Please find below the protocols that have been created by the Reopening Committee, which comprised of medical services, teaching representatives and experts in safety, with the goal of ensuring the wellbeing, learning, health and safety of all members of our community in this process of school reopening. Please keep in mind that these protocols are being continually updated according to the information that the authorities are releasing. For this reason, we suggest you check this website often to keep informed about the latest updates.

On the other hand, SEK is also working on the design of the Future Learning Model, that, starting next September, optimises the use of our digital ecosystem and the schools physical spaces, offering personalised learning experiences, through active methodologies that promote meaningful learning and the development of skills.

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Health and Safety Protocols

26 August 2020

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

All SEK International Schools have 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 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 the international level.

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

Please keep in mind that families returning to Spain must remain in quarantine for 14 days and cannot attend school during this period.

Students who have symptoms or have been in contact with people affected by COVID-19, will not be able to attend school. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, 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 it is necessary to carry out tests for COVID-19 Coronavirus and thus determine the need for quarantine, it will be managed by the school, and families will be notified promptly.

Families will sign a consent form for their children’s school attendance if they meet a series of requirements that guarantee their well-being, as well as the possibility of taking their temperature if they have symptoms.

In compliance with the School’s health and safety protocols, we ask you to please sign the Declaration of Responsibility, which your school will send you in the last week of August and which you must sign and submit to before the first day of the your child’s school year, and ensure their compliance (download the document here).

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

If a student at school shows any symptoms of COVID-19 or has a temperature of 37.7 ºC (100 F) or higher, they will be asked to be collected by parents immediately. A member of the medical service will call the parents to arrange for their immediate pickup of the student.

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.

Procedure in case of development of symptoms within the school:

In the event that a member of the community begins to feel unwell with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 during school hours:

1. They will be transferred to the school infirmary.

2. As soon as they enter, they will don a surgical mask if they are not already wearing one.

3. Their temperature will be taken with an infrared non-contact thermometer.

4. They will be asked to clean their hands with soap and water, or they will be offered hand sanitizer.

5. The patient will be isolated in room set aside for that purpose.

6. A medical examination / assessment appropriate to the symptoms will be done.

7. In the case of students, parents will be called to arrange their immediate pick up.

8. In the case of teachers, they must return home and contact their doctor.

9. If patients show serious symptoms, the school will call the emergency services.

10. 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 communication of contacts.

If it is confirmed that a person who has been to the school has COVID-19, the school should be informed so that everyone with whom this person has had contact can be notified.

Your child can return to school when the doctor indicates she/he is free from infection (which will take at least 72 hours after showing NO symptoms of the coronavirus).

If your child’s illness is not caused by COVID-19, you can return to school after 72 hours have passed without fever, and without the use of fever control medications (for example, acetaminophen or 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.

Many times, 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 it could spread to other children or adults.

Additionally, if a family member is a confirmed as having COVID-19, that person should be isolated as far as possible and avoid any physical contact with other members of the family, according to the instructions of the Spanish authorities.

  • In your child’s school pencil case, in addition to other instructions you will receive from the school regarding the necessary material, please include a spare face masks for the week (to be left at school, as they are used you will be notified by teachers so you can provide more), a package of disposable tissues, disinfectant wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitizing gel that can be used in specific cases or as a back-up personal hygiene measure.
  • We also ask you to disinfect the backpack and wash the school uniform daily, at a temperature above 60º, at the end of the day.

Please remind your children of the importance of:

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water.
  • Sneezing and coughing into their forearm if there are no tissues available.
  • Washing hands or using alcohol gel after using disposable tissues.

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2. Use of face masks at school

SEK Group will 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.
  • 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 0-3 year old students will be taken before entering.
  • Authorities recommend using surgical masks, if possible reusable ones.
  • Students must bring their personal mask to school every day, and three or four more that will be left at school as replacements.

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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.

Students:

  • 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.
  • Students over 6 years of age must wear a mask when entering and leaving the School.
  • Students under 3 years of age can enter the school with an adult.
  • 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.

