Updated Risk Assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School 

Action Plan and Risk Assessment  

Updated 20.01.22 

 

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the return to school in September 2021.  It follows the Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance  updated on 19th January 2022 and  takes account of recent  advice  from local  Public Health officials in response to local circumstances.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for children, staff and others under these regulations as part of our duty to safeguard the Health and Safety of students, staff and all others who may work at or visit the school. 

This risk assessment shows how we, as a school and employer, will meet our  legal duty to protect people from harm. We will  take reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school. We will  implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.  We will review and update our  risk assessment at least every 4 weeks and more frequently if the circumstances at our school or the public health advice  changes or if the monitoring and review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures show that any change is required.    

This risk assessment is available to staff and health and safety representatives and they are notified when any updates are made and of the outcomes of any review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures.  

 

Our risk assessment will  address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. Some of these will be familiar from previous risk assessments,  for example those written to support the full return to education in March 2021.  For clarity,  these controls are listed in the order of reference of the DfE  guidance of January 2022 and our risk assessment follows the same arrangement. 

 

  1. Symptomatic Individuals and Contact Tracing 
  1. Face Coverings 
  1. LFD testing 
  1. Outbreak Management Plan 
  1. Control Measures:   
  1. Hand and Respiratory Hygiene 
  1. Supplies of PPE 
  1. Enhanced Cleaning 
  1. Enhanced Ventilation 
  1. Management of confirmed cases 
  1. Information about symptoms and vaccination 
  1. Mixing and bubbles 
  1. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals 

 

 

 

Risk Management   Government and Public Health Guidance   School Actions  Responsible   Review  
Transmission of Covid 19 from symptomatic individuals or those with positive test result 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptomatic Individuals or those who are required to stay at home (for example, to quarantine or because of a positive test result or unvaccinated close contacts above 18 years 6 months) should not come into school. 

Management of confirmed cases in school – see 5e. 

From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue  

to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Daily testing of close contacts applies to all contacts who are: 

• fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine  

• all children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status 

• people who are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons  

• people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine 

 

18-year-olds are treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact 

 

Students, Parents and Staff informed of the circumstances under which they should not attend school.  Pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).   Instead they should self isolate and get a PCR test (unless they have already had a positive LFD test which is the reason for the self-isolation. In this case a follow up PCR test is not required,  unless one of a small number of conditions referred to in Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)) is satisfied) If they  have previously received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result within the last 90 days and are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 they should not take a PCR test unless they develop any of the main symptoms of COVID-19. 

 

While schools’ involvement in Contact Tracing has ceased,  we  will continue to give assistance and information as requested by NHS Test and Trace to support this process.  Advice from Gateshead Public Health (0191 433 3050) will be obtained in the event of positive cases indicated by PCR tests occurring in school.  

 

As an additional safeguard,  household and other close contacts, who are exempt from isolation and are attending school, are encouraged to carry out daily lateral flow testing for 7 days after the onset of symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic) of the case in their household, and only attend school if their lateral flow test is negative. 

 

 

ARY  06.09.21 

01.10.21 

Updated 01.11.21 

Reviewed 15.11.21 

Updated 01.12.21 

Updated 13.12.21 

Updated 03.01.22 

Updated 10.01.22 

Updated 20.01.22 

Aerosol Transmission of Covid 19   We recommend that face coverings should be worn by pupils, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas.  

Face coverings should be worn on public transport and dedicated transport to school. 

We will require students to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport and on public transport and in communal areas.  Visors are not a substitute for face coverings. 

Staff will wear  face coverings outside classrooms in areas where they may not be able to maintain  distance from others.   This includes indoor communal areas and outside the school where close contact with other adults is possible, for example, on gate duty.   

Staff will follow our Guidelines for Socially Distanced Teaching and maintain a 2m separation at the front of the class, where possible. 

 

 

RFT,DCG  06.09.21 

01.10.21 

Updated 01.11.21 

Reviewed 15.11.21 

Reviewed 01.12.21 

Reviewed 13.12.21 

Updated 03.01.22 

Updated 20.01.22 

Transmission of Covid 19 between students on return to school after holiday  Staff and secondary school pupils should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3-4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged. Secondary schools should also retain a small asymptomatic testing site (ATS) on-site until further notice so they can offer testing to pupils who are unable to test themselves at home.  All members of the school community are reminded that they should test themselves for COVID-19 twice a week, and more frequently if they are specifically asked to do so. 

 Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should follow stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection see sections 1. 

We will provide LFD testing in school if students are unable to test at home and test all students for whom we have consent to test on return to school in January. 

 

ARY, BSN, DAN  06.09.21 

01.10.21 

01.11.21 

Reviewed 15.11.21 

Updated 01.12.21 

Updated 13.12.21 

Reviewed 03.01.22 

Updated 10.01.22 

Updated 20.01.22 

 

Measures in place are insufficient to limit Covid – 19 transmission adequately and to support workers who are self isolating  Contingency Framework: education and childcare settings: The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (including responding to variants of concern) in education and childcare settings, covering: • the types of measures that settings should be prepared for • who can recommend these measures and where • when measures should be lifted • how decisions are made 

 

 

The thresholds which we will apply in deciding whether to institute our Outbreak Management Plan are:  

Thresholds for action (these apply after the  LFD test on return) 

• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period 

 • 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period 

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1). 

Actions after threshold crossed: 

  • review existing control measures and consider seeking Public Health advice. 
  • consider whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes  
  • consider ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort  
  • consider one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment 

In addition,  we will prepare plans to address the following scenarios:  

  • Reintroduction of shielding 
  • Restrictions on residential visits 
  • Establishing an ATS or increased use of LFD testing 
  • Reintroduction or increased use of face coverings 
  • Restrictions on individual events,  for example parents evenings or open days 
  • Further restrictions on live performances 
  • Limiting student attendance, for example to just KS4 and KS5 and possible reduced requirement for staff to attend school to work 
  • Reintroduction of bubbles  

We will consider the extent to which these actions and scenarios require changes to remote educational provision and prepare plans accordingly. 

We will call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 to ensure eligible individuals identified as a close contact can access Test and Trace Support Paymentss soon as we are made aware that  

  • a staff member who was in close contact with the person testing positive has indicated they are not exempt from self-isolation, but the person testing positive was unable to provide that person’s details to NHS Test and Trace, or if 
  • it is particularly difficult for the person testing positive to identify or provide details of some members of staff they were in contact with, for example, temporary workers such as supply staff, peripatetic teachers, contractors or ancillary staff. 
BRN, ARY 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN, SLT 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY/DCG 

DAN/BSN/ARY 

DAN/RFT 

SLT 

 

 

ARY,MEN 

 

 

MEN, SLT 

 

 

 

MMY, LGY,  JLR 

06.09.21 

01.10.21 

01.11.21 

Reviewed 15.11.21 

Updated 01.12.21 

Reviewed 13.12.21 

Reviewed 03.01.22 

Reviewed 10.01.22 

Reviewed 20.01.22 

Transmission of Covid 19 by Aerosol and by Surface Contact in School  Control measures are 

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone. 
  1. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes. 
  1. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated. 
  1. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

 

We will:  

  • Continue to promote hand and respiratory hygiene. Students will be required to sanitise their hands more regularly throughout the school day using the dispensers in classrooms, at the start and end of lessons and particularly before break and lunchtimes.  Students will be encouraged to maintain good respiratory hygiene, for example when coughing or sneezing with appropriate displays, presentations and reminders. Students are encouraged to come to school with their own supply of hand sanitiser and tissues and to follow Hands, Face, Space and Catch It, Kill It, Bin It. 
  • Supplies of PPE (not generally required).  PPE supplies will be available in case close contact is required with a symptomatic individual but are not required in day to day working. 
  • Continue to execute an enhanced cleaning schedule, increasing the frequency in response to local Public Health advice to  at least twice a day, and ensuring that any shared equipment is cleaned between uses.  Frequently used equipment, for example pens and stationery will not be shared and students should come to school with all their standard equipment to obviate the need for sharing. 
  • Enhance ventilation.   Doors and windows will be opened and ventilation systems used to maximise fresh air flow while maintaining a reasonable working environment and ensuring safeguarding.  Poorly ventilated spaces will be identified and appropriate actions taken and use made of CO2 monitors to identify any badly ventilated spaces.   Ventilation will be considered carefully when visitors are in school.  Students should wear extra under layers to maintain comfort during these arrangements. 
  • Follow PH advice on testing, isolation and managing confirmed cases.  Confirmed cases and symptomatic individuals – go home immediately,  not on public transport, wait in segregated, ventilated area and use PPE if close contact unavoidable.   Positive LFD result – self isolate and follow guidance.  
  • Retain a small ATS.  
  • Provide clear information about symptoms and encourage vaccination. 
 

 

BSN/DCG 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN 

 

 

 

BSN 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY,DCG 

 

 

 

BSN,DAN 

 

BSN,DCG 

06.09.21 

01.10.21 

Updated 01.11.21 

Reviewed  

15.11.21 

Reviewed 01.12.21 

Reviewed 13.12.21 

Reviewed 03.01.22 

Updated 10.01.22 

Reviewed 20.01.22 

 

Enhanced transmission through mixing and close contact  Public Health advice is to avoid whole school gatherings,  to allow only essential visits to site and to avoid wherever possible close contact between adults and between adults and students.  We will  

Limit visits to site to essential visits and ensure that we 

  • screen visitors on arrival for Covid symptoms,  including a temperature check 
  • minimise time spent by visitors on site 
  • arrange essential visits outside school hours if possible 
  • ensure visitors are familiar with and follow the school’s Covid-19 arrangements 
  • Avoid gatherings of parents, indoors or outdoors, on the school site,  and ensure that any individual meetings are suitably distanced 
  • Ask parents and other visitors to take a LFD test before entering the school 

We will minimise the close contact between staff by ensuring 

  • work rooms, staff rooms and other communal spaces are arranged to allow suitable distancing  
  • staff work where possible  in their own spaces, and where sharing occurs suitable cleaning takes place 
  • we will assess the need in each instance for face to face meetings and ensure suitable mitigation of risks, including the use of face coverings and distancing if face to face meetings take place. 

We will minimise the risk  of close contact between students and staff by setting up forward facing classrooms to allow 2m distancing from the teaching space.  Clear guidelines are published on maintaining a Covid secure classroom and all staff have attended training. 

 

We will ensure any trips and visits out of school are to Covid-secure premises and such events will have a detailed school risk assessment. 

 

We will make adaptations to our working practices to minimise transmission as follows: 

  • staggered break and end to school day;  
  • sittings and designated social areas in place for lunch and break times 
  • One way system to limit contacts between lessons 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN,BDS,ARY,DAN,RFT 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN, SLT 

 

 

 

 

MMY,BSN 

 

 

 

 

BSN 

 

 

 

ARY, BSN, DCG 

06.09.21 

01.10.21 

Updated 01.11.21 

Reviewed 01.12.21 

Reviewed 13.12.21 

Reviewed 03.01.22 

Reviewed 10.01.22 

Reviewed 20.01.22 

Transmission to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals  Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance, but CEV people may wish to think particularly carefully about the additional precautions they can continue to take. Further information can be found in the guidance on protecting people who are CEV from COVID-19. 

Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace and it is no longer necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home. Employers should be able to explain the measures they have in place to keep CEV staff safe at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on protecting vulnerable workers, including advice for employers and employees on how to talk about reducing risks in the workplace. 

 

We will follow all recommendations from GPs or clinicians about the need for individual students to shield and support their education remotely.   

While there is no general  requirement for CEV staff to isolate, we recognise that there may be particular concerns or issues which staff may wish to discuss,  taking this risk assessment as a starting point.  All staff are welcome to talk to Bev Davies in confidence in the first instance and CEV staff and those 28 weeks or more pregnant should do so in line with advice from Public Health authorities.  Appropriate arrangements,  which may include working from home where possible and the completion of a individual risk assessment,  will be made. 

ARY,MMY 

 

 

BDS, BRN, ARY 

06.09.21 

01.10.21 

Updated 01.11.21 

Reviewed 15.11.21 

Reviewed 01.12.21 

Reviewed 13.12.21 

Reviewed 03.01.22 

Reviewed 10.01.22 

Reviewed 20.01.22 

 

 

 

 

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.  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:  

 

 

Mr J. Sinclair 

Chair of Governors 

 

Signed:  

 

 

Mr. B. Robson 

Head Teacher 

 

 

 

 

Updated Risk Assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated 10.01.22

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the return to school in September 2021.  It follows the Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance  updated on 5th January 2022 and  takes account of recent  advice  from local  Public Health officials in response to local circumstances.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for children, staff and others under these regulations as part of our duty to safeguard the Health and Safety of students, staff and all others who may work at or visit the school.

This risk assessment shows how we, as a school and employer, will meet our  legal duty to protect people from harm. We will  take reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school. We will  implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.  We will review and update our  risk assessment at least every 4 weeks and more frequently if the circumstances at our school or the public health advice  changes or if the monitoring and review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures show that any change is required.

This risk assessment is available to staff and health and safety representatives and they are notified when any updates are made and of the outcomes of any review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures.

 

Our risk assessment will  address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. Some of these will be familiar from previous risk assessments,  for example those written to support the full return to education in March 2021.  For clarity,  these controls are listed in the order of reference of the DfE  guidance of January 2022 and our risk assessment follows the same arrangement.

 

  1. Symptomatic Individuals and Contact Tracing
  2. Face Coverings
  3. LFD testing
  4. Outbreak Management Plan
  5. Control Measures:
    1. Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
    2. Supplies of PPE
    3. Enhanced Cleaning
    4. Enhanced Ventilation
    5. Management of confirmed cases
    6. Information about symptoms and vaccination
  6. Mixing and bubbles
  7. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals

 

 

 

Risk Management Government and Public Health Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Transmission of Covid 19 from symptomatic individuals or those with positive test result

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptomatic Individuals or those who are required to stay at home (for example, to quarantine or because of a positive test result or unvaccinated close contacts above 18 years 6 months) should not come into school.

Management of confirmed cases in school – see 5e.

From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue

to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Daily testing of close contacts applies to all contacts who are:

• fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine

• all children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status

• people who are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

• people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine

 

18-year-olds are treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact

From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so. Anyone who cannot work from home, such as those involved in the face-to-face provision of education, should continue to go to their place of work. School leaders are best placed to determine the workforce required to meet the needs of their pupils. School leaders will need to consider whether it is possible for specific staff undertaking certain roles to work from home without disrupting to face-to-face education.

Students, Parents and Staff informed of the circumstances under which they should not attend school.  Pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).   Instead they should self isolate and get a PCR test (unless they have already had a positive LFD test which is the reason for the self-isolation. In this case a follow up PCR test is not required,  unless one of a small number of conditions referred to in Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)) is satisfied) If they  have previously received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result within the last 90 days and are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 they should not take a PCR test unless they develop any of the main symptoms of COVID-19.

 

While schools’ involvement in Contact Tracing has ceased,  we  will continue to give assistance and information as requested by NHS Test and Trace to support this process.  Advice from Gateshead Public Health (0191 433 3050) will be obtained in the event of positive cases indicated by PCR tests occurring in school.

 

As an additional safeguard,  household and other close contacts, who are exempt from isolation and are attending school, are encouraged to carry out daily lateral flow testing for 7 days after the onset of symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic) of the case in their household, and only attend school if their lateral flow test is negative.

 

We will identify any staff who could work from home without detriment to the educational experience of our students and discuss with each the possibility of working from home,  taking into account personal circumstances, individual concerns and needs,  working spaces and equipment at home and mental and physical welfare of both the individual concerned and co-workers.

ARY 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Updated 13.12.21

Updated 03.01.22

Updated 10.01.22

Aerosol Transmission of Covid 19 We recommend that face coverings should be worn by pupils, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. From January 4th, we also recommend that in those schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn in classrooms. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons.

We would not ordinarily expect teachers to wear a face covering in the classroom if they are at the front of the class, to support education delivery, although settings should be sensitive to the needs of individual teachers.

Face coverings should be worn on public transport and dedicated transport to school.

We will require students to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport and on public transport and in communal areas and classrooms.  Visors are not a substitute for face coverings.

Staff will wear  face coverings outside classrooms in areas where they may not be able to maintain  distance from others.   This includes indoor communal areas and outside the school where close contact with other adults is possible, for example, on gate duty.

Staff will wear face coverings in practical lessons and other lessons where a safe separation may not be possible.  Staff will follow our Guidelines for Socially Distanced Teaching and maintain a 2m separation at the front of the class, where possible,  and may remove face coverings to promote communication and learning in this situation.

 

 

RFT,DCG 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Updated 03.01.22

Reviewed 10.01.22

Transmission of Covid 19 between students on return to school after holiday Staff and secondary school pupils should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3-4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged. Secondary schools should also retain a small asymptomatic testing site (ATS) on-site until further notice so they can offer testing to pupils who are unable to test themselves at home. All members of the school community are reminded that they should test themselves for COVID-19 twice a week, and more frequently if they are specifically asked to do so.

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should follow stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – see sections 1.

We will provide LFD testing in school if students are unable to test at home and test all students for whom we have consent to test on return to school in January.

 

ARY, BSN, DAN 06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Updated 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

Updated 10.01.22

 

Measures in place are insufficient to limit Covid – 19 transmission adequately and to support workers who are self isolating Contingency Framework: education and childcare settings: The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (including responding to variants of concern) in education and childcare settings, covering: • the types of measures that settings should be prepared for • who can recommend these measures and where • when measures should be lifted • how decisions are made

 

 

The thresholds which we will apply in deciding whether to institute our Outbreak Management Plan are:

Thresholds for action (these apply after the  LFD test on return)

• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1).

Actions after threshold crossed:

  • review existing control measures and consider seeking Public Health advice.
  • consider whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes
  • consider ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort
  • consider one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment

In addition,  we will prepare plans to address the following scenarios:

  • Reintroduction of shielding
  • Restrictions on residential visits
  • Establishing an ATS or increased use of LFD testing
  • Reintroduction or increased use of face coverings
  • Restrictions on individual events,  for example parents evenings or open days
  • Further restrictions on live performances
  • Limiting student attendance, for example to just KS4 and KS5 and possible reduced requirement for staff to attend school to work

·         Reintroduction of bubbles

We will consider the extent to which these actions and scenarios require changes to remote educational provision and prepare plans accordingly.

We will call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 to ensure eligible individuals identified as a close contact can access Test and Trace Support Paymentss soon as we are made aware that

  • a staff member who was in close contact with the person testing positive has indicated they are not exempt from self-isolation, but the person testing positive was unable to provide that person’s details to NHS Test and Trace, or if
  • it is particularly difficult for the person testing positive to identify or provide details of some members of staff they were in contact with, for example, temporary workers such as supply staff, peripatetic teachers, contractors or ancillary staff.
BRN, ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN, SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY/DCG

DAN/BSN/ARY

DAN/RFT

SLT

 

 

ARY,MEN

 

 

MEN, SLT

 

 

 

MMY, LGY,  JLR

06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

Reviewed 10.01.22

Transmission of Covid 19 by Aerosol and by Surface Contact in School Control measures are

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

We will:

·         Continue to promote hand and respiratory hygiene. Students will be required to sanitise their hands more regularly throughout the school day using the dispensers in classrooms, at the start and end of lessons and particularly before break and lunchtimes.  Students will be encouraged to maintain good respiratory hygiene, for example when coughing or sneezing with appropriate displays, presentations and reminders. Students are encouraged to come to school with their own supply of hand sanitiser and tissues and to follow Hands, Face, Space and Catch It, Kill It, Bin It.

  • Supplies of PPE (not generally required).  PPE supplies will be available in case close contact is required with a symptomatic individual but are not required in day to day working.
  • Continue to execute an enhanced cleaning schedule, increasing the frequency in response to local Public Health advice to  at least twice a day, and ensuring that any shared equipment is cleaned between uses.  Frequently used equipment, for example pens and stationery will not be shared and students should come to school with all their standard equipment to obviate the need for sharing.
  • Enhance ventilation.   Doors and windows will be opened and ventilation systems used to maximise fresh air flow while maintaining a reasonable working environment and ensuring safeguarding.  Poorly ventilated spaces will be identified and appropriate actions taken and use made of CO2 monitors to identify any badly ventilated spaces.   Ventilation will be considered carefully when visitors are in school.  Students should wear extra under layers to maintain comfort during these arrangements.
  • Follow PH advice on testing, isolation and managing confirmed cases.  Confirmed cases and symptomatic individuals – go home immediately,  not on public transport, wait in segregated, ventilated area and use PPE if close contact unavoidable.   Positive LFD result – self isolate and follow guidance.
  • Retain a small ATS.

·         Provide clear information about symptoms and encourage vaccination.

 

 

BSN/DCG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY,DCG

 

 

 

BSN,DAN

 

BSN,DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed

15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

Updated 10.01.22

 

Enhanced transmission through mixing and close contact Public Health advice is to avoid whole school gatherings,  to allow only essential visits to site and to avoid wherever possible close contact between adults and between adults and students. We will

Limit visits to site to essential visits and ensure that we

·         screen visitors on arrival for Covid symptoms,  including a temperature check

·         minimise time spent by visitors on site

·         arrange essential visits outside school hours if possible

·         ensure visitors are familiar with and follow the school’s Covid-19 arrangements

·         Avoid gatherings of parents, indoors or outdoors, on the school site,  and ensure that any individual meetings are suitably distanced

·         Ask parents and other visitors to take a LFD test before entering the school

We will minimise the close contact between staff by ensuring

·         work rooms, staff rooms and other communal spaces are arranged to allow suitable distancing

·         staff work where possible  in their own spaces, and where sharing occurs suitable cleaning takes place

·         we will assess the need in each instance for face to face meetings and ensure suitable mitigation of risks, including the use of face coverings and distancing if face to face meetings take place.

We will minimise the risk  of close contact between students and staff by setting up forward facing classrooms to allow 2m distancing from the teaching space.  Clear guidelines are published on maintaining a Covid secure classroom and all staff have attended training.

