Updated Risk Assessment

Risk assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated 23rd November 2020

Please Click Here to download a copy of our updated Risk Assessment Dated 23/11/2020

 

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19:

It is the school’s plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). Whilst it is not possible to ensure a totally risk-free environment, the Office of National Statistics’ analysis on coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths linked to occupations suggests that staff in educational settings tend not to be at any greater risk from the disease than many other occupations. There is no evidence that children transmit the disease any more than adults.

 

Public health advice to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks:

Schools must comply with health and safety law, which requires them to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Schools should thoroughly review their health and safety risk assessments and draw up plans for the autumn term that address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. These are an adapted form of the system of protective measures that will be familiar from the summer term. 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
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

 

How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:

  • 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

 

 

For clarity,  the Tiers referred to in this document are those used by the Department of Health and Social Care and not the Tiers used for local restrictions before the period of national restrictions from 09.11.20.

 

 

 

 

 

Risk Management Government Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Mitigation against the spread of coronavirus 1) 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 School must follow the following process; all staff must be aware of it:

Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days.

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

The school will work with and take the advice of Public Health England in relation to other scenarios that arise, but a response process is not specifically defined in the government guidance.

All staff made aware of the procedure for removing and isolating a pupil who develops symptoms.

If a child is awaiting collection by parents, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door and the room given as much ventilation as possible.

Where direct adult supervision is necessary, a two-metre distance will be maintained. If a distance of two metres can not be maintained, suitable PPE will be used (see PPE section).

If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

As is usual practice, in an emergency, 999 will be called if someone is seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.

Temperature checks carried out by reception staff:

·         on all visitors to school

·         on pupils who display or report symptoms

·         on staff who display or report symptoms

PHE flow charts outline how schools must respond to cases/suspected cases. Senior Leaders will follow these guidelines in responding to suspected/confirmed cases.

Clinically extremely vulnerable children and staff – guidance from Government 5.11.20. 

The actions following from this guidance which will be followed during the period of national restrictions from 09.11.20 are:

Children

More evidence has emerged that shows there is a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from coronavirus (COVID-19), even for children with existing health conditions. Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow original shielding advice. Parents should be advised to speak to their child’s GP or specialist clinician if they have not already done so, to understand whether their child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend education whilst the national restrictions are in place. Schools will need to make appropriate arrangements to enable them to continue their education at home.

Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend education.

Parents of clinically extremely vulnerable children will be receiving a letter shortly confirming this advice.

Staff

Those individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to work from home and not to go into work. Individuals in this group will have been identified through a letter from the NHS or from their GP, and may have been advised to shield in the past. Staff should  talk about how they will be supported to BDS or their line manager including about arrangements  to work from home where possible, during the period of national restrictions.

All other staff should continue to attend work, including those living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.  However, staff should speak to  Bev Davies or their  line manager if they would like to discuss the above guidance, or if there is an additional support they need.

 

 

 

ARY/BRN

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated

1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

2) Where recommended, use of face coverings in schools

 

In line with government  guidance, students must wear face coverings in public spaces around school, as outlined below:

· when moving between lessons

· when queueing for lessons, toilets, lunch and buses

· during break and lunch times.

We do not expect students to wear face coverings in the canteen itself, as they would not be conducive to eating. Face coverings will not be worn in classrooms. Students may wear face coverings on the yard at break and lunch, if they wish, as well as when they arrive at and depart school. As previously stated, face coverings on buses are obligatory.

The school’s process for putting on and removing face coverings will be clearly communicated and more bins in place for their safe disposal:

·         Pupils must cleanse their hands before and after putting on or taking off a face covering.

·         Pupils must be instructed not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when putting on or removing them.

·         They must dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin

·         They must place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom.

Staff Protection Measures

Face coverings are mandatory for staff and visitors in communal areas, where distancing is difficult to achieve.

·         Masks or visors are suitable for duties, movement and supervision in public areas

·         Visors are suitable for use in classroom teaching

Updated guidance for staff use of face coverings in place from 28.9.20:

In communal areas

Face coverings are compulsory for students whenever they are in an indoor communal area, as outlined last week.

For staff, face coverings are also mandatory in these areas when social distancing is difficult to achieve.  During the period of national restrictions we recommend face coverings are used at all times when possible in communal areas by staff to model appropriate behaviour from students.

 

Visors

Visors are available for all staff and their use is encouraged in situations when distancing from other people is difficult to achieve, including classrooms and meeting spaces.

