Risk Assessment (18th September) & Home School Agreement
We trust that you have managed to make the best use of the summer holidays this year.
Many of us have not had the opportunity to spend the time as we might have wished, but we trust that you are all well and looking forward to the full re-opening of school. The staff at Valence are eager to welcome the return of all the pupils in a safe and appropriate way.
There has been much re-assurance coming from the government via the media this week, and I want to echo the message by saying that the effective strategies we learnt during the summer term about safety procedures, hygiene routines and dealing with health concerns, we have incorporated into our standard practices for September.
Our updated Risk Assessment (see Downloads at the bottom of the page) which is wide-ranging and encompasses the school's cautious approach to re-opening. It is a long document covering many areas. The key points are as follows......
We will always:
- insist pupils with Covid-19 symptoms, or with family members with symptoms, keep away from school;
- maintain frequent hand-washing;
- promote good hygiene around the use of tissues for sneezes and coughs;
- have enhanced cleaning procedures.
- teach a broad and balanced curriculum, but the school day may look different to previous years;
- stagger start and finish times, without shortening the number of teaching hours each pupil receives;
- minimise the number of contacts each pupil has during the day, by putting year groups into "bubbles";
- avoid assemblies with more than one bubble.
In the case of a coronavirus outbreak (defined as two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or a rise in the number of children off with suspected Covid-19), we will work with the local health protection teams. In some cases, these teams may recommend that a larger number of pupils self-isolate at home as a precaution - for instance, the year group.
Where an outbreak in a school is confirmed, a mobile testing unit may be dispatched here. Testing will first focus on the infected person's class, followed by their year group, then the whole school if necessary.
However, government advice says that "whole school closure based on cases within the school will not generally be necessary, and should not be considered except on the advice of health protection teams".
If pupils can't come in, we have a home-working plan ready to go based on Google Classroom and the school website.
Please take time to look through the Risk Assessment. It is reasonable and perfectly understandable to have concerns, and we have sought to cover all eventualities with the measures we have put in place. We acknowledge that it will be a challenge for all of us, but this gives us the opportunity as a local community to support each other to minimise the risks of a resurgence of the virus. It is a working document that will change in response to the evolving situation.
In regards to face coverings, we are following the current government guidance for primary schools which does not recommend the use of them for pupils under 11 years old. Where necessary, school staff are able to wear face coverings, preferably clear visors which are better for communication.
We will endeavour to communicate as clearly as possible using Parentmail, the website and social media on a regular basis. If you have concerns, please email the school office.
Home School Agreement
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