This stamp certifies that the centres have contingency plans to reduce the possibilities of contagion in the schools and to stop the expansion in the face of possible outbreaks of COVID-19. However, we cannot guarantee the inexistence of risk due to the changing epidemiological situation in which we find ourselves and the personal responsibility of each user.
What are the safety measures?
The protocol has more than 40 pages of actions and recommendations for certified centres. Some of the most important are
All certified centers with this distinction have a specific Contingency Plan to increase security in their facilities. These plans have been verified by the federation's team.
All centres ensure a safety distance of at least 1.5 metres and have their classrooms arranged to ensure limited capacity.
The use of hydroalcoholic gels and masks is mandatory within their facilities.
The centres have information on hygiene and safety, as well as signs to respect social distance.
Decorative elements and other surfaces that may be prone to contagion have been reduced.
Each centre has established specific guidelines and plans for each of its activities, outings, excursions and examinations.
More information: https://fedele.org/escuela-segura/
How Coronavirus affects us
It is a reality that the coronavirus is affecting everyone everywhere, and Spain is not an exception. On 14 March, the Spanish Government decided to declare a State of Alarm and to confine the entire population to their homes. This means that you can only go out to buy food, go to the pharmacy, or go to work, among other things, but not for other things, such as going to study. Therefore, Costa de Valencia had to adapt all its classes to the online system, and in a very short time.
The declaration of the State of Alarm took place on a Saturday; the school was closed, but, being foresighted, the team already had a home connection for teleworking. Monday's classes had to be online, so, despite the fact that it was the weekend and everyone was at home, the whole school team got involved and coordinated in order to organize everything. It was decided to use the platform Skype for the classes, as it is a program that almost everyone uses regularly and, therefore, the students did not have to download and learn how to use new platforms, with the problems this could entail. In addition to Skype, the teaching team decided to implement other applications such as Google Classroom, learningapps, Educaplay, or miro.com, in order to provide solutions to all the needs they might have during the lessons.
That weekend, the school had to contact all the students to inform them about the situation and to ask them for their Skype accounts, to warn the future students that the situation had changed, to test the school's Skype accounts to check that everything worked correctly, to convert all the teaching material into digital format... In short, a very hard work that, nevertheless, was carried out in a coordinated way, cooperating all the teachers, administrative staff, head of studies and directors, to finally achieve that everything went perfectly.
On Monday, as planned, the classes started online via Skype. The teachers already had experience in giving individual classes via Skype, which they have been doing for years, but the group classes with this structure were a challenge for everyone. However, thanks to the great teamwork and willingness of the students, everything worked perfectly from the beginning, and it is still working excellently until now. Moreover, all the teachers continue their professional training to be able to adapt to this situation and to offer more learning options to the students, in order to continue with the school's philosophy of improving day by day.
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