As mentioned earlier, face coverings are compulsory in communal areas where distancing is difficult to achieve. This face-covering may be a mask, visor or both.

 

 

DAN

Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Updated 21.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

3) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. School will ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future and the following measures are in place to ensure this can be managed in school:

·         Hand sanitiser station fitted in every classroom and several fitted in other areas of the school.

·         Pupils made to sanitise hands at the end of every lesson, at the end of any lesson before break/lunch and at the end of the school day.

·         Pupils will be permitted to bring their own hand sanitiser to school.

·         Pupils can request to use the toilet during lesson time and toilets areas supervised throughout the day.

·         After a visit to the toilet, all pupils will wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

·         Pupils/staff must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell.

In line with the introduction of compulsory face masks, all young people are now encouraged to bring a personal supply of hand sanitiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

4) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach The school will ensure that they have enough tissues and bins available in the school to support pupils and staff to follow this routine.

All pupils will be encouraged to bring their own tissues to school.

The routine will be made explicit to all students and staff with a) clear and regular reminders in briefings/tutor time and b) through school signage.

 

DAN

 

ARY/BSN

 

 

ARY/BSN

Reviewed 20.8.19

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

5) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach

 

The school is putting in place a cleaning schedule that ensures cleaning is generally enhanced, with a team of cleaners now working throughout the school day:

·         more frequent cleaning of rooms/shared areas that are used by different groups; cleaning of each teaching room will occur 10-12 times per day during the course of the school day.

·         frequently touched surfaces will cleaned more often than normal; a full team of cleaners will routinely clean an allocated section of the school throughout the school day.

·         toilets will be cleaned more regularly, and pupils encouraged to clean their hands thoroughly after using the toilet.

·         The area around any person with symptoms will be closed to other staff/pupils and cleaned thoroughly after they have left.

·         Cleaning staff will be provided with the following PPE: mask, gloves and apron.

·         Cleaning materials will be available in every classroom for use by any member of staff who wishes to use them.

·         Pupils will be permitted to bring surface wipes from home to use on desks at the start of lessons.

  • The use of computers is essential in the delivery of the curriculum in some subjects. Alcohol-based surface wipes will be available in all rooms with computers and pupils will be required to sanitise them after they have been used. The cleaning schedule will also be further enhanced with computers sanitised directly after use, whenever possible.
  • To allow the cleaning team to carry out their work and to minimise numbers on site, we are encouraging staff to vacate the site as soon as is reasonably possible at the end of the school day and work from home where possible

Design and Technology:

·         Pupils will thoroughly clean their own equipment at the start of each session using the cleaning equipment provided.

·         Technician to clean down contact points of machinery (handles, guards, buttons etc) and any additional tools and equipment at the end of each practical session.

·         Cleaners to be provided with a room usage schedule and asked to clean the workshops after each use (if the room is only used once during the day, this could take place at any time. If the room is used on more than one occasion, cleaning would take place between groups).

·         No materials or equipment will be transferred between year group bubbles, or workshops without thorough cleaning or 72 hour quarantine.

Food Technology:

·         Students will be expected to wash their hands before and after practical lessons.

·         Pupils will thoroughly clean their own equipment at the end of each session using the cleaning equipment provided.

·         Students and technician to clean down worksurfaces and handles of cupboards with disinfectant at the end of the practical lesson.

·         Cleaners will be notified of practical lessons

·         Equipment cupboards to have a track and trace system; including the name of the student who used the equipment and what date the equipment was used.

·         No materials or equipment will be transferred between year group bubbles, or workshops unless washed and left for a 72-hour quarantine period.

 

Science:

·         Technician will ensure all equipment will be meticulously cleaned before any practical work is undertaken.

·         Cleaners to be provided with a room usage schedule and asked to clean the workshops after each use (if the room is only used once during the day, this could take place at any time. If the room is used on more than one occasion, cleaning would take place between groups).

No materials or equipment will be transferred between practical group bubbles, or workshops without thorough cleaning or 72-hour quarantine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gateshead Local Authority

 

BRN

 

BSN

 

SLT

 

All Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSY

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

6) minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible

 

The school will do everything possible to minimise contacts and mixing while delivering a broad, ambitious and balanced curriculum. As far as possible, and where practical, groups will be taught separately, and pupils/staff required to maintain a safe but realistic distance from other people.

