Waltham Forest information and guidance for early years settings and schools to prepare for a phased return from 1 June 2020.
'OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy' was launched on the 11 May 2020 which includes a reference to a phased return for early years and schools from 1 June 2020,
Following conversations with headteachers of both maintained schools and academies to discuss their first thoughts about the safest and most appropriate ways to open to more children. The following principles will be followed:
Priority Year Groups
Using these principles, we trust and support our Governing Bodies and Headteachers to agree appropriate models for a safe return to school for their pupils.
We understand that this will result in many schools having different delivery models as it will depend on the space available on the school site and the number of staff the school has.
Below is a wide range of information, guidance and good practice which has been gathered both locally, nationally and internationally to support schools within Waltham Forest plan for wider opening.
Department for Education has produced the following guidance for schools and childcare settings for wider opening:
A list of FAQ'S has been published following meetings taken place with Headteachers
The action plan is designed to support schools in identifying key actions that they need to undertake to ensure that schools open as safety as possible. The document is not a directive from the LA.
The document can be amended to suit the schools process so that you have one comprehensive document to work from.
Wider opening plans and guidance
Waltham Forest Health & Safety Team have produced local guidance to assist schools in the wider opening. The guidance can be used to support schools completing risk assessments and maintaining health and safety of the staff and pupils.
The guidance covers:
The guidance not a directive from the LA however it contains useful information to support school return.
Guidance for mock up classrooms has been produced based on 2 meter social distancing
Whilst we acknowledge that this will not be effective for school schools given smaller class sizes, schools will need to make a judgement on how to effectively maintain a distance between children and for staff to safely circulate around the room.
Waltham Forest Servicestore are providing standard and decontamination cleaning services for the following:
Booking and Pricing - Servicestore recognise each site is different and therefore a survey of the area is necessary. To book a survey where there has been a confirmed case or proactive daily visits either email Servicestore or call 0208 496 5525.
A quote and carry out a clean can usually be provided on same day as well as out of hour cleans which includes evenings and weekends.
The cleans are fully compliant with Public Health England (PHE) guidance and only approved enveloped virus eradicating chemicals are used. Staff are fully trained, and DBS checked.
It is suggested that they have a sanitisation station at access and egress points, with units fitted in reception, toilets and in areas of high traffic e.g. dining halls. Long corridors. Schools can purchase 1ltr bottle of hand sanitiser and hand dispensers from Waltham Forest facilities management
Some key resources to support children, families and staff with emotional wellbeing
Education in time of crisis: The potential implications of school closures for teachers and students - Research carried out by the Chartered College of Teaching which considers the impact that both the school closures and the wider crisis may have on students' academic achievement and socio-economic development, as well as their impact on teachers.
The report also includes recommendations for planning schools reopening and approaches taken in other countries across the world are summarised.
Star Academies have shared the following toolkit that has been produced to support leaders as they extended opening across their school sites: