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Covid – 19 Guidance

The government is asking schools to increase numbers of children attending from 1 June 2020

As part of our response to this please find below guidance and risk assessment

Last Updated 01/06/2020

Guidance for Staff

Risk Assessment Snapshot


As part of our ongoing measures to plan and implement any increase in numbers, this detailed guidance has been prepared to assist parents in developing confidence in sending their children back to school, to identify and address concerns and to minimize any risks. 

This document has been developed in conjunction with guidance for staff, school risk assessment and government guidelines. 

If you have any concerns about anything in this guidance or what you are being to do, please contact the school office.

Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell 

If you or any of your household display symptoms, you must all isolate following the government guidelines and none of the household should attend school. 

Coronavirus Symptoms  

  • high temperature 
  • new, continuous cough  
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste 


If you’re in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, you can ask for a test through the NHS website 

Suspected Cases 

If anyone becomes unwell with coronavirus symptoms in an education or childcare setting  

1.They must be sent home   

2.They or their parents should be asked to follow the stay at home guidance 

3.They must be immediately isolated   

4.They must be put in a ventilated space 

5.They must use a separate bathroom 

6.They must only be handled by staff using PPE  

7.In an Emergency 999 must be called 

8.Follow up action must be taken to protect others 

If pupils are sent home due to Coronavirus symptoms they are advised to self-isolate for 7 days.  People in the same household are to self-isolate for 14 days  

If a child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation. 

Confirmed Cases 

The rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days.   

The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.  

The school will inform Public Health   

If a child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Procedures have been developed in school to respond to suspected and confirmed cases 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  

Face masks/coverings are not recommended in schools 

Following government guidelines, we ask that children do not wear face coverings when in school  

Staff will have PPE available to use with individuals who are symptomatic where social distancing cannot be exercised or when carrying out intimate care procedures 

Adults will not routinely wear masks 

Staff have been issued with guidance on correct use of PPE 

Group Organisation 

Assessment of rooms shows that with chairs and tables in place, ten children can be accommodated in a standard classroom while maintaining social distancing. In foundation stage up to 12 can be accommodated by omitting tables. 

We assess that, initially at least, groups of younger children must be supported by a teacher and a teaching assistant so that children can be kept apart in two bubbles and social distancing and other measures can be established.  

We are initially planning to have Year Six children in for the whole day as we believe they will adapt more quickly to the abnormal routine. 

  • In foundation and year one class bubbles will be further separated into mini-bubbles to increase distancing and allow for potential increase in numbers  
  • Shared spaces for outdoor learning, exercise and play can accommodate this number with appropriate demarcation. 
  • Staggered breaks will be taken
  • Areas of outdoors will be sectioned off to keep bubbles apart 
  • There will different entry and exit points where possible to avoid direct and indirect contact
  • There will be separate toilets for bubbles where possible and allocated sinks and cubicles where not
  • There will be no use of any potentially shared equipment unless it can be cleaned after use 

Should numbers rise above what our risk assessment suggests is safe, we will alter our plan for the next week. This could take one of the following forms  

  • Mini-bubbles are separated and increased in size(years R and 1)  
  • Some bubbles will attend afternoons only(years R and 1) 
  • Year groups will be asked not to attend, beginning with year six  


  • Desks and seats will be separated (2m distance) between them. Reduce the number of children that can be accommodated in rooms where 2m distancing cannot be achieved.  
  • In year six, children will spend a proportion of their time outside and also working in designated break out areas to increase spacing  
  • Staff will maximise the amount of time children are learning outside  depending on the weather 
  • In FKS and Year One  there will be groups of 10 – 12 children in each classroom led by a teacher and a teaching assistant  
  • Max numbers in Year One are lower than in foundation stage because of the need to fit in tables as well as chairs. 
  • Within the classroom, the group will be split into two mini-bubbles of 5-6 children. The classroom will be separated into two spaces, one for each bubble with an adult in each 
  • ‘Mini-bubbles’ will carry out activities together and will be kept distanced from their partner mini-bubble. They will also do some activities with their partner mini-bubble, suitably distanced. Children will sit on chairs for some learning and will have some opportunity for structured play within their bubble  

Contact between bubbles 

There will be limitations on:  

Children and staff will remain in one bubble 

  • Contact between bubbles 
  • Close contact within bubbles 
  • Movement around the learning environment

Provisional Group Organisation

We will review our organisation every two weeks whether or not numbers have risen. 

