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Guidance for School Operations During COVID 19 Crisis

Introduction
The following guidance has been prepared following an extensive risk assessment in relation to the school day. The risk assessment has considered the health, safety and well-being of children, staff and visitors and has taken into account the detailed guidance issued by the Department for Education. The guidance has been prepared to protect the health, safety and well-being of the school community as a whole. While some aspects of the planning will inconvenience individuals from time to time, I am sure you will all understand the need for these measures. We hope that this guidance will provide reassurance of the measures we are putting in place to reduce the risk in school. There may be changes in school procedures due to suspected or confirmed cases of Covid 19. At all times the school follow guidance issued by the Department for Education and the Local Authority and when necessary will take advice from these and other relevant and recognised authorities in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Health and Safety Risk Assessment January 2021 V1.3

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Health and Safety Risk Assessment for First Choice Langley January 2021 V1.2

 

Summary of Main Points

School attendance. Attendance will be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term.

Class arrangements

  • The children in current Reception to Year 5 will begin the year in their in current class for the first seven school days in September. (3rd to 11th September)
  • On September 14th children will join their new classes
  • Nursery will have a staged start and you will have been informed whether your child is starting on 14th, 15th or 16th September
  • Reception will start full time on 17th September

Car park. There will be no vehicle movements from, to or on the school site between the hours of 8:20am to 8:50am and 3:10pm to 3:40pm. The vehicle gates will be closed during these times.

Preventative measures. A wide range of hygiene and control measures will be in place during the school day.

Hand sanitiser. A hand sanitiser station will be provided at the school entrance for pupils and any other person coming into the school to use. Children are not permitted to carry their own hand sanitiser. Please ensure you use these facilities as you come into school.

Stationery. School will provide pupils with their own individual stationery. Children will not be able to bring in their own stationery from home.

PE. All children should wear suitable PE kit to school on their class PE day. There will be a set PE day for each year group with no changes during autumn term. This arrangement will start in the week beginning 14th September. 

Equipment. Pupils should limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day, to essentials. (See the list in the detailed guidance below). If parents feel there are other items that will need to be brought in, they should discuss this with the class teacher.

Start and Finish Times. We will have staggered starts and adjusted finish times to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school. Parents should not gather at the school gates or come onto the site without an appointment

Drop off and Collection. Parents should ensure they are aware of the process that has been agreed for drop off and collection. There are four drop off and collection points around the school.

  1. Foundation Stage gate for Key Stage One children (Years One and Two)
  2. Nursery gate for Foundation Stage children (Nursery and Reception)
  3. Swimming Gate for Years Five and Six children
  4. Year Three and Four doors for Year Three and Four children

Procedures for dropping and collection are outlined in the detailed guidance below. 

Before and After School Care – First Choice Langley. School will be resuming before and after-school club from the start of the autumn term using small, consistent groups and keeping these groups apart.

Class Arrangements and Drop Off and Collection Route Plans

Attendance expectations

School attendance is mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term.

This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age;
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

School workforce

Following the reduction in the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) and relaxation of shielding measures from 1 August, it is expected that staff will attend school.

Individuals who were considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable and received a letter advising them to shield are now advised that they can return to work from 1 August as long as they maintain social distancing.

People who live with those who are clinically extremely vulnerable or clinically vulnerable can attend the workplace.

Site Access

In order to maximise security when children will be starting and finishing school at different times, we are restricting access to the school site during drop off and collection. Parents are asked to wait in allocated areas outside the relevant allocated gate during handover. Parents must hand over their child to their class teacher or appointed adult and receive their child from them. Children cannot be dropped at the gate or on the car park and left to wait without an adult. Children will not be released unless to a recognised adult.

In order to ensure the safety of the majority of children and adults there will be no vehicle movements from, to or on the school site between hours of 8:20am to 8:50am and 3:10pm to 3:40pm. The vehicle gates will be closed during these times.

  • No queueing is permitted on the school entrance road. Vehicles queueing will be asked to return later
  • No parking on the school entrance road or golf course driveway
  • Parking permits will not be issued for dropping or collection of children. Parents whose children have blue badges, can park legally on St Bernard’s Road and walk down the school entrance road.
  • There will be no entry to the school car park to drop or collect children unless you have a pre-arranged appointment of which school has been informed
  • First Choice Langley parents will need to decide whether to drop children before or after gate closure time.

