Greatstone Primary School Risk Assessment
Our risk assessment for the school can be found below, please click the button below where you can view it as a PDF and download a copy.
To view our COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan please click here
COVID 19 Risk Assessment September 2021
This Risk Assessment has been devised at the point of the country moving to Stage 4 of the Government roadmap. This document is a ‘live’ document with regular reviews and updates. This enables us to monitor the control measures that are in place and to ensure that they are effective in reducing the risks of COVID 19 transmission.
In addition to this document, GPS have an Outbreak Management Plan. This outlines how we would operate in the event of either school, local or national outbreak and the measures that we would take or consider taking. We also refer to ‘The Contingency Framework; Education and Childcare Settings’ Government Guidance Document. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-local-restrictions-in-education-and-childcare-settings
|Hazard or Risk||How will risk be mitigated?||Risk before control measures||Risk after control measures|
|Transmission of virus through close contact with direct transmission (coughing and sneezing)|
Regular communication to parents so that anyone who is unwell with Covid symptoms knows not to attend school setting and what next actions should be including testing and household isolation for those who remain eligible.
• Frequent and regular hand cleaning continues to be in place throughout the day. Pupils clean their hands regularly with either soap and water or hand sanitiser. Children will clean hands, as a minimum at the following times: on entering the school, after breaks /playtimes or any sport activities, when using the toilet and before eating.
• In locations where children wash hands, signage reminds pupils of how to wash hands effectively and that this should be for at least 20 seconds.
• Hand gel points are situated around school
• Staff and children follow the ‘Catch it, Bin it and Kill it’ routine of good respiratory hygiene. Pupils will be taught /reminded of the elements of good hygiene on a regular basis.
• Classes to have antibacterial spray, wipes, tissues and gloves to clean surface areas following anyone having either coughed or sneezed.
• Lidded bins for classes are provided to ensure that any related items are stored in a bin that cannot be open to air flow.
• PPE to be worn at any point that children who are symptomatic require treatment or are sent to Covid room.
• Site team to check that toilets and hand wash facilities are adequately stocked and cleaned.
• Cleaning rota provided for key areas to ensure regular and enhanced cleaning. Frequently touched surfaces are a particular focus. Reference to ‘Covid 19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings outside the home’.
• If possible, windows in classrooms and offices should be open enough to provide constant background ventilation.
• Internal doors are also left open to assist with creating a throughput of air. If necessary in areas where space is poorly ventilated, external doors may also be used in this way (but only if not fire doors and if safe to do so).
• At times throughout the day such as break, lunch and end of the school day, classrooms should have all windows and doors opened for a 5-minute period to provide a fuller air flow.
• Hot spots such as staff room, staff toilets, photocopiers and high traffic areas are cleaned during the day multiple times. All classroom tables are cleaned at the end of the day.
• Staff will be responsible for wiping their own shared equipment – i.e. telephones, resources etc.
• Areas used for lunchtime and meals are cleaned between key stages service.
|Spreading infection due to excessive contact and mixing between pupils and staff or parents.|
Screens have been fitted in reception area to ensure shield between staff and any contact they may have with people here.
• Additional and enhanced cleaning in place for the hot spots around the school.
• Hand gel points are located around key hot spot areas. They are regularly checked to ensure that they are filled.
|Spreading infection due to excessive contact and mixing between pupils and staff around and outside of the school||Sports coaches and music teachers attending the site are asked to complete lateral flow testing twice a week. They are provided with a copy of our risk assessment.||HIGH||LOW|
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to school environment
• Systems of Control are in place throughout the school as outlined throughout this document.
Checks to premises will be done to ensure school is compliant with Health & Safety standards on a regular basis.
• Lidded bins provided to dispose of tissues in all classrooms and shared areas
|Staff or pupils become symptomatic whilst in school|
• Staff or pupils displaying any symptoms, however mild, are to be sent home or wait in isolation room (meeting room) for collection if immediate collection is not possible. Deep cleaned if used.
• Parents/Carers will be telephoned immediately and parents must collect.
• Staff member to wear PPE when moving treating or moving patient to correct location.
• • The household of the individual with symptoms will be advised of current guidance in relation to possible or confirmed cases.
• Call 999 if symptoms are such that life appears at risk.
• Staff advised to take twice weekly home tests until the end of September when guidance is reviewed.
|Pupils or staff have been in contact with other people in the setting who may have demonstrated symptoms which are potentially symptomatic of CV-19 or have been in contact with people who are asymptomatic|
Follow good hand and respiratory hygiene at all times.
• Clean the immediate affected area
• Lateral Flow testing in place for staff to identify asymptomatic cases
• Any staff member of pupil with a positive LFD test will be advised to isolate in line with stay at home guidance, and await results of PCR test.
|Contact with a diagnosed case of CV-19|
In the instance of a positive confirmed case, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. This includes contacts within the school.
• Children under the age of 18 years will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are identified as a contact by Test and Trace. Instead, they will be informed that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.
• If a confirmed case is identified, the related classroom will be deep cleaned and all resources cleaned.
In the event of local outbreak, school to work with health protection teams to assess potential for additional measures to be implemented. Refer to outbreak management plan if necessary.
|Individuals vulnerable to serious infection coming into school|
Members of staff who are CEV to adhere to any guidance, school to support in this to make any necessary adjustments.
• School to be aware of any pupils/families who fell under government shielding advice and provide support.
|Significant numbers of staff or pupils contract Covid 19|
In the event of several confirmed cases and risk of outbreak, school to contact dedicated advice service who will escalate issue to local health protection team where necessary and advise if any additional action is required. Contact will be made in accordance with the ‘Contingency Framework: Education and Childcare Settings’ guidance document.
• If required, additional measures to be introduced and/or elements of outbreak management plan to be implemented.
|Plan insufficiently communicated or risk assessed.|
• All information (or signpost to) shared with parents and stakeholders.
• Folder of all information compiled and held centrally in office.
• Regular updates to staff regarding content of this document, updates and related steps.
|Review and monitoring of Risk Assessment||Fortnightly review of Risk Assessment to ensure any new advice and local information is considered and further measures are put in place.||LOW||LOW|