Updated 7 November 2020
Pupils returning to school in September will be facing new challenges as they transition into the next stage of their education. The prolonged time away from the classroom, differing experiences of home learning programmes and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pupils' emotional health and wellbeing, will be factors that are foremost in the minds of Head Teachers.
Providing opportunities for pupils to engage in meaningful health and wellbeing education (PSHE) can be the catalyst needed to tackle emotional trauma, rebuild resilience and redevelop pupil's confidence and readiness for learning and progression.
The Raising Aspiration and Narrowing the Gaps (in Health and Wellbeing) Team provide a range of services to support ongoing school development. Please contact the team to discuss your school's development needs and projects: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Healthy Child Quality Mark (HCQM) is Plymouth's Health, Wellbeing, Citizenship development program (Removing Barriers to Learning and Raising Aspiration). The HCQM provides structure and rigour to the review and improvement of school practice. The HCQM Programme has been working successfully with education settings for over ten years and over three-quarters of all Plymouth schools are part of the HCQM family. The HCQM scrutinises provision, practice and policy, providing in-depth school development support, yet is delivered in a way that minimises time and resource outlay for school staff. For further information please contact Michael House on email@example.com
The Department for Education has written to schools to advise that the requirement to begin teaching new Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum, from September 2020, has been relaxed. RSHE will still be compulsory in the 2020/21 academic year but schools will be given flexibility about when they start teaching it.
Many Plymouth schools and settings are well prepared for the statutory changes and have already developed bespoke RSHE curriculum, following consultation with pupils and families. If a school is unable to start teaching RSHE in September this year, following an assessment of preparedness, will be able to delay until the summer term of 2021. The PSHE Association provide comprehensive step-by-step guidance to aid preparations.
Schools should actively promote 'safer travel guidance for passengers' for any all students using public transport. This includes advice for the wearing of face coverings whilst waiting for public transport for all where social distancing is not likely to be maintained i.e. 2 metres
Note: The legislation does not currently include 'school transport service' - private contracts/taxis etc for sole use of schools and pupils'
There are some schools which have hydrotherapy pools. Work has been done to liaise with Physiotherapists and the NHS over the use of such pools and the following suggestions are made as part of you COVID-19 risk assessment
Advice has been sought from our Schools library team and from institutes such as CILIC, Libraries connect and the School Libraries association, in order to help schools plan and amend their risk assessments accordingly.
The following suggested control measures are as follows
In terms of books being used as resources
For controlled schools and those who buy back services from Plymouth City Council, we have released a COVID-19 Transmission assessment flowchart and a transmission risk assessment. This will continue to allow the Plymouth City Council Health Safety and Wellbeing team assist in the management of reporting your RIDDOR incidents and any that might be related to COVID-19 to meet the HSE's requirements for reporting. Further information on the reporting requirements can be found on the HSE webpages.
In the event that an employee develops symptoms of COVID-19 it is important that we assess each case against the requirements to report to the HSE if the transmission may have occurred through their work activities. The following flow chart and assessment template will take you through a logical sequence of questions, based on what is known about the most likely mode of transmission to the least likely.
In the event that the employee may have contracted the virus through their work activities, please report as an incident using the established process, and attach your assessment so that HSW colleagues can report to the HSE as a RIDDOR.
The flow chart and RIDDOR assessment also provides guidance on how to identify any close contacts the employee with symptoms has had, and the action you should take to ensure their close contacts self-isolate until the outcome of the test is known
Due to the impact of COVID-19 there may be a requirement to store large quantities of alcohol based hand sanitiser on your site. Given the flammable nature of alcohol and the potential for the release of flammable vapours there is a requirement to ensure that it is adequately stored and that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment has been carried out. This should include a task based risk assessment on access, transportation and removing items, a COSHH assessment on the safe storage and use of hand sanitiser with appropriate signage and an amendment to your Fire Risk Assessment. Large bulk storage of sanitiser should be stored along, but no limited to, the following guidelines
If you have any concerns you should contact your competent H&S adviser for further information, for controlled schools this may be the PCC HSW Team and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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