COVID-19 Information Page


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Maru-a-Pula Covid-19 Protocols – 2021 

At Home

– If you are sneezing, coughing or have a fever, please do not come to school.

– Every day your temperature will be checked by Sister Tamocha and her team before you enter the gate. 

– If your temperature is 37.4 degrees or higher, you will not be allowed to enter the school.

At home, in addition to packing your books and so on in preparation for school the following day, you are required to pack:

1. Tissues 

2. A small bottle of hand sanitizer

3. A personal water bottle

4. If you are a day student, bring a snack or pre-order from the Beanbag or Tuckshop.

Remember to put on your mask before you leave home. If you forget your mask, one will be provided for you at the gate and will be charged to your account. You will be required to sign for it. The cost of a mask is P 40.00. This is for genuine forgetfulness only. If you make a habit of it, you will not be allowed to buy a mask again and will be sent home.

– It is summer. Please do not wear jackets and hoodies.

– Students will not be permitted to wear medical or PPE gloves.

On Campus

– Your temperature will be taken when you arrive. Please record your temperature. Use your phone, diary or have a sheet of paper and a pen. You will need to show your temperature to your Form Teacher.

Go directly to your Form room. Please be punctual. Students are expected to be seated by 7.00am.

– Observe social distancing at all times, including when walking/queuing outside.

– Pay attention to the social distancing markers.

– Do not touch other students or their possessions.

– Sanitise your hands on entry to the school and frequently throughout the day.

– You will not be permitted to use your lockers. Please take all your books and possessions home.

In the Classroom

– Hand sanitize on entering the room. There are sanitizers near the door in all our classrooms.

– Disinfect your desk.

– Wear your mask at all times, unless the teacher sends you out for some solo time, when you can lower your mask.

– Make sure that there are at least 1.2 metres between you and the student next to you, in front of you and behind you.

– Do not share stationery.

– Do not share books.

– Do not share hand sanitizer. 

– Teachers will allow you to use the toilet between all lessons to avoid congestion during break time.

Classroom doors will be propped open for the entire day, so that door handles do not need to be used, and to ensure ventilation. If you show any cold or flu symptoms, your subject teachers will ask you to pack your books and report to the Clinic. The nurse will phone your parent/guardian to collect you if you are a day student.

The end of the lesson

The teacher will instruct you to leave row-by-row, to ensure distancing.

During break

– Do not hug your friends.

– Make sure that you are standing/sitting at least 1 metre away from your friends.

– Do not share your food and drinks. Not even from water bottle tops.

– No eating in the classrooms. You need the fresh air!

– Keep your mask on except when you are eating/drinking.

– No football or basketball during break. Sorry!

– Only Boarders will be allowed to have snacks and lunch in the dining hall.

The Tuckshop and Bean Bag will offer pre-ordered snacks to Day Students.

The Tuckshop and Bean Bag will manage lines to ensure social distancing. You must observe the marks which indicate spacing.

– Duty teachers will monitor social distancing during break.

– When the Warning Bell rings, go to your classroom. Hand sanitize on entering, as always.

The lesson after Break

– Sanitize your hands, as always.

– Remember disinfect your desk.

The end of the school day/ waiting for transport.

– Form 1s will leave period 6 at 12.30, Form 2s at 12.35, and Form 3s at 12.40, to spread the traffic. These times are approximate. The senior classes will leave at the usual time.

– Again, remind yourself about keeping a 1.2 metre space between yourself and other students in the Walkway.

– Keep your mask on.

– Please note that you must leave the campus by 1.15pm unless you have period 7.

When you get home

– Wash your hands.

– Wash your mask.

– Put your school clothes in the wash.

– Be sure to sort out you books for the following day in good time.

Helpful Information

What is the difference between a Cold and Flu?

According to the CDC, ‘’Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.

Remember to wash your hands properly:

⦁ Step 1: Wet hands with running water 

⦁ Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands 

⦁ Step 3: Scrub all surfaces of the hands – including backs of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds 

⦁ Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with running water 

⦁ Step 5: Dry hands with a clean, dry cloth, single-use towel or hand drier as available 

Wash your hands before and after eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom/ toilet and whenever your hands are visibly dirty. 

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

Human beings adapt very easily to change, even if we do not like the changes.

It takes only 18 days to form a habit/routine.

#Stay well

MaP COVID-19 Sub-Committee