SCHOOLS' ADVICE REGARDING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: COVID-19

 

Whilst all updates from the DfE, NHS and Public Health can be found on the 'Latest News and Alerts' page, some other alerts may take over and therefore the information can also be found below. Specific LA school queries should be emailed to nina.bickerton@suffolk.gov.uk and your questions will be filtered to the department which is best able to respond. The DfE helpline should also be used, and in all cases, the Government advice followed. Suffolk Headlines will also be sending out information as will the Schools' Choice newsletter. There are some additional resources via web links and documents at the bottom of this page. Every two months, the text below will be 'archived' and placed in a Word document to clean up the page. All original documents will remain but check out the 'Archived information' sheet for previous posts.

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 14 September 2020: INFORMATION ON TESTING AND TESTING KITS
 
 The following is a message from the Public Health COVID-19 team:
 
 "We have received a few queries around the availability of testing kits in schools and would like share with you some new information that has been made available.  The DHSC has announced that Schools and FE providers should order additional test kits if they have run out or are running out of test kits. The portal will open for you to apply for more test kits on the 16 September.

Kits will be supplied in boxes of 10. The number of boxes available to each school or FE provider will be proportionate to their size.

Schools will be able to make a new order for Coronavirus test kits 21 days after they receive a delivery confirmation email telling them that the kits have been sent.

Schools and FE providers will need a Unique Organisation Number (UON) to place orders for test kits. UON will be received by email on or before 16 September. After this date, please call the Test and Trace helpdesk on 119 if the UON has not been received."
 
8 SEPTEMBER 2020 - NEW DOCUMENTS - ADDENDUM TO RISK ASSESSMENT AND UPDATE TO GUIDING PRINCIPLES
 
Please find below two new documents - an updated Guiding Principles to help you plan through the pandemic and an addition to the previous risk assessment to reflect the Government's updates on 28 August 2020.  Any queries, contact Nina.
 
4 SEPTEMBER 2020 - UPDATE TO FLOW CHART (AGAIN) AND FORMS FOR NOTIFICATION
 
A NEW flow chart which describes the actions to be taken by Schools, EY settings and Colleges, where there is either a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, can be found on the new page http://www.suffolklearning.co.uk/covid-forms.  Any queries, please contact Nina.
 

8 JULY 2020 - RISK ASSESSMENT FOR FULL OPENING SEPTEMBER 2020

The Government has now issued its guidance for the full opening of schools in the autumn term. We have produced a NEW RISK ASSESSMENT / CHECKLIST template, which is in the same format as the previous ones issued this term - please find it below.
You MUST risk assess and plan for the full opening of your school. There are also new Guidance Principles similar to the previous ones, and you can find those below as well. Any questions on your risk assessment, please contact me at nina.bickerton@suffolk.gov.uk .
 
IF YOU WANT TO REFER BACK TO OLD PRIMARY AND SECONDARY ASSESSMENT TEMPLATES, THEY HAVE NOW BEEN MOVED TO THE ARCHIVED INFORMATION PAGE.
 
1 and 2 July 2020: The Government's "COVID-19 Secure" poster - SCHOOLS MUST DISPLAY THIS -
PLUS advice and guidance on why, when and how...
 
Once you have completed your COVID-19 risk assessment, and implemented all the measures that you need to, you must put up a self certified poster in your school to reassure employees and parents that you are COVID-19 Secure. You can find this poster below, alongside an article which will be in Headlines on 7th, which explains it further.  The Headteacher should sign the 'employer' part, date it, and maintained schools can put my name ('Nina Bickerton - Schools' Health and Safety Advisor') in the H&S representative area.  Any questions - please just email me.
 
30 June 2020: Managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms - 4 July reopening:
 
New guidance has been published about the reopening of playgrounds and outdoor gyms / equipment. I have recreated the guidance into a Word document and it is in the suite of guidance below.  Topics within it include the need to risk assess, cleaning, PPE (or not!), social distancing when the playground is in use, and the consideration of children and young people with additional needs. If you wish to see the web document, please click HERE  .    This document is relevant to all schools as you think about reopening outdoor play and gym equipment, although there may be the odd area which concerns public playgrounds. Any concerns, please email nina.bickerton@suffolk.gov.uk
 
25 June 2020: PROCESSES FOR TEST AND TRACE AND NOTIFICATION OF C19 CASES: 
 
In the document suite below, you will find an article on the Test and Trace system which needs to be followed if you have a suspected case of C19 within your school.  The Public Health flow chart is also embedded below and it gives guidance so that you can help prevent the spread of infection.  PLEASE READ BOTH DOCUMENTS!!!
 
