Examples of emerging contingency planning/practice
Advice on Covid-19 and Staff Absence
**HR are producing FAQ’s for schools relating to COVID-19. It is available on schoolsnet please log via https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schoolsnet/gccplus/staff/hr-employment-handbook-and-advice-line/safety-health-and-well-being/
As you will be aware the national advice has changed regarding social distancing, self-isolation and working from home. As a result we would like to provide further advice on working arrangements.
Key principles are:
- Any member of staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should inform their manager and self-isolate for 7 days.
- If a member of staff comes into contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, then they should inform their manager and self-isolate for 14 days.
- Any member of staff in one of the government’s highlighted ‘at risk’ categories (over 70, underlying health conditions or pregnant) are being strongly encouraged to work from home if possible, and socially distance themselves until further notice.
Members of staff of Local Authority maintained schools who fall under the government’s guidelines to self-isolate, will be paid full pay. HR is advising academies to do the same, but the decision on this will ultimately be for the academy or Trust.
If staff are self-isolating because they have come into contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms but are not unwell themselves, they may be expected to work from home when this is possible. If this is not possible for them, they should still stay at home to avoid the potential transmission of infection, and will be paid full pay.
We have produced some FAQs on the questions that may be raised in response to the new guidance.
Finally I’m sure you’ve all seen the advice regarding self-isolation, please observe these guidelines stringently and as ever advise staff to continue to wash their hands regularly.
We will continue to update you regularly as the situation changes.
- Continuing existing interventions and offering new interventions by phone or online.
- Triaging referrals as usual but carefully considering these in the context of staff availability.
- Offering school staff a dedicated helpline or CAMHS/VCS duty number to call.
- Developing protocols with schools for offering online/phone services.
- Ensuring online/phone calls/sessions are recorded on existing databases (e.g. IAPTUS).
- Using or purchasing software (Telegram, Zoom, TEAMS) to provide remote support and considering in context of school staff and children and parents/carers’ access to technology/software.
- There are concerns about families being able to access a safe, quiet space at home for sessions and/or having the right technology; as well as staff absence leading to a disrupted/paused service.
- Issuing a questionnaire to or calling school staff to ascertain what support they need at this time.
- Collating and circulating resources to school leads.
- Considering how to develop advice in more detail for parents/carers (e.g. examples of daily activities or routines).
- Considering whether to set up a working group/virtual network of project leads, MHST managers and staff to share learning and practice and develop resources. [NB. If you’re interested in this – and/or in setting up a virtual network of senior mental health leads and MHST coordinators - please do let us know.]
- Liverpool CAMHS has collated resources to support children and young people and parents and carers here (you’ll need Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or similar to access it though).
Why Prevention Is Important
Some diseases are said to be caused by harmful bacteria or viruses, commonly called germs. Infections caused by germs can be mild, such as the common cold, but others can be severe or even life-threatening, such as influenza, food poisoning and strep throat.
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