COVID-19 - Our response

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.

The following are examples of some of the aspects that have been put in place before students returned to campus:

Cleaning: We have made sure that the campus was thoroughly sanitised before our return, undertaking additional cleaning and disinfecting of areas that will be frequently touched, such as table tops and door handles.

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.

Social distancing: We have been able to organise our space to ensure appropriate social distance between students. For example, we have looked carefully at using larger spaces, not necessarily students’ usual classrooms. For social distancing we have put in place floor markings, one-way systems on staircases etc. We adhere to all government guidelines on class sizes and the required square meterage per person.

Masks: Students aged 12 or over should bring their own masks. Anybody coming onto campus has to wear a face covering (e.g. bandana, mask) which they must provide for themselves. Everyone over the age of 12 should wear a mask 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.

Cafeteria: The Cafeteria will remain closed so students will need to bring a packed lunch. 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 member 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.

Drop off and pick up: We have adjusted our usual start/end times of the school day to ensure the safe movement of different groups of students on campus.

USEFUL LINKS

WHO COVID-19 information & updates

Belgian Government COVID-19 information & updates

European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control


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