BSB CAMPUS OPERATING HUB

We have been busy making plans for opening the School and you can find everything you need to know about these arrangements here.

These guidelines are published according to current regulations and School operating procedures and will remain in force until further details are made available to the public and to educational institutions by the relevant authorities.

CONTROL MEASURES FOR ENSURING A SAFE AND HEALTHY CAMPUS

The measures below outline the steps taken by the School to ensure the highest standards of health and safety and the minimisation of risk on our campus.

  • Installation of outdoor hand gel sanitiser dispensers across the campus

  • Hand gel sanitiser dispensers in offices and classrooms, as well at key transition points in each School building

  • Hands-free door openers (elbow panel plates) for all applicable pull/push and sliding doors

  • Disinfectant shoe mats at key entry points

  • Temperature scanners at entry points

  • Additional door openers and self-closing mechanisms

  • Issuing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all teaching and administrative staff (face masks and face shields)

  • Issuing face shield caps for Pre-Nursery - Year 2 pupils and face shields for Years 3 - Y13 students (to be worn at relevant times when social distancing could be compromised)

  • Specialised PPE for nursing staff - face masks, face shields and gowns.

  • Segregation barriers to support one-way systems within buildings and walkways

  • Implementation and strict adherence to social distancing in School-classrooms, offices, designated eating zones and corridors

  • Reorganisation of classrooms and offices to allow for social distancing

  • Social distancing markings in classrooms, corridors, dining areas, lifts and on floors

  • Adapted classroom furniture (e.g. Perspex shields in Primary, single desks in Secondary)

  • Effective ventilation of classrooms and offices by opening doors and windows

  • Regular breaks for students and staff

  • Marking for social distancing of communal seating areas - outdoor benches, tables and chairs

  • Effective cleaning procedures for classrooms, offices, surfaces, railings, doors and windows, toys, sports equipment and dining tables

  • Isolation room at the front gate

  • Temperature check during the day

  • We will advise the use of non-contact greetings

  • Education on social distancing at School - information for parents, students and staff

  • Strict control on entry to visitors

  • Change in access to parents-drop off and pick up procedures

  • Timetabling adjustments

  • Staggered start times for students to support social distancing

  • Increasing on-site medical staff, teaching and support staff

  • Partnership with ‘Regina Maria Clinic’

The school always follows strict cleaning procedures.

HIGH TOUCH AREAS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS:

  • Door handles

  • Tabletops

  • Chairs

  • Toilets

  • Photocopier machines

  • Handrails

  • Lift buttons

  • Light switches

  • Air conditioning and other remote controls

  • Window handles

  • Toys

  • Level 1: Standard Sanitisation Cleaning

  • Level 2: Regular Disinfection

  • Level 3: Deep Disinfection (Steaming)

  • Level 4: Rapid Response Infection Control

Our in-house Maintenance team and additional outsourced maintenance teams will adhere to the following cleaning protocol:

  • All rooms will be cleaned once lessons have finished, or before lessons starting at the beginning of the day. Toilets, stair handrails, photocopier machines and lift buttons will be cleaned while lessons are taking place. During break and lunchtimes, classroom desktops and door handles will be wiped clean.

  • Where classrooms are empty during lesson time, and once the high touch points have been cleaned as outlined, these empty classrooms will then be cleaned. Timetables should be displayed outside the classroom to assist the Maintenance Team in planning the cleaning schedule.

The four levels of cleaning are shown in the table below:

Level

Description

Frequency

Level 1

Standard Sanitisation Cleaning

Classroom/office - all surface disinfection

Daily
(Twice/day in EYFS and Years 1-6)

Common area surface disinfection including outdoors

Twice daily

Toilet surface disinfection

Every two hours

Classroom and common area high touch points surface disinfection (ie. handrails, door handles, photocopiers) including outdoors

Twice daily

Classroom and common area floor disinfection

Daily

Disinfection of all touched equipment, tools or toys (collected in boxes by Teachers)

