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  • Welcome to Collège Champittet

    Collège Champittet has been providing outstanding education to both local and international students for over 110 years.

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  • Preshool, Primary and Secondary

    Collège Champittet Pully welcomes students from 3 to 18 years old (preschool, primary and secondary). It is located near the edge of Lake Geneva and close to the center of Lausanne.

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  • Preshool and Primary

    Collège Champittet Nyon welcomes students from 3 to 10 years old (preschool and primary). Located between Geneva and Lausanne it gives young children a secure and supportive place.

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  • Home to the pioneers of tomorrow

    In our Pully campus, we welcome international boarding students from 1 to 18 years old in a warm family style atmosphere.

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Our COVID-19 Measures

Covid19 page

On this page you can find out all the latest information about the measures that we have put in place to protect our community from COVID-19.

These measures have been developed based on the directives and guidance of:

  • The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
  • The Vaud Medecin Cantonale.
  • Best practice shared by our 68 Nord Anglia sister schools.

 

Last update: 12 November 2020 at 8am (we recommend that you refresh your page to see the updates):

  • Children aged 12 and over must wear the mask on public transport and, by analogy, on our school buses.
    The school year resumed with face-to-face teaching.

  • People travelling from a list of countries at risk drawn up by the FOPH must be quarantined for ten days on arrival in Switzerland.

  • Masks are compulsory for all students in Secondary II (12 to 14 years) : to be provided by parents.

  • The authorities have made available a SwissCovid mobile application (for tracking to prevent further transmission). 


 
The measures in place:
Social Distancing

Reducing close-contact during the day

The Swiss Federal and Cantonal authorities have stated that children (especially those 15 years old and under) are low risk for COVID-19 both in terms of developing symptoms and in terms of transmitting the virus. This is based on direct observation of cases in Switzerland. 

We are continuing to implement all sensible measures to further minimise risk. From now on, these measures will be differentiated between pupils of different age groups.


Classrooms: 

  • Teachers will spend the majority of their time at the front of the classroom, maintaining a 1.5-metre distance between them and the students when practical.
  • When distance is not possible, adults wear a mask.


Common areas:

  • The teachers and staff will be subject to 1.5m social distancing between adults, and between adults and students.  
  • Signage and floor markings are in place to direct the flow of people moving within and between buildings in order to minimise contact.
  • Where appropriate and safe, doors will be left open to reduce the touching of surfaces.
  • Wherever possible, the windows are open to allow ventilation of the rooms.
  • Pupils can use their lockers and surfaces are cleaned frequently.  
  • Café 1903 is only open for  secondary 2 students and emplyees who take their lunch there. 


Restaurants: 

  • Students eat in their respective restaurants, receive pre-prepared trays (no self-service buffet) and are seated as usual.
  • High Schools students (II) will eat separately and will be required to observe social distancing.
  • Cutlery, napkin/serviette and tray are pre-prepared by kitchen staff to reduce mixing contact.
  • All food will be served from behind protective counters (no self-service).


Water:

  • As a precaution, water fountains are not available and, in order to reduce refills, parents (houseparents for boarders) are invited to provide students with their own filled water bottles.


Playtime:

  • The authorities have specifically directed that children age 15 and under should be allowed to play together as normal, for their social development and mental well-being (even if this means 1.5 metres are not always maintained).

 

Physical Education (PE) and Music classes (where equipment is shared):

  • These classes will be going ahead.
  • Students will be required to wash/sanitise their hands before the lesson.
  • Any equipment will be cleaned between classes.
  • Staff will strictly observe the cantonal guidelines for all sports.


Extracurricular activities: 

  • All activities will take place on campus.
  • Appropriate measures are in place for each individual activity.

 

Trips and excursions: 

  • There will be no overnight trips outside of Switzerland, the border area, this school year.
  • During any daytime excursions, all necessary health protection measures will be taken.
Hygiene and masks

Masks:

  • The authorities have confirmed that masks are not required for children before the 11th grade. If parents want their child to wear a mask during school time they are welcome to send them to school with a mask.
  • Masks are required for High School students whilst indoors (12th to 14th grade), (this is a new requirement from the authorities). They are only required outdoors if they are unable to maintain 1.5m social distancing.  Parents need to provide these masks.
  • Please note masks are compulsory for children over 12 years old on our school buses.
  • The masks are provided by the school to the employees.
    • Wearing a mask in a classroom is recommended for preschool teachers when the social distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained.
    • For teachers in all other classes, the wearing of a mask is compulsory if the distance of 1.5 m is not possible.
  • You can find useful information on how to find the right masks and wear them correctly here.

