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COVID-19 - COVID Prevention (Schools) Safe System of Work 5jul20

The overriding principles are as follows:


  1. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have symptoms, or live with someone who does, do not attend school. This applies to children, staff and visitors.
  2. Hand hygiene - washing hands thoroughly and more frequently than usual
  3. Respiratory hygiene - Catch It, Bin It, Kill It approach to coughs and sneezes
  4. Enhanced Cleaning Arrangements, particularly of frequently touched surfaces or shared spaces
  5. Minimising contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.

If a member of staff or child at school is concerned they have COVID-19 they must follow the latest NHS guidance and if advised to self-isolate at home they must follow the guidance from Public Health England. They must not attend the school.

This must be reiterated through communication with staff and parents


If a child or staff member presents symptoms during the school day, isolate them to separate room or ensure they are situated 2 metres from others if isolation is not possible. Ensure that PPE is worn when in close proximity and that guidance is followed in relation to Cleaning Activities (Following Suspected or Confirmed Case.)


Any members of staff who have helped someone with symptoms and any pupils who have been in close contact with them do not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should arrange a test) or if the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive (see below) or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test & Trace.



School staff and children who attend school are eligible for testing.  If a positive test is received they must self-isolate for 7 days and their household for 14 days.


If they are confirmed through testing to not have COVID-19 they can return to school.


Individuals must continue to self-isolate if they have symptoms even if a negative test result is received until the symptoms cease.


Schools are permitted to refuse access to any individual who is displaying symptoms but who cannot confirm a negative test.


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