Academia & Covid-19

ACADEMIA PRIVATE SCHOOL AND KIDDIES ACADEMY


Dear Parents

Please find the following letter about covid-19. Please familiarize yourself with the content

Deep cleaning plan:

· All classes, offices, bathrooms, staffrooms and other rooms have been cleaned prior to students coming back to school.

· Staff and cleaners have received training in the new cleaning procedures.

Plan to clean and disinfect school every day

· Classrooms to wiped down with sanitizer and cloth at regular intervals during the school day

· Classes will be cleaned again at the end of the day

New protocols

At gate

· Kiddies, teachers and visitors hands and shoes will be sanitized, and their temperature taken before they can enter school grounds

· All Kiddies and Students 3 years and older must wear a mask

· Lines will be marked to enforce social distancing during screening and sanitizing process

· Temperatures are to be recorded in a logbook for reference

· Kiddies showing a fever of 38 or more will be isolated from the rest of the school and the isolation plan will be put into effect

· Sanitizing stations will be set up in each class/school hall and youth hall and at bathrooms

In class

· Kiddies tables spaced 1m apart

· One Kiddie per table or 2 where visible dividers are installed

· Kiddies tables must all face in one direction

· No clustering of desks allowed

· Kiddies hands to be sanitized before entering class

· Hand to be dried with disposable paper cloths

· Cloths to be deposited in a dustbin with a lid

· Dustbins to be emptied regularly by cleaning staff

· Movement of Kiddies in class to be limited

· All Kiddies to wear masks in class

· Direct contact between Kiddies should be avoided

· No suitcases in class

· Good ventilation in all classrooms

· We removed all unnecessary items from classroom. Less stuff in class also means less stuff to disinfect every day!

· No tablecloth or other cloth items are present.

· There are no unlaminated posters on walls. Laminated posters will be disinfected on a regular basis!

On playground

· Classes will have different lunch breaks to control amount of children outside

· Social distancing will be enforced by teacher during lunch breaks

· Masks allowed to be taken of for eating as long as kids are at least 3m apart when masks are taken of, will be enforced by teacher

· One at a time bathroom breaks. We have a staff member on duty at bathrooms.

· Bathrooms will be cleaned regularly

· No hugging/handshaking by Kiddies

· Direct contact between kiddies should be avoided

· Movement of kiddies during break to be limited

For school lunches

· Kiddies tables will be sanitized before they eat

· They will eat in class where it is safer

· Food will be served in Kiddies own plates

· Plates and utensils must be cleaned thoroughly at home and returned the next day

· Staff will monitor social distancing during break times

· No sharing of food and utensils will be allowed

For visitors to school

· Entry to school will be controlled and external visitors will be kept to a minimum

· All guest will sign a register when they enter the school. This is so we know who was at school on which day and visitors can be informed to isolate themselves if we have an outbreak of Covid-19 at the school

· All visitors must wear masks. No mask, no entry. Sign will be put up at entrance to school

· All visitors’ hands will be sanitized before entry

· Areas touched by visitors will be cleaned at regular intervals

· Where possible financial transactions should be done electronically and not at the school

· Parents will only be allowed to enter the office when an appointment has been made.

· If possible, please schedule meetings via skype/zoom or via email or phone call and WhatsApp during school hours.

· We would like to restrict access to the office as much as possible.

For the Daily routine & Curriculum process:

· (The above process to be followed for all grades integration until further notice)

· When kiddies enter the school each day Safety Orientation presentation will take place to ensure they are aware of the rules and regulations and Safety precautions that need to take place due to the COVID-19.

· It is crucial that attendance registers are kept up to date daily and parents need to phone the school should a child not be at school and a note made with the reason.

· Educators to enforce sanitation. Set the example. Guide and support kiddies to maintain sanitation.

For Educational resources

· Each child has their own educational resources (stationary ) and is not allowed to be shared

· No child can distribute anything to other Kiddies.

For Learners disregarding new codid-19 safety measures

· Should kiddies disregard other’s safety needs, parents will be notified, and child will be placed under suspension with immediate effect for 3 days.

· Should the event reoccur drastic measures will be implemented, and teacher-parent meeting called.

Daily temperature testing measures

· All kiddies will be screened by a trained staff member prior to entering the school

· kiddies hands and shoes will be sanitized before they can enter school grounds

· Lines will be marked to enforce social distancing

· All kiddies will be screened again when exiting the school grounds

· Temperatures are to be recorded in a logbook for reference

· Any child not feeling well or showing flue like symptoms will be sent to the office to have their temperature taken

· Kiddies showing a fever of 38 or more will be isolated from the rest of the children and the isolation plan will be put into effect

Plan if kiddie or staff member tests positive for covid-19

Clean and disinfect thoroughly.

