Full reopening of schools
Last updated Monday 28th September
We are pleased to welcome all children back to school.
We have been working hard to prepare for a full return to school, and are pleased to share with you our approach, as well as confirming the latest guidance. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
Managing the risk of Covid-19
Sheffield City Council and the Government have asked schools to prepare for all pupils to return full time in September. Schools must comply with health and safety law, assess risks and have sufficient controls in place.
In preparation for our schools reopening we have undertaken risk assessments in each of our Trust schools, using Sheffield City Council and government guidance, and tailoring this where applicable to provide a range of protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the infection.
These measures include (but are not limited to):
- Individuals who are unwell following government guidance on self isolation and quarantine
- Cleaning hands thoroughly and more often than usual
- Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' approach
- Enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often
- Minimising contact between individuals, the use of 'bubbles', and maintaining distancing wherever possible
- Plans in place should localised lock downs be introduced.
We continue to follow and review guidance on the wearing of face coverings in schools, and have updated our approach:
Local Public Health guidance has moved to recommending the wearing of face coverings in secondary schools, on corridors and in communal areas. TSAT will adopt 4 key principles in our approach; the 4 E's:
Expect we will expect students and staff in secondary schools to wear a face covering on corridors and in communal areas
Enable we will provide a face covering for any student who wishes to have one but doesn't yet have their own
Encourage we will encourage each other to make the right choice to ensure that we all feel safe and cared for
Education everyone will learn why, how and when it is appropriate to wear a face covering.
- Face coverings are not recommended for primary age children, and we will be asking that they are removed before children enter school
- We recognise that some staff may wish to wear a face covering for short periods of time , and schools have been provided with separate guidance on this.
NHS Track and Trace
We continue to engage with the NHS track and trace process and will respond rapidly to confirmed cases.
We will continue to monitor the protective measures in place, on a weekly basis, and will inform staff and parents of any changes as appropriate.
Who to contact
Schools will be contacting families directly to confirm the specific processes in place with regards to the school day. If you have any specific enquiries please contact your school office or headteacher.
The Department for Education has also set up a Covid-19 helpline, available to staff, parents and young people to answer any questions relating to education.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
What you can do to help us
Keep up to date with the latest government and local guidance:
- Public Health Letter to Parents and Carers September 2020 (Guidance on when you should book a coronavirus test for your child)
- Back to School Information
- Coronavirus Guidance and Support
- Sheffield City Council Guidance
- Sheffield Public Health Video
- Only bring your child to school if they are well with no symptoms
- Help your child understand what they need to do to stay safe
- Tell us if your child or anyone in the house has had a positive Covid-19 test
- Use online payments rather than cash
Getting to School
- Walk or cycle where possible
- Wear school uniform
- Only one member of the household to bring the child to school
- Maintain social distancing
- Don't let your child eat or drink on public transport
- Don't bring toys or other items from home
Arriving at School
- Arrive at the correct time
- Parents must not enter school - apart from a prearranged meeting
- Students should not leave school at lunchtimes
- Arrive at the correct pick up time
- Maintain social distancing
- Remind your child about hand washing.