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Coronavirus Response

FUTURE NATION SCHOOLS RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS

This document provides guidance on how Future Nation Schools is dealing with coronavirus. We understand that our staff, students, parents, service providers and visitors are likely to have their own coronavirus precautions, policies or practices. However, we expect everyone who visits our schools to comply with our coronavirus policies and rules.

The advice we are following is both from the World Health Organization (WHO) and local government bodies and is continually monitored and updated.

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Learning and teaching

Our learning and teaching will continue as normal with heightened cleaning protocols to be agreed with our facilities service providers.

School Excursions

All school excursion are postponed for the remainder of term 1. We will update our staff, students and parents as South Africa’s response unfolds. 

Open Days

As a health precaution we are postponing the open days scheduled for 14 March at Fleurhof and 18 April at Lyndhurst.

Group staff or parents meetings

We must avoid physical meetings wherever possible. For meetings, please use remote technology if possible (Zoom, Skype, etc.) to help avoid the spread of coronavirus.

Parents and PAC Meetings or events

Please reconsider or avoid meeting in person or group events where this is possible. We encourage the use of digital communications platforms or remote technology to collaborate via teleconferencing instead of meeting in person. For any gathering, the host must please remind attendees of simple measures to lower risk and prevent spread of viruses (not shaking hands, practicing social distancing, etc).

Food and catering

Consider staggering food and drink stations, and serve food in individual units like bag lunches, individual water bottles, etc. Avoid serving foods where multiple hands will touch the food (e.g., cocktail foods, bowls of nuts, chips, biscuits). Provide serving utensils if needed or arrange for food to be served by staff who are trained in safe food handling. 

Visitors to Future Nation Schools

Visit and events organizers should know and understand restrictions and other considerations based on the COVID-19 status of the areas that participants are traveling from. Before attending any event at Future Nation Schools, please note the period of quarantine for travelers returning from any affected countries is 14 days.  This also includes visitors who had only a stop-over, as well as those who originated from any affected countries.

Practice everyday prevention:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Remember that Coronavirus virus and its impact on all of us is an evolving situation. We all need to remain calm, but take all the necessary precautions in line with the South African government’s guidelines and best practice as determined by the World Health Organisation.

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