Below, you will find the protocols that have been drawn up by the SEK Schools Reopening Committee, made up of our medical services, teaching teams, and experts in safety and maintenance, with the aim of ensuring the well-being, learning and health of all members of our Community. As you know, SEK Schools already have flexible and open learning spaces that have facilitated the work of our students in the classrooms. These protocols have been updated for the 2021-22 academic year.

On the other hand, SEK continues to implement its Future Learning Model, that, from the previous academic year, optimises the use of our digital ecosystem and the schools’ physical spaces, offering personalised learning experiences, through inquiry-based and project-based learning that promote meaningful and self-led learning and the development of skills. All these initiatives contribute to the development of the SEK Profile in our students.

 

SEK- Future Learning Model

Health and Safety Protocols

This is a general protocol and each school has its own specific procedures can be checked at the corresponding website and on the MySEK platform.

All SEK International Schools passed the rigorous COVID Free certification process.

In addition to guaranteeing the attendance at the School of all its students, and to ensure school continuity in the face of the evolving health crisis, Schools have the necessary resources to transition seamlessly to distance, blended and hybrid learning models.

1. General health and safety guidelines

These guidelines continue to ensure the health and safety of all those who attend school, according to the instructions of the national and regional authorities, and best practices at an international level.

The school recommends that all staff, students and family members be aware of the most recent information on COVID-19 provided by Spanish authorities and the WHO, especially if they have been in contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

Families returning to Spain must follow national and local guidelines regarding protocols related to quarantine, PCR tests and other matters.

Students who have symptoms or have been in contact with people affected by COVID-19, will not be able to attend school and must observe the mandatory period of isolation. Symptoms include dry cough, fever, body ache, sore throat, shortness of breath, general tiredness and other symptoms of a cold, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of taste and smell, and dermatological lesions similar to chilblains.

If your child has possible COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your paediatrician immediately, they should assess and determine the actions to be taken, including possible isolation measures.

If your child has to self-isolate, or is at risk and needs to shield at home, the School will ensure the continuity of academic activity, online and blended, for all students who cannot attend school in person. If for medical reasons it is advisable for your child to stay at home, we would appreciate if you let us know as soon as possible.

If a member of the Educational Community shows symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or have a temperature of 37.5º or higher, during school hours:

  1. They will be transferred to the school infirmary, they will don a surgical mask if they are not already wearing one.
  2. Their temperature will be taken with an infrared non-contact thermometer.
  3. They will be asked to clean their hands with soap and water or they will be offered hand sanitizer.
  4. The patient will be isolated in room set aside for that purpose.
  5. A medical examination / assessment appropriate to the symptoms will be done.
  6. In the case of a student, a member of the medical service will call the father, mother or legal guardian to organise their immediate collection.
  7. In the case of teachers, they must return home immediately and contact their doctor.
  8. If patients show serious symptoms, the school will call the emergency services.
  9. If a case of COVID-19 is suspected, the corresponding Public Health Centre of each school area will be informed and the health instructions given will be followed to facilitate the tracking and tracing of contacts.

If it is confirmed that a person who has been at the School has COVID-19, the School must be informed immediately to notify all the people with whom they have had contact, and to be able to adopt the appropriate measures.

The return to the School will only be possible with the home discharge, which will require at least 72 hours without showing ANY symptoms of coronavirus and with a minimum of 10 days elapsing from the onset of symptoms.

If your child’s illness is not caused by COVID-19, they can return to school after 24 hours without symptoms and 48 hours have passed without fever, and without the use of fever control medications (paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.). This is the most effective way to prevent infections and allows the person to recover, and the immune system to regain strength.

As you know, sometimes a child may want to go to school despite being sick. PLEASE DO NOT send your children to school if they have shown any symptoms of the coronavirus and that could spread to other children or adults.

In order to ensure a safe start to the school year as far as we are able, we recommend that families carry out a PCR test on their children before coming back to school in September.

Personal hygiene material

In your child’s school case, in addition to other instructions you receive from the School regarding the necessary material, we suggest you include:

  • Replacement masks for the week (which they will leave at the school, the teachers will inform you when more are needed)
  • A packet of tissues
  • A reusable water bottle with student’s name
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer gel that they can use in specific cases or as a personal hygiene reinforcement measure.

Please remind your children of the importance of:

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water.
  • Sneezing and coughing into their forearm if they don’t have tissues.
  • Washing their hands with soap or hand sanitizer after using tissues

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2. Use of face masks at school

SEK Group will continue to adjust, in each of its schools, the protocols for the use of face masks according to the regulations set by each autonomous region.

Early Childhood students are not required to wear a mask. We only recommend they wear it when entering or leaving school.

All other students from the age of 6 will be required to wear a face mask at all times.

On school coach services, the use of the mask is mandatory for students from year 1 of Primary and recommended for students under 6.

Before boarding the coach, the supervisor will take each student’s temperature with a non-contact infrared thermometer. In case the temperature is equal to or greater than 37. 5 the student will not be able to get on the coach and their parents will be notified.

At school, the temperature of 03 year old students will be taken before entering.

