At Għargħur primary, we take the safety of our children and staff very seriously. Our school is prepared to welcome students again and we are taking all necessary measures to make it a safe environment for all during this pandemic.
- Posters have been displayed all around the school, constantly reminding children to take the necessary precautions such as keeping adequate social distance, wearing a mask, and washing their hands properly and regularly.
- In the classroom, markings on the floor have been placed using tape, indicating the desks’ correct positions, for a social distance of 1.5m to be kept between students and 2m from the class teacher.
- Roll-up banners between all statemented students and LSEs are also in place.
- Tape and footsteps stickers have also been placed on corridor floors to help staff and students keep to the left, thus ensuring a one-way flow of traffic.
- Sanitising stations are available in various spots along the corridors including toilet entrances.
- Signs indicating which toilets are to be used by each class have been placed on the doors and a schedule has been set up to avoid having children from different bubbles meet at the toilet during the same time.
- Break times have been staggered
- School entry and dismissal have been staggered too.
- Children will also be provided with colour-coded bracelets indicating which bubble they belong to.
Other COVID-19 Measures
- Students who will be in KG1, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 will enter and exit the school through the door in front of the bar.
- Students who will be in KG2, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 will enter and exit the school through the usual main door.
- Students will walk into school and leave school, class by class, according to our directions.
- If a student arrives late and his classmates would have walked in already, then the student needs to wait outside, until all the other students would have walked in.
- KG students will be the last to walk into school but the first to exit.
- Students will be allocated different toilets and they need to stick to these.
- Kindly do not send any toys to school.
- Break times have been staggered – 2-year groups at the same time. However, the students will not use the same staircase; neither will they use the same play area.
- Ms Pamela, Asst Head, is the Covid-19 school representative.
- The school will try its best to adopt minimal paper handling. However, sure you understand that this is not easily doable.
- The meetings scheduled at the beginning of the school year will be held as per circular dated August 20th. However, these will be online meetings using Microsoft Teams, just like the ones we had at the end of the school year. Ms Pat will send you an invite close to the meeting date.
- Year 1 to Year 6 students will not be given a college diary this year. They need to bring their own.
- The class Interactive White-Board will only be used by the class teacher.
- If you need to contact the school, you are welcome to do so either by phone on 25986540 or through the school email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Before Coming to School
- Children should not be sent to school if he/she are feeling sick. Consult a doctor.
- Every morning parents/guardians are to check for these symptoms and keep their child at home if any of them are present:
- A temperature of 37.2 oC or higher
- Sore throat
- New uncontrolled cough
- Diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain
- Severe headache
Though sanitising materials will be made available at school, it is important that parents/guardians ensure that every student always carries with them sanitising products such as disinfectant wipes, tissues and hand sanitising gel when attending school.
- Only students registered to use a specific transport route will be allowed to use the service. All students are to keep to the same route and they may not board different vehicles.
- Please inform your child to keep the mask/visor on at all times during the trip and to stay seated where the driver or the on-board supervisor instructs.
- Vehicle operators/drivers will be cleaning high grip areas between each school trip.
- The School Transport Section will be performing spot checks to ensure that this measure is being adhered to.
- Students registered for breakfast club will be provided with a pre-packed breakfast upon their arrival at school.
- Once they collect the pre-packed breakfast they will be led to class or to a designated area (as instructed) so that the classroom bubble is kept.
Entering & Exiting the School
- Only one parent/guardian (Primary school) is to accompany the student to school.
- We will be using different entrances/exits according to Year groups as indicated below.
- Parents/guardians are to maintain the recommended social distance when waiting outside the school premises and are kindly asked to arrive on time and to leave as soon as their child/ren are admitted in the school. It is also recommended that they wear a face mask or visor.
- Upon arrival students will be asked to sanitise their hands and a temperature check will be taken at the entrance. If a child has a temperature which is equal or higher than 37.2C, he/she will not be able to stay at school.
- As soon as your children enter the school premises, they will be asked to go straight to their classroom or designated area so that the group bubble is maintained.
Use of Masks/Visors
- Staff will be wearing masks/visors at all times.
