TAISM’s Health and Safety Plans During Hybrid Learning

Updated November 7, 2020
The following components are essential to the specific COVID-19 mitigation strategies that we are employing to keep our students, staff and the wider TAISM community safe and healthy when we are on campus during hybrid learning.
Updates have been noted in red text for your convenience.
 







 

Priorities for Protection and Detection

 







 

TAISM utilizes multi-layered prevention strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the school building.

By layering mitigation strategies like masking, distancing, hand-washing hygiene, small class sizes, cohort groups, and cleaning and disinfection protocols, we can mitigate the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) even if an infected individual is in the building or in contact with the school community. This is, in essence, the “swiss cheese” model of prevention strategies, adapted for school communities around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, as shown in the graphic below.

 

 
 







 

Ventilation.  The school buildings have air conditioning and fresh air supply installations that provide adequate thermal comfort and air renovation to the indoor spaces. All the equipment has been checked for maintenance and cleanliness which includes the deep cleaning of components and the replacement of the air filters as appropriate. During summer the school commissioned the services of a consultant and a contractor to confirm that the fresh air installations meet the relevant code and that they work correctly so that the quantity of air supplied to each room is adequate for the number of occupants. 

Natural ventilation. Natural ventilation is used to enhance the indoor air quality and reduce the concentration of pollutants in the interior spaces. The natural ventilation measures in place during school hours are:

  • Doors from the classrooms to the hallways will be left open at all times.
  • Windows in the classrooms, commons, cafeterias, commons, and hallways will be open to create increased airflow.

Disinfection of the installations. The indoor air conditioning units are disinfected daily after school by spraying adequate chemicals products (Biotab7). The school has purchased electrostatic spraying machines for this purpose. Furthermore, the external units will be disinfected monthly.  

 
  • Custodians. There is a team of cleaners that takes care of the cleaning and disinfection of the high frequent touch areas and toilets during the school hours. After school, a larger crew of custodians carry out a more in depth cleaning and disinfection of the facilities.
  • Adequate chemical product. The chemical used for cleaning and disinfection is registered in the List-N of the EPA as effective against COVID-19.
  • The school uses Biotab7 for spraying and 3M Neutral Quat Disinfectant Cleaner for regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces. These chemicals have been approved for use in school environments, and are effective against spread of viruses.
 
 







 

Maintaining a Healthy Community

 







 

Communication Between Home & School

It is essential that parents tell the school if children are ill, experiencing symptoms, or have tested positive. Likewise, the school, while keeping the confidentiality of individuals, will notify families if positive tests of COVID-19 are found to be present in students, faculty, or staff attending school in person.

As per local regulations, the household member will need to quarantine when they return from international travel. Currently, the Omani authorities require a negative COVID test of the traveller prior to their travel to Oman, and an additional test upon arrival in Oman.  A person with a negative test will need to quarantine for 7 days, and be tested on the 8th day.  Completion of the required quarantine, and a negative test result is required of the traveller before returning to normal activities (e.g. workplace). The child of the traveller may continue to attend school if the household member is fully quarantining from their family (as outlined above). If the household member becomes symptomatic during their quarantine, the student and any other close contacts would then need to quarantine until the primary contact is tested and receives negative results.
If the parent or household member who travels receives a  positive test result upon entry to Oman they will be required to isolate at home for 14 days or as per the local regulations.  All members of the household, including the student, will need to quarantine for 14 days. A student who is in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 must serve a full 14 day quarantine period and have a negative test result before returning to school.

If COVID-19 is Detected

According to the CDC (link is external), close contact is defined as:

  • You were within 2 meters of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

If a student or staff member is identified as having close contact (as defined above) to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, quarantine for 14 days is required.

All children and staff in the same classroom, or those who have come in close contact with a COVID-positive individual, should quarantine at home for 14 days unless given alternate guidance from the school. Anyone who develops symptoms during quarantine should contact their health care provider, and inform the school nurse. Testing for COVID-19 must be arranged and results reported to the school nurse. 

If you have any questions regarding the definition of close contact or the need to quarantine or isolate, please contact the school nurse.

 







 

If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone