Date reviewed (review recommended once a month or when guidance and practices change): 27.8.21
Reviewed by: R. Allard
Arrangements that change from 1 September 2021:
Arrangements that need to continue in September 2021:
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
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 or a new variant of concern. Settings may be offered public health support in managing risk assessments and communicating with staff and parents.
Shielding is currently paused. In the event of a major outbreak or VoC that poses a significant risk to individuals on the shielded patient list (SPL), ministers can agree to reintroduce shielding. Shielding would be considered in addition to other measures to address the residual risk to people on the SPL, once the wider interventions are taken into account.
Protective measures for when there is an outbreak in the local area or school
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 an outbreak, the following social distance measures return:
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 an 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.
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?
Each event to be risk assessed separately to decide whether the activity poses a risk.
Any activities off site will more than likely be cancelled inc. school swimming and competitions.
Any residential visits booked over the outbreak period to be cancelled.
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 twice a week until the end of September 2021, after which this will be reviewed.
During a period of outbreak, staff continue to use lateral flow tests at least twice a week.
Shielding is reintroduced by national government – do we have plans to support staff who need to shield?
Members of staff advised to shield should share their letter with EHT or HoS.
Wherever possible, shielding member of staff should be enabled to work from home – risk assessment to be carried out.