"Logic can get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere"
As a school within the Central RSA Academies Trust we completed a comprehensive risk assessment before opening to wider numbers of pupils in June 2020.
The results across the Trust from 1st June 2020 to the of end of summer term 2020 (20th July) are that there have been no reported positive cases amongst pupils or staff attending schools in our Trust. In this time period 7 potential cases were reported, all pupils and staff in those “bubbles” were sent home as a precaution and pupil’s parents or carers informed. All suspected cases proved to be negative and all pupil’s and staff in those bubbles were able to return to their respective schools.
The risk assessment covered the following areas;
- Awareness of procedures and policies
- Hygiene practices in classrooms and public areas
- Administering first aid to those presenting symptoms of COVID-19
- Managing suspected cases of COVID-19
- Spread of infection
- Clinically vulnerable staff
- Mental health concerns – staff
- Management of infectious diseases
- Governance and policy
- Vacant premises/re-opening of premises
- Emergency/fire evacuation
- Available capacity reduced by social distancing
- Organising small class groups
- Classroom based arrangements/class sizes
- Continued prioritisation of vulnerable pupils
- Pupil’s falling behind in learning
- Pupil’s eligible for free school meals
- Plans if staff numbers lower than required to teach classes
- Staff training
- Social distancing arrangements
- Pupil behaviour
- Transition planning
- Communication of Academy plans
- Academy building arrangements
- Contractors on site
- Costs of additional measures due to COVID-19
- Mental health concerns – pupils
- Transport arrangements
The risk assessment was regularly updated as required with new information and legislation for example the change in RIDDOR reporting requirements.