What Are We Doing To Keep All In School As Safe As Possible?
The following is a brief overview of some of the steps we are taking to help reduce the risk in school. We will constantly update our practice in light of new guidance and advice from the Local Authority, the Government and Public Health England.
- A requirement that people who are ill stay at home. We ask that parents/carers are supportive and understanding with this matter. If a child (or staff member) develops COVID-19 symptoms during the day then they will be immediately isolated and sent home.We will also be supporting the use of the NHS Track&Trace system.
- Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of hand washing for at least 20 seconds with water and soap / hand sanitiser throughout the day.
- Limiting visitors in school. Unfortunately this means that we will need to ask families not to come into the school building. Any professional services (e.g. Educational Psychology) will be encouraged to undertake visits via video call. Where this is not possible, high levels of hygiene and social distancing will take place.
- Having the children apply alcohol-based hand sanitiser as soon as they enter their classroom.
- Encouraging good respiratory hygiene: ensuring children and staff understand that they must cover their mouth and nose with a tissue before they cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away. This includes posters and education to promote this, tissues and new bins in classrooms etc.
- Children and teaching staff will be working in 4 phase groups (Early Years Foundation Stage/ Y1 and Y2/ Y3 and Y4 / Y5 and Y6). These are social ‘bubbles’ suggested by the government and work for the school and allow us to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for your children. Children can interact, learn and play with children within their own bubble but groups are required not mix or interact with each other.
- When sitting at desks, children will be encouraged to sit side by side rather than facing each other.
- Children will have their own key equipment (e.g. pen, pencil, ruler, eraser) so we can limit sharing. Resources will be cleaned regularly and any resources that need to be shared (e.g. iPads) will be cleaned before being used by another child.
- We will be encouraging groups to work outside when possible in designated areas. We will make use of the great outdoor spaces we have at Grenoside to facilitate as much outdoor learning as we can.
- Classrooms will be kept well ventilated by having windows and doors propped open as much as possible.
- As a PFI school, the enhanced cleaning regime that will take place during the school day e.g. door handles, table tops etc is under the management and responsibility of Kier Services.