09 Jul POST COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Friday, July 3, 2020
This letter serves to inform all parents and learners of the measures we are taking to ensure the safety of our learners and staff. It is important that all parents familiarize themselves with the safety protocols.
Please, take note of the COVID-19 Procedures when bringing your child back to school and familiarize yourself and your child with the content thereof.
COVID-19 Procedures for learners returning to school
Before your child comes to school, please make sure that he/she is medically fit and not displaying any of the following symptoms:
1. High temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or more (Temperature will be taken with infrared thermometer.)
3. Sore throat
4. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
5. Body aches
6. Loss of smell or taste (Does everything taste and smell normal?)
7. Nausea and/or vomiting (Do you feel like getting sick / throwing up?)
8. Diarrhoea (Do you have an upset tummy, or runny tummy?)
9. Fatigue, weakness or tiredness
If your child displays any of the above symptoms, do not allow him/her to come to school. Contact the school and inform us of the reason for your child’s absence.
Make sure that your child has good hygiene habits by doing the following:
1. Wash hands thoroughly with soap often and after going to the toilet.
2. Use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving a room or building.
3. Sneeze or cough into his/her bent elbow or use a disposable tissue covering the nose and mouth.
4. Avoid touching eyes, mouth and face.
5. Shower or bath daily.
6. Wash school uniform daily.
7. Face masks are to be worn, washed, dried properly and ironed daily. Face masks must not be shared with anyone.
8. Learners are not to congregate in groups and are to keep the physical distance of 2 metres even at break times and during meals. No physical contact is allowed between any persons.
9. Learners must not share cutlery, cups, bottles, plates, stationery or any equipment that belong to them.
10. Learners should have their own hand sanitizer and face masks which can be accessed at any time.
TRICOL SAFETY PROTOCOLS :
SECTION 1: PRE-RESUMPTION/ADVOCACY PROTOCOL
1. Parents to ensure antimalarial prophylaxis for their child(ren), which must have been completed AT LEAST 48 hours before date of resumption.
2. All students to be dewormed at home at least one (1) week before resumption.
3. Parents to procure vital multivitamins for their children to bring along to school to help boost their immunity.
4. Parents to procure at least 100 pieces of surgical masks. This will be in addition to seven (7) pieces of the customized TRICOL three-layered cloth face masks with names of the students monogrammed on each.
5. ONLY PARENTS will be allowed to bring students to school to avoid overcrowding. In cases, where parents come with a driver and/or other members of the nuclear family, it is to be noted that these persons will not be allowed to come down from the vehicle.
6. Parents need to educate their wards about Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19)
7. Students are to learn correct face mask use technique. This knowledge will be further augmented at school with regular hands-on drills.
8. PCR testing for COVID-19 by students will not be a requirement for resumption.
SECTION 2: GATE (ACCESS) PROTOCOL
i. There will be enforcement of ‘No Face Mask No Entry’ for both pedestrian and vehicular entrance into the school. Face mask is to be won at all times while on the premises.
ii. 24-hour temperature check of all persons coming through the gate with non-contact infrared thermometers shall be carried out. Those with body temperature ≥ 37.5 oC will not be allowed to come into the school premises.
iii. Cloak room has been provided at the gate, where staff leaving outside the compound will undertake infection prevention and control procedures at the gate (checking of temperature, mandatory washing of hands with soap and water, use of sanitizers, use of face masks, changing of their house wears, physical distancing of at least 2 metres, etc.) ON DAILY BASIS.
SECTION 3: REGISTRATION PROTOCOL
1. A phased resumption strategy will be adopted.
2. Registration and payment of fees will be done 100% online.
3. E-clearance will be issued online to all those who have paid their fees by the Accounts department before resumption.
4. Students with e-clearance upon arrival at the school will be checked in accordingly. No student without e- clearance will be allowed into the hostel.
5. The E-clearance number will be same as the number of the student on the list to fast track processing and reduce contact time at the hostel.
6. Only parents who may require special clearance (onsite clearance) will be allowed into the College hall.
7. Students check will be waived and parents advised to adhere to the rules as any student found with contraband items will be severely dealt with.
SECTION 4: HOSTEL PROTOCOL
1. There will be daily check and documentation of body temperature of all students with non- contact infrared thermometers.
2. Physical distancing would be strictly enforced amongst the students at all times and in all places (Classrooms, the school, hostels, dining hall) at least for the first 2 weeks after resumption.
3. College to ensure that there are not more than six (6) students per room.
4. Hand sanitizers will also be provided at this point.
5. The floor towards the hostel will be marked for the purpose of social distancing (2m apart) – day of resumption.
6. House parents will intermittently announce the infection prevention and control rules via their public address systems to the students on daily basis.