Teachers and other staff will operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable, with the following actions designed to minimise contacts between individuals:

  • As far as possible, teachers will be based in a fixed room and pupils will move to them for lessons. This will allow: a) adequate specialist resourcing b) teachers available at fixed duty points to supervise pupil movement c) pupils to be fully supervised in classrooms and public areas throughout the day d) adults to avoid movement to a wide range of areas of the school.
  • Shorter lessons of 45 minutes are necessary to allow staggered changeovers.
  • Strict and clear one-way system for distanced movement between lessons.
  • Morning registration time extended to allow a staggered start to the day.
  • Common setting across Key Stage 3 will mean that all pupils are in a consistent group for all lessons; the maximum teaching group size in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be 32.
  • Lunchtimes will be staggered, ensuring that only a single year group will have lunch at any one time. Therefore, the school will operate year-group sized ‘bubbles’. All students will be encouraged to maintain their distance from others in all non-structured parts of the day.
  • At key stage 4 and key stage 5, the group size will be restricted to the size of a year group to enable the school to deliver the full range of curriculum subjects and to ensure students receive specialist teaching.
  • Contacts between individuals from different year groups, for instance during lesson changeover, will be minimised and not exceed 15 minutes in length.
  • All classrooms will be arranged so that they are forward facing, in areas where this is possible
  • Teaching delivery style will be distanced and from the front of the class whenever possible. Pupils will use exercise books, folders and specialist resources. There will be restrictions on resource use in practical subjects. Additional safety measures in place during lessons are outlined in the document ‘Cardinal Hume Catholic School Guidelines for Socially Distanced Teaching’.
  • The number of staff on duty in public areas throughout the day will be vastly increased.
  • School signage will be greatly enhanced to support distanced pupil movement around school.
  • Large gatherings, such as assemblies, will be modified to ensure that they are reduced in size, involve single year-groups only and, where possible, delivered remotely.  Distancing in assemblies will be achieved through limit of two tutor groups assembling; other tutor groups receiving address and information remotely. During the period of national restrictions from 09.11.20 assemblies will be  remote. Tutor-time and lunchtime briefings will be used in the interim period.
  • The school will limit interaction between year groups and ensure rooms are only used by pupils from year group at a time.
  • Staff will inevitably teach different classes and year groups. They will keep their distance from pupils as much as they possibly can.
  • Meetings between staff will be limited and socially distanced by 2 metres (see updated section Minimising contacts in meetings and other interactions – key markers for reducing contacts  during period of national restriction from 09.11.20).
  • While passing briefly in the corridor or playground is low risk, the school will avoid creating busy corridors, entrances and exits. As such, up to 15 minutes of each lesson will be dedicated to safe and staggered pupil movement.
  • Shared staff spaces will be reorganised to allow for socially distanced interactions (see updated section Minimising contacts in meetings and other interactions – key markers for reducing contacts  during period of national restriction from 09.11.20).
  • Phased reintroduction 1-10th September will be used to a) give key messages to pupils/staff and b) test the newly-introduced systems in safe and measured way
  • Changes to the school behaviour policy are necessary to ensure pupils’ conduct themselves safely. These will be communicated regularly to staff and pupils and rigidly implemented.
  • The library will be closed to pupils after school.
  • 3D Leisure is closed; facilities will continue to be used for school sport

Morning Break – wet weather

  • Year 7 students go straight to the main hall. Students sanitise their hands on entry and take a seat filling in from the back of the hall. All students are facing forward. Students are equally spaced out. Students wear face masks at all times
    This will always be the arrangement for Year 7 and therefore they will be the only year group to use the main hall
  • Year 8 students stand in the atrium space – face mask should be removed to eat and drink but then should be replaced
  • Year 9 students seated in the dining hall – face mask should be removed to eat and drink but then should be replaced
    The Year 8 & 9 arrangement will alternate so that the system is fair to both
  • Year 10 students stand in the atrium space – face mask should be removed to eat and drink but then should be replaced
  • Year 11 students seated in the dining hall – face mask should be removed to eat and drink but then should be replaced
    The Year 10 & 11 arrangement will alternate so that the system is fair to both