Daily or whenever it’s necessary

Clean water drinking machines, hand sanitiser dispensers, outdoor equipment

Twice daily

Level 2

Regular Disinfection

Deep cleaning of carpets, exhaust fans, sofas and fabrics

Weekly

Steaming all Early Years classrooms -Year 6 (special measures for COVID-19) - to support cleaning of all classroom resources

Daily

Level 3

Deep Disinfection

Steaming all rooms - whole school

Weekly

Level 4

Rapid Response Infection Control

Steaming

Daily (within affected classroom or Year Group ) for one week in case of infection detected

CLEANING CONTROL MEASURES

One of our top priorities for the British School of Bucharest is to keep our campus clean, healthy and safe for the staff and students. Now, more than ever, we have enhanced our cleaning protocols to be in line with all the requirements for offering a safe and caring environment for the entire BSB Community.

PLEASE READ OTHER SECTIONS OF THIS BSB OPERATING HUB FOR MORE PRECISE GUIDELINES.

WHAT ARE THE OPENING CRITERIA?

The sanitary norms and regulations for schools are published at the national level. These were published on 12th August 2021.  

The Ministry of Education issue an Emergency Ordinance (on taking measures for the proper functioning of the education system and for amending and completing the National Education Law no .1 / 2011) to allow schools to open legally.  
In this regard, we will be able to open prior to the opening of Romanian state schools (September 13th) depending on the general epidemiological situation for our locality.

Should the country or Ilfov/Bucharest enter a red or yellow zone and be forced onto online schooling, the School will do all within its powers to seek dispensation from this. BSB would do this as long as our protocols are deemed fit for purpose in this situation and transmission on the School campus is at or very close to zero. We would work with the DSP at all times and seek necessary approvals based on the protocols in place to ensure the safety of anyone entering the campus, as far as possible.

All BSB students will start school on 1st September 2021, according to our school calendar.

Start and finish times to the school day will be staggered.

Before coming to School

  • Start and finish times to the school day will be staggered.

  • Students, parents and staff should arrive for their allocated arrival time to allow for temperature checks, distancing between year groups and to avoid congestion at the gate.

  • Parents are asked to check their child's temperature and for any signs of COVID-19 (persistent cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell) before leaving home. If the temperature is above 37.3c, they must remain at home and report this to the School office.

  • If anyone in the family has shown COVID-19 symptoms and/or has tested positive in the preceding 10 days, they must not come to School.

  • Accompanying parents should also check their own temperature and for any symptoms prior to leaving home. 


Return to school requirements and Health and Travel Self-declaration Form

In order to maintain our highest level of safety and protect our students and community, we kindly ask for you to please adhere to the following school internal rules if you are returning from a country on the current red or yellow list after 22 August 2021.

Students can return to school on 1 st September provided that they meet one of the criteria below:

  • Fully vaccinated (and ten days after the second dose), please send the certificate via email to office@britishschool.ro

  • A confirmed case of COVID (officially registered) in last 180 days before entering the country, please send the certificate via email to office@britishschool.ro

For students that are not vaccinated or are unable to take PCR test, the following criteria applies:

  • Children under the age of 6 are able to return to school 72 hours after their return to Romania. (do not require PCR test)

  • Children over the age of 6 years and under 16 years without the full vaccine, can return to school 72 hours after their return to Romania with a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed no more than 72 hours before boarding the flight towards Romania (for those who travel by public transport) or entry into the national territory (for those travelling by their own means).

  • People over 16 years cannot return to school for 14 days if they are coming from red country, even if they have a negative result of an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The period of 14 days could be reduced to 10 days, if in the 8th day of their return will take an RT-PCR test and the result will be negative.

A self-declaration form must be completed for all students and parents (or other accompanying adults). Parents will need to submit this form by at least the day before their first entry to the campus. It is not possible to be completed on campus to avoid congestion. Updates to the self-declaration form will only be required if the information changes. To complete this form please go onto the Parent Portal here

Entering School

  • All staff, students, parents and visitors should wear a mask on entering the School grounds (except EYFS children and infants). They should sanitise their hands immediately upon entry to the School grounds at strategically positioned stations. Everyone will be expected to wear a mask when on campus, in lessons, offices and when moving around except for children in EYFS and at breaktimes for children when outside.

