Hopefully, you will all have read this week’s newsletter which was sent out by the class teachers. There is a lot of information in there but I also wanted to provide a reassuring update before the weekend. Regular contact continues with the US Embassy, British High Commission and Ugandan Health officials. The connections we have are invaluable for staying informed and able to communicate effectively.
This week the Ministry of Health sent out an updated press release on COVID-19 and guidelines in place for Uganda. If you have not accessed this document you can find it on the School Updates tab on our school website www.ambrosolischool.com This is where we are keeping together all communications from the Ministry of Health and communications between school and home relating to COVID 19.
Effective March 11, 2020, the Ministry of Health imposed a 14-day self-quarantine requirement on all asymptomatic travellers arriving in Uganda who have been in the following countries in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Uganda: China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Spain, San Marino, Belgium, USA, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Austria and Malaysia.
On your return from any of these countries you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines and to keep your children home in order to contain the risk to our school community.
Following news on a case of COVID 19 in Kenya the school is now at Level Two – moderate risk at Ambrosoli as outlined in our Decision-Making Protocol sent out with today’s newsletter (and on our website) as there remain no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Uganda.
We met as staff on Wednesday to review our plans and protocols in the event we or the Ministry of Health decided to close school. This was useful to ensure we are prepared. Information has been sent out to you by Teacher Alfred so that you can, in advance, get an idea of what online learning will look like and how to access the resources, The children have been using Google classroom in their lessons this week and seem to be enjoying it and I know that some teachers have also used it to set homework. Please let your class teacher know if your child does not have access to a computer or tablet at home, or to the internet and we will make an alternative plan. Clearly the children will not be following their ‘normal’ timetable of lessons in the event of a school closure but all teachers are planning lessons and activities so that learning can continue. We are aware that too much screen time is not a good thing either so offline activities will also be planned. ( You might want to start collecting cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, yoghurt pots etc – I hear that some teachers are planning technology activities for the children to complete!) Teachers Alfred and Steven are very happy to help you if you have any questions or concerns about the children’s online learning. [email protected], [email protected]
I would like to pay tribute to the amazing staff at Ambrosoli. Teachers and assistants who are working exceptionally hard to make sure that online learning platform is up and running on top of their daily teaching load, administrative staff who continue to make sure that the school runs smoothly and support staff who are diligently and repeatedly disinfecting and sanitising all areas of our buildings. All of the support staff will all be in on Saturday doing a thorough clean through the whole school.
Please remember the following important guidelines: –
- We ask that sick students and staff stay home if they have a fever or respiratory illness and continue to stay home until they are fever-free, unmedicated for 24 hours.
- If any conditions develop during the school day, a parent will be contacted to collect your child from school.
Thank you for your ongoing support.