WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day.
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. Thus, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy.
Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure learners and educators have a safe and healthy learning and working environment.
- Transmitted by droplets from coughing or sneezing within a distance of 1 meter
- Incubation period is generally 2-14 days but can be up to 27 days
- Person-to-person contact such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching contaminated objects or surfaces then touching your eyes, nose or mouth
A safe environment can be achieved through elimination of infectious particles in the air and
on surfaces by always adhering to the Golden Rules:
Prevent direct contact with persons who are sick – encourage educators, learners and
staff to stay at home when feeling sick.
Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) – use protective face masks at all times.
Environmental cleaning and disinfection – reduce the risk of microorganisms in the environment by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, hand rails, desks, tables, windows, etc. hourly or less frequently depending on the circumstances.
Social distancing – Keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters between persons where possible, avoiding any type of gatherings e.g. assemblies, queuing at the tucks shop.
Hand hygiene – Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet, touching food and if hands are visibly soiled/dirty.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser regularly, especially after contact with ANY person or after contact with frequently touched surfaces i.e. phones, door handles etc.
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose with unwashed/un-sanitised hands.
Limit airborne transmission– allow adequate cross ventilation in classrooms and office buildings. Practice cough and sneeze etiquette – cough in the fold of the bent elbow and sneeze in a tissue which should be discarded safely in a refuse bin. Wash hands immediately thereafter.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES WHEN ENTERING THE SCHOOL
Limit visitors and the number of people that enter the school, office or classroom. Parents should enter the school only if absolutely necessary.
Every person (parent, teacher, learner or visitor) that enters or leaves our school must sanitise their hands at the entrance and have their temperature assessed with a digital thermometer scanner and they will be checked if they wearing a mask.
A reading of 38 degrees and above indicates a possible fever and will not be permitted on the school grounds.
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