 

We will ensure any trips and visits out of school are to Covid-secure premises and such events will have a detailed school risk assessment.

 

We will make adaptations to our working practices to minimise transmission as follows:

·         staggered break and end to school day;

·          sittings and designated social areas in place for lunch and break times

·          One way system to limit contacts between lessons

 

 

 

 

 

BRN,BDS,ARY,DAN,RFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN, SLT

 

 

 

 

MMY,BSN

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

ARY, BSN, DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

Reviewed 10.01.22

Transmission to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance, but CEV people may wish to think particularly carefully about the additional precautions they can continue to take. Further information can be found in the guidance on protecting people who are CEV from COVID-19.

Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace and it is no longer necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home. Employers should be able to explain the measures they have in place to keep CEV staff safe at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on protecting vulnerable workers, including advice for employers and employees on how to talk about reducing risks in the workplace.

 

We will follow all recommendations from GPs or clinicians about the need for individual students to shield and support their education remotely.

While there is no general  requirement for CEV staff to isolate, we recognise that there may be particular concerns or issues which staff may wish to discuss,  taking this risk assessment as a starting point.  All staff are welcome to talk to Bev Davies in confidence in the first instance and CEV staff and those 28 weeks or more pregnant should do so in line with advice from Public Health authorities.  Appropriate arrangements,  which may include working from home where possible and the completion of a individual risk assessment,  will be made.

ARY,MMY

 

 

BDS, BRN, ARY

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

Reviewed 10.01.22

 

 

 

 

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.  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: Mr J. Sinclair

Chair of Governors

 

Signed:  

Mr. B. Robson

Head Teacher

 

 

 

 

Updated Risk Assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated 03.01.22

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the return to school in September 2021.  It follows the Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance  updated on 2nd January 2022 and  takes account of recent  advice  from local  Public Health officials in response to local circumstances.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for children, staff and others under these regulations as part of our duty to safeguard the Health and Safety of students, staff and all others who may work at or visit the school.

This risk assessment shows how we, as a school and employer, will meet our  legal duty to protect people from harm. We will  take reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school. We will  implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.  We will review and update our  risk assessment at least every 4 weeks and more frequently if the circumstances at our school or the public health advice  changes or if the monitoring and review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures show that any change is required.

This risk assessment is available to staff and health and safety representatives and they are notified when any updates are made and of the outcomes of any review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures.

 

Our risk assessment will  address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. Some of these will be familiar from previous risk assessments,  for example those written to support the full return to education in March 2021.  For clarity,  these controls are listed in the order of reference of the DfE  guidance of January 2022 and our risk assessment follows the same arrangement.

 

  1. Symptomatic Individuals and Contact Tracing
  2. Face Coverings
  3. LFD testing
  4. Outbreak Management Plan
  5. Control Measures:
    1. Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
    2. Supplies of PPE
    3. Enhanced Cleaning
    4. Enhanced Ventilation
    5. Management of confirmed cases
    6. Information about symptoms and vaccination
  6. Mixing and bubbles
  7. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals

 

 

 

Risk Management Government and Public Health Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Transmission of Covid 19 from symptomatic individuals or those with positive test result

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptomatic Individuals or those who are required to stay at home (for example, to quarantine or because of a positive test result or unvaccinated close contacts above 18 years 6 months) should not come into school.

Management of confirmed cases in school – see 5e.

From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue

to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Daily testing of close contacts applies to all contacts who are:

• fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine

• all children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status

• people who are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

• people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine

 

18-year-olds are treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact

From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so. Anyone who cannot work from home, such as those involved in the face-to-face provision of education, should continue to go to their place of work. School leaders are best placed to determine the workforce required to meet the needs of their pupils. School leaders will need to consider whether it is possible for specific staff undertaking certain roles to work from home without disrupting to face-to-face education.

Students, Parents and Staff informed of the circumstances under which they should not attend school.  Pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do. They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).   Instead they should self isolate and get a PCR test.   This includes unvaccinated close contacts aged 18 years 6 months and over.

 

While schools’ involvement in Contact Tracing has ceased,  we  will continue to give assistance and information as requested by NHS Test and Trace to support this process.  Advice from Gateshead Public Health (0191 433 3050) will be obtained in the event of positive cases indicated by PCR tests occurring in school.

 

As an additional safeguard,  household close contacts, who are exempt from isolation and are attending school, are encouraged to carry out daily lateral flow testing for 7 days after the onset of symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic) of the case in their household, and only attend school if their lateral flow test is negative.  People who have tested positive with a PCR test within the last 90 days will not be encouraged to test unless they develop new symptoms.

 

We will identify any staff who could work from home without detriment to the educational experience of our students and discuss with each the possibility of working from home,  taking into account personal circumstances, individual concerns and needs,  working spaces and equipment at home and mental and physical welfare of both the individual concerned and co-workers.

ARY 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Updated 13.12.21

Updated 03.01.22

Aerosol Transmission of Covid 19 We recommend that face coverings should be worn by pupils, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. From January 4th, we also recommend that in those schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn in classrooms. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons.

We would not ordinarily expect teachers to wear a face covering in the classroom if they are at the front of the class, to support education delivery, although settings should be sensitive to the needs of individual teachers.

Face coverings should be worn on public transport and dedicated transport to school.

We will require students to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport and on public transport and in communal areas and classrooms.  Visors are not a substitute for face coverings.

Staff will wear  face coverings outside classrooms in areas where they may not be able to maintain  distance from others.   This includes indoor communal areas and outside the school where close contact with other adults is possible, for example, on gate duty.

Staff will wear face coverings in practical lessons and other lessons where a safe separation may not be possible.  Staff will follow our Guidelines for Socially Distanced Teaching and maintain a 2m separation at the front of the class, where possible,  and may remove face coverings to promote communication and learning in this situation.

 

 

RFT,DCG 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Updated 03.01.22

Transmission of Covid 19 between students on return to school after holiday Staff and secondary school pupils should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3-4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged. Secondary schools should also retain a small asymptomatic testing site (ATS) on-site until further notice so they can offer testing to pupils who are unable to test themselves at home. All members of the school community are reminded that they should test themselves for COVID-19 twice a week, and more frequently if they are specifically asked to do so.

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual does not have COVID-19 symptoms.

We will provide LFD testing in school if students are unable to test at home and test all students for whom we have consent to test before return to school in January.

 

ARY, BSN, DAN 06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Updated 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

Measures in place are insufficient to limit Covid – 19 transmission adequately and to support workers who are self isolating Contingency Framework: education and childcare settings: The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (including responding to variants of concern) in education and childcare settings, covering: • the types of measures that settings should be prepared for • who can recommend these measures and where • when measures should be lifted • how decisions are made

 

 

The thresholds which we will apply in deciding whether to institute our Outbreak Management Plan are:

Thresholds for action (these apply after the 2 LFD tests on return)

• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1).

Actions after threshold crossed:

  • review existing control measures and consider seeking Public Health advice.
  • consider whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes
  • consider ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort
  • consider one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment

In addition,  we will prepare plans to address the following scenarios:

  • Reintroduction of shielding
  • Restrictions on residential visits
  • Establishing an ATS or increased use of LFD testing
  • Reintroduction or increased use of face coverings
  • Restrictions on individual events,  for example parents evenings or open days
  • Further restrictions on live performances
  • Limiting student attendance, for example to just KS4 and KS5 and possible reduced requirement for staff to attend school to work

·         Reintroduction of bubbles

We will consider the extent to which these actions and scenarios require changes to remote educational provision and prepare plans accordingly.

We will call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 to ensure eligible individuals identified as a close contact can access Test and Trace Support Paymentss soon as we are made aware that

  • a staff member who was in close contact with the person testing positive has indicated they are not exempt from self-isolation, but the person testing positive was unable to provide that person’s details to NHS Test and Trace, or if
  • it is particularly difficult for the person testing positive to identify or provide details of some members of staff they were in contact with, for example, temporary workers such as supply staff, peripatetic teachers, contractors or ancillary staff.
BRN, ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN, SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY/DCG

DAN/BSN/ARY

DAN/RFT

SLT

 

 

ARY,MEN

 

 

MEN, SLT

 

 

 

MMY, LGY,  JLR

06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

Transmission of Covid 19 by Aerosol and by Surface Contact in School Control measures are

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

We will:

·         Continue to promote hand and respiratory hygiene. Students will be required to sanitise their hands more regularly throughout the school day using the dispensers in classrooms, at the start and end of lessons and particularly before break and lunchtimes.  Students will be encouraged to maintain good respiratory hygiene, for example when coughing or sneezing with appropriate displays, presentations and reminders. Students are encouraged to come to school with their own supply of hand sanitiser and tissues and to follow Hands, Face, Space and Catch It, Kill It, Bin It.

  • Supplies of PPE (not generally required).  PPE supplies will be available in case close contact is required with a symptomatic individual but are not required in day to day working.
  • Continue to execute an enhanced cleaning schedule, increasing the frequency in response to local Public Health advice to  at least twice a day, and ensuring that any shared equipment is cleaned between uses.  Frequently used equipment, for example pens and stationery will not be shared and students should come to school with all their standard equipment to obviate the need for sharing.
  • Enhance ventilation.   Doors and windows will be opened and ventilation systems used to maximise fresh air flow while maintaining a reasonable working environment and ensuring safeguarding.  Poorly ventilated spaces will be identified and appropriate actions taken and use made of CO2 monitors to identify any badly ventilated spaces.   Ventilation will be considered carefully when visitors are in school.  Students should wear extra under layers to maintain comfort during these arrangements.
  • Follow PH advice on testing, isolation and managing confirmed cases.  Confirmed cases and symptomatic individuals – go home immediately,  not on public transport, wait in segregated, ventilated area and use PPE if close contact unavoidable.   Positive LFD result – go home and get PCR.
  • Retain a small ATS.

·         Provide clear information about symptoms and encourage vaccination.

 

 

BSN/DCG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY,DCG

 

 

 

BSN,DAN

 

BSN,DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed

15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

 

Enhanced transmission through mixing and close contact Public Health advice is to avoid whole school gatherings,  to allow only essential visits to site and to avoid wherever possible close contact between adults and between adults and students. We will

Limit visits to site to essential visits and ensure that we

·         screen visitors on arrival for Covid symptoms,  including a temperature check

·         minimise time spent by visitors on site

·         arrange essential visits outside school hours if possible

·         ensure visitors are familiar with and follow the school’s Covid-19 arrangements

·         Avoid gatherings of parents, indoors or outdoors, on the school site,  and ensure that any individual meetings are suitably distanced

·         Ask parents and other visitors to take a LFD test before entering the school

We will minimise the close contact between staff by ensuring

·         work rooms, staff rooms and other communal spaces are arranged to allow suitable distancing

·         staff work where possible  in their own spaces, and where sharing occurs suitable cleaning takes place

·         we will assess the need in each instance for face to face meetings and ensure suitable mitigation of risks, including the use of face coverings and distancing if face to face meetings take place.

We will minimise the risk  of close contact between students and staff by setting up forward facing classrooms to allow 2m distancing from the teaching space.  Clear guidelines are published on maintaining a Covid secure classroom and all staff have attended training.

