Post-MCO Covid-19 Safety Policy

(Version 15 : updated on 06.05.2022)

 

This is a working document and will be reviewed as we understand more about the epidemic. Ministry guidance will be followed and this policy updated as Ministry guidelines are communicated.

 

Contents

  1. Purpose

This Covid-19 Hygiene and Safety Policy is intended to provide guidelines to minimise the spread of the Covid-19 disease in the KIS community. This is a working document and will be revised as we understand more about the epidemic.

 

It is important that KIS takes hygiene and safe physical distancing measures seriously. All members of our community play an important role in continuing good hygiene practices and safe physical distancing during the recovery phases as announced by the government.

 

These guidelines are set up in the best interests of the children and staff and families of KIS. They recognise that we are a single community that comes into close contact on a daily basis, and therefore we need to assume a collective response to dealing with the threat of Covid-19.

 

All members of our community must be familiar with:

  • Good personal hygiene practices
  • Health checks and screening procedures
  • Cleaning and disinfection procedures
  • Distancing measures for routines and rooms

 

Families that choose NOT to follow the guidelines must understand that their child may be denied entry into KIS should they pose a significant risk to everyone.

2. Good Personal Hygiene

  • Handwashing

Sneeze and cough into the elbow or tissue (with proper disposal)

Soap and hand sanitiser are easily available and within reach

  • Masks are compulsory in school rooms and corridors. When worn, they must be worn properly – covering the mouth and nose
  • Masks are recommended outside of the school buildings
  • EYFS children do not have to wear masks inside the building
  • Teachers when instructing at the front of the class may remove masks temporarily.
  • No sharing of food, utensils, cups, plates, bowls, towels, etc.
  • Dispose dirty tissues or wipes into covered waste bins
  • If a new mask is required, remove and dispose of face mask in a covered bin

3. Clean Environment

  • Routine cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched will take place daily
  • The school will provide a deep clean of all areas as required
  • Air-condition units will be regularly cleaned and maintained
  • Fans and windows will be in good working order to help ventilation of areas

4. Visitors in School

  • All visitors must display the MySejahtera phone app before entering
  • All adult visitors must have low risk / no symptoms on MySejahtera
  • Appointments to meet with academic or administration staff must be made in advance

5. Health Checks and Screening

KIS will continue to perform health checks, temperature screening, and hand cleaning at the school entrance for ALL staff, students, and visitors.

 

Persons exhibiting the following symptoms will not be allowed entry to the school, please check for these symptoms before you leave home:

  • Fever (+37.5C)
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

6. Close Contact with Covid-19 Positive Person or Person Under Investigation

  • Staff and parents must inform the school immediately if they or their child or a member of their household has had close contact with a Covid-19 positive person
  • This includes if someone is Covid-positive in the same household
  • Based on the information collected a decision for period of absence if required will be made.

7. Confirmed Case of Covid-19 in School

The school will communicate a case of Covid-19 to the relevant authorities as well as relevant parents and staff. We will never identify the infected member to our community and may take action against those who spread fake or defamatory news through our community. KIS will not condone any acts of discrimination or potential stigma associated with the news of a Covid-19 case in our community.

8. Work Preparation for Staff

  • On entry and exit of shared rooms staff should use the provided hand sanitiser in shared rooms
  • Staff must wear a face mask when others are present

9. Dealing With Stress

Children may respond to stress in different ways. Common responses include having difficulties sleeping, bedwetting, having pain in the stomach or head, and being anxious, withdrawn, angry, clingy or afraid to be left alone. We will respond to children’s reactions in a supportive way and explain to them that these are normal reactions to an abnormal situation. We will listen to their concerns and take time to comfort them and give them reassurance they are safe. Our school Counsellor will be available at all times to support the wellbeing of all members of the KIS community.

10. Arrival at School

  • All students (Yr7-13) must have low risk / no symptoms on MySejahtera
  • Secondary students to arrive at school before 7.30am, Primary students before 7.45am and EYFS after 7.45am and before 8am (Parents with both Primary and EYFS may come together after 7.45am)
  • Students must enter through the usual front gate and walk past the thermal scanner
  • We will review the arrival process on a regular basis to ensure this runs smoothly

11. Physical Distancing During School Hours

  • Students must travel in one direction around the school, following all signage. Signs will indicate ‘Up’ staircases and ‘Down’ staircases

12. Classroom Environment

  • Classrooms will be ventilated at the end of each lesson (windows and / or doors open with AC turned off, fans turned on)

13. End of School Day

  • Parents must have low risk / no symptoms on MySejahtera