The school health policy and information announcement
to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease
Latest update on 18 March 2020
Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, USA, Spain, UK, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands and Switzerland
1.) All students, parents teachers and staff has been temperature checked upon entry to the school on both campuses with sanitizing gel distributed. This procedure will continue for the foreseeable future.
2.) All students/parents confirmed their half-term travel destination upon entry to the school, and remotely via telephone/ email for those students who had travelled to one of the listed countries who were already at home.
3.) Our boarding students who visited the listed countries are off campus for the 14-day isolation.
4.) We will continue to closely monitor the temperatures and health of all the boarding community by doing regular temperature checks, as well as the day students upon arrival at school.
5.) We undertook a deep clean of the boarding houses and will continue to do so for all areas of the school campuses on an ongoing regular basis during this time.
6.) A small number of staff that visited one of the listed countries have been self-isolated for 14 days.
7.) The school will continue to educate those students who have had to self-isolate at home for 14 days, through our e-learning platform in Secondary (Google Classroom) and also through the direct distribution of work by the class teacher in EY and Primary. The teachers will be providing guidance and feedback to the children remotely, when needed and required.
8.) If you are unsure of the meaning of ‘close contact’ please do not come to school and email adminSIC@bromsgrove.ac.th for further information and advice.
9.) This also applies to all visitors to our campus.
COVID-19 Preventative measures implemented by the School
- We have carried out disinfecting of the seats and door handles after every bus usage (both morning round and afternoon service).
- We have distributed sanitizing gel to every student as they get on the school bus.
- We check the temperature of all our school bus drivers and bus monitors, before performing their duty each morning and afternoon.
- We insist that all school bus drivers and bus monitors wear a surgical mask while on duty.
Deep cleaning at both EY and WP campuses
- We disinfected all classroom surfaces, furniture and toys with specific disinfection materials (non-toxic) for COVID-19 prevention, which meet the standards of MOPH.
- We disinfected every book in the library on each campus!
- Over the past week we implemented frequent cleaning with disinfection materials, especially public areas on both campuses.
- We are using the ozone generating function of our classroom air purifiers more often throughout the day (when the room is unoccupied) to help kill germs/viruses.
- All rooms/offices have 70% + sanitizing gel (for more effective germs/viruses killing properties) available and dispensers around both campus are refilled regularly to ensure a constant supply.
- We have added new non-toxic disinfection to our daily cleaning rota for all ‘high-touch surfaces’.
- We have carried out over the weekend a Dry Fog Diffusion Sanitizer Service by a specialist company.
Additional Preventative Measures
- We have trained all school staff about the best ways to protect against COVID-19.
- We have promoted more frequent hand washing with soap in children, teachers and staff.
- We have provided students, teachers and staff who are in need of a surgical mask.
- We have encouraged the school community to wear a surgical mask when in public or crowded areas when outside of school.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What measures has the school taken to protect my child against COVID-19?
What countries are listed by the MOE/ISAT for the 14-day self-quarantine for students, staff and parents if they have visited one of those countries?
What does self-quarantine actually mean for the 14-day self-isolation?
Self-quarantine means staying in your home, hotel room or provided accommodation and not leaving for the period of time for which you are required to isolate. Do not allow visitors into the home, hotel room or provided accommodation.
If someone in your home is self-quarantined, they should maintain separation in an area of the home away from others (with their own bathroom and closed-door space). If the quarantined person is moving freely around the home, the other members of the household must also self-quarantine for 14 days. This is because the other members of the household are classified to be in close contact with someone who is in the incubation period and may develop the infection
Can I request that my child does not participate in school activities?
Is it safe for my child to use the swimming pool?
Is it mandatory to wear masks during this time?
BIST does not require all students, teachers, staff and parents to wear masks and the WHO and CDC have both announced that they should be worn if you are sneezing and coughing. However, if you prefer your child to wear a mask they may do so but please be sure and follow all healthy hygiene habits regularly as well.
What do I tell my child about COVID-19 as they are worried?
- Study the facts of the virus before speaking to your child. We highly recommend you visit the WHO site and become fully informed.
- Speak calmly and answer questions in a reassuring manner.
- Remind them to be vigilant about hand washing regularly, use hand gels, cover their mouth and nose with their arm when they sneeze or cough.
- Discuss with them why they may see children wearing masks, gently correct any misinformation they may have.
- Allow them to express their feelings and remind them that all students treat each other with respect and to not jump to any conclusions on another child’s health.
My child is a boarding student – why is the school not keeping them on campus every weekend during the current COVID-19 situation?
Official OPEC Announcements
Below are links to the official announcements from the Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC).
The Ministry of Public Health, Thailand has issued the following advice/guidance regarding those students/staff/parents who are self-isolating for 14 days:
The Ministry of Public Health recommends that schools and universities in Thailand should not require their students and staff to obtain medical certificate and COVID-19 testing result from clinics or hospitals. This is based on the facts that 1) Viral detection rate in the recently infected patient during the asymptomatic phase is very low, and the negative test result cannot be used to confirm that the patient is not infected with COVID-19 (known as a false negative), and 2) Unnecessary visits may impose the risk of hospital-acquired infection or introducing pathogens to the sick patients at the health care facility.
In addition, the Department of Disease Control, Thailand has recommended:
For students and staff under home-isolation, they should limit exposure to the public or crowded places, limited use of shared items, meals, and public transport. If the students or staff show signs and symptoms of fever or respiratory tract infection, they should prevent disease spreading by wearing a surgical mask and seek medical care or call the DDC Hotline 1422 immediately.