COVID-19 HOTLINE – OPEN 24/7

COVID-19 HOTLINE – OPEN 24/7

If you suspect your child might have coronavirus or he/she might have been in contact with somebody that tested positive to COVID-19 please call us immediately at +40 726 707 302 so that we can take all the necessary precautionary health and safety measures. The phone number is open 24 hours, 7 days and will be operated by a Senior Management Team member.

During regular school hours the usual contact channels can be used as well, however, after 4 PM and during weekends all COVID-19 related issues should only be communicated via the aforementioned hotline.

Operating during COVID-19
Key Measures and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control at BIST

(based on the guidelines from the Government)

BIST reacted quickly in the spring of 2020, immediately switching to a successful online learning platform during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period. As a school, we took the Corona pandemic seriously, while still providing our students with high quality education and structure in their lives. Please find our health and safety policies and measures that have been put in place after being reviewed by a team of medical doctors. We commit to you that we have done and will continue to do our level best to protect the health of our community.If you have any issues or any feedback for us, please feel free to send us an email.

1. The Green Scenario

In the Green Scenario students will physically attend school, with special Health and Safety measures in place, following the principles described in this document.

This document is intended, first and foremost, to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, teachers, other school staff, their families, and communities. These measures can help keep students, teachers, and staff stay safe at school and prevent the spread of this disease.

General principle

For the safety of all members of our community the Health and Safety procedures will be very strict and implemented rigorously.

Working with local authorities

The school will stay in close contact with local authorities (DSP) for guidance and updates and will act accordingly.

Dissemination of Information

  • Parents will be sent the Health and Safety procedures and will be kept up to date with any changes
  • Children will be given clear and specific instructions in school about all Health and Safety procedures and implications (at the beginning of school year)
  • The Health and Safety rules will be reinforced during the school weeks and using various specific activities during the school year
  • Posters containing relevant age specific information will be displayed in the classrooms and other shared areas

Shared responsibility

School

  • It is the school’s responsibility to ensure it tries its best to ensure an effective prevention of the spread of the virus, by designing, implementing and reinforcing all the relevant Health and Safety measures
  • BIST is committed to stay ahead of the curve by keeping itself updated in relation to the most recent developments in this area
  • School Leadership Team together will monitor the effectiveness of the policies and amend these as necessary
  • First point of contact for Primary School students will be their class teacher, whilst in the Secondary School will be their Form Tutor
  • In addition, the school’s members of staff designated to support children and act as first point of contact are the school nurse, Andreea Hepes (for all medical matters) and the School Counsellor, Liliana Lazar (for emotional support)
  • Staff on duty rotas on the school campus will constantly remind students about the distancing regulations they need to are adhere to.

Parents

  • It is in all of our best interest to act collaboratively to ensure we stay healthy; parents must reinforce the Health and Safety rules and practice these at home with their children
  • It is incumbent upon parents to inform the school immediately in case of any concerns with regards to them or their children’s health situation
  • It is crucial that parents adhere to the staggered ‘drop-off’ and ‘pick-up’ time to avoid crowded situations
  • In line with the school Health and Safety policy, parents must:
      • Ensure they monitor the general health of their children
      • In case of minor symptoms that might raise concerns, parents must not send their children to school; parents must monitor the child’s condition over one day and contact the family doctor for competent advice

Students

  • Will adhere to school policies and will follow teachers advise at all time
  • Will be reminded and made aware of the fact that although they may get infected with no symptoms, they can transmit the virus to family members (who may be more vulnerable) 

People at risk

  • People suffering from pre-existing conditions should take additional Health and Safety measures in order to protect themselves; it is recommended for them to wear FFP2/N95 type masks and protection glasses or a regular mask and a plastic visor. Teacher’s desks should be placed at a 2-meter distance from students’ desks. Additionally, a protection screen can be installed.
  • The school will address on individual basis students and staff in order to assess their health condition and take necessary action; this will be addressed on individually basis and in extreme condition this may result in that particular person being advised to self-isolate at home and seek further medical advice
  • Students/staff members detected with symptoms during the school day will immediately be sent to the school nurse for evaluation
  • In case where families have knowledge of members (close relatives, etc) which have pre-existing condition and interact on regular basis with the children, parents must take the necessary actions to avoid their exposure to the risk associated with COVID-19. Parents must keep the school informed of developments at all times.

