Message from the Principal
As this unusual summer break draws to a close I’m sure that we are all starting to think about the return to school. Since the beginning of the pandemic OIS has been in contact with Associação de Estabelecimentos de Ensino Particular e Cooperativo (www.aeep.pt) who have offered guidance based on their communications with the government. Our plan for reopening is largely based on their advice and on the experience of other international schools both here and overseas.
Clearly, things will not be back to 100% normality for a long time, but with careful planning and sound advice there is no reason why our children cannot return to school. OIS will fully reopen to all students on Tuesday 1st September. There will be no online classes, and the return is not optional. The information contained within these pages should be used as a working guide to school procedures. Be aware that if the situation changes or guidance is adapted, then we will respond accordingly. The latest information will always be posted here and via our Facebook page. We are looking forward to teaching and learning again and we aim to do so in the safest way possible. We know there are risks involved, but with good practice and sensible precautions we believe we can manage them. I ask parents to play their part in keeping our community safe by following the government guidance and observing the school instructions. Of course it is absolutely critical that you, your children or members of your household do not come to school if you have any symptoms and that you inform us of any covid related medical matters. Working together we can be safe and continue to learn at school.
Steve Lewis – Principal
PPE and Hygiene
Anyone coming into the school buildings must wear a mask or visor. Gloves are optional. Temperatures will be checked and hands must be sanitised on entry. We have regular cleaning of high contact surfaces throughout the day, and disinfection for all areas in the evening. High usage rooms and surfaces will be disinfected through the day. Each room has sanitiser (which must be used on entry) and equipment cleaning kit. Inside we aim for a minimum of 1m between students, 2m away from teachers and other adults. Outside students must stay 2m apart. A one way system is in operation along corridors, with distanced queuing for break and lunch.
If you have any doubt or concern about the health of members of your household PLEASE DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. Contact SNS for advice on where to get tested and please inform us of the outcome. If we suspect covid during the school day you must be available to come to school to collect your child immediately.
On Tuesday 1st September we will all return to school. School buses will run and drop students in the playground where they will remain until school starts at 08.15. Arrivals by car should ‘kiss and drop’ with absolutely no waiting as this will cause congestion. Students enter via the front door and then after checks and sanitiser proceed to the playground. Fingerprint readers are not to be used. Lockers will not be available so bring everything you need in a backpack. You cannot share any equipment with others so you must bring everything you will need such as pens, rulers etc.
Break and lunch
In secondary the café will be open for break, but closed for lunch. Microwaves will be available to secondary students but only during their bubble lunch time. Students MUST go outside if the weather allows as cleaning will be ongoing inside. School lunch will be served on a strict timetable to each bubble of students. They will have limited (but reasonable) time to eat because of spacing issues inside. A packed lunch from home, enjoyed as a picnic outside in our beautiful grounds would seem a very good option under the circumstances!
End of school
Due to potential issues with traffic we are staggering the end time of the school day. It is critical that parents adhere as closely as possible to their allocated collection time (given below). If you have children in different year groups collect at the earlier time. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE COLLECTED BEFORE 4.15pm. When your arrival to school is imminent please call your child so that they can make their way to the front of school for collection. We will have staff on hand in the collection area to radio students in the holding area to try to make this operation as smooth as possible.
o Year 5, 6 & 7 students collected first at 15.25 – 15.40
o Years 8 & 9 at 15.40 -15.55 in the Memorial Garden. Cars must exit via the PYP track
o Years 10 & 11 from 15.55
o Years 12 & 13 and those who use public transport are free to leave immediately school ends.
o Private buses will wait in the Memorial Garden for oldest students to arrive
o School buses depart normal place and time. NB no second bus!!
o Siblings leave at time and place of youngest sibling (unless by prior arrangement)
Our bus partners will ensure disinfection of buses between trips and appropriate distancing whilst on buses. Drivers are shielded. Masks must be worn on buses and hands sanitised on entry. There will be no late bus so everyone must leave when school ends. Buses will leave at the normal time, so students should go to the bus area immediately school ends.
Parents and visitors
To minimise contact with people from outside school parents are not allowed to visit unless invited by the school. Suppliers and other legitimate visitors will not be in direct contact with students or teachers and will be discouraged from coming into school wherever possible.
After school activities and trips
There will be no after school activities or trips in the immediate future. This includes Homework Club and sports fixtures. All students must be off campus by 4.15pm at the latest.