Following the announcement last Monday about the re-opening of schools, we have briefly summarised the pertinent parts of it relevant to supply staff as follows:
- Supply staff and other temporary or peripatetic staff can move between schools. Supply staff must follow your school’s arrangements for managing and minimising risk based on the system of controls. They should also have access to information on the safety arrangements and be provided with this as soon as possible after the booking.
- Recruitment of staff should continue but schools should consider a flexible approach to interviews, with alternative options to face-to-face interviews offered where possible.
- The National Tutoring Programme will continue to offer tuition as normal and schools should continue to sign up and engage with the programme.
- All pupils should attend school from the week of the 8th March and attendance is compulsory.
- Staggered return from 8th March is permitted but all pupils should be back during the week.
- Follow protective measures guidance re-hand washing, social distancing of 2 metres apart and wearing masks.
- Maximise social distancing as much as is possible; avoid assemblies and large gatherings.
- Masks: the government have advised that pupils in secondary schools should wear masks where social distancing is not possible, however, they have since stated that it is not compulsory.
- Covid testing: on returning to school, secondary pupils are to undertake a Covid test 3 times in school and then this is to be carried with parents at home. 11-year-olds should be tested by an adult. However, the Government have since stated that it is not compulsory, but it is advised. Staff and pupils must report their result to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed either online or by telephone as per the instructions in the home test kit. Staff and pupils should also share their result, whether void, positive or negative, with their school to help with contact tracing.
Primary school children will not be tested, staff will continue to be tested twice per week. Testing in specialist settings will be on a voluntary basis.
- No educational visits and trips are permitted.
- School uniform to be maintained.
- Physical exercise important but where possible do PE outdoors.
- Frequent cleaning in the school environment recommended as advised previously.
- Ventilate rooms where possible.
- National assessments and exams won’t go ahead this summer; teacher assessment will determine grades.
Isolation rules, a reminder. Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into the school if:
- they have one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- a member of their household (including someone in their support bubble or childcare bubble if they have one) has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms 9
- they are required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area
- they have had a positive test
All must adhere to Track and Trace guidance when contacted by them.
If anyone in your school develops a new and continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), you:
- must send them home to begin isolation – the isolation period includes the day the symptoms started and the next 10 full days
- advise them to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
- advise them to arrange to have a test as soon as possible to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).
To read the full Government guidance document, click here