Since schools re-opened in September 2020, we have regularly revisited and updated our risk assessment to consider additional risks and control measures. The risk assessments have been developed to ensure control measures are sensible and proportionate to reduce any risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.
Measures such as good respiratory and hand hygiene, increased cleaning throughout schools, decreased student movement around school and changes to the school timings to minimise contact between year groups in order to maintain our year group bubbles are in place when are schools are fully open. During periods of lockdown, when our schools remain open for vulnerable and the children of critical workers, we will continue to review our operating procedures and pod sizes to help us to remain Covid secure.
We remain committed to ensuring that our young people are able to access the curriculum at all key stages and our staff are working hard to ensure that the remote materials are of the highest quality and accessible for all. Details of remote access and live lesson provision can be requested by contacting our schools directly.
Our trust wide home learning agreement and guidance for remote learning can be found here:
As part of the Government’s response to the fight against Coronavirus, they have asked schools to begin a programme of testing in schools as we prepare for re-opening. We have been requested to test students three times following their return to school from 8 March 2021. Roughly one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease unknowingly. Asymptomatic testing helps to identify positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.
The Risk Assessment for Lateral Flow Testing can be found here:
Data is collected during the testing process and details of how this data will be processed and by whom can be found here:
The latest government information regarding Coronavirus can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus .
This guidance has been developed using [Guidance for full opening: schools] [Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)], [COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings] [Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care]. The aim of the risk assessment is to minimise risks through student/student, staff/staff transmission in addition to student/staff transmission for staff through social distancing, limiting interactions, robust hand and respiratory hygiene and enhanced cleaning measures.