Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Since 1 September 2020, all schools within Qatar must comply with the COVID-19 safety measures as outlined by The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE). As a school, RGS Qatar has planned and put all the precautionary measures in place to make sure our community is as safe and secure as possible.

Key Covid Health and Safety Protocols

  • High-quality hygiene standards are paramount to safety
  • Minimise movement around the school where possible
  • Work together as the RGS Qatar community
  • We cannot eliminate risk, we can only seek to minimise it

Disclosing Important Information

We need to ensure RGS Qatar remains a safe environment for our entire community. As such, we ask for your understanding of and agreement with our safety protocols and expectations. In addition, at times, we will need to collect some information and therefore might ask you to share:

  • Details about all recent travel
  • High-risk medical conditions so that we can maintain a register in case there is a suspected case in our community
  • the latest, up to date medical records of your child
  • whether or not your child is vaccinated, and provide a copy of the certificate

Arrival Procedures

As part of our safety guidelines, we will have some very specific arrival and departure routines. As students (and parents) arrive at school they will have their temperature tested using a thermographic body temperature measuring camera, located in the different entry areas. Parents will also be asked to show their green Ehteraz status before being permitted onto the campus.

Facilities Information

Library

Our library is open with the following protocols in place:

  1. Only a limited number of students will have access to the library at any one time
  2. The library will be disinfected on a regular basis
  3. All books will be sanitised upon return
  4. Furniture will be utilised according to appropriate social distancing requirements

Canteen

The canteen will remain closed until permission to reopen is received from the Ministry of Education in Qatar.  

Play areas

As per the Ministry of Education in Qatar mandates, students will spend their break and lunchtimes in their classrooms and will not be allowed to use the playground.

Key Covid Health and Safety Protocols

Masks

Our policy on wearing masks follows the guidelines provided by the authorities.

  • All staff, visitors and children from Year 2 upwards will always need to wear masks.
  • Teachers will wear masks/face shields.
  • All cleaning staff will always wear masks.
  • Students and staff are required to bring two masks per day
    • One for morning use and one for afternoon use
    • Please ensure fabric masks are washed on a daily basis

Temperature and Ehteraz Checks

Our policy on temperature and Ehteraz checks follow the guidelines provided by the authorities.

  • All students, staff and visitors will always be required to have temperature checks on entry into the school
  • Non-contact thermometers will be located at all entry points into the school
  • Any staff, visitor or student with temperatures of 37.5 or above will not be allowed into the school and will return home
  • Ehteraz app: all adults must show a green Ehteraz status prior to entry onto the school site

Handwashing

As all the guidelines on COVID-19 suggest, washing your hands constantly is a key preventative measure against the virus.

  • We will encourage regular hand washing and sanitising
  • Teachers will model and guide students on handwashing
  • Hand wash breaks will be worked into the timetable for all students – before and after breaks, including snacks in the classroom
  • Those entering the school will be required to sanitise their hands upon entry
  • Each bathroom will be appropriately resourced and have posters with effective hand washing and drying instructions

Social Distancing

  • All classrooms will be arranged to ensure social distancing is maximized.
  • Current Ministry guidelines stipulate no more than 15 students per class.
  • All common areas will have staggered use so that social distancing can be maintained
  • All family teacher meetings, information sessions, coffee mornings and all other meetings for families will be held online
  • No group gatherings: students will not be permitted to gather in groups inside the school premises (including play areas)

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting protocols at RGS Qatar will happen at regular intervals every day, following relevant guidance. All key areas are disinfected frequently and the whole school is disinfected daily. A deep cleaning routine is implemented at the end of the school day and over weekends.
    • Regular disinfection of frequently touched surfaces like door handles and handrails
    • Hand sanitisers are available in every classroom and in all common areas

Attendance and Tracking Records

    1. Parents and visitors will only be allowed into the Main Reception Area.
    2. Parents permitted onto the school site for drop off and pick up will not be allowed entry into school buildings.
    3. Attendance is compulsory during all modes of learning and will be logged every day.
    4. Should your child require a medical exemption certificate to attend school online only, please click on the following link: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Back-to-School.aspx

Medical Concerns

  • Please keep your child at home if they are unwell.
  • It is everyone’s duty to notify the school if there is a suspected COVID-19 case.
  • The symptoms related to COVID-19 have so far been identified as the following:
    • A fever >37.5 degrees Celsius – Cough
    • Body ache or fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose
    • Diarrhoea and Nausea
    • Headache
    • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Parents are asked to keep children at home if they show any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
  • Any student, member of staff or visitor showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 will be isolated immediately in the school clinic and appropriate action is taken.
  • Any student, member of staff or visitor showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 will be isolated immediately in the school clinic and appropriate action is taken.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST AND PROTOCOLS MAY CHANGE ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES AND PREVAILING CIRCUMSTANCES

 

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