DFE guidance that Milestone Academy has been following from 1st September 2020 (including guidance issued subsequently)

Latest guidance is at:

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Any pupils who have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or who have someone in their household or support bubble who does as stated on the NHS website must not attend school
  • https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ – the main symptoms of coronavirus are:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

  • NHS Test and Trace advice to be followed by any pupils / families contacted.
  • Pupils must clean hands thoroughly more often than usual and will be supported to do so.
  • Pupils must ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and will be supported to do so.
  • Any pupil who becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high. temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), will be taken to a quarantine room, must be sent home and will need to be picked up as soon as possible. Someone must be available to do this if required.
  • Pupils must follow ‘Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self- isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Pupils should only bring items into school that they need in bags that can be wiped down, no soft toys to be brought in.
  • All pupils will have their temperature taken before they come into school.
  • Pupils will be collected from transport by a member of staff from their bubble.
  • Pupils will be instructed and supported not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing them.
  • Pupils must wash their hands immediately on arrival.
  • Secondary aged pupils to wear face coverings where appropriate in school (we recommend that students bring more than one mask if possible, in case it gets dirty or they want to change for hygiene reasons. Please send a plastic bag in if you want the mask(s) returned).
  • Each bubble will have allocated toilets and only these toilets can be used by the bubble
  • Pupils will only mix with others in their bubble whilst receiving a broad and balanced curriculum
  • There will be small adaptations to the classroom to support distancing where possible. That should include seating pupils side by side and facing forwards, rather than face to face or side on
  • Specialist areas can only be used by one bubble a day to ensure thorough cleaning in between bubbles and timetables will reflect this
  • Movement around school will be kept to a minimum
  • Pupils will have staggered break times and lunch times (and time for cleaning surfaces in the dining hall between groups) and some groups will eat in their classroom
  • PE lessons will take place outdoors where possible
  • For frequently used equipment pupils will have their own sets
  • Staff will wear full PPE for all personal care and certain medical procedures, this will include gloves, apron, fluid resistant mask and eye protection
  • Staff may wear full PPE when supporting pupils displaying challenging behaviour
  • Staff will wear full PPE when supporting pupils who display behaviours such as spitting and smearing
  • Any visits to site must be pre-booked
  • Windows and doors will be opened at all times where possible to allow ventilation of rooms

In addition to these points we would like to ask that the following are also followed:

  • Current Government guidelines state that “Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes”. Any pupils who have travelled overseas must follow current Government advice regarding self-isolation (and not attend school) after they arrive (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel)
  • Any pupil who requires medication to lower their temperature must not attend school until the reason is confirmed as not COVID related and this has been discussed with the school nurse
  • Bubbles will enter and exit school using separate entrances where this is possible
  • On the day pupils have PE they will be asked to come into school wearing sports clothes