Hygiene Measures 


Handwashing routines will be established. These will generally use sanitiser gel to reduce movement and sharing of sinks etc. 

Children will: 

  • Clean their hands on arrival at the setting,  
  • Before and after eating
  • After using the toilet
  • After sneezing or coughing 
  • Clean their hands at least 3 times in a morning and 6 times in a day
  • Have daily handwashing reminders in an age appropriate way 
  • Have posters up explaining the importance of effective handwashing and giving instructions in an age appropriate way 
  • Wash hands regularly strictly following guidance issued to all staff 
  • Have hand washing facilitated by the hygienic and controlled use of hand-sanitiser gel which will be available in dispensers to all classrooms or spaces where children are present. 


Hand sanitiser stations will be provided at the school entrance for pupils and any other person passing into the school to use  

Teachers will assess which children, young people may have trouble washing hands on their own and put in a process to help them. 

Good Respiratory Hygiene 

Posters will be displayed to remind staff and children  

Adults will share expectations about respiratory hygiene and encourage young children to learn and practise these habits through games, songs and repetition  

  • Procedures for sneezing, coughing, tissues and disposal (‘catch it, bin it,kill it’)   
  • Advice about avoiding touching your mouth, nose and eyes with hands 
  • How to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze 
  • Washing hands after sneezing or coughing 

All areas where staff and children are present will have a supply of tissues and facilities to safely dispose of them 

Bins will be regularly emptied throughout the day 


Our guidance makes it clear to school staff and parents what our expectations are about cleaning and hygiene.  

All rooms used by children will be thoroughly cleaned following government guidance each day 

Once children are back in school, all frequently touched surfaces, equipment, door handles and toilets used during the day will need to be cleaned throughout each day. 

Staff working with children will have facilities to wipe frequently used or shared items such as hand gel dispensers and door handles 

Cleaning After Suspected Cases 

School guidelines set out the principles of cleaning, laundry and waste after a suspected case has left the setting or area 

Facilitating Hygiene 

  • Regular handwashing and daily cleaning will take place.  
  • Surfaces that children and young people are touching, such as toys, books, desks, chairs, doors, sinks, toilets,light switches and bannisters must be cleaned more regularly.   
  • A cleaning timetable has been put in place and the areas used by children will be cleaned daily following the DFE guidance for cleaning non-healthcare settings 
  • Staff working with children will clean surfaces frequently where more than one child is touching it. All toys used by more than one child will be cleaned at the end of each day 
  • Staff to keep cleaning products out of reach of children 
  • There will be no sharing of equipment between bubbles 
  • Areas that will not be cleaned daily will be placed out of bounds and signed as such


Where possible, all spaces should be well ventilated using natural ventilation (opening windows)  

  • All windows to be opened depending on outside temperature 
  • Prop doors open, where safe to do so to limit use of door handles and aid ventilation
  • Where safe to do so Site Manager to open windows in morning and close at the end of the day


Bubbles will be allocated certain toilets to use and where possible toilets will be allocated to individual bubbles 

Where bubbles share toilets cubicles and sinks will be allocated to a bubble and signed as such 

  • Children to not use the water fountains in the toilets  
  • Children to use the toilet one at a time 
  • KS1 children to be accompanied to and from the toilet   
  • If a child displays symptoms and has to be sent home, toilet will be out of use until cleaned 


Staff will: 

  • Seek to prevent the sharing of stationery and other equipment where possible. Shared materials and surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected more frequently
  • Avoid toys and equipment will being used by other groups.    
  • Shared areas and surfaces will be cleaned daily,and disinfected/bleached frequently.   
  • ALL belongings to be kept at their desk  
  • Create stationary packs for each group. Children won’t share stationery or resources.   
  • All children will have their named drawer under their work station/desk  

What children should bring in 


Children will ONLY need to have  

  • sun cream (YEAR SIX ONLY)  (Nursery, Reception and Year One please apply before school as the children are only in for the morning)
  • sun hat  
  • water bottle  
  • Healthy Snack (NO NUTS or NUT PRODUCTS)


  • School uniform will NOT be compulsory 
  • Children should wear clean clothes each day 
  • Clothes need only to be washed in the normal way after school 

Teaching and Timetabling Arrangements 

Learning packs will continue for all years but there may be some changes to reflect the changing working patterns of school staff 

Leaning in school will to some extent mirror home learning packs 

However, there will be initial and ongoing work on:  