Lunchtime – wet weather

  • Year 7 students (finish P3 at 12pm) collect their lunch and then go straight to the main hall – this process must be completed before 12.15. Students sanitise their hands on the way in and then take a seat, filling in from the back of the hall. All students are facing forward. Students are equally spaced out. Students must put their face mask back on when finished eating.
  • Year 8 students assemble in the atrium space. Students are invited, by house group, to queue up and collect their lunch. They then return to the atrium space to eat their food. Benches provided for seating if required. Face mask should be removed to eat and drink but then should be replaced.
  • Year 9 students assemble and sit in the dining hall. Students are invited, by house group, to queue up and collect their lunch once the process for year 8 has been completed. They then return to their seat to eat their food. Students adhere to the max seating capacity of each table. Face mask should be removed to eat and drink but then should be replaced.
    The Year 8 & 9 arrangement will alternate so that the system is fair to both but the arrangement for year 7 will remain the same
  • Year 10 students assemble in the atrium space. Students are invited, by house group, to queue up and collect their lunch. They then return to the atrium space to eat their food. Benches provided for seating if required. Face mask should be removed to eat and drink but then should be replaced.
  • Year 11 students assemble and sit in the dining hall. Students are invited, by house group, to queue up and collect their lunch once the process for Year 10 has been completed. They then return to their seat to eat their food. Students adhere to the max seating capacity of each table. Face mask should be removed to eat and drink but then should be replaced.
    The Year 10 & 11 arrangement will alternate so that the system is fair to both.

Design and Technology:

·         To minimise cross contamination between year group bubbles, workshops will be assigned to specific year groups (e.g. D8 – Y10 Engineering, D7 – Y12 and Y13 A-Level DT).

·         Where possible, pupils in small classes will be assigned their own workbench (Likely scenario for Y12&Y13).

·         For larger groups, no more than 2 pupils will be assigned to a workbench.

·         Students will be assigned to workbenches and will work diagonally opposite each other in order to maintain a social distance of 1m where possible (Seating plan guidance: CLEAPSS GL344, Appendix 2)

·         Workbenches will be clearly numbered and assigned to students, with safe working areas (in line with social distancing guidance) clearly marked.

·         Safe social distance zones will be clearly marked out on the floor around fixed equipment and machinery.

·         Staff will aim to maintain 2m social distance from other members of staff and pupils in the workshop wherever possible.

·         Teachers may consider the use of visualisers to aid practical demonstrations, while maintaining a safe social distance.

·         To control movement around the room, pupils will be required to seek teacher permission before using fixed machinery, or other equipment located around the room.

·         Staff will be issued with their own equipment pack, for their sole use. Staff will sanitise their equipment between each lesson using cleaning wipes provided.

·         Where possible, equipment packs will be assigned to individual pupils. Where equipment packs are not possible, equipment may be numbered and assigned to specific pupils for use in practical sessions.

·         Equipment packs/equipment used by year group bubbles will be stored under the workbench of the pupil(s) assigned to use it.

Music Service lessons

·         Students are taught in bubbles or as individuals

·         Music stands / seats set up at 2m distance from each

·         other and the teacher

·         Practice rooms allocated per year group for storage of instruments (Y12s use workrooms)

Food Technology

·         Staff to aim to maintain a 2m social distance where possible.

·         Students will be split across two classrooms and assigned a numbered workbench and corresponding numbered cooker and cupboard for track and trace purposes.

·         Students must ask permission when moving around the room

·         Students will have all the equipment and ingredients at their workbench to minimise movement around room.

·         Staff will have their own equipment which will be washed and left for a 72-hour quarantine once used

·         Where possible students will have their own equipment so no sharing will be necessary.

·         Students will bring their ingredients in a labelled bag and put the whole bag into the fridge. During a practical students will remove the bag at the beginning to minimise movement around the classroom.

·         Students will be split into two bubbles one working in D1 and one working in D2. During the practical these bubbles will not mix.

Science:

·         Where possible, pupils in small classes will work individually (Likely scenario for Y12&Y13).

·         For larger groups, no more than 3 pupils will be assigned to a group.

·         Students will be assigned to set of equipment. These sets will be diagonally opposite each other in order to maintain a social distance of 1m where possible (Seating plan guidance: CLEAPSS GL344, Appendix 2)

·         Staff will aim to maintain 2m social distance from other members of staff and pupils in the laboratory wherever possible.

·         Teachers may consider the use of visualisers to aid practical demonstrations, while maintaining a safe social distance.

·         To control movement around the room, pupils will be required to seek teacher permission before leaving their equipment.

·         If a teacher demo is required, this set of apparatus must be ordered separately and cannot then go into general use without first being cleaned.