Teachers 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

Visits

  • 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

  • A temperature control will be requested to access 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, and in the rest of the year groups they will be distributed according to social distancing guidelines.
  • The maximum number of students per class for each stage will be determined by the regulations set by each regional authority.
  • The classroom arrangement of desks/tables will follow social distance and safety regulations, with groups of a maximum of 25 students. Students who require moderate or high levels of teaching support in their learning will attend classes with their support teacher, if they so require.
  • Students should use the same desk and chair every day. The desk/tables and chairs will be labelled with the names of the students.
  • We will locate the students in the classrooms with the largest surface area to meet the social distance requirements.
  • Teachers will be assigned groups of students according to the largest classroom available, with assistants and auxiliaries where appropriate.
  • We will minimize the number of people with whom a student comes into contact, as well as ensuring the social distance of two meters. We will keep students within their class cluster for lessons, breaks and lunch.
  • If weather conditions permit, use will be made of the exterior spaces of the School 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

  • Primary classroom libraries will remain closed, but a small collection of books will be available. Once read, the book should be kept for cleaning. Teachers will have a box of books for use during the day.
  • 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.

Labs

General protection and cleaning measures

  • Capacity in the laboratory facilities will be limited.
  • The teacher / student ratio in the labs will be a maximum of 1 teacher for every 15 students.
  • 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 1.5 meters between all students will be respected.
  • All materials used in the lab will be for individual use and will be disinfected after each session.
  • The use of personal items in the labs 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 limited to avoid excessive use. 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 medical room 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.
  • Accompanying students will not be allowed to enter the nurse´s/doctor´s room.
  • It is important that all families update their child’s medical information, as well as emergency contact details through MySEK, including two mobile phone numbers.
  • Medical service protocol

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7. General cleaning procedures

  • Alcohol sanitizer gel will be available at the entrance of each building.
  • 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 by cleaning staff.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at least three times a day 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.
  • Bathrooms will have hand soap, paper dispenser and pedal bins. Once inside, users will wash their hands, use the toilet and wash their hands again.
  • The bins will be kept clean and regularly emptied, in order to avoid any accidental contact.
  • The cleaning staff will wear clothing exclusively for their role and will be washed daily at 60-90ºC
  • Adequate respiratory protection equipment (masks) will be made available to cleaning staff in situations in which it is not possible to guarantee the safety distance.
  • Contingency Plan – preventing COVID-19 – Cleaning service 

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8. Meals service

  • The Catergest catering staff will serve the food to the younger students.
  • All students and staff wash their hands before eating snack or lunch.
  • Students will sit in an assigned place in the canteen, respecting social distancing.
  • Snack and lunch will be supervised by the 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.
  • The doors of the dining rooms will remain open at all times to maintain air circulation.
  • The dining room will have fountains with water to avoid contact with the hands, both for filling glasses and for individual bottles. Jars for water will be removed.
  • Food buffets will be removed, and alternatives will be offered to provide the service safely.
  •  Methacrylate panels will in place where the food is served.
  • To guarantee the safety distance, self-service areas will be fitted with protective plexiglass screens.
  • At all times, entrance and exit flows of the dining room will be created, with social distance to access the service areas and deposit trays (identifiers will be on the floor).
  • 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 washed daily at 60-90º.
  • Hand hygiene is the main infection prevention and control measure that will be done with soap and water, following the correct technique. It will be carried out frequently and always on departure and arrival at home, at the beginning of the activity, after going to the toilet, between handling raw and processed food, when unclean objects have been touched (keys, etc.), after performing cleaning and disinfection tasks and after having contact with solid residues or waste.
  • 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.
  • All dishes, cutlery and glassware must be washed and disinfected by machine washing, including those that have not been used, but may have been in contact with the students’ hands.
  • Suitable respiratory protection equipment (masks) will be made available to the canteen staff in those situations in which it is not possible to guarantee the safety distance.
  • Contingency Plan – preventing COVID-19 – Meals service

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9. School boarding service 

This protocol has been prepared taking into account the recommendations of the Spanish Ministry of Health and Education in its Guide to COVID19 Prevention and Hygiene Measures for the partial reopening of schools and the hospitality industry, the WHO document on recommended sanitary measures for schools, and different health protocols from international schools in France, the United Kingdom and China.

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.

Before joining the boarding, all staff and students must present the serological test result for COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies IgM and IgG (Immunoanalysis Technique)

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 1.5 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 1.5 meters cannot be respected.
  • Temperatures will be taken on entering. If a student has COVID-19 symptoms or fever (37.2 C or more)

will be isolated and the suspected case of COVID-19 protocol sent by the corresponding authorities will be followed.

  • Parents are not allowed to enter the school. (Exception the first day of 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.

