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:
How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:
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’ (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools#introduction). 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.