COVID-19

Take care COVID-19 is real

Let us all start by acknowledging that the situation under COVID 19 is stressful and creates uncertainty and worry among all of us. As educators and caregivers to the children we have in class; it is our responsibility to ensure that we do not under any circumstance fuel the panic and worry among the learners. We need to remember that they too are scared; worried, anxious and confused by the new normal. It is up to us to alleviate theirs fears and get them to relax so that all can operate as normally as we all can at this time.

It is our joint responsibility to guide the learners and parents as well through this trying times. Our duty starts with knowing and understanding all our protocols and routines. We need to know them so well to be ready to implement and monitor at all times. We need to be vigilant because we all depend on each other to make things work effectively and without glitches. 

First ensure that you know all protocols, know reasons why these things are done in this way, believe me you are going to get many questions around why this way and not that way. We will deal with a lot of myths and “truths” that learners will bring from home, the media and all other platforms where they can access information. Be ready to answer these questions many times over and to also correct some myths and provide correct factual information, so read up!

When and if you have questions please ask the Covid 19 Ad-hoc Committee to assist. Do not take things on face value and ignore what might be serious situations to develop further. As staff we are now our brother’s keeper for the wellbeing of all around us. This the time to work closely as a unit, avoid panic fear and uncertainty. Be as calm as you can at all times, learners can pick up emotions panic and fear easily and we do not want alarm them or cause any reason for them to doubt. What they experience at school will reach the parents ears and we want to send a positive message home. After all the parents entrusted their children to us.  

COVID-19 Resources

Take Care
Covid-19 is real
How to handle Anxiety
during troubling times
What parents and
guardians can do
Covid-19
Learner Routine
OHS Covid-10
Directive

HOW TO HANDLE ANXIETY DURING TRYING TIMES.

(CHRISTIAN COUNSELING by GARY COLLINS)

The Teacher:

  1. At all times be calm, caring, supportive and reassuring.
  2. Focus on thoughts and actions that reduce anxiety. Think out of the box where your lessons are concerned. Use art, use debating, use journaling….)
  3.  Read passages from the Bible that are encouraging. ( John 14: 1-3; 16 -18; 25 -28) ( Phil 4:4; 4:6-9)
  4. Build their self-confidence – a belief that they can meet the challenges and dangers of life. This is vitally important.
  5. Let them be involved with their work that distract from the situation. 
  6. Make time for small sessions for the learners to sit quietly, to breathe deeply; maybe listen to uplifting music; do muscle relaxing exercises.
  7. Show love and patient understanding. Everybody is under stress. The more love, the less fear.
  8. Observe the learners. Who needs one-on-one time with you or someone who has opted to counsel learners in need of it?
  9. Behave in a manner that the learners have faith in our leadership and the way we deal with our and their anxiety.

The Learner:

1. TRUST IN GOD. 

Learners must realize it is a time to grow and adapt and we are all in the same situation. There must be no denial of the reality of the situation. They need to make good choices (which have been made for them; they just need to follow the rules) and believe in God. For those that do not believe, it is good to know God loves THEM, whatever they feel.

 

2. BUILD SELF-ESTEEM.

Learners need to be guided to believe in their ability to meet the challenges.

Acknowledge the negative factors involved. ( What do you miss most? What was a positive about the situation this holiday? )

They need to admit their fears and talk about their fears with someone on a regular basis. Teach them to talk to God about what they fear and to seek help from one of the teacher counsellors if they need to.

 

3. LEARN TECHNIQUES AND PRINCIPLES OF RELAXATION.

Google what would be best for your learners. Use silence, music, simple neck, body stretches…..

 

4. KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE. 

How we evaluate a situation depends on your point of view. Teach them not to always think the worst is likely to happen. The teacher needs to be calm, caring, loving and reassuring at all times.

 

5. REACH OUT TO OTHERS.

Teach the learners to encourage one another; to realize they have a role to play. Their words and actions have a double impact during times like these. In this way they are challenged to deal more effectively with the challenge of our situation.

