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Parkside Primary School, Parkside - Welcome to our school website! Please take the time to explore the site. Should you require a paper copy of any of the information, please contact the school and a copy will be provided free of charge. The office hours are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The School day is 8:55am -3:25pm (32.5 hrs. education per week).

Contingency Risk Assessment - Covid-19 Update January 2022

Creative Learning Partnership Trust  - Assessment of Risk

FULL SCHOOL RETURN – Risk Assessment Jan 2022 in response to rising cases of Omicron

All Year Groups, Before and After School Clubs and Nursery

 

Parkside Primary School

Exposure to COVID-19

The virus is spread in minute water droplets that are expelled from the body through sneezing, coughing, talking and breathing. The virus can be transferred to the hands and from there to surfaces. It can survive on surfaces for a period after transfer (depending on such things as the surface type, its moisture content and temperature). It can be different variants that provide an increased risk of transmission.

Hazard/

Activity

Persons at Risk

Risk

Control measures in use

Residual risk rating

H / M / L

Further Action Required

 

 

 

 

 

YES

NO

Arriving to school

Children

Staff

Parents

Others

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Use the one-way system introduced when parents bring children to school
  • 1+ metre rule to be enforced whilst parents are waiting for staff to receive their children, markings to be placed on the floor
  • Staff member who is outside enforcing the control measures can wear a face mask.
  • Face coverings worn by staff/children on arrival to school – instructed not to touch their face when using or removing their face covering; face covering to be put into a covered bin. Reusable face coverings to be put into a plastic bag and taken home. Handwashing on arrival and after removing face covering and before entering the classroom

H

 

 

Staff receiving child from Parent

Staff

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Staff receiving children can wear a face covering- no visors without a face mask.
  • Staff will direct children to use the hand sanitiser and proceed to their classroom (another member of staff supervise children)

 

 

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Classroom set up 

Staff

Children

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • From Year 1 to Year 6 the classroom must be set up to ensure all desks face the front
  • Teaching should be based upon Rosenshine principles.
  • Tissues available in classrooms for children to use when coughing or sneezing and they must go straight into a bin after one use.
  • Each classroom to have a basket with anti-bacterial wipes and spray, hand sanitiser and extra tissues.
  • Each child to have their own equipment, as provided by the school.
  • Periodically throughout the day the desk is wiped down by the staff
  • Classrooms to be clutter free
  • Equipment and resources are integral to the education in schools and so will be allowed in the classes.
  • Windows must be opened to aid ventilation unless in extremely cold weather and so windows will be opened to provide ventilation and classroom doors left open, where safe to do so, to limit contact on handles.
  • Co2 monitors must be on at all times, these will be monitored by Mrs Knapper and recordings will be made, where there are consistently high readings a air purity device will be ordered
  • Classroom will be cleaned at the end of each day.

H

 

 

Classroom Lessons

Staff

Children

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Nurseries and Reception to follow the Early Years guidance around use of resources.
  • All teachers and staff can operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable. Where staff need to move between classes due to PPA or class cover.
  • Staff must wear masks when moving around the school however they are not to use them when teaching children.

H

 

 

Children requiring using the toilet in lesson times

Children

Staff

Infection Control

  • Inform the child of the importance of washing their hands after using the toilet and on their return to the classroom. Children to  use the hand sanitiser on entering the classroom; this must  be undertaken on each entry back into the classroom

 

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Break times

Children

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Limited numbers of children should be on the playground where possible

 

M

 

 

Break Times – Staff Room

Staff

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Staff should wear masks in the staffroom unless they are eating/drinking, numbers in the staffroom should be kept to a minimum
  • Staff must make their own drinks/food and wash and dry their own cups or flasks and other crockery and utensils

H

 

 

Break Times

Classrooms

Staff

Children

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Whilst children are on breaks, clean tables and door handles with a disinfectant or disinfectant spray
  • Wear gloves whilst carrying out this task and wash hands after cleaning

H

 

 

Lunch breaks

Staff

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Cutlery will be on the trays
  • Classroom groups to sit together
  • Catering staff will wear a mask, plastic apron and gloves while serving large volumes of children.
  • Staggered lunch times with limited numbers in the hall to collect their food.

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First Aid – minor treatment

Staff

Children

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Where minor first aid treatment is required First Aiders must ensure that they wear gloves, apron when dealing with injuries.
  • Where possible ask the child (dependent on age and maturity of child) to wipe away any blood or hold cold compresses etc.
  • Ensure records of injury and treatment are recorded and who administered first aid treatment
  • Always wash hands after contact
  • First Aid area to be disinfected after use

 

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First Aid – Life threatening

Staff

Children

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • In the event of a serious injury or incident call 999 immediately.
  • Wear face covering, apron and gloves when in close contact or dealing with bodily fluids.
  • In the event of CPR being required, it is advised only chest compressions are given and use of a defib if available
  • Always wash hands after contact
  • First Aid area to be disinfected after use

M

 

 

Administering Medication

Staff

Children

Others

First Aid Procedures

  • Where any medications are administered, try and encourage the children to self-administer
  • Social distancing to be adhered to. If in any doubt the parent to be contacted and the pupil sent home

 

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children who are upset

Staff

Spread of Infection due to close contact

-Encourage child to use a tissue to wipe eyes/nose etc. which needs to go straight into a bin after use

  • Wash hands after contact

 

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Children with behavioural issues

Staff

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Allow the child to vent their frustrations
  • Where possible allow child to be in a room on their own or outside
  • If team teach techniques are required, it is advised face coverings are worn – this should not be used until a senior member of staff is called for
  • If children need to be restrained, avoid it but if necessary wear masks and always restrain based on training provided. Record the restrain using the correct and required paperwork

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Children with SEND coping with the changes

Children

Infection due to close contact

  • Individual risk assessments to support all children with SEND
  • Support from the Staffordshire SEND team through use of external provisions such as enhanced autism approach, EHCP recommendations

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Children leaving at the end of the school day -

Primary Setting

Staff

Parents

Others

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • One way system in place with a staff member supervising outside to inform Parents to abide by the 1+ metre social distancing rule.
  • Different collection points for each year group
  • Children released when Parent is next in queue and child will be fetched from classroom.
  • Detailed communication includes advice to parents when collecting their children

 

 

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Parent wishing to talk to staff

Staff

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Communication with staff must be via email or phone, outside or distanced in the classroom.
  • Parents will not be allowed to hover on the site after collection
  • If parents are invited to come into school they will be encouraged to lateral flow prior to coming into the setting

 

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awareness of policies / procedures / Guidance

Staff

Children

Others

Inadequate information

  • All staff must ensure that they are aware of the current guidelines in regard to safe distancing and washing hands on a regular basis and the contingency measures.
  • All staff are able to access the following information on-line for up to date information on COVID-19
  • Public Health England
  • Gov.co.uk
  • NHS
  • DfE
  • Department for Health and Social Care
  • The relevant staff receive any necessary training that helps minimise the spread of infection, e.g. infection control training. (washing of hands, cleaning up bodily fluids)
  • Staff are made aware of the school’s infection control procedures in relation to coronavirus via email or staff meetings and contact the school as soon as possible if they believe they may have been exposed to coronavirus
  • Parents are made aware of the school’s infection control procedures in relation to coronavirus via letter, posters or social media – they are informed if their child has been a close contact and told to carry out LFT for seven days for children 5 years and over. Parents must notify us as a school if they have a positive PCR result.
  • Children are made aware of the school’s infection control procedures in relation to coronavirus via school staff and are informed that they must inform a member of staff if they feel unwell
  • Staff must wear a mask, when walking around corridors where social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Visitors must read the schools visitor charter before entering the school site and be aware of the contingency measures. Visitors must wear a mask and will be asked to do a LFT before visiting the school.

