Health and Safety
Lockdown and Emergency Evacuation
It is so important for everyone to remind themselves regularly of how to keep safe when in the Early Years and Infant campus. One of the ways we do this is to regularly execute both an emergency evacuation practice and a lockdown practice. As the year progresses the warning given for each is lessened, so that in Term 3 the children and teachers are ready to act the instant they hear the signs for each. This week the children executed both practices perfectly.
Prior to the emergency evacuation, children, teachers, cleaners, guards, canteen and admin staff were working hard in all corners of the building (one F1 class was even upstairs in the music room, 2 floors up!). This did not hinder the swift and speedy exit for all to our muster points. We were very happy with how all children responded and we are pleased to say we all know what to do should we need to evacuate the building in an emergency.
Of course lockdown is the opposite to an evacuation. The children are well versed now in what to do in the areas of the school they use. We lock the doors, turn all the lights off and close the blinds in the areas with clear sight through to the classroom. The children and teachers ‘hide out’ in the identified safe areas of their classrooms until safety is called. Again, we were very pleased at how all our children reacted to this practice.
COVID – 19 Precautions
Masks must be worn to and from school and whenever the children leave the classroom, and safer distancing needs to be practised by everyone in accordance with government guidelines. Children will need to bring their own named mask and carry a spare in their bags.
If your child has any symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties) that could possibly be linked to Covid 19, keep them at home.
We thank you for following our new routines for morning drop off and afternoon collection of the children. We are aware that families with children in different year groups are having to wait longer to collect their children in the afternoon, however we must keep to our procedures to ensure every child is safely collected by their correct adult. We thank you for your understanding with this decision.
When it is raining at drop off time, children are permitted to go straight to their classrooms and will be supervised by their teachers. In the afternoon, please wait under the shading of the main playground for shelter and remember to bring an umbrella. We will dismiss from the parent hall as usual in the rain. If, however, there is lightning, we will wait to start dismissal once the lightning has passed. Parents will be permitted to wait under the Parents’ Hall for safety.
Please take note of the school’s policy regarding photographs. Photographs shared privately through our online journal, Seesaw, must be kept for personal viewing only; they must not be shared publicly on social media. Any photos taken in school on personal devices must be of your own children only and must not have other parents’ children in the photograph. All photos taken of your children at school must not be shared publicly on social media or between non-family members such as, other parents in the school. By following these guidelines, we ensure our BIS safeguarding policy is adhered to and that our children are kept safe. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
As in all major cities petty crime does occur, as a reminder to all of us please always take care of your personal belongings, especially when walking between campuses and across roads.
The School Uniform Shop at the Secondary Campus
If any parents would like to visit the Uniform Shop, you are very welcome, however we need to register all visitors to the campus and to limit the number of visitors to at one time. If any parents would like to visit the Secondary Campus, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Katie) or Nguyen.Huynh@bisvietnam.com (Nguyen) at Secondary Reception who will very happily help to make an appointment.
Due to the registration process please allow an extra few minutes to complete the entry process. This includes temperature check, sanitise hands and Health Declaration form.
Friday was Wellbeing Day. The idea came from the mini-council who had many ideas how we could consider our wellbeing. Wellbeing is more than simply being happy. It is about looking after our own mental and physical health and that of those around us.
We started the day with some quiet reading in our classrooms, before getting our hearts beating with some aerobic exercise led by our PE team. There were many more activities throughout the day and we will find out more in a post from Ms Aziza next week.
I hope you can take time to relax and take care of your own wellbeing this weekend.
Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus