Updated Risk Assessment

Risk assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated 25.01.21

 

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the period of National Restrictions “Restricting Attendance during the National Lockdown: Schools”.   During this period only the vulnerable children and children of Critical Workers as defined in DfE Guidance “Children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children who can attend Schools and Educational Settings” can attend school.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks for children and staff attending under these regulations.

 

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 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.  This Risk Assessment is reviewed at least every 2 weeks and  is kept under review, having regard to changing circumstances.  We have implemented sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the health and safety hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.  Essential measures include:

 

  • a requirement that people stay at home if they:
  • are ill with virus symptoms
  • have tested positive, even if asymptomatic
  • have been advised by NHS Test and Trace to do so
  • are household members of a positive case, even if that case is asymptomatic
  • are required to self-isolate for travel-related reasons
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning  and ventilation 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 (including how many students need to attend during this period) 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

 

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 10 days from the day after the individual tested positive.

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). Everyone 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.

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 DfE 08.01.21

The actions following from this guidance which follow from national restrictions are:

Children

Clinically extremely vulnerable pupils are  advised not to attend school.

Staff

Under national restrictions, the expectation is that everybody should work from home where possible. Individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to work from home and where this is not possible, they should not 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, most recently in November 2020.

Further guidance to the clinically extremely vulnerable is available.

Clinically vulnerable staff can continue to attend school. While in school they should follow the sector-specific measures in this document to minimise the risks of transmission.

People who live with those who are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable can attend the workplace but should ensure they maintain good prevention practice in the workplace and home settings.

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.

Pregnancy

Following  national restrictions, staff should work at home where possible. If home working is not possible, pregnant staff and their employers should follow the advice in the Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees.    The same principles will apply to any other members of the school community.

 

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

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Updated 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

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 from 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 put 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

Staff are requested to wear a face covering at all  times in communal areas where practicable to model appropriate use to students.

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

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

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

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

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 or handkerchief 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 20.8.20

 

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

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

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
  •  For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, staff and pupils will have their own items that are not shared. Classroom based resources, such as books and games, will be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces. Resources that are shared between groups, such as sports, art and science equipment will be cleaned frequently and meticulously and always between groups, or rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different bubbles.

Cleaning procedures in curriculum areas are detailed in separate Subject Based Activity Risk Assessments.

Gateshead Local Authority/BRN

 

 

BSN

 

SLT

 

All Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated  11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

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, students will be grouped in small numbers, and students and staff required to maintain a safe but realistic distance from other people. The following arrangements will apply during the period of national restrictions when only vulnerable children and children of key workers will attend.

•      Students will populate distinct groups and will maintain distancing within groups as follows:   Year 7:  F11,  Years 8 and 9: Library (opposite sides),  Years 10 and 11 Sixth Form Study.   Any Sixth Form students present will work separated in their own space.

•      Lunch times and break times are split to allow separate bubbles for KS3 and KS4 and separation within year  groups and between students

•      Staff will keep,  wherever possible,  2m from each other and from students.

•      Students will be seated facing forwards or outwards

•      While the risk of passing briefly in corridors or entrances is low, especially given reduced student population,  this will be reduced further by a staged dismissal and entry and end and beginning of

days.

Arrangements for Minimising Contact and Maintaining Social Distancing in curruiclum areas are detailed in separate Subject Area Risk Assessments

Staff Protection Measures

During the period of national restrictions staff will work from home wherever possible.  Staff attending school will follow the existing guidelines for staff from 02.12.20:

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

 

 

For staff working individually

  • Department workrooms and shared offices will have maximum occupancy numbers  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 adhere to  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.
 

BRN/SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CJS/MEN

 

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

 

Updated

02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Examination Invigilators will be supplied with full PPE and given guidance and instruction on appropriate use according to separate risk assessment for Mock Examinations

 

Arrangements for wearing PPE  in curriculum areas are detailed in separate Subject Area Risk Assessments

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

8) Always keeping occupied spaces well ventilated During the colder weather,  background ventilation will be provided in occupied rooms by opening windows slightly.   When rooms are unoccupied and between lessons,  windows will be opened fully.

Air conditioning systems will be set to draw in fresh air.

Internal doors will be kept open to promote air circulation.   External doors will be open during breaks and lunchtimes,  with due consideration of any safeguarding issues.

