Latchford St James CE Primary School
Incident Management/Business Continuity Plan – Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Due to the current, ongoing global issues surrounding the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the following Incident Management and Business Continuity Plan has been created to provide guidance should the need arise.
As this situation is changing on a daily basis, the plan will be reviewed and adapted where appropriate and dated accordingly, with additions made in different coloured font so that changes are clear; as a minimum this document will be reviewed at the end of each working week by a member of the school’s leadership team; this could include: Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Chair of Governors and/or Vice Chair of Governors.
Measures to Prevent the Spread of Infection
At present, the country has just moved into the Delay Phase of the Government’s response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) – 12.03.20. School are taking the following measures in order to prevent the spread of infection inline with the guidance we have received. Schools are being advised to promote the following:
- Washing hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol
- Catching coughs or sneezes with tissues, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
- Ensuring people who feel unwell stay at home and do not attend work or school.
- Encouraging pupils, staff and visitors to wash their hands:
- Before leaving home.
- On arrival at the school.
- After using the toilet.
- After breaks and sporting activities.
- Before preparing food.
- Before eating any food.
- Before leaving school.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.
- Deep cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g. door handles, table tops).
Following new Government guidance issued on 12.03.20, the following steps will also be taken;
- Parents/carers are asked NOT to send children into school if they have a high temperature and/or a new, cough and to keep their children off school for 7 days.
- If a child develops a high temperature and/or a new cough while they are in school, parents/carers will be contacted as soon as possible to request that someone comes to collect their child; they will then be asked to keep their child off school for 7 days.
Government guidance is updated daily, please follow this link for latest information:
School Approach to Coronavirus
Our Senior Management Team are constantly reviewing the situation and following guidance from the LA and Government.
Our school will only be closed if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- confirmed case of coronavirus involving pupils or staff (or immediate families pending advice).
- government directive from the Department of Education or Public Health England
Steps taken to decide on whether to close the school will be as follows:
- Head teacher will liaise with the Local Authority and if necessary Public Health NW and make an informed decision whether school should be open or closed. Chair of Governors will be informed.
- The decision to open school, or not, will be communicated to staff and communicated to parents via
- The school website
- School App, text message and Email
- Local Authority and local media websites.
Decisions will normally be made and communicated before 6pm each subsequent day.
Your child’s education is important and we will be setting online learning where possible.
Lunch Times and Snack
Where possible, the school will endeavour to provide its usual school meals service. Should this be affected due to staffing issues, this may result in one of the following:
- Parents/carers will be asked to provide a packed lunch/snack for their child from home
- Cold options to be provided for lunches for Free School Meal children (food supplies allowing); this is on the basis that a member of staff with a food hygiene certificate is available to support in the kitchen to make sandwiches.
- Should lunch provision be unavailable, this may result in closures or afternoon closures
In the event of school closure, should anyone have a concern about the safety and/or well-being of any child, they should contact a member of the school Safeguarding team AS WELL AS a member of the Warrington Borough Council Safeguarding Team (see contact details below) and also see the Safeguarding section on the school website.
Acknowledgement to Winwick CE Primary for supporting LSJ with this document.