 

We will ensure any trips and visits out of school are to Covid-secure premises and such events will have a detailed school risk assessment.

 

We will make adaptations to our working practices to minimise transmission as follows:

·         staggered break and end to school day;

·          sittings and designated social areas in place for lunch and break times

·          One way system to limit contacts between lessons

 

 

 

 

 

BRN,BDS,ARY,DAN,RFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN, SLT

 

 

 

 

MMY,BSN

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

ARY, BSN, DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

Transmission to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance, but CEV people may wish to think particularly carefully about the additional precautions they can continue to take. Further information can be found in the guidance on protecting people who are CEV from COVID-19.

Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace and it is no longer necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home. Employers should be able to explain the measures they have in place to keep CEV staff safe at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on protecting vulnerable workers, including advice for employers and employees on how to talk about reducing risks in the workplace.

 

We will follow all recommendations from GPs or clinicians about the need for individual students to shield and support their education remotely.

While there is no general  requirement for CEV staff to isolate, we recognise that there may be particular concerns or issues which staff may wish to discuss,  taking this risk assessment as a starting point.  All staff are welcome to talk to Bev Davies in confidence in the first instance and CEV staff and those 28 weeks or more pregnant should do so in line with advice from Public Health authorities.  Appropriate arrangements,  which may include working from home where possible and the completion of a individual risk assessment,  will be made.

ARY,MMY

 

 

BDS, BRN, ARY

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Reviewed 03.01.22

 

 

 

 

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.  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:  

J. Sinclair

Acting Chair of Governors

 

Signed:  

Mr. B. Robson

Head Teacher

 

 

 

 

January Covid Testing

Click Here to download a copy of the letter

Dear Parents and Carers

You may be aware that the government are asking all secondary schools to offer all students one lateral flow test on their return to school in January.

To accommodate this, we are having a staggered start to the Spring term:

Monday 3rd January (Bank holiday)

School is closed to all students and staff

Tuesday 4th January

Students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 will be offered an appointment to come into school for testing.  Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 will be working at home using the on-line portal.

Wednesday 5th January

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 will be offered an appointment to come into school for testing.  Students in Yr 10, 11, 12 and 13 will resume their normal timetable.

Thursday 6th January

Full timetable resumes for all students

 

Testing

Testing is not compulsory, and students are not prevented from returning to school if they choose not to consent to testing.

The children will be quite familiar with this process already; however, they will continue to be supervised by trained staff.  Students will swab themselves and with results processed after 15minutes.

Anyone who has tested positive for Covid 90 days prior to the testing date is exempt from LF testing – however if new symptoms appear, they must follow the isolation and PCR testing rules.

Students must come into school 5mins before their allocated time.  They must wear full school uniform and bring a pen.  Staff will be there to greet the children and direct them to registration and testing.  Students will return home immediately after the test has taken place

 

Registration with NHS/HM Government

You will receive a text/email confirmation of the result by registering on the system within 24hrs of the test taking place.  Students will be given a registration card and a barcode at the time of the test to allow you to do this.

 

A positive result

If a child tests positive on the LF device, you will be contacted immediately and receive further advice on next steps.

 

A void result

If a child produces a ‘void’ result they will be recalled on the same day.

 

A negative result

Parents will not be informed of a negative result by the school.  A negative result will be confirmed by registering with the on-line system as described above.

 

Consent

We can only test those students who we have on the Consent Register.  For accuracy, registration must be completed by noon on Tuesday 21st December using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/uPhknB1fn5.  If you choose to consent to the testing, you are required to read the Privacy Notice and complete the on-line Consent form.

Please do not send your child into school for testing without preregistering.

 

Staggered start

To allow for the testing to take place we are having a staggered start to the term.  Please note the dates that are pertinent to your child/children.

Year 7

Year 7 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the morning of the 5th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

9.00am – AIDAN

9.15am – BEDE

9.30am – CUTHBERT

9.45am – HILD

10.00am – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Thursday 6th January

 

Year 8

Year 8 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the morning of the 5th January

 Students are invited in at the following times:

10.30am – AIDAN

10.45am – BEDE

11.00am – CUTHBERT

11.15am – HILD

11.30am – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Thursday 6th January

 

Year 9

Year 9 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the afternoon of the 5th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

1.00pm – AIDAN

1.15pm – BEDE

1.30pm – CUTHBERT

1.45pm – HILD

2.00pm – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Thursday 6th January

 

Year 10

Year 10 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the morning of the 4th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

10.00am – AIDAN

10.15am – BEDE

10.30am – CUTHBERT

10.45am – HILD

11.00 – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Wednesday 5th January

 

Year 11

Year 11 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the morning of the 4th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

11.15am – AIDAN

11.45am – BEDE

12.00noon – CUTHBERT

12.15pm – HILD

12.30pm – OSWALD

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Wednesday 5th January

Year 12 and 13

Year 12 and 13 Lateral Flow testing will take place on the afternoon of the 4th January

Students are invited in at the following times:

1.45pm MSW, MSE

2.00pm AMN, DGN

2.15pm KGN, NFY, JNN

2.30pm SRL. ANN, DTE

3.00pm PCD CCS

Their usual timetable will begin at 8.45 on the Wednesday 5th January

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Riley

Deputy Headteacher

 

 

 

Updated Risk Assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated 13.12.21

 

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the return to school in September 2021.  It follows the Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance  updated on 9th December  2021 and  takes account of recent  advice  from local  Public Health officials in response to local circumstances.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for children, staff and others under these regulations as part of our duty to safeguard the Health and Safety of students, staff and all others who may work at or visit the school.

This risk assessment shows how we, as a school and employer, will meet our  legal duty to protect people from harm. We will  take reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school. We will  implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.  We will review and update our  risk assessment at least every 4 weeks and more frequently if the circumstances at our school or the public health advice  changes or if the monitoring and review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures show that any change is required.

This risk assessment is available to staff and health and safety representatives and they are notified when any updates are made and of the outcomes of any review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures.

 

Our risk assessment will  address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. Some of these will be familiar from previous risk assessments,  for example those written to support the full return to education in March 2021.  For clarity,  these controls are listed in the order of reference of the DfE  guidance of December 2021 and our risk assessment follows the same arrangement.

 

  1. Symptomatic Individuals and Contact Tracing
  2. Face Coverings
  3. LFD testing
  4. Outbreak Management Plan
  5. Control Measures:
    1. Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
    2. Supplies of PPE
    3. Enhanced Cleaning
    4. Enhanced Ventilation
    5. Management of confirmed cases
    6. Information about symptoms and vaccination
  6. Mixing and bubbles
  7. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals

 

 

 

Risk Management Government and Public Health Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Transmission of Covid 19 from symptomatic individuals or those with positive test result

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptomatic Individuals or those who are required to stay at home (for example, to quarantine or because of a positive test result or close contacts of omicron cases) should not come into school.

Management of confirmed cases in school – see 5e.

 

Individuals identified as close contacts (except of omicron cases) are not required to isolate if

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so. Anyone who cannot work from home, such as those involved in the face-to-face provision of education, should continue to go to their place of work. School leaders are best placed to determine the workforce required to meet the needs of their pupils. School leaders will need to consider whether it is possible for specific staff undertaking certain roles to work from home without disrupting to face-to-face education.

Students, Parents and Staff informed of the circumstances under which they should not attend school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While schools’ involvement in Contact Tracing ceased on 18th July,  we  will continue to give assistance and information as requested by NHS Test and Trace to support this process.  Advice from Gateshead Public Health (0191 433 3050) will be obtained in the event of positive cases indicated by PCR tests occurring in school.

 

As an additional safeguard,  household close contacts, who are exempt from isolation and are attending school, are encouraged to carry out daily lateral flow testing for 10 days after the onset of symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic) of the case in their household, and only attend school if their lateral flow test is negative. People who have tested positive with a PCR test within the last 90 days will not be encouraged to test unless they develop new symptoms.

 

We will identify any staff who could work from home without detriment to the educational experience of our students and discuss with each the possibility of working from home,  taking into account personal circumstances, individual concerns and needs,  working spaces and equipment at home and mental and physical welfare of both the individual concerned and co-workers.

ARY 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Updated 13.12.21

Aerosol Transmission of Covid 19 The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college. We will require students to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport and on public transport and in communal areas.  Visors are not a substitute for face coverings.

Staff will wear  face coverings outside classrooms in areas where they may not be able to maintain  distance from others.   This includes indoor communal areas and outside the school where close contact with other adults is possible, for example, on gate duty.  Staff will wear face coverings in practical lessons where a safe separation may not be possible.

RFT,DCG 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Transmission of Covid 19 between students on return to school after holiday Staff and secondary school pupils should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3-4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged. Secondary schools should also retain a small asymptomatic testing site (ATS) on-site until further notice so they can offer testing to pupils who are unable to test themselves at home. All members of the school community are reminded that they should test themselves for COVID-19 twice a week, and more frequently if they are specifically asked to do so.

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual does not have COVID-19 symptoms.

We will provide LFD testing in school if students are unable to test at home and test all students for whom we have consent to test before return to school in January.

 

ARY, BSN, DAN 06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Updated 13.12.21

Measures in place are insufficient to limit Covid – 19 transmission adequately and to support workers who are self isolating Contingency Framework: education and childcare settings: The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (including responding to variants of concern) in education and childcare settings, covering: • the types of measures that settings should be prepared for • who can recommend these measures and where • when measures should be lifted • how decisions are made

 

 

The thresholds which we will apply in deciding whether to institute our Outbreak Management Plan are:

Thresholds for action (these apply after the 2 LFD tests on return)

• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1).

Actions after threshold crossed:

  • review existing control measures and consider seeking Public Health advice.
  • consider whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes
  • consider ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort
  • consider one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment

In addition,  we will prepare plans to address the following scenarios:

  • Reintroduction of shielding
  • Restrictions on residential visits
  • Establishing an ATS or increased use of LFD testing
  • Reintroduction or increased use of face coverings
  • Restrictions on individual events,  for example parents evenings or open days
  • Restrictions on live performances
  • Limiting student attendance, for example to just KS4 and KS5 and possible reduced requirement for staff to attend school to work

·         Reintroduction of bubbles (may be possible without introducing new timetable,  depending on definition of bubbles)

We will consider the extent to which these actions and scenarios require changes to remote educational provision and prepare plans accordingly.

We will call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 to ensure eligible individuals identified as a close contact can access Test and Trace Support Paymentss soon as we are made aware that

  • a staff member who was in close contact with the person testing positive has indicated they are not exempt from self-isolation, but the person testing positive was unable to provide that person’s details to NHS Test and Trace, or if
  • it is particularly difficult for the person testing positive to identify or provide details of some members of staff they were in contact with, for example, temporary workers such as supply staff, peripatetic teachers, contractors or ancillary staff.
BRN, ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN, SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY/DCG

DAN/BSN/ARY

DAN/RFT

SLT

 

 

ARY,MEN

 

 

MEN, SLT

 

 

 

MMY, LGY,  JLR

06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Transmission of Covid 19 by Aerosol and by Surface Contact in School Control measures are

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

We will:

·         Continue to promote hand and respiratory hygiene. Students will be required to sanitise their hands more regularly throughout the school day using the dispensers in classrooms, at the start and end of lessons and particularly before break and lunchtimes.  Students will be encouraged to maintain good respiratory hygiene, for example when coughing or sneezing with appropriate displays, presentations and reminders. Students are encouraged to come to school with their own supply of hand sanitiser and tissues and to follow Hands, Face, Space and Catch It, Kill It, Bin It.

