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Coronavirus Risk Assessment Information

Risk Assessment Part One:    Staff and Pupil Welfare


Have we considered reduced available capacity when social distancing guidelines are applied?


Agreed number of pupils who can attend the premises on any given day to enable compliance with social distancing rules?

Agreed new timetable and arrangements confirmed for each year group?

Classrooms re-modelled, with chairs and desks positioned so that children are seated side by side and facing the front of class?

Spare chairs removed from desks so they cannot be used?

Clear signage displayed in classrooms promoting social distancing?

Classes or ‘bubbles’ stay together and do not mix with other groups?


  • All pupils return to school – 8.45-3.05pm with slightly staggered starts and different entry points.
  • Bubbles will be class bubbles with extended bubbles covering the key stage for outdoor playtimes (max 60 children). This extended bubble also shares toilet facilities.
  • Staff toilets have been given over to children to ensure that extended bubbles do not mix. This means that staff only have two toilets to use which is not ideal but they are regularly cleaned and sanitiser is placed outside for use after handwashing.
  • Lunch to be taken in classrooms for the majority to ensure only certain groups use the hall space where required. Staff clean all tables and chairs down afterwards.
  • New SMSAs appointed to ensure 1 SMSA per class
  • New timetables have been shared for breaks, PE, PPA, curriculum rotation etc.
  • Separate PE equipment identified for each bubble.
  • Seating arrangements changed to prevent children facing one another.
  • Cleaning stations in each room will continue.
  • Hall used for Breakfast and after school club where applicable. Children spread out and specific areas identified for each bubble/sibling groups.
  • PPA is covered by TAs linked to the class so as not to mix bubbles
  • Signage is displayed in classrooms and around school as reminders of washing hands etc.
  • Sanitiser dispensers are wall mounted at the entrance to each classroom and outside each toilet.


Have we considered how to manage transmission rates within school?


Do we have procedures in place to deal with any pupil or staff displaying symptoms at school?

Do we have procedures in place for organising testing for both staff and pupils and appropriate action, in line with government guidance, should the tests prove positive or negative?

Are pupils, parents and staff aware of what steps to take if they, or any member of their household, displays symptoms?


Do we have additional rooms designated for pupils with suspected COVID-19 whilst collection is arranged?


Do we have plans ready for remote learning of there is a local lockdown or bubble closure?

  • Letters sent out to all parents regarding updated procedures and advice from DfE.
  • All parents and carers asked to wear face coverings when they are at the school gates and on school premises where applicable.
  • Information shared with staff regarding what to do if they have symptoms.
  • Staff rooms have been identified for 3 different staff groups to limit mixing out of bubbles. Limit to 2 people at any one time.
  • Inclusion Office used as Isolation Station.
  • Test kits have arrived in school to be used as per the DfE advice.
  • Information will be cascaded to staff via email where there are changes to policy. This will be the safe information as that given to parents and carers for the majority of the time.
  • Staff are following Test and Trace calls where appropriate ad are informing SLs when they have been advised to SI.
  • Staff with symptoms are not permitted in school until they have a negative test result.
  • Remote Learning policy has been shared with staff, children and parents and has been implemented already.


Face Masks

In primary schools where social distancing is not possible in areas outside of classrooms between members of staff or visitors, for example in staffrooms, headteachers will have the discretion to decide whether to ask staff or visitors to wear, or agree to them wearing face coverings in these circumstances.


  • Information shared from PHE now states that the wearing of visors is not enough protection when in close contact. All face coverings will now be in the for of either a face mask or a face mask and visor where there is closer contact (less than 1 m) Visors may be worn by themselves in open spaces where contact is further than 1m.
  • Face Masks will not be worn in classrooms. For staff who feel vulnerable due to health concerns then discussions will take place around the wearing of face coverings.
  • Staff are to wear face coverings in communal areas such as staffrooms and corridors and when there is difficulty in maintaining a 1m distance such as staff meetings.
  • Staff working in close proximity to children in individual or small group circumstances to discuss with SLT whether a face mask and shield is necessary.
  • Prolonged face to face close contact in classes should be avoided (more than 15 mins)
  • Visitors to school such as LSS and EPS are required to wear a face covering in shared areas and are to maintain an appropriate distance when working with children.
  • Parents and carers expected to wear face covering whenever they are on or around school premises and it is busy.

