On Monday 18th May we began our first phase of reopening.
We are looking forward to seeing the children returning to school, although it is going to be under rather different circumstances than usual. We have planned carefully for this, but know that we will need to reflect after the first day to ensure that we are meeting the health, safety and wellbeing requirements that we need to. The health and safety of the whole community is our priority.
From Tuesday 2nd June the students in Early Years and Year 1 will return to school every day. Children in Year 2 to Year 6 will return to school every day from Friday 5th June. From Monday 8th June, all the Primary and Secondary school students will be in school full time and Online learning will not continue in its current form.
The reopening of BEPS International School will be guided by the following principles:
- Protect the health and safety of students and staff
- Follow the guidelines set out by the Belgian authorities
- Provide students with some familiarity of school routines for social/emotional/academic learning
- Provide clear expectations for teachers and students during this emergency learning environment
Due to the constraints and directives imposed by the Belgian authorities, our approach to teaching and learning cannot be what is normally experienced by students at BEPS. School will look and feel different from usual.
- Learning Overview for Year 2 & Year 3
- Online learning for non attending students in Year 2 & 3
- Day Care Overview
- Handwashing and hand sanitising
- Social distancing
- Arrival and Dismissal
- Movement around and within the building
- Classroom setup
- Snack and lunch procedures
From Monday 18th May, the children in Year 2 and Year 3 will be able to return to school for either Monday or Tuesday.
Wednesdays will continue to be a Screen Free Day, and on Thursday and Friday the children will continue with their online learning.
During their time at school they will focus on consolidating and extending Literacy and Numeracy concepts and skills alongside some IPC activities. Specialist subjects will continue to be taught online and children who are in school will be able to complete these when they are learning at home.The day will end with whole class storytime including the children who are learning online.
Online learning will continue for Year 2 and 3 children who are not returning to school. Children in Year 2 will have access to one whole class morning meeting and one ‘Good Morning’ video on Thursday and Friday. In addition to this, children who do not attend school will have one group meeting per week. Learning Support or EAL meetings which are either individual or in small groups will continue, although they may have to be rescheduled.
Children in Year 3 will continue to have a daily whole class meeting. On Monday and Tuesday these will be in the form of storytime. In addition to this, children who do not attend school will have one group meeting per week. Learning Support or EAL meetings which are either individual or in small groups will continue, although they may have to be rescheduled.
All children will have the opportunity to have reading books to read at home. More information will follow regarding this.
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 to school.
Children who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.8 C (100 F) or higher will be sent home from school. Parents will be called to arrange immediate pick up of the sick child.
Staff will wear facemasks.
Strict hand washing should happen before applying and after removal of the mask.
Parents will be expected to wear a mask on the school premises.
The BEPS community should cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue and then dispose of it immediately in a bin with a lid.
Hand sanitiser will be placed at the three main entrances to the main building and the Pre-School building
Handwashing and hand sanitising is required:
- Before entering and before leaving the school buildings
- Before entering the classroom
- Before and after each toilet visit
- Before and after eating
- Before and after going outside
Children will wash their hands at their assigned sink.
Everybody must follow the 1.5m social distancing regulations in the classroom, when moving around the school and when playing outside.
1.5 metre markers will be placed before doors and on the stairs.
Teachers will be present to supervise social distancing.
There is a maximum of 6 children in each classroom or Day Care group who will remain together throughout the day.
The school will have been fully cleaned before reopening and additional cleaning will take place each day.
Banisters, door handles, light switches etc. will be cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day.
Toilets and sinks will also be sanitised on a regular basis throughout the day.
During breaks, tabletops, chairs and other surfaces that are frequently touched will be disinfected.
At the end of the day there will be a thorough cleaning of the whole school.
As the usual car drop off at the front of the school will not be possible, families must arrive at the school gates on foot. Children should only be accompanied by one adult at both arrival and dismissal.
Arrival times will be staggered:
08.45 - Year 2 and siblings in Day Care
09.00 - Year 3 and siblings in Day Care
09.15 - Day Care
Children will enter the school through the front or back gate. These gates will be open and supervised so there will not be any need to use a tag.
At this point the child’s temperature will be taken and they will sanitise their hands. If their temperature is above 37.8 C they will not be admitted to school and can only return when they have been fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.
Parents must leave the area immediately once their child’s temperature has been taken.
