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Full School Opening September 2020

September 2020 Returning to School Protocol and Procedures

In line with the Department for Education’s instruction, it is our plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term – Thursday 3rd September 2020

Our planning is underpinned by the Department for Education’s advice on effective infection protection and control which states the following:


“We are asking schools to prepare for all pupils to return full-time from the start of the autumn term, including those in school-based nurseries. Schools should not put in place rotas.


Schools must comply with health and safety law, which requires them to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Schools should thoroughly review their health and safety risk assessments and draw up plans for the autumn term that address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. These are an adapted form of the system of protective measures that will be familiar from the summer term. Essential measures include:

  1. a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  2. robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  3. enhanced cleaning arrangements
  4. active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  5. formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:

  • grouping children together
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible”


Many of the protocols and procedures that were implemented during the summer term will remain the same in the autumn term with the expectation that they will further embed so that children who did not attend in the summer term will themselves adopt the measures also.


All protocol and procedures are aligned to our Risk Assessment which has been produced using a LA-approved template following ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’ ( It is a legal requirement to review and update the previous risk assessment.


“The following plan outlines relevant detail from the government’s guidance with further detail about how St Peter and St Paul will adopt measures and ensure compliance to the statutory elements within. The aim of this plan is to minimise the risks, whilst acknowledging that we can’t negate them entirely.”


Within the government guidance, the systems of controls that schools should adopt are clearly listed. This plan will outline these systems of control and how St Peter and St Paul C of E Infant School has made them appropriate to our specific context and circumstance.


"System of controls

This is the set of actions schools must take. They are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to any infection’ and are outlined in more detail in the sections below.



1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school


An up-to-date list of symptoms can be found by visiting the link below:



2) where recommended, use of face coverings in school


3) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual


4) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach


5) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach


6) minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible


7) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)


Numbers 1 to 5 must be in place in all schools, all the time. Please note that face coverings have not been recommended by the DfE for pupils under the age of 11.


Number 6 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.


Number 7 applies in specific circumstances.



Response to any infection:


8) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process


9) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community


10) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice


Numbers 8 to 10 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.”