To maintain comfortable working conditions,  students will be reminded to wear warm underclothing.   Seating positions in direct draughts will be avoided and high level windows opened in preference to low.

 

Arrangements for ventilation  in curriculum areas are detailed in separate Subject Area Risk Assessments

 

 

BSN/DAN

02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

Numbers 1 to 5 and  8  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 9) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process

 

We will ensure that staff members and parents and carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

 

• book a PCR test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school.

• provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace

• self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), or if they are required to do so having recently travelled from certain other countries

 

We will ask parents of children attending school and staff to inform us immediately of the results of any tests taken outside school and follow the  guidance below:

 

1. If someone with symptoms tests negative for coronavirus (COVID-19), then they should stay at home until they are recovered as usual from their illness but can safely return thereafter. The only exception to return following a negative test result is where an individual is separately identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, when they will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of that contact.

 

2. If someone with symptoms tests positive, they should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should continue to self-isolate until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should all self-isolate for the full 10 days from the day after the individual tested positive.

 

ARY/BRN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

10) 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, we will  follow advice on being informed that a positive test has occurred for someone  who has attended school.

 

 

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’ to support this process.

 

Further guidance is available on testing and tracing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

 

 

ARY/BRN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

11) 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

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

04.01.21 Reviewed

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

Numbers 9 to 11 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.

·         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.  Additional curriculum materials will be developed and used with students (“Masterclasses”) will commence in Spring Term.

·         Curriculum arrangements supported by arrangements for remote learning – see below

MEN

 

 

 

MEN

 

 

JCE/CJS/DAN

 

 

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

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

Pupil attendance

 

During the period of national restrictions we will restrict attendance to vulnerable children and children of key workers. We will

•      Mark X in registers for students not eligible to attend

•      Strongly encourage vulnerable students to attend and if they do not

1.     work together with the local authority and social worker (where applicable) to follow up with the parent or carer to explore the reason for absence, discussing their concerns using supporting guidance considering the child’s circumstances and their best interests

2.    work together with the local authority and social worker (where applicable) and other relevant partners to encourage the child or young person to attend educational provision, particularly where the social worker agrees that the child or young person’s attendance would be appropriate

•      Allow applications from parents for leave of absence for children eligible to attend and mark these as C in registers.

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

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

Contingency planning for further closure through localised lockdown, national restrictions 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, with regard to the following key principles:

o    Clarity and sequencing of curriculum

o    Quality of resources,  appropriate on- line platforms and printed resources for those without access to IT provision

o    Ambitious, meaningful work equivalent in duration to school day

o    Clear explanations

o    Checking work and providing feedback and adjusting presentation if appropriate

o    Regard to requirement for 5 hours learning (live teaching, recorded lessons and independent study) at KS3 and KS4 and use of a consistent digital platform.

 

 

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

Updated 02.12.20

Reviewed 04.01.21

Updated 11.01.21 Reviewed 25.01.21

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  the following additional measures will apply:

·         Students allocated a numbered seat for all journeys

·         Parents regularly updated on transport issues via Bulletin

·         Maximum possible spacing given smaller numbers of students travelling

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY

 

ALL STAFF

 

RFT

 

RFT

RFT

 

DAN

 

RFT

 

 

 

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

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

Updated 11.01.21 Reviewed 25.01.21

Catering, lunch and break arrangements

 

 

 

School meals ·         The school has made adaptations to lunch arrangements and timings for pupils so that separation of bubbles is maintained and distancing within bubbles is kept.

·         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.

·         Contingency in place for catering staff absence and for provision of FSM during period of national restrictions.

Gateshead LA

BRN

 

BSN

 

 

BSN

 

 

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

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

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Communication   ·         Staff training and meetings reviewed and shaped to respond to Covid-19 (distancing and limiting contacts – see section 6 above.

·         This risk assessment will be reviewed and updated fortnightly and on any occasion when guidance is updated 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 rearranged to take place remotely.

·         Parents Bulletin issued each Friday

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

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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 – see section 8 above.

·         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.

 

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Educational and Cultural Visits   No educational visits will take place during the period of national restrictions. BSN 09.11.20

 

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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 the Autumn or Spring Terms,  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 national  restrictions, meetings involving the wider community will be restricted to those from the same household

 

All staff responsible for organising meetings (informal or calendared) are responsible for taking into account the relevant  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.

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 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

Head Teacher

 

 

Letter to Year 12 and 13 Parents / Carers

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Dear Year 12 and 13 Parents and Carers,

I hope you all had a peaceful Christmas.

Next week we are scheduling teaching on Microsoft Teams. This will mean that your son/daughter will need to have access to a device such as a desktop PC, a laptop or a tablet that can connect to the internet. The device chosen will also need to have working speakers.  Your son/daughter will need to know their school username and password.

I am enclosing the guidelines for pupils so you aware of our expectations in an online lesson.

Student Guidelines for Teams Lessons

  • Students agree to attend the Teams lessons.
  • Staff will take the register as usual and complete sixth form monitoring procedures.
  • Students agree to treat others with respect at all times during online lessons. If the code of conduct is not followed appropriately you may be removed from the online lesson.
  • Students will aim to be positive, adequately prepared and participate fully in the online lesson.
  • Students will ensure that they have all the tools (pen, exercise book, equipment, calculator etc.) they need in advance, so that they do not need to leave and interrupt the flow of the lesson.
  • Students will choose a sensible place to work from – ideally a living room or shared (quiet) space in their house.
  • Students agree that all messages they send during Teams lessons, or information they upload, will always be polite, sensible and relevant.
  • Students are aware that Microsoft Teams is a closed school system and only accessible via my school Office365 account and should therefore not invite any guests from outside the class or school to join the system through the misuse of login details.
  • Students should be aware lessons are recorded for safeguarding purposes and stored securely.
  • Students/ parents and carers should only contact staff (via the school e-mail between the hours of 9.00am and 3.20pm)

We hope your son/daughter enjoys the lessons this week and we look forward to our school community being reunited.

Every good wish for 2021,

M Murphy

Deputy Headteacher

Letter to Parents Dated 18/12/2020

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Dear Parents and Carers,

You may already be aware of the instruction from government on the evening of 17th December that schools should move to remote learning for the first week of January 2021 for most pupils. This is to allow for lateral flow COVID testing to be carried out in schools across the country.

Based on the available advice, information and guidance we have received, we have had to make changes to the arrangements for the start of 2021:

  • Monday 4th January will now be a staff preparation day to allow for the delivery of COVID test kits, site organisation and the necessary training required for the administering of these tests.
  • On Monday 4th January, remote independent learning resources will be available for all pupils to allow them to study at home.
  • Years 11 and 13 will attend school as normal from Tuesday 5th January.
  • The children of key workers are welcome to attend school as normal from Tuesday 5th January. If your son or daughter is in Year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 12 and you would like them to attend school from 5th January, please inform the school office by email by 12 noon on Tuesday 22nd December. Please provide the following information: name, year/tutor group and the dates they will attend school from 5th – 8th January, as well as your occupation and place of work. Please write the words KEY WORKER in the subject of the e-mail.
  • Vulnerable children should attend school as normal from Tuesday 5th January. Families of vulnerable children will be contacted on Monday 4th January.
  • External vocational examinations for Year 10-13 students will go ahead as scheduled from 11th January. Please see the link to the timetable below.
  • Years 10 and 12 with external examinations w/c 11th January will come to school for subject-specific exam preparation and study days. Please see the following schedule:
Year 12 Health & Social Care Thursday 7th January 8.45am-3.15pm
Year 12 Sport Friday 8th January 8.45am-2.35pm
Year 10 Health & Social Care Friday 8th January 8.45am-2.35pm
  • Year 10 internal examinations have been moved back one week and will begin on 11th January. Please see the link to the timetable below.
  • Other than when they are in school for the study days mentioned above, all Year 10 and 12 students should access their learning remotely, via the school website.
  • Years 7-9 pupils will access their learning remotely from Tuesday 5th January, via the school website.
  • If your son or daughter is entitled to a free school meal and you would like the school to provide a meal each day, please e-mail the school by 22nd December at 12 noon. Please write the words SCHOOL MEAL in the subject of the email.
  • If your son or daughter will be unable to access an IT device for any reason from 5th January, please email the school before 4th January 2021. Please write the words IT SUPPORT in the subject of the email.

The email address for all correspondence is info@chs.bwcet.com.