Additional Health and Safety Measures implemented at BIST (tick list for school administration)

General

  • Declaration form – will be signed by all parents and staff members before the begging of the school year
  • Information dissemination – for students, teachers and parents (including guidelines, instructions, posters in visible areas)
  • COVID tests – all staff members will be tested at the begging of school year; also, regular testing will happen during the school year
  • Masks – all members of the school community must wear masks at all time when indoors
    • Members of staff – masks provided by the school
    • Students – bring their own masks (available in school just in case); it is advisable for parents to provide their children with a pack of masks for the week to ensure they have access to enough clean masks through the week; masks need to be labelled with a student’s name and will be held securely by the class teacher (PS) or form teacher (SS). We recommend packs of at least 20 masks. It is necessary for the masks to be age suitable and cover the face properly.
    • Students in Reception do not need to wear a mask
  • Plastic visors – will be available for staff members for additional protection (provided by the school). The school nurse should wear a plastic visor and a FFP2/N95 type mask when conducting medical checks on people that show COVID symptoms.
  • Temperature check – all members of the school community must have their temperature checked before entering the premises
  • Access to school – parents/Guardians/Drivers/Caregivers are not allowed to enter the school premises unless an appointment have been confirmed by the Head of School and/or his designee;
  • Hygiene – we will enforce regular hand washing with safe water and soap, hand sanitiser (i.e. hand-washing stations: place hand sanitisers in toilets, classrooms, corridors, staff-rooms, admin area and near exits where possible). Hands should be disinfected each time the masks are being put on or replaced. Used masks should be disposed into the specially designated bins.
  • Arrival and departure – staggering the beginning and end of the school day (separate arrival/departure time for primary and secondary school students)

Use of the school facilities

  • Disinfection – daily disinfection and cleaning of school surfaces (i.e. iPads, keyboards, photocopying machines*, coffee machine*, refrigerator*, railings, lunch tables, sports equipment, door and window handles, toys, teaching and learning aids etc.)
  • Waste management – we will provide special bins for disposal of used masks
  • Air ventilation – we will increase the airflow and ventilation (open windows etc.). The A/C units will be checked regularly and the filters will be replaced as necessary
  • Safety lines – will be placed in corridors and entrance paths
  • One-way circulation – separate access points for primary and secondary school students; one-way circulation in school/distance limiters
  • Disinfection mat – will be placed at the school entrances in the building
  • Classrooms set up and use – as per local authority guidelines, we will implement the following measures:
    • In the Primary School students will sit (based on a set seating plan) at a minimum of one meter apart; plexiglass separators will be installed whenever necessary for additional safety
    • In the Secondary School plexiglass separators will be installed on desks, whenever the 1-meter rule can’t be met, due to room size
    • Students will not share classrooms; they will spend their entire day within their year group without interacting with peers in other year groups
  • Classroom furniture items (other than chairs and desks) will be removed where possible to create more space and facilitate the required physical distance; cupboards and shelves will be placed in the atrium and large corridors close to the classrooms for teachers to use
  • Classroom windows – at least two windows will be wide open during the day for proper air ventilation, but only when a member of staff is present; the safety lock (with windows opened vertically will be used for first and second floor) if a teacher is not in the room
  • Lunchroom – will not be used and lunch will be taken in the classrooms (special H&S measures in place)
  • Water – parents must supply one or two individual water bottles for their children
  • Indoor PE lessons will not happen; PE lessons outside will not include contact games or activities that may require sharing equipped or crowded situations
  • Music Lessons: singing exercises generate droplets that can spread the virus. It is advised that such activities take place outdoor only and masks should be warned at all times
  • Staff room – can only be used by a limited number of teachers (2 meters apart). Staff meetings will take place outside or online whenever possible.
  • Multipurpose rooms – will not be used; these include Science lab, Music room, Art room, Drama room, MFL rooms, ICT room, PE hall
  • Designated room – will be available for students who do not feel well until parents pick them up for further medical investigation
  • Toilets – specific toilets will be designated to certain year groups and staff members. They will be disinfected regularly (every 4 hours)
  • UV lamps – will be installed in designated in rooms that may present a higher risk. They should be used after all surfaces have been disinfected
  • Outside area – will be organised for breaks and outdoor activities with special designated spaces for children in order to avoid contact with peers from other year groups and maintain the social distance criteria