- Students need to come to school wearing a visor or a mask.
- Students will also wear their masks in all common areas including corridors and toilets, as well as on school transport.
- In Primary schools, students can remove the mask/visor in class and when doing Physical Education.
- Masks/Visors should be labelled with the child’s name. Please provide a bag or labelled
pocket so that your child can store the mask in it when it is not in use.
- Masks need to be either changed or washed daily. Visors should also be wiped clean and disinfected every day.
The School Day
- In class, there will be adequate distancing between desks, students and staff.
- We will have staggered breaks to have less students in the yard at the same time. Children will be allowed to play only with children from their own class during breaktime.
- We are encouraging teachers to use outdoor yards to deliver lessons when possible.
- In class/corridors, all windows/doors will be kept open to allow ventilation.
Ensuring a Safe Environment
- Unauthorised personnel will not be allowed to enter the school. ONLY students, and authorised personnel will be allowed in school.
- Parents/guardians may not visit school. However, we welcome you to use other forms of communication to communicate with us such as phoning, emails or online means. Details on how to contact us are provided on page 4.
- Before entering the school premises, authorised visitors need to sanitise their hands with the sanitiser provided and their temperature will be checked.
- The school will keep a record and details of all authorised personnel who enter the school premises.
- The school will have stickers in place as needed to support our pupils and staff members to keep social distance.
- An organised system for moving from one place to another in the schools will be in place, ie. all corridors will adopt a keep-left traffic system.
- Assemblies will be held online when children are in class.
- No school outings can take place until further notice.
- Parents’ day/evening will also be held online so parents are encouraged to download Microsoft Teams. Do not hesitate to contact the school, should you need any assistance with downloading it.
- Hand sanitisers will be available around the school and in every classroom.
- We will ensure the best hygienic conditions possible within our school by cleaning our premises thoroughly and frequently. Toilets will also be cleaned regularly and supplied with soap and disposable paper towels.
In case of illness
- If a child starts feeling sick at school, the child will be asked to put on the mask/visor and will be taken to the Isolation Room. Parents/Guardians will be asked to pick up their child immediately and to contact the family doctor.
- If the child has been in contact with anyone who was confirmed as positive to COVID 19 in the last two weeks, the child is to stay at home and the advice of a doctor is to be sought.
- If the child has travelled from a non-corridor country or a country on the amber list in the last 14 days, the child should remain home.
Educating our Children
Parents/Guardians are also encouraged to support the wellbeing of all by continuing to:
- Explain to their child that no hugging or shaking hands is permitted.
- Show their child how to properly wash his/her hands with soap and water.
- Teach their child to avoid touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes if they have not washed or sanitised their hands immediately before.
- Teach their child how to use tissues when sneezing/coughing. Children need to be taught how to blow their nose and to dispose of used tissues in the bins provided immediately after use.
Operations for the opening of this scholastic year was carried out with all the partners of the Education Sector in Malta and with the Maltese and foreign Health Authorities. We appeal to work hand in hand and responsibly and to follow all necessary measures to protect each other.
Supervision upon arrival at School
Cleaning of Common Areas
Cleaning of Outdoor Areas: The outdoor areas, namely the entrance and the courtyards of the schools will be cleaned very day.
Use of Sanitary Facilities: Students should enter the sanitary facilities in a coordinated manner and make use of the mitigation and hygiene measures that have been implemented.
Supervision upon dismissal
Guidelines for Parents
Parents have an important role in keeping their children healthy and safe at school.
- Teach and model good hygiene practices for your child.
- Keep monitoring your child’s health.
- Encourage your child to ask questions and express her/his feelings with adults.
- Stay informed about the outbreak.
- Maintain close contact with the school. Actively support safety efforts.
- Every morning see that your children have no symptoms or fever. In case they have do not send them to school.
- In case they call you from school to collect your children, it is very important to do so at your earliest possible.
- Help your child maintain a healthy lifestyle with a routine, a balanced diet, and regular exercise.
- Take care of your own physical and mental wellbeing and don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
- It is important that children from wear a mask or visor in common areas.