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DESS Readiness – Covid-19

DESS has just completed one of the most challenging academic years in our history. Your support, commitment and resilience throughout this time has been paramount in ensuring that all children in our DESS community have continued to be nurtured, challenged and, as far as possible, excel through our quality educational provision. 

Over the summer, the KHDA has worked extensively with schools, parent representatives, teachers and federal policymakers to develop a set of guidelines to ensure a safe return to school for our children. These guidelines reflect scientific evidence and international best practices, but more importantly, they are informed by hours of discussions with school leaders, teachers and thousands of responses by parents to surveys conducted by KHDA. Please click here to access our DESS Covid-19 Parent Handbook. Please also watch the video to the right which visually shows how DESS looks and what the procedures are for entering school and finding your way to class. 

Please be assured that additional cleaning routines are in place with thorough and frequent cleaning and sterilising of classroom spaces, resources and toilets taking place throughout the day. At the end of each day, the school is completely sanitised using fogging machines. Every class has its own cleaning ‘kit’ which includes disinfectant wipes and sprays. Teachers will schedule in regular handwashing routines for all children in addition to bathroom visits. 

The situation is ever-changing, and we are aware that a huge amount of flexibility will be needed from all involved. Please click here to access our DESS Covid Committee.

The SLT team would like to thank you all for your patience, loyalty and support.

DESS Reopening Measures

Suspected COVID-19 Cases 

It goes without saying please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms or who have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. We are committed to working closely with government operations to enact testing, tracing and isolation measures to minimise impact on learning, and potential spread of the disease. We have established multiple isolation rooms, which are well ventilated with wipe-clean surfaces. 

If a child demonstrates any of the following symptoms, the class teacher or specialist teacher will be responsible for their removal from class, together with the nurses, and to the on-site isolation room. 

In most cases, parents will be called and asked to immediately collect the child from school, however in serious cases, it may be necessary for the school to seek immediate medical care. 

Common Symptoms: 

  • Fever (temperature ≥37.5℃) 
  • Dry cough 
  • Tiredness 

Less Common Symptoms: 

  • Aches and pains 
  • Sore throat 
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Conjunctivitis 
  • Headache 
  • Loss of taste or smell 
  • A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes 

Serious symptoms: 

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • Chest pain or pressure 
  • Loss of speech or movement 

All cases will be followed up by the schools Health & Safety Officer and the COVID-19 Quarantine Procedures will be enacted.