Authorities recommend using sanitary mask, if possible reusable ones. You should ensure you buy masks that are certified to UNE 0064-1: 2020 or 0065: 2020 standards or at least are certified by some king of validated standards or tests.

Students must bring their personal mask to school every day, and some that will be left at school as replacements.

If the mask is single use, we recommend that students change the mask every 4 hours and when it gets wet or dirty. Please provide your children with enough masks to ensure they can change theirs once per day and an extra one in case of damage or loss.

You can find all the information from the Spanish Ministry of Health about masks here

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3. Arrival, departure and visits to School

The following procedures are in place to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and hygiene.Depending on the School’s infrastructure, arrivals and departures may be staggered, or at the same time through different entrances.

Boys:

  • Students may only be on school grounds during school hours.
  • Students may enter the School at the time indicated (not before), or through the assigned door, in the event that the School has several entrances.
  • All students will have their temperature taken on entering school.
  • All students must wear a mask when entering and leaving School.
  • Students under 3 years of age can enter the school with an adult. Adults must wear masks at all times and clean their hands with hand sanitizer gel before entering school.
  • Families may not accompany their children inside the school grounds. A teacher will pick up 3-6 year olds at the entrance, and lead them to their class. Students 7 years and older may enter alone.
  • Students must wash their hands before entering class or clean them with hand sanitizer gel (there will be a dispenser at various points in the School).
  • Students should bring only the materials that the School provides them and that teachers request for their lessons.
  • Students who arrive late must enter through the main door of the School. They must sign in at reception and then go to their class.

Families:

  • Parents should arrive at school at the appropriate time according to the assigned time/ entrance. It is essential that parents respect and promote social distancing and use of face masks at all times.
  • If students are unable to attend school parents should notify the school and explain the reasons behind nonattendance as soon as possible.
  • With the aim of minimizing visits to School, whenever possible, tutorial meetings, academic consultations and other administrative procedures will be carried out electronically.

Teaching and non-teaching staff

  • Teachers and non-teaching staff will enter the School through the assigned door and will respect and promote social distancing throughout the school day. In addition, they will maintain the necessary hand hygiene upon entering each building, and the use of face masks, setting an example for students.
  • When working in the same room, including the teachers’ lounge, the required social distance and hygiene guidelines will be followed.
  • All school staff must wear a mask at all times.

Outings

  • Visits to the School must be previously arranged with the School Secretary. Access to school grounds will be restricted.
  • Every person accessing the school secretary’s office will have their temperature taken. Wearing of face masks is mandatory
  • If possible, the consultation and / or attention required will be carried out electronically.
  • Visitors must leave their personal contact information at the School Secretary.
  • Deliveries of goods will be made through a different door or after school hours.

Other procedures

  • Visitors will have their temperature taken on entering the School.
  • Direction markers have been placed at the entrance and exit doors of the School and of each pavilion, in the toilets and in the dining room.
  • In the corridors and stairs, there will be direction markings and delimitation of zones.
  • All the school grounds will have informative posters.

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4. Classroom arrangements

  • The School will organise a stable or bubble coexistence group for the smallest students according to official guidelines For other years, classrooms will be arranged to ensure social distancing regulations (1.2 meters) or according to regional guidelines.
  • The maximum number of students per class for each stage will be determined by the regulations set by each regional authority.
  • Students must use the same desk and chair each day. The table / desk and chair will be labelled with the student’s name.
  • Students will be placed in the classes with the largest available surface area to meet distancing requirements.
  • Teachers will be assigned a group of students and will have the corresponding assistants.
  • The number of people with whom students come into contact with will be reduced as much as possible, and in Secondary School and Baccalaureate social distancing will be ensured.
  • In EC and PS, students will be kept in their group-class, both during lessons and during breaks and lunch.
  • Weather conditions permitting, the outdoor spaces of the School will be used for as long as possible

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5. School day

  • Students will bring all their belongings to the classroom, including their coats and backpacks.
  • Before removing items from their backpacks, students must wash their hands for 20 seconds in the designated bathroom.
  • There will be hand sanitizer dispensers in each classroom, as well as explanatory posters on hygiene and cleaning measures throughout the school grounds.
  • Students should wash their hands regularly, but more specifically before and after entering class, breaks, PE class, or using the bathroom.
  • Students cannot bring personal material to School, except for a pencil case that must be left in the classroom. Nor can school material be taken home, except in cases where teachers deem it appropriate.
  • Tablets, laptops, and computer mice should not be shared, and should be cleaned before and after each use. Teachers will demonstrate how they should be cleaned and with what product.

Libraries

  • Each school will determine the possibility of using the libraries, always following all national and local safety and hygiene guidelines, including those related to bubble groups, maximum capacity, social distancing, hand hygiene and sanitation of books and resources.
  • The use of the common spaces of the School general library will be limited to studying and reading their own books and, upon request, copies from the library collection. Books will be returned and cleaned to ensure they are disinfected.
  • The collection of physical books is closed to home loans for the time being, and the use of online resources will be promoted through the SEK digital library.
  • Library furniture will be arranged so as to ensure social distancing.

