BSB CAMPUS RE-OPENING HUB

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

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 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 & face shields)
  • Issuing face shield caps for Pre-Nursery - Year 2 students 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, gowns, face masks
  • 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 inPrimary, 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, dining tables
  • Isolation room at 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 & 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
  • Gates
  • Railings
  • Photocopier machines
  • Handrails
  • Lift buttons
  • Light switches
  • 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
(2 times/ day in EYFS and Years 1-6)

Common area surface disinfection including outdoors

Twice daily

Toilet surface disinfection

Every hour

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 or tools, toys (collected in boxes by teachers)

Daily

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

REOPENING OUR SCHOOL SAFELY

This movie is meant to be a fun way to introduce the community to the school COVID re-opening plan. It does not contain complete procedures but acts as an overall guide to several of the key elements.

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 RE-OPENING HUB FOR MORE PRECISE GUIDELINES.

WHAT ARE THE PRE-OPENING CRITERIA?

The sanitary norms expected for schools have now been published.

The Ministry of Education will now need to 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 re-open legally. If this happens, we will be able to open.

Depending on the general epidemiological situation, the regional situation and the infrastructure and human resources of each school, the authorities involved in the management of disease prevention will implement the following scenarios for school opening:

Scenario 1

Daily participation of all preschoolers and students in school, in compliance with and application of all protection rules

Scenario 2

Daily participation of all preschoolers and students in primary education, students in grades VIII and XII, in compliance with and application of all rules of protection

and

Partial return (by rotation of 1-2 weeks) of students from other middle school and high school classes, in compliance with and application of all protection rules
NB We would seek to relate this to Years 11 and 13 as daily participants (tbc)

Scenario 3

Participation of all preschoolers and students in online activities / lessons


The epidemiological criteria based on which schools will follow one of the 3 scenarios is the cumulative incidence rate (total number of new cases in the last 14 days compared to 1000 inhabitants)

  1. If the cumulative incidence rate is below 1/1000 inhabitants – the authorities will choose between scenario 1 or scenario 2 for each educational unit, depending on the existing infrastructure and resources at the level of the educational unit.
  2. If the cumulative incidence rate is between 1-3 / 1000 inhabitants - scenario 2 will apply for all schools in the locality
  3. At a cumulative incidence rate above the alert limit of 3/1000 inhabitants, The county and Bucharest DSP will present to CJSU / CMBSU an analysis of the epidemiological situation in the locality. Depending on the existence of community transmission in the locality and the number of outbreaks existing in the local educational units, as well as other risk criteria, CJSU / CMBSU may decide, by issuing a decision, the temporary closure of educational units (scenario 3), courses taking place online. In the absence of such a decision, the local educational units will operate in scenario 2.

Ilfov County, where the school is located, is currently in the green scenario 1. However, the Ordinance legislating for schools in Romania to re-open in line with published sanitary norms has not yet been published.

In light of this and in order for us to re-open the BSB campus safely and most effectively EYFS will start on Wednesday September 2nd according to our school calendar.

Years 1-13 will start on Monday 7th September to allow for the issuing of the Ordinance and for all campus regulations to be in line with the sanitary norms published on August 19th.

If the Ordinance is not issued before this date, Years 1-13 would move into online learning from the 7th September until the opening of campus on 14th September. The calendar for Years 1-13 will be amended to add three additional days on June 2021 to compensate.

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 it is above 37.3, 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.
  • A self-declaration form must be completed on the parent portal for all students and parents (or other accompanying adults). This must be submitted by at least the day before first entry to campus. This cannot be done on campus as this will create congestion. Updates to the self-declaration form will only be required if the information changes.

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 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.
  • 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 pass through the turnstiles.
  • EYFS children will enter the building through the main entrance of Ringwood on the ground floor.
  • KS1 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 3 and 5 will enter through the door in NUPEH, Year 4 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, KS1) 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

8:00-8.15

Year 6

Pre-Nursery/Nursery

8:15-8.30

Year 5

Reception

8:30-8.45

Year 4

Year 1

8:45- 9.00

Year 3

Year 2

SECONDARY:

Arrival from 9.05am – 9.25am

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 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 the school.All parents and carers are expected to leave the school grounds immediately after picking up their children. If you need 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

14:45

Year 6

Pre-Nursery/Nursery

15:00

Year 5

Reception

15:15

Year 4

Year 1

15:30

Year 3

Year 2


SECONDARY:

Dismissal 16.00

If for some reason, your childs year group is not in school they will have access to online learning in the same way they did during school closure. Details of this will be sent out at the appropriate time. If only a limited number of students cannot attend school (green scenario) or the school be partially opened (orange scenario), the provision will be through scheduled Google Meets, offline assignments, Google Classroom tasks and at-home physical activity. We will arrange for textbooks and necessary IT Hardware to be delivered. Age-appropriate, frequent follow-up will take place enabling support for children out of school. Joining lessons or sections of lessons in Primary via Google Meet will ensure that children that cannot attend lessons on campus continue with their classes effectively.

