Boris Johnson announced on Sunday 10 May that if the level of infection remained low enough, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in primary schools might begin to return, from 01 June "at the earliest".
The Department for Education (DfE) have clarified that ‘From the week commencing 1 June at the earliest, we will be asking primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups. We will ask secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year, alongside the full time provision they are offering to priority groups’.
Your biggest concern is the health and well being of staff, pupils and their families. Before returning, schools and colleges all need to consider managing the risk and uncertainty around the proposed return and ensuring a safe and healthy environment.
The DfE have provided guidance that can be found here.
Have a documented plan for the phased return
Naturally schools and colleges have questioned what the insurance implications may be with pupils and staff returning. In the event that members of staff, pupils, parents or visitors to the school or college were to fall ill with Covid-19 and suggest that the school or college were responsible for their illness and seek to claim, your liability insurances will respond to defend the school or college's position and will meet claims that you become legally liable to pay for compensation.
In order for insurers to be in a position to defend the school or college there needs to be a document trail that shows you have complied with all guidance provided to minimise the risk of the spread of the disease.
Recording of actions
Other websites that you may find useful to guide you in this transition process:
Cardinus Risk Management – Returning to work after lockdownWorld Health Organisation Guidance to SchoolsHill Dickinson guide - how to support staff mental health and well being after lockdown
If you have any queries regarding the above, please get in touch with our education specialist, Mark Rose:
07841 430 237 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by mark rose on
15 May 2020 at 12:00 AM
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