Laboratories

General protection and cleaning measures

  • Capacity in the laboratory facilities will be limited in accordance with specific regulations.
  • Ventilation of the spaces will be controlled. Labs will be ventilated for 10 minutes every hour.
  • Entry and exit flows will clearly marked in labs.
  • Surfaces and instruments will be cleaned after each use.
  • The person in charge of the lab will be in charge of preparing in advance all the necessary materials for the practical lesson students will be taking.
  • The frequency of laboratory waste management will be reinforced by the company hired for this purpose.

Personal protection measures

  • Staff and students should use hand sanitizer gel before and after each session in the laboratory.
  • All students will wear disposable gowns and gloves for all lab activities.
  • The safety distance of 1.2 meters between all students will be respected.
  • All materials used in the laboratory will be for individual use and will be disinfected after each session.
  • The use of personal items in the laboratories will be restricted. All the necessary material will be provided by the person in charge of the laboratory.

Physical Education

  • Physical activity in SEK Schools will be carried out under the protocols of the competent autonomous region and the internal protocol of the SEK Education Group, where the teacher-student ratio and the individual physical work methodology will prevail.
  • The use of changing rooms and the swimming pool will be done in accordance with the specific protocol of each school. In contact sports or shared spaces, specific masks will be used that allow them to be washed without losing protective qualities.
  • Whenever possible, outdoor sports activities will be carried out, where the teacher-student ratio will be basic for controlling the activity.
  • Physical activity is necessary and essential for the development of children and therefore we will do whatever is necessary to make this possible, always within safety standards we consider necessary to safeguard the health and safety of our students and their families.

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6. School´s medical service

  • The medical service at school will only be available to those students who need attention due to accidents, injuries or serious illness and those who may need to go home due to illness or injury. Students will not be allowed to go to the infirmary for unjustified and unnecessary reasons.
  • All schools have a specially assigned isolation room for any student who presents symptoms of COVID-19 for them to wait until their parents come to pick them up.
  • Sick or injured students may not be accompanied to the infirmary.
  • It is important that all families update their child’s medical information, as well as emergency contact details, including two mobile phone numbers
  • Medical service protocol

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7. General cleaning procedures

  • Hand sanitizer gel will be available at the entrance of each building and in each classroom.
  • Cleaning will be carried out daily in all the School spaces following strict protocols. Special attention will be paid to the elements that have been used during the day and to the spaces with the highest student traffic.
  • Areas that are commonly used and frequent touchpoints such as doorknobs, tables, furniture, handrails, floors, telephones, hangers and other items with similar characteristics will be continuously sanitised throughout the day.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected frequently and will have hand soap, paper towel dispensers and pedal-operated bins
  • Virucide disinfectants that have been authorised and approved by the Spanish Ministry of Health will be used. When using these products, the instructions on the label will be followed at all times.
  • There will be a cleaning and disinfection of the shared workstations, at each shift change, with special attention paid to furniture and other elements susceptible to handling, particularly those used by more than one person.
  • After each cleaning, the materials used and the protective equipment used will be disposed of in a safe way, followed by hand washing.
  • The bins will be kept clean and regularly emptied, in order to avoid any accidental contact.
  • Cleaning staff will wear clothing exclusively for their work that will be machine washed. They will also wear gloves and a mask.
  • Weather permitting, doors will be kept open to avoid touching doorknobs and handles. Windows will also be kept open. In any case, classrooms will be ventilated several times a day, at the beginning of the day, at the end and between classes.
  • Preventively, textiles will be removed from the classrooms (carpets, cushions, etc …) and bibs and sheets will be washed and disinfected in an automatic wash.
  • Baby bouncers will be protected with a cover that can be washed daily or with a disposable cover.
  • Those games or materials that are difficult to keep perfectly sanitized will be temporarily removed.
  • The presence of unnecessary items of furniture in classrooms will be reduced to facilitate the highest degree of hygiene in the students’ environment.
  • A Dirty Area in Early Childhood and first years of Primary spaces will be designated for leaving games or materials used during the day for the cleaning team to disinfect in depth.
  • Contingency Plan – preventing COVID-19 – Cleaning service 

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8. School meals

  • The Catergest catering staff will serve the food to the younger students.
  • All students, staff and teachers should wash their hands before and after eating.
  • Students will sit in an assigned place in the canteen, respecting social distancing.
  • Lunch and snacks will be supervised by a teacher.
  • Lunch shifts will be established and the tables and chairs will be disinfected following each shift change. Virucide disinfectants that have been authorised and approved by the Spanish Ministry of Health will be used. When using these products, the instructions on the label will be followed at all times.
  • Canteen doors and windows will remain open to maintain ventilation.
  • The salad buffet will be temporarily unavailable
  • The dining room will have water fountains both for filling glasses and for individual bottles.
  • To guarantee the safety distance, self-service areas will be fitted with protective screens.
  • At all times, entrance and exit flows of the canteen will be created, with social distancing to access the service areas.
  • Tray collection carts will be installed to expedite delivery.
  • There will be signs and posters indicating the hygiene measures that are applied that the students and teachers must respect.

