You have been exceptional in doing all you can to keep our schools open since this crisis began and we pay tribute to your unwavering commitment. Now that the Government has closed schools to most pupils, limiting them to to a basic level of care for the most vulnerable and the children of front line workers, each school will have organised rotas with much smaller teams of staff each day.
Schools are not inherently unsafe - they have been closed to the majority of pupils in order to reduce social contact and slow the spread of the virus. For those staff attending school, these are the important steps to stay safe and well;
This is specific guidance to reduce the risk of virus spread for both staff and children in schools:
tell children, parents, carers or any visitors, such as suppliers, not to visit the school if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
consider how children arrive at school and reduce any unnecessary travel on coaches, buses or public transport
ensure class sizes reflect the numbers of teaching staff available and are kept as small as possible
stagger lunch times, break times and the movement of pupils around the school to reduce large groups of children gathering
discourage parents from gathering at school gates
try to follow general social distancing guidelines
The language of social distancing is quite complex. For children and young people, it may be better to talk about keeping physical distance and staying away from others. This is of course very difficult for younger children. The guidance is to encourage children to keep a physical distance as much as possible.