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Health and safety advice for schools

National guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students can be found on the government's website

Our approach to the management of COVID-19 risk is shown on this document:

Risk assessments

Managers and headteachers are required to undertake risk assessments to ensure that they have identified and controlled risks from COVID-19 within their team.

An example risk assessment for schools is available. This should be adapted by schools for their own use.

Individual risk assessments

National data and government guidance indicates that some individuals have been identified as higher risk from COVID-19. The guidance on the Individual Risk Assessment page supports the completion of risk assessments for individual employees regarding the risks from COVID-19.

COSHH assessment

COSHH assessment for hand sanitiser is also available:

Hand sanitiser kept in vehicles

Note that Following widespread news coverage claiming that hand sanitiser kept in vehicles can pose a fire risk, the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has refuted these reports and confirmed there have been no cases of such fires in the UK.


The HSE have released updated guidance on ventilation which will apply to all premises including schools.

The HSW Service have produced Guidance on Ventilation during Covid-19 (421 KB) for schools to use and an example CO2 monitoring recording template (131 KB) is now available. 

The government have announced that All schools to receive carbon dioxide monitors - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Public Health England - reporting and advice 

Public Health England (PHE) have produced a letter and checklist for schools with the emphasis on infection control principles which you may find useful.
PHE are requesting schools to notify them of COVID-19 situations by using the online reporting system or by telephone to 0344 225 3560 (opt 2 opt 2)

Further information for schools and early years settings


Previous webinars for headteachers, principals and school leaders of academies in Staffordshire and non Staffordshire schools are available to view on our webinar page.


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