Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Action Plan and Risk Assessment
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:
- Symptomatic Individuals and Contact Tracing
- Face Coverings
- LFD testing
- Outbreak Management Plan
- Control Measures:
- Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
- Supplies of PPE
- Enhanced Cleaning
- Enhanced Ventilation
- Management of confirmed cases
- Information about symptoms and vaccination
- Mixing and bubbles
- 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
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.
|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.
|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
|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:
In addition, we will prepare plans to address the following scenarios:
· 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.
|Transmission of Covid 19 by Aerosol and by Surface Contact in School||Control measures are
· 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.
· Provide clear information about symptoms and encourage vaccination.
|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
|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.
BDS, BRN, ARY
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.
Cllr. T. Graham
Chair of Governors
Mr. B. Robson