Tapton School Academy Trust

Managing Risk

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.

Face Coverings 

The government has removed the requirement to wear a face covering in law, but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don't normally meet. 

Wearing a face mask in other situations in school is now a personal choice. 

The Trust will follow the government guidance and our approach is in line with Chris Whitty's (England's Chief Medical Officer) 3 part rule of thumb for continuing to wear a face mask:

1. Crowded indoor spaces
2. When required to by an authority
3. Or to make someone else feel comfortable. 

We will continue to follow 4E's in line with the updated approach:

Expect: we will expect secondary students and all adults to wear a face mask when in an enclosed crowded space (this does not include classrooms)
Enable: we will provide a face mask for any student who wishes to have one but doesn't yet have their own 
Encourage: we will encourage each other to take responsibility for our own personal safety and to make the right choice to ensure we all feel safe and cared for
Educate: everyone will learn why, how and when it is appropriate to wear a face mask. 

  • If there is a medical reason, or another reason, why staff or students cannot wear a facemask then they do not have to wear one, and this should be discussed with the Headteacher. 
  • Primary children are not expected to wear a face mask. 
  • Masks are not expected to be worn in classrooms by staff or students. 
  • Visitors to all schools will continue to be expected to wear a face mask at all times where they are in enclosed spaces and social distancing is not possible. 

NHS Track and Trace

We continue to engage with the NHS track and trace process and will respond rapidly to confirmed cases. 

Continuous Monitoring

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.