Covid Control Measures Updated 17th September

The Department for Education has asked schools to open for all students, full-time, from September 2020. 

 

Parents and Carers should be aware of the DfE guidance that sets out what they need to know about returning to school in September.   Parents and Carers may want to read the full DfE Guidance for schools on reopening from September 2020

 

Videos and Information for students on returning to school in September are available in Student Notices

Why is school reopening for all students in September?  Although we have been instructed to do so, we do believe that this is the right thing to do.  The risk of long term educational, social, health (mental and physical) and economic damage to our students far outweighs the risks they face from coronavirus.  Parents and Carers may find it useful to watch this interview with the Chief Medical Officer on his views on schools reopening.    We cannot create a risk free environment in school but we can take significant action to significantly mitigate against the very low risks students face from the virus.   All of work in September will be defined by DfE guidance which establishes these key principles:

  • Health and safety of all staff and students, including good hand and respiratory hygiene, is paramount

  • The school must strive to offer a full, ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum that will ensure that all students are given every opportunity to catch up on any learning missed.

  • Social distancing is not necessary for students within year groups but adults are advised to remain socially distant from each other and from students, where possible.

  • For students, minimising social mixing between year groups, whilst offering a full and specialist curriculum is the essence of the Government guidance. In the guidance, year groups are referred to as ‘groups’ and these ‘groups’ will be kept as separate as possible during the school day. At Kimberley, each year group will be its own “group”, with the Sixth Form in its entirety being a year group for this purpose.

 

The DfE guidance is for each individual school to implement in a manner which best suits their circumstances

 

The first part of the information on this page details information about how the school is implementing the governments' 10 control measures and what this means for students.  The second part of this page sets out other practical information parents and carers should be aware of.

 

 Part 1 - Control Measures

Control Measure 1.  Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell. 

 

Parents and Carers must ensure that students do not attend school if

  1. they have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste).

  2. they've tested positive for coronavirus in the last 10 days or live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive; or

  3. they've received a unclear, void, or borderline coronavirus test result due to having coronavirus symptoms or live with someone who has received an unclear, void, or borderline test result as a result of symptoms.  Another test should be taken within 5 days of the symptoms starting or if this is not possible they should isolate for at least 10 days from the day the symptoms first started and rest of the household should isolate for at least 14 days from the day the symptoms first started; or

  4. someone in their support bubble ( where people who live alone (or just with their children) meet people from 1 other household) has symptoms or has tested positive; or

  5. they've been told by NHS Test and Trace that they've been in contact with a person with coronavirus; or

  6. they have been unwell with the above symptoms whilst in school.  If this does happen then they will immediately by placed in the Isolation Room and parents will be contacted to come and collect them and any siblings as soon as possible.  For the purposes of Covid-19 we have repurposed the PE Classroom as the Isolation Room as this allows us to keep staff and students displaying symptoms completely separate from each other and the rest of the school; or

  7. they are required to self- isolate for 14 days after returning from a country where they are required to follow the government’s quarantine rules

When any of points 1 to 6 happen, families must follow  the stay at home guidance  which sets out that students should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test.   Parents must inform school of the outcome of a test.

Parents should also note that :

  • We will follow this guidance from the NHS to help us identify students who have symptoms of coronavirus.

  • If students have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

  • Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

If your child is sent home with symptoms of coronavirus we will send you this letter.

If you report your child is absent because they have the symptoms of coronavirus we will send you this letter.

If you report your child is absent because someone in their household has the symptoms of coronavirus or has tested positive for coronavirus we will send you this letter.

Control Measure 2.  Use of face coverings in schools

The government issued new guidance on face coverings in education on the 25th August.  The guidance allows schools  to recommend the wearing of face coverings - for pupils and staff - in communal areas of the education setting where the layout of the school or  makes it particularly difficult to maintain social distancing when staff and pupils are moving around the premises.   At Kimberley school:

  • Students and staff must wear face coverings, unless they are exempt from doing soon all public transport on their journey to and from school

  • We recommend that students and staff wear face coverings:

    • at the start of the day when they arrive on the school site

    • at the end of the day as they depart the school site

    • when they move between lessons (particularly when they are moving inside in corridors).

    • at break and lunchtime in communal areas

  • Although ​school assemblies will only be for individual year groups, students can opt to wear a face covering during assemblies

  • There are no sanctions for students or staff who choose not to follow this recommendation at these times in school

  • Face coverings with any slogans or inappropriate images are not allowed

  • Students must not touch or interfere in any way with another students’ face covering 

  • Face coverings must be removed by students as they enter classrooms or other learning areas, as in line with the DfE guidance, wearing face coverings will inhibit teaching and learning.  

  • School cannot provide facemasks other than in circumstances where a child is extremely anxious and has forgotten/lost their own

  • Students and staff must follow this guidance on how to put on, remove, store and dispose of face coverings

Control Measure 3.  Clean hands more regularly than usual:


The addendum to the behaviour policy sets out that all students will  be required to wash or sanitise their hands throughout the day

  • before leaving home

  • on arrival at school

  • after using the toilet

  • after breaks/sporting activities

  • when arriving in a new classroom/workspace

  • before food preparation

  • before and after eating any food (incl snacks)

Stocks of hand sanitiser are available across the school but students are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser into school.

Students will be issued with contactless cards to replace the fingerprint system in the canteen.  The first card is free but there will be an administrative charge of £3.50 for replacement cards if they are lost.

Control Measure 4.  Ensure good respiratory hygiene:


The addendum to the behaviour policy sets out that students should follow the “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” approach. Which means that they should cover the cough/sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in a lidded bin and wash your hands.  Where there is no tissue available then students should cough/sneeze into their folded arm.  Lidded pedal bins are available in every classroom. Stocks of tissues are available across the school but students are encouraged to bring their own tissues into school.

Students should avoid touching their face with unwashed unhands, the addendum to the behaviour policy also sets out that students should avoid skin-to-skin contact with each other and must not spit in school.

Windows will be open in all classroom/work spaces  to ensure good ventilation.  Air conditioning units have been set so that they do not recycle air in classrooms

Control Measure 5.  Introduce enhanced cleaning:


Although there is no funding for this, additional cleaning staff have been employed to ensure that there will be enhanced cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and toilets during the school day and hygiene packs will be available in each classroom.

Non-fire doors will be propped open during the day.  Teachers will prop classroom doors open at the start and end of lessons.  Students will only use equipment/resources that have been designated for their year group.  Where equipment/resources are shared by year groups then they will either be placed in quarantine or meticulously cleaned between use.  Where this is not possible then students will wear gloves when they are using this equipment.

 

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

 

Students will be expected to wipe down their own workspace (desk/top of chair) with a disinfectant wipe when they enter a new classroom.   Stocks of wipes are available across the school but students are encouraged to bring their own wipes into school.

Control Measure 6. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible​

Students will remain in year groups throughout the day (for these purposes the Sixth Form will operate as one year group).  A number of key measures will be in place to address this control measure:

1) The Shape of The School Day has been altered to keep year groups separate for the majority of the day

  • wherever possible students should avoid entering the school site before 8:30

  • on arrival at 8:30 students should go straight to their period 1 lesson.  They are not able to wait anywhere else in school.

  • year groups have staggered break and lunch times; and are in seperate areas of the school

  • departure at the end of the day is staggered for different year groups.  Buses will wait until all students are dismissed. Siblings who want to walk home together but are in different year groups should wait for each other on the ball courts behind the Music Block.

2)  Movement around the site and between lessons will be enabled by a strict one-way system inside and between buildings. This one-way system will ensure that face to face contact is minimised across the site; and that students do not mix with students from other year groups

  • the addendum to the behaviour policy sets out that students "walk sensibly, calmly and purposefully following the one-way system strictly. Remain at least 1 metre away wherever possible from the person in front and behind and do not seek to talk or mix with anyone from another year group"

  • enhanched supervision across the site at movement time will support students in following the one-way system

  • students will wear coloured badges so that their year group is easily identifiable

  • in order to ensure prompt dismissal of classes we are reintroducing bells at the end of lessons.  Subject teams will carefully and quickly dismiss classes in order to avoid year groups mixing as they leave an area.

3) Classrooms have been rearranged so that students will sit side by side, facing the front throughout the lesson.  Where this is not possible, screens have been installed.

4) Assemblies will be for year groups only.  Students will be in rows, sat side by side and facing the front.  Rooms will be well ventilated throughout the assembly

5)  Staff will remain 2m distance from students throughout the school day.  In the rare circumstances where this is not possible, staff will avoid:

  • direct close contacts with students- i.e. face to face contact within 1 metre of an individual , including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)

  • proximity contacts  with students - i.e. extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with a student

Control Measure 7.  Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

First aid staff will wear appropriate PPE when dealing with a member of staff or student displaying covid-19 symptoms

Staff will were appropriate PPE in the rare circumstances where they have a "proximity contact" with individual students

Control Measure 8.  Engage with the NHS Test and Trace Process


Parents and Carers must book a coronavirus test if their child is displaying symptoms and inform the school of the result:

  • if the student tests negative, and feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can return to school

  • if the students tests positive, you should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance ’ and you should provide details  to NHS Test and Trace of anyone they have been in close contact with

Control Measure 9. Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community

When the school becomes aware of a confirmed case that someone (adult or student) who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19)

  • We will contact the Department for Education helpline and/or local health protection team and work with them to carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period they were infectious

  • Those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive will be sent home, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in contact with that person when they were infectious.

  • Close contact means:

    • direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)

    • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual

    • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

 

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate unless the person sent home subsequently develops symptoms.  If the person (student or child) who is sent home develops symptoms within their 14 day self-isolation period then they should get a test:

  • If the test is negative they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period

  • If the test is positive, they should inform the school immediately, and should self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms

Control Measure 10:  Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

If schools have two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, they may have an outbreak, and must continue to work with their local health protection team who will be able to advise if additional action is required.

In some cases, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of other pupils self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole site or year group. If schools are implementing controls from this list, addressing the risks they have identified and therefore reducing transmission risks, whole school closure based on cases within the school will not generally be necessary, and should not be considered except on the advice of health protection teams.

In consultation with the local Director of Public Health, where an outbreak in a school is confirmed, a mobile testing unit may be dispatched to test others who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school if necessary, in line with routine public health outbreak control practice.

Part 2: Other practicalities that parents and carers should be aware of:

  • Which students can attend school?

    • Students who have symptoms or a recent positive test result themselves or who have had close contact with someone who has coronavirus, must not attend school and must follow government advice to self-isolate

    • Shielding advice for all adults and children paused on 1 August. This means that even the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. Read the current advice on shielding. Some students no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school in September (usually at their next planned clinical appointment)

    • If any student currently has a Health Care Plan, then we will contact parents before September to work with them to review that plan

    • Students who are extremely clinically vulnerable must take extra care to maintain social distancing and good hand hygiene. The above advice on shielding sets out who is clinically extremely vulnerable. If you think that your child is extremely clinically vulnerable then you must contact the Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Frost -Briggs, as soon as possible through office@kimberleyschool.co.uk . In your email please set out that you think your child is extremely clinically vulnerable and we will arrange for a member of staff to contact you and to work with you to ensure that your child takes extra care to maintain social distancing and good hand hygiene when they return to school

  • If your child has symptoms of coronavirus then they and their siblings must not attend school.  If someone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus or has tested positive then your child should not attend school.  Please inform school immediately of any absence and the reason for it by dialling 0115 9387000 and choosing option 1.   We will then contact you to discuss with you how we will set work for your child and when they will be able to return to school.
     

  • In the majority of cases, schools and parents will be in agreement that a child with symptoms should not attend school, given the potential risk to others. In the event that a parent or guardian insists on a child attending school, schools can take the decision to refuse the child if in their reasonable judgement it is necessary to protect their pupils and staff from possible infection with coronavirus.  Any such decision would need to be carefully considered in light of all the circumstances and the current public health advice.

Finally

Parents and carers should understand that in the first few weeks of school, all staff will be focussing on making school work so that we achieve our aim of returning students quickly and safely to the routines of school and learning.  This will be our priority and this will be the focus of all staff.  If, following the reopening of the school, parents do have questions about how things are working in school then we would ask parents to review this information before contacting us.  If you do need to contact us to ask us questions about the measures in place then from the 2nd of September you will be able to use the dedicated email account reopening@kimberleyschool.co.uk.  We will respond as soon as we are able to, but staff will not respond to emails that use aggresive or threatening language.

Parents can review the schools' specific and generic risk assessment documents here.

0115 938 7000

The Kimberley School

Newdigate St | Kimberley | Nottinghamshire | NG16 2NJ

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