* can be used by staff members only after they have disinfected their hands

Social distancing

  • Staggered arrival and departure to avoid crowded conditions
  • Cancelling assemblies, contact sports games and other events that create crowded conditions
  • Controlled flows of students in the corridors (including controlled dismissal from lessons)
  • Children will keep their classroom, chair and desk during the entire day
  • 1-meter apart criteria between students and plexiglass separators on desks where necessary
  • Using space outside as organised by the school to avoid contact with other peers and crowded situations
  • Not using the shared classrooms or mixed groups during the school day

Timetable adjustments to facilitate the implementation of the Health and Safety Measures and support children (emotionally) with their adjustment to the new normality

  • The implementation of a 40/20 rule timetabling; that is each learning activity will last 40 minutes and it will be followed by 20 minutes outdoor activity

Curriculum related

  • The implementation of mindfulness sessions within the school programme
  • The implementation in the weekly timetable of lessons with the focus on healthy living (age specific)

Additional Note (Online Learning – Students at risk)

  • The online learning option will be made available to students at risk (those who will not be able to attend lessons in person) throughout the entire COVID school operation period
  • These students will be provided with a special timetable that includes the recommended screen time and details about all the compulsory classes that all students must attend.

The content of this document is non-negotiable. For the safety of our community all parents and students must fully adhere to this. Students who do not follow the rules and teachers’ instructions will be sent home. In case of a repetitive misbehaviour the school reserves the right to take further measures.

2. The Yellow Scenario

In the Yellow scenario all the Primary School students will be physically present in school while the Secondary School students will attend school on a hybrid system (meaning half of the class is physically present at school while the other half is accessing the lessons online). A one-week alternating model will be used, meaning the students spend one week in school and one week at home accessing lessons online (please see our “Remote learning policy for guidelines”)

 This document is intended, first and foremost, to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, teachers, other school staff, their families, and communities. These measures can help keep students, teachers, and staff stay safe at school and prevent the spread of this disease.

General principle

For the safety of all members of our community the Health and Safety procedures will be very strict and implemented rigorously.

Working with local authorities

The school will stay in close contact with local authorities (DSP) for guidance and updates and will act accordingly.

Dissemination of Information

  • Parents will be sent the Health and Safety procedures and will be kept up to date with any changes
  • Children will be given clear and specific instructions in school about all Health and Safety procedures and implications (at the beginning of school year)
  • The Health and Safety rules will be reinforced during the school weeks and using various specific activities during the school year
  • Posters containing relevant age specific information will be displayed in the classrooms and other shared areas

Shared responsibility

School

  • It is the school’s responsibility to ensure it tries its best to ensure an effective prevention of the spread of the virus, by designing, implementing and reinforcing all the relevant Health and Safety measures
  • BIST is committed to stay ahead of the curve by keeping itself updated in relation to the most recent developments in this area
  • School Leadership Team together will monitor the effectiveness of the policies and amend these as necessary
  • First point of contact for Primary School students will be their class teacher, whilst in the Secondary School will be their Form Tutor
  • In addition, the school’s members of staff designated to support children and act as first point of contact are the school nurse, Andreea Hepes (for all medical matters) and the School Counsellor, Liliana Lazar (for emotional support)
  • Staff on duty rotas on the school campus will constantly remind students about the distancing regulations they need to adhere to.

Parents

  • It is in all of our best interest to act collaboratively to ensure we stay healthy; parents must reinforce the Health and Safety rules and practice these at home with their children
  • It is incumbent upon parents to inform the school immediately in case of any concerns with regards to them or their children’s health situation
  • It is crucial that parents adhere to the staggered ‘drop-off’ and ‘pick-up’ time to avoid crowded situations
  • In line with the school Health and Safety policy, parents must:
    • Ensure they monitor the general health of their children
    • In case of minor symptoms that might raise concerns, parents must not send their children to school; parents must monitor the child’s condition over one day and contact the family doctor for competent advice

Students

  • Will adhere to school policies and will follow teachers’ advice at all time
  • Will be reminded and made aware of the fact that although they may get infected with no symptoms, they can transmit the virus to family members (who may be more vulnerable)

People at risk

  • People suffering from pre-existing conditions should take additional Health and Safety measures in order to protect themselves; it is recommended for them to wear FFP2/N95 type masks and protection glasses or a regular mask and a plastic visor. Teacher’s desks should be placed at a 2-meter distance from students’ desks. Additionally, a protection screen can be installed.
  • The school will address on individual basis students and staff in order to assess their health condition and take necessary action; this will be addressed on individually basis and in extreme condition this may result in that particular person being advised to self-isolate at home and seek further medical advice
  • Students/staff members detected with symptoms during the school day will immediately be sent to the school nurse for evaluation
  • In case where families have knowledge of members (close relatives, etc) which have pre-existing conditions and interact on regular basis with the children, parents must take the necessary actions to avoid their exposure to the risk associated with COVID-19. Parents must keep the school informed of developments at all times.

Additional Health and Safety Measures implemented at BIST (tick list for school administration)

General

  • Declaration form – will be signed by all parents and staff members before the beginning of the academic year
  • Information dissemination – for students, teachers and parents (including guidelines, instructions, posters in visible areas)
  • COVID tests – all staff members will be tested at the beginning of school year; also, regular testing will happen during the school year
  • Masks – all members of the school community must wear masks at all time when indoors
      • Members of staff – masks provided by the school
      • Students – bring their own masks (available in school just in case); it is advisable for parents to provide their children with a pack of masks for the week to ensure they have access to enough clean masks through the week; masks need to be labelled with a student’s name and will be held securely by the class teacher (PS) or form teacher (SS). We recommend packs of at least 20 masks. It is necessary for the masks to be age suitable and cover the face properly.
      • Students in Reception do not need to wear a mask
  • Plastic visors – will be available for staff members for additional protection (provided by the school). The school nurse should wear a plastic visor and a FFP2/N95 type mask when conducting medical checks on people that show COVID symptoms.
  • Temperature check – all members of the school community must have their temperature checked before entering the premises
  • Access to school – parents/Guardians/Drivers/Caregivers are not allowed to enter the school premises unless an appointment have been confirmed by the Head of School and/or his designee;
  • Hygiene – we will enforce regular hand washing with safe water and soap, hand sanitiser (i.e. hand-washing stations: place hand sanitisers in toilets, classrooms, corridors, staff-rooms, admin area and near exits where possible). Hands should be disinfected each time the masks are being put on or replaced. Used masks should be disposed into the specially designated bins.
  • Arrival and departure – staggering the beginning and end of the school day (separate arrival/departure time for primary and secondary school students)

Use of the school facilities

  • Disinfection – daily disinfection and cleaning of school surfaces (i.e. iPads, keyboards, photocopying machines*, coffee machine*, refrigerator*, railings, lunch tables, sports equipment, door and window handles, toys, teaching and learning aids etc.)
  • Waste management – we will provide special bins for disposal of used masks
  • Air ventilation – we will increase the airflow and ventilation (open windows etc.). The A/C units will be checked regularly and the filters will be replaced as necessary
  • Safety lines – will be placed in corridors and entrance paths
  • One-way circulation – separate access points for primary and secondary school students; one-way circulation in school/distance limiters
  • Disinfection mat – will be placed at the school entrances in the building
  • Classrooms set up and use – as per local authority guidelines, we will implement the following measures:
    • In Primary School classrooms students will sit (based on a set seating plan) at a minimum of one meter apart; plexiglass separators will be installed whenever necessary for additional safety
    • In Secondary School all the classrooms will be equipped for 10 students only physically in school with necessary safety distance in place (the other 10 students will access lessons online); we will alternate weeks
    • Students will not share classrooms; they will spend their entire day within their year group without interacting with peers in other year groups
  • Classroom furniture items (other than chairs and desks) will be removed where possible to create more space and facilitate the required physical distance; cupboards and shelves will be placed in the atrium and large corridors close to the classrooms for teachers to use
  • Classroom windows – at least two windows will be wide open during the day for proper air ventilation, but only when a member of staff is present; the safety lock (with windows opened vertically will be used for first and second floor) if a teacher is not in the room
  • Lunchroom – will not be used and lunch will be taken in the classrooms (special H&S measures in place)
  • Water – parents must supply one or two individual water bottles for their children
  • Indoor PE lessons will not happen; PE lessons outside will not include contact games or activities that may require sharing equipped or crowded situations
  • Music Lessons: singing exercises generate droplets that can spread the virus. It is advised that such activities take place outdoor only and masks should be warned at all times
  • Staff room – can only be used by a limited number of teachers (2 meters apart). Staff meetings will take place outside or online whenever possible.
  • Multipurpose rooms – will not be used; these include Science lab, Music room, Art room, Drama room, MFL rooms, ICT room, PE hall
  • Designated room – will be available for students who do not feel well until parents pick them up for further medical investigation
  • Toilets – specific toilets will be designated to certain year groups and staff members. They will be disinfected regularly (every 4 hours)
  • UV lamps – will be installed in designated in rooms that may present a higher risk. They should be used after all surfaces have been disinfected
  • Outside area – will be organised for breaks and outdoor activities with special designated spaces for children in order to avoid contact with peers from other year groups and maintain the social distance criteria

