How we deal with COVID-19
Updated pre-action protocol for COVID-19 in 05/09/2020: Document
0. What does the word confinement mean?
Confinement is the action and effect of confining someone. The verb means to keep someone inside certain limits or making them stay in a determined residence.
That is to say that the confined person may not leave their home or receive visitors independently of the results of a PCR test. If they do, this is an offence against public health regulations.
1. I have a family member (living in my house) and they are going to receive a PCR test within two days as they have displayed some symptoms of COVID. What do I do with my son/daughter? What does my family do?
Following health department regulations all the Family members should isolate themselves until the results of the PCR test are known. If the result is negative all can return to their normal lives. (The children to school and the parents to work).
2. Do I have to communicate negative results to the school?
No, It is only necessary to communicate the positive test result of a close family member to know if the student is in quarantine.
3. What happens to their classes?
When we give notice of the confinement of a bubble/class/group classes will be given virtually following the normal school timetable on google classroom and google meet. In the case that the bubble /class /group is not closed and only some students are confined, the material covered will be uploaded to google classroom so the student can keep up to date with their studies.
4. My child is in school and I have to collect them because they have had contact with a positive case and I have just received the news. What should I do?
No student may leave the school by themselves. To collect them the following steps must be taken.
1.Notify the tutor/teacher and reception in writing by email.
2.When collecting the student you must go to the welcome desk to record the departure.
3.The students may only be collected by the parent or an authorized person.
We remind you of these points because when the students of secondary or A level spread the news about a case or suspected case amongst themselves (by whatsapp for example) they feel the need to leave the school to have a PCR test done without considering that this situation makes tracing more difficult and collapses the school reception, making everything work more slowly.
If you yourself are positive do not come to school to pick up your children, COVID can be spread at any moment .In this case please authorize a family member or friend (by email to firstname.lastname@example.org ) to collect the child.
5. What happens when a student tests positive?
When you confirm a positive case to us (via email to the tutor and school nurse) our obligation is to call the department of health and notify them that from that point on we will inform them of the traceability of this positive case around the school, inform about the amount of time spent without mask, the school absences and the contacts in the classroom, bus and after school activities.
Once our school nurse has studied the case and in communication with the health department (if they believe it convenient) we release information about the positive case and depending on the characteristics of the case, this group/bubble will be confined awaiting the final resolution from the department of health (who as the competent authority could modify the dates of the confinement).
If the department of health believes it convenient, they will get in touch with you through the school in order to carry out PCR tests.
If we do not inform you about a confinement it is because the case has been studied and no confinement is deemed necessary.
6. Can I know the name or any information about a positive case in the classroom?
No. We are dealing with private information. Please do not call us to receive information about any positive case in your child’s class, it is very important to understand that we can not give personal information, that is closeness to the positive case, time of exposition, where their desk is etc.
This is protected information that is passed on to the health department and in no way are we permitted to share this data. Calling for this information serves only to collapse school reception.It is obvious that if the bubble has been confined it is because there has been a close case. Also, please avoid making use of social networks such as whatsapp to try to find out this information. It is quite unpleasant for the parents of the positive case and counterproductive for the children.
7. Do I Need to provide the school with my child’s SIP number?
Only if the school contacts you for a covid case do you have to provide us with your SIP number so the health department can carry out a PCR test.If you do not provide the number the PCR test will not be carried out.
It is not necessary to provide the school nurse with your SIP number if it is not requested.
8. Can I have a private PCR test done?
Yes, but you must confirm that the clinic has authorization from the health department to do so. We understand that if you have been in personal contact with a positive case you want to do a PCR test as soon as possible. However many factors must be taken into account (time of exposition, symptoms etc) when considering which type of test will be the most effective. Generally speaking carrying out tests without taking these factors into account can give false negative results, which defeats the purpose.
If you have any doubts you can visit the page of the health department, there you have all the necessary information.
1.Does my child have to bring a pencil case with their material?
Yes, they must have the essentials: Pens, pencils, rubbers and glue. All the material they normally use and keeping in mind that they can’t share it with anyone. Any special material will be provided in the school disinfected. A letter has been sent specifying which materials are necessary.
2. My child is in early years. Do they need to bring a pencil case?
No, they will be provided in class and disinfected before and after use.
3.Will secondary students have lockers this year?
No, with the aim of avoiding movement in the school, while the current covid emergency lasts they will not have access to lockers. Moreover ,students will be staying in the same classroom.