 

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poor hygiene practice

Staff

Children

Others

Ill Health

  • Posters are displayed throughout the school reminding children, staff and visitors to wash their hands, e.g. before entering and leaving the school.
  • Children, staff and visitors are encouraged to wash their hands with soap or alcohol-based sanitiser (that contains no less than 60% alcohol) and follow infection control procedures in accordance with the DfE and PHE’s guidance
  • Sufficient amounts of soap (or hand sanitiser where applicable), clean water and paper towels/hand dryers are supplied in all toilets and kitchen areas
  • Children may be supervised by staff when washing their hands to ensure it is carried out correctly, where necessary
  • Children are forbidden from sharing cutlery, cups or food.
  • All cutlery and cups are thoroughly cleaned before and after use.
  • Cleaners to carry out daily comprehensive cleaning that follows national guidance and is compliant with the COSHH Policy and the Health and Safety Policy.
  • A senior member of staff arranges enhanced cleaning to be undertaken where required – advice relating to enhanced cleaning protocols is sought from the Health Protection Team /Public Health England

 

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ill health

Staff

Children

Others

Coronavirus

Symptoms

  • Staff are informed of the symptoms of possible coronavirus infection, e.g. a cough, difficulty in breathing and high temperature, and are kept up to date with national guidance about the signs, symptoms and transmission of coronavirus
  • Any child or member of staff who displays signs of being unwell, such as having a cough, fever or difficulty in breathing, and believes they have been exposed to coronavirus, is immediately taken out of the class and placed in an area where they will not come into contact with others and are supervised at all times by staff wearing the relevant PPE. The potentially infected person should wear a mask too especially if an adult- They must have a negative PCR test result prior to returning to school
  • The relevant member of staff calls for emergency assistance immediately if a child’s symptoms worsen
  • The parents of unwell children are informed as soon as possible of the situation by a relevant member of staff
  • Where contact with a child’s parents cannot be made, appropriate procedures are followed in accordance with those outlined in governmental guidance
  • Unwell children who are waiting to go home are kept in an area where they can be at least two metres away from others
  • Areas used by unwell staff and children who need to go home are appropriately cleaned once vacated, using a disinfectant and care to be taken when cleaning all hard surfaces.
  • If unwell children and staff are waiting to go home, they are instructed to use different toilets to the rest of the school to minimise the spread of infection
  • Any children who display signs of infection are taken home immediately, or as soon as practicable, by their parents – the parents are advised to contact NHS 111 and 119 immediately or call 999 if the child becomes seriously ill or their life is at risk
  • Any members of staff who display signs of infection are sent home immediately and are advised to contact NHS 111 immediately or call 999 if they become seriously ill or their life is at risk.
  • All staff and schools to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process- LFT testing for 7 days if they have been close contacts and are fully vaccinated  and have no symptoms.
  • Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst the school community
  • Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
  • Follow the advice and issue letters recommending PCR tests for every pupil or staff member who has been in close contact with positive cases.

 

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Spread of infection

Staff

Children

Others

Lack of infection control

  • Spillages of bodily fluids, e.g. respiratory and nasal discharges, are cleaned up immediately in line with guidance, using PPE at all times.
  • Parents are informed not to bring their children to school or on to the school premises if they show signs of being unwell and believe that they have been exposed to coronavirus.
  • Staff and children may return to school if the have been recognised as a close contact providing adults are fully vaccinated, they have no symptoms and have 7 days of negative LFT tests.
  • If staff or children receive a positive PCR result they must notify the school. The school will the send out close contact messages to those affected.
  • When a positive PCR is received you must isolate for a minimum of seven days, if you take a LFT test on day 6 and 7, 24hrs apart and they are negative they may return to school on the 8th day. If however they have a temperature or a positive LFT on day 6 or 7 they must isolate for the full 10 days. 
  • Any additional provisions for children who are vulnerable to infections are put in place by the Headteacher in liaison with the child’s parents where necessary.
  • All Parkside staff will undertake lateral flow testing twice weekly – (see separate risk assessment) to find any asymptomatic cases. The LFT kits will be collected from the Covid co-ordinator who is responsible for ordering LFT kits from the Government. If a positive test occurs on the LFT then the staff member isolates immediately and arranges for a PCR test. 