* can be used by staff members only after they have disinfected their hands

Social distancing

  • Staggered arrival and departure to avoid crowded conditions
  • Cancelling assemblies, contact sports games and other events that create crowded conditions
  • Controlled flows of students in the corridors (including controlled dismissal from lessons)
  • Children will keep their classroom, chair and desk during the entire day
  • 1-meter apart criteria between students and plexiglass separators on desks where necessary
  • Using space outside as organised by the school to avoid contact with other peers and crowded situations
  • Not using the shared classrooms or mixed groups during the school day

Timetable adjustments to facilitate the implementation of the Health and Safety Measures and support children (emotionally) with their adjustment to the new normality

  • The implementation of a 40/20 rule timetabling; that is each learning activity will last 40 minutes and it will be followed by 20 minutes outdoor activity

Curriculum related

  • The implementation of mindfulness sessions within the school programme
  • The implementation in the weekly timetable of lessons with the focus on healthy living (age specific)

 Additional Note (Online Learning – Students at risk)

  • The online learning option will be made available to students at risk (those who will not be able to attend lessons in person) throughout the entire COVID school operation period
  • These students will be provided with a special timetable that includes the recommended screen time and details about all the compulsory classes that all students must attend.

The content of this document is non-negotiable. For the safety of our community all parents and students must fully adhere to this. Students who do not follow the rules and teachers’ instructions will be sent home. In case of a repetitive misbehaviour the school reserves the right to take further measures.

3. The Red Scenario

In this case special consideration should be given to the health and safety measures applicable to staff members. They will deliver the lessons from school campus. These measures can help keep teachers, and other staff members to stay safe at school and prevent the spread of this disease, while they are delivering online lessons from their workstations.

In addition, staff, students and parents must strictly adhere to all the rules outlined in the ‘Remote Learning Policy’.

Work stations

Each staff member will be assigned a specific work station that will not be shared with other colleagues

Online timetable

During the Red Scenario the school will implement a dynamic online timetable for all students. Our aim is to ensure all teachers will continue to come to school, while following the special safety measures, to teach their lessons from their work stations. However, we will follow the Government recommendations, in case of emergency and total lock down; in this case the online timetable will continue to members of staff teaching their lessons from home.  

General principle

For the safety of all members of our community the Health and Safety procedures will be very strict and implemented rigorously.

Working with local authorities

The school will stay in close contact with local authorities (DSP) for guidance and updates and will act accordingly.

Dissemination of Information

  • Parents will be sent the Staff Health and Safety guidelines for students working from home and will be kept up to date with any changes
  • Parents will be sent by email the online timetable and will be kept up to date with any possible changes
  • Parents will be in permanent contact with the school via email, specific educational platforms, and phone as designated by the school
  • The Health and Safety rules will be reinforced during the school week for all members of staff

Shared responsibility

School

  • It is the school’s responsibility to ensure it tries its best to ensure an effective prevention of the spread of the virus, by designing, implementing and reinforcing all the relevant Health and Safety measures
  • BIST is committed to stay ahead of the curve by keeping itself updated in relation to the most recent developments in this area
  • School Leadership Team together will monitor the effectiveness of the policies and amend these as necessary
  • The first point contact for students and parents are the class teachers and form tutors, for all school related matters; for emotional support students and parents can contact the school counsellor, Liliana Lazar, via pre-established channels (email, Google meet, phone)

Parents, students and teachers – must strictly adhere to the ‘Remote Learning Policy’ for guidelines related to all matters evolving from learning taking place online.

