Update for schools: 18 May 2020

This update contains a risk assessment to help schools prepare and decide arrangements for an increased number of children attending/returning to school.

Dear colleagues

Since the Prime Minister announced the government’s plans for the phased reopening of schools to more pupils, we have been clear that we support this only if it is safe to do so.

We know many of you have already begun comprehensive risk assessments on your school opening to more pupils. To assist schools with this process, we have produced a draft risk assessment to help schools prepare and decide arrangements for an increased number of children attending/returning to school. The document is based on the current government guidance but is subject to change as updates are received, including comments from trades unions.

Please use this risk assessment and amend it to reflect your own school context. If you are already using another document to assist with risk assessment, please continue to do so as long as it is robust. The BCC tool is to support schools to consider all areas of the government guidance relating to COVID-19 in preparation for more children returning to school.

The risk assessment is available at this link. This has been shared with stakeholders including trades unions, chairs of the school fora, BEP and the headteacher consultative group.

We have also arranged a meeting for headteachers on Wednesday morning (11am – 12pm) where Director of Public Health Dr Justin Varney will be joining me to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak as well as plans to reopen schools. To book a place at this meeting, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/phased-reopening-of-schools-presentation-tickets-105812774858

Kind regards

Tim

Dr Tim O’Neill
Director of Education and Skills


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