As schools prepare to reopen to more staff and students, there are many challenges from a health and safety perspective. With primary school children it will be difficult to observe social distancing, because they won’t conceptually understand it, but government has said that within primary classrooms, schools can take an approach of ‘do what you can’ to observe social distancing and PPE for teachers is not being recommended.
Outside the classroom it will be down to school leaders to put the logistical measures in place, such as class sizes of 15 that don’t mix with other classes, one-way corridors, staggered breaks and school drop off and pick up times and avoiding overcrowding in the toilets.
We recommend communicating how your school has made the workplace safe, including risk assessments, with all stakeholders. Risk assessments must be done in consultation with staff and trade unions and we recommend involving them in planning and implementing school reopening if possible. We also recommend schools to review their furlough arrangements on a regular basis, notably before the summer holiday.
Stone King is operating as usual throughout the pandemic. We are running regular, free webinars on the changing legal requirements for schools, here: https://www.stoneking.co.uk/events. Previous webinars are here and our general COVID-19 FAQs for education establishments are available here.