Following the government guidance for the ‘normal’ return to schools, all Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted to facilitate this instruction. The current guidance that we are following is available by clicking here and here (for Omicron guidance).
This page contains the most recent government guidelines as well as our updated Risk Assessment and recent communication letters sent to families.
Effective Infection Protection and Control
The Department for Education has advised schools to take important actions to help prevent the spread of the virus. The spread of Coronavirus involves dealing with direct transmission (for instance, when in close contact with those sneezing and coughing) and indirect transmission (via touching contaminated surfaces).
The following is the set of actions that the government has directed schools to take in the latest updated guidelines:
Ensuring good hygiene
We have a large number of anti-viral/bacterial gel dispensers throughout our sites and we will continue to encourage all children, staff and visitors to use them frequently throughout the day. Equally, all toilets have sufficient hand basins and soap for use.
All children are reminded regularly about the importance of good hygiene practices in our form times or assemblies and to wash their hands for 20 seconds with running water and soap before drying them thoroughly. This is reinforced through the signage around the sites. All children wash their hands before eating and will be encouraged to do so when entering the buildings.
Our classrooms all have anti-viral/bacterial surface sprays and wipes for use by staff throughout the day.
Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated
We have taken steps to ensure that fresh air flow is available in the classrooms and offices throughout the premises and that there is sufficient ventilation. It is a balancing act to increase ventilation while maintaining a comfortable working temperature.
Following public health advice at all times
We will continue to monitor public health notifications and when required seek advice in order to communicate the best possible course of action.
The Government has asked schools to endeavour to keep any measures to the minimum number of pupils possible and for the shortest amount of time possible. Any measures affecting education will be under regular review and will be lifted as soon as the evidence supports doing so. Attendance restrictions will only ever be considered as a last resort, so we will only move back to remote home learning in more extreme circumstances if specifically directed by the Government.
While we are required to have a Contingency Plan ready to use, clearly we hope never to do so. Our Contingency Plan and Risk Assessment are available to download below.