The health and safety of the students is the highest priority in St. George School & Preschool. In the COVID-19 situation St. George School & Preschool would like to take the most adequate measures to provide health and safety environment which allows the full resumption of the educational process in school in compliance with strict anti-epidemic measures and control.
The organisational measures of St. George International School & Preschool are prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Science, Guidelines for learning and action in an emergency epidemic situation in schools, as well as the currently introduced anti-epidemic measures. St. George International School & Preschool reserves the right to timely update the protection plan if needed, depending on the epidemiological situation and following the requirements of the Bulgarian legislation.
І. GENERAL INFORMATION
What is COVID-19?
Infection disease caused by coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.
Symptoms of infection
According to the instructions given by the Ministry of Health, the complaints with COVID-19 are the appearance of fever (higher than 37.3 degrees), cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat, general weakness and fatigue, muscle pain, lack of sensation of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
Basic anti-pandemic measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19
Personal hygiene, cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and objects, keeping a physical distance from other people, as well as mandatory wearing of protective masks.
ІІ. MEASURES TAKEN BY ST. GEORGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL & PRESCHOOL
- The school year will start on 15.09.2021 and we expect all students, teachers and staff. The building will be open, as well as the sports hall and should be used in compliance with the principal of non-interaction of students from different stages of education, keeping social distance and good hygienic habits.
- Parents/guardians are expected to:
- To measure their child’s temperature every morning. If they notice any symptoms of disease and/or measured a temperature higher than 37,3 degrees to not bring the child in School. If they are using the Transport service to not hand the child to the carrier.
- To make sure that every day the child has 2 (two) or more masks from an appropriate material considered the child’s age and individual needs.
- In case the child does not have a mask (or the mask was lost), the school will provide it immediately and the parent/guardian should pay its cost.
- To provide on a daily basis a personal bottle for water of the child.
- Water will be provided from a water machine which all floors in the school will have. In case the child does not have individual bottle of water, the school will provide it and the parent/guardian should pay its cost.
Situation 1 – Organized transport: Before and after each course the driver has to disinfect and clean the vehicle. Every person that goes on the bus has to have their temperature checked before they get in the bus by the accompanying person and if it is above 37.3 degrees, or if there are any symptoms as mentioned above, the student would not be allowed to enter the bus and would have to go home.
Students and their attendants must wear masks during the whole time of the trip.
Situation 2 – Transport provided by parents/guardians:
It is suggested that public transport is avoided for transportation to the school. Whenever possible personal transport should be used.
- Arrival in the school
The arrival of the organised transportation is done according to the schedule of the carrier. Students are not allowed to change busses. Masks must be worn all the time during the ride. Students are directed along the marked route towards entrance A where they will have their temperature checked.
Parents/ guardians who use personal transport: In order to prevent congestion, the entrances for access to the School are differentiated according to the age group of the students. We expect parents/ guardians to strictly adhere to the separation in order to facilitate the access regime.
Students from preparatory group, I, II, III, IV grade (Primary stage) – entrance at Reception B.
Students from V – XII group (Lower Secondary and High school) – entrance at Reception A.
Pedagogical and administrative staff – entrance / exit at Reception A or at level minus 3.
Hygienists, security guards and chaperons – entrance / exit at Reception D.
Staff of LFS EOOD – entrance / exit at level minus 3.
From the moment of leaving the vehicle, parents/ guardians and students should put on their personal protective equipment. Parents/ guardians are not allowed to enter the school building.
Crowding in the school yard is forbidden. Parents/ guardians should leave the area as soon as possible whilst keeping distance.
