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1.4 Protective materials and equipment

5 August 2020, Emil Spago

Masks/Face Shields

  • To mitigate viral spread, wearing non-medical cloth masks or face shields will be mandatory in common and public areas
  • Wear a non-medical mask if physical distancing is not possible
  • Masks will be made available by the College, but you can wear your own
  • In certain cases, clear plastic face shields will be made available

Sanitisers etc

  • Sanitizers will be available in all buildings and should be used
  • Disinfectants will be available in the classrooms and students should use them to disinfect their table etc at the start of each class
  • Additional cleaning stations will be available where students and staff can source materials (e.g. alcohol-based cleaning wipes)

Physical distancing

  • Respect distancing in common areas.  Create a culture of physical distancing (2 metres)
  • Less density in classrooms, dining hall, office spaces & academic and residential buildings
  • Staff work from home whenever feasible
  • Limit large gatherings. Whole college activities like GA, Assembly etc to be online and/or in smaller groups
  • Use of outdoor locations whenever possible

In the Residences

  • Daily health checks for students
  • Each room to be treated as a family unit and a residence as an extended family
  • To reduce density, limit access to residences
  • Develop ‘residence’ oriented activities for the year
  • To avoid congestion, rescheduled routines
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Increased access to hand sanitizing materials, cleanliness products and masks

Housekeeping

  • Laundry/Housekeeping staff to have access to PPE
  • Pandemic specific training of house-keeping staff with more than regular cleaning services incorporated into routines
  • Increased cleaning of high traffic, high touch surfaces, and residential facilities

Personal responsibility

  • Personal and community safety during the pandemic requires students and others to take greater responsibility for their personal items such as laptops, mobile phones, jackets and other items. These items cannot be left “around” anywhere.

Visits

  • Any visits to College Buildings must be pre-authorized and must be conducted with appropriate physical distancing measures.
  • Essential services workers will continue to come to College Buildings to carry out responsibilities such as catering, delivering kitchen foodstuffs and related equipment, delivering mail and couriered material and performing necessary building and maintenance services. All individuals performing these services have or will be contacted by the College so that they understand our protocols for such workers. 

Catering

  • The school canteen (lunch during weekdays) will be serving food to no more than 50 students (half of its capacity) at the same time
  • Canteen staff will comply with guidelines as per local health authorities
  • Plexiglass barrier to be installed at the serving point
  • Hand sanitizers will be installed
  • Posters with instructions on do’s and don’ts will be clearly displayed
  • As per present health protocols, buffet-style dining is temporarily suspended.
  • Individually-portioned meals and snacks will be served
  • No sharing of food or utensils will be allowed
  • Cleaning and sanitization will be carried out between each group of diners
  • Clear queuing procedures to allow for physical distancing
  • Residence canteens will follow the same procedures
  • For meals in the residences, students may be divided in groups to avoid big gatherings
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