Although we are delighted to be reopening our school, we are conscious that there are some children who will not yet be able to join us in the classroom. Children who are unable to participate in lessons on campus will have access to lessons and materials being provided in their class online.

Further investment has been made to ensure each classroom will allow students at home to participate live in the events occurring inside the classroom, and also to interact with their peers via Google Meet.

Secondary students will join each lesson (apart from PE) and Primary students will join their class several times each day with a view to managing screentime and varying according to age.

Through continued use of Google Classroom/Suite and a wide range of educational products to which BSB subscribes, the Online Learning Programme will continue to offer an appropriate and realistic balance of learning opportunities including face to face sessions, instructional videos, independent tasks and offline activities which cater for the unique needs of their developmental stage in terms of content, duration and frequency. In Primary, we will ensure coverage of learning areas across the curriculum, including specialist subjects, with an emphasis on core subjects and wellbeing. If there is a significant number of students in a Primary year group in the online programme, bespoke classes would be established for this group with separate teachers assigned accordingly. The programme will also offer flexibility so that families can establish ways of working that suit their individual needs.

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.

Many events will be moved to an online format, when feasible, to avoid indoor gatherings above 20 & outside gatherings above 50 people; to limit the number of visitors to campus and/or to enable all our student body to participate.

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 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 3 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.

  • 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 payment 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.

Returning to school is important for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for their cognitive and academic development. This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school.

We would encourage you to send your children back into school, and we have systems in place to keep any risk to a minimum. However, if you or a member of your family is within a vulnerable group or you feel uncomfortable about your child coming into school, you can access the provision that is in place for students who are unable to come into school. The work will be accessed through Google Classroom. We will do everything we can to ensure that no child is left behind.

As usual, we will provide all the equipment children need, and will ensure it is cleaned each day after use. We anticipate that Secondary children bring in their own pencil case with appropriate equipment. For Primary children, 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) • Childrens 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 re-filling stations can be used.Their iPad, Chromebook or own device is essential and they must bring it to every lesson.

Yes, PE lessons will still take place. However, we will not be conducting sports involving close contact.. Sports equipment will be cleaned frequently and we will not allow the use of shared equipment. Anyone with a PE lesson will need to be in their PE kit for the full day, because social distancing in changing rooms presents challenges and unnecessary risks.

Students will be expected to arrive at School in their PE kit on the days when they have PE and they will stay in their kit until the end of the day. • With no kit changes at school, we advise that students bring in as little as possible each day, and strongly recommend that wheeled bags are not used. Lockers will be available for storage and access will be arranged with staggering and control.

Outdoor sports will be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not, maximising distancing between pupils, and subject to the maximum group size of 20 people indoors whilst paying scrupulous attention to cleaning and hygiene.

Masks must be worn at all times indoors and social distancing of 1.5m must be observed. Any PE conducted inside will therefore be planned carefully with this factor in mind.

Yes with physical distancing of at least 1.5m between students and playing outside wherever possible, limiting group sizes to no more than 15, positioning pupils back-to-back or side-to-side, avoiding sharing of instruments, and ensuring good ventilation. Singing, wind and brass playing will not take place in larger groups such as school choirs and ensembles, or school assemblies.

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 assessment using tools such as Classkick and 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.

Everyone will be expected to wear a mask when on campus, in lessons, offices, and when moving around except for children up to the age of 5. Children over the age of 5 with chronic illnesses that can not wear a mask, will participate at lessons online from home.

In addition, caps with faceshields will be provided in EYFS-Y2 and faceshields for Y3-13. They will be used as additional protection everytime when needed in situations where social distancing may be compromised.

Masks are not to protect individuals from catching COVID 19, but to help keep asymptomatic individuals from spreading it to others.

  • Face masks are always to be worn on campus apart from when eating in the designated zones or during outdoorPE lessons. Students may also remove masks for brief periods when over 1.5m apart from peers outside.
  • All students and staff should bring two masks to school each day to allow for changing mask part way through the school day. When a student forgets or loses their mask, spare disposable masks will be available.
  • Masks are not to be shared and can be safely disposed after use in the covered bins spread throughout the campus.

