Renfrewshire Council

Working safely at a school

As we move through the Scottish Government Route map to ease lockdown measures, it is important that we continue to feel safe at work and all do our bit to help suppress COVID-19 and support Test and Protect.

This is a new and changing situation for everyone, but the priority is the wellbeing of our staff and local people. We're here to help. 

Full details are available in our Working safely at a school guide [150KB]  

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Supporting Test and Protect


Test and Protect

In order to manage the spread of the virus, Test and Protect is the Scottish Government's programme to confirm cases of Covid-19 through testing and further reduce the spread by identifying and contacting anyone you were in close contact with to get them tested too.

Covid-19 Symptoms

If you have symptoms of Covid-19— a persistent, continuous cough, high temperature, change in your sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate,  let your Head Teacher know and arrange for a test within the first three days  of symptoms at www.nhs.uk/ask-fora-coronavirus-test. If you can't get online, you can call 0800 028 2816.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will be asked to provide details of anyone you have been in close contact with recently. Your close contacts will also be asked to self-isolate but your identity will not be revealed.

It is really important that we do this to prevent the virus from spreading further. Close contact means:

•  Face-to-face contact less than  1 metre away

•  Spending more than 15 minutes  within 2 metres

•  Travelling in a car or other small vehicle with someone, even on  a short journey


My colleague has been told to self-isolate, what does that mean for me?

You should come in to school as normal unless you receive a call or text from a Test and Protect contact tracer.

Please be assured that we are following the latest Government guidance on workplace safety and have the right measures in place to protect you and help you continue to follow the hygiene guidance: wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, sanitise your school at the start and end of your school day, avoid touching your face and stick to physical distancing rules.


Ensuring COVID-safe workplaces and practice

Ensuring COVID-safe workplaces and practice means:

• Following national guidance

• Physical distancing where required

•  Enhanced regular cleaning in our buildings every day

•  PPE in line with the latest Government guidance

•  Sanitisers, cleaning stations and hand gels across premises

•  Risk assessments to support reopening of schools, workplaces and helping Shielders return to work.


It's completely normal to feel concerned

This is a new and changing situation for everyone, but the priority is the wellbeing of our staff and local people. We're here to help.

Your Head Teacher is your first port of call if you are concerned. Share how you are feeling and they will do their best to reassure and support you.

Our HR and Health and Safety officers are a great source of information and support and can provide advice to you and your manager.

Visit our 'Health, Safety and Wellbeing webpage' for helpful resources including a 'Staff Wellbeing Guide', contact details for our confidential Time for Talking counselling service and the number for our Occupational Health team Covid-19 helpline.  

Your own GP can provide advice based on your personal health history while the NHS Inform website has straightforward information and guidance.

The important message here is to talk  to someone and get the reassurance you need.


If you start to feel unwell at work

Your Head Teacher will take a note of your symptoms and make arrangements to help you to get home safely.

If you need to use public transport, please keep away from other people and wear a face covering.

Once you are home, make sure you arrange a test as soon as possible at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or, if you can't get online, you can call 0800 028 2816.

If you test positive for the virus inform your Head Teacher immediately and self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

You can obtain an isolation note at https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note


If you start to feel unwell at home

You should stay home and contact your Head Teacher who will inform HR and update your absence on Business World.

If you have any symptoms of the virus, please contact Test and Protect on 0800 028 2816 or book a test online.

You should stay at home for 10 days from the day your symptoms started, and all members of your household should isolate for 14 days from the first day you had symptoms.

There's lots of information to support you when isolating  at home—the NHS Inform website is the best place to start, and the council is here to support you. If your symptoms are severe at the start or worsen during isolation, phone NHS 24 (111).


What if a child I'm working with becomes unwell with Covid19 symptoms?

Your Head Teacher will have briefed you on this.

The child will be taken to an isolation zone where they will be supervised at all times until collected by a parent (unless they are old enough to go home themselves).

The appropriate areas will be cleaned by the on-site cleaner.

You should continue to come in to school as normal unless you receive a call or text from a Test and Protect contact tracer.

Your Head Teacher will continue to provide support and reassurance if you have any concerns.


If you haven't received a call from a contact tracer, but think you were working in close contact with your colleague

Speak to your Head Teacher if you are concerned.

It is likely that you have not been deemed a high risk and you can continue to come to work.

It is important however that your Head Teacher is able to assess your individual circumstances and can contact HR and Health and Safety colleagues for advice.



Useful Websites and Telephone numbers


Test and Protect Scotland

www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/test-and-protect

Book a Test

www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

0800 028 2816

NHS Inform

www.nhsinform.scot

Isolation Note

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

Time for Talking

www.timefortalking.co.uk

0800 970 3980

Clear Your Head

https://clearyourhead.scot