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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 will find information about the protection plan we have put in place to protect our community from COVID-19.

These measures have been drawn up on the basis of the guidelines:

  • The Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP).
  • The State Council and the Vaud Cantonal Medical Office.
  • The Nord Anglia Education Group.

 

Last update: 19 February 2021 at 8am (we recommend that you refresh your page to see the updates):

  • The school is open to all age groups.
  • People aged 12 and over wear a mask on arrival on campus. Children aged 12 and over must wear masks on public transport and, by analogy, on our school buses.
  • People travelling from a list of countries at risk drawn up by the OFSP must be quarantined for 10 days on arrival in Switzerland.
  • The authorities have made available a mobile application SwissCovid (for tracking to prevent further transmission) 

 
The measures in place:
Social Distancing

Reducing close contact during the day

Federal and cantonal authorities have stated that children (especially those aged 15 and under) have a low risk of contracting COVID-19, both in terms of developing symptoms and transmitting the virus. This statement is based on direct observation of cases in Switzerland. 

We continue to implement all necessary measures to further reduce the 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 distance of 1.5 metres between them and the pupils where possible.
  • In addition, students aged 12 and over and adults will wear masks.


Common areas:

  • Teachers and staff are subject to a physical distance of 1.5m between adults and between adults and pupils.  
  • Signage and floor markings are in place to direct the flow of people moving within and between buildings to minimize contact.
  • Rooms are ventilated at least at the end of each teaching period/hour. 
  • Students can use their lockers.
  • Surfaces are cleaned frequently.  
  • Café 1903 is only open for students of secondary II and employees to have lunch. Staff can also take a packed lunch and eat in their office / classroom.


Restaurants: 

  • Students eat in their respective restaurants, receive pre-prepared trays (no self-service buffet), from behind protective counters, and are seated as usual, in class groups.
  • Secondary II students eat separately and must maintain a certain physical distance.
  • Cutlery, napkins and trays are prepared by the kitchen staff to reduce contact.


Water:

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


Playtime:

  • The authorities have specifically stated that children aged 15 and under should be allowed to play together normally, for their social development and mental well-being (although this means that 1.5 metres is not always respected).

 

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

  • These classes will take place.
  • Students must wash or disinfect their hands before class.
  • Any equipment used must be cleaned between classes.
  • Staff will strictly adhere to the cantonal guidelines for all sports.


Extracurricular activities: 

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

 

Trips and excursions: 

  • There will be no trips with accommodation, nor outside Switzerland, this school year.
  • During day trips, all necessary health protection measures are taken.
Hygiene and masks

Masks:

  • The authorities have confirmed that masks are not necessary for children up to the age of 11. If parents want their child to wear a mask during school time, the child can come to school with a mask.
  • Masks are compulsory for pupils aged 12 and over, including on our school buses.
  • The masks are provided by the school to the staff. Parents provide the masks to the pupils.
  • Here you will find useful information on how to find the right masks and how to wear them correctly.

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 sufficient soap available and the opportunity to wash hands.  
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the campus (for juniors, it is controlled by the teachers).
  • We are continuing our education efforts, including posters throughout the school and regular reminders from teachers:
  • Wash hands frequently and properly and disinfect them.
  • Special attention is given to using the toilet before and after meals and snacks before and after meals.
  • No handshaking.
  • Coughing or sneezing into the crook of the elbow.

 

Cleaning:

  • A thorough cleaning of the whole campus was carried out before the start of term to ensure the highest level of hygiene.
  • Frequently touched common surfaces (e.g. door handles) are disinfected daily.
  • Disinfectant spray is 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 body temperature checks
  • This is the responsibility of parents (for boarders, houseparents).
  • If a child's temperature is above 38.5°C, they should not come to the campus (or in the case of boarders, leave their boarding room).
  • We recommend that you contact your doctor for further advice or one of the official hotlines
  • The child may return to school 24 hours after the symptom has completely disappeared.

 

Symptoms and tests for children up to the age of 12.

The Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP) confirms that pupils under 12 years of age with mild symptoms (rhinorrhea, slight cough, sore throat, etc.) can go to school if their general condition permits.

Symptoms and tests for children over 12:

The following guidelines have been published by the OFSP.

Pupils over 12 years of age who have symptoms of acute respiratory infection (sore throat, cough - especially dry cough - respiratory failure, chest pain), fever, sudden loss of smell and/or taste, or other symptoms such as headache, general weakness or feeling unwell, muscle aches, a cold, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach ache) or skin rashes should stay at home and contact their doctor or a testing centre and follow the OFSP recommendations for people who are ill.

If the diagnosis of COVID-19 is confirmed, the cantonal medical service, which is informed by the laboratories and the doctors treating the patient, applies the public health measures appropriate to the situation (investigation of the entourage and isolation and quarantine measures). 

If a pupil over 12 years of age is ill but negative for COVID-19, he/she follows the usual rules (isolation for boarders) and does not return to school until 24 hours after the symptoms have disappeared.

In all cases, if in doubt, we recommend that you contact a doctor for further advice or check the symptoms on www.coronacheck.ch

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:

  • Buses continue according to their normal schedule.
  • Masks are required for all children aged 12 and over, as is the case with public transport.

 

Drop-off and Pick-up:

  • Parents are asked to use the school's parking and drop-off areas and to minimize travel on campus.
  • Parents are welcome to come to campus if necessary (e.g. to meet our staff) but we ask that you do not enter the classrooms and that you avoid gathering in groups.
  • At the Preschool, where a parent may bring their child to the classroom, 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 a mask while on campus.
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is not allowed to enter the campus.
  • We ask that all hygienic measures be followed, including frequent hand washing and disinfection.
In the event of a positive case

As part of our intensive scenario planning, we have taken advice from authorities and experts on the likely actions if a positive case is found in our student or staff community:

  • Any positive COVID-19 test result will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
  • The authorities have also made it clear to the school that we have no right to release information about cases to all parents without their prior consent. 
  • The authorities have indicated that if strict monitoring measures are put in place (via the SwissCovid mobile application or via our own data), a general closure is unlikely.
  • It is impossible at this stage to give precise indications of what will happen in such a case, as each case depends on the specific circumstances.
  • We are committed to communicating to parents as soon as possible the information that the authorities allow us to share.

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

Travel advice

Day parents

  • Any family with a household member who has travelled to a high-risk country in the last 14 days should quarantine themselves.

    We strongly recommend that you regularly check the latest government advice for travellers.

 

Boarding parents

Our Virtual School Experience

The school year has resumed with full face-to-face teaching.

We understand that some families, especially boarding students, will not be able to arrive on the first day due to travel constraints and for these exceptional cases we offer a distance learning solution.

We believe that the measures described above will minimize the likelihood of a class closure, but if this should happen, we are well prepared at the Virtual School. We have taken on board feedback from parents, pupils and staff over the last two terms and are also benefiting from learning best practice from our sister schools in North Anglia.

We pride ourselves on providing every pupil with a quality education, tailored to their individual learning needs and inspired by best practice, even in challenging circumstances.

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

Our Virtual School has two key aspects:

  • Connected time where students can learn from their teachers 'live' using our secure online platform.  
  • Guided time where students learn independently through personalised tasks set by their teacher.

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