Catergest indications for food safety:

  • The provisions of the HACCP Food Safety system will be strictly complied with, paying special attention to the sanitisation of fruit and vegetables consumed raw, to compliance with cooking temperatures and conservation, cleaning and disinfection of kitchenware, kitchen utensils and other elements used and, in general, good food handling and preparation practices.
  • All staff are trained in good food handling and hygiene practices.
  • Canteen and kitchen staff will wear clothing exclusively for their work and will be machine washed.
  • Wearing gloves can create a false sense of security and its use does not preclude hand washing process. Therefore, gloves should be used only when necessary.
  • Contingency Plan – preventing COVID-19 – Meals service

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9. School boarding service 

Protocol for boarders

These guidelines are intended to ensure the health and safety of all those who return to school, according to the instructions of the national and regional authorities, and best practices at an international level.

All students coming from abroad must follow the rules of the regulations of the Spanish Ministry of Health regarding entry into the country. These regulations vary according to the country of origin, therefore, the regulations in force at the time of entry to the country must be taken into account.

All staff and students entering the boarding school must present the result of the serological test for COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies IgM and IgG (Immunoanalysis Technique) You can also present the certificate of having been fully vaccinated against COVID (with any of the vaccines approved by the EMA: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen – Johnson & Johnson).

In the case of boarders in the schools in Ireland and France, they will be governed by the guidelines set by the governments of these countries at the time of incorporation of the student to the corresponding school

 

Basic principles

These principles must be kept in mind and applied in all spaces and situations within the boarding facilities and school:

  • The use of face masks is mandatory.
  • Adhering to social distancing of 1.2 meters.
  • Wash hands on entering and leaving a building.

Access and circulation

  • The use of face masks is mandatory inside all buildings and in any situation where the social distance of 1.2 meters cannot be respected.
  • Body temperatures will be taken on entering. In the event of symptoms or fever, the student will be isolated and the protocol for suspecting a positive case of COVID-19 will be applied.
  • Parents are not allowed to enter the school.
  • Meetings within the dorms will not be allowed.
  • Internal circulation must be respected. As a rule, students should keep to their right and those leaving rooms have right of way.

Meals

  • The use of a mask in the dining room is mandatory. The mask can only be removed once you are seated at the table.
  • Hand washing is mandatory both when entering and leaving the dining room.
  • The canteen staff will be equipped with the appropriate PPE established by the Ministry of Health.
  • All meals will take place in the dining room.
  • Each group will be assigned a shift and sector within the dining room.
  • The dining room tables have been equipped with screens to avoid direct contact with the students.
  • At the end of each meal shift, the dining room will be disinfected.

Bathrooms

  • The maximum capacity of the bathrooms will be indicated on the door.
  • Each group will be assigned a bathroom.
  • Each student will be assigned a shower, toilet and sink for personal hygiene.

Common areas

  • The maximum capacity of the common spaces will be indicated on the door.
  • Each group will be assigned a common space to use.
  • Each group can only use the common space assigned to it.

Cleaning and disinfection

  • The current guidelines and protocols from the Spanish Ministry of Health and Education will be adhered to. This follows the principle of cleaning frequency based on the intensity of use.
  • The cleaning of the rooms will be done daily.
  • A cleaning log will be available at the entrance of buildings.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all building entrances

Confirmation of positive COVID-19 case

  • If a student or member of the school staff test positive for COVID-19, the protocol set by the corresponding authorities must be followed.

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10. Movement around school grounds and transfers

  • All movement of students around and within the buildings is to be supervised/coordinated by teachers.
  • When moving around school grounds, students over 6 years of age must wear a face mask.
  • Students must wash their hands, for a minimum of 20 seconds, before moving to another area in the school.
  • Students should keep to the right when going up and down stairs, and when walking in
  • Stairs must be taken one step at a time, and always maintaining a safe distance.
  • The water sources in playgrounds may not be used, so students must bring their own water bottle that they can refill in the school canteen.
  • Visits and excursions outside the School will be decided based on the indications provided by each Autonomous Region in this regard

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11. Use of bathrooms

  • Students should only use the assigned bathrooms.
  • Bathrooms will have a suitably marked maximum capacity.
  • Bathrooms will have hand soap, a paper towel dispenser and pedal-operated bins that will be cleaned frequently.
  • The toilet should be flushed with the lid closed.
  • Students should wash their hands after using the bathroom for a minimum of 20 seconds and then dry with disposable paper towels for another 20 seconds. Hot air dryers should not be used.

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12. Breaks

  • A staggered schedule has been created to offer all students the opportunity to go outside in their respective groups, marking different recreation areas.
  • The number of teachers who will supervise students will be determined according to the specific regulations of each Autonomous Region terms of capacity.
  • Students must wear face masks and adhere to the new procedures and health and safety instructions.
  • Students in stable coexistence groups must play with their designated group of classmates.
  • It will not be possible to use outdoor children’s games (buckets, tricycles …)
  • All equipment and / or furniture in the outdoor play areas will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each break.