  • Everyone entering the School grounds should seek as far as possible to conform with social distancing assisted by indicators on the floor in the entry area of School and follow the marked one-way systems for entry and exiting the campus.

  • Everyone entering the School grounds should seek as far as possible to conform with social distancing assisted by indicators on the floor in the entry area of School and follow the marked one-way systems for entry and exiting the campus.

  • All staff, students and Primary parents accompanying children will then pass through the turnstiles and pass over shoe cleansing/disinfecting mats.

  • All staff, students and Primary parents accompanying children passing through the turnstiles will have their temperature checked just prior to the turnstile. Non-contact temperature scanning machines are located at each turnstile by the entrance. Those entering campus on School buses will have their temperature taken prior to boarding the bus.

  • Temperature checks will also take place within the classrooms.

  • EYFS and Primary parents are asked to leave campus as soon as their child has been collected by a member of staff or for Key Stage 2 children as they have entered School beyond the white gate. One adult per family only should come to School to drop their child off.

  • Secondary School parents will not be permitted to pass through the turnstiles without an appointment to enter campus. Starting with 6th September, the parents will have access to the Takanaka tent. Parents will not be permitted to enter the campus beyond the white gates without an appointment.

  • Ongoing assessments will be made on people entering the campus to identify anyone with other COVID-19 symptoms and their temperature will be measured again by a designated member of staff if necessary.  Any symptomatic staff or children will be immediately isolated in the isolation room prior to the white campus entry gates until further assessment is undertaken by a School Nurse.  Any person with a confirmed temperature above 37.3c or with COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to go home.

  • Start and finish times to the School day will remain staggered. Students, parents and staff should arrive for their allocated arrival time to allow for temperature checks, distancing between year groups and to avoid congestion at the gate

  • Parents will not be permitted to enter the campus beyond the white gates without an appointment.  

  • EYFS children will enter the building through the main entrance of Ringwood on the ground floor.

  • Key Stage 1 children will enter the building using the outdoor staircase to the first floor.

  • Key Stage 2 children will go through the white gate onto campus and proceed directly to their classroom in the Newland Building, maintaining social distancing expectations during this journey and following the direction of travel arrows.

  • Children in Years 4 and 5 will enter through the door in NUPEH, Year 3 will use the main door to the library and Year 6 will use the side entrance.

  • Secondary School students will go through the white gate onto campus and proceed directly to their form room maintaining social distancing expectations during this journey and following the direction of travel arrows.

  • Children arriving later than the designated time for their year group will be escorted to their classrooms (EYFS, Key Stage 1) or released to follow their entry routes to Key Stage 2 or Secondary zones.

  • No student will be permitted to go to a classroom outside of their year group zone.

  • Where possible, meetings with parents should take place by telephone or online. Meetings with parents on campus can take place only in exceptional cases. All entry/exit and distancing protocols will be followed.

Student entry onto the campus will be staggered to limit overcrowding at the entrance and ensure a smooth flow of foot traffic through the secure gate area (see below):

EYFS & PRIMARY:

Arrival Time

Newland Year Group

Ringwood Year Group

8:00am

Year 6

Pre-Nursery/Nursery

8:10am

Year 5

Reception/ Year 1

8:20am

Year 3 and 4

Year 2

SECONDARY:

Arrival from 9.05am – 9.25am

Secondary School students will enter via the turnstiles between 9.05am and 9.25am, go through the white gate onto campus and proceed directly to their form room maintaining social distancing expectations during this journey and following the direction of travel arrows.

Please arrange for your children to be collected promptly at the School finish time indicated below.

There will be staggered departure times for each section of the School to reduce congestion at the end of the School day and to ensure parity of classroom time. As per the arrival procedure, only one parent per student will be allowed into the collection area for Primary children only.