4. Can parents have in person meetings with teachers or members of staff?
No, all meetings will take place virtually, by phone or email. Although Cambridge house has always been a School which keeps its doors open, due to the current health emergency we have been advised to avoid in person situations which can be dealt with in another way. But I have to solve a problem in person in the school. What do I do? Call us and we will evaluate your issue. If it is essential to do it in person we will give you an appointment.
5.If we cant have in person meetings with teachers, will we have parent-teacher meetings like every other year?
No, these meetings will be recorded by teachers and will be sent in a video by email. Following the health authorities guidelines we must avoid the presence of parents in the school. We don’t like it but in these moments health comes first.
6. Will the school take my childs temperatures?
No the guidelines established by the ministry of health indicate that temperature should be taken at home and it is the parents responsibility not to take a child with a fever, any potential symptom of COVID 19 or any infectious illness (such as conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, ear infections etc..)
7. What is considered to be a fever that stops my child from attending school?
Normally if a child has a temperature of 37,5 they should not attend school, and we should observe if they have any other symptoms such as sore throat, diarrhea, breathing difficulties etc.. Obviously if they come to school this situation is going to get worse even if we give them some medication.Therefore, they should not attend school in the first place.
8. Can my child bring a toy or ball to class?
No, the reasons are obvious ,we have to minimize the risk of sharing objects.They are children after all ,and it is difficult to prevent children sharing things!
9. My child lost their mask in school .Will the school provide them with another?
Yes ,of course,but we recommend that you remind them that it is important to keep their mask in a safe place when eating and avoid losing it. We ask that they also bring a spare one.
10. My child is a secondary student. What advice should I give them given that they are going to get together with their friends?
firstly, always wear their mask. Every one of us has a family life where we have to live with people with different levels of vulnerability (not just our grandparents), therefore it is very important to look after them and ourselves. It also is essential to maintain security distancing and to encourage others to do the same. Mobile phones as you know are forbidden in the school but you also know that some children do bring them to school. They become a simple way of infection as students often share screens and audios with each other. We recommend that you remind them to leave their mobiles at home or that are at least aware of the risks of sharing them with others
11.My child cannot for medical reasons wear a mask for a prolonged time. What should I do?
Firstly it is necessary to inform the school nurse and to present the medical report which affirm the child’s condition and the recommendations of their paediatrician.
12. Why have you asked for an individual labelled water bottle?
Because children may not drink directly from fountains or taps as this is a dangerous potential source of infection. Because of this water fountains are covered.(except those where bottles may be refilled).
13. My child suffers from a chronic condition which requires medication during school hours. What should I do?
Firstly get in touch with the school nurse. As you know the school nurse has always given medication following doctor ‘s instructions. Owing to the current situation this will not be possible, so we recommend that you speak with your doctor so you can organize the taking of any medication outside of school hours.
14. Do I have the obligation of informing the school if my child or any member of my family tests positive for COVID 19?
Yes, the school nurse must be informed. Any information will remain confidential as the RGPD dictates. It is recommended to avoid the publication of any of your child’s information through social networks, it is the school nurse that should first have this information, in order to begin the tracing process.
15. My child has sensitive skin. How can they disinfect their hands?
Always with soap and water.
16. I have been told that my child is studying in a tent. Will they be there permanently?
No,they are room extensions to be able to maintain security distance and increase the available space. The teacher or assistant will change the students around in an equitive manner.
17. My child is allergic or intolerant to some foodstuff. Where will they be seated in the dining room?
This year those students with allergies or intolerances will not be seated apart. They will be with their normal groups, with usual their red tray.
18.My child has told me that they are eating in class. Is this true? why?
It is true. Owing to the current situation, in order to maintain the 1.5 metre security distance as well as maintain the habitual lunch hour some groups will eat in their rooms. This measure has been established in the regional governments health protocols
19: Why have you insisted that hair is raised and jewelry forbidden?
For hygiene reasons , to avoid unnecessary face touching.
20. I have twins or triplets. Will they be together or separate?
They will be together in the same room in case any infection occurs as this will be safer for everyone and improve potential traceability.
21.The bus service worries me.Will brothers and sisters sit together?
Siblings will not be together except twins and triplets who will. Why? Because the younger students always go in the front of the bus and the older students towards the back.(check the bus protocol , point 4, journey to school). Seats are assigned and there are no changes.Can I change bus stop? Stops yes , but not routes, there are no exceptions
22. Will the children have fixed seats in class and in the dining room?
23. Do I have to wash the school uniform every day?
Yes , as you know it is recommended you wash it at 60ºC .