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Letter to parents

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August 28, 2020

Dear Parents,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you and your children to the new school year 2020-2021. We foresee an incredibly positive and productive year. Teachers, staff and administrative staff have been working hard over this past week to ensure that everything is in place to start the academic year.  We pray that we do not have a virus outbreak this school year, but if this were to happen, we are well prepared to give classes continuity with all the necessary materials, have had training in how to make the best use of online portals, and we have digital copies of the school materials needed to provide effective classes.

The school has been thoroughly disinfected, and safety equipment, disinfecting solutions, fire extinguishers, infrared thermometers, special bins for disposing masks and medical equipment is in place. The school nurse will continue to provide health services on campus if needed and we are ready to welcome back our students and staff.

Please make sure that you go over the procedures and print out the attached “student health card” for your child’s return. Starting next Monday, students will have to bring the student health card every day and hand it over to the bus monitor before taking the bus or to the nurse upon arrival at school. Please note that students with a temperature of over 37.3°C and/or without a student health card are not allowed to take the school bus and enter the school campus. Also, students, teachers and bus monitors are required to wear a facial mask on the school bus.

We would also like to inform parents that if a child feels sick at school, stomach ache, headache, nausea, cough, shortness of breath, or fatigue, the child will be sent to the nurse office and the parents will be contacted to take the child home.  Please ask your child to say they are sick or feel tired only if they really are feeling this way, as we will follow the protocol to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

The bus schedule will be sent via Jupiter Ed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

 

Louis Acosta M.Ed.

Headmaster 

 

Health of Students attending school

· Before coming to school, if you child is unwell for any reason they MUST NOT come to school. Please keep them at home for observation or see a doctor.

· Please monitor your child’s health regularly. If your child has a temperature of over 37.3°C they cannot go to school.

 

Face Masks

· Students must wear a face mask to and from school.

· Two types of face masks can be used:

1. Disposable medical masks, which should be replaced every 4 hours or immediately after being damaged, polluted or wet

2. Medical protective masks can be used for 24 to 48 hours without damage or pollution

· Families are responsible for providing their child(ren) with masks for use at school

· Students must bring 2 spare masks with them each day

· Cotton masks or sponge masks are not allowed

 

Getting to and entering the school campus

 


Students traveling by school bus:

· Every morning, parents will need to fill out “Student Health Card” at home and will need to submit it to the bus monitor before boarding the bus. A student without the health card will not be allowed to take the bus to school. Please check the student health card on a separate attachment and print out the health card.

· Students traveling by school bus will have their temperature taken before boarding the bus. Any student with a temperature over 37.3°C will not be allowed to take the bus to school. 

· Students from Preschool to Grade 5 must have a parent with them at the bus stop every morning just in case the student is not allowed to board the bus and needs to go home or go to the hospital. 

· Students in Grade 6 to 12 will be asked to inform their parents immediately if they are not allowed to take the school bus and make their way home or to the hospital.

· On the bus, students and teachers are required to wear a face mask all the time.

· After students arrive at campus, students will have their temperature taken again at the “Temperature Checkpoint” in the playground esplanade. If their temperature is below 37.5°C, they can enter the classroom.

Students walking to school, travelling by car, bike or public transport

· All students must arrive at Gate 1, the school’s main gate, to enter the school and have their temperature taken.

· Any student with a temperature over 37.3°C will not be allowed to enter the school.

· Students from Preschool to Grade 5 should have a parent with them just in case the student is not allowed to enter school and need to go home.

· Any student from Grade 7 to 12 not allowed to enter the school will be moved to a waiting area for parents to come to school and take their child home.

· After students enter the campus, they will need to submit their “student health card” to “Temperature Checkpoint” (Mrs. Xu) in the playground esplanade. A student without the health card will not be allowed to enter the classroom.


Hygiene Education

All classes will receive a demonstration on how to wash their hands and how to wear a face mask.

Posters are displayed around the school with hand washing and mask wearing instructions.

The following hand washing method will be taught:

· Wash your hands with running water, use soap or hand sanitizer, dry hands with a disposable paper tissue or clean towel. There are seven steps to washing hands correctly:

Step 1: Rub two palms together

Step 2: Rub hands and palms together, left and right cross scrubbing

Step 3: Rub hands and fingers together

Step 4: Hold fingers together, bend joints of fingers, and rub hands together

Step 5: Hold thumbs, rotate and rub hands

Step 6: Rotate and rub the fingertips of one hand in the other palm and switch for the other hand

Step 7: Hold the other wrist in one hand and rotate it for rubbing and switch for the other hand.

· Hand washing is required in the following situations: after coughing or sneezing; before and after eating; before and after drinking, after break; after using the toilet; when hands are dirty; after sports; after physical contact with others; after coming back in from outside the classroom; before and after delivering items.

· The school will also provide hand sanitizer in all classrooms and outside the canteen.

 

 

Lunch and Break Time in the School Canteen

· Students will have a specific lunch time to prevent overcrowding in the canteen.

· Students will all sit at tables facing one direction.

· Students will not be allowed to sit opposite each other.

  

Classrooms

· In Grades 1 to 12, students will sit at desks / tables facing in one direction.

· In Early Years, classrooms will be organized to maximize social distancing.

Ventilation

· Classrooms will be ventilated more 3 or more times a day for 20-30 minutes.

 

Disinfection of common areas of the school campus

· The main common areas of the school including the school corridor, staircase handrails, conference rooms, toilets and other public parts will be disinfected every day.

· The bathrooms will be disinfected many times each day, including when students are at school.

 

Disinfection of classrooms, including specialist classrooms

· A disinfection schedule will be in place for all classrooms and specialist classrooms.

 

What happens if a student is unwell during the day?

· Our nurse station will remain open at all times during the school day and will treat common ailments in accordance with normal school procedure.

· If a student is suspected of having a fever, they will be moved to a medical isolation room and the student’s parents will be informed immediately and asked to come to school to take the student home for further observation, to see a doctor, or to attend a fever clinic.

· Only if it is deemed a medical emergency will a student be taken to a fever clinic. Parents will be informed immediately.

· If a student has a fever and must go home, a medical certificate must be provided to the school nurse in order for a student to return to school.