· Close off areas used by the individuals with COVID-19 and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area. If possible, wait up to 24 hours before beginning cleaning and disinfection.

Make decisions about school dismissal.

· Temporarily dismissing childcare programs is a strategy to stop or slow the further spread of COVID-19 in communities.

· During school dismissals (after cleaning and disinfection), childcare programs and schools may stay open for staff members (unless ill) while Kiddies stay home. Keeping facilities open:

a) Allows teachers to develop and deliver lessons and materials remotely, thus maintaining continuity of teaching and learning; and

b) Allows other staff members to continue to provide services and help with additional response efforts. Decisions on which, if any, staff should be allowed in the school should be made in collaboration with local health officials.

Kiddies and staff returning to school

· A medical certificate is needed to ensure kiddie is fit to resume schooling.

· As for the rest of educators and kiddies that was in close contact with child should go into self-isolation for 14 days and get tested within 1 week.

Isolation facility prepared

· Kiddie with a fever will be taken to the quarantine area

· We will use two different rooms as quarantine areas.

· Parents of kiddies will be informed of fever and child will stay in isolation until parents can come and collect the them

· Only a trained staff member wearing proper PPE will be allowed into the quarantine area with kiddies

· If a child was quarantined the quarantine room will be thoroughly disinfected before another child will be allowed to enter

· All unnecessary furniture and equipment will be removed from quarantine room. Only furniture necessary to make a child in quarantine comfortable will be allowed. This makes disinfecting of school easier.

· Kiddies showing symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to school

Transport providers must be informed to adhere to disaster management act guidelines for social distancing

· It would be preferred for parents or guardians to drop children off themselves as public transport creates another health risk

· If this is not possible please have a conversation with your child’s transport providers about covid-19 safety measures

Student orientation

· All students will receive covid-19 orientation before returning to class

· Orientation will include: ( we will explain as simple as possible, for them to understand)

o New protocols for entering and exiting school

o New classroom protocols

o New break time protocols

o How screening system works

o What happens if you have a fever or other covid-19 symptoms

o What happens when someone at school tests positive for covid-19

o When you will be allowed to return to school

o How isolation works

o How to put on and remove masks safely

o When to wash hands

o How to wash hands

o How to use hand sanitizer correctly

o When to stay home

Learner Risk Assessment.

· Each parent will complete a questionnaire to their child’s risk profile. This helps us determine the safety needs of individual children.

· This questionnaire will include the parents (signed) commitment to adhere to the COVID protocols put into place by the school

· No child will be allowed to return to school without completing this form

· You will receive the form with this letter

· Please fill it in, sign it, and send it back to school as soon as possible

Covid-19 symptoms

· An information booklet on covid-19 will be given to all parents with this letter

· Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of covid-19 for the safety of everyone in your family

Mrs. CW van der Walt

Principal

What is COVID-19?

· Human Coronaviruses are common throughout the world. There are many different coronaviruses identified in animals but only a small number of these can cause disease in humans.

· On 7 January 2020, ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ or COVID-19. The majority of the case-patients initially identified were dealers and vendors at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in China. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.

Who is most at risk?

· Currently, travelers to areas where there is ongoing sustained transmission of COVID-19 including Mainland China (all provinces), Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Italy and the Islamic Republic of Iran are at greatest risk of infection.

· Furthermore, the elderly, individuals with co-morbidities and healthcare workers have been found to be at a higher risk of death.

How is it transmitted?

· While the first cases probably involved exposure to an animal source, the virus now seems to be spreading from person-to-person.

· The spread of the disease is thought to happen mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Thus far, the majority of cases have occurred in people with close physical contact to cases and healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

· Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever.

· The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is still not fully clear. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

How is COVID-19 treated?

· Treatment is supportive (providing oxygen for patients with shortness of breath or treating a fever, for example). To date, there is no specific antiviral treatment available. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, antibiotics may be required if a bacterial secondary infection develops.

How can you prevent infection?

The following can provide protection against infection from Coronaviruses and many other viruses that are more common in South Africa:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay at home when you are sick and try and keep a distance from others at home.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What are we doing in South Africa?

· On 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new measure to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in South Africa – a three-week nationwide lockdown with severe restrictions on travel and movement, supported by the South African National Defense Force – from midnight on Thursday, 26 March, to midnight on Thursday, 16 April. The President said more needed to be done to avoid “an enormous catastrophe” among the population.

· In essence, this meant people would only be allowed to leave their homes to buy food, seek medical help or under other extreme circumstances.

· The lockdown follows government regulations that limited public gatherings, travel from high-risk countries and the sale of alcohol.

· In addition, borders were closed to reduce the rate of infection from those travelling into South Africa from other countries. A quarantine was also enforced on inbound travelers and returning citizens.