Working in a pandemic year it’s a challenge for everybody. But when you have the right people in the right place it is very easy to manage the situation.
As a school, we have adapted to the requirements of the Local Public Health and as a first approach we fit into the green scenario where all the kids are physically present at school, with the possibility of having online courses for those families who choose this thing.
As a community we care a lot about our children’s health and this is the reason why we were very careful with the implemented measures.
The following measures are implemented across the school:
Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms(fever, cough, muscle pain, loss of smell and taste, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, difficult breathing), or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend the school for 7-14 days.
Cleaning hands frequently, for both children and staff. Children are reminded to wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with warm running water and soap and then dry them thoroughly with a paper towel, before turning the tap off with the tissue. When hand washing is not available, hand sanitiser will be used, ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.
Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the “catch it, bin it, kill it” approach.
Cleaning frequently touched surfaces using the appropriate products as outlined in government guidance.
Within reason, windows and doors are kept open to create maximum air flow throughout the building.
Minimising contact and mixing of children and staff, by adapting, as much as possible, the classroom and eating environments and staggered timetables.
Limiting the number of shared resources that are taken home and brought into school by staff and children.
Discouraging children from touching their faces, putting objects in the mouth or sharing resources.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Reference to PPE in this document means:
disposable plastic aprons
The government regulations require all staff to wear face coverings when inside the building.
In accordance with this guidance, PPE will be provided for staff and especially in the following circumstances:
where staff provide personal hygiene care for children and should already be using PPE
where a child becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus at school and requires direct personal care until they can go home, a disposable mask (preferably fluidresistant) should be worn by the staff caring for the child. If contact with the unwell child is necessary, the staff member should also wear disposable gloves, a disposable apron and if there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, e.g. from coughing, eye protection should be worn.
In KS2 children will be required to wear masks, as per Romanian law.
In KS1 children who are already 6 are required to wear masks as per Romanian law
There are also some exceptions to wear the mask on the doctor`s recommendation:
-if a person suffers from diseases that affect the ability to oxygenate
-people who are allergic to the materials from which medical masks are made (they may wear masks made of other materials or other forms of protection, for example visors)
In KS1, Year 2 children will be required to wear masks, as per Romanian law and this will be optional for children in Year 1.
In Early Years, children are not required to wear masks.
When using disposable face masks, staff will ensure the masks:
cover both the nose and mouth,
do not dangle around the neck,
are not touched one put on, except when carefully removed to be disposed of in the designated bins,
are changed once they become moist or damaged,
are worn once and then disposed of a designated bin.
The route through the courtyard of the unit to the entrance and inside will be made on a well-defined and signaled corridor, respecting the rules of physical
Staggered start and finish times will be introduced to achieve social distancing for all stakeholders.
Clear signage will show the drop off and pick up areas for children.
Parents will be urged to avoid gathering at the school gates.
The epidemiological triage of children is performed daily by the medical staff of the unit / person designated for this purpose and consists of:
temperature measurement with the non contact thermometer; the recorded temperature must not exceed 37.3 degrees Celsius;
if the recorded temperature exceeds 37,3 degrees Celsius, it is recommended to repeat the temperature measurement after a period of 2-5 minutes of rest;
if a temperature above 37,3 degrees Celsius is maintained and / or the presence of respiratory symptoms and / or other signs / symptoms of acute infectious diseases, children are not admitted to the program. They are left in the care of parents with the recommendation of a specialist medical consultation.
Children will be taught in their classroom or outside and will not mix with other groups.
Students and staff need to wash hands using soap and water or use hand sanitizer
A hand sanitizing station is available in the front lobby of the school and in all classrooms.
It is recommended that students not bring their own hand sanitizer to school for issues of quality, fragrance and management of potential hazards.
Snack, lunch and playtimes
Children will have their recreational times as a class and not mix with other groups.
All tables and relevant surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned before and children eat.
Children will be supervised to thoroughly wash their hands before eating.
Food will be collected from the cafeteria by an adult attached to the class, wearing additional PPE, and taken to the classroom.
Food will be eaten in classrooms.
To assist social distancing at playtimes, the times will be staggered.
The play equipment will be cleaned before, in between and after each group use.
Children will be required to follow the health and safety and social distancing guidance.
If health and safety and social distancing guidance can not be adhered to, the playground will be closed.
|Students are expected to remain in their cohorts during recess.
Students are to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after recess.
