As we quickly approach the highly anticipated return to school, Wellington College Hangzhou has been strictly following the local regulations on epidemic prevention in order to prepare our community for a smooth transition back to normality.
At Wellington College Hangzhou, ensuring the safety of the school community and protecting the health of our pupils and staff always takes top priority. Over the past three months, the Senior Leadership Team and a specially appointed school emergency team have implemented a detailed COVID-19 plan that covers all aspects of school life and ensures that strict guidelines will be followed to minimize risk and increase safety.
The Wellington College Hangzhou campus has undertaken a comprehensive site inspection by both the Education Bureau and the Hangzhou Medical Authority. Both inspection teams were incredibly impressed with our preparations.
Below, please find a comprehensive run-down of the safety precautions and expectations for our pupils as they return to school. We understand that this will be a difficult transition for our children, yet remain confident that with careful guidance, and through demonstrating the Wellington Values of Courage, Kindness, Responsibility, Respect and Integrity, the children will adapt quickly and fully embrace the mission of ensuring a safe return to school.As requested by the Education Bureau, all pupils have to present their Hangzhou citizen cards (or city student card linked to a green health code) when they enter the campus. Also pupils are requested to submit a daily report form of self-testing temperature at home to their class teachers every day.
Morning Drop Off
Drop off by parents
- All pupils are required to have their temperatures checked at the guardhouse utilising the specially installed infrared thermometer.
- Between the morning rush hour of 7:45am and 8:15am, a nurse will be on duty in the guardhouse and is responsible for double checking pupils’ temperatures.
- Pupils with abnormal temperatures after retesting will be escorted by a staff member to a temporary isolation point, where they will wait for parents to pick them up and take them home or see a doctor.
- Pupils are to be dropped off by their parents at the main gate. Parents are not allowed to enter the campus at this time.
Pupils from school buses
- Each school bus is equipped with a forehead thermometer and a bottle of disposable disinfection gel, both of which are kept by the school bus monitor.All pupils will be required to have their temperature taken by the bus monitor and wash their hands with hand sanitiser before boarding the school bus. Pupils with abnormal temperatures will not be allowed to take the school bus that day.Pupils with a fever during school hours will not be allowed to take the school bus in the afternoon of that day. Parents are required to arrange transportation for pupils to go home.
During the epidemic prevention period, G1 to G4 pupils will have lunch in their classrooms.
- Before lunch, homeroom teachers will use the forehead thermometer to check the temperatures of the pupils. Pupils with abnormal temperatures will be sent to the medical office for retesting.All meals are packed in a designated dining area in the kitchen using disposable meal boxes and cutlery. Each class’s lunches will be transported by a heat-preserving cart to the door of the classroom. Packaged yogurt and whole fruits will be distributed by homeroom teachers.
- Pupils eating special meals due to allergies will have their names marked on the disposable lunch boxes.After finishing lunch, pupils shall put any remaining food in their disposable lunch boxes and discard them in a garbage bag. Catering staff will remove garbage bags from the classrooms and bring them to the designated area in the kitchen for waste sorting and disposal.
G5 to G8 pupils will have lunch in the canteen.
- Before lunch, house tutors will use the forehead thermometer to check the temperature of the pupils. Pupils with abnormal temperatures will be sent to the medical office for retesting.
- The canteen offers an Asian set, a Western set, a daily special, a Teppanyaki set, packaged drinks and whole fruits. Salads are not provided. The catering staff will pack food into disposable meal boxes on the service line and distribute meal boxes, tableware and fruit.
- Pupils will wear masks to pick up meals at the windows and keep a queuing distance of one metre.
- After picking up meals, pupils will sit in the designated seats and remove their masks immediately prior to eating. Pupils sit facing one direction, avoid communication, and maintain a distance of one metre from each other.
- When adding food, pupils are required to wear masks and keep a queuing distance of one metre.
- The catering company will arrange for staff to disinfect the dining tables and chairs during lunch time.
After school pick-up
- G1 to G8 pupils will be led by a teacher every two grades. They will wait for parents to pick them up in the designated area at the school gate.
- Pupils who take the school bus will leave school as usual.
- The school will make adjustments to some courses during the epidemic prevention and control period:
- Cross-grade performances such as music competitions are cancelled.
- School trips are cancelled, inclusive of regular off-campus SA courses.
- Swimming lessons (including Academy swimming lessons) are cancelled and the PE teacher will arrange appropriate indoor or outdoor lessons.
- The school provides disposable gloves in all classrooms. There is no mandatory requirement regarding pupils wearing gloves in fixed classrooms. When using public computers (such as in ICT courses), pupils must wear disposable gloves and discard them at the end of each class. For science and art classes, teachers will recommend pupils use disposable gloves when using public goods according to the requirements of the class.
- Pupils need to wear their PE kits to school if there are PE lessons that day. This is to avoid changing clothes together. The school will organise the disinfection of PE equipment and return it to the equipment room for teaching after disinfection.
- If pupils come to school by public transportation, they must wear masks at all times on the way to and from school. The school recommends that pupils taking school buses wear masks on the school bus. During the morning break and lunch break, pupils should wear masks for outdoor activities. Senior pupils and boarding pupils need to wear masks after entering the canteen for breakfast and dinner, and do not take off the masks until seated.
Adjustment of teaching plan
- Full assessments of all pupils will be conducted once they have returned to school. Teaching plans will be adjusted accordingly based on the assessment results and actual opening dates to ensure a smooth transition from eLearning to normal teaching. For pupils with poor academic performance in eLearning and pupils who cannot return to school on time, an individualised support plan will be provided.
- Additionally, based on the recommendations of the Zhejiang Education Bureau, we will continue to clean and disinfect the campus daily. To raise pupils’ awareness of personal hygiene, related COVID-19 health posters have been hung up around campus to remind the pupils of the school’s expectations for them. We will also regularly meet with all pupils to highlight these expectations.Additionally, based on the recommendations of the Zhejiang Education Bureau, we will continue to clean and disinfect the campus daily. To raise pupils’ awareness of personal hygiene, related COVID-19 health posters have been hung up around campus to remind the pupils of the school’s expectations for them. We will also regularly meet with all pupils to highlight these expectations.
- The school has ensured that logistical and emotional support resources are available for pupils and staff as they return to campus. Please be reminded that our team remains in place and ready to be contacted at any time. Below is a list of useful contacts should you need to communicate with the school:
Laura Liang, EA to Principal
+ 86 571 8239 6366
For existing parents with questions about eLearning, please contact your child’s teacher through TChat.
We are looking forward to welcoming the G4 to G8 pupils back into the school on Monday 20th April.