Social Distancing & Health and Safety Measures
We continue to take the necessary precautions to restrict social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Whilst we aim to remain open to all of our pupils, it is really important that we do all we can to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene.
This is a summary of what we are all involved in doing to protect children, staff and families:
- We have risk assessed and subsequently adjusted each class space to optimise pupil attendance whilst securing effective social distancing. A recent governor site inspection deemed our social distancing measures were effective. We will be ‘sticking at 2 metres’ for the time being
- We are operating ‘class bubbles’ for work, playtime and lunchtimes. Each class has a designated area of the playground at a specific time.
- Pupil temperatures are tested daily at registration using class digital thermometers or, of course, if they are feeling unwell.
- We are operating a ‘Sole Occupancy’ policy in the pupil use of toilets.
- Pupil are supervised handwashing – There is availability of soap and hot water in every toilet and classroom as well as hand sanitiser. All pupils are directed to wash their hands on every entry/re-entry to class following the Government advice. We have been explicitly teaching and supervising hygiene and hand washing protocols, individual resources can be found on our website in the coronavirus section.
- When carrying out personal care for pupils, staff will wear PPE which includes; face masks, gloves and aprons. (Bed paper covers, soap, sanitizer gel and wipes are available to anyone using that area.)
- We continue to operate daily deep cleaning measures, including multiple cleans throughout the day of all the communal areas and pin pads, door handles, gates etc.
- Staff are also supporting cleaning protocols by frequently wiping down of classroom tables, surfaces and door handles/keypads, with antibacterial wipes in most areas of the school.
- We have staggered breaks and lunchtimes for pupils and staff, therereby dramatically reducing staff and pupil numbers in communal areas.
- There are hand sanitiser points in all play areas and at the pickup and drop-off points at the front gate.
- Playground equipment is being wiped down after every use with antibacterial wipes or spray.
- We have reduced any foot traffic into and through school by changing our morning and end of day drop off and pick up arrangements. All parents and passenger assistants are not allowed into the school unless there are exceptional circumstances. Staff will escort pupils directly to their transport ( PAs remain on the transport) or to the school gate pick up point to meet their parents or carers.
- We also provide PPE for staff including gloves, facemasks, sanitizing gel and wipes and soap. We will continue to review this in response to staff communication of requirements & government advice.
Hedgewood school staff will also be:
- Informing the school if they or any of their household develop any symptoms
- Adhering to strict hand washing and cleaning policies as set out in our COVID-19 risk assessment.
- Following Government advice regarding social distancing and travel when not at work.
Below are our protocols if your child(ren) or staff display any COVID-19 symptoms.
If a pupil starts displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (including a temperature over 37.8 or a new dry, persistent cough) they will be made comfortable away from the rest class bubble in a designated self-isolation room as we know this is potentially stressful.
The staff member looking after the pupil must wear PPE (gloves, apron and face shield or mask). Parent/carers will be called to collect immediately. Parents/Carers must arrange a test for their child and the results must be shared with the school via email or SeeSaw before their child can return to school. If the test is negative the child can return to the setting. If the test is positive the whole class bubble, pupils and staff, would have a fourteen day, home isolation period.
If a staff member calls or develops COVID-19 symptoms, then they are required to attend a local test centre. A negative result is a green light to return to work whereas a positive test means a seven day isolation period for that staff member, and fourteen days home isolation for pupils and staff in that class bubble.
My thanks go to all parents, carers, governors and (especially) our amazing pupils for the continued support for our CV19 mitigation measures as well as SEND transport for the extra buse
If you have any queries related to our social distancing measure , please do not hesitate to contact the school. You may also find an answer to your question in the Frequently Asked Questions link below