What control measures will be in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission?
Classrooms / Class Bubbles
Children will be in “class bubbles” of 30 - all children will be in the classroom with a teacher at the same time. To reduce the risk:
- Rooms will be well ventilated with doors and windows open at all times.
- In Years 3 to 6, children will be seated in rows facing the front of the room.
- In Years 1 and 2, children will access continuous provision with different activities spread around the classroom.
- Nursery and Reception will be in a larger EYFS bubble, split between classrooms, other indoor spaces and the outside. They will spend limited time (around 15 mins) together in one room and usually only for whole class teaching input (e.g. phonics).
- If the whole class needs to learn in groups, they will use a larger space (e.g. hall) or outside.
- Children will remain at the same desk each day.
- Children will be issued with their own stationery pack.
- Classrooms will be cleaned each day.
- Shared resources will be cleaned after use.
Year Group Bubbles
When not in the classroom - e.g. lunchtime, break times children will be kept in a “Phase Group Bubbles”. To reduce the risk:
- Older children will be encouraged to socially distance and to play socially distanced games
- Spaces and shared resources (including playground toys and equipment) will be cleaned after use.
- School staff have been reallocated to ensure, as much as possible over the next 3 weeks, those involved in face-to-face teaching in the classroom stay within their allocated phase only; this includes staff covering known absence i.e., teacher PPA cover, leadership release.
- Frequently used contact points (e.g. doors, handrails, toilets, desks, chairs, etc) will be cleaned more regularly.
- Toilets will be cleaned after break and at the end of the school day.
- Lunch tables will be cleaned after each class has vacated them.
- All areas of the school (including desks and chairs) will be cleaned at the end of each day.
- Shared areas will be cleaned by users after use and at the end of every day.
- Pupils and staff will be expected to practise good hand hygiene throughout the school day - hand sanitiser solution (which contains alcohol) will be freely available, as well as soap and warm water.
- KS2 children may bring their own sanitiser to school, if they can use it responsibly and parents want them to, but there is absolutely no need for this.
- Staff will promote the “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” message and lidded bins will be provided in every classroom for disposal of tissues.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Face Coverings
- It is not recommended that pupils under the age of 11 to wear face coverings.
- In the event that a child needs to wear a mask to travel to school, disposable masks must be removed and binned on entry; washable masks should be removed and sealed in a bag.
- All adults in school are expected to wear face coverings when in contact with other adults i.e., in corridors, at the beginning/ end of day.
- Staff will wear PPE for prolonged, close contact with pupils or other staff members, e.g. for first aid, and for intimate care, e.g. nappy changing.
Rapid Lateral Flow Testing for School Staff
From Monday 25th January, home testing kits have been issued to all staff who are currently working in school. Staff are taking tests before coming into school on a Monday and again at the mid-point of the week.
Rapid Lateral Flow Testing for Households and Bubbles of School Pupils
From 1 March 2021, if you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of staff or a pupil you can get a twice-weekly test:
- through your employer if they offer testing to employees
- at a local test site
- by collecting a home test kit from a test site
- by ordering a home test kit online Further information is provided here.