FAO PARENTS AND STAFF - WHOLE SCHOOL CORONAVIRUS MANAGEMENT RISK ASSESSMENT UPDATED 19/04/2021

 7th June 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope that all of our children have managed to have a well-deserved, relaxing sunny break. We will continue with our Recovery Curriculum for the remainder of the term and are currently awaiting confirmation from the Government /Local Authority as to whether there will be any further lifting of restrictions towards the end of this month.

It is very much hoped that conditions will be deemed safe enough to allow parents and grandparents to be allowed on to the school premises and that we can engage once more in public events later on this term…Fingers are firmly crossed.

In the meantime, and until further notice, the current Covid-19 Risk Assessment will remain unchanged. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Richard Wright

Executive Headteacher

19/05/2021

Please note that though secondary schools have seen a lifting of some restrictions to the wearing of face masks, the restrictions for our school are at present unaffected, We hope to update our school risk assessment when we return after the half term and any lifting of restrictions will be announced then.

19th April 2021

Please find attached an updated risk assessment for the continued opening of school, which takes into account the most up to date advice from the government and Local Authority. It is expected that all persons working or visiting the site are familiar with this document and follow the guidelines stipulated.

Please note the following:

  • There will now be the opportunity to integrate some bubbles for education and safeguarding purposes as detailed in the risk assessment. The Headteacher will further discuss these options with senior leaders and teachers at the two schools over the coming days, with some adaptions put in place from 26/04/2021. Any changes will be shared with parents and pupils via newsletter.
  • Off-site educational visits will not take place this half term but we are hopeful that some visits including residential visits will be able to take place post May half term
  • At present parents are still not allowed on the school site and must wear masks and follow school guidelines when collecting and dropping off. We are hoping that restrictions may be relaxed in the second half of the summer term to allow some public/parent events and wait with anticipation and fingers crossed as to future government announcements.  

The vaccine initiative is having a significant impact on virus levels and we look with optimism to the future, however, we do need to keep vigilant and follow the risk assessment fully to ensure everyone keeps safe. 

Your ongoing co-operation and support is much appreciated as we edge slowly back to normality.

8th March 2021

Pupils return to school for the three weeks leading to the Easter Break - risk assessments have been sent out together with a letter from the Executive Headteacher Mr Wright outlining key information parents need to know and a FAQ sheet. Please note that class teacher letters are to follow in the coming days.

Update 1st March 2021

New risk assessments have been issued for when all pupils return to school from 8th March 2021. Please find below risk assessments for the wider school opening, PE, drama and music teaching. Teachers have also completed a risk assessment for their class and are in the process of sharing this with parents. Please also refer to the headteachers letter with FAQ which is in the PDf section below outlining what a school return from 8th March will look like and how the school will seek to deliver its recovery/catch up curriculum. You will note that at present the school will not be taking part in residential or school trips, however this situation may improve if the pandemic situation continues to improve and government restrictions ease. Class teachers will be in touch shortly regarding provisional arrangements for those classes whose residential visits have been affected this year. If we are able to comply with guidelines and conduct an offsite/adventurous activity safely nearer to home then we will do so. More details to follow...

Update 23/02/21

School will re-open for all pupils from Monday 8th March 2021. Mr Wright has issued a letter to parents today outlining in detail the next steps for our school and describing what provision will look like in the Spring and Summer terms. The letter hopefully answers many of the questions parents might have regarding the return to school. A copy of this letter can be found in the attachments section below this page. A link will also be provided via the school's Facebook Page.

Update 22/02/21

Prime Minister Announcement expected today regarding a 'road map' for reopening schools - a letter will be issued to parents by the Executive Headteacher Mr Wright, on 23/02/2021 outlining next steps for the Federation as we move forward to re-opening the school for all pupils in the coming weeks. 

Update 02/02/21

School Lockdown Provision  Closed - due to heavy snow and poor roadways (many not gritted) meaning insufficent staff available.

Update 25/01/21

Remote learning provision - what can parents expect from our Federation of schools ? To find out please scroll down to read our Remote Education PDF guide.

Update 13/01/21

Lockdown Risk Assessment issued to staff and parents with copy below (scroll down this page ) for those using the website.

