25th June 2020
What we are doing to minimise the risk of person to person transmission of coronavirus:
- Reminding our school community (staff, pupils, parents / carers, visitors and contractors) that anyone with symptoms listed in government guidance, must not access our school site, this applies equally to anyone who is required to isolate;
- Emphasising that clinically extremely vulnerable staff and pupils should not attend our school site;
- Taking all reasonable steps to help people work from home;
- Continuing to provide Junior King’s Education Online to ensure education for all pupils;
- Adopting social distancing in all areas of our school including classrooms and eating areas;
- Organised our returning pupils into Bubbles (small, consistent groups of staff and pupils which stay away from other people and groups);
- Designated specific pupil drop off and pick up times for each Bubble;
- Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach;
- Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate for normal and emergency situations;
- Updating our medical procedures including the actions to take if someone becomes ill with symptoms of coronavirus whilst at school;
- Encouraging our staff and pupils to follow government guidelines when travelling to and from school: to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times;
- Stopped using our school minibuses;
- Nominating a single user for our other school vehicles where possible and provided cleaning / sanitising products;
- Requiring contractors to provide their company coronavirus policies
- Delivering the updated Contractor Induction.
What we are doing to minimise the risk of indirect transmission of coronavirus from surfaces:
- Enhancing our cleaning procedures in line with government guidance including the increased cleaning of touch points;
- Updating our waste management procedures;
- Put some areas of the school beyond use (eg the Pool);
- Adopting handwashing protocols (reinforced by briefings and signage) and providing sanitiser at key locations;
- Updated catering procedures in line with government guidance including the installation of a screen at the servery and provision of packed lunches;
- Removed resources, soft furnishings and toys that are difficult to clean;
- Reminding staff and pupils of the requirement for daily washing of all clothing.
What we are doing to keep up to date with current government guidance:
- Reviewing and communicating guidance from government web sites and briefings;
- Working with education sector groups and legal experts to interpret the requirements;
- Working with colleagues to update regularly the risk assessment and supporting procedures.
How we are consulting with and keeping our whole school community informed:
- Our governors and leadership team have oversight of changes we make;
- Health and Safety Committee members are consulted on the practical implementation of our procedures;
- Staff and parents are provided with communications reminding them of the expectations and controls identified in the risk assessment;
- Signage and posters are positioned at key locations around our school;
- Staff and pupil are attending briefing sessions to reinforce procedures and expectations.
During these un-precedented times we continue to comply with our other statutory duties in line with our Health and Safety Policy. Our fire safety procedures have been reviewed and updated and continue to be practiced on a regular basis.