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COVID-19 School Risk Assessment: September 2021

Establishment Name: Gomersal St Mary’s CE Primary School

Date: September 2021

Name of Person Completing this Form: Jane Barker

HazardRisksControl MeasuresActions RequiredPerson Responsible and Target Date
School PremisesPersonal injuryUndertake a workplace inspection to ensure adequate working environment, equipment, fire safety and emergency arrangements are in place. Check current risk assessments are up to date and whether anything needs to be done.JB/JE/AJ

21st February 22
FireFire Risk Assessment to be reviewed and the Fire log-book is up to date.Fire risk assessment completed.

Check whether training needs updating
21st February 22
LegionellaLegionella checks are to be up to date.

Electrical, gas and ventilation systems checks are up to date.
Completed and managed by KirkleesJB/JE/AJ

21st February 22
Infection of coronavirus Increased cleaning regime. Completed and managed by KirkleesJB/JE/AJ

21st February 22
Infection Control Infection of coronavirusMinimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms do not attend childcare settings, schools or colleges.Ensure all staff/adults isolate when test positive for COVID.JB/JE/AJ

21st February 22
Dealing with direct transmission (e.g. close contact with those sneezing/coughing) and indirect transmission (e.g. touching contaminated surfaces Cleaning hands more often than usual - wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.Check posters still in place to encourage people to wash hands thoroughly.JB/JE/AJ

21st February 22
Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.Reminder for pupils.JB/JE/AJ

21st February 22
Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes, using standard products such as detergents. This should include regular cleaning of areas and equipment (for example, twice per day) with a particular focus on frequently touched surfaces. PHE has published guidance on the cleaning of non-healthcare settings. This document to be shared with staff. Staff reminded to empty bins regularly. Cleaning products are available for equipment and surfaces.JB/JE/AJ

21st February 22
Keep occupied spaces well ventilated. Opening external windows can improve natural ventilation, and in addition, opening internal doors can also assist with creating a throughput of air. If necessary, external opening doors may also be used (if they are not fire doors and where safe to do so). Occupied spaces are ventilated through open windows/doors.

External fire doors should remain closed wherever possible unless they are required to be opened for ventilation.

21st February 22
Where mechanical ventilation systems exist, if possible, systems should be adjusted to full fresh air or, if this is not possible, then systems should be operated as normal as long as they are within a single room and supplemented by an outdoor air supply. HSE guidance on air conditioning and ventilation during the COVID-19 pandemic and CIBSE COVID-19 advice provides more information.N/AJB/JE/AJ

21st February 22
Identify any poorly ventilated spaces as part of your risk assessment and take steps to improve fresh air flow in these areas. CO2 monitors will also be provided to all state-funded education settings from September, so staff can quickly identify where ventilation needs to be improved. A ‘how to’ guide on using CO2 monitors in education and childcare settings is available on the DfE ventilation document sharing platform. All rooms have windows which can be opened and internal/external doors.

CO2 monitors have arrived. Review effectiveness.

21st February 22
PPE (including face masks/coveringsSpread of infection (coronavirus)Most staff in schools will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work. The guidance on the use of PPE in education, childcare and children’s social care settings provides more information on the use of PPE for COVID-19.PPE is available for staff should it be required. Staff reminderJB
21st February 22
People who need to self-isolateTransmission of the coronavirus• All educational and childcare settings should continue to encourage staff to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests.Ensure staff have all up to date guidance via email and through staff meetings.JB (as required)
Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19.
Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the individual can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
From 16 August, if individuals are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months they will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The above guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition to these, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. You will be contacted directly and told to isolate.
From 22 December 2021 it is possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day
Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) childrenInfection of the coronavirus to CEV childrenAll CEV children and young people should attend their education setting unless they are one of the very small number of children and young people under paediatric or other specialist care who have been advised by their clinician or other specialist not to attend.Check that EN’s PEEP is up to date.JoB
21st February 22
CEV adultsInfection of the coronavirus to CEV adultsCEV staff are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else.Discussion with WP/EW/LWJB
21st February 22
Social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace and it is no longer necessary for the government to instruct people to work from home. Employers should be able to explain the measures they have in place to keep CEV staff safe at work. If this is the case, an individual risk assessment with the staff member should be undertaken and any discussion documented including the measures you have put in place. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on protecting vulnerable workers.
Local outbreak of COVID-19 in schoolTransmission of the coronavirusDevelop a contingency plan (sometimes called outbreak management plan). It makes sense to think about taking extra action if the number of positive cases substantially increases. A school outbreak management plan template can downloaded from the Emergency Planning Resources page on Kirklees Business Solutions.CompletedJB
31st January 22
Information on what circumstances might lead you to consider taking additional action, and the steps you should work through, can be found in the contingency framework. All cases up loaded to LA website.

Further information from emergency planning as required.
Identification of areas that could be used to isolate a pupil who developed symptoms during the school day.
Planned international educational visitsChanges to the red list for international travel to EnglandIndividuals arriving in England from red list countries must follow the red list rules.N/A
Schools should consider whether to go ahead with planned international educational visits at this time, recognising the risk of disruption to education resulting from the need to isolate and test on arrival back into the UK.
School plays, concerts, events etc.Transmission of the coronavirusEnsure areas are well ventilatedThese are not relevant at the moment, but may be re-introduced later this year.JB and relevant staff
Use of face coverings by staff, visitors unless exempt.
Enhanced cleaning regimes
Good personal hygiene
Encourage staff, visitors to test twice weekly using LFD tests.


If the above measures are followed and employees and pupils with suspected symptoms do not attend the school or if they do are sent home immediately, and a high standard of hygiene is maintained then the risk of transmission will be low.

Review Date: September 2022, or earlier depending on Government guidance

Review of this document should be annually or more frequent if:

  • After an accident / incident involving an activity from this risk assessment
  • Any significant changes to work practices, materials, equipment or legislation