Standard Operating Procedures

for

Sadiq Public School

and Sadiq Progressive School

 

Subject to change without notice

last updated August 23rd, 2020

 

 

 

In creating the following SOPs, Sadiq Public School’s Principal has been guided by the following:

  1. We are all in an extraordinary situation with no precedent, but even after just 8 months, there is considerable science-based knowledge to inform SOPs for a safe re-opening of School.

  2. The aim of these SOPs is to minimise the risk of a coronavirus outbreak in the School community. While accepting that we cannot provide a 100% guarantee that no one will be infected, we can provide a 100% guarantee that we will have done everything reasonably possible to minimise the risk to staff and students.

  3. School security measures/procedures remain in full force and will not be compromised by these re-opening SOPs.

  4. The following SOPs are subject to change without notice and for any reason, including but not limited to Government advisory notifications and because of the general epidemiological situation in and around Bahawalpur as well as new science-supported knowledge.

  5. Sadiq Public School takes the position that the virus is the problem, not people who are infected with it.

 

 

 

Standard Operating Procedures

 

  1. These SOPs are published in English and Urdu. If there is any discrepancy due to translation, the English-version is applicable.

  2. SOPs for the return and collection of boarders is detailed in Appendix 1.

  3. Parents are expected to be fully aware of these SOPs and they must educate their sons and daughters about them BEFORE they return to School.

  4. The following SOPs will be in place until further notice, most likely until December 2020; possibly longer.

 

 

BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL

  1. Parents must educate their sons and daughters about correct coronavirus prevention behaviours before school re-opens:

    1. social distancing (incl. no hand-shaking, no hugging, no sharing stationery, food items etc.),

    2. frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap

    3. reporting symptoms if they are felt,

    4. wearing a face-mask correctly, and

    5. correct sneezing/coughing technique.

All of this information is widely-available and SPS expects parents to have educated their sons and daughters about this BEFORE they return to school.

*face masks must not contain offeneive language/graphical images

2. All staff will complete Training / Professional Development to prepare for the resumption of School operations.

3. All staff and students are very strongly advised and requested to isolate themselves, i.e. stay home and away from non-family members for the two weeks before school resumes, i.e. from September 2nd to September 15th.

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

  1. Students and staff are required to take a temperature-check before leaving home and to remain home if their temperature is above-normal or other symptoms are experienced.

  2. Staff and students will be allowed to enter the school only if they are wearing an appropriate face-mask and only after they have been temperature-checked and observed for visible symptoms, by one SPS Hospital staff with 2 teaching staff in support, as per the following designated entry points:

    1. Prep and Senior Girls & staff: In the car park

    2. Prep and Senior Boys & staff: In the car park

    3. Junior School & staff: At the entrance gate to Junior School

    4. The Progressive School & staff: At the entrance gate to The Progressive School

    5. Administrative staff must enter through the Prep & Senior boys’ entrance

    6. Students and staff will enter and exit School individually, i.e. not in clusters, to ensure a suitable social distance.

    7. Boarders will be checked by House staff before they leave the boarding house.

  3. Any staff or student not wearing a face-mask or with a heightened temperature on arrival (or who feels unwell during the day) will be isolated and arrangements made to be sent home.

  4. At the Junior School drop-off and pick-up zone, only one adult will accompany students and MUST remain inside the vehicle. We STRONGLY recommend that grandparents do not bring children to school.

  5. If a child is unwell, has a high temperature or is showing any other Covid-19 symptoms he/she must not be brought to school.

  6. School busses will not operate at least for the first 2-3 weeks after which their operation MAY resume.

 

SCHOOL OPERATIONS

  1. School will operate from Monday to Saturday inclusive. (Classes K0-I, K0-II, K1, and K2 will operate for boarders as revision classes. Day Pupils MAY attend or not, as per their parents’ wish. A separate notice will be issued to these parents.)

  2. The number of students in each class will be approximately halved to allow social distancing.

  3. Students will attend school from 7:00AM to 11:00AM (Morning School) OR from 12 noon to 4:00PM (Afternoon School).

  4. The allocation to Morning School or Afternoon School will be done by Heads of Schools.

  5. Siblings in other schools will, wherever possible, be allocated to the same session.

  6. Students will not change between sessions and no requests to change session will be considered.

  7. Boarders will be supervised by House staff in/around their Houses when not in classes.

  8. The Vice-Principal will publish class timetables.

  9. Students in K0 to P7 will remain in the same classroom throughout the day. This is not possible for C1/S1-I1/H1 classes due to their subject groups/options.

  10. Students and staff will maintain a suitable social distance at all times – in and out of classes.

  11. Students and staff MAY wear a face-mask (correctly) at all times.

  12. Students and staff MUST wear a face-mask (correctly) at times when social distancing may be difficult to achieve or when instructed to do so. (Parents must ensure their sons/daughters have at least 2 face-masks for the school day and know how to wear it correctly.)

