Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma of people, places, or things.
At Mustardseed we want to continue to remind our students of best hygiene practices so that we can minimize illness, risk, panic and stigma.
Here are few reminders and guidelines which we have implemented:
WASH HANDS WITH SOAP & WATER
- Before class
- Before eating
- After using the toilet
- After class
COVER COUGHS AND SNEEZES
Children should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then put the used tissue in a waste basket AND THEN wash their hands. If they don’t have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve or elbow and NOT their hands.
DISINFECT FREQUENTLY TOUCHED SURFACES
We will have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers on hand so that areas which are frequently used and/or touched will be cleaned (such as door knobs).
We all agree that sharing is an excellent way for children to learn generosity and good social skills, however, it’s not the best way to stay healthy. To shield children from “germ monsters” we advise parents and teachers to encourage children not to share items like utensils, snacks, food, water and drinks.
WATER vs. HAND SANITIZER
If you’re not sure when soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers are in order, do a hand check. When we see actual dirt and grime, we need soap and water. You can use hand sanitizer when you know the child has touched something that may be contaminated.
STAY HOME IF SICK
Children are encouraged to stay home if they are not feeling well. If one of our students is unwell in class or displaying flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or runny nose, we will keep him/her away from the others until collected.
Even though to date we have had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 here in Barbados, we would like to continue to exercise good hygiene practices in our spaces so that our children remain safe, happy and healthy. As usual, we appreciate your cooperation and continued support.