COVID EDUCATION NEWSLETTER
Stance on Level 2
Last week, our President announced that we will be moving to Level 2. Alhamdulilah, while this indicates that there is room for improving the current state of the country, it does not mean that it is now safe. It simply means the country has relaxed restrictions to allow the economy to pick up. As we move into lockdown level 2, we must be more vigilant and meticulous in taking preventative action.
Al Falaah College will continue to maintain all precautionary measures in line with our protocols to ensure the safety of everyone.
Valved masks have become a popular practice especially since they are comfortable for the user. However, we have been made aware of how these masks actually work and have found that the valved masks protect us as they filter the air that we breathe in but they may harm others as they do not filter the air exhaled. This has high implications for Covid transmission.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have stated: “The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. Masks with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled out through holes in the material. This can allow exhaled respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent.”
Online Learners Exam Protocol
Any Online Learner who is attending an exam/test at school will be screened/vetted and be required to present a new contact tracing form before entry. Copies of these forms are on D6.
Before you go out:
- If you are feeling sick, please stay at home and seek medical advice.
- Please observe all necessary preventative measures when you are in public areas.
- Avoid taking public transport if you are sick.
- If you are at a higher risk of serious illness, don’t head out into the community just yet. It’s safer to stay at home.
When you’re on the go:
- Wear a mask.
- Keep a distance of about 1.5m from others.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or has symptoms.
- Avoid large events and mass gatherings.
How to reduce infections when you go shopping:
- Plan your shopping needs so that you can reduce the need to go more regularly.
- Practice physical distancing of 1.5m between yourself and others (e.g. keep the shopping trolley between you and the next person).
- Carry hand sanitizer whenever possible (or make good use of it if provided in stores).
- Wear a mask at all times, keep hands away from your face.
- Try not to touch many items. If you touch it, consider buying it.
- Remember to wash your hands when you get home.