 In addition, the staff members will adhere the following

  • COVID tests – all staff members will be tested at the beginning of school year; also, regular testing will happen during the school year
  • Masks – all members of the school community must wear masks at all time when indoor
  • Temperature check – all members of the school community must have their temperature checked before entering the premises
  • Hygiene – we will enforce regular hand washing with safe water and soap, hand sanitiser (i.e. hand-washing stations: place hand sanitisers in toilets, classrooms, corridors, staff-rooms, admin area and near exits where possible)

Use of the school facilities

  • Disinfection – daily disinfection and cleaning of school surfaces
  • Waste management – we will provide special bins for disposal of used masks
  • Air ventilation – we will increase the airflow and ventilation (open windows etc.)
  • Safety lines – will be placed in corridors and entrance paths
  • Disinfection mat – will be placed at the school entrances in the building
  • Classrooms use – the classrooms will only be used by the designated teachers
  • Staff meetings will take place outside (whenever possible) or in rooms where physical distance can be implemented
  • Staff room – can only be used by a limited number of teachers (2 meters apart)
  • Designated room – will be available for staff members who do not feel well for preliminary medical evaluation with the school nurse
  • Toilets – specific toilets will be designated to staff members

 Social distancing

  • Staff members will follow the 2-meters rule during the school day
  • Not using the shared classrooms during the day

COVID-19 Policy Measures – Virtual Lessons/Remote Learning Policy

(applicable to all three scenarios when all or part of the students participate in lessons from home via Google Meet)

In case learning will take place virtually, an online timetable will be in place and will by in large replicate the timetable in school. However, age appropriate screen time measures will be considered. Based on the previous experience and feedback from students, teachers and parents we brought a series of improvements to the online timetable. Students will be at home accessing lessons online while the teachers will be teaching the lessons from their classroom, using the agreed platforms (Goggle Classroom, Google meet, Seesaw, etc.)

 The Role of Senior Leadership Team

 The Head of School and senior leaders will stand alongside colleagues to support, guide, model and show a unified consistency to all students. The SLT will:

  • Have responsibility for implementing the school behaviour policy consistently throughout the school.
  • Support teachers and staff by implementing the policy, by setting the standards of behaviour.
  • Celebrate staff, leaders and pupils whose effort goes above and beyond expectations.
  • Keep records of reported incidents of misbehaviour and poor conduct.
  • Work and meet with the necessary members of the community to implement early interventions for students, where required.
  • Support teachers in managing students with more complex or entrenched negative behaviours.
  • Take time to share good practice during professional development opportunities.

General Rules for Teachers

Teachers will communicate with students and parents and teach virtually only via the platforms approved by the SLT; any other platforms are not to be used.

 Primary School

  • Communication with students via Google Classroom, Google meet, Seesaw and school email (homework will be submitted via Seesaw and Google Classroom)
  • Communication with parents via SchoolBase

Secondary School

  • Communication with students via Google Classroom, Google meet and school email (homework will be submitted via Google Classroom or email)
  • Communication with parents via SchoolBase

To ensure positive student behaviour during virtual lessons, teachers will:

  • Be responsible in ensuring that the rules of the virtual lessons are enforced in their classes, and that students behave in a responsible manner during lesson time.
  • Have high expectations of students and will strive to ensure that all young people work to the best of their ability.
  • Be a role model for students and will treat each young person fairly, with respect and understanding, building positive relationships; teachers will follow the normal school dress code regardless of their location (campus or home)
  • Plan lessons that engage, challenge and meet the needs of all students.
  • Use visible positive recognition mechanisms (for example awarding house points, throughout every lesson); teachers could provide immediate verbal feedback or recorded feedback
  • Never ignore students who display negative behaviours.
  • Follow up every time, retain ownership and engage in reflective dialogue with students (SLT and parents), where required.
  • Monitor poor conduct and record discreetly, where necessary.
  • Report repeated negative behaviours to SLT for direct communication with parents.
  • Consistently implement appropriate sanctions and the school’s behaviour policy.
  • Be mindful of the current GDR provision and not share their personal details with students and parents; also, personal details of parents and students are not to be shared with other parents and students
  • Record attendance accurately on SchoolBase for every lesson (Secondary School)
  • Record AM/PM attendance on SchoolBase (Primary School teachers)

Appendix:

  • In Secondary School form tutors will continue to do the AM registration as per usual in SchoolBase
  • SLT members will arrange short-drop in visits during online lessons

 General Rules for Students

Students are held responsible for their behaviour during virtual lessons. Disruptive or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated at any level. On the extremely rare occasion that disruptive behaviour becomes a regular occurrence the disciplinary process will be followed, which ultimately can lead to exclusion.