Examination timetables are available on the website: http://www.cardinalhume.com/student-information/examinations/

Normal face-to-face teaching will resume for all pupils on 11th January.

I would like to thank you for your support, patience and understanding. I wish you all a peaceful, safe and happy Christmas. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Mr. B. Robson

Headteacher

 

Revised Arrangements for end of term for Sixth Form Students

Revised Arrangements for end of term for Sixth Form Students

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Dear Parents and Carers,

In order to minimise the number of contacts and risk of coronavirus transmission, Sixth Form students
may opt to study from home on Friday 18th December. However, any sixth formers wishing to make
use of study areas in school are welcome to do so and should observe the usual arrangements for
distancing and minimising contact.

Arrangements for other year groups are unchanged. Years 7 to 11 will finish term at 12.45p.m. on
Friday 18th December. Return to school is on Monday 4th January for all year groups.

Please note that this is a change in arrangements for Sixth Form students from the letter published on
the school website on Friday 11th December. Please refer to this letter for full information about
arrangements for the end of term, including information on action to take to inform school if your
child develops coronavirus symptoms and contact tracing.

I would like to recognise again the way all our students have adapted to the challenging circumstances
over the past two terms and have continued to apply themselves to their studies. The calm and
purposeful atmosphere in school is the result of their sensible attitude.
As a result, I am confident that whatever future challenges may occur, our students will be well placed
to achieve the very best outcomes.

Finally, I wish all our students and families a safe Christmas.

Yours faithfully

B Robson
Headteacher

End of Term Parent Letter

End of Term Arrangements Parent Information

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Dear Parents and Carers,

At the end of what has been a challenging year for everyone in our community, I would like to thank you for your support and commend our excellent students. The way they have responded to the new measures we have in place, and dealt with the return to school after a long period of missed education, has been outstanding. I am sure you will also join me in thanking our excellent teaching and support staff for their commitment and dedication to the young people during this time.

You may be aware of the government’s announcement this week allowing schools to close to pupils on Friday 18th December. Please note that Cardinal Hume will remain open as planned, with a finish time of 12.45pm on that date.

During the holidays, we are remaining contactable to continue to allow for positive Covid cases to be confirmed and for pupil and staff contacts in school to be traced and informed.

Reporting symptoms after the school closes for Christmas

The school will close at 12.45 on Friday 18th December. Therefore, the means of communication from that time is via email until we reopen on Monday 4th January.

If your child develops symptoms before midnight on Sunday 20th December, you must inform the school at info@chs.bwcet.com.  Please include the name of your child, their tutor group and the date that their symptoms started. Your child must then be tested.  Currently, the most effective means of acquiring a test is through the NHS booking system.  If your child develops symptoms after that date, they must be tested and, if positive, follow the advice of Test and Trace.

Contact tracing during the Christmas break

Please be aware that the school, on the guidance of the Department for Education and Public Health, will be doing the following:

  • Collecting information from symptomatic staff and families of symptomatic pupils
  • Pursuing the outcome of any outstanding Covid tests
  • Advising families of contact with confirmed Covid cases, and informing them of self-isolation requirements
  • Sharing information with Public Health

Thank you again for your ongoing support of the school. I wish you all a happy, peaceful and holy Christmas.

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr. Robson

Headteacher

 

Office Closure

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The school office will be closed during the half-term break as the school will be running on a skeleton staff basis during this period.  
Please contact the school with any urgent queries or information at info@chs.bwcet.com. 
For any Covid-related issues, please follow advice from NHS Test & Trace. 

Information on the School’s Migration

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07 October 2020

 

Dear Parent/Carer

Cardinal Hume Catholic School is now part of Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust. In line with the ICT plan for the trust, we will be migrating existing services to the Bishop Wilkinson Trust Office365 cloud from 8th October 2020.

This is to improve teaching and learning by making school data/resources available across any device anytime in future. Your child will be able to access their work from anywhere, using any device as long as they have internet access.  

 

The information below is being given to you now in case your son/daughter needs to access their school account. We shall remind students of the information below during tutor time as well. 

 

 What is going to change?

All student logins are going to change to a standard format in order to uniquely identify them and link them to central Management Information System records.

This means that the school login and email address will change

From: username@cardinalhume.com

To: username@chs.bwcet.com

There is no change to passwords and it will remain the same as before.

We expect the works to be completed by Monday 12th October 2020.

If you have any problems, please contact the school for advice.

 

Yours faithfully,

brn

Mr B Robson

Acting Head Teacher

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

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23 September 2020

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Dear parents and guardians,

This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible.

One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.

Therefore, I ask that you all follow these principles:

 

  • You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

 

  1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)

  1. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

  1. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

 

  • Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of
  • If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
  • Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test
  • If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus
  •  If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop

 No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school. Schools have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy- body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.

 

Parent Letter on Mandatory Face Coverings

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18 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

In view of local restrictions in the North East of England, face coverings will become mandatory in communal areas of the school, for students, staff and visitors, from Monday 21.9.20.

The school already has in place several measures to minimise contacts between people and to enhance personal hygiene and cleaning. The advice of Public Health England is that these measures will have the most impact in mitigating against the transmission of Covid-19. It, therefore, remains the case that all students must adhere to the strict social distancing and enhanced hygiene rules that have already been implemented.  The introduction of face coverings is an additional mitigation and should not be viewed as an alternative to the measures we have established this term.

So far this term, I have been extremely proud of the way the school community has adapted to the new systems in school and I would like to commend students for their outstanding conduct.

As communicated in my letter at the start of term, masks must be completely plain in design and black or white in colour. Students may wear the widely available standard blue/white disposable masks, but we are discouraging their use for environmental reasons.

From Monday 21st September, students, staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering:

  • when moving between lessons
  • when queueing for lessons, toilets, lunch and buses in indoor areas
  • when using toilets
  • during break and lunch times in indoor areas
  • other communal areas of the school

While eating in the dining area, pupils should remove face masks. Face coverings will not be worn during lessons. Students may wear them on the yard at break and lunch, if they wish, as well as when they arrive at and depart school.

To further protect against the transmission of the virus:

  • students must clean their hands before and after touching their mask – including to remove or put it on. We advise the young people to come to school with a personal supply of hand sanitiser;
  • they must store the mask in an individual, sealable plastic bag between use. Parents/carers will be responsible for ensuring their child’s mask is clean or new each day.

Form tutors will remind students about the guidelines on appropriate use, removal and storage of face coverings.

As previously stated, face coverings on buses are obligatory. Any students found to be removing their mask while on scholars’ buses will have their pass removed and be prohibited from using the service.

School has a limited stock of plain reusable masks. We encourage students to provide their own; however, we can supply them for a price of £1.50. Please contact the school office if you need us to provide a mask for your son or daughter.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings.  This applies to those who:

  • cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness, or impairment or disability
  • speak to, or provide assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate.

If your child is, or you think may be, exempt please email info@cardinalhume.com and write EXEMPTION FROM FACE COVERING as the subject.

Some of the young people may wish to wear a visor rather than a mask, or indeed both. Please contact the school office, by phone or at the e-mail address above, for further information if this applies to your son or daughter.

We hope that this will be a short-term measure until local cases are controlled.

 

We thank you for your continued support of the school.

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

 

 

Scholars Service Important Notice To Parents

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS : SCHOLARS’ SERVICES

A reminder to parents and students that the wearing of face masks on public transport is mandatory. We been made aware that some students are removing face masks during the journey. This is a breach of health and safety regulations and will be treated very seriously. Students who do not comply with regulations will not be permitted to use the scholars’ service.

If you or your child is aware of individuals who are removing face masks, please inform the school so that we can pursue individual infringements. Students should not challenge another student on the bus, but inform a member of staff if they have concerns.

Please note that a small number of students carry an exemption card – we are aware of these students and they will not be affected.

Mrs Flint

 

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School Travel Update

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Important news from Nexus

School bus services during Coronavirus

 

Bus companies and Nexus are providing extra buses to get pupils to and from schools across Tyne and Wear as the new term starts. The extra buses, supported by Government funding, are on top of normal services and dedicated home-school routes so pupils can travel in line with public health advice on Covid-19.

This has gone well with those schools that have returned so far but there are two specific points we need your help with when communicating with pupils, parents and guardians:

 

  1. Pupils should wear face coverings when using any public transport, including all buses dedicated to transport to and from schools, except where there is an exemption on health grounds.  Please reinforce this with your pupils.  Bus drivers may refuse boarding to passengers without face coverings but we and our industry partners want to avoid that situation.  Where you require pupils to wear face covering as part of the school day this could be incorporated into your wider messaging – but even if not, can you stress that pupils using public transport have and use face coverings.