Everyone is asked to wash or sanitise their hands upon leaving School. All parents and carers are expected to leave the School grounds immediately after picking up their children.

If a parent needs to meet with the Class Teacher, this should be arranged separately via email in the usual manner.

EYFS & PRIMARY:

Dismissal Time at gate

Newland Year Group

Ringwood Year Group

2.45pm

Year 6

Pre-Nursery/ Nursery

2.55pm

Year 5

Reception/ Year 1

3.05pm

Year 3 and 4

Year 2

SECONDARY:

Dismissal 4.00pm

If for some reason, your child’s year group is not in School they will have access to online learning, via Google Meet. There may be a microphone and webcam set up to ensure that the lesson is seen and heard by students who are absent.

BSB will offer an online learning programme in cases of School or year group closure.

Students who must self-isolate because of possible exposure to COVID-19, contracting COVID-19 or travelling to a country designated as a ‘red’ or ‘yellow’ zone will be provided work to complete at home. Face to face support will be allocated as necessary by Teachers on a timetable established on an individual basis, similar to normal individual medical absence.

Extra-curricular activities will not be running for the first two weeks of school. Details on CCAs signup will be sent out at the appropriate time.

CCAs will operate on a reduced basis to previous years and in line with the school COVID protocols.

Private music lessons will be running in school. Details regarding signup on the parent portal will be sent out at the appropriate time.

Universities, which are part of our Primary curriculum enrichment programme, will not be running at the moment.

The events calendar will be updated regularly following consultation with the Events Committee.

Many events will remain in an online format though others may proceed dependent upon current regulations for indoor and outdoor gatherings, vaccination rules and the compromise to zoning.

Any event that takes place on campus will follow government regulations and be in line with the various BSB COVID-19 protocols.

The Bistro will unfortunately not be able to open for the majority of children. The bistro and the surrounding area will serve as a dining area for Year 12 and Year 13 students. This is to reduce the mixing of students between year groups and allow for zoning as far as possible throughout the campus.

A maximum of three people will be allowed into the bistro at a time with separate entry and exit points. Food will be served pre-packed and should be taken to the designated seating area at the Bistro, which will contain single seating only and cleaning protocols between users.

Card payment only will be possible.

Starting 6th September, parents will have access only to the Takanaka tent. 

  • The shop is open and a maximum of one family is allowed in at a time.

  • All products will be handled by the School shop staff to minimise touch points.

  • Once items are sold, they cannot be returned if taken out of the packaging.

  • Card payments only can be accepted.

  • Parents may choose to use the online shop as an alternative

Yes. Uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone. Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.

As usual, we will provide all the equipment children need and will ensure it is cleaned each day after use. We anticipate that Secondary students bring in their own pencil case with appropriate equipment. For Primary pupils, if you would like to, you may wish to send in a labelled pencil case with equipment that only your child can use. Children in the EYFS and Key Stage One should bring in spare clothing to change into in case of accidents.

Primary

Pencil cases could include: Pencil • Pencil sharpener • Ruler (min 15cm) • Children’s scissors • Glue stick • Eraser • Colour pencils - just a few colours (optional) • Blue Handwriting Pen for Years 4 and 5 (preferably not biro), Whiteboard pen.

Water bottles will be provided by the school for all Primary children, as there are no water fountains available. Water bottles will be re-filled as necessary by staff.

Secondary

In the interests of hygiene, students must bring all of their own stationery and a water bottle - there are no water fountains available, though bottle refilling stations can be used.

Their iPad, Chromebook or own device is essential and they must bring it to every lesson.

  • Yes, P.E. lessons will still take place.

  • All sports activities that do not involve medium/intense effort, with the mandatory provision of a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters, can be performed without wearing a mask.

  • No more than 50 people at any one time are permitted in one indoor space including the Dome.

  • No invasion games or games which would result in the compromising of social distancing expectations or activities that involve the exchange of objects are to be played. No equipment will be shared between groups, such as tennis racquets, footballs etc. Any equipment used should be cleaned thoroughly before and after use by a different group.

