COVID-19:  School Action Plan

COVID-19:  SCHOOL ACTION PLAN

 

1.  STAFFING AND CURRICULUM

1.1 POLICY FOR TIMETABLE

  • The school utilizes a seven (7) day cycle of nine (9) periods per day.
  • An additional afternoon timetable is available in line with the Department recovery plan.
  • There are seventeen (17) educators available to teach (13 educators for grade 12).
  • No time is allocated for assembly to avoid gatherings.
  • Time for break is included in the time table with five minutes extra to allow learners to sanitize and settle.
  • Learners hands only be sanitized before entering the classroom.
  • All extra curricula activities are suspended.

1.2 LEARNER SUPPORT

  • The school has an online tutoring system to support learners who cannot attend school owing to COVID-19.
  • The school has a system of assistant teacher in place.  These are the most suitable learners in a subject and can stand in for a teacher in case of absence due to COVID-19.

2.  BASIC SANITIZING AND HYGIENE

2.1 SCREENING

  • Screening for symptoms of COVID-19 namely fever, cough, sore throat, redness of eyes or shortness of breath, body aches, fatigue etc. is done as follows:
  • Learners at the hostel by hostel personnel.
  • Educators at the reception by the school secretary.
  • Visitors entering the school at the reception by the school secretary.
  • The temperatures are recorded and the data is kept to keep track.
  • The school is deep cleaned and disinfected prior to reopening.
  • Auxiliary staff disinfect classrooms and other school facilities twice daily.
  • Break duty roaster is available to monitor and prevent learners from gathering.  Learners stay approximately one (1) meter apart.

Four (4) teachers monitor/supervise learners.

  • Prefects only assist teachers on duty.
  • Trash is removed and disposed of safely on a daily basis.

 

 

2.2 HYGIENE

  • The following hygiene standards and practices are reminded to learners every day during register period:
  • Wash hands frequently, always with soap and water at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep nails and teeth clean
  • Refrain from touching their eyes, mouth and face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a bent elbow or tissue, discard the tissue and wash/sanitize hands.
  • No sharing of stationary, pencils, erasers etc.

3.  SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Desks in classrooms are one (1) meter apart to ensure social distancing.
  • Adequate ablution facilities are available equipped with soap and sanitizers.
  • Maintenance office is used as COVID-19 information and recourse centre.
  • Isolation facility is available to temporarily contain learners/staff identified with possible COVID-19 infection, whilst they await transfer to a health practitioner.

4.  STAFF TRANSPORT

  • Staff members should ensure that they sanitize their hands when entering the staff bus and always wear masks.

5.  ORIENTATION OF STAFF AND LEARNERS

  • The school principal conducts orientation of staff, with relevant supporting material highlighting safety and hygiene measures prior to reopening.
  • Orientation of learners is conducted during Guardian period on the school time table to address issues related to stigmatization.

6.  COMMUNICATION

  • The school has a communication centre where collected data is submitted weekly for analysis.
  • The school regularly communicates with parents and other stakeholders using email, telephone, bulk sms and WhatsApp to minimize gatherings.
  • The school has contact details of Department of Health official available to assist the institution in case of possible COVID-19 infection.
  • The school has a functional guardian system which is used as school based support.
  • The school has contact details of Dr. Mdluli, the district Psychologist for referral.