 

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Poor management of infectious diseases

Staff

Children

Others

Lack of infection control

  • Everyone is instructed to monitor themselves and others and look out for similar symptoms if a child or staff member has been sent home with suspected coronavirus
  • Staff are vigilant and report concerns about their own, a colleague’s or a child’s symptoms to the Headteacher or SLT as soon as possible. The school is consistent in its approach to the management of suspected and confirmed cases of coronavirus
  • The school is informed by children’s parents when children return to school after having coronavirus – the school informs the relevant staff
  • Staff inform the Headteacher when they plan to return to work after having coronavirus
  • A nominated person monitors the cleaning standards of school, cleaning contractors and discusses any additional measures required with regards to managing the spread of coronavirus
  • The school has a lateral flow covid administrator who ensures that staff have enough LFT and have the right methods to report the tests

 

 

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Lack of communication

Staff

Children

Others

Unsafe Practices

  • The school staff reports immediately to the Headteacher about any cases of suspected coronavirus, even if they are unsure
  • The Headteacher contacts the local OBT or follows the advice given from them and discusses if any further action needs to be taken.
  • Schools put into place any actions or precautions advised by their local Outbreak team
  • Schools keep staff, children and parents adequately updated about any changes to infection control procedures as necessary.
  • Children isolating at home but the class remaining in school will follow the remote policy and will attend school through google meet or through work on google classroom. The school will do everything in its power such as safely combining classes to try and remain open to its pupils.

 

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Cleaning while school open

Staff

Children

Others

Infection Control

  • All hard surfaces to be cleaned on a regular basis, this will include
  • All door handles
  • All tables and chairs used by staff and children
  • Toilet flushes and regular cleaning of toilets.
  • All classrooms to have spray disinfectant that does not require the use of cloths
  • Regular cleaning of surfaces will reduce the risk of spreading the virus
  • Outside equipment cleaned more frequently

 

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Contractors in school

Staff

Children

Others

Inadequate control measures

  • Where contractors are coming into school they must have up to date Risk Assessments and Method Statements.
  • Control measures regarding the Coronavirus must be included within their RAM’s.
  • School to ensure no children or staff are in the area where contractors are working
  • Contractors will be designated a toilet they can use whilst on site
  • Contractors will be responsible for removing all rubbish they have created and to clean their area of work prior to leaving
  • Contractors must ensure no workers are displaying any signs or symptoms of Coronavirus prior to entering the school site
  • If they become aware of a contractor coming down with symptoms within 7 days they must notify the school.

 

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Emergencies

Staff

Children

Others

Inadequate Control Measures

  • All staff and children’s emergency contact details are up-to-date, including alternative emergency contact details, where required
  • Children’s parents are contacted as soon as practicable in the event of an emergency
  • Staff and children’s alternative contacts are contacted where their primary emergency contact cannot be contacted

 

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Spread of infection – office area

Staff

Children

Others

Inadequate

Control

Measures

 

  • Face to face communication takes place whilst wearing a mask
  • Social distancing applies at all times
  • Equipment, telephones etc are cleaned down regularly using    antibacterial/disinfectant cleaning supplies
  • Door handles etc are cleaned down regularly with disinfectant
  • General office risk assessment procedures remain in place at all times
  • Detailed communication includes advice to parents relating to contacting the office staff

 

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Staff car sharing or transporting children to alternative provision

Staff

Spread of infection due to close contact

  • If staff are car sharing then they need to wear face masks
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Opening of before- school and after school care provision and clubs

Teachers

Parents

Pupils

Spread of Infection due to close contact

  • Before and after school provision should be in areas which are well ventilated and ideally there is the possibility for greater social distancing.
  • Schools can use extracurricular provision such as sports clubs etc.
  • Clubs will be cancelled if required to control an outbreak as per the advice from the Local Health Outbreak Team
  • Schools can work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular and extra-curricular activities where they are satisfied that this is safe to do so and as long as they agree to this risk assessment.

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