The DfE guidance for full opening: schools sets out the following guidance for school-based equipment and resources: “Classroom based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within the bubble; these should be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces. Resources that are shared between classes or bubbles, such as sports, art and science equipment should be cleaned frequently and meticulously and always between bubbles, or rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different bubbles.”
Whilst there no specific guidance on marking, here are some suggestions that you could consider within your own context:
Guidance on quarantine periods for library materials
- When planning your process for marking, consider any guidelines set out within your school or trust risk assessment. As far as reasonably possible teachers may be better not taking work home to mark, but again refer to and follow the guidelines set out by your employer.
- Consider whether electronic submission of work is possible. Pupils could do their work to be marked on a single sheet of paper which they themselves stick in their books once marked.
- When considering or needing to use paper books, documents, booklets, folders, and textbooks, consider following Covid-19 guidelines for other related situations, such as those set out in bookshops.
- Consider having a crate or tray labelled with the day/date, for pupils to deposit work in, which they then leave for the appropriate number of hours.
- The CILIP (Library and information association) guidance for textbooks is 72 hours’ quarantine for plastic covers, and 24 hours’ quarantine for cardboard and paper-backed books (see further details below). You may wish to consider scanning and projecting pages and/or photocopying extracts (although bear copyright in mind).
Please note guidance from the COVID-19 Guidance Cell of Public Health England’s National Infection Service, as advised to CILIP and DCMS:
- The risk from books covered in a plastic cover handled by someone who is a possible COVID-19 case is negligible after 72 hours.
- The risk from books with a cardboard/paper cover is negligible after 24 hours.
We note that each individual library and information service has developed their own policies and protocols for safe book handling, including leaving books in ‘quarantine’ for 72 hours before handling.