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How many learners will be allowed in a classroom? 

The number of learners allowed in a classroom will be between 10-12.

 

Would all sections of the school (early childhood, elementary and secondary) start the school year on the same day?

Learner and staff safety are paramount in the decision-making process at BPS. There will be therefore staggered opening dates for the different sections of the school. The secondary school will start first, then elementary and then early childhood. BPS will share a final detailed plan prior to opening the school (third week of August).

 

Would you consider having the students stay with their class in one classroom all day and the teachers rotate from room-to-room? What about breaks?

This is the option that we have decided to follow in order to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. The same cohort of learners will stay together all day and the teachers will rotate from room to room. We have shortened the breaks and each classroom will have their breaks at separate times.

 

Would learners still have art, music and P.E.?

P.E. Lessons will be online after school hours.

Music lessons: “Schools should note that there may be an additional risk of infection in environments where you or others are singing, chanting, playing wind or brass instruments or shouting” (UK). Hence, singing, wind and brass playing will not take place in the music classes, the lessons will concentrate instead on music appreciation and playing percussion.

Art Lessons: there will be normal art classes with all standard safety precautions; the art teacher will come to the classroom up till Grade 2. From Grade 3-9, learners will go to the art room.

 

Would learners get iPads?

Every learner will have his/her own iPad on a loan basis. iPads will not be shared among learners.

 

What should schools do if an individual is experiencing flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms? 

The school will require a screening procedure to be completed online (temperature? Contacts? traveling?) before the faculty/staff member or learner attends school.

If a learner or an employee experience symptom of COVID-19 while at school, the following steps will be taken:

  • Move the individual out of the classroom or group setting to an isolation room outside the building and the school nurse will follow up on the case.
  • The school nurse will wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including N-95 face mask or surgical face mask, goggles and gloves before entering the room to evaluate the individual.  
  • The school nurse will call the parent to arrange collection of the of the learner from school  in order to  refer the case to healthcare provider for evaluation.
  • The school nurse will call the family of the faculty/staff member to arrange collection of the of the employee from school  in order to  refer the case to healthcare provider for evaluation for testing.
  • The learner or employee must complete 10 days of isolation before returning to work or school and meet all additional requirements as set by the Ministry of Health.
  • Parents will be immediately informed of the case and that section of the school will be closed down for 48 hours. If the result of the suspected case is negative, learners and teachers will return to school after 48 hours.
  • If the result of the suspected case is positive, learners and teachers who have been in contact with the case will be identified as close contacts. Parents will be informed in order to refer their children to health care provider for evaluation. The school will immediately inform the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health for a complete shutdown.

 

What about more vulnerable or ‘high risk’ students and employees?

The school has put a plan in place to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 through cleaning and disinfection. In July, the whole school building was cleaned and disinfected. This will be done again in Mid- August and prior to reopening in September. After that, whole school disinfection will be carried out on a weekly basis. 

 

What guidance is there related to the cleaning of school buildings?

The school has put a plan to reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 through regular cleaning and disinfection. In July, the whole school buildings were disinfected. The second disinfection is scheduled for Mid- August and the third one will take place in September prior to reopening. Afterwards, the whole school disinfection will be carried on a weekly basis.  

 

What can schools do to minimize the spread of COVID-19? 

We have a prevention education training plan for our learners, faculty and staff. This educational program, which covers daily action and behavior, will be part of the learner, faculty and staff orientations and will cover the following:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after having been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. It is especially important to wash:
    • before eating or preparing food;
    • before touching your face;
    • after using the restroom;
    • after leaving a public place;
    • after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
    • after handling your mask;
    • after caring for someone sick;
    • after touching animals or pets.
      If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact: with people who are sick inside your home. Keep 2   meters distance between yourself and people who do not live in your home or if you are outside home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Monitor Your Health Daily, be alert to symptoms and take your temperature daily

 

Should face shields be used instead of face masks?

Faculty, staff and learners (as medically and developmentally appropriate) should wear a cloth face covering.  However, according to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), wearing cloth face coverings may not be possible in every situation or for some people. Per CDC guidelines, adaptations and alternatives should be considered whenever possible to increase the feasibility of wearing a cloth face covering or to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading if it is not possible to wear one. 

Face shields that cover the front and sides of the face and go below the chin may be considered as an alternative for those who have trouble using a cloth face covering. Face shields can provide a partial barrier to respiratory droplets and may be considered in classroom environments or situations where the cloth face covering may interfere with teacher instruction in combination with physical distancing. CDC states that it is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. In general, CDC does not recommend the use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.

 

Will parents or other visitors be allowed on campus?

Parents/Visitors will be allowed to school by appointment to control the number.

 

How will learner drop off and pick up take place?

The learners will be dropped off at the assigned drop off points. Cars will drive through and stop at the drop off signs, faculty will be waiting for the learners to guide them to walk on the social distancing paths.  At dismissal time, there will be a holding  pick up points, cars will drive through and  pick the learners from the holding assigned points.

 

Will learners/staff members be required to wear gloves?

Gloves are not required

 

How will the daily schedule look like for each division?

The daily schedules are ready and will be distributed to parents prior to opening. The time tables for each section will be as follows

 

Early Childhood Schedule:

Block 1 7:50 - 8:50
Block 2 8:50 - 9:50

Break: 9:50 - 10:05

Block 3 10:05 - 11:05
Block 4 11:05 - 12:00

 

Elementary (1-5) Schedule:

Block 1 7:50 - 8:50
Block 2 8:50 - 9:50

Break:  9:50 - 10:05

Block 3 10:05 - 11:05
Block 4 11:05 - 12:00
Transition: 12:00-12:05
Block 5 12:05 - 13:00

 

Secondary School (6-9) Schedule:

Block 1 7:50 - 8:50
Block 2 8:50 - 9:50

Break:  9:50 - 10:05

Block 3 10:05 - 11:05
Block 4 11:05 - 12:00
Transition: 12:00-12:05
Block 5 12:05 - 13:00
Block 6 13:00 - 14:00

 

 

How and where will learners eat lunch and snacks?

The  learners will get their snacks in labeled boxes as well a water bottles; learners will eat in their classroom at their assigned seat with the social distancing of 2 meters.

The Café in the secondary school will be closed. The learners of the secondary school are required to get their snacks in lunch boxes as well as water bottles.

 

How can learners access drinking water? Are they allowed to access water stations? If yes, what measures will be in place to ensure the safety of water stations?

All learners are requested to get their water bottles. They will be able to refill it under the supervision of the helpers.

 

How can learners access toilets? If yes, what measures will be in place to ensure the safety of toilets?

Learner will be able to access bathrooms under the supervision of trained helpers. The helpers will make sure that learners wash their hands before and after using the toilets and keeping the social distancing. Helpers will be wearing googles, masks, gloves and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment(PPE).

 

Some learners may feel a bit anxious about the new safety protocols at school. How will the school provide social/emotional support to learners who may need it?

Our experience teachers are there to explain and train the learners on the procedures using varied strategies and videos. In addition to that, the counselor will be there for learners and  teachers to provide the social emotional support. Mindful sessions will be held too for that purpose. From KG2- Grade 9, there is a scheduled

Period for social/emotional and mindful support.

 

Will learners be under supervision for the whole school day? Are there times when learners are not attended?

All faculty and staff are on duty all the times and learners will be supervised all times.

 

What process has the school put in place in case a learner or a staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

If a learner or faculty and staff member tests positive, learners and teachers who have been in contact with the case will be identified as close contacts. Parents will be immediately informed in order to refer their children to health care provider for evaluation. The school will immediately inform the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health for a complete shutdown.

 

Whom should parents contact if they have further questions regarding safety and health protocols or the reopening of the school?

Mrs. Shaikha Al Dosari, the Learners affairs coordinator.

Email : saldoseri@beacon.edu.bh