24 Jul Extra-curricular activities: Student return
ESS explores the latest governmental guidelines for returning students in September, and how ESS services can help to support the post-lockdown transition.
The latest government guidelines for schools reopening mandate all students returning to classrooms after the summer holidays end. Due to conflicting data concerning current infection rates, this has left many parents and administrators concerned for student safety.
All schools must undergo a risk assessment to ensure that regular protocols have been adjusted to protect students and teachers.
Institutions are also advised to share the results of these assessments online to keep parents informed.
The well-being and development of students is the priority in this process, backed by the significant financial support announced for schools reopening.
Catch-up Support pledges £1bn in funds to help students cover ground they may have lost in their education during lockdown.
In addition, funds for schools to reimburse the exceptional and unanticipated costs of keeping schools open safely are now available. This coverage includes hygiene equipment such as hand sanitiser and provisions for students that may not be eligible for the national voucher scheme.
1.5m children have returned to school with no spike in infections, however full attendance remains an urgent goal.
Light in the tunnel
Despite this added support, schools will still face financial strain, as the reimbursement of these exceptional costs will take time to process.
The summer holidays however, do give schools a chance to assess their expenses profile. In doing so, they could potentially secure new savings. In turn, these may provide some welcome breathing room come September.
School administrators wear many hats, and as such often do not have the time to devote to improving elements of their facilities like energy efficiency or waste removal.
Unable to develop expertise regarding the utility usage of their sites, schools miss opportunities that could allow budgets to be allocated more holistically for student needs.
How ESS can help
ESS provide a suite of utility intelligence services to help schools understand their usage, costs and potential savings.
Dedicated procurement specialists track market movements and ensure you the best value for money possible.
ESS can also implement smart metering across your sites to create more robust data sets. This empowers you to make better decisions on where you can save.
ESS also offer consultation on compliance with utilities and carbon legislation, with a dedicated account manager available to you throughout office hours.
Multi-site institutions can also benefit from ESS’ Energy Baskets offering. Energy Baskets group sites into a single portfolio, lowering the risk profile and raising buying power for all.
It’s comparable to buying a product at bulk rather than retail prices but with added protection against market fluctuations.
ESS also secures waste collection contracts and the use of disposable items and cleaning equipment greatly increased during the pandemic.
After lockdown ends and students begin returning to school, regular consumption and waste levels will not return for some time.
Obtaining a better price on disposal now, or at least researching the market, could pay huge dividends later on.
The full details of ESS’ waste and utilities management offerings are on its solutions page.