 

  1. In many cases bus companies are providing duplicate vehicles immediately behind a normal bus to provide segregation for pupils.  In these cases pupils will be directed to board the following vehicles which will have the letter ‘S’ displayed alongside the route number.  Pupils may need to pay on the normal bus then walk round to the duplicate vehicle.  This system has worked effectively in those parts of the region where it started last week – but once again your help in communicating this is appreciated,

 

As the new term gets going, we have the following general advice for travel:

 

  • Families should plan how their children will reach schools and colleges comfortably – walking and cycling where journeys are shorter, using a car for part of the journey but dropping off away from school gates, and identifying which public transport they can use if they need to.
  • There will be extra buses on many services going to or near schools, following established routes. These will include buses on busy routes so pupils can travel separately to other passengers.
  • Pupils using public transport should use a contactless card or have exact change to make their journey wherever possible – some operators also have mobile phone ticket apps that allow gifting from parents to a child’s account; check operator websites for details.
  • Anyone using public transport should follow standard public health advice – washing hands thoroughly throughout the day, wearing a face covering if aged over 11 and not exempt, and not travelling if they have symptoms of Covid-19. Ensure you maintaining social distancing, where possible, including at busy entrances, exits, under canopies, bus stops, platforms or outside of stations.

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School Travel Update

4.9.20

 

Dear parent / guardian,

Due to social distancing restrictions, the scholars’ bus service is currently limited to 60 students per bus, however we are grateful to our colleagues at Nexus for arranging additional buses on some of our busiest routes to support our students starting from Monday 7th September.

 

Important information for bus passengers

  • Have the exact fare ready – £1 per single journey. No change will be given
  • Pop Cards – see Nexus website for details of how to get a pop card, and for fares with a card
  • If using contactless payments, check to see if the operator in both directions have the facility for this.
  • Only seats facing forward may be used
  • In order to ensure social distancing, please advise your child to sit on the bus as follows:

 

Y7    Rear of lower deck

Y8   Front of lower deck

Y9   Front of upper deck

Y10 Mid upper deck

Y11 -13 – further back on upper deck by year group

 

 

Ouston bus

This will run from Thursday 3rd September as usual. Y10 students can return on it in the afternoon but will need to make other arrangements for coming to school in the morning.

 

878   Pelaw/Wardley

The bus will run with a capacity of 60, however an additional bus has been provided from the stop by Heworth Golf Club onwards. This will follow immediately behind the 878. Students must purchase their ticket on the bus in front, then if necessary go to the bus behind to take a seat.

Students travelling from the Fewster Square area are advised to take the 880 back home in the afternoon.

882  Birtley

The bus will run with a capacity of 60, however an additional bus has been provided to follow the scholars’ bus and pick up extra students.  This will follow immediately behind the 882. Students must purchase their ticket on the bus in front, then if necessary go to the bus behind to take a seat.

 

 879   Festival Park and onward (Morning only)

One bus will run with a capacity of 60 seats. From information received from parents we expect that there will be seats for all students who need them. If this is not the case we will issue priority passes as necessary. Students should return on the 880.

 

880  (Afternoon only)

One bus with a capacity of 60 seats. (see 878 and 882 above). From information received from parents we expect that there will be seats for all students who need them. If this is not the case we will issue priority passes as necessary.

 

881 Saltwell Rd South and onwards

One bus will run with a capacity of 60 seats. From information received from parents we expect that there will be seats for all students who need them. If this is not the case we will issue priority passes as necessary.

 

Bus passes for scholars’ services (CHCS)

To ensure the safety of students bus passes will be issued to those students with the greatest need. Priority will be given to those at a greater distance from school, younger students, and any students with a specific need.

 

 Alternative travel

We are very grateful to those parents who have advised us that they are able to make alternative arrangements for travel to and from school.  We hope that as many students as possible will either walk or cycle to school as this will relieve the pressure on school transport, and have the additional benefit of being  healthier for the students  and the environment.  New, more secure cycle sheds have been installed in school to facilitate this.

As ever, we are very grateful for your continued support at this challenging time and hope that you and your family remain safe and well.

Mrs R Flint, Assistant Headteacher