CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

ELIS Villamartín is part of the global Cognita family of schools. We are taking our responsibilities as a group very seriously and are adhering to the guidance of the Ministry of Health and local governments in Spain, holding daily meetings to adapt as the situation develops and using our learning from our schools in Asia to ensure we keep our children safe. From Monday 16th March, our school is closed and our teachers and pupils are delivering remote and online teaching and learning.  

We’re managing our response in a way that is proportionate, calm and informed by our experience around the world. We will update this page regularly as the situation develops and/or as we implement further measures to keep our community safe.

WHAT WE’RE DOING

We have established a virtual online teaching and learning programme, for all students, but particularly for our GCSE, A-Level and Bachillerato students, who are at a critical stage of preparation for their external examinations.  We ask all families to ensure that the following facilities are in place in all our homes:

  1. A high-quality internet connection
  2. A tablet, laptop or similar device available for each child
  3. A desk or dedicated working space available for each child
  4. Access to a printer
  5. A clear plan of how childcare and supervision would be maintained at home for an extended period of time to include supervision of educational progress 

We are also in contact with the various public exam boards to understand what contingency plans they have in the event of a more extensive outbreak. We are committed to keeping our children on track with their learning at all times.

REPORTING SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of coronavirus, as given by the Ministry of Health,  are:

  • A cough
  • High temperature
  • Shortness of breath

However, these symptoms are shared by many other illnesses such as colds and flu.

If you, your child or a member of your family begins to feel unwell with these symptoms, please stay at home and call 900 300 555

Please also report these symptoms to the school along with details of any travel from the last 14 days.

WHO TO CONTACT

Parents and pupils should contact the school to report any symptoms, to ask any questions or to share any concerns:

A reminder that the email you can use for any queries directly related to the COVID-19 is as follows: 
Covid19-Spain@cognita.com

VISITING US

Based on the World Health Organisation’s declaration that the coronavirus is now a public health emergency of international concern and the subsequent raising of the risk level in Spain, we have decided to cancel any private visit to schools and any Open Days until school life returns to normal  to ensure the safety of our students, teachers and staff.

Thank you for helping us take all the appropriate precautions at this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

AFFECTED AREAS

The Ministerio de Sanidad is advising that you may need to get medical advice if you’ve recently travelled to Spain from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.

These places can be seen here.

If you’ve been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the  112 or local health service numbers.

The Spanish Government also has a regularly updated listed of countries and areas with implications for returning travellers. If you are concerned about any recent travel, you can visit this page. 

REDUCING RISK

The Government has published advice for how to reduce the risk from coronavirus in education settings.

To help stop the virus from spreading:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards – for at least 20 seconds
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often and particularly after:
    • breaks and sports activities
    • before and after cooking or eating
    • on arrival at any childcare or education setting
    • after using the toilet
    • before leaving and after returning home
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

The full advice poster can be found here.

USEFUL LINKS

There are a number of additional resources that you may find useful for further information on the coronavirus, the Government and international response and how best to talk about the outbreak with your children. Links to these can be found below:

WHO: HAND WASHING 

CBC: TALKING TO CHILDREN