Dear Parents,

It has been a very eventful week. Thank you for your support, encouragement and patience during this time. I have checked the news every day and email the Ministry directly regarding any questions that we may have.

As we return after the block break, we have planned to ensure that all students are as safe as possible and there is minimum disruption to learning and lessons. Please find below a summary of the information for our community as we head into Block 3 with some important changes, please read these carefully.

Kind regards,

Paul Walton

Principal

BISL COVID Plan - Week beginning Monday 15th November

Following the announcement from the government last week, we have informed all parents and staff on Friday 12th November that we have updates for the next block. The main 4 areas are below that we will cover on Monday 15th November as a school and through class assemblies with staff and students:

IMPORTANT NOTE - Please check your email for the link for your consent form and information on the self-testing plan. You will receive this on Monday 15th November.

Please be as safe as possible as we navigate through the current high cases of COVID and I thank all parents, teachers and students in advance for following guidance both in the school and in our wider communities.

BISL Health & Safety Guidelines

  • We are following the general rules and guidance by the Ministry, WHO and NIJZ regarding distancing and hygiene, as well as the use surgical or FFP2 (ages 6+) masks. Please ensure that your child arrives to school wearing such an appropriate mask.
  • As a school, we have a direct contact with the ministry and receive specific instructions, following any changes in our situation, solely for our school community. These obviously, may differ from the general worldwide or regional guidance (shared by social media or aired by the news) depending on the cases in our immediate community.
  • A part of this guidance is to stay away from school if you show any symptoms and consult your doctor accordingly. As we enter the 'flu season', many of our staff, students and parents will have flu symptoms, and we ask everyone to stay away until you are tested if you show any signs.
  • If you are tested positive, stay home, and isolate accordingly, following further guidance from your doctor, as recommended by the NIJZ.
  • Over 95% of our staff are now fully vaccinated, or have recovered / still immune.
  • We also ask the community to stay away from friends and family who have tested positive or those that have symptoms and are awaiting a test.
  • If any staff or students are tested positive after contact at school, the whole class will transition to online learning.
  • We also want to be as safe as possible and ensure that the privacy of families is respected during this tough time.

BISL Daily Routines

  • We have updated our COVID-19 Declaration Forms for both Primary and Secondary ahead of Block 3.
  • Ongoing daily clean of premises
  • Classrooms are well ventilated and classroom doors remain open
  • Key areas are cleaned multiple times a day (reception, classrooms, bathrooms, bannisters, door handles, etc.)
  • Drop off team continue to wear masks at all times
  • Declaration Form to be signed by all key visitors
  • Extra resources for hygiene available (sprays, wipes, gels, hand sanitisers, masks etc.)
  • Temperature checks when required
  • School Nurse available (full time)
  • All teachers are required to wear masks in key areas
  • Coronavirus Prevention guidance posters displayed around school
  • Smaller classes where necessary
  • Lunches and snacks are served in the new canteen following the guidance from NIJZ
  • Staff and parent meetings and events to be held online
  • Daily Review of all procedures by the Leadership Team

BISL FAQs

1. Have the pick-up and drop-off procedures changed?

No, pick-up and drop-off procedures continue as usual.

2. Can parents come into the building?

All parent meetings must be conducted online until further notice. For the few key organised events, parents will enter and exit from the building via the Assembly Hall and sign the COVID Declaration Form upon entry. Further details will be shared by the event coordinating teacher.

3. Will students go outside for break?

Students will continue to be encouraged and taken outside as usual every break time.

4. Should students bring in water bottles?

Yes, water bottles filled with water should be brought from home.

5. Will classrooms be ventilated?

Yes, classrooms continue to be ventilated regularly, and classroom doors remain open at all times.

6. Will there be hand sanitisers in every classroom?

Yes. Hand sanitisers are also available at the entrance and in common areas across the school.

7. Will online lessons be conducted during the day for students who choose not to attend school currently?

When the provision for students is at school, our teachers follow the usual timetables and teach the students in school. They will continue to upload work onto Canvas for students who are absent from school at the end of the day. If a Year group has transitioned to online learning, their lessons will continue online until that Year group returns. Once the Year group has returned to the school, the teacher will teach during the day and assist those absent by continuing to upload some resources from the school day.

8. Will school lunches continue to be available?

Yes, lunches will be served as usual in the canteen. Please order online as per usual.

9. Do all students and teachers have to wear masks in the classroom?

Students and teachers are required to wear masks as per the guidance below. We are in direct communication with the Ministry of Education and Health regarding updates on safety guidance.

Mask Guidance Block 3 Nov2021

10. Can students wear fabric masks?

No. Surgical or FFP2 masks are required as recommended by the NIJZ.

11. Will the school provide surgical masks to students?

Limited replacements are available should theirs break during the day, however, all students are required to supply their own masks. Parents are asked to ensure their child has a mask prior to being dropped off.

12. Are teachers vaccinated or getting regularly tested?

Over 95% of our staff are now fully vaccinated or have recovered / still immune. Ongoing regular testing will continue for the remaining staff

13. Will students have to complete self-testing?

Yes, as sent out on Friday 12th November, we will follow the guidelines shared by the Ministry, with parent consent, students from age 6+ will be self-tested on site under the supervision of our school nurse.

14. Where can I get self-testing kits?

These are available free of charge from any pharmacy. If your child does not have a Slovene health card, you may be asked for proof of enrolment, which can be obtained swiftly from school by emailing admissions@britishschool.si if required.

15. What kind of self-tests are accepted?

HAG self-testing kits (nasal swabs) for students in schools are available free of charge from any pharmacy, as per NIJZ directive.

16. How can I give consent to the self-testing of my child?

You will receive an email from the school on Monday 15th November with a link to complete to ensure that your child can self-test at school.

17. Will distance learning be provided if I do not give consent?

Yes, access to class work will be given to students who are on distance learning/do not give consent to self-testing. This will not be a 'real-time' link to the lesson, it will include activities shared with the student online via Canvas or through email.

18. How often will students be tested?

3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

19. Does the school provide the self-testing kits?

No. Families must obtain the self-testing kits from the pharmacy, free of charge, and bring it with them to school.

20. What happens if a student doesn't bring a test with them to school on the day of testing?

If a student does not bring a test with them, they will need to transition to online learning (according to the Minister of Education) immediately and are sent home, the student will be isolated and the parents will be called to take the student home or bring in a test for them to use immediately.

21. Can students leave spare tests in school?

Secondary students may leave spare test kits in their own locker, but are responsible for having a test ready on the days of testing (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

Primary students should have a test kit ready in their school bag on each day of testing (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

The school is not responsible for the safe-keeping of test kits.

22. Do vaccinated children need to self-test?

No.

23. Do those children who have had COVID in the past 6 months need to self-test?

No.

24. What happens if there is a positive case?

The student will be sent home to then see a doctor for further advice and guidance.

The rest of the class will transition to distance learning.

We continue to ensure that the privacy of those affected is respected during this tough time.

Urgent Communication

All urgent updates continue to be sent via email.

Please monitor your emails for future updates as this continues to be the best way to send out clear and consistent communication to all parents. Check that you are receiving emails, have enough space in your email folder, that they do not go to your 'junk' folder and if you are unsure, please contact reception@britishschool.si to check your contact email and phone number on record.

If you change any contact details, please inform the school immediately.