  13. Students and staff must wash their hands with soap frequently. (Extra wash-basins with soap will be installed in corridors / around school for this purpose.) Students should air-dry their hands, i.e. they should NOT use towels or tissues to dry their hands.

  14. Students and staff are strongly encouraged to bring a small, pocket-sized bottle of hand sanitizer (which must not be shared).

  15. Students and staff must use correct coughing/sneezing etiquette and they must bring tissues to School each day.

  16. Most sports and clubs/societies will not operate this term.

  17. Assemblies will not be held this term.

  18. Canteens will not operate. Day Pupils may bring food and drink from home but it must not be shared.

  19. Classrooms will be ventilated to a reasonable maximum.

  20. Hand sanitizer will be available at classroom entrances and in all offices, but students are strongly encouraged to bring their own small, pocket-sized bottle of hand-sanitizer, which must not be shared

  21. Surfaces will be cleaned with detergent (soap) or other suitable cleaning compounds (e.g. chlorine-based cleaning products) regularly, i.e. before each morning and afternoon session.

  22. Visitors will not be allowed onto the campus. There will be no face-to-face meetings with any visitors – including students’ parents/guardians/representatives, contractors/suppliers/reps etc. All communications will be done by written applications, email or by telephone. This also means no visitors to boarding houses.

  23. There will be no Teacher-Parent Meetings this term.

  24. There will be no field trips or excursions this term although teachers may take students out of classrooms for lessons, as appropriate.

  25. Senior Management and PTIs will monitor the campus to ensure SOPs are being followed to the letter and in spirit.

  26. Students and staff who do not adhere to / follow SOPs (to the letter and in spirit) will be sent home and may face disciplinary proceedings.

 

 

 

CHANGES TO SOPs

  1. Sadiq Public School’s Principal may amend the SOPs without notice if required. Updated SOPs will be posted to the School website and parents will be advised by SMS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard Operating Procedures for Sadiq Public School boarders

An appendix to the Sadiq Public School’s and Sadiq Progressive School’s

SOPs for Safe Re-opening

Subject to change without notice

last updated August 23rd, 2020

 

 

BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL

  1. Parents must educate their sons and daughters about correct coronavirus prevention behaviours such as social distancing, reporting symptoms if they are felt, wearing a face mask correctly, and correct sneezing/coughing technique. All of this information is widely-available and SPS expects parents to have educated their sons and daughters about this BEFORE they return to school.

  2. All staff and students are required to isolate themselves, i.e. stay home and away from non-family members for the two weeks before school resumes, from September 2nd to September 15th.

  3. Parents must provide boarders with sufficient face masks for the Term. (We estimate 120-150 disposable masks.) Parents must also provide several bottles of suitable hand sanitizer for students’ personal use.

 

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL (START OF TERM)

  1. Boarders and all occupants of the vehicle will be temperature-checked before entering the boarding house. Parents should take a temperature-check of all family-members before the student leaves home and to remain home if anyone’s temperature is above normal.

  2. All boarders are to be brought to School by car with minimal family-members in the vehicle. They must not travel to School by public transport.

  3. We STRONGLY recommend that grandparents do not bring children to school.

  4. To ensure that there are no crowds or clusters of people at the boarding houses, all boarders will be given an arrival time to drop off students at the boarding house. Those arriving early or late will wait in their vehicles until directed by staff. This is to minimise the risk of transmission by visitors. All visitors must wear face masks and maintain social distance of 2 metres from staff and other students.

  5. Boarding students will be temperature-checked when they enter the Boarding House. Any student with a heightened temperature at arrival will not be allowed to enter the boarding house and must be taken off campus by their parents.

  6. The School’s Guest Houses will be closed and no parents or visitors may stay on campus. 

 

SCHOOL OPERATIONS

  1. Approximately half the boarders in each House will attend Morning session lessons and half will attend Afternoon sessions. This will reduce the number of people in each Boarding House during the day.

  2. There will be no leave during the term.

  3. No visitors will be allowed on campus and therefore no visitors will be allowed to enter boarding houses.

  4. Those boarders who are not in class will be supervised by staff. Boarders who are not in class may play non-contact sports, including swimming, and they may do homework/study as directed by boarding house staff. Social distancing/face-mask, hand-washing rules apply at all times.

  5. Meals will be served in two shifts with students seated with one spare seat in between each person.

  6. P6 boarders (boys) will board in K-P House where there is more space available there than in Alamgir House. Adjutant and 2 x PTIs will supervise P6 boys in K-P House under the direction of Housemistress K-P House.

  7. A significant social distance (at least 2 metres) between beds has been achieved by putting beds into Prep and Television rooms.

  8. Prep will be done in alternative spaces as directed by Heads of Schools (e.g. library, classrooms, IT Centre).

  9. Any boarder who experiences symptoms (headache, heightened temperature, coughing/sneezing, running nose) must report to the medical staff.

COLLECTION FROM SCHOOL (END OF TERM)

  1. Near the end of Term, boarders’ parents will be advised of SOPs regarding collection of their sons/daughters and travel SOPs.

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