ALL ABOUT COVID-19

ALL ABOUT COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease which was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019; it can be spread, directly or indirectly from person to person.

Who is more at risk?

Corona virus has high infectivity but low mortality. Most people (especially children and young adults) infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

Most common symptoms:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headachea
  • rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
  • Worsening Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills,
  • Muscle Ache,
  • Headache,
  • Loss of Taste or Smell

Serious symptoms:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • loss of speech or movement

Test for Covid-19 will only be done as recommended by doctors.

RFA PROTOCOL FOR STAFF, STUDENTS/PUPILS AND OTHERS

Considering that Covid-19 is a novel virus, and that the protocol for managing the pandemic is ever evolving, RFA has adopted a proactive as well as responsive strategy which we will continue to review and update as regularly as additional information and guidelines become available from NCDC and the scientific community. Furthermore, the school has been inspected by the FCT Department of Quality Assurance and certified to have met all requirements for safe school reopening.

Arrival to school

The day begins with the hygiene routine from the drop off point. The infra-red thermometer scans, sanitizer and face masks are compulsory before entry for all students and staff to heighten safety. The number of teachers on duty has also been increased to 4 to ensure absolute compliance.

  • Multiple entrances will be used to avoid congregation at any time.
  • Students/pupils are to come into school in single file, observing social distancing.
  • Parents will not be allowed into the school building, except in emergencies. (In inclement weather, parents may be allowed to drive in and drop off wards, but MUST NOT COME DOWN THE VEHICLE.)
  • Students/pupils, staff and other authorized persons are required to wear face masks, wash their hands/use hand sanitizers and go through temperature scanning on arrival

General hygiene and social distancing within the school

  • The concept of social distancing will be upheld by all.
  • Students/pupils, staff and others are to use masks whenever a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) cannot be maintained
  • Frequent hand washing is recommended:
    • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • After using the restroom.
    • Before eating food.
    • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g., a child).
  • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g., a child).
  • Hand sanitizers placed at designated areas of the school should be used where water is not accessible.
  • f.Everyone on the premises is expected to avoid unnecessary touching of shared surfaces, such as walls, rails, door knobs, switches, countertops, remote controls etc.
  • A non-stigmatization policy is in place.
  • h.Students who have symptoms associated with COVID 19 are to call in sick and stay at home.

Meals

  • Ensure hand washing before and after meals;
  • Students/pupils should eat at their desks and minimize movement.
  • Students/pupils and staff should be encouraged to bring food, snacks and drinks from home and avoid vendors as much as possible, to mitigate risk of transmission.

Recreation

  • Indoor activities and contact sports are discouraged
  • Outdoor playtime shall be in small groups and properly supervised to ensure that students/pupils do not touch one another.

LESSON DELIVERY

Teachers have been provided with face shields as well as masks to use during classes. Projectors and other virtual learning aids should be employed to minimize direct contact. Notebooks will be marked right in class not collected from all students and mixed together. That can encourage cross infection.

School Bus Transportation

  • School buses will be used at half capacity.
  • All bus occupants are to use facemasks.
  • Seats, armrests, and grab handles will be cleaned and disinfected at least once every 8 hours, including before and after each trips of transporting students.

RFA SCHOOL CLEANING AND SANITARY PROTOCOL

Education and Training

The school has provided training for cleaning and other support staff, (i.e. nannies, bus conductresses, school bus drivers etc.). This training is targeted towards:

  • Sensitizing them on the nature and mode of transmission of the virus.
  • Personal hygiene and social distancing protocol while carrying out their task (i.e. use of face masks, regular hand wash with soap, social distancing etc.)
  • Clean surfaces using cleaning and disinfection chemicals.
  • Recognizing the symptoms of covid-19 and what is expected of them.

Hygiene requirements for cleaning sanitary/support staff

  • All sanitary workers and support staff are to wear disposable gloves when cleaning as well as when handling trash.
  • They are to always wash hands immediately after removing gloves. Using a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Wash hands regularly with soap under running water for 20 seconds.

Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

Sanitary and Support Staff are to:

  • Wear face masks and disposable gloves while cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Clean floors and surfaces with soap, water and disinfectant.
  • Clean toilets and sinks 4 or more times a day depending on the level of use.
  • Clean and disinfect play items and equipment before each use.
  • e.Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces every 2 hours or as regularly as possible, depending on the level of use. This includes:
    • Door knobs and handles
    • Stair rails
    • Classroom desks and chairs
    • Cubicles
    • Countertops
    • Handrails
    • Light switches
    • toys
    • remote controls
    • desktops
    • computer keyboards and mice
    • school bus seats and handrails

NOTE: Shared electronics, such as, keyboards, remote controls, switches etc. are covered in transparent cellophane material for effective disinfection and safe use.

Handling laundry

Sanitary and Support staff are to:

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from a sick person.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • Clean and disinfect clothes baskets before and after each use.
  • Remove gloves and wash hands right away.