Health and safety remain paramount. We have been meticulous about hygiene standards. Our objective is to do the right thing educationally for our staff and students, while not compromising their health and safety. Any decisions are scrutinised by our Director of Operations and our Health & Safety Officer to ensure we maintain a safe environment for the return of our staff and students.
The safety of our students and staff is the most important thing to get right and we are confident that we have been able to make a safe environment which meets the Belgian Government guidelines and legislation about safety. BSB also benefits from having a large campus with many outdoor learning spaces.
The following are examples of some of the aspects that have been put in place before students returned to campus:
Cleaning: As well as the usual cleaning service we have in place, we are undertaking additional cleaning and disinfecting of areas that are frequently touched, such as table tops and door handles. Ventilation is an important part of combatting COVID-19 and we continue to open windows and doors in the classrooms and around campus as much as possible.
Basic personal hygiene: We know that personal hygiene is essential, so more time will be allowed during the day to ensure basic hygiene routines e.g. hand sanitising, hand washing before meals etc. We have removed/switched off hand-dryers in toilet areas and replaced them with paper towels. For Primary students we are particularly careful to check for toilet use and hand washing.
Drinking fountains: The drinking fountains will not be in use to avoid saliva contamination. Students will need to bring their own drinks and we will provide bottled drinks to ensure that all children are not thirsty.
BSB has many outdoor spaces on its large campus and we are maximising these. We have looked carefully at using larger spaces, not necessarily students’ usual classrooms and we have put in place floor markings, one-way systems on staircases etc. We adhere to all government guidelines and students on campus are expected to:
Masks: Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of 12 (including parents) while on campus with the exception of teachers who can choose to wear a Perspex visor when teaching. The exception to this is when eating/drinking. If parents of Primary School children wish for their child to wear a mask, then of course they can.
Cafeteria: In order to meet food safety and hygiene requirements and to reduce high numbers of students queuing in a confined space, the cafeteria will be open but there will be a reduced menu. Special dietary requirements will still be met. Dining is arranged to respect social distance requirements, appropriate hygiene measures and hand washing.
Designated isolation areas: We have been in liaison with our school nurses in order to have a designated isolation area for any students or staff members if they begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms during the school day. This will be separate to a first aid post for more usual first aid e.g. cuts and scrapes.