All school entrances are equipped with thermal cameras to monitor the body temperature of all the students, teachers and staff. The system monitoring the body temperature is checked by the receptionist. In case someone has a high temperature or suspicion/ symptoms of unhealthy condition the student is immediately separated from the nurse in the room provided for this purpose, where:
- Protocol I – The nurse performs a control measurement of the student’s temperature. In case the temperature is above 37.3 degrees and there are no other symptoms, the nurse should wait 15 minutes. During this time the student should rest and do not take off his/her mask. If 15 minutes later the student still has temperature above 37.3 degrees, to contact the parents/ guardians immediately and they would be required to come and collect the student, taking into account the necessary preventive measures (wearing face masks, using personal transport if possible). Parents / guardians are reminded to follow the procedures: they should avoid physical contact and consult with the student’s family doctor (first by phone) to assess the health status and follow-up according to the specific situation, including the need for a COVID-19 test. After the student has left the room, a thorough disinfection will be carried out in a short time in compliance with the requirements for disinfection. Preventive and restrictive measures are strictly observed. The student is allowed again in face-to-face training at school only against a medical note from the family doctor that he/ she is clinically healthy and this is admissible.
- Protocol II – The nurse performs a controlled measurement of the student’s temperature. In case the temperature is above 37.3 degrees, and there are no other symptoms, the nurse should wait for 15 minutes and leave the student to rest. During that time the student stays with a mask on. If 15 minutes later the measured control temperature is below 37.3 degrees, and there are no other symptoms, the student is directed to class as scheduled. The nurse is obliged to re-measure the student’s temperature in the first break. If symptoms or fever are detected, follow Protocol I.
- Protocol III – In case of symptoms and/ or fever during the school day, the student is immediately referred by the class master for examination by a nurse and, if necessary, a parent/ guardian is immediately notified and the student is required to be taken from the building. Until the arrival of the parent/ guardian/ authorized person, the student is in the room provided for this purpose. The student is allowed again in face-to-face training at school only against a medical note from the family doctor that he is clinically healthy, and this is permissible.
- Protocol IV – If an adult has one or more symptoms: In case the Body Temperature Reading System registers a high temperature at the beginning of the working day, it is re-measured in 15 minutes. During that time the person would not be allowed in the school building. In case the temperature is high again the person should consult with his/ her GP. In case of sudden deterioration of the condition within the working day – the person is immediately isolated in the room provided for this purpose. Physical contact with others should be avoided. If possible, uses personal transport. He/ she consults with his/ her personal doctor to assess his/ her condition and follow-up, including a decision on whether a test should be performed. In case of a positive result for COVID – 19, the employee notifies the management team of the school and the Health and Safety Manager, who provides the relevant Regional Health Inspectorate with a list of the person’s contact teachers/ administration and students in accordance with the Regional Health Inspectorate The Parents of the students who have been in contact with the person are informed through the Reception. After the person has left the room, a thorough disinfection will be carried out in a short time in compliance with the requirements for disinfection. Preventive and restrictive measures are strictly observed.
- Measures during the school day
The model of distancing applied by the school is the observance of distance and separation between the students from the Primary stage and the students from Secondary stage by separating them into separate floors (sectors). For this purpose, the students from the Primary Stage are separated on the 1st and 2nd floor, and the students from the Secondary stage use only the 3rd and 4th floors of the school building.
Exceptions to the requirement are allowed only in the following cases:
- Wearing personal protective equipment (masks). Wearing a mask is mandatory, unless explicitly stated.
Exceptions to the requirement to wear a face mask are allowed in the following cases:
- In the school yard, keeping a physical distance of 1.5 m;
- For students from preschool groups;
- For students in primary school (I-IV grade) during their lessons;
- For children with special educational needs, with whom there is an established impossibility to wear a protective mask and when there is a prescription by GP that certifies this established impossibility.
- For teachers during a lesson at a physical distance of at least 1.5 m between them and the students’ seats;
- During the physical education and sports lessons when they are held outdoors;
- During the physical education and sports lessons held indoors, if in the specific class the room is used by only one class at a distance of at least 1.5 m between the students;
The above rules for wearing a protective mask are in accordance with the Guidelines for learning and action in the event of an emergency epidemic situation in schools. They may change when there is change in the general rules.
- The traffic on the corridors is carried out in one-way movement in the corridors and on the stairs, in compliance with the placed markings and signposts, observing the distance. The students from Primary stage, Lower secondary and High school use different stairs according the signs.
- Changing room -1 floor is divided into zones for Primary school and Secondary school, with the indicated direction of movement of students. Disinfection is performed at the beginning and at end of the school day. During the school day, a regular cleaning is performed.
- Use of one desk by a student and placement of the students’ seats in a checkerboard pattern, providing a physical distance between the teacher’s desk/chair and the first row of the student’s desks.
- Disinfection of surfaces – wet cleaning and disinfection of all critical points will be done twice a day (before and after the school day) – school floors, desks, tables, door handles, windows, lighting switches, elevators buttons, railings, devices, screens, toilets, sinks etc. Teachers are responsible for children to leave the classrooms organized and ready for disinfection.
- The classrooms are continuously ventilated through the air conditioning system with filtered and tempered air.
- In all sanitary premises and toilets are provided and monitored the consumption and timely provision of liquid soap or disinfectant, disposable wipes for drying hands, toilet paper, as well as regular garbage disposal.
- The regime for the use of the toilets will be free with an intensified and strict regime of disinfection of the premises after each break.
- Installation of hand sanitizer dispensers at the school entrance, in the teacher’s room, changing rooms, corridors, indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
- Each classroom is provided with sink, hot water, soap and disinfectant.
- Class masters/ teachers will pay attention to the students to create a habit of washing hands with soap and hot water after visiting the toilet, before eating, after outdoor recreation, when sneezing or coughing.
- The team of pedagogical, medical and non-pedagogical specialists are familiar with the current rules for work in the existing emergency situation, and should strictly observe them. Separate rooms will be used for changing the shoes the staff wore outside for ones that are to be used inside; hand washing, disinfection and putting on the necessary protective equipment (mask) immediately after entering the school yard, including avoiding close contact with students (handshake, hug).
- Class masters/ teachers monitor the presence/ absence of a protective mask of the student and in case of established absence during the school day they have to inform immediately the Receptionist, who immediately after the notification would provide a one-time mask for the student. The student will have the opportunity to buy a disposable/ textile mask of their choice from the school bookstore. The reception desk notifies the parents / guardians by e-mail, once a week, about the purchased disposable mask/ textile mask. The parents/ guardians would pay their value, and the invoicing will be done on a monthly basis, after providing a reference from the Reception until the 5th of the month for the purchased masks.
- If a student does not have an individual water bottle, a disposable bottle could be provided from Reception B (for Initial stage) and from Reception A (Upper Secondary and Secondary). The student will have the opportunity to purchase a thermos / plastic bottle (reusable) of their choice from the school bookstore. The reception desk would notify the parents/ guardians by e-mail, once a week, for the purchased disposable/ reusable water bottle. The parents/ guardians would pay their value, and the invoicing would be done on a monthly basis, after providing a reference by the Reception until the 5th of the month.
- The library is divided into separate rooms, serving the Primary School and the Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary School.
- The use of the school yard is performed at maximum restriction of the entry by outsiders by marking areas for access of parents in the yard and near the entrance. An exception to this rule is permissible for accompanying children with special educational needs (SEN) to school, subject to the requirements for physical distance and disinfection. The yard will be divided into zones in order to keep the required distance, and teachers will be encouraged to conduct more lessons outside if the weather allows it.
- In case of direct communication with each other, teachers are obliged to observe the requirements for physical distance and to wear a protective mask.
- Communication with parents/ guardians is carried out mainly by electronic means, and individual meetings and consultations will be held after prior arrangement and in compliance with the requirements of the Ministry of Health.
- Information materials for proper hand hygiene, observance of physical distance, respiratory etiquette, wearing protective masks have been placed in a prominent place.
- In the sports halls lessons will be held in strict compliance with the requirements of distance. According to the Guidelines for the academic 2021/2022, it is mandatory to wear a protective face mask during physical education and sports lessons when held indoors.