  • With social distancing, changing rooms can be used during the School day. Students can choose to remain in their P.E. kit for the duration of the day when they have a P.E. lesson, coming to school and leaving from school in regulation P.E. kit. When sports CCAs recommence in an appropriately distanced manner, children will access changing facilities at the end of the School day or use toilet facilities within their year group zone to change.

Yes, during the lesson a transparent screen will be provided to separate the Teacher and student. The room must always be kept well-ventilated. The student and Teacher should maintain a distance of at least 2 metres while playing and must not touch each other’s instruments.  

Yes, this will involve activities which can be safely completed in classrooms and specialist areas while observing social distancing expectations. used on a rota basis with cleaning between any groups from different years. The room set up will adhere to social distancing guidelines of 1.5m as far as possible.

Masks and face shields will be worn during lessons as social distancing may be compromised at times and in the DT kitchen the children are working with food.

Where possible and appropriate, online activities and assessments using tools such as Google Classroom will be utilised to offer children feedback. Teachers will avoid leaning over a student to correct work in close proximity whenever possible.

Equally, when appropriate, exercise books and tangible work will be marked physically according to the Marking and Presentation Policy.
When marking work, teaching staff must wear gloves and sanitise before touching each child’s book/work.

All staff, students, parents and visitors should maintain social distancing of over 1 metre whilst indoors as far as possible. We will ensure distancing between desks in accordance with regulations for all rooms and over 1.5 metres in the majority of rooms or where feasible and seek to maintain appropriate ventilation in all indoor spaces.

Masks are to be worn indoors. Masks may be removed when outdoors when students are static and socially distanced but should be worn at other times.

There are some cases where social distancing will not be possible. During such times, emphasis should be placed on ensuring hand washing has taken place, surfaces have been cleaned and everyone is wearing masks or face shields.

  • COVID-19 medical protocols are compliant with local standards.

  • All medical staff are aware how to respond and deal with suspected cases.

  • A separate COVID-19 assessment/isolation area is established near the entry gate.

  • All medical staff will use appropriate PPE, including face mask and visor when assessing or managing any suspected/confirmed COVID-19 case.

Our Libraries will be used in line with social distancing and cleaning regimes.

Secondary students will use the online library reference to identify a book they would like to borrow and inform the Librarian. After the request has been made, the library book will be delivered to the student. Gloves will be used when delivering the library book. Books which are collected for return will be handled with gloves and will be placed in a labelled quarantine box for a minimum of 72 hours.

For Primary students, books will be sorted by age and separated onto trolleys which will be wheeled to each area of the School. Primary students will select a book from the trolley remotely and which will be issued to the student using gloves. All returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours. 

We have staggered dining so that there will never be a large number of students arriving at once. Inside the designated eating zones tables and chairs have been laid out to meet the requirements of social distancing. All catering staff will wear masks, shields and gloves. Cutlery and food are individually wrapped.

For children taking School lunch, it will be served pre-packed and placed on the tables prior to the children’s arrival. Tables will also be in the designated year group dining zones for children bringing a packed lunch.

The children will have 20 minutes to eat their lunch and then they will depart in an orderly manner to their breaktime.

Cleaning protocols will take place prior to the arrival of the following year group.

Dealing with a Suspected Case of COVID

  • When there is a suspected case of COVID of a person entering the site or when a family has not completed the necessary health declarations and checks or when an individual seeks entry having travelled to a country where self-isolation is required, the person(s) will be immediately taken to the designated isolation room located next to the entry gate and parents will be contacted. They will not be allowed to enter the campus beyond the white gates.

  • Depending on the confirmation of subsequent test results, BSB will deploy all necessary protocols documented in this policy and notify the authorities as necessary.

  • If someone on the campus develops COVID-19 symptoms, they (and any siblings or family members on the staff) would be taken to the isolation room and the parents would be called immediately to take them home.

  • If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else. PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection.

