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We will reopen our First, Middle & Upper School on Wednesday 19th August

The reopening of Samakee is guided by the following principles:

  • Protect the health and safety of children and staff
  • Follow the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education, Health Department and Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration
  • Reestablish familiar school routines for social, emotional and academic learning for our children
  • Provide clear expectations for teachers and children in an emergency learning environment

Guidelines, procedures and more

Arrival and dismissal expectations
The following expectations and procedures are in place to ensure the health safety and hygiene standards are met.

In general:

  • All movement around and within the school buildings is to happen with the expected 1-2 meters distance
  • Children and staff are not to be in school if they show any symptoms of illness and must be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning
  • Children are on campus only for the duration of the school day
  • Students may not enter the school before their arrival time

Staggered arrival and dismissal times:

Arrival times:

  • Upper School children will start school at 7:30 and should not arrive in school before 7:00 am. Upper School children will go directly to the Upper School floor.
  • Middle School children will start school at 8:10 and should not arrive before 7:45 am and may play in the garden until it is time to go to their designated classroom.
  • Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children will start at 8:40 am and should not arrive before 8:15. TAs will be at the entrance to meet children and they will play in the garden until it is time to go to their classrooms.
  • Nursery and Kindergarten will start at 9:00 am and should not arrive before 8:40 am. Teachers and TAs will be at the entrance to meet children and they will play in the garden until it is time to go to their classrooms. This arrival time is temporary and will change to an 8:40 am start time and not arriving before 8:15 am as soon as our youngest children have settled into school routines.

Dismissal times:

  • EYFS: The school day will finish at 12:00 for part-time children and 2:00 pm for full-day.
  • Primary(Y1-5): The school day will finish at 2:15 pm for Primary School.
  • Upper School: The school day will finish at 2:30 pm.

Expectations for children:

  • Children will be allowed in the school at the assigned staggered start time.
  • Children enter the school without their parents at the front entrance.
  • Children must sanitise their hands when entering school and classrooms.
  • Children must adhere to the 1-2-meter rule when entering and exiting the school and throughout the school day.
  • Children must wear masks.
  • Children bring only the minimum that is needed for the school day.
  • In order for arrival and dismissal arrangements to work well, it is really important for children and parents to stick to these times as much as possible.
  • Children who arrive late must sign in at the front office as usual.
  • At the end of the school day, children will remain in their class group with their teachers. When parents arrive at the entrance to pick up their child, the child will be released by the teachers.

Expectations for parents:

  • Parents will arrive at the assigned staggered start time and dismissal time – it is very important to keep to these times to encourage social distancing.
  • Parents drop off their children at the bottom of the entrance ramp.
  • Parents are encouraged to allow their child to make the last part of the journey into school independently unless delivering a reluctant child.
  • Parents will pick up children at the ramp at the school entrance.
  • Please note that parents are requested to download the app Kidsup. Using the app, parents will inform us when parents have arrived at the school car park and they will be put in a queue. Children will leave their class group when their name appears on the app and meet their parents at the entrance ramp. Parents will remain in their cars.

Staff:

  • Staff must sanitise hands when entering school.
  • Staff need to use the one-two-meter distancing when entering and leaving the school.
  • Staff must wear masks throughout the school day.
  • Staff will keep children in their class group until parents arrive at the school to collect them.
Entering and exiting the classroom
During the day:

  • Children must wash their hands when they enter and exit the classroom; this is at the beginning of the day, after playtime, after PE, after using the toilet or any other time they enter the room
Expectations around use of materials
Classrooms and use of materials:

  • Teachers and TAs will maintain the sanitising of the classroom and materials.
  • Children Y4 – 9 bring their own pencil cases from home
  • Children cannot bring personal toys to school

Toys and manipulatives:

  • All toys and manipulatives will be washed/disinfected after school
  • All malleable resources will not be used unless the children have their own supply in a clearly labelled bag.
  • Soft toys and pillows/cushions/blankets have been removed

iPads, Chromebooks and mice:

  • Must not be shared while using
  • Will be wiped before and after use several times daily with a disinfected cloth
  • Children must wash hands before and after use
  • Staff must wipe down their computer, iPad, phone, mouse, etc. several times a day.

Other materials:

  • Whiteboards and markers wiped down after use
  • Class pencils/pens wiped down after use
  • Scissors/glue sticks/rulers wiped down after use
  • Other art materials i.e. pastels etc. used, cleaned and then packed away
  • No shared playdough/plasticine/clay
  • Roleplay corners washed down daily if used

Classroom libraries closed. Instead:

  • First School: a small selection of books available daily. Once a child has read the book it is packed away and cleaned at the end of the day.
  • Middle & Upper School: children have their reading book/s which they keep with their other belongings.
  • Teachers have a box of books relevant for the day which they use, clean and pack away.
  • Children may continue to reserve and borrow books from the school library using our online library ‘Reading Cloud’ and these will be delivered to the classroom.
Health and safety guidelines
Emergency learning: health and safety guidelines

Sick children:

Children who show any signs of illness may not attend school.

Please do NOT send your child to school if he or she is showing any symptoms of illness which could be passed onto another child or adult.

If any member of the household has symptoms of Covid-19, do NOT send your child.

Children who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.5C/99.5F or higher will be sent home from school. A member of administration, nurse, or teacher will phone a parent to arrange immediate pick up of the sick child.

Handwashing and hand sanitising:

Children will enter school at the entrance door, one at a time, one-two meters apart and will remain one-two meters apart the entire school day. Children will wash their hands at least every two hours.

Handwashing:

  • Upon entering school children will use hand sanitiser before going to their classrooms
  • All children and staff will wash their hands every time they enter and leave the classroom

School Medical Room and First Aid Room:

  • The Medical Room will only be available for children who need to be sent home due to illness
  • The First Aid Room will be available for first aid

One-Two-meter distance

  • One-two-meter markers have been placed in areas as appropriate
  • Children will be separated by 0ne-two meters throughout the school day both in the class and when transitioning to and from playtime and PE

Cleaning of the buildings:

  • Hand sanitisers have been placed inside each building entrance
  • Bannisters, door handles, light switches, lift buttons etc. will be sanitised on a continuous basis throughout the day by the maintenance staff
  • Toilets and sinks will be sanitised on a continuous basis throughout the day by the maintenance staff

Classrooms and the use of materials:

Teachers and TAs will maintain the sanitising of the classroom and materials.

All toys must be washed daily. If they cannot be washed or disinfected they must be packed away. Children’s personal toys must stay at home. iPads, laptops and mice are not to be shared and will be wiped before and after use.

Learning during the state of emergency: How to keep your distance as an adult
Working and collaborating together will look and feel different. It is likely to be awkward and certainly will take getting used to. In addition to following the guidelines for moving around the building, we will use the following guidelines:

  • Staff must wipe down their computer, iPad, mouse, etc. several times a day
  • Use Google Meet, Zoom as much as possible for gatherings, eg. Open Evenings, Parent Consultations etc.
  • Use of staff rooms is allowed only if adults wash hands when entering and exiting the staff room and apply social distancing expectations.
  • One person (adults and children) at a time can use the lift
  • Sanitise hands before entering the lift
  • When exiting the lift, hands must be sanitised
Online learning plan

We are ready to return to online learning if this is required in the future by the Thai Government and the Ministry of Education. 

Hygiene procedures for the classroom
Daily routines / could be done during playtime:

  • Clean tabletops, door handles and other surfaces that are frequently touched using the cleaning equipment available in the classrooms.

Before and after lunch:

  • There is a cleaning kit for every classroom and it is brought to the classrooms by maintenance staff every day.
  • Before children may eat, the tabletops and stools will be cleaned before and after every lunch sitting.
  • After lunch, children and staff stack the plates in the containers provided. These will be picked up again by kitchen staff.

OBS: please do NOT throw away the spray bottles school has provided, when empty, you cannot get more. Spray bottles can be refilled in the school shop at the entrance.

Lunch and snack procedures
All EYFS and KS1 children will eat snacks in their designated classroom. Lunch will be served in the hall.

Please follow the below guidelines:

  • All children and staff wash their hands before and after eating snacks or lunch.
  • Children sit in their designated spots for lunch.
  • Snack and lunch are supervised by the class teacher or specialist teacher.
  • Staff use the provided disinfectant and cloths to thoroughly clean the tables after children have eaten.
Movement of all people in, out and throughout the buildings
All movement of children around and within the buildings is to be supervised by an adult and adhere to the expected one-two meters distance. When children are moving around the building, they need to be taught the following expectations. These expectations must then be reinforced consistently by all teachers.

They include:

  • Everyone washes hands before moving to another section of the school
  • Move on the left when moving up and down the stairs and through the hallways
  • Hold onto the handrail/bannister when moving up and down the stairs
  • Move up and down the stairs one step at a time
  • Stay five steps apart on the stairs
  • Keep hands and bodies to him/herself
Outdoor play
A revised playtime schedule has been created to provide increased outdoor playtime for all students and limit the number of students on the playground at one time. Staff will be on duty in each area for every playtime.

Expectations for children at playtime:

  • Children are expected to follow the school rules and cooperate when instructed and directed
  • Children are expected to adhere to all new procedures so the school can follow the guidelines for health and safety
  • Children who struggle to meet the new expectations will not be permitted on the playground
  • Football or ball play will be permitted during this time provided children use one ball each and it is cleaned after use
  • Children will have access to playground toys and bikes provided they are cleaned after each use
  • Children will be able to play on the playground equipment
Specialist subject schedule
Specialist teachers will teach according to class timetables and these lessons will be taught in specialist classrooms.

Staff illness
Staff who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.5C/99.5F or higher should not come to school or if already at school go home immediately.

You are considered sick when there are symptoms of illness, even with mild symptoms of illness. This means that in case of symptoms of illness you have to stay home from work.

Staff can return to school 48 hours after he/she is no longer showing ANY symptoms of illness. This means that if you have symptoms of illness, you should stay home until you are well.

If a person who has been at school is confirmed (or suspected) to be infected with COVID-19, the school must be informed of it in order to inform the persons with whom he/she has been in close contact.

It is recommended that persons with proven COVID-19 isolate themselves as much as possible in the home away from other family members and avoid all physical contact with persons in the home.

When a family member is ill:

When you suspect someone in your house has COVID-19, stay at home out of caution. Do your best to isolate yourself from the ill person. Contact your doctor and ask to have the ill person tested, if it is confirmed that it is not COVID-19, you should return to work.

Children of concern
Learning during the state of emergency means that the school’s capacity to manage particular behaviours will be limited. As such, it is important that children follow school rules with a greater degree of independence. Unfortunately, children who cannot meet the new expectations will not be permitted to stay at school. Teachers and staff will monitor the emotional well-being of children in the new learning environment. Parents are also asked to share any concerns with their child’s class teacher.

We will be particularly aware of the following situations and issues:

1. Reluctant children*

2. Social / emotional concerns including new concerns because of new class, teacher, environment, friendships

3. Behaviour / disciplinary issues

4. General academic concerns

5. Late and absent students

6. Child protection issues

*Special arrangements will be made to support children who have difficulty separating from parents

Concern Response
Reluctant children Teachers and staff will make reasonable efforts to encourage students to enter and stay in school. Special arrangements will be made for new children joining the school, First School children and children who are not able to cooperate easily and quickly.
Social/emotional issues Teachers will report children of concern to our phase leaders and Designated Safeguarding Leader so that they can receive appropriate support.
Behaviour/ disciplinary issues There is an enhanced expectation for children to follow school rules, classroom agreements and cooperate when instructed and directed. Children are also expected to adhere to the new hygiene and distancing procedures so the school can follow the guidelines for health and safety. Children who can’t meet the new expectations will be supported by a teacher and the steps taken will be determined on a case by case basis.
General academic concerns Phase and Pupil Progress meetings will continue and children’s learning needs be considered case by case.
Late and absent children Regular recording of attendance and late arrivals will continue. Parents will be contacted if attendance is a concern.
Child Protection issues The same child protection procedures are in place. Teachers should inform the Designated Safeguarding Leader or headteacher immediately.
Teaching and learning
Teaching:

Our goal for learning, during this state of emergency, is to provide children with some familiar school routines for social/emotional/academic learning in a temporary different school environment. Lessons will be designed to provide practice for consolidating skills and following baseline assessments will focus on new differentiated learning, as appropriate. Lessons should be as independent as possible. Teachers will use teaching materials, strategies and teaching styles that are familiar to children. The academic work for children will be as familiar and as independent as possible.

Schedule:

The emergency learning schedule is designed to reduce the contact of staff and children throughout the buildings.

New timetables will be created for the start of the new year and will be shared with parents via Firefly. Following the extended school closure and to make sure that children in all year groups are not missing crucial skills, knowledge and understanding, we will not rush to cover the Year group objectives. Instead, the teacher will build on, broaden, and deepen the learning that has gone before. The classroom teachers will organise the daily schedule of lessons within the arrival/dismissal time and around playtime and lunch breaks.

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