 

6. TURN TO GOD.

Learners must realize they cannot handle the situation themselves and carry the burden. God is sovereign and powerful. Turn to Him. Give all your burdens to Him.  

 

What parents and guardians can do to support their children

During these troubling times things might feel overwhelming and we don’t always know how we  can support our children and keep them safe from Covid-19. 

  • The first thing we can do at home is to install the correct habits on changing masks, washing hands, keeping good hygiene and social distancing which will also be reinforced at school. Do  not accept that your child knows. Practice it with them.  
  • Find a mask that fits well. If the mask is not comfortable, your child will touch their face more  often which increases the chances of infection.  
  • A plastic bag should be available with your child’s lunchbox so that they can place their current  mask in the bag before they put on their new mask. 
  • Let them always sanitise their hands before putting on a new mask. It will support them to be  familiar with the break time routines at school. 
  • Prepare your child for change  
  • Your register class might change because of your FAL choice to have the majority of learners  taking the same language in the same class.  
  • Desks will be far apart. Breaks will be different. We will not be able to hug your friends or  teachers.  
  • Cultural and sport activities will not be available as before.  
  • We always shared what we have but now we will not be able to share lunch, equipment or toys  with others. Explain why on your child’s level before they return to school. 
  • Often praise your child for being kind, caring, respectful, responsible and honest. It will support  them in their response if somebody is identified with a high temperature, sneeze or cough. Let  them know that it does not mean that they have corona. NO TEASING. The school will continue  with their zero tolerance of bullying and strict discipline. 
  • Your response to matters will determine how well your child will cope with being back at  school. Talk to the school if you need any support. We have lay counsellors identified in the  school to be available and identify if there is a crises or trauma. They will refer learners if they  need additional support.  
  • Parents can further support to avoid contamination by washing and ironing our children’s masks  and school uniform daily when they return from school. We have Wednesday as casual clothes  day to ease the challenges here.  
  • As parents and guardians, we can also ensure that the transport provider we use complies  with basic sanitising practise. 
  • Further steps towards our children’s wellbeing can be taken by ensuring that they have a calm  and relaxing environment where they can further their studies at home. 
  • Together we can crush_it

Covid-19 Learner Routines

After going through the screening process in the morning:

  1. Leave your bags on your numbers outside
  2. Sanitise your hands
  3. Enter class
  4. Learner closest to the window opens it (no one else touches it) then sanitise hands

1st Break:

  1. Pray
  2. Leave class without touching anything last in first out
  3. Sanitise hands as exiting
  4. Stand on number
  5. Take off mask and place into plastic bag and put into your bag. Keep your face shield on
  6. Wash hands at wash station
  7. Follow teacher to field
  8. Go to the field in number order social distancing yourself 
  9. Stay at designated line on the field
  10. Eat
  11. Movement activity
  12. Follow teacher back to line up outside class
  13. Put lunch box away
  14. Toilet and wash hands
  15. Line up at number
  16. Put a new mask on
  17. Sanitise hands before entering class 
  18. Wipe down desk, chair & desk divider
  19. Put cloth in the bucket when teacher comes around

Toilet:

  1. Wash hands before leaving the class
  2. Stand in a line outside toilet 
  3. Wait for learner to leave before going in
  4. Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds, one person at the sink at a time or at the washing hand station
  5. No more than 5 learners at the washing hands station
  6. Sanitise hands before entering class

2nd Break:

  1. Leave class without touching anything last in first out
  2. Sanitise hands as exiting
  3. Stand on lines outside 
  4. Go to toilet if necessary
  5. Put on new mask
  6. Sanitise hands before entering class

After school:

  1. Pack up , pray & greet
  2. Wipe down table, chair, desk divider, window handle after closing it (only person whose the closest)
  3. Leave chairs on the floor, pushed in, books on the table
  4. Leave class without touching anything last in first out
  5. Put cloth in the bucket as you leave the class
  6. Sanitise hands as exiting
  7. Stand on number
  8. Lead off to designated waiting area

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
- Winston Churchill

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