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COVID-19 HR FAQs and important information

You will find the FAQs about schools reopening on this page.

If you have any questions regarding the information on this page, please call the HR adviceline via ContactUs on 01452 425888 option 2, option 4.

The COVID-19 HR FAQs covers a variety of questions from a HR perspective, in relation to the reopening of schools.

Please read the document in conjunction with national government guidance. The guidance is subject to change to reflect any changes to the national effort to combat COVID-19.

We encourage you to utilise the 'team availability assessment' template, which will support you in completing risk assessments.


 Enabling work during COVID-19

Use the enabling work during COVID-19 document in conjunction with the whole school COVID-19 risk assessment. This template is designed to facilitate discussion with individuals who have concerns about returning to school, and to help managers and staff develop their individual risk assessment based on the identified school risks and how they are addressed to facilitate the individual return to work. This document only works within the following principles:

  • School undertakes a full risk assessment
  • Where staff are concerned/resistant about returning to work, the “enabling a return to work” document forms a discussion with the individual about their concerns and how they might be addressed. The school can then finalise the risk assessment to cover the individual assessments.
  • Where there is a health issue, perceived or otherwise, OH can be contacted in the first instance to discuss the issue, and if appropriate, the school can make a referral to OH.

Individual vulnerability risk assessments

Please take note of the individual vulnerability risk assessment guidance now provided by Occupational Health (OH).

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