Joydens Wood Junior School

Covid Risk Assessment



Procedures in Place

Person/People Responsible

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. How will we organise hand cleaning?


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser.

We will ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, plus before and after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future.

Signs will be around school to reminding children that this needs to be followed.

We will ensure younger children and those with complex needs are helped to get this right and all pupils understand that this is now part of how school operates.

Handwashing with hot water and soap will happen frequently and always before and after lunch and break times.  All children and adults should wash their hands when they arrive at school.

The sinks in teaching rooms do not have hot water so these should not be used.  Children should be encouraged to wash their hands, on arrival and just before they leave the school.

Alcoholic hand cleaning gel is available in every classroom.

Covered bins will be in each classroom or area being used - these will be frequently emptied.  There are two bins – one for recycling (green) and one for general use (red).

The toilet area will be cleaned frequently throughout the school day.  The times when the toilets are cleaned is recorded.





Facilities Manager


Using the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

Children will be reminded how important this is - coughing and sneezing into elbow or tissue and place in a lidded bin.

Signs will be around school to reminding children that this needs to be followed.

As with hand cleaning, we will ensure younger children and those with complex needs are helped to get this right, and all pupils understand that this is now part of how school operates.

All classes will be supplied with tissues and lidded bins to support pupils and staff to follow this routine.





Cleaning of the school site


A vigorous cleaning schedule has been put in place that ensures cleaning is generally enhanced

Because some people with COVID-19 either do not show symptoms (asymptomatic) or experience only mild symptoms, a more robust cleaning regime is required.

Throughout the day classrooms will be cleaned when children leave for break and lunch play – this includes desks, chairs, light switches and any other areas that are required.

Toilets will be cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day.

Cleaners will arrive at 3.15pm to clean all classrooms, corridors and toilets each day.

The Facilities Manager is responsible for the cleaning in the staff areas each day.

All classrooms will be allocated tissues, disinfectant spray, antibacterial wipes and antibacterial hand wash.

Facilities Manager

Support Staff

Cleaners - Westgate

Drop off and Pick up


Accessing the School Site.

All infant and junior parents/children can access the site from any entrance across the two schools.  Parents can walk freely between sites to enable them to have easier access.

The school day for Junior School children starts at 8.45am when learning will begin and children should be dropped off and collected at 3.15pm at their allocated classroom area:

Year 3 – Aberdeen – Aberdeen Class External Door

Year 3 – Belfast - Belfast Class External Door

Year 3 – Cambridge – Fire Exit next to Wood Close Electronic Gate

Year 4 - Cardiff – Fire exit at the back car park – please wait in picnic area

Year 4 – Derry – Derry External Door

Year 4 – Dundee – Front Entrance

Year 5 – Lisburn – Back playground Upper Door (Nearest Forest School)

Year 5 – Newcastle – Playground Upper Door (Nearest Forest School)

Year 5 – Swansea – Swansea External Door

Year 6 – Newport – Newport External Door

Year 6 – Portsmouth – Portsmouth External Door

Year 6 – Inverness – Back Playground Lower Door


Members of SLT will be outside (in high vis jackets) to support.

No parents/carers will be permitted into either school building.

No child will be allowed to leave school without a parent/carer picking them up, unless in Year 6 and you have advised us that you are happy for them to walk home alone. 




School Gates opening and Closing

AM – All gates will be open from 8.40am and close at 9.00am.  You must have left the site at 9.00am – there will be no access allowed after this time. 

PM – Junior gates (Wood Close and Birchwood Drive) will be open from 2.55pm and close at 3.15pm.

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Siblings in School or at JWIS

The gates between the two schools will be open for those parents who have children in both schools and will be able to move between the two sites. 


Ventilation in School


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).  The school site will well ventilated. When a room is occupied ALL windows will be open. 

Fans and air conditioning units will not be used.

Heating will be on in all classrooms.

Pupils and Staff may wear additional clothing in order to ensure that they are warm.

 All classes have CO2 monitors within the classroom.


Teaching Room Configuration


Each classroom will have:

·         Hand cleaning gel

·         Tissues

·         Antibacterial wipes

·         All purpose cleaner


Cleaners (supplies in classrooms)

Lunch Time Arrangements

Years 3 and 4

Children will sit in the lunch hall in their classes and will be brought down by the TA for that class at 12.00 who will remain with them over this lunch time period.

When the children have finished lunch, each class will be dismissed from the hall and taken to their class room to drop pack lunches/get coats and will be escorted with their class TA.  Playtime is at 12.30.

Year 5 and 6

Children will be taken to the front playground escorted by the TA for that class at 12.00 who will remain with them over this lunch time period.

At 12.30, children should be lined up in classes and escorted by their TA to put coats away and collect packed lunches. 


Collective Worship



Tuesday morning at 9.00am – Years 5 and 6

Thursday morning at 9.00am – Years 3 and 4

Golden Assembly

Friday afternoon at 2.00pm – Years 3 and 4 (JW)

Friday afternoon at 2.30pm – Years 5 and 6 (PR)

These will take place in the school hall when all windows and doors will be kept open in order to keep the hall well ventilated.



Collective Worship

With parents/carers


Class Assemblies – parents will be invited to attend these assemblies

Value and Star of the Term Assembly – parents will be invited to attend these assemblies

Only the parents of the children taking part in the assembly will be in the audience.  All parents will be asked to wear face coverings and chairs will be set out to enable social distancing.  Parents will be encouraged to take a LFD test before entering JWJS.

These will take place in the school hall when all windows and doors will be kept open in order to keep the hall well ventilated.




Staff and Administration


Equipment that is used by several staff communally, such as the urn, photocopiers, microwave etc.  These should be wiped down with antibacterial wipes before and after each use.

Wipes will be stored in place accessible to all.  All staff are responsible to do this before they use the equipment.

Alcoholic hand gel is also provided.


Wearing of masks


Face coverings may help to protect others and reduce the spread of the disease. This is particularly true for those people who have COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms.

In primary schools, it is recommended that face coverings should be worn by staff and adults (including visitors) when moving around in corridors and communal areas.


Children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering.



Where PPE should be used


When administering first aid PPE should be worn (mask, apron and gloves)

First Aiders


Reporting Incidents


We will continue to report accident/incidents using our usual process.


Note there has been an update to the RIDDOR guidance in the event of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace HSE - RIDDOR reporting COVID-19.

Office Manager

Visitors in School

No person will be allowed in the building unless pre-arranged with a member of staff

All arranged visits must be made within the hours of 9.15am – 3.00pm.  However, meetings can only take place between the following hours: 9.15am – 11.00am and 2.30pm – 3.00pm so as to use the available office spaces and avoid the lunch time period.

All visitors on site are asked to wear a face covering.

Person will be let in be office staff/site team on arrival.

Visitor should be taken around to main reception.

Hand sanitiser should be used on arrival.

Sign in using the visitors book (pen cleaned using antibacterial wipes)

Visitor is given our safeguarding and fire procedure information sheet.  This should be kept at all times when the person is in the building and dispose of when leaving the building.

·A visitor will be given a lanyard stating JWJS Visitor.  Those with writing in green are DBS checked, those with writing in red are not DBS checked and should be with a JWJS member of staff at all times.

Office staff

Facilities Manager

When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test

Pupils, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.

They should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).


A person develops Covid symptoms during the school day

If anyone develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, we will send them home and they should follow public health advice.

If a pupil is awaiting collection, they will be left in the SENDCO office. The window will be opened for fresh air ventilation.

Appropriate PPE should also be used if close contact is necessary.

Once the pupil or staff member has been picked up, the room will be cleaned after they have left.

The household (including any siblings) should follow the UKHSA stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Pupils and staff should return to school as soon as isolation rules allow.

All staff


Tracing Contacts through track and trace

Close contacts in schools are now identified by NHS Test and Trace and education settings are no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing.

As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parent to identify close contacts. Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case or their parent specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. JWJS may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace in exceptional cases to help identify close contacts

This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact.

There is no need for primary age pupils (those in year 6 and below) to regularly test, unless they have been identified as a contact for someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and therefore advised to take lateral flow tests every day for 7 days.

The school will be contacted in exceptional cases to help with identifying close contacts, as currently happens in managing other infectious diseases.

From 14 December 2021, adults who are fully vaccinated and all children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result.

Daily testing of close contacts applies to all contacts who are:

• fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine

• all children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status

• people who are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

• people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine


Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts.


Further information is available in NHS Test and Trace: what to do if you are contacted and in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. 18-year-olds are treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

JWJS will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in a setting (see Stepping measures up and down section for more information) or if central 7 government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise a setting to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.



Health Protection Team

Those formerly considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable

Following expert clinical advice and the successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine programme, people previously considered to be particularly vulnerable, clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), and high or higher-risk are not being advised to shield again.

Children and young people who were previously identified as being in one of these 14 groups, are advised to continue to follow the guidance contained in Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.

Children and young people previously considered CEV should attend school and should follow the same COVID-19 guidance as the rest of the population. In some circumstances, a child or young person may have received personal advice from their specialist or clinician on additional precautions to take and they should continue to follow that advice.



School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is a priority to ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school.





Person is requiring first aid

All children needing first aid will be brought down to the main office.  A designated first aider will be on duty.  They will wear PPE when attending to a child.  The incident will be written in the first aid book and a parent/carer will be called. 

Qualified First Aiders


As always medication will be held in the main office.  No un-prescribed medicines can be given.  All medicine will be administered by a first aider wearing PPE. 

All medical forms must be filled in via Microsoft Forms on the website before any medicines can be given. 

Please ensure meditation is handed to a member of SLT in the morning. 


Office Staff


Remote Education

Where appropriate, we will support those who need to self-isolate because they have tested positive to work or learn from home if they are well enough to do so.

Schools subject to the remote education temporary continuity direction are required to provide remote education to pupils covered by the direction where their attendance would be contrary to government guidance or legislation around COVID-19.

We will deliver high-quality remote education across this academic year, including for pupils who are abroad, and facing challenges to return due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, for the period they are abroad.

The remote education provided will be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school.