Dining hall

  • The use of face masks is mandatory at all times, except when sitting at the table.
  • Wash hands on entering and leaving the dining hall
  • The catering staff will use all adecuate P indicated by the Sanitary Ministery
  • All meals will be provided at the dining hall
  • Each group will be allocated in a fix table that will use for every meal
  • Screens have been set in the tables to avoid direct contact while having meals
  • Dining hall will be cleanead and disinfected after each shift

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.
  • A cleaning log will be available at the entrance of buildings.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all building entrance.

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 campus

  • All movement of students around and within the buildings is to be supervised/coordinated by teachers.
  • Students must adhere to the two-meter social-distancing regulation at all times.
  • Students must wash their hands, for a minimum of 20 seconds, before moving to another area in the school.
  • Students must keep to the right when moving up and down the stairs and through the corridors.
  • Banisters must only be used if necessary, when moving up and down the stairs.
  • Stairs must be taken one step at a time.
  • Students must remain five steps apart on the stairs.
  • Cold water fountains around the campus for drinking should not be used, students should bring their own water bottle with them to school, which may be re-filled in the school dining room.
  • Students remain in the same classroom during the day, with the exception of outdoor lessons, PE and breaks.
  • PE classes will preferably take place outside.

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11. Use of bathrooms

  • Students should only use the assigned toilets and washing areas.
  • Bathrooms should be used one student at a time unless they can maintain two-meter distance and use separate sinks and toilet cubicles.
  • The bathrooms are fitted with hand soap, paper towel dispensers and wastebaskets with lid and pedal, which will be cleaned frequently.
  •  Toilet lids should be closed before flushing.
  • Students should wash their hands after using the toilet, for a minimum of 20 seconds and dry their hands using only paper towels for at least 20 seconds. Hot-air dryers should not be used.

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12. Breaks

  • A revised break schedule will be created to provide outdoor play for all students and limit the number of students in the play areas at one time.
  • The number of staff on duty for every break will require a maximum teacher/student ratio of 1:15.
  • Students must maintain a two-meter distance when playing, respecting the new health and safety instructions.
  • Students must play only with their designated group of friends from their class.
  • Football or any ball play is not permitted during this time.
  • Students will not have access to toys and bikes in the play areas.
  • All play area equipment must be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant spray before and after break times.

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13. School transport measures

Before the service:

  • 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 whenever possible. Whenever possible, passengers will maintain the correct distance from each other, both inside and outside the passenger compartment.
  • Auxiliary personnel (guides, school supervisors, etc.) will use masks and gloves. They will show students to their assigned seat, which will always be the same.  They will have basic disinfection products at their disposal.
  • According to current regulations, the use of masks is mandatory for all transport users. Users will board and alight through the back door of the coach (except in an emergency, the front door will not open). There will be a hand sanitizer dispenser for users at the back entrance.
  • The passenger compartment will be ventilated regularly at the stopping points. Air conditioning or heating will be avoided.

The following measures will be followed in the school transportation service:

  • Orderly queues when getting on and off coaches, respecting the safety distance.
  • Temperature taking before boarding the coach by all users
  • Cleaning of hands with hand sanitizer gel before getting on the coach by all users
  • Mandatory use of surgical masks for all people travelling on the coach, according to the instructions of the authorities regarding the use by children of different ages
  • Post COVID-19 reopening protocol, Transport Service

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14. Extracurricular Activities 

The School has designed, in accordance with the protocols established to ensure the health and safety of the students in this 20-21 academic year, a wide range of Extracurricular Activities that provide students with the opportunity to enrich their training from an academic and cultural, artistic and sporting perspective.

The activities will begin in the month of October. Some will be held in person, and others within the framework of our digital ecosystem, offering meaningful and personalised learning experiences.

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COVID19 HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS

SAFETY

1º Remember to keep a safety distance, at all times, from your peers and anybody else around you.

2º Follow the instructions and safety signs you see posted around campus.

HYGIENE

3º Remember to bring your mask to school daily. We also recommended that you bring tissues and hand sanitizer for personal use.

4º Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, make sure the school supplies you use as well as your workspace (chair, table, etc.) are kept clean at all times.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

5º All school supplies will be for individual use only. You will have a personal supply case with all the necessary items that will be stored in your locker and cannot be taken home.

6º In order to stay hydrated during the school day, remember to bring a water bottle with you. It will be for personal use and can be used in the cafeteria as well.

