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Covid-19 Recovery Plan and Risk assessment



Saint Joseph’s Catholic Infant School

Recovery Plan and Risk Assessment Version 3 for November 2020



Recovery Plan

Appendix 1 Keep Education Safe- Operational Guidance for School Settings

Appendix 2 Neath Port Talbot Check in, Catch Up and Prepare for Summer and September Arrangements

Appendix 3 School Risk Assessments for reducing the risk of Covid-19

Appendix 4 Operational guidance for schools and settings from autumn term

Appendix 5 Managing Movement Around Schools

Appendix 6 PPE Information Poster

Appendix 7 Disease Outbreak Plan for Wales (2020) Public Health Wales

Appendix 8 CIBSE COVID -19 Ventilation Guidance



Saint Joseph’s Catholic Infant School

Recovery Plan and Risk Assessment Version 3 for November 2020

This recovery plan has been developed in line with the guidance provided by the Welsh Government document, ‘Keep Education Safe (Operational Guidance for Schools and settings (Covid-19)’ (See Appendix 1)


Guidance provided by NPT Council, ‘Neath Port Talbot Check in, Catch Up and Prepare for Summer and September Arrangements’ has also supported the development of the plan. (See Appendix 2)

This plan should be read in conjunction with the school’s risk assessments for reducing the risk of Covid-19. (See Appendix 3) and Operational guidance for schools and settings from the autumn term (See Appendix 4), Managing Movement Around School (see Appendix 5), PPE Information Poster (see Appendix 6), Disease Outbreak Plan for Wales (2020) Public Heralth Wales (see Appendix 7) and 8 CIBSE COVID -19 Ventilation Guidance (see Appendix 8).

Our aims and decision making will be guided by two clear questions:

  1. What is the best support that we can provide for our school community?
  2. How do we ensure the highest standards of safety?

As we move forwards these simple questions will guide and inform all our decision making. We will not implement any plan unless we are convinced that it is the right thing to do and we can do it safely.



This plan has been developed using the following 5 key principles set out by the Education Minister:

  1. The safety and mental, emotional and physical well-being of staff and students
  2. Continuing contribution to the national effort and strategy to fight the spread of COVID- 19
  3. Having the confidence of parents, staff and students – based on evidence and information – so that they can plan ahead
  4. Ability to prioritise learners at key points, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds
  5. Consistency with the Welsh Government’s framework for decision making, to have guidance in place to support measures such as distancing, managing attendance and wider protective actions.


Overarching Guidance for leaders and governors.

  1. Principles outlined above must be evident in all decision making. Our overall aim is to ensure that our decision making is calm and informed.
  2. We will be decisive in our decision making. Our community must expect us to respond clearly and with urgency to any safety issues raised.
  3. Senior leaders and governors must consider all the advice made available to them. Includes updated guidance for schools from Welsh Government.
  4. Excellent communication must be evident throughout the planning and implementation of our safety plans. We will work with all teams of staff and welcome input from trade associations, pupils and parents. We will share advice that informs our decision making.
  5. We will open and transparent at all times.


Recovery Plan and Risk Assessment for 3rd Phase of School Re-Opening November 2020


This plan will aim to ensure that we safeguard our community by:

  • Always being alert to risk
  • Reducing risk through effective organisation and controls.
  • Reducing transmission risk by limiting interactions within the school community.

Simple plan is:

  • Our classes will be put into 6 groups. They will spend their school day in their pod with a nominated teacher. They will see other children and staff but they will live and learn in their pod. Pod will be a ‘safety bubble’ approach.
  • Their pod will have allocated staff for teaching and lunchtime supervision. This will reduce the possibility of contraction and transmission.
  • In their pod, everybody will apply the best standards of care that we can.
  • We will follow a rigorous cleaning routine.
  • We have a simple model with four clear messages that our children can apply.

Stay Clean. We wash our hands regularly and use the hand sanitisers provided.

