CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

TEMS is part of the global Cognita family of schools. We are taking our responsibilities as a group very seriously and are adhering to the guidance of the Ministry of Health and local governments in Spain, holding daily meetings to adapt as the situation develops and using our learning from our schools in Asia to ensure we keep our children safe. Currently, TEMS is closed and our teachers and pupils are doing remote teaching and learning.  

We’re managing our response in a way that is proportionate, calm and informed by our experience around the world. We will update this page regularly as the situation develops and/or as we implement further measures to keep our community safe.

WHAT WE’RE DOING

As a group, Cognita has taken a number of proactive steps to reduce the risk to our school communities:

  • Travel ban to high-risk regions including requiring our staff to declare if they, or their families, are travelling overseas.
  • Postponement or cancellation of trips to Italy. For trips to other parts of Europe and further afield, we are following Government advice and conducting our own detailed risk assessments.
  • Risk-assess and restrict as necessary the exposure of pupils to significant numbers of other people, including avoiding large sports and entertainment events.

In the instance that a school is closed for a short period of up to five days, a remote learning protocol will be deployed with teachers providing home learning tasks to students by way of normal school communications.

REPORTING SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of coronavirus, as given by the Ministry of Health,  are:

  • A cough
  • High temperature
  • Shortness of breath

However, these symptoms are shared by many other illnesses such as cold and flu.

If you, your child or a member of your family begins to feel unwell with these symptoms, please stay at home and call 900 102 112 (Madrid).

Please also report these symptoms to the school along with details of any travel from the last 14 days.

WHO TO CONTACT

Parents and pupils should contact the school to report any symptoms, to ask any questions or to share any concerns:

A reminder that the email you can use for any queries directly related to the COVID-19 is as follows: 
Covid19-Spain@cognita.com

VISITING US

Based on the World Health Organisation’s declaration that the coronavirus is now a public health emergency of international concern and the subsequent raising of the risk level in Spain, we have decided to cancel any private visit to schools and any Open Days until the school goes back to normal (the local government has announced that initially this will happen on the 26th March) to ensure the safety of our students, teachers and staff.


Thank you for helping us take all the appropriate precautions at this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

AFFECTED AREAS

The Ministerio de Sanidad is advising that you may need to get medical advice if you’ve recently travelled to Spain from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.

These places are:

Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy (only northern Italy – anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

If you’ve been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the  112 or local health service numbers.

The Spanish Government also has a regularly updated listed of countries and areas with implications for returning travellers. If you are concerned about any recent travel, you can visit this page. 

REDUCING RISK

The Government has published advice for how to reduce the risk from coronavirus in education settings.

To help stop the virus from spreading:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards – for at least 20 seconds
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often and particularly after:
    • breaks and sports activities
    • before and after cooking or eating
    • on arrival at any childcare or education setting
    • after using the toilet
    • before leaving and after returning home
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

The full advice poster can be found on the Government’s website.

USEFUL LINKS

There are a number of additional resources that you may find useful for further information on the coronavirus, the Government and international response and how best to talk about the outbreak with your children. Links to these can be found below:

WHO: HAND WASHING 

BBC: TALKING TO CHILDREN