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Coronavirus: HSE contacts 500 Scottish schools; 100 visited

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BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety
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The HSE have been undertaking a programme of spot checks in Scottish schools.

Following the reopening of schools in August, the spot checks were carried out to assess the sector's arrangements for managing coronavirus infection spread.

To date, 500 schools have been contacted to check whether they are complying with Scottish Government guidance. The 500 schools were selected from 16 local authority areas.  They included a sample of assisted support needs schools and independent schools.

Following initial calls, 80% of schools contacted were found to have a “good understanding” of what was required to be “COVID-secure”.  Around 100 schools were subject to follow up visits where the level of compliance was less certain.

The follow up inspections took place in early October and no formal interventions were required, although areas for concern were identified in relation to:

  • Social distancing in staff rooms
  • Cleaning regimes
  • Ventilation.

Overall, the Scottish Government guidance was deemed comprehensive and flexible enough to be applied effectively in a range of settings, with creative solutions being applied in some schools – such as using coloured spots to highlight frequently touched surfaces, and alternatives to staggered start and stop times.

 

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