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COVID-19 Update

Health, Safety & Wellbeing

We as a leadership team would like to welcome you back to the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Throughout the duration of 2021 we have all had to adjust to a very new way of living, as we will now adjust to a new way of schooling. Your child, our staff and the school community’s health, safety and well-being will be our greatest priority when we open our school gates in August. 

We have been fortunate as a school to receive the support and guidance from both the KHDA and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in order to prepare for school reopening.  As a school, we have implemented new procedures, adapted and modified learning environments as well as educate ourselves and the team on this new way of living. Read more about KHDA School Reopening Protocols.

The team here at SCS have been undergoing our COVID19 Management for Educational Institutions.  We have been completing the numerous webinars available from WHO, as well as working with other schools throughout Dubai, across the Middle East and internationally.  Throughout this time, remaining educated and informed is exceptionally important. 

The school has implemented a COVID Emergency Response Team at school who has undergone specific training for COVID19 critical incident management provided by the Safeguarding Alliance.

As a community, we all have a social responsibility to ensure a safe return to the school site, for both our students and our staff.  In order for this to happen, we need to follow consistent guidelines.  As with other respiratory infections like influenza or the common cold, public health measures are critical to slow the spread of illnesses.  Public health measures are everyday preventive actions that include:  

  • Staying home when sick
  • Covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. (Dispose of used tissues immediately).
  • Washing hands with soap and water
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects 

The implementation of air-conditioned temperature checks with thermal scanners at the school gates will enable us to take a photograph and store each member’s temperature when entering the school.  This is a regulatory requirement and the information could be required by the DHA for monitoring purposes. 

Please note that Senior Leaders will be monitoring these gates in the morning and afternoons to support our security team.  If you or your child does have a temperature of 37.5 or higher, then you will not be allowed entry.  We ask that parents monitor their child’s temperature in the morning before leaving for school. 

In the afternoon when collecting the children, if a parent or guardian (FS1-Year 6) did have an elevated temperature, we would have to refuse entry.  In such cases, we would send a runner to your child’s classroom to collect your child for you. 

We would like to inform parents that this applies to anyone entering the school site.  We have also arranged that any deliveries of school supplies will take place outside of the school hours, preferably on the weekends. 

The school has purchased and placed additional hand sinks outside all ground floor classrooms to help support a regular hand washing routine across the school.  All primary year groups will have a handwashing timetable throughout the day, to avoid crowding in a specific area and all year groups will have access to hand sanitiser dispensers.  Educating children about the importance of healthy hygiene is exceptionally important. 

As required by the Dubai Health Authorities, the school has a designated Isolation Room, which is situated on the ground floor of the Endeavour Building (where the main school reception is located).  This room would be used if any child or adult on the school site had suspected COVID symptoms. 

Please note that if your child was sent to the Isolation Room, you would be contacted immediately. 

The school has three dedicated Clinics for the following year groups:

  •   FS1 – Year 1: Endeavour Building 
  •   Year 2 – 4: Endeavour Building 
  •   Year 5 – Secondary: Challenger Building 

The children will have dedicated snack and lunch times in their timetables.  They will eat this in their classroom and be supervised by their from teacher.  In year groups, where it is compulsory to wear a mask, they will be able to take this off when they are eating.

This is an important part of the school day for children to be able to break with their peers.  Please note that the children will have two breaks throughout the day and they will only break with their own year group and/or class. 

We will be ensuring that the children are highly supervised and keep a 2 metre distance from one another whilst out at break.  I would like to remind parents that we are working with children, so we will give them gentle reminders if they move into one another’s space. 

We have significantly increased the number of cleaners we have throughout the school.  There will be cleaners placed in every bathroom, to ensure it is cleaned after each use.  All common areas will have a dedicated cleaner to support with regular cleaning and sanitisation of equipment and surfaces. 

 

Each classroom will have a separate rubbish bin where masks and tissues will be disposed of.  In the younger year groups, they will also have a sanitisation container in case a child places anything in their mouth, or an object has been sneezed/coughed on. 

At the end of each day, all classrooms, central areas and offices will be deep cleaned in preparation for the new school day. As an addition to this, where there is movement for example specialist lessons and the secondary school, classrooms will be sanitised after each lesson. 

It is important that our children across all year groups remain educated on how they can keep both themselves and others around them safe.  The school will be implementing a programme which will support the children’s age appropriate education on Health and Well-being.  

Your child’s well-being, both those who return to onsite learning, or those who are opting for Distance Learning will remain a very high priority.  Our pastoral teams will be keeping in regular communication with all children, through learning walks, zoom video conferencing as well as regular surveys. It is important that the lines of communication between home and school remain open and transparent during these challenging times. 

Please do not hesitate in contacting a member of the Emergency Response Team should you have any additional questions. 

Emergency Response Team 2021-2022

Louay-Khatib

Louay Khatib

Proprietor

Leanne-Fridd

Leanne Fridd

Principal

Mike-Davies

Mike Davies

Head Secondary

Jemma-Hudson

Jemma Hudson

Head of Primary

Emmet Glackin

Emmet Glackin

Deputy Head Academics

Mathew Ashton

Deputy Headteacher

Will Fraser

Senior Leader

Dawn Wearing

Dawn Wearing

Assistant Head Y4-6

Linda Marmion

Assistant Head Y1-3

Gemma-Healy

Gemma Healy

Head of Foundation

Frank Santos

Frank Santos

Facilities Manager

Ann Galorio

Health & Safety Officer

COVID-19 Procedures

As you will be aware, all residents in the UAE have their own unique Emirates ID and for our children this is also registered with the KHDA. If a student or an employee were to test positive for COVID19 we are informed by the Dubai Health Authorities (DHA) on the same day that the positive patient would be informed.