Have staff been encouraged and supported to amend classroom practice, wherever possible, to maintain social distancing?




  • All staff have been working under the current, stricter guidelines. Most of our practice will continue in the same way. There are regular reminders about staff maintaining social distancing and about them making changes to the delivery of learning where possible to ensure that the risk is minimised. Updated information is communicated with staff ASAP.
  • Prolonged face to face close contact in classes should be avoided (no more than 15 mins)
  • Ventilation is difficult in some classrooms and offices due to the colder weather. On cooler days, windows and doors are not left open as this is very uncomfortable but each time the children leave the classrooms for breaks and lunch the doors and windows are opened fully.
  • Wherever possible, doors are propped open using Dorgards to ensure fire safety. This is to ensure that we reduce regular contact points such as handles.




Risk Assessment Part Two: Buildings          and Resources


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Are statutory building checks up to date?





Have we ensured that equipment is used within the bubble only (including books going home), and that if central resources are used between bubbles such as PE equipment or science equipment that this is stored away for 48 hours or disinfected?



All bubbles have their own resources where possible.

Parents and children informed that minimal equipment is to be brought to and from school. Coats and book bags only. PE kit not necessary but a change of footwear and spare clothes for younger children to remain in school on pegs. Children may attend school in PE kit and wear it for the full day.

Can all classroom equipment, in use, be easily be cleaned/disinfected? 



Continuation of current practice will be in force in most circumstances but more sharing of resources permitted in bubbles.

All staff have cleaning duties as part of their remit for the foreseeable future.

Have we limited the use of soft material equipment?




This will remain for the use of children in individual bubbles.

Anything not required is stored away.

Is outside equipment organised into specific class groupings to avoid cross contamination?



Each class has their own resources.

PE in classrooms as virtual ‘keep fit’ if weather is too bad for outdoor PE. No PE in the hall.

Is basic stationary equipment set out for each child to avoid sharing from a pool of resources? – i.e. pencils, scissors etc. 



Key resources are in individual pots or packs.

Further resources for the use of children within the bubble only.

Have we delineated outside spaces for each class grouping?


Designated areas on school playground/ field marked for the bubbles. Bubbles out a different times of the day.  

There are specific areas identified and marked out for children to line up at the end and start of each day.

Numbers of pupils and timetabling mean that there isn’t a need for delineated areas beyond this.

Where we have outdoor climbing equipment, have we organised for this to be disinfected between use of groups or, alternatively, arranged for it to not be used?



Climbing equipment in EYFS area solely for that bubble.

Other climbing resources out of bounds or cleaned following each bubble use.

Have we identified pinch points and managed accordingly?


Staggered entry and exit times for different KSs


Lunch time/ eat dinners in classrooms except EYFS and Y3/4 – cleaned in between

Different classes identified different entrances.

Timetabled break and lunch times.


Have we organised entrances and exits for each classroom space, in use, to ensure one group uses at a time?  This can be based on physical designation or the use or staggered timing (note that staggered entry and exit needs to allow for a full day’s teaching timetable for all classes).



All classes have their own entry door. All lead directly outside except 1. This class use the main entrance to leave at the end of the day and are the only class to do so.

Have we communicated with staff that movement of pupils around school needs to be minimised as much as possible, with pupils staying in classrooms and staff moving round?



Parents and staff are aware that the same principles to this will apply as there are currently. There are only key members of staff who are permitted to enter any other bubbles – this must be done with a face covering.

Do we have a hand sanitizer station or hand washing area in each classroom space in use?



Do we have a basic stock of PPE equipment available in each classroom space if a child develops symptoms or if we need to engage in dealing with medical needs (such as for example dealing with a child who is sick or changing nappies)?