 

Hand-washing and Hand-Sanitiser:

  • Students are required to wash their hands or use a disinfectant upon arrival on campus.
  • Throughout the day there is soap available in sufficient quantity and the possibility to wash hands.  
  • A hand sanitizer is available throughout the campus (for juniors it is managed by teachers).
  • We are continuing with our education efforts, including posters around school and constant reminders from teachers:
    • Frequent, proper hand washing and hand-sanitising.
    • Particular attention is paid to the use of the toilet before and after meals.
    • No hand-shaking.
    • Coughing or sneezing into the crook of your elbow.

 

Cleaning:

  • A thorough cleaning of the entire campus was carried out before the start of the term to ensure the highest level of hygiene.
  • Frequently touched common surfaces (e.g. door handles) are disinfected daily.
  • A disinfectant spray is made available to teachers in all classrooms to clean surfaces throughout the day.
  • Every evening, the campus is cleaned by our professional cleaners.
Checking and testing

Daily temperature checks

  • This is the responsibility of parents (for boarders it will be the House Parents).
  • If a child's temperature is 37.8°C and above, students will not be able to come onto campus (or in the case of boarder, to leave his room).
  • We recommend that you contact your doctor for further advice or the official hotline numbers.
  • If there are no other symptoms, then once a child has been fever-free for 24 hours, they can return to school.

 

Symptoms and tests for children 12 years and younger

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) advises that students under 12 years of age who present mild symptoms (rhinorrhea, slight cough, sore throat...) are allowed to attend school if their general condition allows it. 

 

Symptoms and tests for children over the age of 12

  • The below guidance has been issued by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
  • Students over 12 years of age, who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness (sore throat, cough - especially dry - respiratory failure, chest pain), fever, sudden loss of smell and/or taste, or other symptoms such as headache, a general weakness or feeling of discomfort, muscle pain, a cold, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach aches) or skin rashes should stay at home and contact their doctor or a screening centre and follow the FOPH's recommendations for sick people.
  • If a diagnosis of COVID-19 is confirmed, the cantonal doctor's service will apply the public health measures appropriate to the situation (investigation of the isolation and quarantine measures).
  • If a student over 12 years of age is ill without COVID-19, they will need to respect the usual rules and only return to school (leave isolation in the boarding house for boarders) after the symptoms have disappeared for 24 hours.

 

In any case, in case of doubt, we recommend that you contact a doctor for further advice or check the symptoms at www.coronacheck.ch

 

Close contact with a positive case

  • If staff or students have been in close contact with a positive case, we will apply the measures decided by the cantonal authorities. 
Boarding

The boarding students will of course benefit from all of the 'whole school' measures outlined above. This section provides a more detailed breakdown of our boarding measures.

 

Travelling to Champittet

  • We test all students arriving from abroad. Pupils are isolated while waiting for the results, which are usually available within 24 hours.

  • Pupils coming from countries where a quarantine is specifically required will be able to do so safely under our responsibility. 

  • People arriving from Switzerland will not be tested. Please note that to be considered as coming from Switzerland, students must have been in the country for 14 days before arriving on campus.

  • The off-campus exit of boarding students is strictly controlled. We have taken measures to ensure that students can only leave the site with the permission of parents and staff.

 

Hygiene

  • We have conducted a thorough clean of all school indoor environments, including classrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms before the school year starts.

  • We have reinforced the daily cleaning procedures in the rooms of the boarding school and the school.

  • Soap and disposable paper towels are available in all washing areas.

  • We remind our students and staff about the importance of regular hand washing.

  • Hand sanitiser stations are provided at key points in the house and around the campus.

  • Appropriate PPE has been provided for any staff performing roles which will require it.

 

Infirmary

  • Our school nurse is available all day long. 

  • We have trained the staff in the safe management of the boarding house rooms in accordance with the new school guidelines and procedures.

  • We have adapted our medical procedures to ensure compliance with the recommendations of public health agencies.