7. Barbers and hair plaiters would not be allowed into the school at this time.
8. There will be disposable gloves for those handling documents on the day of resumption and must be used with due procedures. ONE GLOVE PER CHILD ENCOUNTER.
9. Signs encouraging good hand and respiratory hygiene practices would be posted in designated places.
S ECTION 5: CLASSROOM PROTOCOL
i. There will be hand washing points at the entrance and exit of every building (classrooms, hostels, school hall, and library. Laboratories, school clinic, administrative blocks, toilets, etc.
ii. Classes will be sanitized on a daily basis. The floors and furniture cleaned with hypochlorite solution.
iii. Physical distancing will be strictly enforced amongst the students at all times and in all places. (Classrooms, the school, hostels, dining hall) at least for the first 2 weeks after resumption.
S ECTION 6: DINNING HALL PROTOCOL
i. There will be hand washing points at the entrance and exit of the dining hall.
ii. Physical distancing will be strictly enforced during meals.
iii. Students will take their meals in batches to ensure physical distancing. iv. Posters will be pasted on the walls with messages of COVID-19 transmission prevention.
SECTION 7: KITCHEN MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL
i. There will be hand washing stations at the entrance and exit of the kitchen.
ii. Gloves will be used in the kitchen for serving food and plates will be washed properly with soapy water and rinsed with clean running water.
iii. Food items and perishables will be decontaminated with salt water or vinegar.
iv. Aprons will be used per meal time by the kitchen staff and washed after the meal.
SECTION 8: COVID -19 AWARENESS CREATION AND ENFORCEMENT PROTOCOL
i. COVID-19 infection prevention and control awareness posters will be placed at strategic positions in the school premises.
ii. College staff will drive the guidelines at any given time in the classrooms, hostels and in every other place within the College community.
iii. A monitoring team/staff task force will be on ground to monitor and enforce the guidelines.
SECTION 9: STUDENTS GATHERING/ASSEMBLY PROTOCOL
i. There will be no large congregational services.
ii. Sunday worship service and other devotional services will be held at the hostel with physical distancing guidelines and wearing of face masks.
iii. Alternatively, the service will be short and held in the open.
iv. Where there is need to communicate to all the students at the same time, an interconnected public address system will be used.
SECTION 10: SPORTS ACTIVITIES PROTOCOL
i. There will be NO contact sports (football, basketball, volley ball, wrestling, etc.).
ii. Jogging and running while observing physical distancing of at least 2 metres for maintenance of physical fitness of the students may be allowed.
SECTION 11: SERVICE STAFF MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL
i. Cloak rooms (male and female) have been provided at the gate, where they will undertake infection prevention and control procedures (checking of temperature, mandatory washing of hands with soap and water, use of sanitizers, use of face masks, changing of their house wears, physical distancing ON DAILY BASIS.
ii. They will be made to obey infection prevention control and management protocol. iii. They will maintain physical distancing amongst themselves, and with the students and teachers.
iv. Classrooms will be cleaned and decontaminated before arrival of the students in the morning, and hostels will be cleaned and decontaminated in the morning after the students have left for classes.
v. Toilets will be sanitized (cleaned and decontaminated) on an hourly to two-hourly basis.
SECTION 12: OFFSITE STAFF MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL
i. No face mask no entry policy will be adopted.
ii. There will be non-contact infrared temperature check at the gate. Those with body temperature o C will not be allowed into the school. They are to go back home and seek medical treatment. ≥37.5 iii. Stay at home order if sick to receive appropriate medical attention will be given. iv. They will adhere to infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines in and outside the college premises.
v. They will observe social distancing measures and put on facemasks while on transit to and from the school.
S ECTION 13: SANITATION PROTOCOL
i. There will be daily cleaning and disinfection of school buildings, classrooms and especially water and sanitation facilities at least once a day, surfaces of railings, lunch tables, sports equipment, door and window handles, keyboards, desks and tables, teaching and learning aids etc.
ii. Appropriate cleaning equipment will be provided for mopping of floors, cleaning of surfaces and door handles before and after classes using sodium hypochlorite at 0.5% (equivalent 5000ppm) for disinfecting surfaces and 70% ethyl alcohol for disinfection of small items.
iii. All screw tap heads in the school will be changed to lever handles that can be opened with back of the hand or elbow.
iv. Trash will be removed and disposed of safely daily.
