Six new rules all schools must follow to reopen, from staggered breaks to risk assessments
3 June 2020, 16:21
As some schools across England prepare to reopen in the coming weeks, they will be expected to follow new rules and regulations.
The Government have released a strict six point plan for teachers to follow as some schools reopen across England.
This week, early years, schools and further education settings were able to reopen, with others following suit in the coming weeks.
However, in order to keep teachers and students safe from COVID-19, new rules and regulations have been set for schools to follow.
1. Carry out a risk assessment
All schools are expected to carry out risk assessments which will help them to make adjustments in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
2. No children with a link to COVID-19
Any children who have coronavirus symptoms, or who live with someone who does, should not come into school.
3. Hand washing
Regular hand washing will be promoted in schools, with children taught to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
4. Cleaning more often
Cleaning will need to be stepped up in schools, with a focus especially on door handles, surfaces, handrails and toys.
5. Cutting class sizes
Class sizes could be cut to minimise contact, with classroom layouts being changed in order to help social distancing.
6. Reduce mixing between classes
Timetables could be changed, and break times staggered to cut the amount of interaction between classes.