PE and Sport:

  • Changing rooms are not to be utilised
  • Students to get changed into trainers and take off blazer and tie (when requested)
  • Badminton, table tennis, dance and orienteering are the activities delivered to maximise social distancing and reduce contacts where able.
  • Students are to work in the same groupings where able, from lesson to lesson
  • All equipment is to be cleaned after use (by students or staff)
  • Hand sanitizer utilised at the end of each lesson
  • KS4 students will have one practical lesson per fortnight and 1 independent study (classroom) based lesson per fortnight. This will limit the number of students in PE at any one time
  • Staff are to organise equipment at the start and end of every day to ensure that it is not touched by students

PE and extracurricular Sport will follow the updated guidance from 09.11.20 during the period of national restrictions as follows:

  • Extra-curricular sport can continue, with measures in place in line with the PE curriculum.
  • Sports whose national governing bodies have developed guidance under the principles of the government’s guidance on team sport and been approved by the government are permitted. Schools must only provide team sports listed on the return to recreational team sport framework. Competition between different schools should not take place, in line with the wider restrictions on grassroots sport.

Staff Protection Measures

Updated guidelines for staff issued 25.9.20:

Minimising contacts in meetings and other interactions – key markers for reducing contacts

·         Avoid face-to-face contact within one metre

·         Avoid other contacts within one metre for more than one minute

·         Meetings/contacts requiring people to be between 1-2 metres must be kept to a maximum of 15 minutes

·         For contacts exceeding 15 minutes, aim to keep a two-metre distance

During the period of national restrictions the following arrangements will apply:

For meetings (calendared and informal)

·         Leadership meetings – Teams; face to face limited to 15 minutes

·         Link meetings and other smaller/informal meetings – Teams or 2m distanced

·         SGP x 3 – Pairs on Teams or 2m distanced

·         HoH/Intervention Team – Teams, or 2m distanced if achievable

·         HoDs – Teams

·         Department – 15 minutes face-to-face (socially distanced) followed by independent work or Teams. In larger departments, any face-to face should be split between HoDs and Seconds.

·         Duty teams – Teams

·         Staff service – TBC

For staff working individually

  • Department workrooms and shared offices will have maximum occupancy numbers from Monday 9th November to ensure a distance of 2 metres is maintained.
  • Staff should use open spaces and desk areas around the school if possible, such as the atrium.
  • A list of free rooms will be available to make full use of all available staff and to maximise distancing to the extent the building allows. Free classrooms have a maximum occupancy of 6, when used for the purpose of staff desk work. A distance of 2 metres should be maintained.
  • Staff with office bases should consider social distancing when hosting meetings and not exceed maximum occupancy.
  • Additional offices and workspaces will be set up around the school for non-teaching staff.

 

LSA student support:

 

  • Keep a 2m distance where possible.
  • Sanitise hands before and after touching books.
  • Leave doors and windows open when working in SEN classrooms.
  • Wear a visor or face shield if needed to work in close proximity with pupils.
  • Do not share equipment with pupils.

 

Sixth Form Directed Study

·         From 16.11.20  the number of Sixth Form pupils on site during non-contact periods will be reduced with the introduction of a home study system to coincide with Modular Assessments.

 

 

 

BRN

SLT

ALL STAFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEN/MMY

 

 

 

MEN

 

BSN/JCE

 

ARY/BSN

 

 

MEN

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

MEN/BSN

 

 

BSN/JCE

 

 

SRN/CJS

 

 

MMY/CJS

 

 

 

 

ARY/BSN

 

BSN/JCE

 

 

 

ARY/BRN

 

 

MEN/BSN

 

MMY/STAFF

 

MMY/STAFF

 

BSN/JCE

 

 

 

CJS/JCE

 

ARY/MMY

 

 

ARY/BSN/BRN

DAN (SF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RWR

 

All Staff

DES

SWT/DAN

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Updated 12.10.20

 

Updated 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

 

 

Please see section 2 for information of face coverings.

 

The majority of staff in school will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work. PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases, including:

  • where an individual child or young person becomes ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at schools, and only then if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained
  • where a child or young person already has routine intimate care needs that involve the use of PPE, in which case the same PPE should continue to be used

 

All cleaning staff will be provided with PPE and required to wear it throughout the school day.

 

PPE will be well stocked and replenished regularly, as necessary.