Symptomatic Individuals and Suspected Cases

Covid 19 symptoms

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  • For more information, read the further guidance on symptoms.

Pupils and parents, staff and other adults should not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 10 days

Anyone developing those symptoms during the school day will be sent home

If pupils are sent home due to coronavirus symptoms, they are advised to self-isolate for 10 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.

For more information, read the Stay at Home Guidance

Guidance for staff in dealing with suspected cases

The following checklist must be completed by the office team when dealing with symptomatic children or suspected cases

Actions for Dealing with a Suspected Case Checklist

Explanatory notes for staff and parents

Dealing with a Suspected Case – Notes

First Principles

IF ANY CHILD OR ADULT SHOWS SYMPTOMS OR FEELS UNWELL THEY WILL BE ISOLATED IMMEDIATELY AND SENT HOME

THE ADULT WHO IS WITH THE CHILD SHOULD ASK THE CHILD TO GO TO A PRE-DETERMINED AREA OF THEIR LEARNING SPACE OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM IMMEDIATELY

Quick Reference Procedure: Suspected Cases

  1. In an emergency call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk
  2. Immediately isolate the child from their bubble and all other individuals.  The adult who is with the child should ask the child to go to a pre-determined area of their learning space outside of the classroom.
  3. If it is not possible to isolate them in this way, move them to an area which is at least 2m away from other people.
  4. Call the school office (Extensions 202, 228, 203, 204 or 201) from the nearest telephone and ask someone to come and collect the child immediately and for another office team member to call the parent/ carer in order to;
    1. Ask them to collect the child and advise them that the child needs to self-isolate for 10 days
    2. Ask them to collect any other children in their household
    3. Advise them that the household should self-isolate for 14 days
    4. Refer them to flowchart for further information
  5. A member of the office team will come to take the child to the ‘The Family Room’ to wait in isolation for parents.
  6. A member of the office team will contact the site manager to inform him that the room will need cleaning. On leaving it, the adult will lock the room and replace the key. When the room has been cleaned, site manager will leave room unlocked.
  7. Siblings and other household members will be taken to wait outside the family room.
  8. The window in this room will be kept open while children are in school.
  9. If the child needs attention, the adult will don appropriate PPE.
  10. From ‘The Family Room’ child and office team member will exit via junior playground and swimming gate.
  11. On arrival, the parent will be met outside the school entrance by a member of staff who will advise them to get the pupil tested and to forward a copy of the result by emailto office@langleyprimary.solihull.sch.uk
  12. The parent will then be taken to collect the child at the swimming gate.
  13. The office team will record on SIMS: the date that the child was sent home with symptoms; that advice was given as in point 4; that the advice was given in step 11 – to forward a copy of the test result to the office and that they must not return until either the self-isolation period has elapsed or the negative test result has been received. If they have a negative test result, they can stop isolating as long as:

Anyone in the household who is isolating because of the child’s symptoms can also stop isolating.

If the test result is negative but they still have symptoms, they may have another virus such as a cold or flu. They should stay at home until they feel well. Seek medical attention if there is any concern about their symptoms.

  1. The office team will email the class teacher to inform them of the period of isolation dates and that the child must not return until that period has elapsed or until the class teacher has received confirmation from the office that the negative test result has been received.
  2. The class teacher will prepare home learning for the child for the period of isolation and make contact with the family and child during that period
  3. Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell.
  4. All PPE will be bagged and the room cleaned following guidance.

To streamline process and facilitate monitoring, checklist and notes for parents written to be used with each suspected case. Check list and information for parents for suspected case

The Family Room is the room provided where social distance can be maintained for pupils experiencing COVID 19 symptoms and where they can wait until being collected. There is a separate toilet outside this room and the site team will ensure it is cleaned and disinfected after use.   COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings guidance

Handwashing 

It is important to ensure that sufficient handwashing facilities are available. Where a sink is not nearby, school will provide hand sanitiser in classrooms and other learning environments

  • Each bubble will need hand gel in a dispenser. Use of sanitiser should be supervised by an adult
  • Children will be shown how to ensure the gel covers their whole hands and how to let the gel dry
  • Dispensers will be wiped regularly with anti-bacterial wipes by an adult
  • Where sink facilities, hot water and soap can be safely used, this can be an alternative to gel.
  • Ensure that all adults and children frequently wash their hands with gel or soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly.
  • Teachers will assess which children people may have trouble washing hands on their own and put in a process to help them.

Guidance on Handwashing

Adults in charge of bubbles will ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly, including:

  • When they arrive at school
  • Before and after using the toilet.
  • Before breaks especially if they are eating snacks
  • Before lunchtime.
  • When they change rooms
  • After sneezing or coughing.
  • When they return from breaks
  • Before leaving school

Each day, therefore, children will wash their hands a minimum of six times

Each class will have two handwashing breaks during the day

There must only be two children in the toilet at any time.

Each class will:

  • Have regular handwashing reminders in an age appropriate way https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
  • Have posters up explaining the importance of effective handwashing and giving instructions in an age appropriate way
  • Wash hands regularly following guidance issued to all staff
  • Have handwashing facilitated by the hygienic and controlled use of hand-sanitiser gel that will be available in dispensers to all classrooms or spaces where children are present.
    • Handwashing rotas will ensure sinks are not overcrowded

Procedures to ensure the safe use of hand sanitiser

  • Classes will have handwashing 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.
  • Adults should not carry hand sanitiser on their person
  • There will be supervision of hand sanitiser  use given the risks around ingestion. Small children and pupils with complex needs should continue to be helped to clean their hands properly. Skin friendly skin cleaning wipes can be used as an alternative
  • Children are not permitted to carry their own hand sanitiser
  • All hand sanitiser will be stored out of reach of children

A hand sanitiser station will be provided at the school entrance for pupils and any other person coming into into the school to use.

Visitors must ensure they use the facilities as they come into school

Procedures to ensure good respiratory hygiene

We will ensure the following is communicated to pupils, staff, visitors:-

We are taking measures to reduce the transmission of COVID 19 by ensuring that everyone on our school site follows these procedures for good respiratory hygiene

  • Use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it and kill it’).
  • We promote and encourage not touching mouth, eyes and nose.
  • We wash our hands after coughing or sneezing
  • We keep a safe distance (2m) when talking to others

Adults will encourage young children to learn and practise the following habits through games, songs and repetition

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

Some young people may have trouble maintaining good respiratory hygiene on their own and teachers in charge of bubbles will put in a process to help them.

School has sufficient lidded pedal bins in place and a procedure for emptying bins throughout the day.

Signs will be displayed to remind children

Ventilation

Where possible rooms will be kept well ventilated using natural ventilation

All windows will be opened depending on outside temperature

Where safe to do so site team will open windows in morning and close at the end of the day

The site team will identify doors which can be propped open, where it is safe to do so (bearing in mind fire safety and security), to aid ventilation.

Doors will be closed when the room is empty

During colder weather, it may not be practical to have windows open in classrooms and offices. However, the room should be ventilated regularly (several times a day) by opening the windows fully for five minutes to refresh the air in the room. This could be done during breaks, lunchtimes, brain breaks, handwashing times etc.

Cleaning

There will be a generally enhanced cleaning

Classrooms are cleaned thoroughly each day before use by bubbles.

There will be more frequent cleaning of rooms and shared areas that are used by different groups. When a communal area is used, the adult will wipe it down before use.

ICT suite can be used and cleaned with alcohol wipes

The site team will ensure cleaning kits or hygiene kits are in place for communal areas

Frequently touched surfaces being cleaned more often than normal with door handles and switches for example being sanitised several times each day

Toilets will be cleaned regularly and pupils must be encouraged to clean their hands thoroughly after using the toilet. Where more than one year group use a toilet block, they will be cleaned at lunchtime

The use of resources

School has put in place measures that ensure the use of resources is safe

Stationery

For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, staff and pupils will have their own items that are not shared.

School will provide pupils with their own individual stationery. Children will not be able to bring in their own stationery from home.

Classroom Resources

Classroom based resources, such as books and games, will be used and shared within the bubble; these will be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces.

Library Books

Library books will be booked out by class on a rota basis from Monday afternoons. The children will keep the book (and can take it home) for the week.

The books will be collected on Friday afternoons and returned to the library, where they will ‘rest’ for the required 48 hour period.  Staff will put them back on the system and to bookshelves on Monday mornings.

Children will wash/sanitise hands before and after their library session.

Adults will encourage minimal handling of books

Reading Books

Reading books will be allocated to children each week. The children will keep the book(s)  (and can take it home) for the week.  At the end of the week the book(s) will be left for 72 hours.

