BEPS COVID-19 update

At this moment, schools have been informed that they are in the Red level.

We have planned carefully to ensure that we are meeting the health, safety and wellbeing requirements that we need to.

Our plan for the 2020-2021 school year will be guided by the following principles:

  • Protect the health and safety of our students and staff
  • Follow the guidelines set out by the Belgian authorities for schools
  • Offer the highest quality educational experiences for our students and their families
  • Support social-emotional wellness for all members of our community
  • Provide clear, frequent, and timely communication
  • Continue to follow best practices and use the most up-to-date data / information available when making decisions especially concerning health & safety

COVID-19 compliance, travelling and testing

The Belgian authorities regularly update their advice to citizens moving in and out of the country. All BEPS employees, parents and students are required to follow the health and travel advice and restrictions published by the Belgian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

From 1st August, all persons entering Belgium must complete an identification form (Passenger Locator Form).

If your child is returning from a country or region designated as a Red Zone, testing and a mandatory period of quarantine are required. Students and teachers who are required to quarantine should provide a Quarantine certificate from their doctor stating when they can return to school.

Similarly, if your child is returning from an Orange Zone, you should contact your family doctor to check if testing and a period of quarantine is recommended. However, all parents are strongly encouraged to be extra vigilant and not send their children to school if any symptoms occur.

Health & Safety Measures at BEPS

Some children with medical conditions fall into a ‘high risk’ category. If you think your child falls into one of these categories, or if you are unsure about these, you should consult your doctor to discuss whether it is advisable, or not advisable for your child to return to school. Your doctor must issue you with a certificate indicating that your child can be in school.

Before coming to school each morning, students will need to have their temperature taken. If their temperature is above 37.5 C, they must stay at home. Their parents should consult their family doctor for advice about when they can return to school.

Whenever there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our community, all families who need to take action and those who should be aware of this situation will be notified.

Please note that in accordance with guidelines issued by the Belgian Supervisory Authority on data protection and Coronavirus, we are not allowed to disclose the names of any infected persons.

Hand sanitiser will be placed at the three main entrances to the main building, the Pre-School building and in all the classrooms.

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.

The BEPS community should cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue. Tissues should then be disposed of immediately into a bin with a lid, and hands washed.

Physical distancing should be maintained between teachers and students in the Years 2 – 10, and between all adults across the whole school community.
1.5 metre markers will be placed before doors and on the stairs.

  • Teachers of Early Years children do not have to wear a mask.
  • Primary teachers must wear a mask if physical distancing is not possible. However, they can take their masks off when they are supervising students outside. They must wear their masks in the presence of other adults.
  • Any students over 12 years old must wear a mask at the times when physical distance cannot be guaranteed.
  • Students can take their masks off during outdoor sport activities or when they are outside.
  • Strict hand washing should happen before applying and after removal of the mask.
  • Parents must wear a mask on the school premises.

Our students will only mix within their part of the school (Early Years, Lower School, Upper School, Secondary School).

The following rules will be reinforced consistently by all teachers when children are moving around the 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 group, one person at a time.
  • Classroom materials will be cleaned regularly.
  • Children cannot bring personal toys to school.
  • Windows will be kept open as much as possible.
  • Children will be reminded frequently about handwashing.
  • Posters reminding children of the health and safety rules will be posted in the classroom.

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.

All children and staff wash their hands before and after breaks.
The playground and the garden will be used for break times.
Children are expected to follow the playground guidelines to ensure their health and safety.

  • 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.

BEPS’ response to COVID-19 scenarios:
These colour coded pandemic levels are specifically linked to schools and not to the colour coded travel regions mentioned above. At this moment, schools have been informed that they are at the Red level.

 Yellow- Low RiskOrange - Systematic SpreadingRed - Major Outbreak
School Access:Enhanced entry & dismissal procedures
Drop off by car allowed
Limited access for parents & visitors
Enhanced entry & dismissal procedures
Drop off by car allowed
Limited access for parents & visitors
Enhanced entry & dismissal procedures
No access for parents, & visitors
Use of masks:Students in Secondary School
Staff, parents, contractors
Students in Secondary School
Staff, parents, contractors
Students in Secondary School
Staff, parents, contractors
Learning:Open 5 days for all studentsOpen 5 days for all studentsPrimary - Open 5 days for all students
Secondary - open 5 days for all students (BEPS context allows us to follow the safe physical distance regulations)
Trips:Allowed following strict guidelinesAllowed following strict guidelinesNot allowed
School events: Allowed following strict guidelinesAllowed for students and teachers onlyNot allowed
Lunch:TCO & Box BunnyTCO & Box BunnyLunch from home
Bus:Contact the bus companyContact the bus companyContact the bus company
After School Clubs:Will take place following the enhanced school health & safety measuresWill take place following the enhanced school health & safety measuresWill take place following the enhanced school health & safety measures
Garderie:Will take place following the enhanced school health & safety measuresWill take place following the enhanced school health & safety measuresWill take place following the enhanced school health & safety measures