The coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The virus is spread via respiratory droplets from an infected person-generated through coughing and sneezing and through touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face where the virus enters the body via the eyes, nose or mouth. One of the many consequences of the pandemic has been the closure of schools around the world. St. John’s College reacted swiftly to the closure of schools in Zimbabwe and moved all lessons online using the MS Teams platform on March 24th, 2020. Now, nearly mid-way through Trinity Term, in anticipation of the phased return-to-school of examination classes at a yet-to-be announced date, followed later by the junior forms, St. John’s College has prepared the following protocols and procedures for the safe return of our students and staff.
GENERAL COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS
With guidance from the World Health Organization, the Zimbabwean Government has outlined several rulings (found in the amended SI 110, 83 and 99 of 2020), which are to be followed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with the above, the St. John’s Trust Schools undertake to implement the various rulings by:
- Testing all members of staff belonging to the College Faculty for COVID-19 using C19 Rapid Testing kits;
- Preparing the campus to ensure social distancing can be maintained by staff and students;
- Establishing and maintaining sanitisation facilities throughout campus; and
- Enforcing the wearing of masks.