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Covid-19 Resumption Plan

Knowing that our education is best experienced through in-person relationships, we are preparing for all students to return to on-site classes on 21st September, 2020. Safety measures are being developed to address the Covid-19 pandemic unless the school is ordered to close by the Government. Our task force, made up of sanitary professionals and members of our Academic Council team, is working on ways to minimize risks and keep students safe while giving our community a return to the routines we all miss.

As we proceed, the task force is guided by these goals:

  • We must stay true to the educational quality of IESA
  • The safety of our students and the health of the community must be protected
  • The situation may change quickly, and we must remain adaptable
1. Guiding Principles

With these goals and recommendations agreed upon based on the Ministry of Health, we have developed policies and procedures for school reopening. Knowing the situation can change daily based on national and international recommendations, guidelines and mandates, we are prepared to adapt to the situation as necessary, and to educate students on-site and online.

2. School Resumption Scenarios

As we plan to resume school on the 21st of September, 2020, different options are available depending on the Government decisions and how the situation evolves.

On-Site Classes All students return to school for classes with safety protocols in place. Small groups interact, maintaining social distance as they move around school premises and in their classrooms. GENERAL POLICIES FOR ON-SITE LEARNING ACROSS DEPARTMENTS
  • Sick students, teachers and other staff should not come to school.
  • If students/staff become unwell, they will be referred directly to a health facility or sent home (depending on the situation/context).
  • Every student should bring two clean masks or face shields to school daily.
  • Every student, parent and staff should wear a mask while in the school premises.
  • Parents and drivers should be prepared to drop off and pick up students at their department’s specific times.
  • Drop-off and Pick-up hours will be as follow
School Drop-off Time Pick-up Time
Nursery 7:30 a.m - 8 a.m. 1 p.m.
Primary 7:30 a.m - 8 a.m. 3 p.m.
High School 7:30 a.m - 8 a.m. 3.30 p.m.
  • Parents and drivers should drop off students at the main entrance. Accesses to the school premises and classes are highly prohibited.
  • Students’ pickup will follow a procedure that will be communicated to parents later.
  • Temperatures will be taken using contactless thermometers upon entering the school premises, and periodically throughout the day to ensure there are not any temperature spikes in students. A sanitized, oral thermometer may be used to verify a high temperature.
  • Students will remain in small groups with limited close contact.
  • Movement across school premises will be restricted and avoided as much as possible.
  • Students will take different, specific paths to their learning spaces.
  • As much as possible, students will have their own classroom supplies. Sharing is great, but for now, we are going to discourage it due to the pandemic.
  • Shared supplies like laptops and iPads will be sanitized between uses.
  • Sanitizing stations have been installed in each classroom.
  • Surfaces that are touched frequently will be cleaned three times a day.
  • Students should bring a reusable water bottle from home to use throughout the day.
  • All interior areas will be sanitized nightly following the Ministry of Health guidelines.
  • Assemblies, Field Trips and large group gatherings will be put on hold for the time being.

Classroom best practices for fall continue to be evaluated and updated to utilize recommendations of the Ministry of Health. While these policies are for the entire school, each department will develop its own age-appropriate policies as well.

Distance Learning

If the school is ordered to close by governmental mandates, classes will be held online. The essential goal is to support student well-being and academic development during a significant disruption to our daily operations for an extended period. We also want to ensure that we continue to foster student learning without being able to meet our students in person. After using distance learning all over the second and the third terms of 2019-2020 academic year, our teachers and IT Department are working on improving the experience, including more live and recorded classroom time. While these plans will continue to be updated and improved as we move forward, we wanted to share them with you so your family would know what to expect.

On-Site Classes and Distance Learning

If the government imposes restrictive measures for the reopening of schools in order to prevent and control the risks of the spread of covid-19 (in particular a ban on the gathering of a certain number of people) we will use both on-Site Classes and Distance Learning to educate students, depending on the capacity of each department. This option means that each class will be divided into two groups and each group will come to school 2 days and the fifth day reserved for the distance learning. Details of this option will be sent to parents if it has to be chosen.

