Social distancing in educational settings-updated advice
To help ensure that the risk of virus spread for both staff and children is as low as possible, Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School will:
• tell children, parents, carers or any visitors, such as suppliers, not to enter the education or childcare setting if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
make sure anyone who is feeling ill stays at home
• ensure class sizes reflect the numbers of teaching staff available and are kept as small as possible
• stagger lunch times, break times, and the movement of pupils around the school, to reduce large groups of children gathering
• discourage parents from gathering at school gates by opening the school gates and have parents walk on to the playground in order to drop off their child/ children
• try to follow the social distancing guidelines;
Social distancing within education and childcare settings with very young children is difficult to maintain. Staff should implement the above measures as far as they are able, whilst ensuring children are kept safe and well cared for within their settings.
• ensure all staff and children:
• engage parents and children in education resources such as e-bug and PHE schools resources. These resources are available on the school website.
• increase cleaning of surfaces in classrooms, including desks and handles, and within toilet blocks and changing rooms, adhering to guidance on cleaning of non-healthcare settings
• for children and young people with an EHC plan, we are working with the local authority as well as with parents to decide how best to continue supporting these children and young people to stay healthy
What parents can do:
• talk to their children about coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing and handwashing
• follow guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
• do not gather at entrances or in playgrounds, and model social distancing so that their children learn good practice
Separate guidance is being produced for settings supporting children and young people with complex needs.