PPE is available – school has gloves,  masks and aprons.


Child to be moved to Inclusion room. Cleaned down when the pupils leaves.

Parent to be notified and told to collect child from the main reception area but to wait outside.

For any child demonstrating signs of Covid 19 – parents must have their child tested before they are able to return.

All areas thoroughly cleaned down after child has left school.

Do we have staff identified and willing to clean classroom resources on a daily basis, save for those resources quarantined? Please note, cleaners clean premises and staff disinfect resources used.



Staff in class are assisting with cleaning of resources and furniture each day. There is a checklist in each room to say what needs to be done by classroom staff and so that cleaning staff know what has been done.


Do we have clear agreement and protocols in place with cleaning and catering staff for building cleaning?


Yes. Only kitchen staff permitted in kitchen.

Own toilet facilities.

TS staff wear masks and visors.

Premises staff wear masks when there are children in the building and it may be difficult to maintain 2m distance.

Is each classroom, and space in school, identified for use well ventilated?


Yes. Classroom staff to ensure that windows are open as often as possible and they should expect classrooms to be colder. Now that the weather is cooler, windows will be open where possible but opportunities for all windows and doors to be open when the children leave the classroom should be used.

Internal classroom doors to remain open to help with ventilation and also reduce contact points.

Have we ensured that shared spaces such as the hall are not used by different groups or if they are that they are disinfected between use?


Yes. Children will remain in classrooms for all activities and will have allocated time for use of the outdoor space.

As per DfE guidance – breakfast club and after school club will continue but children will be kept to certain areas in bubbles or family groups.

PE may begin to be used for PE for identified bubble each day only. Hall will then be cleaned on an evening before being used by a different bubble the next day.

Phonics group will be done in the hall at but this area cordoned off and only used for the same pupils/staff each day.

Collective worship will be done via Zoom or as a class worship.

Have we ensured that staff rooms and offices have been reviewed and appropriate configurations of furniture and workstations have been put in place to allow for social distancing?


Furniture hasn’t been removed as spaces such as this have been identified for specific bubbles to use with the specific groups. All staff are aware of where they can and cannot go.

Staff are aware that face masks must be work in the staff room unless eating and drinking and will be reminded regularly that they are not to use the staff rooms in the usual way and that they must use the area identified for their bubble.

All staff know which is their allocated staff room space and when they can use it.

Is anti -bacterial spray or wipes available in each classroom, office space or work area?


Spray, wipes, bin, tissues, First Aid kit and PPE



Risk Assessment Part Three:           Communicating Plans


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Do we have clear signage and instructions to tell children, young people, parents, carers or any visitors, such as suppliers, not to enter the education or childcare setting if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus?



Have we informed parents that if their child needs to be accompanied to the education or childcare setting, only one parent should attend and only if this is deemed necessary by the headteacher?



Have we told parents and young people their allocated drop off and collection times and the process for doing so, including protocols for minimising adult to adult contact (for example, which entrance to use)?


All teachers have sent messages and videos on class dojo.


Regular reminders send via text, Dojo and email.

Have we made clear to parents that they cannot gather at entrance gates or doors, or enter the site (unless they have a pre-arranged appointment, which should be conducted safely)?



All teachers have sent messages and videos on class dojo.

Follow up emails sent to all parents as reminders and staff on the gates in the morning remind parents.

Continuous reminders sent to parents about social distancing etc. where we have concerns

Have we communicated with contractors and suppliers that will need to prepare to support our plans for opening in Autumn term, for example cleaning, catering, food supplies, hygiene suppliers?


Checklist has been prepared to share with all visitors to site.

Have we discussed with cleaning contractors or staff the additional cleaning requirements and agreed additional hours to allow for this?


Staff in class are also assisting with cleaning of resources and furniture each day. There is a checklist in each room to say what needs to be done by classroom staff and so that cleaning staff know what has been done.

Meeting with premises staff have taken place to ensure that additional and key areas are cleaned as required. Increased staffing hours have been arranged where necessary.