SCHOOLS' ADVICE REGARDING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: COVID-19

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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.

 22 January 2021 - Two new documents - LFD testing - Risk Assessment consideration and Webinars

Please find below two new documents which may be of some use.  One is about potential thoughts for additions to your risk assessment regarding the roll out of the lateral flow device testing (known as LFD or LFT) for staff, and the other is a list of links for webinars regarding the same roll out.  The webinars are by the NHS and DfE. 
 
18 January 2021 - Early Years foundation stage -  coronavirus disapplications - Paediatric First Aid
 
Please see below for a document which gives a precis of the changes in guidance for PFA under the coronavirus disapplications.  No change has been made for provisions which serve children under 24 months but there are changes for settings where children are aged 2 to 5 years old. Please read this document carefully and if required, you can access the full document at Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 
 
12 January 2021 - New Prompt Sheet for those Working at Home during COVID-19
 
Please find below a prompt sheet for Working from Home during C-19 - it may be useful to aid discussions between staff and their managers whilst they are either shielding and working or working from home for other reasons.  It covers stress, mental health, and ergonomics.  Please do have a look at it and use it when relevant. 
 
11 JANUARY 2021 - NEW INFORMATION ON THE DEFINITION OF 'CLOSE CONTACT'  
 
For Test and Trace purposes, there is a new definition of 'close contact' which can be found on the Gov.UK page 'NHS-Test and Trace, how it works'.  The period of time of close contact is now 15 minutes cumulative over the course of a day. 
 
 
8 JANUARY 2021 - New guidance from DfE / Gov.UK regarding opening schools to
                                                                     Key Workers' and Vulnerable Children 
 
                                                                  PLEASE REVIEW YOUR RISK ASSESSMENTS
 
 I have posted a document below (it's the first one in the table of documents) which hopefully gives some help with the new Government guidance for schools open to KW and Vulnerable children. The most crucial message I can give you is 'PLEASE REVIEW YOUR RISK ASSESSMENTS' - this includes both premises C-19 Secure RAs and also personal RAs for pupils and staff where relevant. There is a link within my PDF below which takes you straight to the full document.  Any concerns - please email me at the usual address of nina.bickerton@suffolk.gov.uk .
 
  
1 December 2020: Additions to guidance from Gov.UK - Local Tiers
 
PLEASE REVIEW YOUR RISK ASSESSMENTS
 
 Further to an article in Suffolk Headlines today, I just wanted to remind you to read the updates for  'Guidance for Full Opening - Schools'.   You may need to review your current risk assessment as a result.  Also, with regard to CEV employees and students, there are Government updates which can be found on the usual Gov.UK site. The full article can be found below. 
 
 
9 November 2020: Updates for schools - COVID-19 - Risk Assessments and Actions
 
The Government has brought out updated guidance for schools in light of tighter C19 controls in the UK.  There is a document below (first in the grid) which guides schools as to the necessary amendments to their risk assessments.  Please review your assessments immediately and ensure the new requirements are in place. Many thanks.

2 November 2020: Ventilation and heating in schools during COVID-19 

There have been many queries recently about how to ensure effective ventilation in schools, whilst ensuring the place it kept warm during the winter months. This specific guidance has been pretty thin on the ground until now. There are two new documents on this page, which may help - see below. Any concerns please contact your Property Advisor in the first instance.

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, Early Years settings and Colleges, where there is either a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, can be found on the new page www.suffolklearning.co.uk/covid-forms.  Any queries, please contact Nina. 

ALL POSTS BEFORE THE AUTUMN TERM HAVE BEEN ARCHIVED, AND IF YOU WANT TO REFER BACK TO OLD PRIMARY AND SECONDARY ASSESSMENT TEMPLATES, THEY HAVE NOW BEEN MOVED TO THE ARCHIVED INFORMATION PAGE.

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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