  • Any members of staff and any pupils who have been in close contact with them do not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should arrange a test) or if the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive or they have been requested to do so by https://www.dspilfov.ro/

  • We would then work with the authorities to assist contact tracing and close relevant sections of the School or the whole School as necessary. It is anticipated that class or year group closures may not follow as an immediate and inevitable step unless there are multiple positive tests. Deep cleaning would take place on campus and we will follow official advice about the next steps to take. We would keep parents fully informed of developments. The name of the children involved would not be shared with anyone in School or parent body.

If anyone in your family becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must stay home and we advise to follow the National guidelines for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

If anyone in your household have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of your household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

Yes. All drivers and accompanying Teaching Assistants will have their temperature checked before they commence work each day. All students will be assessed before being allowed onto the School bus, this will include a visual check and temperature checks. Temperature must be below 37.3C (forehead). Parents must remain with students until they are cleared to enter the bus and boarding will be managed in line with social distancing.

The following measures are in place for School buses:

  • Hand sanitiser will be available and each person entering the bus will sanitise their hands-on entry and exit from the bus.

  • Students must exit transport by row, whilst maintaining social distancing under the supervision of the teaching assistant. 

  • Staff and student passengers (except for those under the age of five) will wear face masks at all times.

Each bus will be subject to a strict cleaning policy after every journey.

  • Social distancing requirements should be maintained as far as possible within each teaching area.

  • Classroom set-up will adhere to social distancing guidelines. The furniture has been moved/removed and modified to help maintain social distancing. Perspex screens will also be used in many rooms, as necessary, to ensure distancing.

  • Natural ventilation will be maximised during occupation, ideally with a supply of fresh air through open windows.

  • The movement of children between classrooms will be minimised with Teachers moving between classrooms in Secondary.

  • Enhanced cleaning will take place for all classrooms at the end of each day.

  • Lessons should be planned to seek to maintain social distancing through group work or similar activities are feasible.

  • All students will have regular reminders about good hygiene and social distancing practices.

  • All used cleaning materials and gloves will be disposed of in the appropriate bin with a lid and foot pedal.

Attendance expectations

Children are expected to attend all lessons and attendance will be monitored and recorded each period of the day. Please inform the School office if your child is unwell or unable to participate in lessons for some reason (i.e. technical difficulties).

Parents will be informed daily by the office in the event that a child is absent from lessons without explanation. Persistent absences will be then followed up by our pastoral team.

Pupils who are shielding or self-isolating

Students who must self-isolate because of possible exposure to COVID-19, contracting COVID-19 or travelling to a country designated as a ‘red’ or ‘yellow’ zone will be provided work to complete at home.

Face to face support will be allocated as necessary by Teachers on a timetable established on an individual basis, similar to normal individual medical absence.

Full participation in online learning will be expected instead unless the child or parents are incapacitated.

Should you not send your child to School for any of the above reasons or should your child need to be absent from online learning, the notification of absence should be submitted as usual via Parents' Portal.

Pupils may be experiencing a variety of emotions in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, such as anxiety, stress or low mood. It is important to contextualise these feelings as normal responses to an abnormal situation. Some may need support to re-adjust to School; others may have enjoyed being at home and be reluctant to return; a few may be showing signs of more severe anxiety or depression.

The return to School allows social interaction with peers, carers and Teachers, which benefits wellbeing.

The different sections of School will design appropriate methods for educating students in:

  • COVID-19 information

  • Masks - proper use, disposal

  • Social distancing - using indicators

  • Explaining breaktime, lunchtime procedures, lesson entry and exit procedures

  • Demonstrate effective hand washing

  • Possible closer contact classes (e.g. PE, DT, drama)

  • Poster campaign regarding hygiene

  • Dealing with emotional stress

  • Refreshers for online bullying and abuse

Should you and or your child need counsellor support, please e-mail at office@britishschool.ro in order to organise counselling.

Facts about COVID 19

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.  The WHO first learned of this new virus on 31st December 2019, following a report of a cluster of cases of ‘viral pneumonia' in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose, loss of smell and taste and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties.

