Risk Assessment for Students of Determination
In response to COVID-19 schools should create a Risk Assessment framework. A Risk Assessment will be developed for every Student of Determination whose needs exceed that of their peers and for who a personalized approach to learning is an integral aspect of their education due to either a cognitive, behavioral, developmental, physical or emotional need; or a combination of these. A member of staff familiar with the needs of the student, in most instances, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (or equivalent), will develop the Risk Assessment in conjunction with the designated Health & Safety Officer and Senior Leadership Team.
The Senior Leadership Team must review the Risk Assessment where the Principal will hold ultimate responsibility.
The purpose of this Risk Assessment is to determine whether it would be safer for the pupil to return to, and remain in school during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, to access a blended approach to learning or to be educated at home remotely.
The Risk Assessment will be reviewed on a weekly basis, or as required based on the changes to practice and any evolving scenarios.
The Risk Assessment will inform the IEP. Furthermore, unless already included in the IEP, a clear and concise Student Profile should be available to all staff which communicates the essential needs of the student such as their communication, physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional needs as relevant and as appropriate to the personal rights of the Student of Determination.