At Holly Park, we take the health and safety of our pupils, staff, parents and other members of the community seriously.
Here is a summary of the guidance on COVID symptoms and schools
To reopen the School to all pupils there is a series of controls with which all schools must comply.
In practice this means that:
- Pupils who are unwell with COVID symptoms must not attend school
- A pupil with a member of their household showing these symptoms must not attend school
- Any pupil who has been notified as a close contact of someone with COVID by the NHS Test and Trace service must not attend school.
Symptoms consistent with a possible coronavirus infection include:
- High temperature (37.8°C or more)
- New continuous cough
- Loss or change in taste or smell
In any of the above instances you must follow the guidance and self-isolation protocols set out by the government, including the length of isolation and any quarantine regulations related to returning from abroad.
Managing any Possible Cases of COVID During the School Day.
- The school will follow protocols to deal with any suspected cases of COVID.
- The pupil will be isolated and parents contacted to request that they are collected urgently.
- Up-to-date Government guidance on getting a test and isolating must then be followed and the test result shared with the School.
- Members of staff or pupils who have been in close contact with someone with symptoms are not required to go home to self-isolate unless: they develop symptoms themselves (in which case they should arrange a test); the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive; or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace
- NHS Test and Trace
- All pupils, staff, and visitors will need to comply with the NHS Test and Trace process. If anyone in your household develops symptoms you must book a test online or by phone and the whole household must comply in full with self-isolation guidelines.
- The School must be kept informed as promptly as possible.
All pupils, staff and other adults should do the following:
• Not come into school if they have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive in the last seven days (please contact the School in the usual way to report any absence).
• Book a test if they are displaying symptoms of coronavirus infection. Please inform the School immediately of the results of a test.
• In the event that they test positive for coronavirus, or if asked by NHS Test and Trace, to provide details of anyone in the School community they have been in close contact with.
• Self-isolate for 14 days if other members of their household (including any siblings) develop coronavirus symptoms or test positive for coronavirus.
It is important for parents and staff to inform the School immediately of any test result.
• If someone tests negative: if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with others until they feel better. Other members of the household can stop self-isolating.
• If someone tests positive: they must stay at home and self-isolate for at least ten days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or loss of smell/taste can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
Once the School has been notified of a positive test for COVID we will immediately contact the local health protection team and follow all guidance, including what actions to take regarding the isolation of other members of the School community. This may or may not result in a partial or full closure of the School for a period of time.
Here is the latest advice from the government.
Schools are responsible for day-to-day health and safety whenever a child is in the care of school staff – this includes school trips and clubs.
Every school has a health and safety policy.
At Holly Park in our parent and pupil questionnaires we ask our stakeholders what they think about health and safety at the school.
Governors discuss health and safety at governor Premises meetings and at Staffing and Pupil Welfare meetings.
At Holly Park we talk to the School Council regularly about health and safety.
At Holly Park we update our school risk assessments annually.
We also do an internal health and safety audit annually.
Keeping safe involves many areas:
- Online safety
- First Aid
- Site Security
- Recruitment of Staff
- Visitors and volunteers
- Behaviour/Anti Bullying
- Positive Handling
- Photographing and Videoing
- Personal care
- Trips and Visits
- Home Visits
- Managing Critical Incidents
All of these areas are covered in our health and safety policy, our safeguarding policy and many have a policy of their own.
It will be compulsory for primary schools to teach some sort of First Aid from September 2020. Getting ahead of the game we have bought sessions for all classes from Reception to Y6 from a company that were recommended to us called Mini First Aid. Classes meet the new 2020 UK National Curriculum Requirements.