Children will enter the building without their parents and go straight to their classrooms using the door they are directed to.
Punctuality is very important and social distancing rules must be followed.
If your child is not able to attend school for any reason during this time, please contact the office as you usually would
Dismissal times will be staggered:
14.45 - Year 2 and siblings in Day Care
15.00 - Year 3 and siblings in Day Care
15.15 - Day Care
Children in Day Care will be dismissed at the same time as their siblings in Year 2 or Year 3, and will join them in their dismissal area.
The remaining children in the Day Care will be dismissed at 15.15 in their dismissal areas in the playground.
Teachers will take their class to a dismissal area:
Class 2T the grass
Class 2D the playground
Class 3T the playground
Class 3H the grass
Parents must be punctual at dismissal time and must stand in the designated spot to ensure social distancing.
Parents can enter and leave through either the front or the back gate.
All children and parents must leave the school premises immediately after pick up.
Parents must wear a mask on the school premises.
All movement of children around and within the building will be supervised by staff to ensure they adhere to the expected 1.5 metres distancing.
The following rules will be reinforced consistently by all teachers when children are moving around school:
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds before moving to another section of the school.
- Hold onto the banister 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 your hands and bodies to yourself.
- Use the designated toilet and sink facilities for your Year group, one person at a time.
- Children will sit at a designated table in class.
- The tables will be organised so that children can respect the social distancing rules.
- Only the materials necessary for the day will be accessible in the classroom.
- Classroom materials will be sanitised daily.
- Children must bring a small empty pencil case which will stay at school, and they will be provided with the other materials they will need to avoid sharing with others.
- Children cannot bring personal toys to school.
- Windows will be kept open as much as possible.
- Children will be reminded frequently about handwashing.
All children will eat their snack outside in the garden or playground and lunch in their classroom.
Snack, lunch and a labelled water bottle must be brought from home.
Whilst sandwiches are most convenient, if your child needs cutlery you must provide it. Children must be able to open their lunchboxes independently.
All children and staff wash their hands before and after eating their snack or lunch.
Lunch is supervised by a member of staff.
Staff use the disinfectant provided and paper towels to thoroughly clean the tables before and after children have eaten.
The playground and the garden will be used for break times. Each group will be allocated one of these areas to play in.
One teacher will supervise the playground area and one teacher will supervise the garden area.
Children are expected to follow the new playground guidelines to ensure their health and safety.
Children will have restricted access to playground toys.
Children will be able to play on the playground equipment following strict rules.
At the end of playtime children will line up in the area they are playing in respecting the social distancing rules.
Children who struggle to meet the new expectations will not be permitted on the playground.
- Learning Overview
- Online Learning for non attending students
- Health & Safety Guidelines and Procedures
The students will be able to return to school for two days a week.
Wellbeing and social interaction will play an important part of the day in school, allowing conversation and discussion that does not rely on a screen. As these lessons tend to occur on a Monday, we have chosen to be at the Secondary School on that day, adjusting the timetable to also include more opportunities for Art and Design which work better when physically present.
The timetables are slightly adjusted, impacting a few lessons during the rest of the week.
- A staggered arrival will be implemented, Y7 and Y8 arriving at 8:50 and leaving at 2:50, Y9 arriving at 9:00 and leaving at 3:00;
- On arrival, temperatures of teachers and students will be taken, and if their temperature is above 37.8 C they will not be admitted to school and can only return when they have been fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.
- No parents should be on the school site, contact with students being permitted via cell phones;
- On arrival and before they leave at the end of the day, students will need to wash their hands with soap and water;
- Staff and students will wear their masks (covering nose and mouth) following the new procedures;
- Close attention will be given to keeping the correct Social Distance of 1.5 metres, furniture being spaced out to respect this;
- The school will be cleaned at lunch time (toilets, sinks, door handles and surfaces) and at the end of the school day;
- Hands will also be washed regularly before eating, going to the toilet, being outside or whenever is necessary;
- Students will not use their lockers but will take their bags directly to their allocated desks;
- We will follow a one way system when using the staircase;
- Snacks and Lunch will be eaten at their allocated place; lunches should be as simple as possible not requiring knives, forks and spoons;
- Any materials that are handled will be wiped before and after;
- Doors and windows will be kept open as much as possible;
- Some lessons will be outside under a tent, or in the shade, again with allocated places.