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HEAP BRIDGE VILLAGE PRIMARY SCHOOL

COVID-19 Recovery Plan & Risk Assessment

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People who might be harmed:  staff, pupils, visitors & wider school community 

Initial Assessment date: March 2020

Are there any special considerations needed for new & expectant mothers or persons under 18, etc.   Yes – all vulnerable groups have completed an individual risk assessment to assess individual need

Latest review date:

January 2022

Names of all involved in assessment process: Headteacher, SLT, Govs & all school based staff (inc. Dolce & FM staff)

Headteacher authentication:

Mr. M. Cockcroft

 

 

School context

This risk assessment contains our ongoing response to managing the risk posed by the virus SARs-CoV-2 and Covid-19. It accompanies a range of day to day measures that we have published in a more staatic risk assessment (embedded below and available for download in our Covid download area).

This page is updated regularly and should be checked for updates frequently, particularly during any Covid-19 outbreaks or local increase in infection rates.

 

 Essential measures include:

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

 

Day to day risk assessment

 

 

Dynamic Risk Assessment

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Summary

This risk assessment outlines the school’s response to the current context both locally and nationally in relation to the Covid 19 pandemic. It is expected that, as pupils remain school, there is likely to be a rise in infections and it is therefore important that we retain a step-up, step-down approach to our processes within school to keep our pupils, staff and wider school community safe. This ‘Outbreak management planning’ will generally be triggered in consultation with the local authority or public health team and will follow advice given at a Greater Manchester level alongside actions specific to our school context.

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Communication:

During this continued period of the pandemic, we shall continue to update and communicate with parents as we have done throughout. This page will be updated as required and parents will continue to receive emails, weekly newsletters and phone calls where appropriate. We shall also direct parents to updates via our Twitter and Facebook page.

 

Quick links:

Class or group sizes

Drop-off & collection by parents

Cloakrooms & uniform

Toilets (inc. staff toilets)

Classrooms

Curriculum

Pupils mental health and well-being

Breaktime & Lunchtimes

Movement around school

Assemblies

Offices

Visitors & deliveries to the school

Staff  inc.gatherings/meetings/staffroom

NEW - Supporting pregnant members of staff

Before and After School

Face Coverings

Social Distancing

 

 

School context

This risk assessment is constantly updated as we learn from our current practice, outbreaks of positive cases of the virus and to keep in line with the latest government and public health advice.

It is the responsibility of ALL STAFF within our school community to monitor, enforce and adhere to the actions set out in this risk assessment. The Headteacher and other members of the SLT will also actively monitor practices across the school to ensure compliance and embedding of safe practice.

Disciplinary action may be taken if any member of staff or pupil has disregard for any of the measures set out in this document.

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Dynamic risk assessment

 

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Class or group/bubble sizes

It is no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). As well as enabling flexibility in curriculum delivery, this means that assemblies can resume, and you no longer need to make alternative arrangements to avoid mixing at lunch.

 

We will:

  • Continue to keep the general principle of a bubble structure across school within our timetabling of assemblies, lunchtime and breaktimes. Although bubbles will be allowed to mix, this will generally be across key stages or pairs of classes.
  • Ensure our timetabling and staffing allocations allow a swift return to separating bubbles if local or school infection rates dictate the need for further action.

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

We may:

  • Revert to each year group being considered a 'bubble'
  • Stagger break and lunch times to ensure class bubbles are kept separate as far as is possible.
  • Assign staff to work with as small a number of bubbles as is practical to maintain the effective running of the school. For class teachers, this will typically be one bubble but for TAs this may be two or three bubbles depending on the range of roles carried out across the school.

Keep clear records of pupils and staff within each bubble to ensure a rapid track and trace response during the Covid-19 outbreak within the school.

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Drop-off & collection by parents

Drop off and pick-up times will return to our pre-pandemic arrangements. ALL pupils should make their way to the school yard between 8:50am and 9am. Any pupils arriving after 9am will be considered LATE.

  • Classes will be greeted in the morning by a member of staff that will oversee an orderly, gradual entry in to school, avoiding groups of pupils congesting in pressure points on the corridors.
  • Reception class children will enter and leave via the top playground. 

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

We may:

  • re-introduce a staggered start and finish to the school day.

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Cloakrooms & uniform

All pupils are expected to wear school uniform in line with normal school policy.

  • NO SCHOOL BAGS TO BE BROUGHT IN TO SCHOOL – lunch boxes and bookbags are permitted

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

We may:

  • Reception & Year 1 may use separate areas within the KS1 cloakroom to hang coats.
  • Staff  supervision of any access to the cloakrooms/toilet areas to ensure no other children/bubbles are present.
  • Yr 2-6 – use back of chairs (for coats) to avoid use of and congestion in cloakrooms

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Toilets (inc. staff toilets)

  • Class routines should encourage the use of toilets at key points in the day to reduce instances where pupils need to go during lessons.
  • No pupil should be denied the use of the toilet during any time of the school day
  • Cleaning products will remain in staff toilets for individuals to apply prior/after to using (if required).
  • Increased cleaning of toilet areas (frequently touched surfaces) will remain and be ensured by site management staff throughout the day.

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

We may:

  • Toilet routines may be established by individual class teachers / classroom staff in line with timetabled breaks. 
  • Limit number of pupils in toilet area number of cubicles (+ 2 for use of urinals in boys toilets)- only two children to use urinals (one at each end with middle area taped off to encourage social distancing).
  • Pupil’s will need briefing/training – pupils encouraged to use same cubicle where possible
  • Remove use of hand dryers. Paper towels will be available in toilets for hand drying.

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Classrooms

  • Class cleaning rotas to manage frequently touched surfaces during the day (classroom staff) and general cleans daily (site management staff).
  •  Pupils in KS2 will still be required to take their water bottle home to wash and refill each day. Water bottles for pupils in Reception and KS1 will remain in school and be managed by school staff.

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

We may:

  • Each child to revert to having a personal resource pack i.e. pencil, pen ruler...
  • Desks may revert to being arranged in rows, facing the front of the class and separated where possible (this will not be the case in Reception and limited in Year 1)
  • Limit resources to those which can be easily cleaned... classroom staff to take responsibility for cleaning of resources.
  • Remove and store soft furnishings I.e. cushions, soft toys etc.. from classrooms/shared areas

We will not remove books – individual expectations set out for each year group will clarify how the use of classroom books will be managed.

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Curriculum - Remote Learning

  • Whole school ssemblies will resume
  • After school clubs/activities will resume.
  • All children will access our full whole school curriculum plan.
  • Staff will maintain a broad and balanced curriculum while prioritising the most significant gaps in pupils' knowledge resulting from previous lockdowns/school closures.
  • Pupils isolating at home (and well) will have full access to class teaching through our remote learning strategy, including access to live lessons through Google Meet, Google Classroom and Tapestry (Rec/Y1).
  • All pupils requiring the use of a school Chromebook (will isolating) will be loaned a device by the school (mobile data solutions may also be available).
  • Government allocated 'Catch up' funding will be used to support pupils narrow any gaps that have developed during school closures and to minimise potential gaps developing during future closures i.e. to ensure better access to online/distancing learning.

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

We may:

  • Cancel, postpone or cease to plan further educational visits 
  • Cancel assemblies and after school activities (other than the Hub)
  • Send home parts of classess, full classes or multiple classes (depending on the size and nature of the outbreak).

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Breaktime & Lunchtimes

  • We will continue to operate a breaktime rota to minimise contact between groups of pupils though bubbles will be allowed to mix when timetabled for breaktime at the same time.
  • We will increase the number of children eating their lunch in the dining room but retain our previous arrangements with some classes continuing to eat in their classroom. This will ensure we do not return to a full dining room, maintain some separation of pupil groups and increase the efficiency of our lunch time period.
  • Some year groups will mix again at break times though this will generally be across less so than pre-pandemic arrangements. We want to strike a balance between enjoying the benefits of separating year groups over the past twelve months (e.g. reduced first aid incidents, improved behaviour…) while increasing pupils ability to socialise across year groups.

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

We may:

  • Revert to our previous bubble arrangements for the lunchtime period if there is a need to reduce contacts between pupil groups.

 

Free school meals 
If your personal/work circumstances have changed and you think you may now be entitled to receive free school meals, you can find further information on how to apply here.

 

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Movement around school

All restrictions on movement around school will be lifted though staff should be mindful of avoiding situations leading to over congestion on corridors or key pressure points around school.

We will continue with designated staircase use for year groups when entering/exiting school using playground.

  • All odd year groups (Rec, Y1, Y3 & Y5) will continue to use the near side door/staircase to enter/exit the building.
  • All even year groups (Y2, Y4 & Y6) will continue to use the far side door and staircase to enter/exit the building.
  • Pupils will be co-ordinated from the yard by a member of staff.

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

We may:

  • Use queue barriers to support traffic direction & social distancing within hall.
  • Timetable to control flow of traffic in corridor areas –controlled by staggering movement of groups across the school day.
  • Self-closing (fire) doors may be wedged open during ‘group movement’ but must be removed directly after to maintain fire safety.
  • Each class to have own wedge to use during transitions. 
  • SLT/school staff will monitor peak flow times during the school day and additional restrictions may be applied if required.
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Offices
 
The offices are used by the bursar, the Headteacher and the deputy Headteacher. The previous restrictions on numbers in the office have been removed though staff should be mindful not to overcrowd these areas and maintain a sensible approach to social distancing where appropriate and/or possible.
  • the window in the HT/DHT office should be opened frequently where appropriate (to aid ventilation)

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

  • restrictions to two people (per office space)
  • staff working within the office will be mindful of maintaining maximum social distancing where possible
  • office staff will generally come out of the office to deal with concerns rather than inviting people in to the office environment
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Visitors contractors & deliveries to the school
  • The school re-open to more visitors though we will not plan parent events i.e. assemblies / WTLT days until the summer term
  • Volunteers, students and work experience placements will be facilitated where we have prior arrangements with organising bodies i.e. Arch Alliance, to maintain their ability to continue providing the core requirements of relevant courses and (for volunteers) to meet the needs of the school.

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

  • The school will keep visitors to an absolute minimum and only where there is a critical need.
  • Office staff to sign visitors in to minimise cross contamination of device. This will be supported by the expectation for planned visitors to sign in remotely, prior to arrival and verified when presenting at the school office.
  • Ensure glass screen is kept closed – put up sign to explain reason for this to parents/visitors. 
  • Visitors to wear masks when in school entrance and while signing in - notices to be displayed on main doors/entry points.
  • Deliveries to be checked and processed using PPE i.e. face mask and gloves. Ensure washing of hands afterwards.
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Staff  inc.gatherings/meetings/staffroom
  • Staff will wear their usual professional dress at work.
  • Although social distancing restrictions have been removed, staff are encouraged to maintain an appropriate distance from pupils and other members of staff where possible. 
  • Staff who chose to wear a face covering in school will be supported (see section on face coverings)
  • Limits to numbers in the staffroom will be lifted though the additional staffroom provision will remain. Staff are encouraged to manage sensible arrangements for lunchtimes avoiding over congestion in small areas.
  • Windows should be open in any staff area to aid ventilation.

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

  • Limit numbers in staffroom (x4) – cleaning routines/responsibilities...
  • Weekly staff meetings to adhere to social distancing guidelines–maintain continued use of virtual meetings where applicable and keep record of training delivered through them i.e. risk assessments/working practices/policies.

 

 

Supporting Pregnant Members of Staff

On 14th December 2021 the government updated its guidance on protective measures for pregnant employees. As such, any pregnant employees will take part in a risk assessment process that will take into account specific considerations in relation to COVID19 as detailed in RCOG/RCM guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) in pregnancy.

Our current risk assessment(s) for pregant staff (in relation to Covid 19) state that:

  • Additional member of staff (TA1) to support in all lessons to ensure:
    • all 121 pupil needs are met
    • pregnant staff can maintain 2m distance from pupils at all times
  • All lessons to be taught outside where possible or in school hall (well ventilated) – monitor CO2 monitors.
  • Cleaning/hygiene station in hall to support adherence to hygiene routines.
  • 3ply surgical facemask wearing (by all staff coming in to contact with pregnant staff) wherever 2m distance cannot be maintained.

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

  • review teaching of cohorts with multiple identified positive cases
  • work from home guidance to be reviewed
  • send pregnant staff home on authorised paid leave 
 
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Before and After School
  • The Hub will be fully open from September 2021 and resume its location in the Community Room on the upper yard.
  • Daily registers are kept for both morning and after school sessions
  • Staff will adhere to the general risk assessment for cleaning routines, removal of waste (as noted above).
  • There will be no bubble structure within the Hub - all pupils attending will be considered to be a single bubble if there is a need to reintroduce restrictions (unless otherwise directed).

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

  • Pupil numbers may be limited to enable 'bubble' system. Priority will be been given to pupils needing full time places if numbers are restricted.
  • Bubbles to be organised, where possible to protect integrity of wider class bubbles. 
  • Each bubble will be supported by designated staff
  • Both morning and afternoon sessions may be run from the school hall
  • No other after school clubs will operate to enable the use of the school hall.
  • Hub staff will operate in line with all other aspects of this risk assessment where relevant.
  • All 'Hub' resources will be cleaned between sessions with intensive cleaning of resources when/if switching bubbles.
  • The hall/library will be sectioned to enable appropriate staffing ratios and social distancing of groups.
  • Where staff need to cross bubbles (i.e. first aid) this will be recorded to support Test and Trace system.

 

 

 

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas. However, staff may continue to wear their own plain face covering in school if they chose to.
  • If staff wish to wear a face covering while working with pupils, school will provide a transparent face covering to pupils can see facial expressions and mouth movement. This is to support pupil learning.
  • Face coverings (whether transparent or cloth) should fit securely around the face to cover the nose and mouth and be made with a breathable material capable of filtering airborne particles.

 

Outbreak management planning (possible actions):

We may:

  • ask visitors to the school to wear a face covering while on site or in close proximity to others.
  • re-introduce the expectation to wear face coverings (for adults) in communal areas and when collecting/releasing  pupils at the start/end of the school day

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Social Distancing

Although social distancing is no longer required by law, the school and school staff will continue to promote social distancing where appropriate throughout the school day.