Update 07/01/2021

Priority list for key worker and Vulnerable pupils has been issued by the Federation and can be found in the attachments section

* A Update re: school opening 4/01/2021*

Following the announcement of Boris Johnson this evening our primary school federation will be closed with immediate effect from tomorrow for all but key worker children and vulnerable pupils.

It looks like we will be in Lockdown until at least the February half term.

Class teachers will provide remote learning to pupils during this period and they will be in touch with parents tomorrow morning to outline how remote learning will be organised and planned for their class. Opportunities for parents to come and collect hard copies of work will also be be organised.

I ask that parents allow teachers time  tomorrow to reorganise their planning and resources given such late notice.

Setting up for long term home learning is somewhat different to normal planning and there will need to be a period of adaption.

Our teachers have put a lot of time  into preparing classes during the Christmas holiday , including today ( some staff still working in school until 7pm) , to get things ready for the children tomorrow. So we need to give then some valuable time to set things up properly.

Breakfast and after school clubs will run as normal for vulnerable pupils and key worker children only.

Pupils from Kirkby Malham, eligible as key worker /vulnerable pupils may join us at Settle tomorrow morning where provision will be based.

Children approved as key workers / vulnerable pupils in the summer Lockdown by the school will automatically be eligible to come in tomorrow.

Support staff from both schools will meet at Settle school tomorrow morning and we will plan a support timetable for vulnerable and key worker children.

Breakfast Club staff will come in as normal to meet and greet the children.

More information will be sent out in due course. I apologise that we are unable to open tomorrow and for the inconvenience caused.

With kind regards

Mr Wright

Update 4th January 2021

A new risk assessment has been posted on the website to take into account national and regional developments linked to the raise in infection rates across the country. Please see below. It is complemented by our Positive Behaviour Policy which is also attached below. Please be aware that at 8pm the Prime Minister will be making a speech to the nation. It is anticipated that there will be further adaptions to primary and secondary school provision announced. We do not know at this stage how the announcement will affect our school. Until we know any different, we are expecting to welcome children back to school tomorrow on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

Update 3rd January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

I am able to confirm that our school WILL be opening on Tuesday 5th January 2021 as planned.

I believe that the staffing levels and Risk Assessment control measures put in place, mean that it is safe to do so. 

There is, as you will be aware, an evolving national situation emerging regard the management of coronavirus. Parents need to be prepared that whilst we will open next week, there is no guarantee that our school will remain unaffected in the days, weeks or months to come. We must remain vigilant.

As normal, we will endeavour to keep parents updated if there is a situational change in our school.

In the meantime, we are hoping that there will be no disruption to our normal provision this coming week. 

Final confirmation of arrangements for re-opening, including an updated Risk Assessment, will be issued to parents on Monday 4thJanuary 2021. 

It will be lovely to see the children again and to try and maintain education provision as close to normal as possible, as we successfully did last term. 

My sincere thanks to all our staff team for their ongoing dedication and professionalism and for providing a great service to our pupils throughout the whole Coronavirus period. In many ways they are unsung heroes.

While it is safe and appropriate to open we will continue to do so and all decisions made by the school will continue to be made with the priority of keeping our children, staff and community safe. If ever the governors or I believe that the school has become ‘unsafe’ then appropriate action will be immediately taken.

Thank you everyone for your kind messages and ongoing support. It is much appreciated by the whole staff team. 

Mr Wright

Executive Headteacher

Update 2nd January 2021

**School New Year Opening Update**

Please be aware of the NEU Union announcement  today,  which will likely affect the ability of primary schools (including our own ) to open next week. Our school position moving forward will now depend on legal factors as yet to be confirmed to Primary Headteachers and governors.

It may well be that our ability to open will not be clarified until Monday 4th January. Please be prepared in case the opening date of Tuesday 5th January is delayed.

Our apologies to parents and governors for the uncertainty and inconvenience. As a maintained school we await the advice of next steps from our Local Authority. We will update parents as soon as we know more.

Please see an article below regarding the latest national developments so that you are aware of the items currently under discussion.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/02/government-faces-major-revolt-on-schools-reopening-in-england-over-covid-fears

Update 18th December

Please be assured that now school has closed, we remain staffed for any incidents of Covid-19 that need reporting.  