Shared Resources

Resources that are shared between classes or bubbles, such as sports, art and science equipment will be cleaned frequently and meticulously and always between bubbles, or they will be rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different bubbles.

Sport and Physical Activity

  • Pupils will be kept in consistent groups
  • Sports equipment thoroughly cleaned between each use by different individual groups
  • Contact sports will be avoided
  • Outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible
  • Distance will be maximised between pupils
  • Scrupulous attention will be paid to cleaning and hygiene
  • All children will walk a daily mile

Lessons children can do;

  • Fitness and conditioning Exercises
  • Football skills – e.g. Target shoot, timed toe touch on ball, keepie-uppies, slalom-dribble, football-rounders, distance kick
  • Tennis skills – wipe handles after use, store balls for 72 hours
  • Hockey skills – wipe handles after use. Slalom dribble, aim, passing – team competition.
  • Golf aim on target – wipe handles after use
  • Skipping – wipe ropes after use
  • Athletics – long distance run, sprint, long jump, hurdles
  • Yoga- wipe mats after use
  • Personal challenge –athletics/skills that are timed or distance exercise.
  • Dance
  • Aerobics Circuits with minimal equipment – use benches for step ups, rope to jump over, ladder run/ hoops to jump in, wall sit, jog, slalom round cones, low hurdles to jump over
  • Gymnastic floor work
  • Orienteering/ scavenger hunt for natural objects – timed/ team competitions
  • Team races

Each week children will have

  • 1 x games lesson when they will come into school in their PE kit
  • 1 x less vigorous lesson e.g. yoga/dance/floor gym/orienteering (normal uniform including school shoes/ bare feet on a mat)
  • Daily Mile (normal uniform)

We will run a revised timetable for PE lessons and coaches.

Outdoor PE where possible especially where children will be exerting themselves.

Indoor lessons will be for less vigorous lessons – minimise heavy breathing.

PE Kit

All children to wear suitable clothing to school on their class PE day:

  • white polo shirt
  • blue sweatshirt
  • blue shorts
  • plain black jogging bottoms, not leggings (girls and boys)
  • plain trainers – no laces for FKS/KS1.

There will be a set PE day for each year group with no changes during Autumn Term.

Handwashing before and after PE lessons with hand sanitiser available during lessons

Hygiene

Child friendly wipes will be used by children to wipe their own equipment at the beginning of the lesson with time to be allocated.

Staff will observe and support.

Store equipment in shed/ cupboard for at least 72 hours between use.

Coaches

External coaches will start in the week beginning 14.09.20

School staff will check coaches risk assessment is in line with school expectations.

Coaches to socially distance from children and other adults.

Swimming

Will restart in October.

Lunchtime/After School clubs

Suspended due to the risks of mixing bubbles.

Competitions

There will be an ongoing programme of remote competitions organized by Solihull Sports Partnership which will be delivered through PE lessons.

PE kit for staff:

Royal blue logo Polo shirt/ black or navy tracksuit bottoms. Staff to wear PE kit on PE day.

Art

Equipment will be used within a bubble. Any equipment that is passed on to another bubble needs to be cleaned or ‘rested’ for 72 hours.

Science

There is no clash of units in the Autumn Term, so equipment will not need to be shared across year groups.

Generally, resources are very self-contained within the year groups. They are mostly already in year group stock cupboards, rather than being communal

Within a year group, time will be planned in to allow resources to ‘rest’ for at least 72 hours after use and before being passed to other classes e.g. one class to teach on a Monday and the other on a Thursday or they will teach the same lesson on alternative weeks.

Outdoor equipment

Outdoor playground equipment will be cleaned at least weekly if it is in use. Equipment that cannot be cleaned weekly will be put out of use.

Bringing items into school

Pupils limit the amount of equipment they bring into school each day, to essentials.

Pupils can bring in

  • Lunch box
  • Coat/ hat
  • Reading book
  • Library book
  • Reading record where applicable
  • Home learning book where applicable
  • Home communication book where applicable
  • Water bottle
  • A healthy snack

If parents feel there are other items that will need to be brought in, they should discuss this with the class teacher

Taking resources home

Pupils and teachers can take books and other shared resources home, although unnecessary sharing will be avoided, especially where this does not contribute to pupil education and development. Similar rules on hand cleaning, cleaning of the resources and rotation should apply to these resources.