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13. School transport 

  • Coaches will be cleaned daily, with special attention paid to access handrails, ladders, floors, seats, armrests, etc.
  • Throughout the journey the driver will wear both a mask and gloves and should remain in the cabin. Passengers will maintain the correct distance from each other, both inside and outside the passenger compartment, at all times.
  • Coach supervisors will use a mask and will show students to their assigned seats, which will always be the same.
  • According to current regulations, the use of masks is mandatory for all transport users, except for children under 6 years of age. Students will enter and exit through the back door of the coach (except in an emergency, the front door will not open). A hand sanitizer dispenser will be fitted at the rear entrance and students will have their temperatures taken.
  • The passenger compartment will be ventilated regularly at stopping points. Use of air conditioning or heating will be avoided.
  • Post COVID-19 reopening protocol, Transport Service

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14. Extracurricular Activities 

  • Extracurricular Activities will respect identical health and safety procedures.
  • In accordance with current regulations in each Autonomous Region, sports activities have been adapted.
  • Most activities will begin in the month of October.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY DECALOGUE COVID 19 FOR STUDENTS

 

SAFETY AND SECUIRTY

1st Remember to always keep a safe distance from your classmates and all the people around you.

2nd Respect all the safety instructions and signs that you will find in the different areas of the school.

HYGIENE

3rd Remember to bring your mask to school every day, in addition, we recommend that you have handkerchiefs and hand sanitizer gel for individual use at hand.

4th Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and make sure that both the materials you use and your workspace (chair, table, etc.) are kept clean.

MATERIALS

5th All the materials you use will be for individual use. At the School, you will have a case with all the material you need that you will leave in your locker and that you will not be able to take home.

6th To stay hydrated during the school day, remember to bring a bottle for individual use that you can also use in the dining room.

COMMON SPACES and AREAS

7th Respect the maximum capacity signage that you will find in the different areas of the School. Especially in areas such as bathrooms, where space is smaller.

8th Pay attention to the instructions that the people in charge of each area of the School will give you about: safety social distancing, hygiene, organisation, etc.

9th All movement of students around and within the buildings is to be supervised/coordinated by teachers. You must inform the teacher in charge or Coordinator of any movement through the School that you want to make.

10th Both on the school coaches and during breaks, social distancing rules and not interacting with others are also applicable.

PLANNING OF LEARNING SCENARIOS

For the 2021-22 academic year, SEK Educatio Group continues to uphold its commitment to keep its schools fully open for face-to-face learning for all our students. We believe it is in their best interests – academically, socially and emotionally.

In September, we will welcome our students back to school in a thoughtful, caring and supportive manner, enabling all students to continue to develop their individual potential, based on our enduring core principles and values. However, if health conditions change, we need to find continued pathways of learning, with the health and wellbeing of our entire community as a priority.

We understand this has been a time of uncertainty for all families and that adapting to the new learning arrangements will require flexibility and patience from families, students, teachers and school leaders. Below you can find information that explains the learning scenarios that we will implement, under different conditions and official regulations, in order to maintain a high-quality education for your children. In the meantime, our staff will continue to work tirelessly to ensure students receive the best possible education.

In our scenario planning, we will be guided by the following principles:

Learning: ensure the highest quality of learning for our students

Wellbeing: ensure social, emotional, physical, and learning wellbeing of our community

Community: maintain our sense of community spirit and belonging

Scenarios: choosing the learning model in response to changing external risks

Face-to-face learning scenario

We welcome as many students as possible on campus, putting in place strict health and safety protocols (hand-hygiene, safe social distancing, mask-wearing, temperature checking, stable groups, frequent cleaning, clear signage, etc.) to safeguard the wellbeing of all learners while providing the best possible learning in school.

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Hybrid Learning Scenario

When authorities do not allow us to offer a fully in-person learning model, but allow schools to remain open, we will continue to offer a blended model with some in-person lessons and our distance learning and teaching guidelines.

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Full distance learning model

If the authorities decide to close the campus fully again, we will provide the best possible distance learning experiences for our students, building on what we have learned from our previous distance teaching and learning experiences.

We will implement our distance learning guidelines for those students who are learning at home.

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COVID FREE CERTIFICATE

SEK International Schools obtained the COVID FREE certificate in July 2020 following an exhaustive external audit that analysed the health and safety measures and work health and safety standards that guarantee the safety of our Educational Community, in compliance with national, international education standards.

The certification in force includes the standards regarding hygiene action protocols, staff training, cleaning and maintenance of facilities and work spaces, selection and provision of cleaning and disinfection material, selection, provision and use of PPE, student welcome to school procedures, entry and exit of students, teachers and professionals, distribution of students and employees in centres or signage in schools.

Q&A

Here are some questions that our Community has sent us. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info.covid@sek.es and we will add your query to this section. Thank you very much.

1. How has the 21-22 school year been organised?

SEK Schools continue to comply with the strict health and safety protocols that were created for the reopening of the schools last year, adapted to the current situation and instructions from the national and regional health public authorities.

In addition, scientific evidence and our experience of last academic year has shown that natural and continuous ventilation of classrooms is the most effective system to keep spaces free of the virus. In this sense, the following measures have been adopted:

  • Measuring CO2 and humidity levels in all classrooms
  • Setting specific ventilation protocols depending on the type of classroom.
  • Boosting heating levels at the School.
  • Where possible, using forced ventilation systems.
  • Installation of an innovative IoT system to measure conditions in each classroom and ensure optimal learning. These devices are called Lernometers and are designed by Stephen Heppell, Director of the Felipe Segovia Chair at Camilo José Cela University. In addition to measuring CO2 and relative humidity in each classroom, these devices control volatile organic compounds (TVOC) and airborne dust (PM 2.5), temperature, light and ambient noise. The data is received and analysed continually to ensure that conditions are optimal. A specific Wi-Fi network has been installed for this purpose. Students themselves can monitor conditions and thus take part in putting in place new improvement measures.
  • Recent acquisition of antigen tests for all staff for administration before the start of the course. These tests will be administered in any case by the School’s medical service.

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2.- Is the School offering all its services?

The School continues this school year offering all its activities, following the health and safety protocols at all times. Catergest, the company providing school meals, has rigorous hygiene processes and has implemented in the canteen and self-service areas all the necessary measures to guarantee safety.

The school transport service will be provided following guidelines from the health authorities regarding public transport. Students must wear a face mask at all times.

Schools that have boarding facilities continue with the necessary measures to ensure the health of their boarders. You can check the specific protocols on MySEK.

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3.- What happens if my child has to self-isolate, or is a member of a vulnerable group and has to shield at home?

The School, as was the case for last year, will ensure the continuity of academic activity, online and blended, for all students who cannot attend school in person.

If for medical reasons it is advisable for your child to stay at home, we would appreciate if you let us know as soon as possible.

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4.- What will be the school’s response be in the event of lockdown being reinstated?

The School is prepared to ensure, immediately, the continuity of the academic process remotely. To this end we have bolstered the school’s endowment of technology and the tools on the MySEK platform, designing a model that allows increasing the digitization of teaching activity without interruptions.

Leveraging technology is essential to enrich learning, collaboration and communication. We provide a robust and flexible technology infrastructure and set of resources that enable the best approaches to learning and teaching as well as adapting to changing circumstances.

Technology is key in supporting self-directed and autonomous learning, through synchronous and asynchronous teaching models.

HYFLEX learning:

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5.- I think my child might need emotional support, who can I turn to?

Our guidance and counselling services, together with the school’s medical services, have redoubled efforts to carry out the psychological and emotional monitoring of students and teachers who need it. The SEK workshops for parents (see this section) also feature relevant content to help face the current health crisis.

Likewise, Camilo José Cela University Department of Psychology has created a range of webinars that you will find in the Parent Workshop and Seminar section. Furthermore, the UCJC BeWell Center offers a response to the need we all have to find balance and emotional, mental and physical well-being, and offers our Educational Community training and support in the skills and competencies necessary to enjoy life to the fullest.

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6.- I have a medical question about my child, who can I address it to?

Please address any medical questions to your schools medical services. You can check the contact information by clicking here.

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7.- I think that my child, or someone in our circle, may be infected with COVID-19, what should I do?

In accordance with the Declaration of Responsibility signed by all the families of the School, your child must refrain from going to school and you must inform us immediately.

You can also consult all the information and recommendations from the public health authorities (WHO, Spanish Ministry of Health and regional health ministries).

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8.- In the present economic climate, what relief does the School offer?

We understand that some families are experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus crisis. Which is why, SEK continues to offer its scholarship and relief scheme for schooling for the 2020-21 academic year.

This relief is granted on a case by case basis. Please do not hesitate to consult with the Corporate Management Department about your particular case (gestioncorporativa@sek.es). We are at your full disposal to minimize, as far as possible, the effects of this situation.

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9.- I want to visit the School, is it possible?

Yes, it is possible to visit the School with a prior appointment. It is also possible to take a virtual tour accompanied by the School’s admissions advisor. You only need to sign up here: https://www.sek.es/en/make-an-enquiry/. We will be delighted to assist you.

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10.- We are abroad and we do not know when we will be able to return to Spain, is it possible to enrol my child in the School?

Yes, it is possible. Admission can be done online and the School will study each case and define whether it is possible to remotely monitor the student’s academic record and for what period of time.

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11.- In the event of a new lockdown, or if my child’s situation requires it, how is distance learning provided?

Distance learning is taught through the MySEK platform and it can be done in two modes: asynchronous and synchronous.

1. Learning experiences at the student’s own pace (asynchronous)

  • The teacher uploads and provides resources for students to explore and learn. These resources can be a pre-recorded lesson / presentation, videos and other materials such as case studies, guided exploration, previous questions …
  • Discussion or debate forums, through the Microsoft Teams platform, where students can participate in asynchronous discussions (forum-type discussion in response to prompts) to share ideas and, synchronously or asynchronously, collaborate on ongoing projects.
  • For individual assignments that the educator wants to collect, give feedback and / or mark, assignments are created in ManageBac.
  • Through Teams, any meeting, whole classes or small groups can be recorded and the recording shared through a link. Doing so can allow all students to access and refer back to what they learnt.

