Safety information

CHEAM HIGH SCHOOL

ON SITE SAFETY MEASURES FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS

JUNE AND JULY 2020

We will be following government guidelines as closely as possible and taking all possible precautions to protect the health and safety of both students and staff.

We will make every effort to enforce social distancing, apart from when students and staff need to pass each other in corridors which government advice describes as low risk as it is only very brief closeness between students and staff.  We will focus our efforts on ensuring stringent protective measures in other areas.  These are detailed below:

Attendance

  • Students and staff should not attend the school site if they are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus.  For a full list of symptoms, see NHS guidance here.
  • Students and staff should also not attend the school site if they are self-isolating.
  • If a child is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms, please can parents/carers contact us as early as possible via the usual channels.  This will allow us to take appropriate next steps if necessary, in line with the government’s test and trace programme.
  • Parents/carers must inform the school by 8.30 am if their child cannot attend on a specific day.

Classroom procedures

  • Class sizes will be a maximum of 12; they will be smaller in many cases due to classroom size.
  • Students will be seated 2 metres apart and must remain seated for the duration of the lesson.
  • Year 10 students will remain in the same classroom for their 4 lessons per day.
  • Teachers will teach from the front of the room, ensuring social distancing between them and students at all times.
  • All materials for a session (2 lessons per session) for students will be placed on desks prior to students entering the classroom.
  • Students will be expected to bring in their pens and books for their lessons.
  • LSAs in classrooms must be 2 metres apart from students and other staff

Minimising general contact and entrance/exit to/from school site

  • Whilst there will inevitably be areas of the school site where enforcing social distancing will not be possible, we will remind all students of social distancing protocol regularly especially the importance of social distancing on the way to classrooms and on the exit from the school site.
  • Start and finish times will be staggered to minimise groupings of students on entrance and exit from the school site; students will also enter and exit the site from two different points.
  • Individual timetables will be issued to students in the week beginning 8th June.
  • We hope this measure will also help reduce numbers of students using public transport to and from school and we encourage all students to walk to school wherever possible.
  • Students will be given strict arrival times in small groups.  If students arrive outside of these times, they will not be able to enter school site.
  • Students will be lined up 2 metres apart as they prepare to enter the school site and they will be escorted to their classroom by members of staff
  • Students’ timetables will not include break time; if circumstances allow this to change, safety procedures will be updated as necessary.
  • Toilets must only be used in an emergency during lessons and students will be reminded of the importance of this.  Students will be able to access the toilets during their break.  If a student does need to use the toilet during their lessons on site, they will be escorted to a toilet block by a member of staff to ensure appropriate social distancing.

Hygiene practices

  • Students and staff will be expected to use hand sanitizer when they arrive in school.  This will happen on entrance to the school.
  • Students will be reminded to wash their hands thoroughly when they have returned home.
  • All pupils will be able use hand sanitizer in the classroom if they sneeze/cough.
  • We will continue to ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting and implementing the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • Students and staff may wear appropriate face masks if they choose. Please note that government guidance does not recommend the use of masks in schools apart from in certain circumstances (e.g., when first aid is being delivered).
  • Teaching staff will be allocated their own personal mouse, keyboard, whiteboard pens/rubbers and interactive whiteboard pen to minimise potential transfer of infection between staff.

Additional cleaning

  • Additional cleaning and disinfecting will be taking place in classrooms, toilets and corridors that are in use.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned after each use and not used again until the next day.
  • Only certain sections of the school site will be open to allow for increased cleaning.
  • Wherever possible (allowing for fire safety requirements) we will open windows and prop doors open so that these are not regularly touched.

Catering

  • For now, the school canteen will remain closed (students eligible for Free School Meals will continue to receive vouchers).
  • Students will need to bring in their own filled water bottle, there will only be limited access to water on site.
  • If/when circumstances allow this situation to change; safety planning will be updated accordingly.

Behaviour

  • Government guidance is very clear: if students cannot behave in line with health and safety protocol they cannot be on school site.  In any event of poor behaviour / breaches of safety instructions from students, they will be sent home.  A meeting with Senior Leadership and parents/carers will follow to discuss next steps.
  • All students must wear full school uniform or Cheam PE kit when attending; this will help us ensure the safety and security of the school site.  All students must wear their school lanyard. 
  • Staff need to dress in a professional manner.

Additional Measures and Information

  • PPE equipment will be provided to staff with first aid responsibilities.
  • Government guidelines do not recommend that schools take students’ temperature each morning as routine testing of an individual’s temperature is not a reliable method for identifying coronavirus.
  • Whilst the government develops a new national test and trace programme, please note that testing is already available to all secondary school staff and students and we will follow government guidelines regarding any suspected cases that occur in the school community.
  • Students who are already attending school in Year 7-10 will continue to learn in a separate area to other students on site and use separate toilets.  These students will continue to wear their own clothes; this will ensure that groups do not mix.

Please click here for the School’s Risk Assessment