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 at least until October half-term.
- 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.
- 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
- On 27th August 2020, the Government issued Face Coverings in Education guidance, in response to this guidance stating, “In primary schools where social distancing is not possible in areas outside of classrooms between members of staff or visitors, for example in staffrooms, headteachers will have the discretion to decide whether to ask staff or visitors to wear, or agree to them wearing face coverings in these circumstances”. Whilst at present the wearing of a face mask for adults in the above situations is a personal choice, this decision will be reviewed regularly.
- “Based on current evidence and the measures that schools are already putting in place, such as the system of controls and consistent bubbles, face coverings will not be necessary in the classroom even where social distancing is not possible. Face coverings would have a negative impact on teaching and their use in the classroom should be avoided.”
- It is not recommended that pupils aged 11 and under wear face coverings as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.
- 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.
- 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.