Dear Parents / Guardians,
Due to the continued outbreak of COVID-19 or Coronavirus in several countries worldwide, I would like to inform you of the measures we are taking as a school to secure the RISU community against the virus. As I write this letter, the Ministry of Health in Uganda confirm that there are no known cases in the country.
At Rainbow, we have implemented a 3 stage model as our plan to currently avoid and in the future contain the virus if an outbreak happens within the country. In brief, the model is as follows:
Stage 1 – (The stage we are currently in)
All students/teachers and visitors are encouraged to wash their hands regularly (more than you normally would with soap for at least 20 seconds).
All students/staff and visitors are encouraged to sanitize their hands on a regular basis (hand sanitizers have been strategically based around the school campus for easy access).
Avoid hand shaking / hugging.
Spitting in public is forbidden.
All are encouraged to cough or sneeze into a handkerchief or tissue.
Every Saturday afternoon for the coming weeks the school (classrooms and washrooms) will be disinfected.
What can I do as a parent/guardian?
Send the children to school with enough tissues/handkerchiefs for the day.
Provide a small bottle of hand sanitizer to be used by the child on a regular basis as an addition to the school ones.
If a child displays cold or flu like symptoms, allow them to stay home and seek medical advice and inform the school immediately.
Stage 2 – if the virus is confirmed in the country
Any member of the RISU community displaying common cold symptoms will be given a face mask to wear immediately as they seek medical advice.
Everyone will be asked to sanitize hands on entry into the school in the mornings (this will be controlled by our security team).
Public gathering events such as assemblies, sports fixtures and school trips will be cancelled until further notice.
RISU sick bay nurses will be randomly checking temperatures of staff and students, and will act accordingly.
Any visitors displaying flu like symptoms will be refused entry onto the school campus by our security team.
Any staff and students who display flu like symptoms will be asked to stay at home and seek medical advice.
What can I do as a parent/guardian
If your chil(ren) display signs of a cold or flu, quarantine them in the house and seek medical advice and inform the school immediately.
Stage 3 – Multiple positive cases are confirmed in the country
The Principal will close the school until further notice and seek advice from the Ministry of Health and Education.
Learning will continue using the GOOGLE Classroom app (parents will be informed about this in a separate letter in the coming days). All students will be able to log into their school email from home to access learning materials from the teachers.
The RISU community will be asked to check their emails and school Facebook page posts for continued updates on a daily basis.
If you are visiting the school in the coming days, please sanitize your hands at the station on entry to the school reception. You will also find a hand sanitizer at the coffee shop. A detailed copy of our 3 stage action plan can also be viewed at these areas.
If you and your children have recently travelled into the country, please follow the medical advice issued by the Ugandan Ministry for Health regarding self-quarantine periods. Please contact us if you have any questions or queries.
We are in contact with Cambridge Examinations regarding advice on the upcoming external examinations and what to do in the event we may need to take further action before or during the examination calendar. If you are a parent of a student who will be sitting examinations in the coming weeks, currently there is no change to any schedule. As a school we will be in constant contact with you if this changes.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any member of the senior leadership team.
Mr J. Lewis
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