Following on from yesterday's information about a possible return to school for some children after half term, the Government has now sent initial advice documents to schools.
Below is a summary of the advice which we want to share with you.
It would be really helpful to us to know what you think about the advice.
Please read through the advice then complete the form below to give us an INITIAL idea of your views on a possible return to school. None of this is set in stone at the moment. It is all subject to change.
Please complete a separate form for each child, if you have more than one at the school.
Please complete by 9am tomorrow (Wednesday).
If you have not yet sent in your email address, please do so today to firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS HOW WE WILL COMMUNICATE WITH EACH CLASS SHOULD WE BE REOPENING.
Summary of Advice from DfE
1. No need for PPE – No need for face masks or face covering EXCEPT for those staff that work closely with the children (i.e. intimate care needs) – ARP. Face masks should also be used by staff that are supervising children that are ill/showing symptoms in school while we wait for parents to collect.
2. Shielding children should NOT attend school.
3. Shielding (clinically extremely vulnerable – those with a GOV. letter) adults should NOT attend school.
4. If a child or member of staff lives with someone who is shielding (clinically extremely vulnerable – those with a GOV. letter) then they should NOT be in school.
5. Class sizes – no more than 15 children in any room at any time.
6. Groups of children must NOT mix together or come into contact, and children within a group should remain 2metres apart, if they can. This is harder to enforce for EYFS.
7. If there is a shortage of teachers, a teaching assistant could lead a group.
8. Updated risk assessments need to be done.
9. Desks and seats need to be separated (2m distance) between them, if possible.
10. Timetable – Not the normal curriculum.
11. Reduce movement around the school - groups are to stick to 1 room during the day.
12. Stagger break & lunchtimes so they groups are not mixing together/moving around the school at the same time.
13. Stagger drop-off and collection times – children to arrive/collected at different times.
14. Drop-off and collection times – protocols for adult to adult contact needs to be minimal. A plan needs to be in place for meeting/collection points and timings for each group.
15. Toys and equipment should not be used by other groups and should be cleaned between groups.
16. Unnecessary items in classrooms should be removed and stored elsewhere in the school.
17. Remove all soft furnishings, toys and soft toys that cannot easily be cleaned every day.
18. Only one parent/carer can escort a child to school, if they cannot walk to school on their own.
19. Parents/carers cannot enter site and/or gather at school gates and doors.
20. Contact all contractors (food, cleaning, maintenance etc) to ensure they are aware of protocols.
21. Same staff to work with their groups as much as possible.
22. Where possible, let the groups remain in the same classroom for the duration of the term that they are in school.
23. Hand sanitiser in all classrooms.
24. Bins emptied throughout the day.
25. Doors propped-open, and rooms need to be well ventilated. Windows open.
26. Divider down the middle of the corridor to ensure people only walk on one side of it
27. Limited toilet breaks so that children don’t gather at the toilets.
28. Exercise and breaks – go outside. Each group not to mix and to stagger the times.
29. Outdoor equipment/apparatus/play equipment/climbing frames should not be used unless school can guarantee it will be cleaned between each group and each evening too.
30. Dining hall can be used as long as groups are kept apart and do not mix. Otherwise, food to be brought to the children in their classrooms.(Children are likely to be eating in the classroom or outside)
31. Limit children/staff taking things home and then back to school.
32. Don’t share stationery or resources. Shared areas and surfaces need cleaning daily, and disinfected/bleached frequently.
33. Encourage children to walk to school.
34.If anyone has a cough/temperature/feels unwell at school, they must be sent home. They will need to self-isolate for 14 days, or until tested negative.
35. If a child is waiting to be collected, they should be kept in a room on their own (or supervised depending on their age) with the door closed and a window open. If this child/adult needs to go to toilet before being collected, they should use a separate toilet and it must be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected afterwards before anyone else can use it.
36. PPE should be worn by staff working with children displaying symptoms.
37.If a child or adult shows symptoms and tests positive for CoVid-19, then the whole group that the children was in must be sent home and they must self-isolate for 14 days.
38.If other cases are then also confirmed at the school, then Public Health England will advise the HT/school on next steps/possible closure