Coronavirus planning at Ufton

  05 Mar 2020

Coronavirus planning at Ufton

At Ufton, we take the safety of children very seriously. All schools in the UK are grappling with issues presented by the Coronavirus and we are no different.

We are following government guidance and taking every action we can to mitigate the risks associated with this new virus. The government have not closed schools and have only advised against foreign school trips. If the government closes schools, Ufton Education will close as well.

Just like all schools, Ufton is following the Department for Education’s advice – Covid-19 Guidance for education settings.

We want to share with you what we are doing at Ufton to try to ensure that everybody remains healthy and well.

Here is a Q&A we have created to answer your questions. If we have missed something, please call us and we will be happy to answer any questions.

  1. Will my child be more at risk of infection at Ufton than they are at school?

It isn’t possible to say. Children at Ufton are likely to only come into contact with their year group, whereas in school they will come into contact with the whole school. Your child will be taught by Ufton staff with your school staff present.

  1. Will my child come into contact with children from other schools?

Your child may see or hear other groups in passing or in the distance but will never occupy the same space. Some day visit groups, accompanied by Ufton staff, may use space or activities in the surrounding area of our residential buildings but will not enter the Manor House bedrooms or cabins.  Each group will have a separate designated lavatory.

  1. Will children from other schools use the same facilities that my child’s school use?

Each school group has a designated space whilst on site that no other group has access to. Specific toilets are being allocated to each group to avoid cross-contamination.

  1. Handwashing

Guidance is that good handwashing practice can help to reduce the spread of the virus.

We will try to offer schools antibacterial gel and wipes but we are struggling to replace bottles which have been removed from site. If your child is allergic to any of these products please ensure that your school is made aware.

All children are reminded to wash their hands with soap and hot water and to hum “Happy Birthday” to themselves twice to ensure that they have been thorough.

  1. My child isn’t good at handwashing, will you remind them?

All toilets have signs showing the children how to wash their hands. Our staff and your school staff will remind children to wash their hands. We will remind them to wash their hands before and after they have eaten and every time they use the lavatory.

  1. What about cleaning?

Our cleaning routines are very thorough. We clean Ufton after groups leave, which means your child will arrive to a clean site. We clean our lavatories at least once per day.

All surfaces, door handles, light switches etc are double cleaned by our Housekeeping team; once with a bleach based product and then with a hospital grade antiviral sanitiser. Our Staff wear gloves and use colour coded equipment for each area.

All hard floors (excluding historically sensitive ones) once cleaned are sprayed with a hospital grade sanitiser. Wooden floors are buffed to remove wax and then re-waxed.

All bed linen, towels and tea towels are now being washed with soap powder and Dettol which kills 99.9% of germs.

  1. How good is food hygiene at Ufton?

We hold the highest possible level of food safety (Level 5). We will continue to offer tasty and healthy food in a safe and hygienic way. All groups are expected to wash their hands before and after eating and will have access to antiviral wipes and hand spray (for as long as we can source these products).

  1. My child is bringing a packed lunch. What hygiene approach will you take?

All groups are expected to wash their hands before and after eating and will have access to antiviral wipes and hand spray (for as long as we can source these products).

  1. How is Ufton mitigating the risk of infection to my child?

We have reduced the potential for cross infection by asking staff with non-child focused roles to work from home.

We have separated our site and team into two groups. These groups are no longer interacting with each other. Each group has access to either the house or cabin sites.

  1. What will Ufton do if a child or adult in my school’s group is suspected of having the Coronavirus?

If staff or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home. We will follow our procedures for any infectious condition and quarantine the child, inform the parents and insist on parent pick up.

We will call 111 and follow their advice for the rest of the group.

  1. What will Ufton do if a child or adult in my school’s group is suspected of having the Coronavirus?

If Ufton staff become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home.

We will require them to follow current advice which is for them and their family to self-isolate for 2 weeks.

  1. What are Ufton’s cleaning protocols following a confirmed or suspected case at Ufton?

We will deep clean the areas the person came into contact with.

This means that all soft furnishings will be washed or steamed cleaned, carpets will be cleaned with a professional carpet cleaner.

Hard surfaces including all shared surfaces (light switches and door handles etc.)  will be cleaned with a bleach based product which will be allowed to dry and then wiped with hospital grade sanitiser, all non-wooden floors will be sprayed.

Our mattresses are waterproof and will be cleaned with a bleach based product and then sprayed with a hospital grade sanitiser. Bedframes will be wiped and then sprayed.

All tiled areas will be steam cleaned and sprayed with hospital grade sanitiser. Wooden floors will be rough buffed to remove wax surface then re-waxed.

We will commence cleaning after 72 hours and re open once the deep cleaning protocol has been completed.

  1. You run weddings at Ufton, how do you clean the site afterwards?

The Site is thoroughly cleaned between each wedding and again before the children arrive.

  1. What can I do to ensure my child is protected?

Show your child how to wash their hands thoroughly and let your school staff know if your child is allergic to any antibacterial products.

There is no reason to assume that Ufton is any less safe than home or school. If you suspect that your child is showing symptoms of the virus, follow government guidelines and dial 111.

Ufton will update this FAQ in line with any new Government guidance.

Last update 18th March 2020

 

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