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


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


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



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.






































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.










































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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
































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.







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.




Cllr. T. Graham

Chair of Governors



Mr. B. Robson

Head Teacher





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