Transitional and open days, sports days and gatherings

16 Jun 2021

Further to the Prime Ministers update on 14 June delaying the ease of restrictions (move to step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown) until at least the 19 July, we would like to provide an update on transitional days, sports days and gatherings in line with DfE and Public Health guidance:

Transitional and open days

Traditional face to face transitional and open days are unlikely to be feasible this academic year but the LA will not restrict individual schools from designing suitable events which maintain the integrity of bubbles or consistent groups, and adheres to the system of controls in place. Any school that wishes to design such an event must complete a thorough risk assessment ensuring that suitable protective measures are adequately implemented.

These include protective measures such as; use of face coverings during the sessions, staggered start and finish times, home lateral flow testing wherever possible prior to the event, use of outdoor spaces wherever possible, etc.

Schools already have a Covid-19 risk assessment in place and these should be used to assist with the assessment of any transitional and open days. Any school planning such an event must not have an active outbreak confirmed by Public Health England at the time of the event.

Sports days

These can go ahead and in line with the rest of the system of controls, pupils and students must remain in their bubbles/usual consistent groups. Any sports equipment should be regularly cleaned throughout the event and any spectators must adhere to current social distancing requirements. Where events take place outdoors, spectators can gather in separate groups of up to 30 which is the legal gathering limit. Multiple groups of 30 are permitted provided that they remain separate. Any school planning such an event must not have an active outbreak confirmed by Public Health England at the time of the event.

Gatherings

Schools should continue to avoid hosting large group gatherings indoors such as assemblies for more than one bubble/usual consistent group. Given that outdoor events are generally lower risk, provided that schools have undertaken a thorough risk assessment and implemented suitable protective measures, an outdoor event such as a leavers celebration or prom can take place which involves more than one bubble or consistent group, provided that the groups are kept separate.

Any parents attending outdoor events must adhere to current social distancing requirements. Parents can gather in separate groups of up to 30 which is the legal gathering limit. Multiple groups of 30 are permitted provided that they remain separate. Any school planning such an event must not have an active outbreak confirmed by Public Health England at the time of the event.

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