General school Covid-19 guidance 

All schools have a legal requirement to update their risk policies and adhere to government guidance on managing and preventing the corona virus. In order to make sure you familiarise yourself with their management plans specific to each school you have been assigned, we will try to obtain their appropriate policies beforehand.

General rules are:

1) minimise contact with anyone unwell, whose household member is unwell or anyone who tests positive, even if they are asymptomatic

2) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual, either washing or use of sanitiser

3) ensure good respiratory hygiene, cover mouth/nose with a disposable tissue and dispose immediately or use underside of elbow if tissue unavailable. Promote ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

4) Frequently clean surfaces: a cleaning routine of touched surfaces should have been developed by each school.

5) minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible. This will involve spacing between desks, forward facing desks, one-ways systems, staggered starting /finishing /break/lunch times and avoidance of communal areas such as staffrooms

6) wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary. In special schools and for when teaching some SEND pupils, this will specific and more detailed, so you will need to check this beforehand. Mask wearing is not advised in early years and primary sectors but is recommended in some instances in secondary schools; schools may have developed their own guidance about mask and visor wearing so you will need to check this with them.

7) manage those who become unwell whilst at school. This means, if any pupil reports feeling unwell to you, they need to be immediately be sent home and advised they should stay at home for 10 days and be tested for Covid-19. In the event that they need to be picked up by a parent, you must isolate the pupil straight away from others in a room with a closed door and open windows. If the pupil needs supervising and social distancing is not possible, then you will need to wear appropriate PPE, which will then need to be disposed.

If the pupil needs to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use separate facilities if possible, which will then need to be cleaned and disinfected. Link to safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance.