We have been receiving numerous phone calls regarding the re-opening of your settings. Where possible please do consider continuing to deliver remotely to all or at least some of your pupils.
NRCSE is offering free courses on Remote Teaching and Digital Skills for Supplementary Schools to help you do this. Check our events calendar for information and booking sessions.
We have seen many brilliant examples of creative and successful classes being run over the summer term and through the holiday period. Children and young people are reporting that they enjoy the online sessions, that their teachers are coming up with engaging and fun ways to teach.
If you have decided to re-open in a physical space you must follow government guidelines including thorough risk assessment, reduced class sizes, regular cleaning of furniture, doors, handles, etc. Parents must not stay on the premises and you must follow the Test and Trace procedures.
Below extracts are taken from the latest Department for Education guidance, follow the link to read the full document.
When state schools in your local area reopen for all pupils in autumn term 2020, we are advising providers to keep children in small groups of no more than 15 children with the same children each time wherever possible (do not mix groups unless absolutely necessary) and at least one staff member, depending on the type of provision or size of the group.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
System of controls
1) minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does or have been advised by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate, do not attend your setting
2) cleaning hands more often than usual – wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered
3) ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
4) cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often than usual using standard products, such as detergents and bleach; see the guidance COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings outside the home
5) minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment (such as layout) and timetables (such as allowing for sufficient changeover time to clean the area between different classes or groups of children and ensuring areas do not become overcrowded)
6) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in out-of-school settings, all the time
- Number 5 must be properly considered and providers must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.
- Number 6 applies in specific circumstances. See the section on personal protective equipment (PPE) for more information.
Response to any infection
7) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
8) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the out-of-school settings community
9) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
- Numbers 7 to 9 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.
Where possible all spaces should also be well ventilated using natural ventilation (opening windows) or ventilation units.