  • Supplies of PPE (not generally required).  PPE supplies will be available in case close contact is required with a symptomatic individual but are not required in day to day working.
  • Continue to execute an enhanced cleaning schedule, increasing the frequency in response to local Public Health advice to  at least twice a day, and ensuring that any shared equipment is cleaned between uses.  Frequently used equipment, for example pens and stationery will not be shared and students should come to school with all their standard equipment to obviate the need for sharing.
  • Enhance ventilation.   Doors and windows will be opened and ventilation systems used to maximise fresh air flow while maintaining a reasonable working environment and ensuring safeguarding.  Poorly ventilated spaces will be identified and appropriate actions taken and use made of CO2 monitors to identify any badly ventilated spaces.   Ventilation will be considered carefully when visitors are in school.  Students should wear extra under layers to maintain comfort during these arrangements.
  • Follow PH advice on testing, isolation and managing confirmed cases.  Confirmed cases – go home immediately,  not on public transport, wait in segregated, ventilated area and use PPE if close contact unavoidable.   Positive LFD result – go home and get PCR.
  • Retain a small ATS.

·         Provide clear information about symptoms and encourage vaccination.

 

 

BSN/DCG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY,DCG

 

 

 

BSN,DAN

 

BSN,DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed

15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

 

Enhanced transmission through mixing and close contact Public Health advice is to avoid whole school gatherings,  to allow only essential visits to site and to avoid wherever possible close contact between adults and between adults and students. We will

Limit visits to site to essential visits and ensure that we

·         screen visitors on arrival for Covid symptoms,  including a temperature check

·         minimise time spent by visitors on site

·         arrange essential visits outside school hours if possible

·         ensure visitors are familiar with and follow the school’s Covid-19 arrangements

·         Avoid gatherings of parents, indoors or outdoors, on the school site,  and ensure that any individual meetings are suitably distanced

·         Ask parents and other visitors to take a LFD test before entering the school

We will minimise the close contact between staff by ensuring

·         work rooms, staff rooms and other communal spaces are arranged to allow suitable distancing

·         staff work where possible  in their own spaces, and where sharing occurs suitable cleaning takes place

·         we will assess the need in each instance for face to face meetings and ensure suitable mitigation of risks, including the use of face coverings and distancing if face to face meetings take place.

We will minimise the risk  of close contact between students and staff by setting up forward facing classrooms to allow 2m distancing from the teaching space.  Clear guidelines are published on maintaining a Covid secure classroom and all staff have attended training.

 

We will ensure any trips and visits out of school are to Covid-secure premises and such events will have a detailed school risk assessment.

 

We will make adaptations to our working practices to minimise transmission as follows:

·         staggered break and end to school day;

·          sittings and designated social areas in place for lunch and break times

·          One way system to limit contacts between lessons

 

 

 

 

 

BRN,BDS,ARY,DAN,RFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN, SLT

 

 

 

 

MMY,BSN

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

ARY, BSN, DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

Transmission to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance, but CEV people may wish to think particularly carefully about the additional precautions they can continue to take. Further information can be found in the guidance on protecting people who are CEV from COVID-19.

Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace and it is no longer necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home. Employers should be able to explain the measures they have in place to keep CEV staff safe at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on protecting vulnerable workers, including advice for employers and employees on how to talk about reducing risks in the workplace.

 

We will follow all recommendations from GPs or clinicians about the need for individual students to shield and support their education remotely.

While there is no general  requirement for CEV staff to isolate, we recognise that there may be particular concerns or issues which staff may wish to discuss,  taking this risk assessment as a starting point.  All staff are welcome to talk to Bev Davies in confidence in the first instance and CEV staff and those 28 weeks or more pregnant should do so in line with advice from Public Health authorities.  Appropriate arrangements,  which may include working from home where possible and the completion of a individual risk assessment,  will be made.

ARY,MMY

 

 

BDS, BRN, ARY

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Reviewed 13.12.21

 

 

 

 

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.  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

 

 

 

 

Updated Risk Assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated 01.12.21

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the return to school in September 2021.  It follows the Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance  November  2021 and  takes account of recent  advice  from local  Public Health officials in response to local circumstances.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for children, staff and others under these regulations as part of our duty to safeguard the Health and Safety of students, staff and all others who may work at or visit the school.

This risk assessment shows how we, as a school and employer, will meet our  legal duty to protect people from harm. We will  take reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school. We will  implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.  We will review and update our  risk assessment at least every 4 weeks and more frequently if the circumstances at our school or the public health advice  changes or if the monitoring and review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures show that any change is required.

This risk assessment is available to staff and health and safety representatives and they are notified when any updates are made and of the outcomes of any review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures.

 

Our risk assessment will  address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. Some of these will be familiar from previous risk assessments,  for example those written to support the full return to education in March 2021.  For clarity,  these controls are listed in the order of reference of the DfE  guidance of November 2021 and our risk assessment follows the same arrangement.

 

  1. Symptomatic Individuals and Contact Tracing
  2. Face Coverings
  3. LFD testing
  4. Outbreak Management Plan
  5. Control Measures:
    1. Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
    2. Supplies of PPE
    3. Enhanced Cleaning
    4. Enhanced Ventilation
    5. Management of confirmed cases
    6. Information about symptoms and vaccination
  6. Mixing and bubbles
  7. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals

 

 

 

Risk Management Government and Public Health Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Transmission of Covid 19 from symptomatic individuals or those with positive test result

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptomatic Individuals or those who are required to stay at home (for example, to quarantine or because of a positive test result or close contacts of omicron cases) should not come into school.

Management of confirmed cases in school – see 5e.

 

Individuals identified as close contacts (except of omicron cases) are not required to isolate if

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

Students, Parents and Staff informed of the circumstances under which they should not attend school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While schools’ involvement in Contact Tracing ceased on 18th July,  we  will continue to give assistance and information as requested by NHS Test and Trace to support this process.  Advice from Gateshead Public Health (0191 433 3050) will be obtained in the event of positive cases indicated by PCR tests occurring in school.

 

As an additional safeguard,  household close contacts, who are exempt from isolation and are attending school, are encouraged to carry out daily lateral flow testing for 10 days after the onset of symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic) of the case in their household, and only attend school if their lateral flow test is negative. People who have tested positive with a PCR test within the last 90 days will not be encouraged to test unless they develop new symptoms.

 

ARY 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Aerosol Transmission of Covid 19 The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college. We will require students to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport and on public transport and in communal areas.  Visors are not a substitute for face coverings.

Staff will wear  face coverings outside classrooms in areas where they may not be able to maintain  distance from others.   This includes indoor communal areas and outside the school where close contact with other adults is possible, for example, on gate duty.  Staff will wear face coverings in practical lessons where a safe separation may not be possible.

RFT,DCG 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Transmission of Covid 19 between students on return to school after holiday Staff and secondary school pupils should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3-4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged. Secondary schools should also retain a small asymptomatic testing site (ATS) on-site until further notice so they can offer testing to pupils who are unable to test themselves at home. All members of the school community are reminded that they should test themselves for COVID-19 twice a week, and more frequently if they are specifically asked to do so.

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual does not have COVID-19 symptoms.

We will provide LFD testing in school if students are unable to test at home.

 

ARY, BSN, DAN 06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Measures in place are insufficient to limit Covid – 19 transmission adequately and to support workers who are self isolating Contingency Framework: education and childcare settings: The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (including responding to variants of concern) in education and childcare settings, covering: • the types of measures that settings should be prepared for • who can recommend these measures and where • when measures should be lifted • how decisions are made

 

 

The thresholds which we will apply in deciding whether to institute our Outbreak Management Plan are:

Thresholds for action (these apply after the 2 LFD tests on return)

• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1).

Actions after threshold crossed:

  • review existing control measures and consider seeking Public Health advice.
  • consider whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes
  • consider ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort
  • consider one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment

In addition,  we will prepare plans to address the following scenarios:

  • Reintroduction of shielding
  • Restrictions on residential visits
  • Establishing an ATS or increased use of LFD testing
  • Reintroduction or increased use of face coverings
  • Restrictions on individual events,  for example parents evenings or open days
  • Restrictions on live performances
  • Limiting student attendance, for example to just KS4 and KS5 and possible reduced requirement for staff to attend school to work

·         Reintroduction of bubbles (may be possible without introducing new timetable,  depending on definition of bubbles)

We will consider the extent to which these actions and scenarios require changes to remote educational provision and prepare plans accordingly.

We will call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 to ensure eligible individuals identified as a close contact can access Test and Trace Support Paymentss soon as we are made aware that

  • a staff member who was in close contact with the person testing positive has indicated they are not exempt from self-isolation, but the person testing positive was unable to provide that person’s details to NHS Test and Trace, or if
  • it is particularly difficult for the person testing positive to identify or provide details of some members of staff they were in contact with, for example, temporary workers such as supply staff, peripatetic teachers, contractors or ancillary staff.
BRN, ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN, SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY/DCG

DAN/BSN/ARY

DAN/RFT

SLT

 

 

ARY,MEN

 

 

MEN, SLT

 

 

 

MMY, LGY,  JLR

06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Updated 01.12.21

Transmission of Covid 19 by Aerosol and by Surface Contact in School Control measures are

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

We will:

·         Continue to promote hand and respiratory hygiene. Students will be required to sanitise their hands more regularly throughout the school day using the dispensers in classrooms, at the start and end of lessons and particularly before break and lunchtimes.  Students will be encouraged to maintain good respiratory hygiene, for example when coughing or sneezing with appropriate displays, presentations and reminders. Students are encouraged to come to school with their own supply of hand sanitiser and tissues and to follow Hands, Face, Space and Catch It, Kill It, Bin It.

  • Supplies of PPE (not generally required).  PPE supplies will be available in case close contact is required with a symptomatic individual but are not required in day to day working.
  • Continue to execute an enhanced cleaning schedule, increasing the frequency in response to local Public Health advice to  at least twice a day, and ensuring that any shared equipment is cleaned between uses.  Frequently used equipment, for example pens and stationery will not be shared and students should come to school with all their standard equipment to obviate the need for sharing.
  • Enhance ventilation.   Doors and windows will be opened and ventilation systems used to maximise fresh air flow while maintaining a reasonable working environment and ensuring safeguarding.  Poorly ventilated spaces will be identified and appropriate actions taken and use made of CO2 monitors to identify any badly ventilated spaces.   Ventilation will be considered carefully when visitors are in school.  Students should wear extra under layers to maintain comfort during these arrangements.
  • Follow PH advice on testing, isolation and managing confirmed cases.  Confirmed cases – go home immediately,  not on public transport, wait in segregated, ventilated area and use PPE if close contact unavoidable.   Positive LFD result – go home and get PCR.
  • Retain a small ATS.

·         Provide clear information about symptoms and encourage vaccination.

 

 

BSN/DCG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY,DCG

 

 

 

BSN,DAN

 

BSN,DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed

15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

 

Enhanced transmission through mixing and close contact Public Health advice is to avoid whole school gatherings,  to allow only essential visits to site and to avoid wherever possible close contact between adults and between adults and students. We will

Limit visits to site to essential visits and ensure that we

·         screen visitors on arrival for Covid symptoms,  including a temperature check

·         minimise time spent by visitors on site

·         arrange essential visits outside school hours if possible

·         ensure visitors are familiar with and follow the school’s Covid-19 arrangements

·         Avoid gatherings of parents, indoors or outdoors, on the school site,  and ensure that any individual meetings are suitably distanced.

We will minimise the close contact between staff by ensuring

·         work rooms, staff rooms and other communal spaces are arranged to allow suitable distancing

·         staff work where possible  in their own spaces, and where sharing occurs suitable cleaning takes place

·         we will assess the need in each instance for face to face meetings and ensure suitable mitigation of risks, including the use of face coverings and distancing if face to face meetings take place.

We will minimise the risk  of close contact between students and staff by setting up forward facing classrooms to allow 2m distancing from the teaching space.  Clear guidelines are published on maintaining a Covid secure classroom and all staff have attended training.

 

We will ensure any trips and visits out of school are to Covid-secure premises and such events will have a detailed school risk assessment.

 

We will make adaptations to our working practices to minimise transmission as follows:

·         staggered break and end to school day;

·          sittings and designated social areas in place for lunch and break times

·          One way system to limit contacts between lessons

 

 

 

 

 

BRN,BDS,ARY,DAN,RFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN, SLT

 

 

 

 

MMY,BSN

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

ARY, BSN, DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

Transmission to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance, but CEV people may wish to think particularly carefully about the additional precautions they can continue to take. Further information can be found in the guidance on protecting people who are CEV from COVID-19.

Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace and it is no longer necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home. Employers should be able to explain the measures they have in place to keep CEV staff safe at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on protecting vulnerable workers, including advice for employers and employees on how to talk about reducing risks in the workplace.

 

We will follow all recommendations from GPs or clinicians about the need for individual students to shield and support their education remotely.

While there is no general  requirement for CEV staff to isolate, we recognise that there may be particular concerns or issues which staff may wish to discuss,  taking this risk assessment as a starting point.  All staff are welcome to talk to Bev Davies in confidence in the first instance and CEV staff and those 28 weeks or more pregnant should do so in line with advice from Public Health authorities.  Appropriate arrangements,  which may include working from home where possible and the completion of a individual risk assessment,  will be made.

ARY,MMY

 

 

BDS, BRN, ARY

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Reviewed 15.11.21

Reviewed 01.12.21

 

 

 

 

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.  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

 

 

 

 

Updated Risk Assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated 01.11.21

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the return to school in September 2021.  It follows the Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance  updated on 27th September   2021 and  takes account of recent  advice  from local  Public Health officials in response to local circumstances.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for children, staff and others under these regulations as part of our duty to safeguard the Health and Safety of students, staff and all others who may work at or visit the school.

This risk assessment shows how we, as a school and employer, will meet our  legal duty to protect people from harm. We will  take reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school. We will  implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.  We will review and update our  risk assessment at least every 4 weeks and more frequently if the circumstances at our school or the public health advice  changes or if the monitoring and review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures show that any change is required.

This risk assessment is available to staff and health and safety representatives and they are notified when any updates are made and of the outcomes of any review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures.

 

Our risk assessment will  address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. Some of these will be familiar from previous risk assessments,  for example those written to support the full return to education in March 2021.  For clarity,  these controls are listed in the order of reference of the guidance of 27th September 2021 and our risk assessment follows the same arrangement.

 

  1. Symptomatic Individuals and Contact Tracing
  2. Face Coverings
  3. LFD testing
  4. Outbreak Management Plan
  5. Control Measures:
    1. Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
    2. Supplies of PPE
    3. Enhanced Cleaning
    4. Enhanced Ventilation
    5. Management of confirmed cases
    6. Information about symptoms and vaccination
  6. Mixing and bubbles
  7. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals

 

 

 

Risk Management Government and Public Health Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Transmission of Covid 19 from symptomatic individuals or those with positive test result

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptomatic Individuals or those who are required to stay at home (for example, to quarantine or because of a positive test result) should not come into school.

Management of confirmed cases in school – see 5e.

 

Individuals identified as close contacts are not required to isolate if

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

Students, Parents and Staff informed of the circumstances under which they should not attend school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While schools’ involvement in Contact Tracing ceased on 18th July,  we  will continue to give assistance and information as requested by NHS Test and Trace to support this process.  Advice from Gateshead Public Health (0191 433 3050) will be obtained in the event of positive cases indicated by PCR tests occurring in school.

 

As an additional safeguard,  household close contacts, who are exempt from isolation and are attending school, are encouraged to carry out daily lateral flow testing for 10 days after the onset of symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic) of the case in their household, and only attend school if their lateral flow test is negative. People who have tested positive with a PCR test within the last 90 days will not be encouraged to test unless they develop new symptoms.

 

ARY 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Aerosol Transmission of Covid 19 The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college. We will require students to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport and on public transport and in communal areas.  Visors are not a substitute for face coverings.

Staff will wear  face coverings outside classrooms in areas where they may not be able to maintain  distance from others.   This includes indoor communal areas and outside the school where close contact with other adults is possible, for example, on gate duty.  Staff will wear face coverings in practical lessons where a safe separation may not be possible.

RFT,DCG 06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Transmission of Covid 19 between students on return to school after holiday As pupils will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term. We have conducted 2 Lateral Flow tests on return in September for all students for whom consent was obtained. We will support the arrangements for ongoing home testing of staff and students and all members of the school community are reminded that they should test themselves for COVID-19 twice a week, and more frequently if they are specifically asked to do so.

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual does not have COVID-19 symptoms.

 

ARY, BSN, DAN 06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Measures in place are insufficient to limit Covid – 19 transmission adequately and to support workers who are self isolating Contingency Framework: education and childcare settings: The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (including responding to variants of concern) in education and childcare settings, covering: • the types of measures that settings should be prepared for • who can recommend these measures and where • when measures should be lifted • how decisions are made

 

 

The thresholds which we will apply in deciding whether to institute our Outbreak Management Plan are:

Thresholds for action (these apply after the 2 LFD tests on return)

• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1).

Actions after threshold crossed:

  • review existing control measures and consider seeking Public Health advice.
  • consider whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes
  • consider ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort
  • consider one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment

In addition,  we will prepare plans to address the following scenarios:

  • Reintroduction of shielding
  • Establishing an ATS
  • Reintroduction of face coverings
  • Restrictions on individual events,  for example parents evenings
  • Limiting student attendance, for example to just KS4 and KS5 and possible reduced requirement for staff to attend school to work

·         Reintroduction of bubbles (may be possible without introducing new timetable,  depending on definition of bubbles)

We will call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 as soon as we are made aware that any of our staff have tested positive. If cases amongst staff mean a setting meets the threshold, described above, employers will need to provide the 8-digit NHS Test and Trace Account ID (sometimes referred to as a CTAS number) of the person who tested positive, alongside the names of co-workers identified as close contacts. This will ensure that all workplace contacts are registered with NHS Test and Trace and can receive the necessary public health advice, including the support available to help people to self-isolate.

BRN, ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN, SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY/DCG

DAN/BSN/ARY

DAN/RFT

SLT

 

 

ARY,MEN

 

 

MEN, SLT

06.09.21

01.10.21

01.11.21

Transmission of Covid 19 by Aerosol and by Surface Contact in School Control measures are

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

We will:

·         Continue to promote hand and respiratory hygiene. Students will be required to sanitise their hands more regularly throughout the school day using the dispensers in classrooms, at the start and end of lessons and particularly before break and lunchtimes.  Students will be encouraged to maintain good respiratory hygiene, for example when coughing or sneezing with appropriate displays, presentations and reminders. Students are encouraged to come to school with their own supply of hand sanitiser and tissues and to follow Hands, Face, Space and Catch It, Kill It, Bin It.

  • Supplies of PPE (not generally required).  PPE supplies will be available in case close contact is required with a symptomatic individual but are not required in day to day working.
  • Continue to execute an enhanced cleaning schedule, increasing the frequency in response to local Public Health advice to  at least twice a day, and ensuring that any shared equipment is cleaned between uses.  Frequently used equipment, for example pens and stationery will not be shared and students should come to school with all their standard equipment to obviate the need for sharing.
  • Enhance ventilation.   Doors and windows will be opened and ventilation systems used to maximise fresh air flow while maintaining a reasonable working environment and ensuring safeguarding.  Poorly ventilated spaces will be identified and appropriate actions taken and use made of CO2 monitors to identify any badly ventilated spaces.   Ventilation will be considered carefully when visitors are in school.  Students should wear extra under layers to maintain comfort during these arrangements.
  • Follow PH advice on testing, isolation and managing confirmed cases.  Confirmed cases – go home immediately,  not on public transport, wait in segregated area as now and use PPE if close contact unavoidable.   Positive LFD result – go home and get PCR.
  • Retain a small ATS.

·         Provide clear information about symptoms and encourage vaccination.

 

 

BSN/DCG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY,DCG

 

 

 

BSN,DAN

 

BSN,DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

 

Enhanced transmission through mixing and close contact Public Health advice is to avoid whole school gatherings,  to allow only essential visits to site and to avoid wherever possible close contact between adults and between adults and students. We will

Limit visits to site to essential visits and ensure that we

·         screen visitors on arrival for Covid symptoms,  including a temperature check

·         minimise time spent by visitors on site

·         arrange essential visits outside school hours if possible

·         ensure visitors are familiar with and follow the school’s Covid-19 arrangements

·         Avoid gatherings of parents, indoors or outdoors, on the school site,  and ensure that any individual meetings are suitably distanced.

We will minimise the close contact between staff by ensuring

·         work rooms, staff rooms and other communal spaces are arranged to allow suitable distancing

·         staff work where possible  in their own spaces, and where sharing occurs suitable cleaning takes place

·         we will assess the need in each instance for face to face meetings and ensure suitable distancing if face to face meetings take place.

We will minimise the risk  of close contact between students and staff by setting up forward facing classrooms to allow 2m distancing from the teaching space.  Clear guidelines are published on maintaining a Covid secure classroom and all staff have attended training.

 

We will ensure any trips and visits out of school are to Covid-secure premises and such events will have a detailed school risk assessment.

 

We will make adaptations to our working practices to minimise transmission as follows:

·         staggered break and end to school day;

·          sittings and designated social areas in place for lunch and break times

·          One way system to limit contacts between lessons

 

 

 

 

 

BRN,BDS,ARY,DAN,RFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN, SLT

 

 

 

 

MMY,BSN

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

ARY, BSN, DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

Transmission to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance, but CEV people may wish to think particularly carefully about the additional precautions they can continue to take. Further information can be found in the guidance on protecting people who are CEV from COVID-19.

Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace and it is no longer necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home. Employers should be able to explain the measures they have in place to keep CEV staff safe at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on protecting vulnerable workers, including advice for employers and employees on how to talk about reducing risks in the workplace.

 

We will follow all recommendations from GPs or clinicians about the need for individual students to shield and support their education remotely.

While there is no general  requirement for CEV staff to isolate, we recognise that there may be particular concerns or issues which staff may wish to discuss,  taking this risk assessment as a starting point.  All staff are welcome to talk to Bev Davies in confidence in the first instance and CEV staff and those 28 weeks or more pregnant should do so in line with advice from Public Health authorities.  Appropriate arrangements,  which may include working from home where possible and the completion of a individual risk assessment,  will be made.

ARY,MMY

 

 

BDS, BRN, ARY

06.09.21

01.10.21

Updated 01.11.21

 

 

 

 

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.  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

 

 

 

 

Year 7 Tutor Evening

Click here to download a copy of the news letter

2nd November 2021

Year 7 Tutor Evenings            9th and 10th November 2021

Dear Parent / Carer,

We look forward to welcoming you to school to meet your child’s tutor to discuss how they have settled into school.  The meetings will take place over two evenings:

Tuesday 9th November from 3.45p.m. – 6.00p.m.

For parents / carers of pupils in the following tutor groups:     7 SWR   7CWN   7CBU   7SFY   7FCR

 

Wednesday 10th November from 3.45 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

For parents/carers of pupils in the following tutor groups:       7 AJN   7CRD   7GHN   7RYG   7JPL

To make an appointment please follow this link   SchoolCloud – Cardinal Hume Catholic School

In order to accommodate everyone, all appointments are limited to 5 minutes.  In order to maintain social distancing, we ask that only one parent/carer attends per appointment.  If your child is also attending with you, they must be in full school uniform.

 

Please arrive five minutes before your appointment, entering via the Pupil Entrance and exiting via Main Reception.

Please watch this introduction to  Assessment and Reporting in Y7-11 before attending the meeting.

https://tinyurl.com/acmzbuka

We look forward to welcoming you to Cardinal Hume Catholic School.

Yours sincerely

R Flint

Mrs R Flint

Letter to parents – 22.10.21

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Dear Parents and Carers

As you will be aware from reports in the media, there has been an increase in cases and transmission of Covid-19, nationally and locally. To help mitigate against the spread of the virus, in line with Public Health guidance, we have decided to reintroduce a number of measures from 1 st November until 3$ November 2021. These mitigations will be reviewed regularly, and may be reduced/adjusted earlier, or extended further, depending on local data.

The school’s risk assessment will be adjusted from 1 st November and published on the school website. Please be aware of the following key adjustments and reminders, which will allow families to prepare for the return to school after half-term:

Existing arrangements will be refined to minimise unavoidable mixing between year groups. Collective events, such as assemblies, will take place in year group bubbles.

  • All pupils to weara face covering in all communal areas unless exempt. Areminder that all face coverings must be plain black or white and students should bring a small bag to store the mask when not in use. Face coverings should be worn in congested areas outside school, including public transport and dedicated school transport.

All adults to wear a face covering in all communal areas unless exempt, if a safe distance cannot be maintained.

  • Where possible, staff will teach from a 2-metre distance, in line with our policy on socially distanced teaching.
  • During practical lessons, staff will wear face coverings if a safe distance cannot be achieved. Parent events and visits from external visitors are extremely valuable. We will assess the risk and benefits of such visits and ensure suitable mitigations are in place. We will communicate arrangements for each event in a timely manner.
  • The staggered arrangements at break time and at the end of the day will remain in place, as will our one-way system.

We will ensure any trips and visits out of school are to Covid-secure premises and such events will have a detailed school risk assessment.

  • We will ensure windows are open in the classroom to facilitate good ventilation, as much as is practicable, and monitor air quality with the use of C02 monitors. As we enter the colder weather, students are encouraged to wear additional underlayers.

All members of the school community are reminded that they should test themselves for COVI D-19 twice a week, and more frequently if they are specifically asked to do so.

  • There will be further increases to the frequency of surface cleaning during the school day.
  • Students will be required to sanitise their hands more regularly throughout the school day, using the dispensers in classrooms, and follow Hands, Face, Space and Catch It, Kill It, Bin lt. Students are encouraged to come to school with their own supply of hand sanitiser and tissues. To help minimise contacts, students are reminded of the need to come to school fully prepared with all of their standard equipment
  • Household close contacts, who are exempt from isolation and are attending school, are encoura ged to carry out daily lateral flow testing for 10 days after the onset of symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic) of the case in their household, and only attend school if their lateral flow test is negative. People who have tested positive with a PCR test within the last 90 days should not be encouraged to test unless they develop new symptoms.

All members of our school community are encouraged to follow national guidance for all contacts and access a PCR test: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

While these are our current intentions, it may be the case that further changes are needed over the half-term break. If this is the case, we will inform you as soon as possible.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of the school and to commend our brilliant students. They have been outstanding in their approach to their studies and catch-up since September, after a very challenging 18 months.

Yours faithfully

Mr. B. Robson

Headteacher

Updated Risk Assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated 01.10.21

 

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the return to school in September 2021 after the Step 4 relaxation of National Guidelines.  It follows the Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance  of 27th August  2021.  It takes account of any advice or requirement from Public Health officials in response to local circumstances.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for children, staff and others under these regulations as part of our duty to safeguard the Health and Safety of students, staff and all others who may work at or visit the school.

This risk assessment shows how we, as a school and employer, will meet our  legal duty to protect people from harm. We will  take reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school. We will  implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.  We will review and update our  risk assessment at least every 4 weeks and more frequently if the circumstances at our school or the public health advice  changes or if the monitoring and review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures show that any change is required.

This risk assessment is available to staff and health and safety representatives and they are notified when any updates are made and of the outcomes of any review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures.

 

Our risk assessment will  address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. Some of these will be familiar from previous risk assessments,  for example those written to support the full return to education in September 2020.  For clarity,  these controls are listed in the order of reference of the guidance of 27th August and are summarised below for convenience:

 

  1. Symptomatic Individuals and Contact Tracing
  2. Face Coverings
  3. LFD testing
  4. Outbreak Management Plan
  5. Control Measures:
    1. Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
    2. Supplies of PPE
    3. Enhanced Cleaning
    4. Enhanced Ventilation
    5. Management of confirmed cases
    6. Information about symptoms and vaccination
  6. Mixing and bubbles
  7. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals

 

 

 

To show clearly how these actions are executed and these measures are considered, the sections in our risk assessment below correspond to these headings.

 

Risk Management Government and Public Health Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Transmission of Covid 19 from symptomatic individuals or those with positive test result

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptomatic Individuals or those who are required to stay at home (for example, to quarantine or because of a positive test result) should not come into school.

Management of confirmed cases in school – see 5e.

 

Individuals identified as close contacts are not required to isolate if

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

Students, Parents and Staff informed of the circumstances under which they should not attend school

 

 

 

 

 

 

While schools’ involvement in Contact Tracing ceased on 18th July,  we  will continue to give assistance and information as requested by NHS Test and Trace to support this process.  Advice from Gateshead Public Health (0191 433 3050) will be obtained in the event of positive cases indicated by PCR tests occurring in school.

ARY 06.09.21

01.10.21

Aerosol Transmission of Covid 19 The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college. We will require students to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport and on public transport.   Visors are not a substitute for face coverings.

Staff are recommended to wear  face coverings outside classrooms in areas where they may not be able to maintain  distance from others.   This includes indoor communal areas and outside the school where close contact with other adults is possible, for example, on gate duty.

RFT,DCG 06.09.21

01.10.21

Transmission of Covid 19 between students on return to school after holiday As pupils will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term. We have conducted 2 Lateral Flow tests on return in September for all students for whom consent is obtained. We will support the arrangements for ongoing home testing of staff and students.

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

 

ARY, BSN, DAN 06.09.21

01.10.21

Measures in place are insufficient to limit Covid – 19 transmission adequately and to support workers who are self isolating Contingency Framework: education and childcare settings: The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (including responding to variants of concern) in education and childcare settings, covering: • the types of measures that settings should be prepared for • who can recommend these measures and where • when measures should be lifted • how decisions are made

 

 

The thresholds which we will apply in deciding whether to institute our Outbreak Management Plan are:

Thresholds for action (these apply after the 2 LFD tests on return)

• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1).

Actions after threshold crossed:

  • review existing control measures and consider seeking Public Health advice.
  • consider whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes
  • consider ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort
  • consider one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment

In addition,  we will prepare plans to address the following scenarios:

  • Reintroduction of shielding
  • Establishing an ATS
  • Reintroduction of face coverings
  • Restrictions on individual events,  for example parents evenings
  • Limiting student attendance, for example to just KS4 and KS5 and possible reduced requirement for staff to attend school to work

·         Reintroduction of bubbles (may be possible without introducing new timetable,  depending on definition of bubbles)

We will call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 as soon as we are made aware that any of our staff have tested positive. If cases amongst staff mean a setting meets the threshold, described above, employers will need to provide the 8-digit NHS Test and Trace Account ID (sometimes referred to as a CTAS number) of the person who tested positive, alongside the names of co-workers identified as close contacts. This will ensure that all workplace contacts are registered with NHS Test and Trace and can receive the necessary public health advice, including the support available to help people to self-isolate.

BRN, ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN, SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY/DCG

DAN/BSN/ARY

DAN/RFT

SLT

 

 

ARY,MEN

 

 

MEN, SLT

06.09.21

01.10.21

Transmission of Covid 19 by Aerosol and by Surface Contact in School Control measures are

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

We will:

·         Continue to promote hand and respiratory hygiene, encouraging students to clean hands at the start and end of lessons,  particularly before break and lunch.   Students will be encouraged to maintain good respiratory hygiene, for example when coughing or sneezing with appropriate displays, presentations and reminders.

  • Supplies of PPE (not generally required).  PPE supplies will be available in case close contact is required with a symptomatic individual but are not required in day to day working.
  • Continue to execute an enhanced cleaning schedule,  at least twice a day and ensuring that any shared equipment is cleaned between uses.  Frequently used equipment, for example pens and stationery will not be shared.
  • Enhance ventilation.   Doors and windows will be opened and ventilation systems used to maximise fresh air flow while maintaining a reasonable working environment and ensuring safeguarding.  Poorly ventilated spaces will be identified and appropriate actions taken and use made of CO2 monitors, when supplied, to validate actions.  Ventilation will be considered carefully when visitors are in school.
  • Follow PH advice on testing, isolation and managing confirmed cases.  Confirmed cases – go home immediately,  not on public transport, wait in segregated area as now and use PPE if close contact unavoidable.   Positive LFD result – go home and get PCR.
  • Retain a small ATS.

·         Provide clear information about symptoms and encourage vaccination.