  • We carry out temperature checks by sampling on all students.
    Students over 15 years of age are encouraged to wear masks. Staff and students over the age of 15 are required to wear masks when social distancing is not possible.

  • Appropriate isolation areas have been provided for the management of students who are symptomatic and/or test positive.

  • We ensure that staff do not work (or have contact with pupils) if they are ill.

 

Facilities

  • We require appropriate social distancing in all areas of school.

  • We are following the state guidelines to ensure safe occupancy levels of all facilities and areas, including classrooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

  • We have allocated appropriate recreation areas (indoor and outdoor) for the use of interns and have posted clear procedures for safe occupancy levels.

  • Sharing of equipment is not possible between students unless appropriate cleaning has been carried out.

  • Restrictions on parents entering the buildings have been put into place, to protect the students.

 

Communication

  • Our counsellor is available for all stress-related questions.

  • Clear notices explaining the new procedures are posted in the boarding school.

  • The boarding school office is always open to allow students and staff to voice their concerns.

  • We have made it clear that any bullying related to the pandemic will not be tolerated.

  • Parents have the telephone number of the Boarding School office for any questions outside of office times when students are away from home.

  • We ensure the continuity of the boarding school during all holidays.

Need to know:
Buses, Drop-off / Pick-up and visiting the campus

Buses:

  • The buses have resumed their normal schedule.
  • Children 12 and over must wear the mask on public transport, and by analogy, on our school buses.

 

Drop-off and Pick-up:

  • We ask parents to use the parking and drop-off areas for the respective sections of the school.
  • Whenever possible, we ask parents to drop off siblings at their respective drop-off point to minimize travel on campus.
  • Parents can come to the campus if necessary (for example to meet our staff) but we ask that you do not enter the classrooms and avoid gathering in groups.
  • At the Preschool, where a parent can bring their child to class, parents are asked to wash/disinfect their hands before entering and must wear a mask.

 

Visiting the campus for any reason:

  • All visitors must wear masks whilst on campus.
  • Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms cannot come onto the campus.
  • We ask that all hygiene measures, including frequent hand washing/sanitising are followed.
In the event of a positive case

As part of our extensive scenario planning, we have taken detailed advice from the authorities and experts on what will be the likely actions in the event of a positive case in our student or staff community:

  • Any positive COVID-19 test result will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • The authorities have made it clear that if a positive result does occur then they are in charge of communicating that to those affected.  
  • It has also been made clear to the school that we should not communicate any case to the parent body without the approval of the authorities. 
  • The authorities have indicated that if strong 'track-and-trace' measures are in place (either via the SwissCovid mobile app or our own internal records) then broad closure is unlikely.
  • It is not possible at this time to provide exact guidance on what will happen in such an event as each case depends on the specific circumstances.
  • We are committed to communicating to parents the information that the authorities allow us to share as soon as possible.

It is our collective responsibility as a community of parents, students and staff to follow the COVID-19 health protection measures on this page in order to minimise the chance of COVID-19 transmittion and ensure that classroom learning can continue as normal.

Travel advice

Day parents

  • Any families where a member of their household has travelled to a quarantine country within the last 14 days must must quarantine themselves.
  • We strongly recommend regularly checking the latest government advice on travelling.

 

Boarding parents

  • We strongly recommend that you regularly consult the latest government advice for travellers.
Our Virtual School Experience

We will be opening the school at the start of the academic year with full classroom learning.

We understand that some families, invariably due to travel constraints, and especially boarding students, will not be able to arrive from day one, and for these exceptional cases we are implementing a distance learning solution.


We believe that the measures described above will minimise the likelihood of a class being closed, but should this happen we are well prepared for the Virtual School. We have taken into account feedback from parents, students and staff over the last two terms and are also benefiting from learning best practice from our 68 sister schools in North Anglia.


We are proud to offer every student a quality education, tailored to their individual learning needs and inspired by best practice, even in difficult circumstances.


We are ready and equipped to continue to inspire students with innovative lessons, unique learning opportunities and high quality teaching as part of our blended learning approach.

Our Virtual School Experience has two key aspects:

  • Connected time where students can learn from their teachers ‘live’ using our safe and secure online platform. 
  • Guided time where pupils learn independently through tailored tasks set by their teacher.

Finding the right balance between online and offline learning time allows students to make the most of personalised learning from home, regardless of their age.