Kampala International School Uganda has issued Standard Operating Procedures that will be followed once government lifts the lockdown on education institutions.
As schools are anticipated to open in the near future, KISU has issued SOPs in line with the Ministry of Education’s ‘Guidelines for reopening Education Institutions and Implementation of the covid-19 Standard Operating procedures’
Terry Garbett, KISU’s director and head of secondary sys the anticipated opening of education institutions is great news to management, teachers, students and parents.
“We would like to welcome you back to KISU. The new normal is something we all have to get used to and we request that we work as a team to make sure we keep our KISU family healthy. We expect to open school on 21st September 2020,” he says.
Garbett says KISU has put in place several SOPs and calls upon everyone to abide by them.
“At the main gate, all vehicles entering KISU will be stopped and all occupants’ temperatures will be taken before administering sanitizers. If anyone’s temperature is higher than 37.6 degrees Celsius (as per the Ministry of Health’s guidelines) we request that none of the passengers in the vehicle gets out, merely drive on and out exit the KISU campus. Seek medical clearance before returning to school,” he says.
KISU has also put in place a sanitising booth where all students accessing school area will have to walk through.
Students and people accessing KISU are advised to adhere to the social distancing guidelines of two meters and use the foot operated hand washing station or automatic sanitizer dispenser.
Tea and coffee mornings have been suspended to observe social distancing. Classes will also be ending at normal times and children should be collected immediately to avoid socialising at the reception.
“Unfortunately, uniforms cannot be tried on but measured against the student. No returns can be accepted, so please measure properly and sanitise before entering the uniform shop. We will issue time slots for each year group to purchase uniform to maintain social distancing. Students are also advised not to share pens or stationary as any virus can spread rapidly if many people use the same pen,” Garbett says.
He adds that all classrooms have been set up so that social distancing of two meters is adhered to.
“Staffing will be increased to cater for the extra rooms we will have to use. Where possible, students will be taught in one classroom and teachers move to them. They may move to specialist rooms but will follow a one way system so that students can maintain social distancing.”
Activities during the break and lunch times will be limited and students will be closely monitored to ensure social distancing.
“We will introduce planned physical activities for students during the day such as the daily mile to ensure their physical and emotional wellbeing. Any equipment that is used will be sanitised before and after use.”
Garbett also says that the classrooms will be cleaned before a new group of students enters and the school will provide two masks per child when students return to school.
“Each section of the school will have different procedures dependent on the age of the students and we will be in contact with parents with specific details.”
President Yoweri Museveni is expected to address the nation about the progress of Covid-19 fight this Saturday 19th September, 2020. Among the key issues the President is expected to talk about is the reopening of schools.