S ECTION 14: STUDENTS/STAFF HEALTH MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL
i. There will be daily documentation of temperature and Covid-19 symptoms check of all staff and their families living in the school premises.
ii. There will be a checklist to determine any suspicious cases (list the signs and symptoms of COVID-19).
iii. Students that fall sick will be given required treatments without waiting for parents to come before commencing treatment.
iv. Chest radiograph where necessary will be done for students who show respiratory symptoms and parents will bear the cost of the investigation.
v. Students with pre-existing health conditions will be identified and monitored daily in the morning and evening by the school nurses. This is to ascertain they are in good health, compliant with drug intake and to ensure timely medical intervention should they become unwell at any time.
vi. The school will pay close attention to the students to identify those who may be having psychological issues bothering on issues such as a parent’s loss of job or loss of loved ones. Counseling and psychotherapeutic services where necessary will for provided to them.
vii. Mutual care amongst students in the same class and hostels will be encouraged, should any be sick amongst them this will be communicated to their house parents or class teachers without delay. The house parents or class teachers will ensure that the student is taken to the school clinic immediately for medical attention.
viii. The staff clinic will be equipped adequately.
ix. Adequate training will be given to the nurses and other clinic staff on the right way of handling the students in case of any possible infection so as not to cause scare and stigmatization.
SECTION 15: HOLDING ROOM PROTOCOL
i. The school clinic will be used to cater for the sick.
ii. A room or two in the clinic may be used as a Holding Area.
iii. Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 infection will be taken to the Holding Area.
SECTION 16: STUDENTS AND STAFF VISITATION PROTOCOL
i. The school will be a closed ecosystem as much as possible with zero or minimal interaction with the outside environment.
ii. No visitation by parents to their children and no visiting days. Exception will be when a parent’s attention is needed by the school on medical grounds or other very important reason
iii. Parental contact shall be by phone on designated days and times as previously done.
iv. The phones will be properly sanitized between calls.
v. Provision will be made for students to be able to send emails to their parents to reduce the need for phone calls.
vi. No visitation to academic and non-academic staff who live in the school premises by friends, relatives and other acquaintances during school session.
SECTION 17: VENDORS/CONTRACTORS MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL
i. The school authority will make provision to pick up the supplies at the gate without the suppliers coming into the premises. If they must come in at all, they will follow the basic guide lines.
ii. Contractor vehicles coming into the College premises will ensure that occupants maintain physical distancing, wear face masks and follow guidelines otherwise they will be denied access.
SECTION 18: VEHICLES/ TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL
i. Vendor/contractor vehicles will not be allowed to the clustered area. ii. School owned vehicles will be decontaminated before and after use. iii. Seats will be pre-marked and physical distancing maintained. iv. Windows will be opened when in transit and there will be no use of air conditioners.
v. Vehicles picking students to and from the airports will adhere to the same requirements.
SECTION 19: TRICOL MEDICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON POST-COVID S CHOOL REOPENING
i. The Committee will continue to have periodic meetings to review the protocols in the light of new evidences and gaps that may be found during the implementation of the requirements of this document.
ii. The Committee will carry out inspection of the College premises before reopening to the students, to ascertain provision of required infrastructure and equipment as provided in this document.
A BRIEF ON COVID-19
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
People can be infected with COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are relatively heavy, do not travel far and quickly sink to the ground. People can be infected with COVID-19 if they breathe in these droplets from a person infected with the virus. This is why it is important to stay at least 1 meter) away from others. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces around the person such as tables, doorknobs and handrails. People can become infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is why it is important to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand rub.
Most common symptoms:
fever dry cough
Less common symptoms:
aches and pains sore throat diarrhea conjunctivitis headache loss of taste or smell
a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes Serious symptoms: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath chest pain or pressure
loss of speech or movement
Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home. On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing hospital treatment. Around 1 out of every 5 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes, or cancer, are at higher risk of developing serious illness. However, anyone can be infected withss COVID-19 and become seriously ill. People of all ages who experience fever and/or cough associated with difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, chest pain/pressure, or loss of speech or movement should seek medical attention immediately. If possible, it is recommended to call the health care provider or facility first, so the patient can be directed to the right clinic.
How to properly wear a medical mask
1. Before touching the mask, clean hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
2. Take the mask and inspect it for tears or holes.
3. Orient which side is the top side (where the metal strip is).
4. Ensure the proper side of the mask faces outwards (the coloured side).
5. Place the mask to your face. Pinch the metal strip or stiff edge of the mask so it moulds to the shape of your nose.
6. Pull down the mask’s bottom so it covers your mouth and your chin.
7. Do not touch the mask while you are wearing it for protection.