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HHIS Newsletter – August 20th 2020
Thursday August 20th 2020
Back to School News
The new term is approaching rapidly now and we are getting ready to welcome all our students back to school including 44 new students on Monday August 24th.
We will continue to take precautionary measures against COVID19 and details of these are below. As parents are still not permitted to be on our campus during the school day we will continue to operate the pick up and drop off only systems that we trialled last term. Again, we ask for your patience as with the increase in enrolments there may be longer queuing times. It will improve as we all get better at managing the system and we will keep it all under review. It is important that parents do not park and follow the one way system, entering from Black Mountain Golf course side and exiting via the Wake Board Park exit. Further details and our video link are given below.
To help us give alerts to your arrival we will be handing out signs on Monday to put in your car window as you approach so that we can radio ahead to ensure your child is ready for you at the gate.
Pick ups and Drop offs for family groups
If your children are in differing key stages we will email you to allocate a gate where all your children should all be dropped off and picked up.
The drop offs and pick ups became very efficient last term but we did miss the contact with parents. Please do keep in contact with us through emails or by phone. Teachers will send out their email addresses. Little things can mean a lot to your child so please do just drop us an email if there is anything that needs to be passed on to the classteacher. Appointments can be made to meet up after school hours.
We will making arrangements for the usual October Term 1 parent/teacher meetings, online and/or after school if the current situation remains.
We are not allowed to have ECAs yet but as soon as we are able we will reintroduce after school activities.
We apply stringent anti-transmission procedures in order to meet the very detailed measures required by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and by the Ministry of Education (MoE). I ask for your support, cooperation and patience with these procedures as we all do our best to ensure the highest standards of safety for our community.
Our precautionary procedures have been inspected by the Thai Ministry and were praised for their stringency.
Here is the outline of HHIS guidelines in the three priority areas of: Social distancing, Hygiene and Cleaning and Sanitising Vigilance.
1. Social Distancing
Social distancing is a priority.
In order to avoid groups gathering at the school, parents are not be allowed on the premises during drop-off and pick-up times. The current car park is a drop off and pick up zone only and parents should remain in their vehicle.
To help with this, we have introduced a series of staggered start-times and allocate three different entrance areas.
If you have children in different key stages you will be emailed to allocate the gate where you can drop off and pick up all your children.
End of the School Day
Social Distancing in School
• Lines will be marked around the school to ensure social distancing queuing.
• Classrooms will be arranged to enable social distancing.
• The Canteen will be zoned for different age groups and lunch times will operate on a rota.
• We will minimise contact between children of different age groups and phases.
• ECAs will not take place.
Parent visits and visitors to school
• Parents are asked to contact staff by email so that appointments can be made for after- school visits.
• All visits to the school will be limited to out of school hours.
Parents must check their children’s temperature before sending them to school. If a child’s temperature is 37.5 or above, they must be kept at home.
• Fever checks will be in place on arrival at school. Any student or member of staff with a temperature of 37.5 C or above will need to return home.
• Handwashing will be a top priority. Hand sanitisers have been placed all around the school. Students must wash their hands using the 7 step rule:
• We will continue to place top priority on educating our students about the importance of handwashing, hygiene and self-care.
• Masks will be worn by staff and students.
• Masks will be available at Security or from the Nurses’ room.
3. Cleaning and Sanitising
Our practices are vigilant and include:
• Ventilating the classrooms regularly.
• Limiting students’ time in air-conditioning to maximum periods of 2 hours.
• Frequent cleaning of toilets and changing rooms through the day, with a special emphasis on the periods before and after break-times.
• Chromebooks, sports, music and all other classroom equipment, will be cleaned before and after use.
• Points of high frequency use, such as door handles and stair rails will be cleaned constantly throughout the day.
We ask for your support and commitment to put these procedures into place so that we both meet the government stipulations, and most importantly, ensure the safety and health of our whole school community.