  • During virtual lessons all students are required to activate their video so that teachers know that they are engaged with the lesson.
  • All students must behave in a respectful, considerate and kind manner when they are in virtual classrooms. They must listen to and take direction from their teacher.
  • Students should be dressed appropriately during online lessons, although the school uniform is not mandatory; as an indication of what is appropriate, collar shirt (short sleeves as well) is a possibility
  • Students are expected to participate actively in lessons and complete tasks to the best of their ability. Teachers will provide encouragement and we expect students to try their very best.
  • Independent Learning tasks must be completed to a high standard by the agreed due date. If there is a problem or anticipated delay, the student should communicate this to the teacher as soon as possible – preferably before the agreed due date.
  • BIST operates a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of bullying, offensive language or inappropriate discussions. No personal details should be given out.  Discussions with other students should always be positive, supportive, and kind.
  • Students must be punctual to lessons. If a student is more than ten minutes late to a virtual lesson, this will be recorded by the teacher. It is the responsibility of the student, parents and carers to ensure that a suitable device, to access lessons, is charged, has a good internet connection and is in good working order.
  • Students must follow the protocol, when on-line, of having their microphone off until called upon to respond to a question or to give an opinion.
  • Students must not use smart phones or any other electronic device during the online lessons; they must devote their entire time to the lesson

General Rules for Parents/Carers

It is the responsibility of parents and carers to:

  • Ensure that age appropriate supervision is provided during lessons; teachers cannot be held responsible for the physical integrity of students during online lessons
  • Ensure that children have access to a neat and quite room with an appropriate facility for learning (i.e. desk and chair) for online lessons
  • Ensure that their child arrives to each lesson in a timely manner
  • Ensure their child is well prepared with a device that is suitable, is charged and is in good working order.
  • Work with the school to advocate safe and positive behaviours when online.
  • Students must be allowed the freedom to complete work by themselves, wherever possible
  • Parents should not interfere with the learning process during online lessons, as the teachers and TA’s will be the ones giving instructions and support the students
  • If parents consider their children need further support, they must contact the teachers outside of lessons time via the usual channels for guidance

All written work that is to be assessed/marked by the teacher must be turned in electronically even by those who are present in school: we cannot be handling exercise books.

BIST Measures to be put in place in case of COVID-19
(suspicions and confirmed cases)

Suspicion

  • If a student or staff member is suspected of being a COVID-19 positive case, he/she will be immediately moved to the school isolation room.
  • Only the school nurse is permitted to enter the isolation room. The nurse must wear a special protection gear – after use, this must be disposed in a sealed plastic bag. The room must go through a 30-minute ventilation before being thoroughly disinfected.
  • The student’s parent/s will be contacted immediately by the school staff and the concerned authorities will also be notified through official channels.
  • The school will strictly adhere to the health authority requirements for managing and transferring any suspected cases of COVID-19.
  • All areas which may have been accessed by the suspected case will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised/disinfected following any suspected cases. These areas will be closed immediately until the cleaning is completed.
  • Tracing will be conducted to identify those who may have come into contact with the suspected case. Health authority requirements will be strictly adhered to, this may include additional testing and isolation of persons who may have come into contact with the suspected case.

Confirmed Cases (students)

  • The school will inform DSP immediately
  • If there is a confirmed case, the school will strictly follow the DSP guidance for the respective student and the relevant group where the child was during the school day
  • In the first instance that particular year group will be isolated for the next 5 days and tested. It is recommended for these students to spend 10 to 14 days in isolation in case they have been in contact for more than 15 minutes with the confirmed case. They cannot return to school unless the test is negative.
  • Any area that has been used by the affected group will be cleaned and disinfected and locked for 24 hours. At the same time the school will endeavour to trace any other possible contacts from beyond the affected year group.

Confirmed Cases (staff)

  • The school will inform DSP immediately
  • The member of staff confirmed positive will self-isolated for the next two weeks (or as indicated by DSP) and the test will be repeated at the end of this interval (or as indicated by the DSP); the member of staff can only return to the school when the test is negative and has the doctor’s approval to start work again
  • Normal tracing procedures will be engaged and those staff who have been in close proximity to the affected member of staff will be subject to self-isolation and subsequent testing after 5 days. They can only return if the test is negative.

 DSP = Directia de Sanatate Publica (Public Health Authority)

SLT / September 2020

 
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