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COVID-19 response

As a response to COVID-19 we have introduced controls in school as follows:

We have active arrangements in place to monitor that the controls are:

  • effective
  • working as planned
  • updated appropriately considering any issues identified and changes in public health advice
Essential measures include:
  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace, and
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise the potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
We are reducing contacts in school by:
  • grouping children together
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible, and
  • >11’s and staff wearing masks in shared communal areas

 

Our arrangements are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to infection’ measures as follows:

Prevention

To prevent the spread of infection we will:

  • Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.
  • Strongly encourage the use of face coverings in shared, communal spaces by staff and pupils > 11 years
  • Ensure everyone cleans hands thoroughly and more often than usual
  • Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • Instigate more and enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach
  • Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible, and
  • Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Response to any infection

Where an infection is suspected or confirmed we will:

  • Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
  • Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community, and
  • Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice