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 - Secondary Schools
In order to keep our school community as safe as possible, we have taken the decision to change our guidance on face coverings for those children and staff currently in school:
- The Trust will now instruct staff and students to wear a face mask (not a visor) in any indoor space that is occupied by other people
- This will include classrooms, offices and communal areas
- If there is a medical reason why staff or students cannot wear a face mask they do not have to wear one and this should be discuss with the Headteacher.
- The Trust will now instruct staff to wear a face mask when they are in an indoor space with another adult (unless teaching)
- Face coverings are not recommended for primary age children, and we will be asking that they are removed before children enter school.
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.