3. Being Prepared for Different Scenarios

While we are confident we will be able to return to school, we are also preparing for the possibility that the Government may order schools to close or impose restrictive measures to prevent and control the risk of the spread of covid-19. As parents, students, teachers and school administration are all aware: recreating the IESA experience online is extremely difficult. While the difficulties of conducting Nursery and Lower Primary classes virtually are obvious, learning for students in Upper Primary and High School is easier. Understanding the goal to "be better tomorrow than we are today," our teachers and IT Department are working on improving the experience.
We would like to invite the school community (parents, students, teachers and school administration) to be ready for any resumption scenario that will be chosen by the school.

4. Phased Return to School

Our Task Force has developed a phased start to the 2020-2021 school year to help implement procedures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Phase 1

Limited students/staff allowed back on school premises (7th September 2020)

Utilizing protocols for visiting school (temperature checks, social distancing and facial coverings), Administrative staff returned to school to begin to work on redesigning the coming academic year and welcome new parents to allow each and every one to have the opportunity to be part of our institution.
Phase 2

Disinfecting school buildings and classrooms (7th, 8th & 9th September 2020)

IESA will disinfect the school buildings and classrooms.
Phase 3

Students return to school for next academic year 2020-2021

Students return to school by department beginning Monday 21st September, 2020. This allows us to address issues as needed as we ramp up our on-site activities.
Phase 4

Afterschool activities resume

Extra-Curricular Activities will begin once we guarantee every sanitary aspect is being met to prevent COVID spread..
5. Community Agreement

Knowing that our students will be interacting, and to protect our community, all families must agree to minimize their risk and exposure to the coronavirus, including maintaining social distancing, wearing face coverings and avoiding situations as much as possible that could expose them to the virus.

6. Checklists for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools Developed by UNICEF, WHO and IFRC FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS AND STAFF

1. Promote and demonstrate regular hand washing and positive hygiene behaviors and monitor their uptake.

  • Ensure adequate, clean and separate toilets for girls and boys.
  • Ensure soap and safe water is available at age-appropriate hand washing stations.
  • Encourage frequent and thorough handwashing (at least 20 seconds).
  • Place hand sanitizers in toilets, classrooms, halls, and near exits where possible.
  • Ensure adequate, clean and separate toilets or latrines for girls and boys.
2. Clean and disinfect school buildings, classrooms and especially water and sanitation facilities at least once a day, particularly surfaces that are touched by many people (railings, lunch tables, sports equipment, door and window handles, toys, teaching and learning aids etc.).
  • Use sodium hypochlorite at 0.5% (equivalent 5000ppm) for disinfecting surfaces and 70% ethyl alcohol for disinfecting small items, and ensure appropriate equipment for cleaning staff.
3. Increase air flow and ventilation where climate allows (open windows, use air conditioning where available, etc.).
4. Post signs encouraging good hand and respiratory hygiene practices.
5. Ensure trash is removed daily and disposed of safely.

1. Monitor your child’s health and keep them home from school if they are ill
2. Teach and model good hygiene practices for your children

  • Wash your hands with soap and safe water frequently. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Ensure that safe drinking water is available and toilets or latrines are clean and available at home.
  • Ensure waste is safely collected, stored and disposed of.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, and nose.
3. Encourage your children to ask questions and express their feelings to you and their teachers. Remember that your child may have different reactions to stress; be patient and understanding.
4. Prevent stigma by using facts and reminding students to be considerate to one another.
5. Coordinate with the school to receive information and ask how you can support school safety efforts (though parent-teacher committees, etc.).

1. In a situation like this it is normal to feel sad, worried, confused, scared or angry. Know that you are not alone and talk to someone you trust, like your parent or teacher so that you can help keep yourself and your school safe and healthy.

  • Ask questions, educate yourself and get information from reliable sources.
2. Protect yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands frequently, always with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Remember to not touch your face.
  • Do not share cups, eating utensils, food or drinks with others.
3. Be a leader in keeping yourself, your school, family and community healthy.
  • Share what you learn about preventing diseases with your family and friends, especially with younger children.
  • Model good practices such as sneezing or coughing into your elbow and washing your hands, especially for younger family members.
4. Do not stigmatize your peers or tease anyone about being sick; remember that the virus does not follow geographical boundaries, ethnicities, age or ability or gender.
5. Tell your parents, another family member, or a caregiver if you feel sick, and ask to stay home.
Download the Covid-19 Resumption Plan