Please can you ensure you follow the below:  

Please email reporting between now and 23rd December to [email protected] and include in your message the following information: 

• your name 

• child's name 

• when they first started with symptoms 

• when they were last in school and  

• when you received a positive test result.  

This service shall be in place until the evening of the 23rd December, so we can then let the wider school population know of any cases, to ensure staff and students isolate and follow Public Health England's criteria and guidance.  

A letter from Mr Wright has been placed on the school website below regarding Christmas and New Year arrangements linked to the management of Covid -19. Please note that school will re-open on 5th January 2021

Update 1st December

Parents notified as to Christmas arrangements via general letter - specific class arrangements to be shared by teachers during the week beginning 7th December 2020

Update 7th November

Additional guidance to be followed during a period of national lockdown. Please see PDF below.

Update 5th November 2020

Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable staff and children

The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance advises individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable to work from home and not to go into work. Individuals in this group will have been identified through a letter from the NHS or from their GP. Staff should talk to their employers about how they will be supported, including working from home where possible, during the period of national restrictions.

All other staff should continue to attend work, including those living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.

We now know more about the virus, and most children who were identified as clinically extremely vulnerable at the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are no longer identified as such. Schools should encourage parents to speak to their GP or specialist clinician, as soon as possible, if they have not already done so, to understand whether their child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school whilst this advice is in place. Where a conversation with a GP or specialist clinician has not taken place, the public health advice is that the child is still clinically extremely vulnerable and they are advised not to attend school. In these situations, we expect schools to be able to offer clinically extremely vulnerable children access to remote education, in line with previous guidance.

Guidance for clinically vulnerable staff and children

Staff and children who are clinically vulnerable or have underlying health conditions but are not clinically extremely vulnerable, may continue to attend early years, childcare and school settings in line with current guidance.

Trainee teachers are critical workers and able to go on placement in schools

Initial teacher training trainees are classed as critical workers and are therefore able to undertake practical training experience in schools and to travel to and from their placement, in line with the arrangements agreed with their host school. We are asking local authority public health teams to ensure they make this position clear in their discussions with schools.

Update - Sunday 1st November 2020

We look forward to welcoming children back to school following the October half term break. Please note that general provision will continue as per last half term including the After School Club wraparound service (pending further government clarification on school clubs, expected in the coming days).

Mr Wright will be issuing a letter in the coming days to update parents on any changes to the school risk assessment process and to clarify events and activities taking place/or not taking place this term. The school will aim to keep services and provision as normal as possible with the focus continuing to be the well being of our pupils and the delivery of a Recovery Curriculum that ensures ALL children continue to make expected progress at school.

Update - Friday 2nd October 2020

What to do if you develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidanc...

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If you or your family develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-cor.... If you are concerned about your symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live/work with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Update 16th September

It is worth reminding parents what happens if their child is tested for Coronavirus and the impact on the functioning of the class/bubble. The advice has been shared in our school risk assessment but is worth highlighting again through this update:

If someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 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 anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. 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.

Schools will send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.

15.07.20

The Frequently Asked Questions document has been updated and includes the school position on whether a child should come into school if they have a cold or are are feeling under the weather plus other updated information.

As a general rule minor ailments are acceptable but symptoms such as having a fever or heavy cold mean a child should really stay at home. We want to maintain the widespread health of the school as far as possible and keep everyone's immunity as high as we can during these autumn and winter months.

If you or your child has multiple symptoms including:

a high temperature above 37.8 degrees,

a fever or chills,

a sore throat,

a new and continuous cough,

muscle aches and a sense of fatigue,

or a new loss of smell or taste

THEN THEY SHOULD STAY AT HOME AND GET TESTED!

16.07.20

Wider opening of school - risk assessment added to website for public view

16.07.20

Kirkby Malham Primary School are preparing for a near to normal return from September 2020. We are hoping to have all provision back in operation including after school club provision. We will keep this page updated over the summer holiday period and keep you updated if there are any further changes in government guidelines. Mr Wright has issued a letter to parents attached below bringing closure to this most turbulent of school years. Fingers crossed for next year!

01/07.20

Please see the government link below to access government guidelines for schools re-opening in September. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools