Dear Parents,

This week we've seen our Road Safety campaign start with student voice articles, competitions and a new sign for our car park entrance. Thank you to all parents who have supported this and for driving safely and slowly at drop off and pick up.

It is very much appreciated and is only the start as we hope to continue throughout the spring and summer time with more projects for the environment such as cycling/walking to school, reducing our waste and saving energy. Lots going on and lots to look forward to!

Coming up in this block we have Winter Trips for Secondary school students, Primary class trips planned, Story Time for EY, our IGCSE and Sixth Form Evenings, as well as the very special Student Appreciation Day on Friday 21st January!

I have to save a lot of praise for our Year 11-13 students who have completed their mock exams this week in our new building. This has been very important as they sit papers in exam conditions as excellent preparation for the summer 2022. Thank you to all students involved, they have been exemplary with their conduct, behaviour and focus on a very important week. On behalf of the staff, we are very happy with our students, as for many of the BISL students, this is the first time they have been through an exams window and experienced these conditions. It is wonderful to see them using the new facilities, larger rooms and areas to help them have the space to focus on these examination papers. Thank you to Mr. Batson and teachers for organising a very smooth and worthwhile mock examination series.

Finally, as we continue to navigate through the increase in daily covid cases, all of our students have been superb as they dealt with all challenges in their stride from self-testing, online learning and quarantine without disruption to their learning. A huge thank you to parents for your support, encouragement and your time dedicated towards this, it is very much appreciated. Please also read questions 24-29 below in the FAQ section for our most popular areas of discussion at the moment. Thank you to all of the families who have children doing Covid self-testing at school. This is for the benefit of everyone and we really appreciate your support.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Kind regards,

Paul Walton

Principal

BISL Road Safety

  • The speed limit on Cesta 24. junija (from the train tracks and Ludus Sports Park leading up to school) is 30kph.
  • The speed limit on site in the school's car park is 20kph.

Please keep these speed limits to ensure our students can arrive to and depart from school safely.

First Aid Training

The MEPI team at BISL has organised a first aid course with the Red Cross (Rdeči Križ), to be held at school on Saturday 29th January, starting at 8:30, and finishing at 13:00. ALL are welcome! This is a mandatory course for our MEPI participants (and the price is already covered in their MEPI Annual Fee), but there are extra places which we need to fill. So, staff, parents, secondary students, family etc. are all invited to sign-up for this invaluable experience, which will give you the skills that could save a life one day! The cost is 30.50 and we encourage anyone who doesn't have first aid training to attend. The course will be in English, although the medical professional is a native Slovene speaker, so a little translation will not be an issue if you have Slovene as your first language. Please confirm your attendance, and direct any questions to simon.irving@britishschool.si.

BISL COVID Plan - since week beginning Monday 15th November

  • Masks - No Fabric masks please. Only Surgical or FFP2 masks are allowed as mentioned by the new government decree.
  • Canvas - will be used as the online learning environment for all students Year 2 and above. For EY and Year 1, the classroom teachers will email out if students transition to online learning.
  • Self-testing - will continue for those students in Year 2 and above that are not vaccinated/recovered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The self-testing will continue to be supervised by our full time School Nurse, Teja Rismondo. We are very lucky to have an in-house, qualified medical professional who can work with our students and staff every day.
  • Vaccination Certificates and Evidence - this will continue to be checked for those that state they have had a double vaccination or have had Covid as we aim to be as safe as possible. Thank you to all students/parents who bring in a copy of evidence. Those that do not have double vaccination or have Covid immunity will take self-tests or transition to online learning as outlined by the ministry.

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 and 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 within the last 6 months.
  • 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

  • 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 COVID Measure 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.

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.

25. Do siblings of students in a class that has been sent home also need to quarantine for 7 days?

No, provided they have no symptoms and get tested, and bring in a valid quick test certificate. Then they can then resume learning on site. For example, a positive test/class sent home on the Wednesday. A sibling of a student who is in the class and is negative, can have the quick test on the day and return to school the following day as normal, bringing in the negative quick test certificate with them. Otherwise they have to wait for the full 7 days with the other students.

26. Can students and staff avoid quarantine if they have been triple vaccinated?

Triple vaccinated students and staff avoid quarantine if they do not have symptoms.

27. Can students and staff avoid quarantine if they have been double vaccinated and have had COVID?

Double vaccinated students and staff who have had COVID can also avoid quarantine if they do not have symptoms.

28. Can students and staff avoid quarantine if they have recovered from COVID within the last 45 days?

Students and staff who have recovered from COVID in the last 45 days, but not within the last 10 days can also avoid quarantine if they do not have symptoms.

Any student who has not had any vaccinations or Covid will need to complete the full 7 days of quarantine.

29. What is the definition of high risk close contact?

The NIJZ definition of a high-risk close contact:

  • persons, living in joint household with a COVID-19 patient;
  • direct contact at less than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes;
  • other physical contacts or contacts with secretions (handshaking, hugging, use of common objects);
  • staying indoors for more than 15 minutes (joint household, office, waiting room in a medical institution, joint lunch, socialising at the same desk/table, etc.);
  • travelling in the same vehicle at less than 2 metres.

30. When are entire classes quarantined? - effective 19.01.2022 as per new government guidance

Entire classes will be quarantined only if more than 30% of students of a single class test positive over the span of 14 days.

The only students who are still required to self-isolate are those who test positive.

The following guidance is for students in Year 2 - Year 13 and Teachers:

  • If there is a positive test, the student that tested positive is sent home for 10 days, then this class is tested daily until the end of the 7 day period, or until there are no positive tests in the class, and must use FFP2 masks only.
  • In-Class Learning continues for this class.
  • If someone else in the class tests positive, the 7-day daily testing window restarts.
  • Siblings of positive students need to follow the 7-day quarantine procedures directed by the government. Students exempt from the quarantine can return but will have to get tested daily for 7 days, similar to the students in the original class and must use FFP2 masks only.
  • Vaccinated students and teachers also need to be tested during the 7-day daily testing window. Tests are free from testing points around Ljubljana and from pharmacies for students too.
  • If over 30% of the class is positive, then the class transitions to Online Learning until the end of quarantine. Heads of School will monitor the percentages in each class to track this.
  • Teachers in contact with an affected class (Form Tutor / Class Teacher) can stay in school but need daily tests too.

There is no change in guidance for Early Years and Year 1, students should have a quick test on return to school if siblings or family have been positive.

31. Do students need an FFP2 mask each day?

Students can wear a surgical mask or FFP2 mask at school each day unless there is a positive case in their class. Then, they are required to wear an FFP2 mask in this situation when someone has tested positive in their class. This applies to teachers and Years 2 to Year 13 only.

32. Can siblings of positive students return to school?

No. Siblings of positive students need to follow the 7-day quarantine procedures directed by the government. Students exempt from the quarantine can return but will have to get tested daily for 7 days, similar to the students in the original class and must use FFP2 masks only.

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.

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