COVID-19 is a new illness and has affected millions of people around the world. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is something the world has never seen before and has been an unprecedented emergency that every country has had to protect itself against. It can affect your lungs and breathing and there is at present no known cure to this virus. The worst of the virus appears to be behind us and it is important that everyone learns about what coronavirus is and how we can protect ourselves against this. It is important that people gradually resume normal activities in their lives and schooling is one of the most important things children will return to first. Equally important is the need to return to learning at the Madrasah with caution and care and with the adoption of a new set of behaviours that prevent the transmission of the virus and minimises the impact of its existence wherever and however it should manifest itself.
Purpose of the Policy
Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of all our students, parents and staff and this policy is to:
- Protect all staff and parents and children from coming into contact with Coronavirus;
- To maintain the minimum level of staff to continue to provide the welfare needs of children in our care;
- To prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Students and Staff
Students and staff who show symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) must self-isolate for a period of at least 10 days from when their symptoms started and should arrange to have a test by visiting the NHS website or calling 119. If tests show you have coronavirus you will be contacted by text, email or phone and will be asked (by the NHS) to provide information about the people you have been close to recently.
After 10 days if you still have a high temperature, you must stay home and away from people until you feel better. After 10 days if you only have a cough and/or loss of sense of taste or smell you do not any longer have to stay home and away from people. Everyone else you share your house with must still stay home because they might have caught the virus but not be showing symptoms yet. They must stay at home for 14 days from the first day you felt poorly, even if they feel well.
You should stay at home for 14 days if you share your home with someone who has signs of coronavirus and this applies whether you have symptoms or not. If you then start to have coronavirus symptoms yourself, you should stay at home and not meet up with other people for 10 days from when your symptoms started.
Parents must let Tayyibun know of the results of any tests they or their children have had done so we can support your child’s return to Madrasah and ensure the safety and wellbeing of other children and staff at the premises.
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
For most people, coronavirus will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have Coronavirus.
All staff and pupils should continue to follow general principles of hygiene to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Washing hands often and for at least 20 seconds each time;
- Coughing or sneezing into your inner elbow or into a tissue, which should then be thrown into a bin, and washing hands or using sanitiser after coughing or sneezing into a tissue;
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell;
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces;
- Using an alcohol based sanitiser that contains at least 70% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Unwell pupils should be sent to the Supervisor for assessment.
- Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
- before leaving home;
- on arrival at school;
- after using the toilet;
- before eating any food, including snacks;
- after breaks and play time outdoors;
Students should avoid bringing into the Madrasah any items that are non-essential. Only essential items like the Madrasah bag and books, packed lunch and stationery should be carried by students and all such items should be labelled with child’s full name for ease of discovery when dealing with any lost property queries.
A no stationery-share policy is in effect this academic year and this means that students that do not bring with them any writing equipment or paper will be unable to borrow these items from another student. We shall be unable to provide stationery for students to borrow so it is essential that students to remember to bring in all items they need for their lessons; we recommend students bring with them a minimum of 2 pens or pencils.
Parents should ensure their children carry with them their own supply of hand sanitiser and tissues and it is advisable that students wear freshly cleaned clothing to the Madrasah.
Generally speaking, students at the branches will learn in their bubbles (each class being a bubble) and will also have lunch and play at lunch time in their respective bubbles.
Students will play outdoors within their bubbles and will not be permitted to play members of other class groups.
Staff will receive training on the Coronavirus policy and how to implement the new changes to managing the coronavirus.
Visitors and Parents
Visitors are not currently permitted on site in our branches, except with authorisation from a Manager. Any visitor visiting our branches must provide reassurance that they are in good health and follow guidance on hand washing while at the premises and our Coronavirus Policy.
Due to COVID-19 we shall be unable to manage parent queries within our branches. Parents are advised to call our Head Office or send us an email if they have any questions or concerns. Where required, a face to face can be arranged through appointment only.
As part of our endeavour to keep the Madrasah as safe as possible, Tayyibun will monitor closely and continue to collect information about the spread of the coronavirus from the Department of Health and will regularly update this policy in line with guidance from the Government.
Parents should inform the Office if their children or a member of their household displays any symptoms. Parents must also ensure all contact details, including emergency contact details, are up to date.
Tayyibun will communicate any changes to this policy through text message, email, updates on our website or the Parent Portal.
Child Drop-off and Collection
Only one parent should drop off and collect their child from the Madrasah. Depending on the branch, parents will be required to either drop off their children at the front gate/door or outside the classroom doors. This is due to school requirements and the safe drop-off and collection of children and may change based on any changes to the situation.
We may operate a one-way system of entering the building and leaving the building and parents should this and adhere to any floor markings or signage in place and the instructions of any staff who will assist parents through the Madrasah premises. Each branch may operate a different system based on the needs of the branch. This is also subject to change from time to time.
Depending on the branch, only a certain number of people may be permitted into the building at the same time and this will mean parents and students may have to wait a short while in a queue when entering/leaving the Madrasah. Due to reduced class sizes and limited levels running this year, a much smaller number of people are expected to use the Madrasah premises and so any waiting times should be minimal. We also aim to open the Madrasah before lesson time starts to help stagger the entrance of people to reduce congestion in and around the building.
Parents are advised at all times to maintain a 2 metre gap whilst in the Madrasah premises, including when queueing up and during use of any staircases.
It is absolutely essential that parents remain available to collect their children early from the Madrasah in the event they develop symptoms of the coronavirus or become generally unwell. A child will be placed under supervised isolation if they have symptoms of the coronavirus and may experience distress if they are made to wait a long period before their parent arrives to collect them.
Temperature readings of children and their parents may be taken by the Madrasah entrance and anyone showing a high temperature will not be allowed to enter the premises, or return back until well enough. We may ask for medical evidence to confirm this. Our staff, including any security guard, will be used to help manage this process and we ask for full parental cooperation to help us manage this.
Due to the potential need for students and staff to self-isolate through the course of the year, it is conceivable that there may be a higher than usual rate of absence of students and Teachers. To minimise the impact of any student absences, parents are advised to use the Parent Portal to find out what work is being set each week by the Teacher and what needs to be completed. Parents may also contact the Office for advice about the completion of any homework or about catching up with any work but no refund/part-refund will be due in the event of any absence.
For any confirmed case of coronavirus all students and staff within that ‘bubble’ will need to isolate at home for 10 days. If a member of staff has a suspected case of coronavirus, they will need to provide a negative result before they are allowed to back to work.
Students and parents are asked to form or join any gatherings or groups and to maintain social distancing at the Madrasah as much as possible. This includes at the gates or near doorways or staircases whilst entering/leaving the premises or in the school car park.
In the event that the Madrasah has to be closed, missed lessons will be made up online and will follow our online class timings.