 

 

BSN/DCG

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY,DCG

 

 

 

BSN,DAN

 

BSN,DCG

06.09.21

01.10.21

Enhanced transmission through mixing and close contact Public Health advice is to avoid whole school gatherings,  to allow only essential visits to site and to avoid wherever possible close contact between adults and between adults and students. We will

Limit visits to site to essential visits and ensure that we

·         screen visitors on arrival for Covid symptoms,  including a temperature check

·         minimise time spent by visitors on site

·         arrange essential visits outside school hours if possible

·         ensure visitors are familiar with and follow the school’s Covid-19 arrangements

·         Avoid gatherings of parents, indoors or outdoors, on the school site,  and ensure that any individual meetings are suitably distanced.

We will minimise the close contact between staff by ensuring

·         work rooms, staff rooms and other communal spaces are arranged to allow suitable distancing

·         staff work where possible  in their own spaces, and where sharing occurs suitable cleaning takes place

·         we will assess the need in each instance for face to face meetings and ensure suitable distancing if face to face meetings take place.

We will minimise the risk  of close contact between students and staff by setting up forward facing classrooms to allow 2m distancing from the teaching space.  Clear guidelines are published on maintaining a Covid secure classroom and all staff have attended training.

 

We will make adaptations to our working practices to minimise transmission as follows:

·         staggered start/end to school day;

·          sittings and designated social areas in place for lunch and break times

 

 

BRN,BDS,ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN, SLT

 

 

 

 

MMY,BSN

06.09.21

01.10.21

Transmission to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance, but CEV people may wish to think particularly carefully about the additional precautions they can continue to take. Further information can be found in the guidance on protecting people who are CEV from COVID-19.

Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace and it is no longer necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home. Employers should be able to explain the measures they have in place to keep CEV staff safe at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on protecting vulnerable workers, including advice for employers and employees on how to talk about reducing risks in the workplace.

 

We will follow all recommendations from GPs or clinicians about the need for individual students to shield and support their education remotely.

While there is no general  requirement for CEV staff to isolate, we recognise that there may be particular concerns or issues which staff may wish to discuss,  taking this risk assessment as a starting point.  All staff are welcome to talk to Bev Davies in confidence in the first instance and CEV staff and those 28 weeks or more pregnant should do so in line with advice from Public Health authorities.  Appropriate arrangements,  which may include working from home where possible and the completion of a individual risk assessment,  will be made.

ARY,MMY

 

 

BDS, BRN, ARY

06.09.21

01.10.21

 

 

 

 

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.  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

 

 

 

 

Updated Risk Assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment 

Updated 13.09.21

 

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the return to school in September 2021 after the Step 4 relaxation of National

Guidelines.  It follows the Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance  of 27th August  2021.  It takes account of any advice or requirement from Public

Health officials in response to local circumstances.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks related to Coronavirus (COVID19) for children, staff and others under these regulations as part of our duty to safeguard the Health and Safety of students, staff and all others who may work at or visit the school.

This risk assessment shows how we, as a school and employer, will meet our  legal duty to protect people from harm. We will  take reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school. We will  implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.  We will review and update our  risk assessment at least every 4 weeks and more frequently if the circumstances at our school or the public health advice  changes or if the monitoring and review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures show that any change is required.

This risk assessment is available to staff and health and safety representatives and they are notified when any updates are made and of the outcomes of any review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures.

 

Our risk assessment will  address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. Some of these will be familiar from previous risk assessments,  for example those written to support the full return to education in September 2020.  For clarity,  these controls are listed in the order of reference of the guidance of 27th August and are summarised below for convenience:

 

  1. Symptomatic Individuals and Contact Tracing
  2. Face Coverings
  3. LFD testing
  4. Outbreak Management Plan 5. Control Measures:
    1. Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
    2. Supplies of PPE
    3. Enhanced Cleaning
    4. Enhanced Ventilation
    5. Management of confirmed cases
    6. Information about symptoms and vaccination
  5. Mixing and bubbles
  6. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals

 

 

 

To show clearly how these actions are executed and these measures are considered, the sections in our risk assessment below correspond to these headings.

 

Risk Management Government and Public Health Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Transmission of Covid 19 from symptomatic individuals or those with positive test result

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptomatic Individuals or those who are required to stay at home (for example, to quarantine or because of a positive test result) should not come into school.

Management of confirmed cases in school – see 5e.

 

Individuals identified as close contacts are not required to isolate if

•       they are fully vaccinated

•       they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months

•       they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

•       they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

Students, Parents and Staff informed of the circumstances under which they should not attend school

 

 

 

 

 

 

While schools’ involvement in Contact Tracing ceased on 18th July,  we  will continue to give assistance and information as requested by NHS Test and Trace to support this process.  Advice from Gateshead Public Health (0191 433 3050) will be obtained in the event of positive cases indicated by PCR tests occurring in school.

ARY 06.09.21

13.9.21

Aerosol Transmission of Covid 19 The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college. We will require students to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport and on public transport.   Visors are not a substitute for face coverings.

Staff are recommended to wear  face coverings outside classrooms in areas where they may not be able to maintain  distance from others.   This includes indoor communal areas and outside the school where close contact with other adults is possible, for example, on gate duty.

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13.9.21

Transmission of Covid 19 between students on As pupils will potentially mix with lots of

other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow

We will conduct 2 Lateral Flow tests on return in September for all students for whom consent is obtained.

A separate risk assessment is available for the LFD process.

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13.9.21

 

return to school after holiday device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term. We will communicate the results of any positive tests to students and parents and provide them with the information in 1. above.  Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID19.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

We will support the arrangements for ongoing home testing of staff and students.

 

Measures in place are insufficient to limit Covid – 19 transmission adequately and to support workers who are self isolating Contingency Framework: education and childcare settings: The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (including responding to variants of concern) in education and childcare settings, covering: • the types of measures that settings should be prepared for • who can recommend these measures and where • when measures should be lifted • how decisions are made

 

 

The thresholds which we will apply in deciding whether to institute our Outbreak Management Plan are:

Thresholds for action (these apply after the 2 LFD tests on return)

•      5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

•      10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1).

Actions after threshold crossed:

•      review existing control measures and consider seeking Public Health advice.

•      consider whether any activities could take place outdoors, including exercise, assemblies, or classes

•      consider ways to improve ventilation indoors, where this would not significantly impact thermal comfort

•      consider one-off enhanced cleaning focussing on touch points and any shared equipment

BRN, ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN, SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.9.21

13.9.21

 

In addition,  we will prepare plans to address the following scenarios:

•       Reintroduction of shielding

•       Establishing an ATS

•       Reintroduction of face coverings

•       Restrictions on individual events,  for example parents evenings

•       Limiting student attendance, for example to just KS4 and KS5 and possible reduced requirement for staff to attend school to work

•       Reintroduction of bubbles (may be possible without introducing new timetable,  depending on definition of bubbles)

We will call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 as soon as we are made aware that any of our staff have tested positive. If cases amongst staff mean a setting meets the threshold, described above, employers will need to provide the 8-digit NHS Test and Trace Account ID (sometimes referred to as a CTAS number) of the person who tested positive, alongside the names of co-workers identified as close contacts. This will ensure that all workplace contacts are registered with NHS Test and Trace and can receive the necessary public health advice, including the support available to help people to self-isolate.

 

 

ARY/DCG

DAN/BSN/ARY

DAN/RFT

SLT

 

 

ARY,MEN

 

 

MEN, SLT

Transmission of Covid

19 by Aerosol and by

Surface Contact in

School

Control measures are

1.    Ensure good hygiene for everyone.

2.    Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.

3.    Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

4.    Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

We will:

•       Continue to promote hand and respiratory hygiene, encouraging students to clean hands at the start and end of lessons,  particularly before break and lunch.   Students will be encouraged to maintain good respiratory hygiene, for example when coughing or sneezing with appropriate displays, presentations and reminders.

•       Supplies of PPE (not generally required).  PPE supplies will be available in case close contact is required with a symptomatic individual but are not required in day to day working.

•       Continue to execute an enhanced cleaning schedule, at least twice a day and ensuring that any shared

 

 

BSN/DCG

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

BSN

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13.9.21

 

equipment is cleaned between uses.  Frequently used equipment, for example pens and stationery will not be shared.

•       Enhance ventilation.   Doors and windows will be opened and ventilation systems used to maximise fresh air flow while maintaining a reasonable working environment and ensuring safeguarding.  Poorly ventilated spaces will be identified and appropriate actions taken and use made of CO2 monitors, when supplied, to validate actions.  Ventilation will be considered carefully when visitors are in school.

•       Follow PH advice on testing, isolation and managing confirmed cases.  Confirmed cases – go home

immediately,  not on public transport, wait in segregated area as now and use PPE if close contact unavoidable.   Positive LFD result – go home and get PCR.

•       Retain a small ATS.

•       Provide clear information about symptoms and encourage vaccination.

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY,DCG

 

 

 

BSN,DAN

 

BSN,DCG

Enhanced transmission through mixing and close contact Public Health advice is to avoid whole school gatherings,  to allow only essential visits to site and to avoid wherever possible close contact between adults and between adults and students. We will limit visits to site to essential visits and ensure that we

•       screen visitors on arrival for Covid symptoms,  including a temperature check

•       minimise time spent by visitors on site

•       arrange essential visits outside school hours if possible

•       ensure visitors are familiar with and follow the school’s Covid-19 arrangements

•       Avoid gatherings of parents, indoors or outdoors, on the school site,  and ensure that any individual meetings are suitably distanced.

We will minimise the close contact between staff by ensuring

•       work rooms, staff rooms and other communal spaces are arranged to allow suitable distancing

•       staff work where possible  in their own spaces, and where sharing occurs suitable cleaning takes place

•       we will assess the need in each instance for face to face meetings and ensure suitable distancing if face to face meetings take place.

 

BRN,BDS,ARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN, SLT

 

 

 

 

13.9.21
We will minimise the risk  of close contact between students and staff by setting up forward facing classrooms to allow  distancing from the teaching space.  Clear guidelines are published on maintaining a Covid secure classroom and all staff have attended training.

 

We will make adaptations to our working practices to minimise transmission as follows:

•       staggered start/end to school day;

•       sittings and designated social areas in place for lunch and break times

 

MMY,BSN
Transmission to

Clinically Extremely

Vulnerable Individuals

Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance, but CEV people may wish to think particularly carefully about the additional precautions they can continue to take. Further information can be found in the guidance on protecting people who are CEV from COVID19.

Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace and it is no longer necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home. Employers should be able to explain the measures they have in place to keep CEV staff safe at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on protecting vulnerable workers, including advice for employers and employees on how to talk about reducing risks in the workplace.

 

We will follow all recommendations from GPs or clinicians about the need for individual students to shield and support their education remotely.

While there is no general  requirement for CEV staff to isolate, we recognise that there may be particular concerns or issues which staff may wish to discuss,  taking this risk assessment as a starting point.  All staff are welcome to talk to Bev Davies in confidence in the first instance and CEV staff and those 28 weeks or more pregnant should do so in line with advice from Public Health authorities.  Appropriate arrangements,  which may include working from home where possible and the completion of a individual risk assessment,  will be made.

ARY,MMY

 

 

BDS, BRN,

ARY

6.9.21

13.9.21

 

 

 

 

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.  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