Other risks

There may be an additional risk of infection in environments where children are singing, chanting, playing wind or brass instruments or shouting. To reduce the risk, these activities will be supported by physical distancing, playing outside wherever possible, limiting group sizes to no more than 15, positioning pupils back-to-back or side-to-side, avoiding sharing of instruments, and ensuring good ventilation.

Singing, wind and brass playing will not take place in larger groups such as school choirs and ensembles, or school assemblies.

Although the risk from Covid 19 is much reduced, we will minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible (2m) or following the government’s 1m plus rule.

We will maintain consistent groups to reduce the risk of transmission by limiting the number of pupils and staff in contact with each other to only those within the group.

  • Children will stay in their classes of 30 maximum for all activities
  • Separate class bubbles will not mix
  • School will avoid large gatherings such as assemblies
  • Where possible children in intervention groups will remain with their class bubble and with a consistent adult
  • School will keep a record of pupils and staff in each group, and any close contact that takes place between children and staff in different groups

Lunchtimes 

Children will remain in separate bubbles for lunches and areas will be cleaned between bubbles

The Junior hall will be used for lunches with bubbles coming in at staggered times

Children will sit apart as far as possible. Food will not be shared

School Start and Finish Times

We will have staggered starts and adjusted finish times to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school.

Parents should not gather at the school gates or come onto the site without an appointment

Drop off and Collection

Parents should ensure they are aware of the process that has been agreed for drop off and collection

Parents may approach and depart the school site by any of the following routes

  • The school entry road from St Bernard’s Road
  • The school pedestrian walkway from St Bernard’s Road
  • The pedestrian access from the golf course

There is no one way system on these approaches and parents are asked to observe distancing from other parents and children using the one metre plus rule.

There is a general ‘keep left’ rule around the site to allow people to pass each other safely following the one metre plus rule.

There are four drop off and collection points around the school.

Route Plans

  1. Foundation Stage gate for Key Stage one children (Years One and Two)
  2. Nursery gate for Foundation Stage children (Nursery and Reception)
  3. Swimming Gate for Years Five and Six children
  4. Year Three and Four doors for Year Three and Four children

Procedures for dropping and collection

Children should be dropped at and collected from these gates at their allocated time

Only one adult should collect each child

Parents and children should queue in the marked spaces exercising appropriate distancing using the marked lines

For drop off, school staff will collect children from the gate and allow them through at the appropriate times

For collection, school staff will bring children to the gate and hand them to each adult in turn as they are lined at the gate

Teachers will be able to accept quick messages but please do not expect to have long conversations with school staff at the gate.

If you have children that need to be dropped at different times please

  1. make your way to gates in the order they need to be dropped
  2. arrange for other adults to drop other children
  3. discuss any difficulties with the school office

Measures within the classroom

The risk of transmission will be reduced by:

  • seating pupils side by side and facing forwards
  • moving unnecessary furniture out of classrooms
  • older children maintaining distance and not touching staff or their peers where possible
  • the marking out of a designated teacher area

Minimising contact between individuals in school

All teachers and other staff can operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable.

  • However, adults will minimise close face to face contact and minimise time spent within 1 metre of anyone
  • Adults will reduce the amount of time they are in face to face with children or other adults to 15 minutes
  • They will try and keep their distance from pupils and other staff as much as they can
  • There will be no face to face meetings except where socially distanced
  • Shared lunchtimes will be taken outside or be socially distanced
  • Use of staff rooms will be minimised

Minimising contact between school population and visitors  

Supply teachers, peripatetic teachers and/or other temporary staff can move between schools and specialists, therapists, clinicians and other support staff for pupils with SEND will provide interventions as usual.

  • However, an assessment of the necessity of the visit will be made
  • Adults will avoid close face to face contact and minimise time spent within 1 metre of anyone
  • Adults will reduce the amount of time they are in face to face with children or other adults to 15 minutes
  • The school office will ensure site guidance on physical distancing and hygiene is available to visitors on arrival through inventory sign in
  • Visitors should ensure they minimise contact and maintain as much distance as possible from other staff
  • Where visits can happen outside of school hours, they should.
  • A record will be kept of all visitors

Volunteers may be used to support the work of the school, as would usually be the case. It is important that they are properly supported and given appropriate roles and used in consistent bubbles.

Mixing of volunteers across groups should be kept to a minimum, and they should remain 2 metres from pupils and staff where possible.

