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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust



                                                                                                                                           Monday 13th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have now come to the last week of the Summer term and both schools will be closing at the end of the week.  We have however already been planning for the safe return of all children in September. Below is our risk assessment.

Safety of children, their families and staff is utmost priority

Risk assessment for all children to return to school in September 2020

Risk: Covid virus spreading form person to person.

Effective infection protection and control

     Hand washing regularly - on arrival and before leaving, and frequently throughout the day

     Good respiratory hygiene - catch it, bin it, wash hands, or catch it in your elbow

     Cleaning surfaces frequently

     Minimising contact, no mixing between bubbles, use of dedicated breaktime space, staggered breaks, social       

          distancing of ‘1m plus’ inside.

      Ventilation, maximise use of outdoor space by working outside where possible

      Staff Toilets: one person only, clean seat, flush with lid down, wipe the flush and handles                                  

Risk: Covid virus spreading from child to adult


     Face shields are to be worn inside by all those facing very regular contact, at close proximity, with children and

          staff. Sanitise at least daily

     Face masks are not routinely recommended (unless working closely beside child)

     Gloves and aprons are not routinely recommended unless providing personal care, or looking after case of   

          suspected Covid-19

Shielded and clinically vulnerable children

          Shielded (Extremely clinically vulnerable) are not expected to come to school

          Clinically vulnerable – follow medical advice – safest at home

Shielded and clinically vulnerable adults

          Shielded (Extremely clinically vulnerable) rigorously shield themselves

Clinically vulnerable – should work from home.  **Letter from GP required as Certificates not being issued

                   Over 70

                    Under 70 but who are instructed to have annual ‘flu jab

                    Chronic mild to moderate asthma, heart, liver or kidney disease


                    Weakened immune systems

                    Pregnant women

                    Seriously overweight

Those living with a shielded or critical vulnerable person

                  Stringent social distancing adhered to, otherwise work from home

Risk: Covid virus spreading from child to child.


When sitting in class, children should sit at their own table facing one way (children should not sit facing each other).

Children should have their own resources. 

Children need to be supervised when moving around the school.

Children need to remain in their class bubbles. 

Children must not gather in the hall or any other communal areas.

There should be no singing or shouting. 

Planning and Organisation to be in place for September

Timetable – stagger drop off, collection: children arrive in staggered groups across the year groups. They will   stand on distanced dots on the playground and staff will take them to wash their hands and then sit in their classrooms. 

Lunch in classroom.

Class bubbles will remain together throughout day, in base room and designated outdoor area.

Use outdoor space as much as possible.

Windows and doors kept open for ventilation in all areas of the school.

Individual sets of writing / colouring equipment kept in labelled zippy wallet

Set individual table places

Equipment must not be shared between children. 

Remove soft toys, furnishings, unnecessary items

Use of staffroom staggered, no socialising as normal

Children should bring in only the minimum and should keep all their belongings with them 

Risk: Covid virus risk of infection from persons outside the school.

All communication with office via class telephone.

Risk: Virus spreading from unnecessary mixing at the beginning and end of the school day.

Children coming to / from school: Only one parent allowed to bring / collect

Staggered entry/ exit times

Morning – children enter alone, staff ensure they get to class

Pavement or school fence painted to indicate 2m intervals

End of day for Infant children– Parent must stand on a marked spot in KS1 playground and await child, children brought to playground and sent to parent

End of the day for Junior children - children are escorted down in their staggered groups and asked to stand on the dots in the playground. They may stand with their siblings. Adult in the playground dismisses them into the side playground where another adult send them out to their parents.

Staff to maintain 2m distance from parents

Emergency Protocol for virus containment

If we get a suspected case of Covid-19 in school   

Child to be taken to the designated holding area, adult to wear PPE

Any area used by child (toilet, table, etc.) cleaned & disinfected before anyone else uses

Child and family need to self-isolate (child 7 days, family 14 days

Guidance says no need for staff who care for such a child to go home, unless they develop symptoms or the child tests positive (see Confirmed cases).

If Staff member develops symptoms, go home & self-isolate (7 days, family 14 days; see confirmed cases)

          If seriously ill, call 999

Testing – if Covid-19 suspected

Under 5s, parents call 111

Over 5s, parents access 111 online

Staff – employer or employee can request via online self-referral portal

Confirmed Case of Covid-19 in school

Class of child / staff with Covid-19 must all go home and self-isolate for 14 days

Guidance says remainder of family of children / staff sent home due to someone in their group testing positive do not need to self-isolate unless child / staff develop symptoms

If more than one confirmed case in school, Public Health England will investigate & advise

If necessary larger group may need to self-isolate, including year group or school

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus

If you think you might have coronavirus or you've been in close contact with someone who has it:

  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.