To reassure and support our schools navigate the complexities surrounding their reopening, Step Teachers has produce the following document which outlines how we aim to prepare our teachers and support staff for safe re-entry. Ensuring schools can have safe access to the agency staff they need.
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Whilst at all times following government advice from Public Health England, the DfE; as well as from the WHO, Step Teachers has implemented a business as usual approach. Our staff have remained available to assist both schools and agency staff; helping to answer their concerns and ensuring they have access to the government support schemes through the furlough scheme.
Health, Safety and Well-being
It has been our priority to keep communication lines open, communicating clearly that our agency workers are to follow government guidelines to manage their personal risk of infection if they are experiencing symptom or if they are living with someone with symptom.
We have introduced a system of pre-screening before any agency worker is placed into a booking. Where an agency worker is found to have contracted COVID-19 or is displaying symptom, even where mild, then they are required to stay at home for at least 7 days from when the symptoms started (if they live alone), or 14 days when they live with someone who has symptoms.
At the date of writing, the wearing of facemasks and other face covering in schools is not currently recommended and the majority of staff will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their roles, even when it is not always possible to maintain a distance of 2 metres.
All our agency workers have been issued with the latest government guidance on working in education settings. We will continue to monitor the situation and ensure they are up to date with any changes.
It is important that we work together to ensure all our agency staff booked for work are aware of government guidance and best practice for working in educational settings during a pandemic.
We will be asking our schools to share their plans and procedures with regards to re-entry, social distancing and health and safety with our agency staff before they arrive at school for work.
If you want to read the latests guidance for an education setting or would like to find out how to get your key workers tested please click the buttons below.
If you have any questions for us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Information related to education
The department for education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.Coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)