**SUMMARY FROM OUR LATEST RISK ASSESSMENT** We would like to set out a summary of the latest risk assessment which the trust has now approved for the reopening of our school tomorrow. Before the holidays, you will recall we had just left a national lockdown and some stricter measures were already in place. This was never changed. Our risk assessment continues to have these measures in place with some further measures in line with the latest DfE guidance.
A quote from this is pertinent here:
‘If schools follow the guidance set out here, they can be confident they are managing risk effectively’
Here is a summary of new changes to our risk assessment (as of 3.1.21):
-Stricter expectation of children having their own equipment and looking after it themselves in classes (where this can be done)
-Spare equipment to be placed on sides of classrooms and spread apart so no risk of touching unwanted equipment
-New Feedback policy places greater emphasis on children self-marking, whole-class feedback and verbal feedback so teachers won't need to touch books
-Use of spare classroom- greater cleaning by staff in between use. Cleaning materials on hand in order for staff to do this.
-Crossover of staff into bubbles can only happen if covering other staff or in emergencies. All assemblies to move online.
-Non-essential visitors are forbidden to enter the building.
-School improvement work will focus on books (after a 72 hour quarantine period), there will be no lesson observations for the time being.
-Face coverings- staff may wear these at their discretion. If parents wish for their children to wear them when moving around then this can be discussed and arranged with the class teacher.
-Ventilation- rooms will be 'aired out' when children are not present. Windows will be kept slightly open during colder weather when children are in classes.
-Children and staff who are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable are not required to attend school whilst in Tier 4. Anyone living with clinically extremely vulnerable people are still expected to come in.
-No trips until Somerset is at least back to Tier 3. Even then this would be subject to a risk assessment.
-After school clubs continue in single bubble groups to aid childcare.
-No singing whatsoever or performances to audiences (inside or outside) until Somerset is at least back down to Tier 2. This would have to be risk-assessed.
-Remote Learning Policy has now been published and is up on the school website.
-Information to be sent out to parents next week outlining what it means to be in Tier 4 and the expectations and law surrounding this.
These changes are the strictest measures we have had to put in place so far and this is also on top of the regular stops for handwashing, the distancing, deeper daily cleans and the fact we now have a day cleaner as well who keeps on top of the measures during and after lunchtime. The hall is being reconfigured tomorrow first thing to make even better use of the space and to ensure more distancing. Play bubbles will be rigidly enforced for outside by staff.
Mr Tucker will be on the gate tomorrow and is happy to answer any questions (at a safe distance, of course!).