TCFL COVID-19 Protocol
TCFL has been adapting its protocols and school environment to all the COVID-19 prevention measures as determined by specialists in the health sector. We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of the virus and protecting ourselves, our family, and our community.
The more people a student or staff member interacts with, and the longer the interaction, the greater the risk of spreading COVID-19. The risk of spreading COVID-19 in school settings increases as follows:
- Lower risk: Students and teachers participate only in virtual classes, activities and events.
- Medium risk: classes, activities and small face-to-face events. Groups of students stay together and with the same teacher throughout the school day, and the groups do not mix. Students maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other and do not share objects. Everyone wears masks.
- Higher risk: classes, activities and normal-sized face-to-face events. Students do not keep their distance from each other, share classroom materials or supplies, and mix between classes and activities.
We know in advance that parents are assuming a certain risk by sending their children to school, but in any case they take a risk when going anywhere. Experience in other countries has shown that contagion within schools that follow the protocols has been minimal. The infectious potential of children, although it is still under study, indicates that the chances of a child becoming infected would be 1 in 10,000.
Behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 should be encouraged, for example:
- Stay home when appropriate (in the presence of fever, cough, nasal congestion, general malaise).
- If anyone on staff or students tests POSITIVE or shows symptoms of the virus, they should report it and contact their doctor.
- Staff or students who have been in recent direct contact with a person with COVID-19, should notify the school, as well as stay home and monitor their health.
- Teach and reinforce proper hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have soap and water on hand, use hand sanitizer which contains 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Discard said tissue.
- Avoid direct contact with people with flu symptoms.
- Encourage staff and students to use proper masks and visors, and avoid touching their face. It is also important to show how to properly remove the masks.
- Student or staff who have had fever, or shown any respiratory or digestive symptoms UNRELATED to COVID-19, can return to the school campus after 48 hours as long as they have no symptoms and do not require medication for fever.
Various strategies will be implemented to maintain a healthy school environment:
- All students and staff who come to the school campus will have their temperature taken at the entrance of the campus.
- Cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces (play area materials, tables, sink faucets, etc.) will be carried out daily. The use of shared items will be limited, and objects will be cleaned before each use.
- Each student's belongings will be kept separate from the belongings of others.
- Tables in each classroom will be set 6 feet apart, when possible.
- Physical signs will be posted, either on floors or posters on the wall, to ensure that students and staff remain at least 6 feet apart.
- At lunch or snack time, students will sit at the picnic tables located in the schoolyard, which are marked, and only 2 students will sit diagonally at each table. Sharing of snacks or drinks will not be allowed.
- The presence of visitors on the school grounds will be limited. Parents should make an appointment in case it is necessary to visit the school.
- Continuous supervision by the school’s doctor will be carried out to ensure that the protocols are being observed from a medical standpoint.
- The doctor will be available to answer any questions about COVID-19.
In the event that someone in the school environment exhibits symptoms or is suspected of COVID-19:
- Staff or students with symptoms (fever, cough or respiratory distress) will be immediately separated to the triage area (an area destined for isolation in the school). In case of students, they will wait to be picked up by a parent.
In the event that someone from the school environment tests positive for COVID-19:
- In the case of a teacher, parents will be notified; the affected group must go into quarantine, and parents should be aware of any symptoms that their children may present. The same protocol will be activated in the case of a student testing positive for COVID-19.
- The patient should be isolated at home and the family doctor notified immediately.
- In order to return to school the patient must present a negative PCR result and a medical certification from his/her doctor.