Be Hygienic:

  • put tissues in bin.
  • keep hands off each other and your face
  • cough into sleeve or tissue etc.
  1. Keep a Safe Distance
  2. Ventilate


In all education, childcare and social care settings, preventing the spread of coronavirus involves dealing with direct transmission (for instance, when in close contact with those sneezing and coughing) and indirect transmission (via touching contaminated surfaces). A range of approaches and actions must be employed to control transmissions.

These can be seen as a hierarchy of controls that, when implemented, creates an inherently safer system, where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially reduced. These include:

1) Prevention- Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend schools. They should remain at home and self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 TEST. Those showing symptoms in school, should be in a separate room, supervised at a distance of 2 metres where possible until collected.


In yard. Children will line up keeping 2 m distance between class bubbles and collected by Teacher/ Teaching Assistant and accompanied to class.

Start time will be staggered for Year/Class Groups.

End of Day – Y2 Children will be released from front ramp to -parents who will be asked to wait, keeping socially distant in the yard between the main gate and the entrance to the school. Y1 (Mrs Turner’s Class) children will be released from the ramp exit 10 minutes later.

Release at end of Day – will be staggered.

Lunchtimes – will be staggered and food eaten in classrooms, tables to be cleaned before and after lunch, or eaten outside if weather permits.


Organisation of School Day


Staggered Approach

We will as far as possible keep them in their class bubbles. To do this we will stagger the start, lunch, end of the school day.


Class Arrival AM Break Lunch PM Break Pick Up
Y2 AW 8:45 10:15-10:30 11:55-12:25

(Dinner Ladies 11:40-12:40)

1:30-1:45 2:45
Y1 ST 8:55 2:55
Y1/R JJ 8:55 9:45-10:00 11:35-12:05

(Dinner Ladies 11:20-12:20)

Reception EM/KT 8:55 2:55
Nursery AM 9:00 11:30
Nursery PM 12:15 2:45


*For those children with siblings we will be flexible

Minimising Adult Interaction

We will stagger entrance and leaving times to the school to promote essential adult social distancing.

Drop off to both sides of  yard. (Only exception to this will be if a child is ill). They will then be collected by a Class Teacher/ Teaching Assistant.

At the end of the day Year 2 (then 10  mins later Y1/ Mrs Turner) pupils will be released from the side ramp to the front of the school. Reception and Year 1 pupils from the main playground.


Simple Guidance Principles for Staff

  1. Do not come to work if you have coronavirus symptoms or go home as soon as these develop (informing your line-manager) and access a test as soon as possible. If you are unwell and able to do this, we can assist. If you are very unwell seek medical support as soon as possible through NHS 111.
  2. If somebody in your house has symptoms, you must not come to work and arrange to have tests.
  3. Make your well-being a priority. Through the staff Teams page we have highlighted the range of well-being services and support that we can offer.
  4. Practise really good hygiene. You have soap and cleaning materials in your classroom. We have also provided wipes for keyboards, phones etc.
  • Clean your hands and wrists more often than usual – 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. Must use sanitiser or wash your hands on entry to the building and when you leave.
  • Use the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces often using standard products.
  • Open windows to ensure improved ventilation


  1. Think about ways to modify your teaching approach to keep a distance from children in your class as much as possible. Avoid close face to face support (noting that it’s understood that this is not possible at all times, which is why hygiene and hand cleaning is so important). Staff should try and maintain a standing distance and communicate from ‘side on’ position when possible.


  1. Ensure that cleanliness and hygiene is excellent in your pod. Ensure that our children practise our 3 simple steps.


  1. Try and maximise ventilation. Keep your classroom door and windows open if possible, for air flow (Appendix 8).


  1. Teach outdoors when you can and maintain social distancing in these spaces.


  1. Model social distancing. Staff must demonstrate this. Limit your contact with other staff members, and don’t congregate in shared spaces, especially if they are small rooms. No more than 6 members of staff in the staffroom. A second staff area to be set up in Dining Hall, no more than 10 at a time.