PPE

School will ensure adequate PPE is available and staff are guided in its use

Face masks are  not recommended in schools and should not be worn except under specific circumstances as outlined in the guidance in Appendix Three

Children wearing masks while travelling to school will remove them at the gate where a bin for their disposal will be available.

Adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in place for the care of children/pupils where their care already involves the use of PPE due to intimate care needs.

PPE is available if a child, young person or other learner becomes unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus while in school and needs direct personal care until they can return home.

PPE will be kept in easily accessible ‘grab bags’ in each area of the school where children will be present and in the school office

  • Face shield
  • Mask
  • Gloves
  • Apron
  • Over sleeves
  • Black Bag
  • Sanitary gel
  • Quick reference instructions for responding to suspected cases

Guidance will be issued to staff concerning the use of PPE based on advice from Local Authority and DFE   (See Appendix Three).

Appropriate PPE equipment is available in school in sufficient quantities to be able to follow these guidelines

More information on PPE use can be found in the safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance.

Test and Trace

Staff and parents should be aware of the NHS Test and Trace process including:

How to contact their local Public Health England health protection team.

PHE West Midlands East Health Protection Team,

5 St Philip’s Place,

Birmingham,

B3 2PW

Phone: 0344 225 3560 option 2

An understanding that they will need to be ready and willing to book a test if they are displaying symptoms.

  • Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing

  • Tests can be ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet
  • Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school
  • All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
  • Staff and parents will need to be ready and willing to provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test & Trace
  • Staff, parents and children need to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Parents and staff must inform school immediately of the results of a test:

If someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

If someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste.

Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

Procedures for dealing with confirmed cases

School will contact the local health protection team.

PHE West Midlands East Health Protection Team,

5 St Philip’s Place,

Birmingham,

B3 2PW

Phone: 0344 225 3560 option 2

Out of hours for health professionals only: 01384 679 031

The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home.

School will send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.

Close contact means:

  • direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
  • proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual e.g. travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

Refer to Public Health advice

A checklist will be completed by the school office in managing a confirmed case

Actions for positive result V1.0 checklist

Notes for managing a confirmed case – parents and staff

A template letter will be provided to schools, on the advice of the health protection team, to send to parents and staff if needed.

Letter for Child to Self-Isolate for 14 Days

Schools will not share the names or details of people with coronavirus (COVID-19) unless essential to protect others.

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms.

If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow the Stay at Home Guidance

Site health and safety

Regular checks will recommence once the school restarts

  • Water safety inspections will be carried out and other monitoring such as asbestos surveys and fire inspections.
  • Site checks will carried out and reported to HT monthly
  • Essential maintenance will be prioritized, carried out and reported to HT

The regular monitoring programme will recommence and be supported by regular monitoring of the COVID Risk Assessment

Before and After School Care – First Choice Langley

School has resumed FCL before and after-school club from the start of the autumn term.

School has used small, consistent groups and kept these groups apart

Groups

There are two groups in the junior hall separated between two halves of the hall and one group in the Hive building.

Junior Hall Group 1         Reception and Year One

Junior Hall Group 2         Year Two and Year Three

Hive Group                       Years Four, Five and Six

These groups and venues will be the same both before and after school.

Fees

Because of the staggered start and finish times, children may be in longer or shorter times depending on which class they are in. For example some classes will not start the day until 8.45am so children will be in club until then, other classes will start at 8.20 am and will need shorter times in club.

We will not be altering charges to take into account these different timings as gains and losses will be balanced out at the end of the day. The school day is the same length for all children.

Fees will be payable monthly with the number of days care calculated for each month.

Times

Before and after school care with First Choice Langley will cover the following periods

Morning             7.30 am to 9.00 am

Afternoon          3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Parents are asked to limit the number of childcare facilities and clubs their child attends.

After School Clubs

We will not be operating after school clubs in the Autumn Term. These may recommence in the spring term.

Curriculum

We want to get children back on track as quickly as possible but we don’t want to narrow our curriculum or follow practices that will restrict children’s experiences and enjoyment of school while limiting any progress to superficial learning.

We will:

  • Teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects from the start of the autumn term, but make use of existing flexibilities to create time to cover the most important missed content.
  • Aim to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by summer term 2021.
  • Plan on the basis of the educational needs of pupils
  • Develop remote education so that it is integrated into school curriculum planning in case of further lockdowns