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols. People may also become infected by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by the virus when touching their eyes, nose or mouth without cleaning their hands. The virus can also spread in poorly ventilated and/or crowded indoor settings, where people tend to spend longer periods of time. This is because aerosols remain suspended in the air or travel farther than one metre (long-range).

Who is most at risk?

  • People aged 60 years and over and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes, obesity or cancer, are at higher risk of developing serious illness. 

  • However, anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age. 

What is the treatment for COVID-19?

  • There are several safe and effective vaccines that prevent people from getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. This is one part of managing COVID-19, in addition to the main preventive measures of staying at least one metre away from others, covering a cough or sneeze into your elbow, frequently cleaning your hands, wearing a mask and avoiding poorly ventilated rooms or opening a window. If you have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, call your health care provider for instructions and find out when and where to get a test, stay at home for 14 days away from others and monitor your health.

  • Contact with individuals who are unwell will be minimised by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend School. Pupils, staff and other adults should not come into the School if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days, anyone developing those symptoms during the School day will be sent home. These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). We will enforce the policy of ‘stay at home if unwell𢍲 for students and staff with symptoms.

  • Electronic Temperature scanners are placed at the entrance to the School to monitor the temperature of persons entering the campus. Any individual with a temperature over 37.3c will be refused entry.

  • Clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. We will ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at School, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms, before and after using any equipment and before and after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future.

Prevention Measures implemented also include:

  • the School has enough hand washing or hand sanitiser ‘stations’ available so that all pupils and staff can clean their hands regularly

  • supervision of hand sanitiser use given risks around ingestion. Small children and pupils with complex needs will continue to be helped to clean their hands properly. Skin-friendly cleaning wipes will be used as an alternative

  • building these routines into School culture, supported by behaviour expectations and helping ensure younger children and those with complex needs understand the need to follow the

  • Staff reminders to students to change their masks during the day

  • Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach. The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important; we will ensure that we have enough tissues and bins available in the school to support pupils and staff to follow this routine. As with hand cleaning, we will ensure younger children and those with complex needs are helped to get this right, and all pupils understand that this is now part of how School operates.

  • Masks are to be worn indoors. Masks may be removed when outdoors when students are static and socially distanced but should be worn at other times. Masks are not to protect individuals from catching COVID 19 but to help keep asymptomatic individuals from spreading it to others. A mask is not required where there is only an individual present in a room.

Social distancing

All staff, students, parents and visitors should maintain social distancing of over one metre whilst indoors as far as possible. We will ensure distancing between desks in accordance with regulations for all rooms and over 1.5 metres in the majority of rooms or where feasible and seek to maintain appropriate ventilation in all indoor spaces.

Signage will be displayed around campus as a reminder to all, while some social distancing will be enforced by removing tables, chairs and cordoning off areas.

Measures within the classroom:

  • Maintaining a distance between people whilst inside and reducing the amount of time they are in face to face to contact lowers the risk of transmission. It is strong public health advice that staff in secondary schools maintain distance from their pupils, staying at the front of the class and away from their colleagues where possible. Ideally, adults should maintain 1.5 metres distance from each other and from children. We know that this is not always possible, particularly when working with younger children but if adults can do this when circumstances allow that will help. In particular, they should avoid close face to face contact and minimise time spent within one metre of anyone. Similarly, it will not be possible when working with many pupils who have complex needs or who need close contact care. These ‘pupils’ educational and care support should be provided as normal.

  • For children old enough, they should also be supported to maintain distance and not touch staff and their peers where possible. This will not always be possible for the youngest children and some children with complex needs.

  • When staff or children cannot maintain distancing, particularly with younger children in Primary School, the risk can also be reduced by keeping pupils in the smaller, class-sized groups which is our intention.

  • Classroom furniture has been moved/removed and modified to help enforce social distancing.

  • All students will have regular reminders about good hygiene and social distancing practices.

  • Any equipment used will be cleaned before and after use by a different group. Students will wash or sanitise hands before and after touching a piece of equipment.

  • All classrooms are cleaned during break, lunchtime and specialist lessons.