Saint Joseph’s Infant School Recovery Plan Checklist


What needs to happen? Before returning On return Ongoing Actions needed and who is doing it Completed
SLT and governors should ensure transparency in relation to guidance. Follow and recheck the appropriate government Covid guidance and updates on all issues.

Produce plan, share with governors and sign-off plan


· · ·         WG guidance is checked daily.

·         New information will be shared with staff and Governors

·         Risk assessment will be continually updated. It is a working document.



Updated daily

Risk assessments need to be carried out as required and adapted:

·         COVID19 Secure Risk Assessment

·         Classroom Risk Assessment

·         Vulnerable Staff Risk Assessment

·         Cleaning

· · SLT/ Bursar/ Teachers review/ carry out RA To be completed by Friday 29th June. Reviewed Sept 2020.Reviewed Oct 2020. Reviewed 9th November 2020.


 Staff, Governors and Wider Community


Checklist Before returning On return Ongoing Actions needed/ thoughts Completed
Plan for the phased return of pupils. Organisation (classroom, staffing, year groups, pods, siblings, etc.) ü        
Ensure strategic and wellbeing meetings are held with all staff.

Make time for all staff to talk to senior leaders about their personal situation if required:

·         Thoughts on returning, fears, concerns about returning,

·         what will be easy to accomplish, what will be hard,

·         fatigue (Staff have continued to work),

·         changes in circumstance, retirement, pregnancy, bereavement.

·         additional worries about members of their family and friends.

·         Remind them of any internal support plan/system that is in place

·         Discuss ability to return to work.

· · · ·         Team meetings continue via Microsoft Teams.

·         SLT ensure meetings with staff  and regular contact

·         Maintain focus on signposting to essential well-being services.

·         Well-Being services highlighted in staff update on Teams.


All staff consulted

By Tuesday 1st September 2020.

Check with latest WG guidance Identify staff who can’t return to school at this point those with shielding letters or those who have been identified as high Risk in the All Wales Covid 19 Workforce Risk assessment Tool and consider if they can work from home. · · ·         SLT review staffing weekly.

·         Checked on self-declarations and current screening advice.

·         HT contacted all staff on 25th May.

·         Seeking advice from LA on security/clarity for different groups of staff shielding.

Completed before staffing rotas compiled.
Consider options if necessary staffing levels can’t be maintained (including school leaders and key staff like designated safeguarding leads and first aid providers). · · ·         Have ‘stand-by’ staff and protocol for support for a pod if required. Staffing rotas planned and agreed by Wednesday 3rd September 2020


Staff, Governors and Wider Community


Checklist Before returning On return Ongoing Actions needed/ thoughts Completed

A record of all visitors- discuss need to include mobile number/email

Set up School Internal Covid Tracking to ensure safe return to school for those isolating/ Positive result

· · · JBR/CJ review existing system
Review SEN – learners with special educational needs. Specific help for the changes in routine, plan for changes eg. Social stories (JBE/CL/JJ) HB- Social story?


Management of Confirmed cases of COVID-19 – Follow Positive COVID 19 Case Protocol Version 4 30th October 2020


Cluster- is defined as 2 or more cases among learners or staff within 14 days or an increased rate of absence due to suspected or confirmed cases of COVBID –19


A potential incident is defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID –19 among learners or staff who are direct close contacts, proximity contacts or in the same “contact group*” in the school, within 14 days. * same class


· See Disease Outbreak Plan for Wales (2020)


Wellbeing of Head teacher, staff and SLT safeguarded. · · ·          Regular meetings.

·         Signposting to services.

·         Regular contact with CoG and HT.


Reassure and consult with staff about expectations for planning on return to work · · · ·         Expectations around how to plan for the class- See resources from ED P

·         Tuesday and Wednesday will be Preparation for return of whole school

·         Lunch Time supervisors informed of return to work, they will be allocated to one pod

Ensure all teams have accessed training for new ways of working. Includes:

e.g. Catering team and safety protocols.