LEARNING SPACES AND COMMON AREAS

7º Follow the guidelines on room occupancy limit posted in various areas. Pay special attention to areas with limited space such as restrooms.

8º Follow the instructions given by the safety personnel on duty regarding: safe distance, hygiene, organization, etc.

9º All movement within the school campus as well as inside the buildings will be supervised by a teacher on duty. You must inform the teacher or coordinator regarding any movement you need to make.

10º Rules of social distancing and non-interaction will apply to the bus route and recess as well.

Key Principles of the School Year 20-21

In planning the start of the school year, we are guided by some key principles:

  1. The School will open for all students and offering all its services, following the usual school timetable and calendar, complying with all school organisation and social distancing measures set forth by the public health and education authorities. The School’s versatile learning spaces facilitate this work and will be fitted with all the necessary technology.
  2. The School will boast the necessary human and digital resources to shift to distance learning, with an innovative and quality educational system, if lockdown is reimposed.
  3. The School will pay special attention to the psychological and social support of its entire Community.
  4. The School will be able to attend virtually to the students that require it for medical or transfer reasons.
  5. The School will prioritise the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, families, and staff, having in place all the necessary hygiene and disinfection protocols and resources.
  6. The School will ensure that hygiene and sanitisation measures are implemented in line with scientific research and official regulations. These will be clearly communicated, effectively implemented, and diligently enforced.
  7. The School will promote practices and policies to reduce the risk of virus transmission and ensure an agile response when facing rapidly changing circumstances.

COVID FREE CERTIFICATE

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

The certification 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 is the reopening of the School going to be managed next September?

SEK Schools have strict health and safety protocols in place (see this section) for reopening. These protocols follow all the guidelines issued by the health authorities, both national and regional, and are updated following current regulations.

The School has obtained the COVID Free certificate that certifies the preparation of the School carried out by the Reopening Committee (see this section).

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2. Will the reopening of the School be in phases?

To guarantee the best attention to each of our students, as well as correctly explaining the health and safety protocols and the new School organisation, the School will reopen on consecutive days. You will receive the exact dates for each stage, which can also be checked with the School Secretary.

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3.- What measures does the School have in mind for the first days of the new school year?

The first week of term the School will hold informative sessions and workshops to ensure the correct implementation of all safety and hygiene measures. It will also bolster the psychological and pastoral care provided by the Department of Psychology and Counselling. Leading up to the reopening, all School staff are being given adequate training according to the School’s protocols and the COVID Free certification.

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4.- Is it necessary to sign a Declaration of Responsibility?

It is essential to sign the Declaration of Responsibility before the start of the school year, and to ensure its compliance.

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5.- Will the School reopen with all its services?

The School will resume all its activities, always following the health and safety protocols.

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.

In the final week of August, you will receive information regarding Extracurricular Activities. The offer has been designed according to health guidelines and combines face-to-face and other online activities.

Schools that have boarding facilities have also adopted the necessary measures to ensure the health of their

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6.- 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 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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7.- 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.

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8.- 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, the University Camilo José Cela Department of Psychology has created a range of webinars called the Wellness Classroom that you will find in this same section. We will soon be launching a new platform of resources and tools to serve our entire Community.

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9.- I have a medical question I need to answering before the start of the school year about my child, who can I address it to?

You may address any medical questions to servicios.medicos@sek.es. Once term starts, you may address questions to the school medical service.

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10.- 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. Likewise, you must follow the guidelines issued by the authorities https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/documentos/20200325_Decalogo_como_actuar_COVID19.pdf

You can also consult all the information and recommendations from the public health authorities (WHO, Spanish Ministry of Health and regional health ministries) that we keep constantly updated in this same section.

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11.- 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 has expanded 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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12.- Are the events planned for the third term of the 19-20 academic year going to take place?

The academic (secondary school graduations) and religious celebrations (first communions and confirmations) planned for the last term of last school year that were postponed will take place in the months of September and October, according to the calendar that you will have already received. For more information on this please check with the school secretary.

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13.- Have the SUMMER SEK ’20 camps and courses taken place in person at the School?

Summer camps and courses have been held on school grounds, with the necessary health and safety measures. These measures have been very effective. This experience, with a limited number of students, has allowed us to perfect organisational and hygiene procedures and protocols.

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14.- 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/solicitar-informacion/. We will be delighted to assist you.

