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SCIS COVID-19:
Health & Safety Protocols

Last updated Friday, January 20th, 2023


 

SCIS COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE

 

Community Response

 

From the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, our highest priority has been the health and safety of every member of our community. We are committed to making SCIS a safe space to learn and to work for all Dragons. In order to do so, we have developed a detailed plan, which is outlined below, based on regulations provided to us by our related government authorities. We understand that keeping each individual healthy and safe requires constant vigilance by the entire community. This effort and our shared commitment to it is a positive reminder of how the C in SCIS is more important now than ever before. 

Throughout this web page, reference is made to fever and/or COVID-19 symptoms. In accordance with government regulations, a fever is a body temperature of 37.3 Celsius or above. 


 

UPDATES TO SCIS TRAVEL GUIDELINES

 

Travel Guidelines

 

We consistently review the guidelines and mandates provided by our various governing authorities related to travel. School employees and students often have heightened levels of restrictions in place for travel outside of Shanghai. As such, we will update our SCIS Travel Guidelines via this site regularly to reflect the most recent changes. 

Significant changes will be communicated via ‘Community Update’ emails that will be sent from the office of the Director of Schools.

Travel Restrictions (as of January 20, 2023):


 

CAMPUS ENTRY PROTOCOL - ARRIVAL BY GATE OR SCHOOL BUS

Campus Entry

 

Entry Requirements: 


All SCIS employees, students, parents, approved guests, and vendors entering an SCIS campus (or bus) must meet the following requirements: 

  • On Mondays, all students, faculty, and staff must present the below following to bus monitors or campus guards:
    • Submit a negative RAT result
      • Students should perform the RAT before departing from home and bring the physical test (the rectangle device that displays the test result), so they may present it to the bus monitor or campus guard for entry.
        • We have plastic bags on buses and gates for students to deposit the device into once they have displayed the result to the bus monitor or guard.
  • Have a temperature of 37.2 or below 
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask upon gate entry and exit as well as at all times while on the school bus. 
    • Lower School and Upper School Students and employees* are strongly required to wear masks on campus at all times, except during meals and physical/outdoor activity.
    • Early Childhood students are suggested to wear masks at all times, except during meals and physical/outdoor activity.
  • SCIS must maintain an accurate account of all individuals on campus, as such, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to check in and out with their ID or by signing a visitor form each day.
    • Student attendance will be completed and verified by 10:00 AM each school day 

*Operational staff, Cafeteria employees, Guards, Nurses, as well as all faculty and staff that work directly with students in Nursery to Kindergarten are required to wear a mask throughout the school day.   


 

TESTING REQUIREMENT FOR ON-CAMPUS SCHOOL DAYS

Testing Requirement

 

On-Campus Covid Testing:

SCIS will no longer be able to offer on-campus NATs as of January 9th, 2023. 

Any requirement for test results will be either a NAT from an off-campus community testing site or a submission of a RAT. 


 

CAMPUS AND FACILITY ACCESS AND USE - ACTIVITIES, ATHLETICS, AND VISITOR ACCESS

Campus/Facility Access

 


 

TEMPERATURE CHECKS AND SCHOOL DAY ILLNESSES

Temperature Checks

 

Students will have their temperature checked a minimum of two times a day. At any time during the day, if the student has a temperature of 37.3 Celsius or above, a member of the Health Team will accompany the student to the quarantine station.  

At the quarantine station, the nurse will:  

  • Allow the student to rest for a few minutes and then retake their temperature using a mercury thermometer under the arm.  
  • The student will be sent back to class if the second reading of the temperature is 37.2 or below. As with all visits to the clinic, the nurse will record this visit.  
  • Follow all regular medical assessment routines if the temperature is 37.3 or above.  
  • Call parents/guardians to pick up the student if the temperature is 37.3 or above. *  
*Parents/guardians should arrive as soon as possible to pick up their child. 


 

ILLNESS AT HOME

Illness at Home

 

Students and staff may not come to school if they have a temperature of 37. 3 or above.   

Do not send your child to school if: 

  • Your child’s temperature is 37.3 degrees Celsius or above. 
  • Your child has diarrhea. 
  • Your child has been vomiting. 

You are strongly encouraged to keep your child at home if: 

  • Your child has a runny nose. 
  • Your child is coughing. 
  • Your child does not appear to be feeling well. 

  If your child develops a fever, diarrhea or vomiting outside of school hours: 

  • Email the school clinic with symptoms: 
  • Inform the school to let them know your child will not be attending school. 
    • ECE/Lower School: Email the teacher and transportation. 
    • Upper School: Email the divisional secretary and transportation. 


 

GENERAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE PROTOCOLS

General Health & Hygiene

 

Many of the following health and hygiene habits represent best practices. Now, they are especially important as we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Protective Clothing & Mask Requirements

  • Masks, gloves, protective clothing, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, hand-washing facilities will be provided at various locations around campus. 
    • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the campus. 
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask upon gate entry and exit as well as at all times while on the school bus.
    • Lower and Upper School Students and employees* are required to wear masks at all times, excluding when eating, at recess, or during physical education.
    • Early Childhood students are suggested to wear masks at all times, excluding when eating, at recess, or during physical education.

*Operational staff, Cafeteria employees, Guards, Nurses, as well as all faculty and staff that work directly with students in Nursery to Kindergarten are required to wear a mask throughout the school day.

Hand Washing

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and as often as possible, but always:

  • When entering campus and between transitions.
  • After using the toilet.
  • Before and after eating.
  • After sneezing or coughing or using a tissue.
  • After contact with garbage or high exposure areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, or water dispensers.
  • Before leaving for school and as soon as you get home from school.

Students, faculty & staff are asked to pay attention to the following guidelines:

  • Do not share food or drinks.
  • Always have a personal water bottle that you clean thoroughly each day with soap and water.
  • Use disposable alcohol wipes to clean your cell phones and laptops.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow or a tissue if you need to cough or sneeze.
  • Tissues and masks should be disposed of properly. Masks should be disposed of in the medical waste bins.
  • No spitting within the school building or grounds.
  • As much as possible, practice physical distancing (1 meter between you and the people around you).

 

GENERAL SAFETY AND CLEANING PROTOCOLS

General Safety & Cleaning

 


 

LUNCH AND SNACK

Fork and Knife
Lunch & Snacks

 

 

Students and staff are not allowed to share food at snack or lunchtime. 

All students will be directed to wash their hands thoroughly prior to and after eating. 

Students are permitted to bring in individual commercially sealed and pre-packaged treats for approved celebrations (i.e., birthdays, holidays, etc.).  

 


 

DISMISSAL

Dismissal

Parents who are picking up their child must wait outside the gate at the designated areas. Parents are to maintain a one-meter distance and wear masks when waiting for students.