- The locker rooms used during the students’ sports activities will be equipped with sanitizer and will be under a strict regime of disinfection of the premises after each use.
- Meals: observed in the school canteen are the published on the website of the Bulgarian Agency for Food Safety and the Ministry of Health „Recommendations to business operators and employers in the food business”: provided are conditions and disinfectants (biocides) for hand sanitizing, as well as appropriate work clothes and protective equipment – gloves and masks. The masks must be worn by all staff, they are replaced periodically, and it is mandatory to replace them in case of violation of their integrity, in case of wetting or visible contamination. Daily measurement of the temperature is provided through the system for monitoring the body temperature, and when reporting such, the person would not be allowed to get in the school building. In case of any symptoms of sickness that occur during the working day, the staff would immediately leave the school building.
The school has provided a separate entrance/ exit from the canteen, providing one-way movement of students. Students wait to take their food at the required distance. Exhibition of food would only be in a covered area. There are two options with focus on the protection to serve the food – by using dense, transparent barriers to eliminate food contact – meals are served in dishes which the canteen staff pass on to the students on a tray. Hand hygiene measures are organised, sanitizer and napkins before and after meals are available. In order to keep distance, the classes would sit only in their designated areas and seats. It is not allowed to mix students from different schools.
In case of necessity, it is admissible students to eat outside the canteen at other specifically designated areas of the school.
- When carrying out “Extracurricular activities”, the school takes measures to comply with the mandatory and recommended measures to reduce the risks of transmission of the infection. Sanitizer, cleaning and disinfection after performing a certain activity, equipment or tools, as well as ventilation of the premises are provided. Teachers are encouraged to carry out outdoor activities whenever possible, at suitable climate conditions.
- End of the school day
Students’ departure will be made in three-time periods depending on the selected extracurricular activities.
End of the school day
The class master hands over the students to their parents/ guardian/ authorized person after the school day ends. The class master should give back to the students their phones and electronic devices and should not let them form a big group in front of the receptions. For this purpose there will be separate areas for each class with the necessary distance between them in the lobby, as students will be handed over to their parents according to a schedule and organization for entry/ exit in order to avoid the formation of a big group of either parents or students. We would expect all parents/ guardians/ authorized persons to strictly observe this schedule, and when accessing the turnstile, they must comply with all introduced anti-epidemic measures and leave the school building without any unnecessary delay.
Exit for Primary School (Preparatory group, Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4) – reception B. Entering the lobby is organized by the class master as follows: Preparatory groups, Grade 1 and 2 – from 3:40pm to 3:50pm, Grade 3 and 4 – from 3:50pm to 4:00pm as each class will be located close to reception B in a specific zone for that. The class master would hand over the student to a parent / guardian/ authorized person.
Exit for Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary (Grade 5 to Grade 12) – reception A. Entering the lobby is organized by the teacher who has been with the students in their last lesson until 3:45pm, the class will remain close to reception A in the specific area for the respective grade.
The class master would hand over the student to a parent/ guardian/ authorized person in case the student does not have the authorization to leave the school building alone.
In case the students from Primary and Secondary Schools are have been registered for school transport, the class master should hand over the student to the person responsible for the specific route – exit from reception A.
In case the student has extracurricular activities, the class master would hand over the student to the respective teacher/trainer in the Sports Hall, observing the necessary distance, not forming a big group, wearing personal protective equipment, in order to prevent direct interaction between them.
Sending the student after the extracurricular activities – 1st and 2nd time period.
1st period ends at 4:45pm – the respective teacher/trainer hands over the student to a teacher on duty who is responsible to hand over the student to his parent/ guardian/ authorized person by 17:00. Students have to be in the specified for their class area. Parents/ guardians/ authorized persons should use the following exits:
Exit for Primary School (Preparatory group, Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4) – reception B.
Exit for Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary School (Grade 5 to Grade 12) – reception A.
In case there are students registered for school transport – А teacher on duty should hand over the student to the person who is responsible for the specific route – exit from reception A.
2nd period, in case there are extracurricular activities. The teacher on duty hands over the student to the respective teacher/trainer in the Sports Hall, observing the necessary distance, not forming big groups, wearing personal protective equipment in order to prevent direct interaction between them.
After the 2nd period of Extracurricular activities ends, the student has to leave the school until 18:00 through the exits described above – reception A and reception B.
In case of using the school transport, the teacher on duty/receptionist has to hand over the student to the person who is responsible for the specific route – exit from reception A.
Scenarios depending on the different levels of sickness at national, district and school level.
Level 1: Green scenario:
(14-day sickness <100 per 100,000 people at the district level)
The school works with precautionary measures taken in accordance with the Guidelines of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health to reduce the risks of transmission of the infection.
In case of isolated cases of students, pedagogical specialists, or other employees – carriers of COVID-19 and / or quarantined people, measures are taken as follows:
- In case of a sick student, after a mandatory prescription of the Regional Health Inspectorate, the whole class would be quarantined and this class would go in online learning, with Order from the Head of the School- art. 40a, paragraph. 2 of Ordinance 10 concerning the organization of activities in school education.
- In case of quarantine of an individual student prescribed by the Regional Health Inspectorate, there will be online learning organised for him/her.
- The organisation and implementation of the online distance learning is in accordance with the timetable and the approved curriculum
In case of a green scenario on a district level, at which 10% of students are absent due to symptoms of COVID-19 and / or the number of ill teachers brings to inability to provide attendance will be applied the measures in the yellow scenario.
Level 2: Yellow scenario
(14-day sickness from 100 to 250 per 100,000 people at the district level)
The school works with precautionary measures taken in accordance with the Guidelines of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health to reduce the risks of transmission of the infection.
In case of isolated cases of students, pedagogical specialists or other employees – carriers of COVID-19 and / or quarantined people, the school would take the measures provided in the green scenario.
At absence of 10% of students due to symptoms of COVID-19 and /or number of sick teachers, which brings to the inability to provide attendance, the Head of School would make a reasoned proposal to the Minister of Education and Science to move to rotational or complete distance learning in electronic environment. When preparing the proposal for rotation, observed would be the rule that no more than 50% of the students would learn online. When preparing a reasoned proposal for rotation, the grade with the most ill or contact students should be the first to go online. In general cases, the principle applies as follows: students in high school first are going to distance learning in electronic environment except for XII grade. In case of continuing deterioration of the epidemic situation – the students from XII grade, as well as from the Lower secondary School except for VII grade would go online. The students from VII grade and from the Primary School (I-IV grade) are going to distance learning in electronic environment as a last option in case of impossibility to continue the education in person.
Created is organisation for maximum in-school learning for students with special educational needs, and for students with a higher risk of infection or serious illness, would be organized online learning following a specific request by the parents.
In the presence of isolated cases of infected student (s) and pedagogical staff, the measures would be identical to those in the green scenario.
Level 3: Red scenario
(14-day sickness from 250 to 500 per 100,000 people at the district level)
In the presence of isolated cases of students, pedagogical specialists, or other employees-carriers of COVID-19 and /or quarantined people shall be taken the measures provided for the green scenario.
If 10% of students are absent from school due to symptoms of COVID-19 and /or the number of ill teachers brings to inability to provide in-school learning process, would be applied the measures for the yellow scenario.
Level 4: Dark red scenario
(14-day sickness ≥ 500 per 100,000 people at the district level)
All schools in the respective area will go to distance learning in the electronic environment, only after an order by the Minister of Health which requires the closure of schools, followed by an order of the Minister of Education and Science to move to distance learning in the electronic environment.
In case the Minister of Health does not order the closure of the schools in the respective area, the measures provided in the red scenario will be applied.
The person designated by the school management to coordinate and control the implementation of this Health protection plan is Maria Ivanova, Health care and Safety Manager.