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15.- 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. Admissions can be done online, and the School will remotely ensure the academic monitoring of the student.

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16.- 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.
  • eachers 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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17.- 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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18.- 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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Parents’ informative sessions

Positive discipline

María Provencio

22 october

18.00 – 19.00

Access

Adaptation of minors to the new situation

Pilar Marín

26 october

16.00 – 17.00

Access

Managing our emotions in times of uncertainty

Ruth Castillo Gualda

12 november

18.00 – 19.00

Access

Family life: family leisure activities

Pilar Jiménez Martínez

19 november

17.30 – 18.30

Access

Teaching responsibility: routines and limits

Elena T. López Cobeñas

14 december

18.00 – 19.00

Access

The first strength in learning

Teresa Viejo

Date to be determined

Access

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

Access

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

Watch recording

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

Watch recording

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 (April 10) – 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 (April 8)

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 (April 6)

Rafael Villa Martínez

Professor of Transport and Logistics, University Camilo José Cela

 

How to Make Up Hours Not Worked – The Conversation (April 2)

Laura Sanz Martín

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

Inclusive education during COVID-19 – The Conversation (March 28)

María Antonia Casanova

Professor of University Camilo José Cela

Managing Screen Abuse – The Conversation (March 25)

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 (March 23)

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 (March 16)

Laura Cuesta Cano

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

 

Circulars

a. SEK Circulars

Letter from principals prior to the start of the course. August 19

Letter from the principal – 24 July

Letter from SEK principals 25 June

Letter to families May

Letter form the president to the SEK Educational Community_3 April

Letter from the president to the SEK Educational Community_18 March

Coronavirus_ESP-ENG_4ma

Coronavirus_ESP-ENG_26feb

b. Official Circulars

Royal Decree-Law 31/2020. Urgent measures for non-university education. 29 Septembre

Madrid Region – Action protocol for cases of COVID-19 in schools 31 August

Statement of Coordinated Public Health Action for COVID-19 in Schools. 27/08/20

Spanish Ministry of Health. Guidelines for appearance of COVID19 cases in schools. 27/08

Madrid Region. Organisational Measures for Opening of Schools 27 August

Generalitat. Measures for Opening of School for Catalonia 24 August

Generalitat. COVID-19 Case Management Document 13 August

Madrid Region. Presentation of the strategy for the 20-21 School Year. 25 August

Agreements in the Education Sector Conference, for the start and development of the 2020/2021 academic year.

Madrid Region. Information on reopening of schools for the 2020/2021 academic year

Xunta de Galicia. Adaptation protocol for non-university education centres 2020/2021 academic year (July 22)

Junta de Andalucía Information on Organisation of Schools for the 2020/2021 academic year (July 6)

Spanish Ministry of Health. Hygiene, health and COVID-19 prevention measures in schools for the 20/21 academic year. 22/06/20

BOE – New changes from the government towards the new normality – 16 May

BOE (Spanish State Bulletin) – List of measures adopted by the Spanish Government (1 Abril) – In Spanish

BOE – Closure of non-essential services – Mar 29 

CRUE_Statement_17mar 

Governmental Royal Decree 463/2020_14mar 

c. Medical Service 

Guidelines from the Spanish Association of Pediatricians for a safe reopening of schools. 2 September

Recommendations from the UCJC medical service

d. Dept of Psychology and Counselling

Advice for long periods at home

Recommendations control DPO

Tips to Manage Anxiety

Guidelines for extended periods at home 

Recommendations to control situations 

Children, death, bereavement, and grief 

Psychological recommendations for children 

Tips for planning during quarantine 

Recommendations from the Madrid College of Psychologists 

Acknowledgements

 

SEK-Alborán

 

Teachers encouraging students

 

Students thanking teachers

   

SEK-Catalunya

 

Student thanking teachers

   

SEK-Ciudalcampo

 

Doctors missing the students

 

Students thanking teachers

 

Teachers encouraging students

 

Teachers missing their students

   

 

Students thanking teachers (2)

   

SEK-Dublin

 

Teachers encouraging students

   

SEK-El Castillo

 

SEK-El Castillo students send their best wishes to those affected by COVID-19

 

The maintenance team thank students

   

SEK-Santa Isabel

 

Students encouraging us to stay at home

 

Students thanking teachers

 

Thanks for healthcare workers

   

Testimonials from families and teachers