Tamaki Primary School – Health and Safety Procedures for COVID-19 – Level 2
11a Alamein Road
Ph: 527 6345
Updated: 12 May 2020
By: Lou Reddy
Crisis Management Controller: Lou Reddy (Acting Principal)
Phone: 09 527 6345 or 0800 527634
Mobile: 021 08471039
Key information regarding COVID-19 Management will be shared with whanau via our website and facebook page- https://www.tamakiprimary.school.nz/covid-19-updates/
Our prime goal is to keep everyone happy, healthy and safe and provide quality learning on and off site whilst we do so during Alert Level 2.
These procedures will be subject to review at the end of the 1st week of operation or at any time a weakness is exposed.
When does Level 2 start?
The Prime Minister has announced that we will go into Level 2 on Thursday 14 May and under Level 2 TPS will be open from Monday 18 May at 8.30 am.
We expect all learners to attend school – unless they are feeling sick or unwell (keep them at home).
The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:
- Reduce the risk of someone getting infected in the first place
- Ensure we can identify and contact anyone who becomes infected
- Understand that Level 2 is not business as usual.
Key messages from the Prime Minister
- “Early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities are all open.”
- “Schools and early learning services are safe environments for children, young people and staff. Additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.”
- “Distance learning is available for those unable to attend school, for example who are self-isolating.”
- “If a school has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, they must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours, to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for further 14 days.”
- “Staff are expected back unless sick . The caveats are underlying conditions and age or ‘age connection’, or pregnancy are removed during L2.”
- “Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. Any students (or staff) showing cold or flu symptoms will be sent home.”
- “If any of the children or staff are connected to a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 we must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing and cleaning then potentially for another 14 days.”
Key things that remain the same at Level 2 as for level 3:
- “Hygiene practices remain the same as for level 3.”
- “Where possible physical distancing is a good precaution. We do, however, know it is near impossible in an early learning environment and challenging in schools. So good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here.”
- “In schools, physical distancing means children, young people and staff maintaining enough distance so that they are not breathing on, or touching each other. And maintaining good hygiene practices, and regular cleaning. As is regular cleaning of equipment.”
- “Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds). Parents and caregivers who come on site need to be noted in the visitor register. “You may wish to consider asking parents and caregivers to do drop offs outside the gate where practicable, but that is not a requirement” We would have to get them to fill in the register however.”
- “Possible queues at your school office (for visitors) – the systems dairies and supermarkets have used (one in and one out, or marking 2 metre spacing on the ground).”
- “And all schools and early learning services will collect information about who’s there, so Public Health can contact people quickly if they need to.”
Now that level 2 has been announced, we will open on Monday 18 May 2020
Key things to get ready:
- Disinfecting all surfaces especially those not used in level 3 and keeping up cleaning each day.
- Maintaining good hygiene, particularly hand hygiene and good cough/sneeze etiquette.
- Keeping records to facilitate contact tracing.
- Cleaning of equipment (clean any devices that have been given out). Plan for the cleaning of equipment in your class.
- Plan for how we will manage an exposure or suspected exposure to COVID-19.
- Plan for learning both distance and on site: consider how we will welcome children back and find out about their wellbeing.
Physical distancing means children, young people and staff maintaining enough distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other. It is also maintaining good hygiene practices, and regular cleaning. As is regular cleaning of equipment.
If your child is sick
Please ensure you keep your children at home if they are sick. That is, if they have a runny nose, cough, high temperature, vomiting, diarrhea etc you need to keep them at home. We will send students home immediately if they show any symptoms of illness. We will need you to support us by picking students up immediately if you are contacted.
Dropping your child off and picking them up
School gates will remain locked during Level 2. Any vehicles requiring access to the school will need to contact the main office where access will be granted.
We ask that you drop your child off and pick them up from the school gate. Both the Alamein Rd and Tripoli Road entrances will be open for students to enter. There will also be a staff member on each entrance from 8:15am – 9.00 am ensuring all who enter have hand sanitizer applied. All learners must go straight to their classroom.
Any adult wishing to enter the school grounds will be required to sign in and out at the Office.
Teachers will man the entrance door to each classroom and ensure students hand sanitise. Only the front door of the classrooms can be used during the morning. The side doors must remain locked unless a teacher allows you out during break times. One child in the bathroom at a time. The cloak bays are not to be used for student learning / meeting spaces.
Learners will be released from their classes and older students who need to pick up siblings can do so by waiting outside their siblings classroom (avoid wandering into other classes).
Both the Alamein Rd and Tripoli Rd will have staff there making sure learners leave promptly.
Room 1, 2, 3 teachers can wait for their classes until the children are picked up as usual by sliding door if parents need the child to wait to be collected.
Entering procedure for Enrolments, Special Conditions & Visitors
The teacher who is manning the gates will point any new whanau, whanau with special conditions and visitors to the school office or call 0800 527634 to speak with the office. Sanitising products are available on the office counter. All visitors and staff must sign in and out via Vistab – the iPad on the office counter (see vistab instructions here).
Teachers and cleaners are busy making classrooms ready for your return next Monday. We can assure you that each class will be clean and hand sanitizer available in each learning space. Children will use sanitizer both when entering and exiting their learning space.
We are still required to keep a social distance while in and out of the classrooms. Physical distancing means children, young people and staff maintaining enough distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other. It is also maintaining good hygiene practices, and regular cleaning. It is also regular cleaning of equipment.
I would like to ensure that all students are engaging with their learning during Alert level 2 and further to Alert level 1, so in consultation with our teachers and Senior leaders, we will be continuing to present learning via our class sites until further notice. This means that whether a learner is at school or learning from home, they will have access to the same teaching material via their class sites.
Tamaki Primary School will not be holding any physical assemblies at this stage. We will notify you once we start to hold them again. We will have a welcome back to school via a Virtual Assembly at 9.30 am on Monday 18 May and regular assembly on 12pm Friday 22nd May via this link.
Teachers will set this up in the classrooms and students who are at home can also login via their google hangouts or on our website.
Our drinking fountains have been switched off until further notice. All learners must bring their own named drink bottle with water each day.
Break times are normal but we do require students to practice hand sanitizing when returning after a break.
Playgrounds are open as are sandpits, once again with strict hygiene routines. We will operate a maximum number as to avoid children entering each others breathing space, on each piece of equipment and have staff on duty at each area.
Sports or games of any kind can be played with (balls, ropes, bats, etc). All equipment will be cleaned at the end of each break. There will be no rugby of any sort due to social distancing.
Staff are expected to maintain physical distance from each other (staff and students). Keep food to themselves and avoid sharing utensils/plates unless they have been cleaned. The dishwasher can be used as normal. It will be put on the hottest cleaning level for hygiene purposes. Soap and sanitiser will be provided in the staffroom.
Day to Day specifics – Onsite classroom teachers
- Sanitise on entry (on table by office)
- In each Class – Check sanitiser levels each day (1 bottle in the classroom, 1 bottle at the entrance to the toilets).
- Place a table outside your designated door each morning and bring it in before you leave.
- Remind students to sanitise hands every time they enter the classroom. Keep 1m physical distance from each other as much as possible.
- Remind children to keep a distance from each other, “In schools, physical distancing means children, young people and staff maintaining enough distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other. And maintaining good hygiene practices, and regular cleaning. As is regular cleaning of equipment.”
- Remind students to not touch their face. Wash/Sanitize hands before eating.
- Keep the table / chair / stool in front of the toilet exits with hand sanitizer available to use on it.
- 1 at a time to the toilet. Remind students to wash and dry hands thoroughly and then sanitise on the way out.
- Students to have their own named drink bottle and headphones.
- Keep an eye out for any students that show cold or flu symptoms and notify Senior Management.
- Remind students to stay in their work area always maintaining a 1m distance to others.
In the event of someone becoming unwell during Alert Level 2:
- Teachers or children who are unwell with respiratory symptoms immediately isolate, ring parents to pick the child up. Teachers will go home, and call Healthline or their GP.
- Teachers or children with respiratory symptoms who have tested negative for COVID 19 are able to stay home until they’ve been symptom-free for 48 hours.
- If a teacher or child has tested positive, and you are contacted by a public health unit, you can provide clear information regarding the worker’s contacts at work. Wait for public health to contact you. They will provide advice about any further actions you are required to take. Consider who at your workplace is best to liaise with the public health unit if they call.
- School closes for 72 hours or until the Ministry of Health indicates opening is safe.
- The work area of the unwell person is disinfected in accordance with the cleaning procedures that you have implemented.
- Find out who was in contact from when the worker is suspected to have contracted COVID-19 because this will assist with contact tracing.
- Have a system for keeping in contact with unwell workers and tracking their progress.
We have planned to identify people at our work who have been in close proximity to someone suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19. The best way to do this is to keep a register of people entering or leaving the school via the vistab.
The minimum information we need to collect from all visitors (including parents who have come into our school) is:
- full name (not nickname)
- contact telephone number
- address (for workers) or the name of the visitor’s business
- reason for visit and duration.
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