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, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.

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 follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’.

This sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

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.

We will also adhere to the NHS Test and Trace process and will contact the local Public Health England health protection team if a case of COVID-19 is suspected.

Parents/carers must be ready and willing to:

  • book a test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. Pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school.
  • provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace.
  • book a PCR test, if their child is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, because they have been identified as a close contact.

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 also adhere to the NHS Test and Trace process and will contact the local Public Health England health protection team if a case of COVID-19 is suspected.
  • 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?

  • Before and After-School clubs will resume in September 2021. Breakfast Club will continue to run before school and a range of exciting after-school clubs will commence in mid-September. You can visit the 'Clubs' section of our website to discover more about these.

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