 

Staff made aware of the occasions when PPE should be used in school. Please see the PPE matrix for information about when PPE should be used.

 

 

 

 

Design and Technology:

 

·         Pupils and staff will continue to use PPE where required and appropriate.

·         Staff will be issued with eye protection for their sole use. Staff will sanitise eye protection between each lesson using cleaning wipes provided.

·         Pupils will be advised to wash, or sanitise, their hands before handling or using PPE.

·         Pupils will thoroughly clean required PPE prior to use, using the cleaning equipment provided.

·         PPE used by year group bubbles will be stored in the workshop where it will be used. No equipment will be transferred between workshops without thorough cleaning.

·         Shared aprons should only be used by pupils if they can be cleaned, or quarantined for 72 hours between each use.

·         PPE considered to be close contact (such as gloves, or masks) should not be used. Activities requiring the use of such PPE should be adjusted to be carried out by the teacher or technician using their own dedicated PPE.

Music Service lessons

·         Wind teachers bring Perspex screens with them

Food technology

·         Staff to have the option to wear PPE (mask and visor) when assisting with practical lessons as close student contact might be required; but will aim to maintain a 2m social distance where possible.

·         Pupils will be advised to wash, or sanitise, their hands before handling or using PPE.

·         Students will avoid touching their face once PPE is on

 

Science:

 

·         Pupils and staff will continue to use PPE where required and appropriate.

·         Eye protection will be sanitised between each lesson using an appropriate cleaning solution provided.

·         Pupils will be advised to wash, their hands before handling or using PPE. (use soap and water)

·         Pupils when applicable will be supplied with appropriate PPE (e.g. disposable gloves)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RFT

 

SES

RSY

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated

1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers 1 to 5 must be in place in all schools, all the time.

Number 6 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.

Number 7 applies in specific circumstances.

Response to infection 8) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process

 

Staff and parents/carers should understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

·         Book a test if they are displaying symptoms

·         Provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they test positive or if asked by NHS Test and Trace

·         Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops symptoms or someone who tests positive for COVID-19

If any member of the school community has been tested, staff or parents should inform school immediately of the results.

If a test is negative, the person can stop self-isolating, along with the members of their household.

Relevant and up to date information to promote understanding of appropriate responses, for example “10 Simple Steps to Protect against Coronavirus” – Gateshead publication sent to all families

If someone tests positive, they need to follow the ‘stay-at-home’ guidance.

 

ARY/BRN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RFT

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Updated 05.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

9) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community

 

As soon as school becomes aware of a positive test result for COVID-19, we will contact our local health protection team.  Likewise, will contact school if they become aware of a positive test of someone who has attended school – as identified by Test and Trace.

 

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to advise us on any actions which need to be taken.

 

If the health protection team advise that individuals or groups of pupils need to be sent home to self-isolate, we will implement this advice swiftly.

 

The school will keep a record of who has had contact within year group ‘bubbles’.

All staff will create seating plans, as far as possible in alphabetical order, and will ensure that pupils sit in the seat outlined in the seating plan. If a child moves seat, the seating plan must be updated accordingly.

Students in Sixth Form Directed Study record close contacts within 2m in planners

 

ARY/BRN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MMY/All Staff

 

 

 

 

DAN/SWT

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Updated 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

10) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

 

If school has two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, this indicates a possible outbreak.

We will work with our local health protection team/PHE and follow their advice in relation to:

·         Full or partial closure

·         Further enhancement to protective procedures in school

ARY/BRN Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

Numbers 8 to 10 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.
Curriculum and Catch-up

 

 

 

The curriculum should remain broad and ambitious: all pupils continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment. ·         Full curriculum timetable planned with adjustments to lesson times, grouping and the school day to mitigate against Covid-19.

·         Pupils taught in specialist rooms with subject specialists and grouped strategically to allow them to be taught in line with their ability.

·         No reduction has been made to the curriculum offer but lesson time will be reduced and access to some specialist resources limited.

·         Plan in place to ensure pupils catch up, ideally by the summer term of 2021. Catch-up funding dedicated to offering additional and enhanced provision.  1-2-1/small group catch-up tuition will take place on-line from 09.11.20 during period of national restriction.

·         Rota system planned in advance of potential Tier 2  intervention.

·         Detentions and after school study sessions form part of the school’s curriculum catch up arrangements and will take place, if required, in such a way as to maintain bubbles and distancing.

MEN

 

 

 

MEN

 

 

CJS/DAN

 

MEN/BRN

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

Reviewed 12.10.20

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

Pupil attendance

 

Education is not optional: all pupils should receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. ·         Resume robust systems for the tracking and tackling of pupil absence

·         Additional support in place to ensure those anxious about the return to school are able to attend fully

·         In rare instances, where it is deemed that absence from school is necessary, remote learning opportunities will be considered.

 

ARY/CBS Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

Contingency planning for further closure through localised lockdown or school outbreak Remote education, where needed, should be quality and align as closely as possible with in-school provision

 

·         Staff training in place and technology developed for any future need for remote learning.

·         In the event of full closure, partial closure, or if any groups need to work from home in line with ‘stay at home’ guidance, those affected will then receive education remotely.

·         We will continue to build our capability to educate pupils remotely, where this is needed.

·         Contingency planning for closure, partial closure or Tier 2-4 intervention in place.

 

MMY

Reviewed 20.8.20

Reviewed 1.9.20

Updated

14.9.20

Reviewed 28.9.20

Reviewed 12.10.20

Reviewed 26.10.20

Reviewed 09.11.20

Reviewed 23.11.20

Transport

 

Pupil interactions before and after school

 

Face coverings are required at all times on public transport for children over the age of 11.

The school will support with appropriate advice measures to mitigate against transmission outside of school time. We will ensure that pupils are educated about the risks and the steps they can take to keep themselves and others safe.

·         High standards of uniform retained so that they are more easily identified outside school.

·         Key principles communicated regularly: ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’, handwashing, minimising contacts.

·         Work closely with public transport providers to plan safe use of bus services

·         Transport survey provided to parents; findings used to plan additional transport needs.

·         Pupils encouraged to avoid use of public transport if possible.

·         See section relating to face masks for the school’s approach the disposal/storage of used face masks on entry to school.

·         Additional bus services provided to shadow busy routes 882 and 878

·         Bus passes allocated to ensure those in need are allocated seats

During the period of national restrictions from 09.11.20 the following additional measures will apply:

·         Students allocated a numbered seat for all journeys

·         Parents regularly updated on transport issues via Bulletin

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY

 

ALL STAFF

 

RFT

 

RFT

RFT

 

DAN

 

 

RFT

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

Catering, lunch and break arrangements

 

 

Non-contact periods (Sixth Form only)

·         Our catering service is provided by Gateshead LA and will resume their service in September 2020.

·         The catering team has assessed the risks and adapted the catering service to limit the number or contacts. This has resulted in a reduced and limited menu.

·         The school has made adaptations to lunch arrangements and timings for pupils so that only a single year-group eats at one time.

·         Enhanced cleaning will take place  between sittings.

·         Year groups will have break/lunch time together. Dining time will be restricted to 15 minutes. Time in larger spaces will be up to 45 minutes and pupils will be encouraged to keep their distance from other individuals and follow a ‘don’t touch others’ approach.

·         An additional serving station is being installed to allow for further distancing between pupils.

·         In Sixth Form,  Year 12 will use the Study and Common Room  and Year 13 will use the Sixth Form Hall as base areas.  Serving times for Year 12 and 13 will be staggered to avoid contact between year group bubbles and students will return to base areas to consume food.   Some contact within year group bubbles will be inevitable but students will be encouraged to keep a safe distance and avoid touching.

·         Non contact periods for Sixth Form will be timetabled in base areas  and Year 12 and  13 will be separated.  Any contact between Year 12 or 13 and other year groups as students circulate around school will be limited by the staggered timing of lessons and the one way system.  This includes movement to and from tutor rooms for morning registrationStudents may be assigned to other classrooms for Directed Study periods for Additional Support or as a result of removal of Non-Contact periods to reduce numbers in sixth form areas.   They will remain in bubbles, be distanced and seating plans will be recorded.

·         Contingency in place for catering staff absence and Tier 2-4 intervention, including provision of FSM.

Gateshead LA

BRN

 

BSN

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gateshead LA

 

 

DAN/SWT

 

 

 

 

 

DAN/SWT

 

 

DAN/SWT

 

 

 

JCE

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated

1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

Communication ·         INSET days 1st and 2nd September 2020 will be largely dedicated to staff training in relation to the plans for reopening the school to all pupils. Staff training and meetings reviewed and shaped to respond to Covid-19.

