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