19 June 2020: Amendments to risk assessments for the wider opening:

Department for Education (and general Government) guidance regarding the Corona Virus is updated frequently, which affects some documents here. The risk assessment templates for schools opening wider, are two such documents. Please refer to section 3.0 (both Primary and Secondary) which details clinically vulnerable groups and shielding, in conjunction with a return to school or the wish to remain working from home. pasting

In light of the Government updates, please ensure that you review your current ways of working regarding staff and children who are affected by shielding, and / or are in extremely vulnerable / vulnerable categories. Any questions or concerns can be directed to either the LA Safety, Health and Wellbeing Advisor at nina.bickerton@suffolk.gov.uk or the Schools Organisational Support Education Officers at EducationOfficersResolution@suffolk.gov.uk .

17 June 2020: Guiding Principles for staff returning to work - SCHOOLS' CHOICE:

Please find below a guiding principles document to support senior school leaders and headteachers in making staffing decisions alongside the wider opening of schools. Your named HR consultant or the HR duty line (0345 606 6046 option 3) will be happy to discuss this chart with you and answer any further questions you might have.

15 June 2020: Individual staff member risk assessment (returning to work):

In the documents below, you will find one called 'Individual Staff Risk Assessment - C19 - RTW'. This is a template for leaders to assess the safety of their returning staff, especially if they are in any of the vulnerable groups. It also should take into account where staff live in the same household as someone in a vulnerable group and are returning to work. Please ensure you use this template as a guide to determine the safety of your staff and of course the safety of your students and pupils.

9 June 2020: PHE Poster / Flowchart - What to do if someone has symptoms:

Public Health England have produced the flowchart below for schools to follow. If a staff member develops symptoms the school should request a priority test for keyworkers using the portal. If a pupil develops symptoms their parent should keep them at home and request a test using NHS.UK or by dialling 119 (or for children under 5 dial 111). As you will see from the flowchart, it is at the point that a staff member/pupil tests as positive for COVID that the school should contact PHE (details on the poster) to carry out a risk assessment and determine if any contacts in the school / setting need to self-isolate for 14 days. In any case, before considering partial closure or closure we would ask that schools contact us on 01473 263942.

8 June 2020: First Aid qualification update from the HSE:

The HSE’s website has been updated to: “The first aid training industry in England is confident that enough courses will now be available for all required requalification training to take place. The HSE has therefore agreed a final deadline for requalification for these qualifications of 30 September 2020”.

Follow this link for the full item: https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm - there is a piece about the extensions towards the bottom of the page.

8 June 2020: Secondary and Primary Schools' risk assessments and Principles documents - Wider opening of schools

Please find below a risk assessment template for the wider opening of schools. There is also a Principles document, both in Word and PDF for schools to use, which can help with all the queries and concerns surrounding this. Currently you are not required to send this back to the LA but there will be a survey within the next week or so to gauge the use of the documents and to enable us to support you further. Any questions about the risk assessment please contact nina.bickerton@suffolk.gov.uk .

8 June 2020: New CLEAPSS guidance during COVID-19:

CLEAPSS Primary have just issued a superb guidance document titled 'Organising and managing hands on activities in science, D&T and art, in a partially reopened primary school. It confirms that the use of equipment IS able to occur, but that planning, delivery, set up and clear up will take longer. If you are a maintained school you will be able to obtain this guidance as part of the county subscription, so head over to the CLEAPSS website at http://primary.cleapss.org.uk/ and search for P104, dated May 2020. If you have problems with obtaining it (maintained schools) email me at nina.bickerton@suffolk.gov.uk and I'll give you a hand.

2 June 2020 - Building Compliance through C19:

A new document from Vertas to assist with building compliance through the current situation - very helpful advice! Please see below where you can download this guidance. It's also on the Premises Management pages within this site.

20 May 2020 - RISK ASSESSMENT / CHECKLIST TEMPLATE FOR WIDER OPENING (JUNE ONWARDS)

Please find below a template called 'Risk Assessment Checklist - Wider Opening Planning for Schools' for which can be used by any educational setting. It is designed to assist you make your decisions about the wider opening of your school, at the appropriate point in time for you. It goes hand in hand with the Suffolk Principles and Planning Support document sent from CYP. You will also be sent a survey to follow up on your risk assessment, but currently you won't be asked to submit the risk assessment to the LA.

Corona Virus / COVID-19 Guidance for Educational Settings:

It is vital that all schools receive the correct and timely information which is being publicised by Public Health England in conjunction with other national and reputable organisations. Definitive advice for educational settings can be found HERE which is the Gov.UK website.

Additional resources:

An NHS poster on handwashing:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Gov.UK information on handwashing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing

Public Health England’s resource pack:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/5016

Specific Key Stage resources by Public Health England – a range of fun lesson plans on hand washing and respiratory hygiene:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

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