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Coronavirus guidance

Daily school day routine June 2020

Children will be in a classroom where small toys, books and soft furnishings have been removed.  Our school is going to feel very different however, we will continue to show children our care in different ways that does not involve close contact.

Entry to school

  • Staff & pupils must wash their hands on entry.  Staff should sign in and out in the usual manner .Staff should not bring anything to school except a water bottle, lunch and small bag.
  • Children will not be able to bring in anything from home except a water bottle.  No bags, reading books or diaries, pencil cases or any other item except medical items.
  • Staff packed lunches should be in disposable containers.  Children bringing a home packed lunch will need to ensure that any packaging is entirely disposable – no lunchboxes within school at all.
  • Staff room – maximum of 2 people in the space.  1 person in kitchen area at one time.  Signs will be displayed to remind people.
  • Isolation rooms – located and labelled around the building.
  • Moving around school – follow signs and markings on floor.  If someone is approaching move into recessed area or to one side and allow them to pass.
  • All rooms will have a PPE box with relevant equipment.  If you notice something is running out please write requests on the whiteboard, so we can replace it.
  • All staff will be allocated PPE should you require it.  This includes:
  • Box of gloves, tissues, plastic aprons, disposable face masks, sanitiser, moisturiser, cleaning wipes.

 

General operation:

  • Staff may not be in full time – offer will depend on how many children are accessing provision.  It could range from 1 day a week to 5 days a week on a rota basis.  This is because maximum numbers in a group is 8 due to classroom size.  ( as per Government 2m social distancing guidance).  This could change as guidance is amended.
  • Children will be in a group ranging from 6 - 8(dependent on age / need of children and size of classrooms).
  • Children may not be in full time –It could range from 1 day a week to 5 days a week.  This is because maximum numbers in a group is 8 (as per Government 2m social distancing guidance).
  • Classes will have staggered start times to avoid excessive numbers of adults at gates (ranging from 9am – 3.30pm).
  • There will be no wrap around care for the time being (Breakfast and After School Clubs)
  • Staff will be working in a bubble class.  You cannot mix / swap or go into another bubble (unless absolutely necessary).
  • Children will be with 2 adults in a group and not necessarily with the same groups of children or teacher they were with before lockdown.
  • Children may not be in a group with their own class teacher.
  • Toilets – staff will be allocated a personal toilet where possible.
  • Toilets will be allocated to each bubble and no other bubbles will use them.
  • Corridors will be marked out with 2m distancing markers.  All children/staff will be expected follow social distancing rules at all times.
  • If children fall over or have a toileting accident the children will be encouraged to change themselves and clean their scrape or cut.  This is not always possible and as such we have sourced PPE (following the Covid 19 guidance for educational setting) which is for use only for staff protection.
  • If you need to administer first aid ensure you have the correct PPE – this will usually be no more than disposable gloves.  Where possible, ask children to administer their own first aid.
  • If you need to carry out intimate care ensure the correct PPE in line with the Covid-19 risk assessment is worn before dealing with need.

 

Behaviour

If any child does not follow the Covid19 behaviour and hygiene rules, sanctions will be implemented in line with the Addendum to the Behaviour Policy - they may not be allowed to remain in school.  The safety of staff and other children is paramount and any disrespectful action of a child that consequently puts another person in danger will NOT be tolerated in any form.  Any issues – call for help and a member of SLT will come immediately.  Report any concerns via CPOMS and Senior team will address.

Similarly, disciplinary action may be taken against staff who deliberately flout the rules.

Hygiene

  • Staff should wear clean clothes for work each day – wear clothes that are easy to wash.  Work clothes can be brought to work and staff can change at school and before leaving at the end of the day, taking their work clothes home to wash.  Work shoes can be left at school.
  • Children must wear clean clothes every day School tops if possible, but casual trousers/shorts and trainers .
  • Staff and children to wash their hands before leaving home, on arrival at school and before and after handling cleaning chemicals, eating/drinking, using the toilet, sports activities, using public transport and after coughing or sneezing and not to touch face (eyes, mouth, nose) with hands that are not clean.
  • Where in place, toilet lids must be closed prior to flushing and remain closed after use.
  • Wash hands with liquid soap & water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Alcohol based hand cleansers/gels (containing at least 60% alcohol) can be used if soap and water are not available but is not a substitute for hand washing.
  • Hands must be dried properly to prevent infection and drying out.  Pat dry rather than rub to avoid discomfort.  Supplies of hand cream (aqueous cream or similar) will be made available to help prevent soreness.
  • Staff to supervise children washing hands.
  • Staff and children are reminded to sneeze or cough into tissues and dispose of tissues in the bin (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’, sneeze into the crook of your arm).

