COVID 19 INFORMATION

We would like to reassure you that we here at TLCS are doing everything we can to keep your children safe.  To help us do that please adhere to the following:

  • If a parent or caregiver is quarantined due to a suspected or a positive case, the children should also remain at home.
  • If a student is exhibiting COVID-19 or flu like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat) they should remain at home and contact DHMT office on 3188013/3968008 as set out in the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
  • If your home is under going quarantine please communicate with our SHE officer, Ms. Bokang Rabasha – Rabasha.Bokang@tlcs.co.bw

Covid-19 Protocols for Students

  • Students who are sneezing, coughing or have a fever, should not come to school.
  • Every student will have their temperature checked at the COVID check in before being allowed to enter the school.
  • Students who report a temperature range of 37.4C and higher at check-in will be allowed a short period to potentially cool off since we recognize that there may be confounding factors such as car temperature. If high temperature persists then we will follow below stated protocol. (This also applies if a high temperature is recorded later in the day).
  • A mask is required for all students to be permitted to enter the school.  In the case if a forgotten mask, one will be provided for you at the gate and will be charged to your account.
  • Students are not permitted to wear medical or PPE gloves

Suspected Cases Protocols

  • Students with a persistent high temperature will be transferred to the sick bay in the nurse’s office where the COVID-19 hotline 16649 will be engaged to assist with assessing the student.
        • If the student is classified as a COVID-19 suspect during this phone assessment the hotline will contact emergency services who will collect the student from campus and transport them to a quarantine facility or Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital
        • Parents will be contacted during the assessment process in order to assist with answering questions for their child.
  • The COVID hotline may also be engaged if the student has other “COVID-related” symptoms listed below:
        • Fever
        • Fatigue/tiredness
        • Dry cough
        • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
        • Sore throat
        • Headache
        • Chest pains
        • Loss of taste or smell
        • Muscle aches

This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, such as nausea, rash, vomiting and diarrhoea.

TLCS has been advised by the COVID hotline to always contact them first since all COVID-19 related communication and decisions are channelled through their offices.

Please note, students with “flu-like” symptoms who are cleared as COVID-19 suspects following assessment will still need to be collected from campus.

Confirmed Case Protocols

  • Parents and guardians are required to inform the school of the confirmed COVID-19 case in order to allow TLCS to enact the necessary next steps.
  • The school will take the below listed steps in response.
        • Closing down until all necessary cleaning and disinfection has occurred.
        • Thorough cleaning and disinfection of premises, with a particular focus on areas of campus that the student visited.
        • Commence contact tracing under the guidance of necessary government entities.
        • Students and teachers who interacted with the student will only be allowed back on campus once they have received a negative COVID-19 test.

Students Who Have Been Exposed

  • If a parent or guardian has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person and then interacts with the student prior to entering quarantine, the student will be asked to remain home until the parent is confirmed as COVID-free.

These guidelines have been put in place in accordance with Botswana Ministry of Health’s protocols for schools.  References to the same can be found here and here.

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