St Peter's Protective/ Preventative Measures
The following protective/ preventative measures and routines have been implemented across the entire school. These have been created following government and local authority guidelines and succeeding an extensive risk-assessment of the school:
- Every year is a year group ‘bubble’ (seven bubbles in total: R – 6). Children stay in these bubbles with their teachers and there is no mixing between bubbles. Following government guidance, this recognises that social distancing between children cannot be guaranteed within the primary classroom. Instead, it ensures that there is a set number of children who come into contact with each other. However, children are taught and encouraged to remain socially distanced from their peers. Staff remain socially distanced from each other and keep their distance from children as far as possible. Feedback on learning, one-to-one support and group interventions remain essential to learning but side-to-side positioning helps to control respiratory hygiene.
- There will be minimal movement of support staff between bubbles. Where this needs to happen, for staff ratio or staff cover purposes, staff will maintain distance from others as much as possible.
- Every bubble has their own outside entrance to the classroom and their own dedicated toilets.
- Staggered start and end times to the day help to ensure that bubbles remain socially distanced from each other.
- A one-way system is in place throughout the school for parents to follow and all gates to the school are utilised to aid social distancing (we continue to ask parents not to park on the road outside the school as this will have heightened pedestrian traffic before and after school).
- Children wash their hands upon arrival at school and regularly throughout the school day.
- Good respiratory hygiene is promoted. ‘Catch-it, Bin-it, Kill-it’ is consistently taught and promoted across the school.
- Older children are seated side-by-side and positioned to face the front of the class where possible. Group learning remains for younger children, but consistent groups within bubbles are seated together. Children are taught, supported and reminded to keep their hands to themselves and not to touch others. This is carried out in a child-friendly and age-appropriate way.
- Children have their own stationery at their tables and are encouraged not to share these amongst their peers.
- Classroom based resources, such as books, maths equipment, dictionaries and learning resources, that are shared within a year group bubble, are cleaned regularly.
- Every bubble has their own dedicated outside zone for play and lunchtime. These are marked with 2-metre boundaries but still allow conversations and socialisation between bubbles. We are incredibly lucky at St Peter’s to have extensive outside playing areas. We fully utilise these to ensure that all children will have opportunities to play and learn outside where possible.
- First-aid kits are in class and teaching teams are responsible for administering first aid for minor incidents. The medical room will remain closed except for in emergencies. If a child needs Calpol administered during the school day then they should not be at school.
- Reception, year 2 and year 3 eat in the hall at lunchtime at their own dedicated tables and the rest of the school (years 1, 4, 5 and 6) eat in their classrooms – school dinners are delivered to the children. A dedicated ‘bubble mid-day assistant’ supervises each class during their lunch hour.
- There are no whole school gatherings/ assemblies as year group bubbles need to stay apart. However, these still take place virtually via Microsoft Teams.
- Increased cleaning occurs throughout the day, with all tables and chairs being wiped down and disinfected at break and lunch time. Regularly touched surfaces and door handles are also cleaned regularly. Every class has a dedicated cleaning kit.
- Classrooms are ventilated through open windows and doors where possible.
- Where equipment is used/ shared between bubbles these are timetabled to allow a thorough clean and to ensure that two bubbles do not use this equipment on the same day (e.g. computers, sports equipment, and science equipment).
- P.E. teaching takes place by Mrs Stopps (year 2 – 6). Lessons are taught outside as much as possible and involve non-contact sports.
- Public Health England does not recommend the use of face coverings in schools. They are not required in schools as pupils and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.
In addition to the above safety/ protective measures put into place by the school, government guidelines also highlight the importance of having clear plans in response to those developing symptoms of Covid-19 or receiving a positive test result:
- Children who are unwell should not attend school. This should be reported to the office as normal by 8:30am.
- As a school, we engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
- Any child displaying symptoms of coronavirus must stay at home and seek testing from a local test centre. The child can only return to school if a negative result is provided. The school must be informed if families are seeking testing.
- If a family member displays symptoms, the entire family must remain at home and seek a test. The child can return to school if a negative result is received. If a family member shows a positive test result, the whole family must self-isolate for 14 days.
- If a child displays symptoms whilst at school, they will be taken to a well-ventilated area of the school and will wait to be collected immediately by a family member. The child must then be tested for Covid-19 at a local test centre. If the result is negative, the child can return to school.
- If a child receives a positive result of Covid-19 then the school will contact the local Health Protection Team who will advise the school in the next steps to take. The whole year group bubble may need to be closed for up to 14 days. Bubbles will only close if a child receives a positive test result.
- The school will contact and seek advice from Public Health England if several children show symptoms of coronavirus as part of the NHS Test and Trace process.