Covid Control Measures Updated 27th April 2022

Control Measure 1:  Pupils, staff and visitors follow public health advice

Students who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school  when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend

Students who test positive for COVID-19 are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days

The remote curriculum is no longer operating.  Students who are absent from school because they are unwell or have tested positive should return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so.   Teachers will no longer set work when a student is absent.  Good attendance matters.

The in-school vaccination programme ends on the 1st April.  Parents can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments online, at a vaccination centre or pharmacy, or find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site without needing an appointment. 

Control Measure 2:  Asymptomatic Testing

Free testing for the general public ends on 1 April as part of the Living with COVID plan.  Therefore, 

  • the school is no longer able to supply test kits to students as they no longer need to test twice a week

  • free tests are no longer available online or from local pharmacies

Control Measure 3:  Ensure good hygiene for everyone

  • Staff, students and visitors are encouraged to

    • wash or sanitise their hands regularly and throughout the day

    • follow the “catch-it, bin-it, kill-it” approach when sneezing or coughing

    • only use water-fountains to refill water bottles

Control Measure 4:  Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes

  • There will be enhanced cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and toilets during the school day and hygiene packs will be available in each classroom.

  • Students should bring their own equipment to school and should avoid sharing it with others.  

  • Students in IT classrooms can wipe their own keyboard, mouse and workspace at the start of each lesson.

  • Students should be able to have full use of equipment and resources needed for lessons.  If it is not possible to clean equipment before use then teachers must ensure that there is an emphasis on excellent hand and respiratory hygiene (not touching face) throughout.
     

Control Measure 5:  Keep occupied spaces well ventilated


In order to ensure school is well ventilated and a comfortable teaching environment is maintained teachers will be encouraged to:

  • Open windows in classrooms.  If the weather is cold, then they should be open just enough to provide constant background ventilation.  However, they should then be opened more fully during breaks to purge the air in the room

  • Open Internal classroom doors throughout the lesson to create a throughput of air.   It may be necessary to shut these for short periods of time to avoid disturbing the lesson during movement time.

  • Open external doors  if necessary as long as they are not fire doors

To balance the need for ventilation and a comfortable temperature staff may:

  • open high level windows (if they exist) in preference to low level to reduce draughts

  • increase ventilation while spaces are unoccupied

  • rearrange furniture to avoid direct drafts.  However, this should only happen if students can still sit side by side and facing the front

 

School heating should also ensure comfort levels are maintained.   If students are too cold in lessons they:

  • can wear a plain black v-neck jumper as well as a blazer; and/or

  • wear a plain white vest under their shirt.

 

The combination of these measures and the school heating means that coats do not need to be worn in classes

Control Measure 6:  Wear a face covering

Our approach to face coverings is under constant review and parents and students should understand that, in the event of a local outbreak, this may change at anytime with very short notice

When there is no local outbreak

  • Students can choose to wear a face covering during the school day.  However, pastoral teams will intervene if this presents a behaviour management problem.

  • In order to protect each other and the bus driver students should continue to wear a face covering on the school bus

 

Staff can choose to wear a face covering but if they do so in lessons we would ask them to be mindful of maintaining good communication with students.   Staff may choose to  wear a face covering in staff kitchens, meeting rooms, toilets and meetings if they feel it is appropriate.

 

When there is a local outbreak or when additional measures are in place for the Omicron variant

 

  • All students, other than those who are exempt, will be expected to wear face coverings on the school premises including in lessons.

  • The only time students do not have to wear a face covering is when they are eating or drinking

  • Students who are exempt will be issued with an orange lanyard which they must wear at all times

  • Year Teams will impose sanctions if a student who is not exempt refuses to wear a face covering

  • Students must wear face coverings on school buses

  • Students should be aware that this is a school rule and they are expected to follow it

  • Staff will continue to wear face coverings when they are unable to maintain a 2m distance from a student