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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 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 should go directly to their designated classroom.
  • First School 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 be taken directly to their classrooms.

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 parents at the front entrance.
  • Children must sanitise hands when entering the school.
  • Children must adhere to the 2-meter rule when entering and exiting the school.
  • Children bring only the minimum that is needed and take it all to the classroom. Cubbies and lockers are not in use.
  • Upper School children must wash hands before entering the classroom.
  • First & Middle School children must wash hands on entry into the classroom.
  • In order for these 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 enter using the main entrance and sign in at the front office as usual.
  • At the end of the school day, children will remain in their classroom 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 school entrance.
  • Please note that starting in August, parents are requested to download the app Kidsup. Using the app, parents will inform us when they are near the school and they will be put in a queue. Children will leave their classrooms when their name appears on the app and meet their parents at the entrance ramp. Parents will remain in their cars.


  • Staff will enter through the front entrance.
  • Staff must sanitise hands when entering school.
  • Staff need to use the two-meter distancing when entering and leaving the school.
  • Staff will keep children in the classroom until parents arrive at the school to collect them.
Classroom guidelines
During emergency learning, transitions for children will be reduced and specialist teachers will teach in classrooms and not specialist rooms for the duration of emergency learning.

The goal to develop well-functioning classes with appropriate social distancing is to provide 5sqm per child and we will adhere to the following guidelines as much as possible:

  • Groups of children will be created by year group level according to the size of the classroom
  • We will meet social distancing requirements – between 1.5-2m in the placement of student desks in Middle & Upper School
  • Children who are relationship dependent, need to stay with a teacher with whom they have a strong relationship.
  • Some year groups will be split into two groups to maintain appropriate social distancing
  • Lessons will be planned to maximise social distancing and limit group activities.

Parents and children will be notified during ‘Move-on Morning’ as to who their teacher will be next academic year.

Entering and exiting the classroom
Beginning of the day:

  • Children will bring all their belongings with them to the classroom, including their bags and shoes. The cubbies and lockers will not be in use
  • Before removing any items from their bags, children must wash and rinse their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Once their hands are washed children place their bag(s) on the chair next to them and their shoes underneath
  • They are then ready to begin the day

During the day:

  • Children must wash their hands when they enter 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
  • Children must wash their hands when they exit the classroom; this is at the end of the day, before and after going to playtime, before going to PE, after going to the toilet or any other time they leave the room
  • Each class will have a sink and toilet assigned by teachers.

End of the day:

  • Children place their bags on their back/shoulder
  • Children sanitise their hands before walking out of the door to meet their parent or carer
Expectations around use of materials
Classrooms and use of materials:

  • Teachers and TAs will maintain the sanitising of the classroom and materials.
  • All toys must be washed twice daily. If they cannot be washed they must be packed away.
  • All school materials stay at school; no home materials are brought to school with the exception of a pencil case (Y4-9) which then stays at school
  • 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 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 removed

iPads, Chromebooks and mice:

  • Must not be shared while using
  • Need to be wiped before and after use several times daily with wipes
  • 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
  • Role play corners washed down twice 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. If it is finished it is then cleaned and packed away.
  • 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, two meters apart and will remain two meters apart the entire school day. Each child will have an assigned sink and toilet. Children will wash their hands at least every two hours.


  • Upon entering school children will use hand sanitiser before going to their classrooms
  • First and Middle School children will wash their hands at their assigned sink in their classroom every time they enter and leave the classroom
  • Upper School children will use hand sanitiser 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

Two-meter distance

  • Two-meter markers will be placed before doors
  • Children will be separated by 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 will be 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 twice daily. If they cannot be washed 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.

Emergency learning: 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 as much as possible
  • When working in the same room, adhere to the two-meter distance guidelines, spread out in meeting rooms and wash hands before entering the room and after leaving the room
  • 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 very pleased to offer children, not at school opportunities for Online Learning during this emergency learning situation. Children who remain home due to a significant health risk will be able to access similar lessons and activities as their classmates who are in school.

What does “online learning” look like?

Children at home will receive daily lesson posts on Firefly. Online learning will not look like remote learning when the school was closed; there are no daily teacher videos or Google Meets. Lessons will be posted as activities in Firefly on the year group page so all children have access.

Will my child’s class teacher be interacting with him or her during online learning?

Classroom teachers at school are working with classes. Unfortunately, teachers are not able to coordinate online learning or work with children who are not at school at the same level as during school closure. However, teachers will continue to create lesson plans and post assignments relevant to the year group and these will be posted on Firefly.

Who should parents contact if they have questions about Online Learning?

Please feel free to contact your child’s phase leader if you have any questions. We are happy to help.

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

  • 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 will be brought to your classroom by maintenance staff every day.
  • Before children may eat, the tabletops and stools will be cleaned before and after every lunch sitting.
  • After lunch, you 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 can not 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 eating snacks or lunch.
  • All children and staff wash their hands after eating snacks and lunch.
  • Children sit in their designated spots for lunch. This spot should be at a two meter distance from others in the classroom.
  • Snack and lunch is supervised by the class teacher or specialist teacher.
  • Staff use the provided disinfectant and clothes 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 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
  • Use the assigned toilet and sink
  • One child at a time uses their assigned toilet
  • Children must wash hands after using the toilet
  • Anyone using the lift must sanitise hands before entering the lift
  • One person (adults and children) at a time can use the lift
  • When exiting the lift, hands must be sanitised
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
  • As per the health and safety guidelines, children must play only with their designated group.
  • Children who struggle to meet the new expectations will not be permitted on the playground
  • Children must maintain a two-meter distance when playing
  • 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 until further notice, these lessons will be taught in classrooms and not specialist rooms.

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.

If the family member who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 can self-isolate and the employee has no symptoms, the employee should return to work. The last action before leaving the house should be washing his/her hands.

Children of concern
Due to the nature of emergency learning, 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. Children who are not able to cooperate easily and quickly will be sent home. Special arrangements will be made for new children joining the school and First School children.
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 taken to another classroom; the next steps 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

This is an emergency learning situation. Our goal 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.


The emergency learning schedule is designed to limit the movement and 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. All lessons will take place in the child’s assigned classroom space with the class teacher serving or specialist teacher.

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