2. Real-time learning experiences (synchronous)

  • Real-time streaming of teacher-led presentations, consultations and discussions, with the whole group or in small groups.
  • Teachers or students can schedule meetings for small groups, for example to carry out collaborative work in small groups, support meetings or receive feedback by the teacher with a student, or a small group of students.

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12.- What tools are used for online lessons?

Through MySEK, teachers and students have access to the tools they need. Some of these tools include:

Early Childhood and year 1 and 2 Primary teachers use the SEK Blogosphere and the MySEK Kids Digital Agenda, to post videos, suggestions for learning activities and other information.

  • Teachers in the rest of the stages use Microsoft Teams to facilitate discussions and meetings, and to share resources online.
  • Teachers also use ManageBac to set tasks related to IB programmes, sharing specific learning objectives and the resources necessary for their completion.
  • Online or distance learning, in a virtual learning environment such as the SEK Blogosphere, ManageBac, Teams and Blink Learning, presents an opportunity to continue with the following initiatives that are already part of the SEK teaching method:
  • Promote blended learning and flipped learning.
  • Promote self-directed learning, that is, encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning according to their personal pace.
  • Allow more personalised learning.
  • Promote learning based on skill development.
  • Allow students to explore a wide range of resources according to their needs.
  • Cultivate peer learning in an online environment.
  • Support the development of self-management skills both among students and teachers and mentors.
  • Collaborate with other people in the development and co-creation of digital resources.
  • Create a portfolio of shared digital resources for the professional training of each teacher and that of their peers.

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13.- How is the security of online platforms ensured for students?

The SEK Internal Regulations also apply within the framework of distance learning. This applies to all interactions in the digital environment: online lessons via videoconference, messages or emails, communications in other applications and platforms.

In addition to the Internal Regulations that are common to all SEK Schools, each School has its own coexistence and behaviour policies.

Likewise, in line with its Child Protection policies, SEK has developed a special guide that contains mandatory measures to ensure the protection of students in the digital environment.

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Parent Workshops

Positive discipline

María Provencio

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Adaptation of minors to the new situation

Pilar Marín

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Managing our emotions in times of uncertainty

Ruth Castillo Gualda

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Family life: family leisure activities

Pilar Jiménez Martínez

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Teaching responsibility: routines and limits

Elena T. López Cobeñas

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The first strength in learning

Christopher Charleson and Daniela Kemeny

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Curiosity, the first strength in learning

Teresa Viejo

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Grandparents in children’s education: responsibilities and limits

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Early childhood education in SEK schools: educational innovation based on inquiry, play, multilingualism, exploration and symbolic expression.

Isabel Morales Jareño – Pilar Ester Mariñoso – Bruno García Tardón

27 may

17:30 – 18:30

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Early childhood education: a stage with its own identity.

Sara Sánchez Ruiz

3 june

17:30 – 18:30

Access

Significant moments of cognitive and socio-emotional development in the early childhood stage

Cecilia Theirs Rodríguez

10 june

17:30 – 18:30

Access

Preparing for the incorporation or re-incorporation of early childhood students after COVID-19 into classrooms: a new challenge.

Laura Herrero Pérez

17 june

17:30 – 18:30

Access

Neuroeducation: Active Teaching

Eva Teba Fernández

29 April

17:00 – 18:00

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How to set rules and limits on the use of screens: from problematic use to responsible use

Laura Cuesta

5 may

17:00 – 18:00

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A new reality: online education

Joaquín Rodríguez – Noelia Cava – Fran Tejeria

14 may

17:00 – 18:00

Access

The importance of physical exercise

Teresa García Pastor – César Gallo Salazar

28 may

17:00 – 18:00

Access

Advice from the SEK Department of Psychology and Counselling


How we face uncertainty at school

Sara Rabadán

Emotional welcome plan

Sofía Gigliani

Back to school for the little ones

Miriam Marchante

Validate emotions in the midst of uncertainty

Rosa Mª Martínez

Internalising new social norms

Rosa Mª Martínez

 

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ARTICLES BY UCJC EXPERTS

(In Spanish)

These are the new recommendations on the use of Remdesivir to treat COVID-19 – The Conversation

Francisco López-Muñoz

Professor of Pharmacology and Deputy Rector for Research at University Camilo José Cela

Rural schools do not fear returning to classes after lockdown – The Conversation

Montserrat Magro Gutiérrez

PhD candidate in Educational Sciences, University Camilo José Cela

This will be the «new normal» for gambling in Spain

Laura Cuesta Cano

Head of Communications and Digital Content at PAD Service. Academic, University Camilo José Cela

 

What is Remdesvir, the first authorised drug against COVID-19 that Trump wants to monopolise – The Conversation

Francisco López-Muñoz

Professor of Pharmacology and Deputy Rector for Research at University Camilo José Cela

COVID-19: Why it is good to turn patients in respiratory distress face down

Jesús Amores Ampuero

Associate Professor of Nursing: Physiology and Pathophysiology. Nurse at the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos de Madrid, University Camilo José Cela

 

 

