Covid-19 Supply Teacher Guidance
We know that some of you are feeling anxious about the possible consequences of the virus and your work within schools.
It is important that you access information only through reliable and credible sources, 4myschools will only use government advice published on the link below.
There is a lot of misinformation currently in circulation which is not helpful and is likely to fuel further uncertainty and anxiety.
The Government’s response to COVID-19 remains under review.
Education settings are beginning to open although it is changeable and under costant review.
Overall the Government approach to children attending school is not mandated but encouraged.
Plans for a “massive catch-up operation” for children over the summer is due to be announced very shortly and it is anticipated schools will be required to use their own staff to do this.
There is much discussion on how schools will be able to reopen in September, however the Department for Education is working towards this date.
Primary Schools, SEND and early years providers are open for reception, year 1, year 6, on the 1st June, however parents and schools can be flexible on who attends
The Government abandoned plans for all primary school children to return for at least a month before the summer break instead announcing if schools had enough space they had the “flexibility” to bring back more pupils.
Secondary Schools re-opened on the 15th June for some face to face support for year 10 and year 12 pupils to “supplement their remote education.” They are only allowed a quarter of students in at any one time.
Matt Hancock announced schools won’t fully reopen until September “at the earliest” although the DfE has stated they will reach this date and intend to reopen schools on 1st September.
4myschools have robust processes, procedures and technology and are ready to put additional measures in place as required to ensure that we continue to support you and our schools during this time. For us its business as usual supporting schools in their times of need.
If you are due to register with us we are currently using video technology to complete the vetting process and will meet with you face to face at a later date.
In the case of a school closure where a school experiences an outbreak we will contact you if you are booked on an assignment with them.
Communication with you will be through email or telephone so please ensure that you check your emails regularly and have your mobile phone with you.
Preventing spread of infection
There are general principles everyone should follow to help prevent the spread of the virus including:
• Wash your hands often – with soap and water or use hand sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. We recommend that you wash your hands:
o Before leaving home
o On arrival at a school
o After using the toilet
o After breaks and sporting activities
o Before eating any food, including snacks
o Before leaving a school
• Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
• Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
• Staying at home if you feel unwell
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Calling NHS 111 if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a friend or relative. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
Please use current social distancing advise wherever possible.
If you have been advised to self-isolate or believe that you may have been exposed to the virus please inform 4myschools immediately (we will then manage any follow up communication with schools, if applicable)
All our teachers and support staff should continue to work in schools (unless advised not to by public health officials)