·         Staggered reopening plan for pupils from 3rd to 9th September will be used to educate pupils on the changes to school systems and ensure a gradual and measured approach before the full curriculum is resumed.

·         This risk assessment will be reviewed and updated fortnightly and communicated through the school website.

·         The school’s Governing Board, and the Board of Trustees for the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust will be involved in agreeing changes to the school’s approach.

·         The school is in regular contact with Public Health England.

·         The school receives and responds to regularly changing government guidance (e.g. Coronavirus Daily Updates)

·         Parent events in September/October cancelled, postponed or rearranged to take place remotely.

·         Parents Bulletin issued each Friday

·         Parents evening schedule for the academic year remodelled and communicated to staff 09.11.20.

·          Remote Parent Consultation system established, concurrent with Reporting schedule in school calendar

MMY

 

 

 

ARY/BSN/BRN

 

 

 

BRN

 

BRN

 

ARY

 

DAN/BRN

 

 

DAN/RFT/BSN

RFT

 

RFT

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

Fire drill and escape ·         It is recommended that, where possible, rooms are given extra ventilation; this can be achieved by opening more doors and windows.

·         In the event of a fire alarm, pupils will be instructed to ignore the one-way system and exit by the nearest escape, maintaining a distance from others as far as possible.

·         Teachers will be briefed on the importance ensuring doors are closed as they leave during a fire a drill.

·         Some external fire escapes will be used to facilitate distanced movement around school. Designated staff will check that all of these escapes are securely closed after each use.

All staff

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

SLT

 

 

BSN

 Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

Educational and Cultural Visits ·         School trips, the use of the mini-bus and other extra-curricular activities will not go ahead during the period of national restrictions from 09.11.20. There are some exceptions (see link to guidance). BSN 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

Visitors in school and other events ·         Room capacity reduced and social distancing and additional hand sanitising in place for any meetings for external visitors.

·         Annual events involving visitors, which would ordinarily take place in September and October, have been largely postponed. Events later in the year will be kept under review.

·         Temperature checks carried out on all visitors.

·          In the light of current local  restrictions, meetings involving the wider community will be restricted to those from the same household

·         During the period of national restriction from 09.11.20 external visits to the school will only take place if absolutely necessary.

 

All staff responsible for organising meetings (informal or calendared) are responsible for taking into account the aforementioned guidance:

·         Avoid face-to-face contact within one metre

·         Avoid other contacts within one metre for more than one minute

·         Meetings/contacts requiring people to be between 1-2 metres must be kept to a maximum of 15 minutes

·         For contacts exceeding 15 minutes, aim to keep a two-metre distance

 

Supply Teachers

·         Temperature checks and Covid disclosure form completed on arrival

·         Provided with laptops and set written instructions on risk mitigation while working in the school

 

Staff Recruitment

Interviews will take place on-site with social distancing measures in place:

·         Candidates sign symptoms disclaimer before entry to the main building

·         Candidates’ temperatures checked on arrival

·         Interviews and presentations conducted at 2 metre distance

·         Tours of the school will be carried out in public areas only, where social distancing can be maintained. No candidates will visit lessons.

·         For teaching appointments, candidates will be observed teaching. At the start of the interview day, the Head Teacher or other suitable member of the panel will check that the lesson has been planned to include mitigation against contacts and social distancing. Observing staff will wear visors and will maintain distancing where possible.

BRN

MMY

ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Updated 12.10.20

 

Updated 23.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Updated 23.11.20

 

 

Risk assessment

Employers must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within the education setting. As part of planning for full return in the autumn term, it is a legal requirement that schools should revisit and update their risk assessments (building on the learning to date and the practices they have already developed), to consider the additional risks and control measures to enable a return to full capacity in the autumn term. Settings should also review and update their wider risk assessments and consider the need for relevant revised controls in respect of their conventional risk profile considering the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools should ensure that they implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the health and safety hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.

 

 

Signed:  Cllr. T. Graham

Chair of Governors

Signed:  Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

 

Previous Risk Assessments:

Please Click Here to download a copy of our Risk Assessment Dated (26/10/2020)

Please Click Here to download a copy of our Risk Assessment dated (12/10/2020)

Please Click Here to download a copy of our Risk Assessment dated (28/09/2020)

Please Click Here to download a copy of our Risk Assessment dated (14/09/2020)

Please Click Here to download a copy of our Risk Assessment dated (01/09/2020)

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