The new normal in cinema: fewer and more expensive film shoots – The Conversation

Piluca Baquero Navarro

Director Degree in Film and Audiovisual Fiction University Camilo José Cela

Dexamethasone shows promise against COVID-19, but only for very specific patients – The Conversation

Francisco López-Muñoz

Professor of Pharmacology and Deputy Rector for Research at University Camilo José Cela

Virtual leisure during lockdown: from solo concerts to zoom beers – The Conversation

Santiago Sánchez Regadera

Professor of Protocol and Organisation of Events, University Camilo José Cela

 

Financial Globalisation, Political Fragmentation – The Conversation

Juan Díez Nicolás

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University Camilo José Cela

The Dark Side of Hydroxychloroquine, Trump’s “Antidote” to COVID-19 – The Conversation

Francisco López-Muñoz

Professor of Pharmacology and Deputy Rector for Research at University Camilo José Cela

Melatonin, guardian of the brain against the coronavirus – The Conversation

Francisco López-Muñoz

Professor of Pharmacology and Deputy Rector for Research at University Camilo José Cela

 

The sustainable protocol, key to surviving the pandemic – The Conversation

Santiago Sánchez Regadera

Professor of Protocol and Organisation of Events, University Camilo José Cela

New audiences in times of coronavirus – The Conversation

Jorge Galardo-Camacho

Director of the Degree in Communications. Rector of University Camilo José Cela

Learning to fail will be essential after the crisis

Ricardo Cortines Barcena

Professor of Philosophy of Law, University Camilo José Cela

 

De-escalation, mobility and consumption: Will bicycles be the new toilet paper? – The Conversation

Rafael Villa Martínez

Professor of Transport and Logistics, University Camilo José Cela

The danger of medicalizing emotional responses after the state of emergency – The Conversation

Francisco López-Muñoz

Professor of Pharmacology and Deputy Rector for Research at University Camilo José Cela

Is melatonin a therapeutic panacea?

Francisco López-Muñoz

Professor of Pharmacology and Deputy Rector for Research at University Camilo José Cela

 

Surprising Educational Discoveries During the Pandemic – The Conversation

María Antonia Casanova

Professor of University Camilo José Cela

Video Games for a Crisis – The Conversation

Rafael Conde Melguizo

Director of the degree in Digital Arts, University Camilo José Cela

Why it is so important that Early Education students go back to school – The Conversation

Montserrat Magro Gutiérrez

PhD candidate in Educational Sciences, University Camilo José Cela

 

Does prolonged confinement affect vision? – The Conversation

Francisco López-Muñoz

Professor of Pharmacology and Deputy Rector for Research at University Camilo José Cela

Will we be able to manage the changes to education over these weeks? – The Conversation

Francisco López Rupérez

Director de la Cátedra de Políticas Educativas, Universidad Camilo José Cela

Are the published statistics on COVID-19 reliable? – The Conversation

Juan Díez Nicolás

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University Camilo José Cela

 

COVID-19 Forces the Reinvention of Global Supply Chains – The Conversation

Rafael Villa Martínez

Professor of Transport and Logistics, University Camilo José Cela

How will paid leave hours be made up? – The Conversation

Laura Sanz Martín

Professor of Labour and Social Security Law, University Camilo José Cela

Inclusive education (beyond disability) is complicated in times of the virus – The Conversation

María Antonia Casanova

Professor of University Camilo José Cela

 

Managing Screen Abuse During Lockdown – The Conversation

Laura Cuesta Cano

Head of Communications and Digital Content at PAD Service. Academic, University Camilo José Cela

Domestic and care workers: Does their employment situation matter in this crisis? – The Conversation

Laura Sanz Martín

Professor of Labour and Social Security Law, University Camilo José Cela

Coronavirus spreads on Tik Tok to lighten up lockdown – The Conversation

Laura Cuesta Cano

Head of Communications and Digital Content at PAD Service. Academic, University Camilo José Cela

 

Are the statistics on COVID-19 reliable? – The Conversation – The Conversation (10 de abril)

Juan Díez Nicolás

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University Camilo José Cela

The State of the European Union during COVID-19 – The Conversation

Juan R. Cuadrado-Roura

Professor of Applied Economics. Director of the Doctorate in Law and Economics University Camilo José Cela.

Changes in Global Supply Chains – The Conversation

Rafael Villa Martínez

Professor of Transport and Logistics, University Camilo José Cela

 

How to Make Up Hours Not Worked – The Conversation

Laura Sanz Martín

Professor of Labour and Social Security Law, University Camilo José Cela

Inclusive education during COVID-19 – The Conversation

María Antonia Casanova

Professor of University Camilo José Cela

Managing Screen Abuse – The Conversation

Laura Cuesta Cano

Head of Communications and Digital Content at PAD Service. Academic, University Camilo José Cela

 

The employment situation of domestic workers – The Conversation

Laura Sanz Martín

Professor of Labour and Social Security Law, University Camilo José Cela

Use of the Tik Tok application during COVID-19 – The Conversation

Laura Cuesta Cano

Head of Communications and Digital Content at PAD Service. Academic, University Camilo José Cela

 

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