Drop off and Collection:

  • Children will arrive to school and be collected at staggered times.  This is to minimise the numbers of people on the site at any one time.  Parents will not be allowed in school or on site without an appointment.  Contact will continue to be electronic via email or telephone.
  • We will inform parents which gate to use once their child is returning back to school.
  • Only one adult to drop off and pick up at the allocated time.  Parents should only bring siblings if they absolutely have no alternative.  If they do need to bring siblings, they will need to be by the parent’s side and adhere to the social distancing measures we have put in place.
  • The playground will be marked out with direction of travel and markings to stand away from other parents whilst waiting to drop off or pick up children.
  • At the end of the day, collection times have been allocated; parents will need to stand on the 2m distancing signs (outside the gates) and children will be sent to them one at a time.
  • This will continue to be our procedure for arriving and leaving school regardless of weather conditions.

Break and lunch times

  • Children will eat their lunch in the classrooms.  All lunches will be packed lunches.  These will be brought to the classroom.  These will be brought to the classroom by the lunchtime supervisor who will then release staff for their lunch break.  Children in bubbles will have their own play space allocated.
  • Lunch times and break times will be staggered so that groups of children do not mix with any other groups.
  • Outside play equipment like the adventure climbing frame will be taken out of use.
  • Children will have an allocated play space at playtime and lunchtime which will only be with the children that are in their group.  They must remain in this space during any outside play and adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
  • The toilet regime will remain as stated above.
  • Staff lunches – you can use the staffroom (adhering to the maximum of 2 in the space) or you can use your classroom/space or outside area.  Staff must not leave the site for lunch.

In the classroom

  • Children will remain in their allotted classroom for the duration of the day except for allocated break times.
  • Doors will be kept open to avoid touching handles (but will be closed at the end of every school day).
  • Windows will be open as much as possible.
  • They will not be allowed to mix with children from other groups at all.  You must not mix your bubble with any other bubble.
  • Children will not be allowed to leave the classroom for any other reason except toileting.  The toilets will be cleaned regularly.  2nd adult must escort child to toilet to ensure safe use. 
  • The children will sit at desks, where they will be at least 2m apart, all facing the same direction.  This includes the reception and nursery children.  Nursery and Reception children will use the outdoor spaces at times during the day.
  • All unnecessary furniture, equipment and soft furnishing will have been removed.
  • Children will work at their desks.  The work will be the same as the learning sent home.
  • Children will be provided with the equipment they need, and it will only be used and touched by them.
  • They will have some lessons that will involve a lot of independent learning as the teacher will not be able to sit next to them to give them targeted support.  The adult needs to keep social distancing when teaching.
  • Every child will have a box of tissues on their table for hygiene.

Cleaning

The classrooms will be cleaned at the end of each day in line with Government guidance.  Bins will be emptied and desks cleaned throughout the day.  Frequently touched surfaces will be wiped regularly by staff.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

  • Staff developing ‘symptoms’: a new continual cough, a temperature in excess of 37.8°C or a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), will be sent home.  Staff can now get tested –staff advised to book a test themselves ASAP.
  • Children who display ‘symptoms’ will be immediately taken to an isolation room and parents will be expected to collect them immediately.  They should then be taken for testing.
  • Staff who live alone and have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, will be directed to stay at home for 7 days from when their symptoms started.
  • Those living with others and they are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then they will be directed to stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, that individual must stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
  • If a member of staff has helped someone who was unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves (and in which case, a test is available) or the child subsequently tests positive (see below). The staff member will wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell. 
  • Where the child or staff member tests negative, they can return to school and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
  • Where the child or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within school will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days.  The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
 

10th May

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We all heard the Government announcement earlier this evening, that schools might be opening for Reception, Year one and Year six pupi

ls, 'If the conditions are right'. Also that the date of June 1st may be the time considered.


 

At this anxious and worrying time, I want to reassure you that the Senior Leadership team are awaiting further detailed guidance from the Government, Department of Education and County. We will not being opening until we have clear Health and safety protocols and procedures to safeguard pupils and staff from Covid 19.


 

Our children's health and well- being is of paramount importance and we will continue to keep you updated. Please continue to follow the current social distancing rules.


 

Keep safe,

Mrs Ford

 

 

Emergency childcare for Primary aged pupils.

 

If you are both essential key workers and unable to keep your children at home, there will be a school hub at St Michael's C of E school in Bothel and Netherton Infants in Maryport.

 

If you are in need of place please email: admin@richill.cumbria.sch.uk

 

The emergency childcare hubs will be manned by a rota of school staff from a variety of schools. May I remind everyone this is emergency childcare only, as the Government message is stay at home and keep safe.

 

16th March 2020

                                                     Coronavirus update

 

Dear Parents,

 

                         Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult and worrying time. We are following all advice given to us by Public Health England, the Department of Health and Cumbria County Council. We will be continuing to ask parents to drop children off at the classroom doors and school entrance. In addition, if your child or you are unwell, we ask that you do not come on the school premises. If a child is unwell, staff will use their professional judgement if they should need to be sent home.

 

To help minimise any concerns, we will be cancelling any day trips out and there will be no large group visits to school. We have also cancelled our sporting fixtures and clubs for now. Thank you for helping us keep the children settled and safe. If you have any concerns phone NHS 111 directly

Yours sincerely,

Helen Ford

 

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