Covid-19 update

Pace / Covid-19 update

Covid-19 Risk Mitigation Steps

As government restrictions on physical face-to-face delivery continue to relax, Pace is beginning to re-open our services to children, young people and families. Our focus, as always, is on the safety and well-being of our children and young people, many of whom, through their individual conditions, have a particular vulnerability to Covid-19.

The key elements of our risk mitigation for Covid-19, which are articulated in substantially more detail in our individual risk assessments, are as follows:

  • Symptom Awareness/Test and Trace

In line with national government guidance, staff or children with symptoms or with family members exhibiting symptoms will be directed immediately to follow national self-isolation guidance and to access test and trace protocols.

  • Organisation-wide bubble system

We will be operating self-contained bubbles of small numbers of children and staff, with very limited and controlled interaction across bubbles. Full PPE will be worn where specific staff (e.g., school nurses and therapists) need to move across bubble groups. Members of individual bubbles will self-isolate immediately if a child or member of staff experience symptoms of Covid-19 and until a test result can be obtained.

  • Home-working

Staff not required to resource bubble groups will continue to work from home wherever possible, in line with current government guidance.

  • Entry to Buildings

Temperatures will be taken for all staff, children and any other visitors before admission. Visitors of all kinds will be kept to an absolute minimum.

  • Awareness, Training and Signage

Staff will receive induction training back onto site and will continue to be reminded about social distancing, handwashing, use of PPE and symptom awareness. Signage will be updated across all Pace buildings.

  • Screening and Markings

Additional safety screening will be deployed in reception areas and floor markings to denote distancing in shared areas.

  • Hygiene Stations

Additional hygiene stations will be provided at entrances into buildings and classrooms. Specific sinks will be dedicated as handwash-only.

  • Ventilation

Workspaces will be well ventilated wherever possible, through open windows and skylights.

  • Cleaning

Additional periodic cleaning will be conducted during working hours (high contact areas, door handles, toilets etc.). Thorough evening cleans as standard.

  • PPE

PPE (including the use of gloves, aprons, masks and face shields) will be deployed as appropriate across our services, as outlined in our detailed service risk assessments.