Frequently Asked Questions
How is a potential COVID-19 case managed in school?
If a student or member of staff is suspected of being a positive COVID-19 case, they will be immediately taken to the school isolation room. Only the school emergency services team are permitted to enter the isolation room and only if wearing full PPE. The student’s parents will be contacted immediately by the school authority. The school will strictly adhere to the health authority requirements for managing and transferring any suspected cases of COVID-19. All areas that may have been accessed by a suspected case will be immediately closed and thoroughly deep cleaned and sanitised. In addition, tentative tracing will be conducted to identify those who may have come into contact with the case should the test result come back positive. Each school has a detailed medical procedure plan in place, which details the emergency procedures for each school. This is continuously developed in consultation with the AGCS Health and safety and medical teams.
What is the process in school should someone test positive for COVID-19?
Once a positive case is confirmed, the relevant person will immediately self-isolate for a period of 10 days, while the school leadership/medical team will notify and work with health authorities to identify those that have come in close contact with the positive case. Close contacts will be contacted by the school’s principal to advise that they stay in self-isolation for 7 days. It is therefore critical that the contact details on file with the school are accurate and up to date. This includes email addresses and mobile phone numbers. Sanitisation of all exposed areas in the school will also be carried out.
Who is considered a close contact?
As defined by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, a close contact is anyone who has been in close proximity – a distance of less than one metre – to a positive case for longer than 15 minutes. This could include people with whom you study, work or travel on a bus, as well as family members and anyone that resides in your home. Contact tracing will begin from two days before the onset of symptoms for symptomatic cases, or from the day on which the sample of a positive PCR test result was taken for asymptomatic cases.
What is required of those in self-isolation or quarantine?
Anyone required to self-isolate must stay at home for 7 days, during which they should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. If they develop symptoms, they should seek medical advice immediately and get a PCR test. Should they test positive, they must notify their school immediately.
When can those in self-isolation or quarantine return to school?
After self-isolating for a full 7 days, the person should report to their school’s health clinic, but only if they are symptom-free. Our medical team will assess them for signs and symptoms and, if cleared, the health clinic will provide them with a School Clearance Certificate that can be presented to the divisional secretary, teacher or line manager, enabling them to return to class or work.
What if my child is feeling unwell?
All AGC schools are enforcing a “stay at home if unwell” policy that applies to any student, teacher and school staff with symptoms. We encourage parents to check their child’s temperature before leaving home and to keep their child at home if they are displaying any symptoms that can qualify them as a suspected case of COVID-19. Symptoms may include one or more of the following:
- Fever (≥ 37.5°C)
- Body ache or fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Diarrhoea and nausea
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
Thermal cameras are placed at all points of entry to the school campus. These will detect a body temperature of 37.5°C and above, which is considered a fever. Children will not be allowed on campus if they have a body temperature of 37.5°C and above, as per the regulations, and parents will be expected to collect their children as soon as possible, as they will be denied entry to the school campus.