Cleaning staff and use of PPE/safe working practice

Health and Safety management for SLT

Briefings led with staff on ‘safer’ teaching practices.

· · · ·         SLT lead all teams and arrange training. Checked by HT on 22nd June. Completed by 22nd June
Letter to Parents


· · ·         Shared on web/ Teacher to Parents August 2020

Update September 1st 2020.October Update. November Update.

The risk assessments and recovery plan will be monitored and reviewed on a weekly basis.




Appendix 1 Keep Education Safe- Operational Guidance for School Settings

Appendix 2 Neath Port Talbot Check in, Catch Up and Prepare for Summer and September Arrangements

Appendix 3 School Risk Assessments for reducing the risk of Covid-19

Appendix 4 Operational Guidance for schools and settings from the autumn term

Appendix 5 Managing Movement Around Schools

Appendix 6 PPE Information Poster

Appendix 7 Disease Outbreak Plan for Wales (2020) Public Heralth Wales

Appendix 8 CIBSE COVID -19 Ventilation Guidance







Saint Joseph’s Infant School PDG Statement

Saint Joseph’s Infant School PDG Statement



The Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) is allocated to schools with pupils who come from low-income families and are currently known to be eligible for free school meals

(e-FSM) and pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (LAC).

Schools are expected to make the best use of this funding to implement sustainable strategies that will quickly bring about changes for learners eligible for frees school meals or who are LAC.

As a school we have agreed the following three steps:


  1. To identify the target group of pupils, its characteristics and needs
  2. To plan interventions which make the most effective use of resources
  3. To monitor and evaluate the impact of resources


2020 -21 Saint Joseph’s Infant School has been provided with a PDG (35 children) allocation of £26,450


At Saint Joseph’s we have a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by Neath Port Talbot Local Authority and ERW, to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.


We are using the funding available to implement:

  • Wellcomm (Nursery)
  • Nursery POPAT
  • Speechlink
  • Languagelink
  • Foundation Phase POPAT
  • Relationship Bases Play/ELSA


Saint Joseph’s Infant School PDG Statement




Saint Joseph’s Infant School PDG Spending Plan


Pupil Deprivation Grant Staff Timescale Cost
Pupil Deprivation Grant = £26,450

(35 pupils)

•      Small Intervention Groups

Listening Groups, Speech Link / Wellcom follow on activities, POPAT

27.5hrs per week@ TA L2


15hrs per week@TA L3



April 2020- March 2021 £16,295




Education Improvement Grant Staff Timescale Cost
EI Grant = £6,208
Staff cover for Courses, cluster meetings, area leader release days,

Performance Management, monitoring

Update from Director of Education Aled Evans

Dear Parents,

To help keep everyone safe KEY  messages include –

  • Please DO NOT congregate in or  around the school premises.
  • NEW REQUEST – we request that all adults wear face coverings in the lanes, on the school yard.
  • We request that only ONE adult per family for drop off and pick up

The letter goes on…

We would emphasise strongly that hand washing, surface cleaning and social distancing
remain the most effective and beneficial ways of protecting yourself, your family, your
friends and your community.
We request that parents / carers avoid congregating around school settings and to observe
the school’s advice regarding children’s dropping off and picking up arrangements.
Furthermore, we expect parents / carers and other visitors to wear face coverings on the
school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including at drop-off and pick-up
Christmas remains an important part of a school’s calendar and we wish to make every
effort to ensure that it is celebrated in as normal a way as possible. We all have a
responsibility to take actions now that should impact positively on children and young
people’s experiences over the coming months. ease click in link to letter from Head of Services NPT.

Please click on the link to read full letter.

Letter Parents 091120

Food Bank and Harvest Celebrations

How can we be like Ajay and develop the good habit of taking care of ourselves and others?

Curious and Active- Catholic Pupil Profile

Children have been invited  to dress in harvest colours or their favourite dressing up costume to celebrate Harvest. Please support our local community of Port Talbot. Tomorrow  we will collect for the Port Talbot Food Bank, we will be walking in Jesus’ footsteps, and living out his message. Help us to role model how we can give back something to those in need and like Pope Francis suggests develop the habit of taking care of ourselves and others. Send in your FOOD BANK DONATIONS tomorrow Friday 23rd October. We will of course leave the items 72 hours during half term before we handle them.

In school we have been helping our children to be curious about everything: active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.

This advice comes from the Trussell Trust

What’s in a food parcel?


Food banks provide a minimum of three-days’ nutritionally balanced, non-perishable tinned and dried foods that have been donated people in the local community

Lady volunteer packs a food parcel

We’ve worked with nutritionists to develop a food parcel that contains sufficient nutrition for adults and children, for at least three days of healthy, balanced meals for individuals and families.

A typical food parcel includes:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • UHT milk
  • Fruit juice

Many food banks also provide essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products.

If you’re organising a collection for your local food bank, please check with them first to see which items they are currently in need of.

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Infant School October the month of the Rosary

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are getting there! Children are flourishing and finding a new pattern to school life. Great news in that half term holiday will be for ONE week only!

Thanks for working with us

Rosary Challenge: This half term holiday please teach your child the Hail Mary. Take a look at the Rosary page on our website.

MAKE: A prayer paper chain of people you would like to pray for. Remember to pray for PEACE and an end to COVID. Post your chains on SEE Saw for your classmates to see.

Challenges Ahead

Our main aim is to keep children safe whilst educating them spiritually, academically and particularly this term we will be supporting children’s wellbeing. Thanks for working with us on so many levels. Staggered start and finish is working effectively

Beakfast Club: We are taking a cautious approach to the reintroduction of Breakfast Club and to using the school Dining hall for lunchtime. No Breakfast Club will run yet. This will allow children to remain in Class bubbles. We will closely monitor developments.

 COVID-19 Prevention: Should your child become unwell and have any one of the COVID-19 symptoms:

  1. High temperature
  2. New, persistent cough
  3. Loss of taste and/or smell

They should NOT attend school. They should remain at home and self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 test.

Half Term Reading Challenge!

Please pick up a book and read daily with your child. It is not surprising children have forgotten phonics and blends. Please work daily on reading with and reading to your Child.

Let’s Get Active! Mrs O’Leary & Mrs B

Can you Walk / ride a kilometre a day?

If you are already at a kilometre try pushing for 2km? Share your photos on See Saw

Positive Covid Test result for child


Please put URGENT as the first word,

‘Please contact me’ in the text should your child have a positive test

Protect Trace and Track:

It is vitally important that should you or any of your household test positive to COVID-19 that you inform school as a matter of urgency.


Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride varnish can be applied by dental teams at your family dental practice and at some nurseries and schools.

Fluoride varnish is a golden gel that is applied to a dried tooth surface. It has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell. It helps to prevent tooth decay by strengthening the teeth, and has shown to be most effective if applied to the teeth at least twice a year.

The varnish hardens on the tooth just after being applied, so the fluoride can be in contact with the outer surface of the teeth for a long period of time. The golden colour can take a few days to fade.

How is the fluoride varnish put onto the tooth?

The process is quick and easy.

In nurseries and schools, the varnish will either be applied within a visiting dental mobile unit or the dental team can bring their special portable equipment into a quiet, private area of school.

Only specially trained dental staff can apply the fluoride varnish. They have strict rules of hygiene and infection control. A clean pair of clinical gloves is worn and a new fluoride application pack is used for each child. The child’s teeth are gently wiped with a cotton wool roll and the correct amount of fluoride varnish is applied using a small disposable soft brush.

Please Note: If your child normally takes fluoride drops or tablets, they should not have fluoride varnish applied.

Aftercare Instructions

Try not to let your child eat hard foods such as apples, carrots or crisps today to avoid the varnish being scraped off the tooth surfaces.

We will arrange to paint your child’s teeth with the fluoride varnish again, at school, in about 6 months time.

