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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

Under the FOI act.
I politely request a copy of the following

1. Risk assessment carried out before schools where explicitly told to keep windows open in class rooms.

2. Scientific evidence used for the basis of this new rule- to keep windows open at all times in class rooms.

3. The health and safety policy that states safe temperatures to work/learn in educational buildings, in Lanarkshire.

4. All policies relating to schools being operational during the pandemic.

All documents would cover from circa. March 2020 to present day. Documents 1/2/3 are related to Covid-19 pandemic 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Emma

Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

Working from home
Please contact via email

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Neil McKay, North Lanarkshire Council

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Dear Madam

 

Request for Information

 

I refer to your email of 9 November 2020 seeking information in relation
to North Lanarkshire Schools.

 

Having investigated my response to your queries numbered 1 to 4 is as
follows: -

 

1 & 2.

 

Please find attached the ongoing risk assessment relative to the return of
Education Establishments and COVID – 19.  I can advise that the Risk
Assessment was based on advice from the Scottish Government.  This
document has been adjusted to exclude anything which constitutes personal
data in respect of which disclosure would contravene the Data Protection
principles and that this constitutes a ground of absolute exemption in
terms of Section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002. The details edited from the document which is effectively being
released into the public domain for all to access – are names and contact
numbers of non - senior Council employees.

 

3.

 

Working temperatures are not set out in the council’s health and safety
policy.  However, to be of some assistance please find attached an
information sheet on thermal comfort that provides guidance on minimum
working temperatures.

 

4.

 

During the pandemic a weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) guidance document
entitled “Reducing the Risks of COVID-19 in Educational Establishments”
has been issued which contains information on the latest policies and
guidance. Please find attached a copy of the most recent version.  This
document has been adjusted to exclude personal data as described above.

 

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions,
Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if
you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write
to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions.

 

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the
applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must
also specify the request for information to which the requirement for
review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the
matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local
authority to issue such a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner
can be contacted as follows:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16  9DS

email: [1][email address]

 

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -

 

[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Neil McKay

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Democratic and Legal Services

Working From Home

Please contact by email

 

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Dear Neil McKay,

I specifically requested a copy of the scientific evidence that upheld the basis for leaving the windows open in schools during winter.

Due to cold weather being a multiplier of virus and bugs. I look forward to seeing the new evidence used to substantiate this rule.

I specifically asked to see the risk assessment surrounding this
Issue, as a parent I fully expect the authorities to have looked at the risks involved in leaving the windows open......

Please may I see a copy of both.

Yours sincerely,

Emma

Neil McKay, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Madam

 

Thank you for your email.

 

In my response to your request, I provided all information relative to
your enquiry that is held by North Lanarkshire Council. 

 

As referred to in my email, the Council’s risk assessment was based on
advice/guidance from the Scottish Government. You may wish to submit a
request to the Scottish Government for the “scientific evidence”  that
informed this advice/guidance.

 

I hope this further explanation is of some assistance.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the response provided to your request you
should seek an internal Review as outlined in my earlier response. 

 

Please let me know if you wish to submit an internal Review.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Neil McKay

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Democratic and Legal Services

Working From Home

Please contact by email

 

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Dear Neil McKay,

Thank you
This is very much appreciated

Yours sincerely,

Emma

Neil McKay, North Lanarkshire Council

I am not at work, returning on 13 January. Your email has been forwarded
to one of my colleagues.