Howard Junior School COVID-19 Measures

 

COVID-19 System of controls at Howard Junior School

Prevention:

1) Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are sent home and are asked to acquire a PCR test and self-isolate until it is confirmed that they do not have COVID-19.

2) Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual- hand sanitiser is available in all classrooms and at each entry and exit point of the building.

3) Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach- this will be monitored and upheld within each classroom.

4) Enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach will be undertaken. Toilet facilitates will be cleaned after each use, classrooms will be regularly sanitised throughout the day, high-traffic areas will be cleaned and sanitised at 30 minute intervals throughout the day.

5) Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)- pupils are welcome to wear their own PPE- this is NOT provided by the school.

6) Temperatures will be taken before entry to the building as well as at regular intervals during the school day. A temperature of 37+ will trigger a concern for the health of a child and if a continued raised temperature is evident- a child will be sent home.

Response to any infection- in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case in school-

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to take a PCR test. If this test is negative, they may return to school.

This will remain the advice up to 1 April 2022, at which point the Government has indicated that mass testing will end. Where your child tests positive for COVID-19 on a PCR test, it is recommended that they self-isolate in line with previously issued guidance.

Students who self-isolate will be able to return to school on day 6 of their self-isolation period so long as they have tested negative on a lateral flow test on day 5 and 6. Tests must be taken 24 hours apart. Remote learning will continue to be in place for anyone who is required to self-isolate.

If a child is awaiting collection in school, they will be moved, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door with appropriate adult supervision. If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom that has been allocated within school to suspected COVID-19 cases. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else. PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection.

It remains the case that should your child be a close contact of a person who has tested positive; they should continue to attend school as normal. Only if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 should they not attend school. This also applies whereby members of a child’s household have tested positive.

Parents/carers should be ready and willing to:

  • Collect their child if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and keep them off school as per the guidance above, unless they can provide a negative PCR test result.
  • Keep their child out of school during the period in which a child is testing positive for COVID-19.

What happens at Howard Junior School if a pupil displays symptoms of COVID-19?

  • If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’.
  • If a child is awaiting collection in school, they will be moved, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door with appropriate adult supervision.
  • If they need to go to the toilet while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate toilet that has been allocated within school to suspected COVID-19 cases. The toilet will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
  • PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection.
  • We will continue to adjust and refine our procedures in line with the latest government guidance.

What will happen with clubs at Howard Junior School?

  • Clubs will be continuing as normal and you can find these listed on our website

Click here to download our COVID-19 Secure - Our school health and safety arrangements document