  • Expectations and routines – reminders about keeping separate during outdoor play/breaks
  • Transition activities both for coming back to school and moving on next year 
  • Well-being and promoting good mental health
  • PHSE and Circle Time
  • Outdoor learning
  • Practical lessons will only go ahead if equipment can be cleaned thoroughly and the classroom or other learning environment is occupied by the same children or young people in one day, or properly cleaned between cohorts 
  • Feedback will be verbal or self-marking.  
  • ‘Free play’ activities in early years will be limited  
  • Children will spend a large proportion of their time outside 
  • We will avoid educational activities that require large groups of children congregating /gathering together such as assemblies  

Fire Drills 

Evacuation plans will be explained to children where they differ to normal in first week 

  • Point out the exits if in an unfamiliar room
  • Explain routes to assembly area
  • Practice leaving and lining up socially distanced

Social Distancing 

What Parents Can Do 

  • Talk to their children about coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing and handwashing
  • Follow guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
  • Do not gather at entrances or in playgrounds
  • Model social distancing so that their children learn good practice
  • Ensure that children who have Covid-19 symptoms stay at home for the required 7 days following government guidance


  • Break times will staggered where necessary to avoid contact between bubbles  
  • Bubbles will be allocated specific outdoor areas  
  • Breaks will be structured and led by an adult  
  • Children split into mini bubbles of children they can play with 
  • Bubbles will take breaks on different playgrounds with no passing in corridors  
  • In the case of wet play, children are to stay in the classrooms. Staff to have films at the ready.   
  • Staff to take breaks when needed but must stay in their bubble (learning environment/outdoor learning).   
  • Before leaving the classroom to go outside, staff to remind their children of expectations.  
  • Before leaving the classroom for an outdoor learning opportunity/break, a member of staff to check if the area is free and safe 


Year Six 

  • Initially only Year Six will stay in school for lunch 
  • Two TAs will be on duty  
  • Junior hall will be used for Year 6 lunch with bubbles coming in at staggered times as they collect food which will then be taken by the children in their classrooms.   
  • Children will eat only on tables that can be wiped socially distanced 

Drop Off and Collection  

Actions to reduce congestion and contact during drop off and collection  

  • Where possible children and adults should walk to school  
  • Only one adult should accompany children 
  • If driving,cars must be parked in the friary car park  
  • Late drop offs after 9.10am will not be admitted


Children and adults will follow a one way system into school:  

1.Entering through the alleyway from Monastery Drive end of school OR Through the bottom KS1 gate if approaching from the golf course 

2.Round onto the junior playground  

Drop Off 

From there to your child’s drop off point and designated exit: 

Key Workers (Hive) Children’s Centre (Hive) rear door leave via Junior playground and vehicle gate 

Key Workers (3OG) Year 3/4 entrance on path before junior playground leave via Junior playground and vehicle gate 

Nursery Nursery external door onto the FKS playground leave via KS1 top gate 

Sunshines Yellow gate near car park, accessed via route between junior building and swimming pool leave via vehicle gate 

Rainbows  Rainbows’ external door onto the FKS playground leave via KS1 top gate 

Hurricanes KS1 external door onto the KS1 playground leave via KS1 top gate 

1D Group1D external door onto the KS1 terrace leave via KS1 top gate 

1S Group1S external door onto the KS1 terrace leave via KS1 top gate 

1DS Group2P external door onto the KS1 terrace leave via KS1 top gate 

6BJunior playground –Junior Hall doors leave via vehicle gate 

6HJunior playground – Library doors leave via vehicle gate 


From the exit at the school gates parents are asked to 


  • walk up the driveway to St Bernard’s Road across zebra crossing and back to the Friary car park OR follow pedestrian routes 
  • OR turn down towards the gold course  
  • Any families walking will need to enter via the alleyway even if they approach school from the Prospect Lane end  
  • Families approaching school from the golf course will enter school by the lower infant gate and exit by the top infant gate  
  • Each class or year group will have a clearly marked route into and out of school and marked areas with distancing features to wait while dropping off or collecting 
  • Start and finish times will be staggered. If parents are collecting more than one child they should collect in the order that they pass the classrooms and not return ‘against the flow’ if possible 

When dropping your child, please walk to your drop off point at the allocated time. Your child’s teacher will greet you child who will enter the building.  

Please then continue to your exit route. DO NOT DELAY IN LEAVING THE SITE 

If there are parents in front of you waiting, please adhere to queuing barriers and signage. 


Plans of safe routes through school