Covid-19 Health & Safety Procedures
Prior to arrival
Pupils should only attend school if they are fit and well to do so. Please follow the link below to find out more information about the symptoms of Covid-19. If any member of your household displays symptoms associated with Covid-19, then please inform us as soon as possible.
Health and Safety
This will continue to be a priority in our School. There continues to be thorough health and safety assessments and guidance in place. On arrival and departure from school, there will be provision for sanitising hands. Everyone in school will wash their hands frequently throughout the day and pupils will be reminded of the importance of hand and respiratory hygiene. Pupils are not required to keep social distance from other pupils however staff will be adhering to 2 metres social distancing as far as possible and may wear face coverings if in close contact with pupils for a prolonged period of time. Pupils and staff are not required to wear face coverings in school, however if staff or pupils choose to wear their own face coverings when in school, then this will be supported.
We will support all pupils in adjusting to routines on a daily basis, however there will be a zero-tolerance approach to not following the measures put in place for staff and pupils’ safety.
The frequency of the formal cleaning in school will be increased, and in addition, staff will be carrying out spot cleaning throughout the day. If staff have to administer personal care for a pupil, or if a pupil requires first aid, the appropriate PPE will be worn. Non-essential visitors to school will not be permitted.
The focus for everyone in school will continue to be practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene, frequent cleaning and physical distancing.
Should a member of our school community become unwell during the school day with non-covid related symptoms, we will follow our pre lockdown procedure, and contact parents to inform and arrange collection of their child. Should a member of our school community become unwell during the school day with covid related symptoms, they will be moved to our school isolation area as soon as symptoms are detected, with contact from only 1 staff member (Mrs Tyrrell). Contact would be made to inform parent and arrange collection of their child.
Staying vigilant and responding to COVID-19 symptoms
The whole school community should be vigilant for the symptoms of COVID-19, and to understand what actions they should take if someone develops them, either onsite or offsite. The most common symptoms are:
- new continuous cough
- fever/high temperature
- loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
Managers are aware of Test and Protect arrangements should they experience an outbreak. If a member of the staff team has symptoms, they must contact the NHS to arrange to be tested at 0800 028 2816 or www.nhsinform.scot. You can find more information on the COVID-19 Test and Protect webpage.
All children, young people and staff must inform a member of staff if they feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 and the following procedures will be undertaken:
- If the affected person has mild symptoms, and is over the age of 16, they should go home as soon as they notice symptoms and follow the guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection including testing and self-isolation.
- If the individual affected is a child or young person below the age of 16, parents/carers will be contacted and asked to make arrangements to pick the child or young person from school (preferably this should be another adult member of their household and not a grandparent) and follow the national guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection including testing and self-isolation.
- • If a child or young person is awaiting collection, we have a designated safe area for them to sit which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
- Those with minor symptoms (staff and young people over the age of 16 and children under the age of 16 accompanied by a parent/carer), should, after leaving the school, minimise contact with others where possible and contact NHS as above.
- If an individual is so unwell that they require an ambulance, we will phone 999 and follow the appropriate guidance from ambulance control.
An appropriate risk assessment has been completed and agreed in advance of young people returning in August. This is updated on a regular basis to reflect the changing climate and regulations currently in place in Perth & Kinross Council.
In the event of an outbreak (i.e. two or more confirmed cases within 14 days), we will follow Public Health Scotland guidance and inform you all immediately of the resulting procedures to be followed.
Our original blended learning model and recovery plan will be used in the event of further school closures.
Currently pupils have access to daily lessons and feedback from their Class Teachers via Seesaw. Pupils also have to opportunity to attend daily ‘live’ interactions with their Class Teachers through Microsoft Teams. To ensure the safety of our pupils and staff during live interactions, we have a School document outlining our agreed Digital Learning Safety Rules.
Please see our COVID Communication Plan APS Dec 2020 for further information.
Our Whole School Risk Assessment
Please click here to view our Whole School Covid-19 Risk Assessment.
Childcare and Learning HUB
Our Childcare and Learning HUB opened successfully on Thursday 7th January 2021 to children of essential key workers. Myself, Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Hancock, Mrs Bruce and our guest PSA, Mrs Baird will be providing support in the HUBs. Please click here to view our HUB Risk Assessment.
Information from Aug 2020
We have put together a short video showing some of the changes our pupils can expect when they return to school this week which has been shared with families via Seesaw.
Our School Crossing Patroller, Mrs Weymms has put together a short video, demonstrating the changes to the way in which pupils will be supported in crossing the road safely. This has been shared with our families via Seesaw.
A Returning to School video has been developed for parents, pupils and staff and is now available on Perth & Kinross Council’s YouTube channel. The video outlines the changes required in our schools to help keep everyone as safe as they can be: