Health and Safety
Monitoring Community Health
Outside of the School
Families should refrain from gathering with those outside their immediate family unit or with students assigned to the same learning group cohort* or regular bus-mates
Families are advised to maintain a written log of any interaction they, or their family members, have in case there is a need for contact tracing
Families must notify the school regarding contact with known COVID-19 cases
*the learning group cohort is the small group of 6-12 students with whom they share a classroom for learning.
Screening Begins at Home
If the answer to either of the following questions is yes, a family must inform the school and the student must stay at home:
Have you, or anyone in your household, experienced any cold / flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days; including temperature above 37.2 C, persistent dry cough, shortness of breath, respiratory distress, and / or loss of smell / taste?
Have you had close contact, over 15 mins and within 1.5 metres, with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
Temperature check upon entrance to campus and before boarding a school bus.
PSI will monitor the temperature of students and staff members on a daily basis upon their entrance to the campus, or before boarding a school bus in the mornings. Individuals with a body temperature above 37.2°C or those who have signs of respiratory distress during screening will not be permitted on buses or into the buildings and will be asked to wait in our isolation area until their temperature can be checked again and, if needed, have arrangements made to be sent home.
The School will use an Infrared Thermal Detection System (ITDS) at the main pedestrian entrance.
Hand held infrared digital thermometers will be used prior to boarding school buses.
Monitoring Precautions Throughout the School Day
Teachers are responsible for monitoring students’ compliance with regulations in classrooms. This includes regulations for physical distance, wearing facial masks, disinfecting hands, and limited sharing of materials.
If anyone shows any COVID-19 symptoms, teachers will immediately report this to the PSI Medical Office for a health evaluation.
Health & Safety Regulations
According to the CDC, ‘keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to the virus.’
We expect that members of our community will respectfully follow the main health and safety rules outlined on this page.
Wear a mask on campus. If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home and inform us
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Maintain physical distancing
Wash your hands frequently
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PSI provides the following cleaning materials and personal protective equipment to be used in every classroom and office:
Spray bottle of disinfectant
Paper roll to wipe down and clean table surface
Plastic face shields for teaching staff
Everyone using school transportation must wear a face mask. Everyone must wear a face mask to enter campus.
Please note that everyone will be expected to have a ‘Home / Travel Mask’ and ‘School Masks’.
All students and adults will wear masks throughout the school day. On arrival to the classroom where students will be learning, they must wash / sanitize their hands and remove the ‘Home / Travel Mask’ which we recommend they keep in a paper or ziploc / resealable plastic bag (or similar) for use on departure from the school and to travel home. Alternatively, disposable masks can be used for ‘Home / Travel’: one for the journey to school and one for the return journey. On campus a ‘School / Indoor Mask’ must be worn when learning in shared spaces and when moving from place to place. Please find the following helpful videos: https://openwho.org/courses
We require that each child has sufficient School / Indoor masks, to last for a week of school. These should be labeled with their name, and we ask parents to send these to school on the first day that the child comes to campus. These masks will be sent home at the end of each week to be laundered.
The CDC recommends that parents prepare their children to wear masks by practising at home.. Please be sure to have your child practice walking up and down stairs whilst wearing a mask.
Secondary Students and Adults
The ‘School Indoor mask’ must be washed at home and hung to dry on a daily basis. We also ask that each secondary student has a spare mask to be kept at school in the classroom where their small group cohort will be learning.
On campus, students will wear mask at all times with the following exceptions:
Whilst distancing during physical activities,
Whist eating lunch.
Faculty will wear facial masks and / or facial shields as the situation dictates.
Parents / Drivers / Nannies
Parents and other household members dropping off and picking up their children must wear a facemask. Please note that the mask must cover your nose, mouth and chin.
Due to the severity of health implications for students who are noncompliant with protocols, students who are not able to meet the expectations for physical distancing / the wearing of masks and who do not follow the health and safety protocol outlined in this document will not be permitted to stay on campus and will have to remain at home to continue with the Blended Learning Model.
We also require compliance from parents and other community members. Failure to support PSI with these expectations may result in withdrawal of a student’s enrolment.
PSI has installed transparent, plexiglass shields in classrooms, to provide a physical barrier between people for small group instruction and conferencing.
Plexiglass shields have also been installed in the cafeteria and We Belong Cafe as these spaces will be used by a limited number of secondary students during lunch.
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
PSI has developed enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols for classrooms, offices, and commonly shared spaces. This includes regularly scheduled cleaning and ventilation, including the following:
Regular disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, door handles, light switches; toys and classroom materials
Bathrooms will be sanitised on a continuous basis throughout the day by specially trained maintenance personnel
Watering of the playground on a daily basis
Disinfection of playground equipment
Cleaning and disinfection of school buses
Our methods will include the following:
Cleaning of classrooms after each use according to a regular schedule.
Wet cleaning during the day,
Cleaning with disinfectants at the end of the day
Disinfection with UV lamps in key shared spaces throughout the campus
Regular aeration of the rooms
All teaching staff are provided with a box of cleaning supplies to wipe down tables and chairs.
Use of Supplies and Material
To reduce the possibility of infection, materials, and supplies moving between home and school will be minimal. Each division will give direction about what materials or supplies students are permitted / required to bring from home. A separate list of required items can be found for Primary and Secondary students.
Sharing of resources will be controlled. Students will be instructed on how to disinfect any items once handled and before use by someone else.
Training & Education
We will implement additional health lessons for students and training for staff on a regular basis. Informational posters will be placed throughout the campus and classrooms to reinforce good hygiene practices.