Maintain a physical distance while playing outside.
Where possible, SMT may consider dividing schools into groups for the purpose
of reducing the number of students on the yard for outdoor play.
2 PE lessons per week will continue
Lessons will be planned to enable children to follow health and safety and social distancing guidance.
Low impact activities will be planned.
Children will only be taught in their class groups.
Children will wear their PE kit throughout the day, unless a specific request is made (by the child, school or parents) for them to change after the lesson.
Each class will finish at different times to keep social distancing
Parents will pick-up the students at the gate.
The SMT will review the guidance from the government regularly, and update this and other relevant documents and procedures accordingly.
All updates made to this appendix will be communicated to staff and parents by the SMT.
- What happens if a child has specific Sars-Cov-2 symptoms during classes? (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia)
The isolation protocol will be applied. The student will wear a mask, be separated from the rest of the group and will be supervised until he / she is picked up and leaves the school. The parents will be notified, and they will inform the family doctor.
- What happens when a child is tested positive?
They remain isolated at home, the family doctor is informed and the lessons of the respective class are suspended for 14 days. If the lessons are organized in shifts in the same classroom, only the lessons for the class in which the illness has been confirmed will be suspended. There will be cleaning, disinfection and ventilation, and the students from the next shift will carry out their lessons normally.
- What happens if 3 or more confirmed cases appear in different classes?
The lessons of the entire school are suspended for 14 days. During this time, the general disinfection of the school will be performed.
- Does a child who has the following symptoms: sore throat or headache and fever remain isolated for a day or 2 need a medical note from the family doctor in order to enter the collectivity?
The medical note is brought after 3 or more days, from the family doctor.
- Do children who enter the school for assessment day have to bring a medical note from the family doctor?
All children who enter the school for an assessment day must obtain a medical note from the family doctor within 72 hours before entering school.
- What happens if a family member is tested positive? Can the group of children to which the child belongs attend school?
The group of children can continue to come to school as long as the child has not tested positive. For the respective child, home isolation is required according to the DSP recommendations.
- What happens if a staff member has coronavirus symptoms?
They must isolate at home, contact the family doctor and inform the school.
- What is the procedure if a staff member who has taught in 2 or 3 classes is tested positive?
The DSP will be informed and then conduct the epidemiological investigation. They will analyse the situation in the school.
Scenario 1: If the teacher has taught only one class and did not have contact with other teachers in the school, the lessons in that class will be suspended.
Scenario 2: If the teacher has taught only one class, and had contact with other teachers in the school, the lessons in that class will be suspended and the teachers with whom they came into contact with will be isolated at home.
Scenario 3: If a teacher has taught in several classes and did not have contact with other teachers, the lessons in those classes with which they have come in contact with will be suspended.
Scenario 4: If the teacher has taught in several classes and had contact with many teachers, the lessons of the entire educational unit will be suspended.
- When a staff member shows mild symptoms of a usual cold and is isolated for a day or two at home, can they attend work the next day?
For any medical problems they will contact the family doctor, and they will decide if he/she can return to work with medical leave if necessary.
- What measures are there for those who travel during the holidays?
If they travel to areas at risk, in countries where quarantine is required, they will follow the required measures.
- Who can’t enter the school?
- those with a temperature higher than 37.3 or symptoms specific to coronavirus infection (cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting) or any other infectious diseases.
- those confirmed with coronavirus, who are in the isolation period at home.
- those who have been declared to have had close contact with a person infected with coronavirus and are in quarantine.
- Who can enter the school?
- anyone not found in any of the above situations
- if one of the family members has symptoms of respiratory tract infection, but has not been confirmed with coronavirus.
- those with typical symptoms of a pollen allergy (known pollen allergies, runny nose with clear nasal secretion, runny eyes, pruritus).
- How and when can a visitor book a school tour?
- only by booking an appointment by calling the school’s number or emailing @[email protected]
- completing the self responsibility declaration
- mask & temperature check obligativity
- without direct contact with any of the students
- What does direct contact mean?
The following people are considered direct contacts:
- people living in the same house as an infected person.
- people who have had direct physical contact with an infected person (for example, by hugging).
- people who have had unprotected and direct contact with the fluids of an infected person (for example, by coughing or touching a used handkerchief, napkin, etc.).
- people who have had face-to-face contact (less than a meter away for more than 15 minutes) with an infected person (for example, through conversation with the infected person).