Six things we must do

1) Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who are required to stay at home do not attend school.  See our advice here Symptoms checker and Symptomatic person.

2) Where recommended, the use of face coverings in schools.  All adult visitors to school MUST wear a face mask unless they have a legitimate medical reason.  It may be that we ask for proof of medical exemption.  Staff working in school will wear a face mask or face visor depending on where and under what circumstances they are operating in, e.g. a face visor in class allows covering to protect and also allows children to see their full face and support learning more effectively.  Currently, children of primary school age (i.e. those younger than Year 7) are not advised to wear a face covering.

3) Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.  Staff will regularly wash their hands; and, direct and encourage children to wash their hands at key and regular times throughout the day.  Where handwashing facilities are not nearby, hand sanitiser is provided.

4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.  This is part of our everyday messages and learning with children, and posters are posted around school to further promote this.

5) Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.  Throughout the school year 2020-21 so far, we have employed an on site cleaner to clean throughout the day, focusing on, for example, high touch points such as door handles.

6) Always keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.  This is trickier during the colder winter months currently.  All staff are advised as part of our risk assessment to keep windows open where possible while also considering the thermal comfort of people in the room.  Where children are not using a room, for example going out for break time, all windows and doors are opened to provide a flush of fresh air through the room.

The government also wants us to minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.