Schools must comply with health and safety law, assess risks and have sufficient controls in place.
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
- Plans in place should localised lock downs be introduced.
Face Coverings - Secondary Schools
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 - Primary Schools
- 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 have contacted 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.