If your child has problems or an allergic reaction after today’s application, please inform the school or Designed to Smile team.

Your child has not had a detailed examination. It is important that your child attends a dental practice regularly for check ups and let your own dentist know that your child has had fluoride varnish applied at school.

Is fluoride varnish safe?

Yes when applied at the correct dose, fluoride varnish is safe.

Children can have fluoride varnish applied up to four times per year. Children taking part in Designed to Smile may have fluoride varnish applied twice a year in school or nursery. If your child has had fluoride varnish applied in school, it is a good idea to tell your dentist so that they can space out other applications to increase the benefit.

Children who swallow too much fluoride can develop white spots on their teeth. That’s why it is important not to let your child eat toothpaste. Fluoride varnish is applied at school only twice a year therefore the risk of developing white spots as a result is tiny.

If your child normally takes fluoride drops or tablets, they should not receive fluoride varnish applications at nursery or school.

Can all children have fluoride varnish applied?

Every child joining the programme must have written consent given by their parent or guardian.

The consent form asks questions about past medical history and we particularly want to know if your child has ever had to be hospitalised following a severe asthma attack or has an allergy to colophony or sticking plaster.

It may not be appropriate for some children to have the varnish applied. We will keep you informed before visiting school if this is the case.

If a child has a sore mouth or broken skin around the mouth or an infectious illness on the day of the dental team’s visit, then fluoride varnish will not be applied. We would let you know about this in writing.

Healthy eating

As soon as you start weaning your child, do not encourage a sweet tooth.

  • Don’t add sugar to foods and drinks
  • Never dip a dummy in anything sweet
  • Never put sugary drinks in feeding bottles or infant cups

Every time you eat or drink something containing sugar, plaque bacteria on your teeth make acid which attacks the tooth surface. After a while, a hole or cavity forms. This is called tooth decay. To stop tooth decay:

  • Cut down on both the amount of sugar you eat, and how often you eat it.
  • Don’t have any sugar between meals as this gives teeth time to recover from the acid attack.
  • Don’t have sugary snacks – try healthier options like:

    Vegetable Sticks
    Cheese and Crackers
    Fresh Fruit
    Pitta Bread and Hummous

    Milk and water are the only safe drinks for young children.

    Fruit juices contain natural sugar (fructose) and should only be offered at mealtimes.

    Diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners which do not cause decay but are acidic which dissolve the surface, causing dental erosion.

    Always ask for sugar free medicines

    For more information on healthy eating for children go to: Every Child


    Sugar in cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, jam, preserves, fizzy drinks, squash, milk shakes

    Be Aware

    Fruit Juice: the natural sugars can cause tooth decay. Fruit juices are important in providing vitamin C and reaching our 5-a- day, but drink at mealtimes only.

    Dried Fruit: can cause tooth decay. The natural sugar has been released from the fruit cell as part of the drying process, so eat at mealtimes only.


    Whole fruits and vegetables are a very important part of a healthy diet. They do contain natural sugars but are in a safer form within the fruit cell.

    Milk is a very important part of a healthy diet. It contains natural sugar but a safer type.

    Some snacks can contain more sugar than you realise. Here are some examples of popular snacks that contain large amounts of sugar which can be harmful to teeth.

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A million children in praying the Rosary

In every class we will be thinking about praying for peace and the end of COVID-19. Please fill in your special intentions on the template that will come home on Friday.

Last Sunday Pope Francis invited children to participate together in a very special initiative. A Catholic charity hopes to bring together a million children worldwide to pray the rosary this Sunday.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is seeking to unite the children  in praying for peace and the end of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than a million people around the world.

Please could you take some time with your child the prayers that make up the Rosary. It has been a long Summer so maybe start with the first part of the Hail Mary.

Hail Mary Poster & Worksheets | Teachers Pay Teachers

Once you have got to grips with the Hail Mary, be resilient and move on to The Our Father.

A Children's Rosary Cover and Instructions