.
  • If both these test results are negative, and temperature is normal, a person may end their self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to normal activity (including a return to an education setting from day 8).

Close Contacts:

  • People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
  • Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
  • The 90-day rule of not testing after infection is now postponed.

 

 

 

Outbreak Management Plan

(for use when the setting has a confirmed outbreak)

 

Outbreak Management Plan (risk assessment for when there is a local outbreak of several cases over 10 days or a local area outbreak and a return to some preventative measures are required for the efficient continuation of education for all pupils:

 

For most education and childcare settings, whichever of these thresholds is reached first:

• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period; or

• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

 

 

Protective measures for when there is an outbreak in the local area or school

School response

In the event of an outbreak, have we considered how to manage transmission rates within school?

Yes – see below.

 

Do we have procedures in place to deal with any pupil or staff displaying symptoms at school?

Do we have additional rooms designated for pupils with suspected COVID-19 whilst collection is arranged?

All staff and pupils will have a temperature check if they begin to show symptoms or feel unwell. If their temperature is above 37.8, staff will be sent home and children with this temperature will not enter school: parents will take them home. During the school day, if staff or pupils display Covid-19 symptoms they will be moved to a designated room while parents are telephoned, and a PCR test is recommended. We have ensured that we have a supply of gloves and masks for staff dealing with this potential issue.

 

 

During a period of outbreak, have staff been encouraged and supported to amend classroom practice, wherever possible, to maintain social distancing?

 

During the outbreak, the following social distance measures return:

 

  • Staff reminded to limit contact to 15 minutes and keep to 1 metre where possible
  • Class bubbles return (Outdoors with better ventilation, Key stage groups may be together – EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2.)
  • Staff do not need to wear face coverings in the classroom but need to wear them in central areas.
  • All staff meetings are virtual.
  • All Collective Worship events are virtual. Parents and carers are not be permitted in the school building again.
  • Dinner service is managed within classrooms, so year groups do not mix.
  • Playtimes are staggered for bubbles.
  • Pinch points have been identified and managed accordingly
  • Ensured that staff rooms and offices have been reviewed and appropriate configurations of furniture and workstations have been put in place to allow for social distancing

During a period of outbreak, have we ensured classrooms and spaces in school are well ventilated?

Yes. Where this is limited, we are limiting time spent in there during the outbreak.

Door to be opened whenever weather permits and on colder days, door open when children are not inside.

During a period of outbreak, have we ensured face coverings are used in communal areas by staff?

All adults to return to use of face coverings in school/ communal areas.

All visitors to wear face coverings – Urgent visitors only – LSS, EPS with permission of the EHT/HoS

During a period of outbreak, have we ensured additional cleaning procedures are in place?

 Antibacterial spray or wipes provided in each classroom, staff toilet, office space or work/staffroom areas.

 

Additional cleaning regime in place.

 

During a period of outbreak, have we considered whether it is necessary to cancel school visits and events?

 

Any activities off site will more than likely be cancelled inc. school swimming and competitions.

 

Events in school with live audiences to be postponed or delivered virtually.

 

During a period of outbreak, have we ensured staff test use lateral flow tests regularly?

Staff use lateral flow tests daily until the end of the outbreak and this will be reviewed weekly (taken in the morning).

 

After the outbreak, staff continue to use lateral flow tests at least twice a week.

 

During a period of outbreak, have we considered pupil use of lateral flow tests regularly?

Families advised to carry out daily LFTs until the end of the outbreak.  To be reviewed in 7 days.

                       

 

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