An investigation then takes place, where the DHA and the KHDA work with the school to identify the best course of action. The first focus is identifying the close contacts of the positive case.

SCS COVID Contact Details – If you or your family are impacted by COVID19 or you have any questions then please email covid19_scs@safacommunityschool.com (this email is directly linked to the entire COVID19 response team to avoid families having to send multiple emails).

These are people who were in close proximity (less than 2 meters) from a confirmed COVID19 case, for a period of more than 15 minutes starting from 2 days before symptoms begin appearing in the confirmed case and/or throughout the duration of the illness.

  1. Living in the same household with a COVID19 case.
  2.  Sitting next to the case in the bus or class.
  3.  Being in close proximity (less than 2m) with the confirmed case for a period of more than 15 minutes.
  4.  Physically touching a person who has COVID19 (for example shaking hands without washing or sanitising afterwards).
  5.  Sharing or holding items after a COVID19 case and not washing/sanitising your hands afterwards.
  6.  Eating together (either side by side or across the table) in close proximity, (less than 2m apart) or sharing utensils.
  7.  Socialising with them outside of the school grounds.
  8.  The close contacts list will be provided to the DHA for them to follow up and the school would inform parents if their child was identified as a close contact. The DHA will contact the parents of the close contact list to ask them additional questions.
  • Close contact cases must complete 7 days in home quarantine starting from the day they were last in contact with the confirmed COVID19 case. Day 1 starts the following day.
  • Close contact cases may only return to school after completing 7 days in home quarantine and being free of any symptoms.
  • COVID19 Nasal swab PCR test is not required for students/staff who are identified as a close contact, unless the student/staff develops signs and symptoms or they are not able to be isolated separately from a confirmed case. The completion of 7 days of quarantine is mandatory.
  • Siblings of confirmed COVID19 cases who are also attending the school, should also follow the quarantine procedures mentioned above.
  • The confirmed COVID19 case would require a de-isolation certificate from the DHA before they are able to return to school. This can be collected by phoning this number: 800
  • Students in quarantine will be provided with virtual/distance learning during this period.
  • The school physician/nurse, will do a virtual check up with the affected person/close contact that he/she does not have any symptoms and are well. This will take place 1 to 2 days before rejoining the school.
  • If the affected person/close contact is given the all clear during the virtual check-up, he/she may return to school. On arrival at school, they must attend the school clinic before going into class where the physician/nurse will conduct a final assessment before being allowed to resume learning and activities onsite at school.

The DHA investigator would then provide all of the information from the confirmed case and the case is taken to an external committee who makes the final decision and provides the recommendations regarding the next steps for the school.

The school is then required to follow through with the recommendations of both the DHA and the KHDA. At times, the school might take additional precautions, which also need to be approved. We would never make a decision without having it cleared by the local authorities.

In order to limit the number of cases we have in the school we ask parents to adhere to the following:

  • If your child or a member of your family is undergoing a PCR test, please inform the school immediately. As a precaution you should keep your child/children off school whilst you await the results.
  • If someone from your immediate household has come into close contact with a confirmed positive case, …
  • Remember to keep your child off school if they are sick, especially if they have flu like symptoms.
  • All siblings of a positive case must remain at home for the 10-day quarantine period.
  • If your child has been identified as a close contact, as long as they do not have any flu like symptoms, then their sibling may return to the school site.

It is important that we work together as a community so please take note of the following:

  • We are currently living in a global pandemic, and we unfortunately can only control what takes place within the school grounds.
  • Keep your social circles small, the children are placed in stable groups to minimise the impact if we do have a confirmed case.
  • We must respect the identity of the positive case, so therefore no name will be provided as we are following the Caldicott principles in terms of confidentiality.
  • Information shared by the school should not be shared outside of the school community. The local authorities will not accept this as this can cause panic and fear which is unnecessary.
  • As mentioned by the KHDA last week, do not believe everything you read on a WhatsApp group.
  • The school will communicate with the impacted members of the community if there is a confirmed case.  Information will not necessarily be emailed to all members within the community as this can cause unnecessary attention on the confirmed case
  • Please ensure that you wear your mask correctly and that you model to your children social distancing when speaking with others.

Please note that the school is required to follow the DHA pathway when returning to the school site after an illness, which is written below. We have asked the DHA for further clarification as we begin to enter the ‘flu’ season; however, at this stage we have been asked to follow this pathway as a precautionary measure.

Any illness with symptoms such as fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea and headache are directed to seek medical advice for further assessment and management including conducting a COVID19 PCR test. The school would require a copy of a medical clearance certificate or a negative PCR test before returning to school.

  • And upon return the student is also requested to be symptom free and will be checked in the school clinic for a quick assessment before going to the classroom.

We appreciate what a challenging time this is for everyone and we would like to thank you in advance for your support and understanding during this time.

Emergency Contacts

COVID-19 Prevention & Control Policy 2021 - 2022

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