Last week, we welcomed back our Grade 5 and 6 children for face to face learning and what a delight it has been! They have only been back for a few days and already it has completely changed the feel of the school – it’s delightful to see their beaming faces arriving at school every morning.
As you can imagine, we have several procedures and protocols in place to ensure the safety of the children and our staff, these include:
- Children arriving at a designated gate through a ‘drive and drop’ system at 8.30 am.
- Temperature checks taken on arrival, any children with a high temperature will have to remain at home.
- Any children showing any sign of illness are to stay at home and not attend school.
- Regular handwashing, including all children washing hands upon arrival at school.
- Consistent mask-wearing unless it is during a scheduled in-class ‘mask break’ or whilst eating.
- During these times when children aren’t wearing their masks, we have strict social distancing is in place.
- All desks in classrooms are spaced 6 feet apart to ensure effective social distancing protocols.
- Regular sanitization of hands in between lessons and throughout the school day.
The children have quickly grasped the new routines and we are extremely proud of their maturity during this time as we all get used to the ‘new normal’.
Hopefully, this is the first step in getting our wider school back in January for face to face learning.
Lorraine MacKenzie, Principal
International School of the Turks and Caicos Islands