We have a team of medical staff in two locations around the campus. All our medical staff have access to personal protective equipment should they have to deal with someone presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 and have been trained 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 by 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 10 days.

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 is 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.

Dealing with a Suspected Case of COVID

  • When there is a suspected case of COVID of a person entering to the site, 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.
  • 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. Deep cleaning would take place on campus and we would follow official advice about the next steps to take. We would keep parents fully informed of developments.

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 37.3 Celsius (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.
  • 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 5) will wear face masks at all times.

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

We are following government guidelines about social distancing on campus and in classrooms. All staff, students, parents and visitors should maintain social distancing of over 1m while moving around campus and during lessons. We will ensure distancing between desks in accordance with regulations for all rooms and over 1.5m in the majority of rooms or where feasible. In some instances, we may need to move students into different teaching groups to facilitate this. As an added protective measure all students in Year 1 and above will wear face coverings for all indoor lessons and movement in the classroom will be limited. Perspex screens will also be used in many rooms, as necessary, to ensure distancing.

Attendance expectations

School attendance will be mandatory from the beginning of the Autumn Term. This means that the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:

  • parentsduty to ensure that their child regularly attends school
  • attendance will be recorded and absences followed up

The requirement for a doctors note to excuse absence will be waived when there is community transmission of COVID-19.

Pupils who are shielding or self-isolating

A small number of pupils will still be unable to attend; most of these will be in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19), or is shielding or cannot travel into the country.

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 you child need to be absent from online learning, the notification of absence should be submitted as usual via parent portal.

We will resume non-overnight domestic educational visits where possible and appropriate. This will be done in line with protective measures, such as keeping children within their consistent group, and the COVID-secure measures in place at the destination. We will also make use of outdoor spaces in our local area to support delivery of the curriculum. As normal, we will undertake full and thorough risk assessments in relation to all educational visits to ensure they can be done safely and a pre-visit would take place. As part of this risk assessment, we will need to consider any further control measures that may need to be used and ensure that the venue’s protocols are in line with our expectations.

Overnight and overseas trips are currently suspended , these will be considered on a case by case basis as the pandemic evolves.

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. Others will not be experiencing any challenges and will be keen and ready to return to school. 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 break time, lunch time procedures, lesson entry and exit procedures
  • Demonstrate effective hand washing
  • Possible closer contact classes (e.g. PE, DT, drama)
  • Poster campaign re hygiene
  • Dealing with emotional stress
  • Refreshers for online bullying and abuse

Medical Doctors from Regina Maria Clinics will be invited in the first week of school to answer students’ questions on the pandemic topic.

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

Facts about COVID 19

What is COVID-19?

  • The COVID-19 virus is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of the common cold.

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 is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing).
  • Individuals can also be infected from and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and touching their face (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth).
  • The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours or longer, but disinfectants can kill it.

Who is most at risk?

  • Older people and people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, appear to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms.
  • As this is a relatively new virus, the world is still learning about how it affects children. While people of any age can be infected with the virus, cases of COVID-19 reported among children are significantly lower.

What is the treatment for COVID-19?

  • There is no currently available vaccine for COVID-19 though developments in many countries are moving relatively rapidly. Many of the symptoms can be treated and getting early care from a healthcare provider can make the disease less dangerous.

1.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” for students and staff with symptoms.

2.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 37.3 degrees will be refused entry.

3.Clean hands thoroughly 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 stationsavailable 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 skin 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

4.Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the catch it, bin it, kill itapproach. The catch it, bin it, kill itapproach 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.

5.Masks will be mandatory for all staff and all students from Year 1 and above, indoors and outdoors, where social distancing is not possible.

6.Social distancing

All staff, students, parents and visitors should maintain social distancing of over 1m while moving around campus and during lessons. We will ensure distancing between desks in accordance with regulations for all rooms and over 1.5m in the majority of rooms.

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 1m 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 touch points 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 lunch times (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 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 3 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 1 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 3 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 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.

For information referring to travel restrictions and regulations in the EU, inclusive of Romania: https://reopen.europa.eu/en

Please monitor this closely and plan to return to Romania in time for school, considering a 14 days possible restriction.

We will update our school web site regularly with necessary information before school starts https://www.britishschool.ro/school-life/updates-and-guidance-during-the-coronavirus#main