  • All high touchpoints will be identified and cleaned regularly.

  • Enhanced cleaning will take place for all classrooms at the end of each day.

Measures elsewhere:

  • Groups will be kept apart, meaning that the School will avoid large gatherings such as assemblies with more than one group.

  • When timetabling, groups will be kept apart and movement around the School site will be kept to a minimum by using defined year group zones. While passing briefly in the corridor or playground is low risk, the School will avoid creating busy corridors, entrances and exits, by use of direction of travel indicators and defined routes for each year group. Staggered break times and lunchtimes (and time for cleaning surfaces in the designated eating zones between groups) have been created.

Movement around the campus.

  • One-way pedestrian systems will be employed as much as possible to encourage social distancing and reduce the gathering of students and students will remain in their year group zones for the vast majority of the School day aside from movement to/from the entry gate when staggering will be enforced.

  • The School has also planned how shared staff spaces are set up and used to help staff to distance themselves from each other. Use of staff rooms will be minimised, although staff will still have a break of a reasonable length during the day.

The School will take swift action if we become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The School will contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the School. We will follow the sanitary norms from the published regulations.

  • If one student is confirmed to have contracted COVID 19 and has been in School:

The relevant class or year group will close for 14 days. Online learning will start immediately for affected students.

  • If the parent or family member of a student is confirmed to have contracted COVID 19:

The student and those who have had close contact with the student will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the last day they had contact with the person.

  • If there are three or more confirmed cases in different classes/year groups, the whole school will close for 14 days since the last case of COVID was confirmed.

Online learning will start immediately for all students.

Close contact means:

  • direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within one metre, including being coughed on, a face-to-face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)

  • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual

  • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

The School will not share the names or details of people with coronavirus (COVID-19) unless essential to protect others.

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’.

They should get a test and:

  • if the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.

  • if the test result is positive, they should inform us immediately, and should isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’

The School will request the usual medical clearance before admitting children or welcoming them back after a period of self-isolation.

When is self-isolation or closure required?

  • If one student is confirmed to have contracted COVID 19 and has been in School:

The relevant class or year group will close for 14 days. Online learning will start immediately for affected students.

  • If the parent or family member of a student is confirmed to have contracted COVID 19:

The student and those who have had close contact with the student will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the last day they had contact with the person.

  • If there are three or more confirmed cases in different classes/year groups, the whole school will close for 14 days since the last case of COVID was confirmed.

Online learning will start immediately for all students.

We will inform parents and guardians of more specific information for each year group via online induction meetings before School starts.

We will ask parents and guardians for full cooperation to report any cases of COVID-19 that occur in their household. If someone in the household is suspected to have COVID-19, we will ask parents to keep the child home and inform School immediately.

We will explain to our students the reason for School-related measures, including the scientific considerations and we will be highlighting help they can get through School (e.g. relevant counselling and psychosocial support).

The School will be vigilant to ensure that entry immunisation checks are in place for all children.

The vaccination status for outbreak-prone vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g. measles) will be checked.

Parents are reminded to ensure their children are up to date with all relevant vaccinations.

As protective School measures are applied, it will be important to monitor a range of factors such as:

  • the effects of policies and measures on the health and well-being of children, siblings, staff, parents and other family members.

  • the effects of policies and measures on educational objectives and learning outcomes.

  • effectiveness of online learning interventions where these are in place: How well has the School been able to develop these strategies?

  • trends in School absenteeism after restrictions are lifted. Inclusive and early collaboration between the School and the relevant members of the community will be needed to develop and implement necessary measures.

  • we recognise that it will be important to maintain flexibility and modify approaches as needed, and to ensure continued high-quality learning and the sharing of good practice.

  • the School will conduct further surveys in order to monitor the relevant factors.


Please note that the British School of Bucharest is not responsible for the content on these external pages and, as usual, we advise you to monitor your children’s online activity.

BSB is adapting to the current climate. Some information on the website is available for normal School activity. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes in the way School works, but all staff are fully operational and can be contacted via office@britishschool.ro.