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After the recent updates of the COVID-19 health protocols released by the Ministry of Health and the latest mandate by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth on the safe operation of Higher Education Institutions with conventional classes and the physical presence of students and teaching staff, and in conjunction with the current workplace health & safety protocols, KES College has prepared the following guidelines and health & safety advice.
These guidelines and advice take into account previously publicized and recent protocols that have already been distributed and cover fundamental safety tips to ensure that the health and safety of faculty, staff and students is safeguarded.
Since our primary concern here at KES College is the health and safety of all and the pandemic maintains its grip on society, we have amended our class scheduling so that our premises that host members of our community abide by all health and safety protocols. At the same time, some theoretical courses will be offered and delivered online.
KES College will continue to communicate updates with all its stakeholders in a preventive, transparent and responsible manner based on health and safety protocols that are necessary for the new academic year.
It is expected that in the same spirit this responsible and transparent communication will continue with our staff, lecturers and students.
It is important to note that amendments to these guidelines might have to be made, based on updates or new instructions from the relevant governmental authorities. In such cases all students will be informed on time and adjustments will be made to health and safety protocols accordingly.
KES College will remain vigilant throughout the academic year and will be monitoring the situation closely, along with updated instructions or mandates that might be issued by the Health authorities. The College will issue specific guidelines or instructions related to this matter through our Moodle platform.
It is important to point out to the whole community that we should continue to practice social distancing at all times and abide by the guidelines on personal hygiene and safety.
B. BASIC HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19
1. PERSONAL HYGIENE
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (20 sec.) or with hand sanitizer with alcohol content >60.
- Hand Sanitizing stations have been established in all classrooms, labs and other high traffic areas.
- Sanitize your hands while entering a lecturing hall and during your exit from the area.
- You must sanitize your hands during and after breaks.
- It is recommended that faculty and students have their personal hand sanitizers or disinfectant wipes with them at all times.
- Students our urged to bring their own drinking water.
2. FACE MASKS
- Wear and remove your mask properly, based on health guidelines (Especially in smaller rooms where social distancing is challenging).
- Masks are MANDATORY throughout all indoor areas (lecture rooms, labs, library etc.) on campus. This applies to staff, faculty and students.
- Students that do not comply with the proper use of masks during classes will not be allowed to take part in conventional classrooms.
- In order for a face mask to be effective:
✓ It must cover both your nose and mouth.
✓ It must be discarded and changed when moist or damaged.
✓ It must not be misplaced on your face.
✓ Cloth masks must be washed regularly and at high temperatures.
- Gloves are MANDATORY in all labs.
- The use of gloves is optional for all other cases
- It is very important to frequently wash your hands.
4. AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE
- All members of the community should avoid touching their face which includes your mouth, eyes and nose.
- In the case that you need to cough or sneeze you should use your elbow to cover your face.
- For biological waste (masks, gloves and used tissues) use the marked garbage cans that are emptied frequently.
5. SOCIAL DISTANCING
- Maintain a 2m distance between each other in lecture rooms, labs and outdoor areas during break time and social gatherings.
- Avoid close contact with others and initiate online meetings where possible. Maintain the guidelines on the number of individuals that can conglomerate in indoor or outdoor areas based on governmental announcements.
- Students must apply social distancing guidelines especially upon arrival and departure from the College.
- The number of people allowed in a lecture room or office quarter is restricted in order to abide by social distancing guidelines.
- During break times students must be outside, maintaining their distance so that all health and safety guidelines are followed diligently. Avoid overcrowding in ALL areas whether indoor or outdoor.
6. VENTILATION OF INDOOR AREAS
- Frequent ventilation of indoor areas must be applied, especially for lecture rooms and lab facilities.
- Windows and entrances must remain open so as to properly ventilate indoor areas at all times.
7. CLEANING AND DISINFECTING SERVICES
- All College premises (Lecture rooms, labs, amphitheaters, toilets and other areas) will be cleaned on a daily basis and these areas will be sanitized and disinfected at the end of each day. Beyond these measures, students are urged to clean and sanitize their own work spaces with disinfectant wipes. A major emphasis will be placed on surfaces that are frequently touched such as (bannisters, door handles, windows, chairs, desks, light switches, remote controls and teaching aids etc.).
- Students and Lecturers must sanitize equipment whenever it is handed over or exchanged. Disinfectant wipes are recommended. Toilets must be sanitized and cleaned continuously.
8. IDENTIFYING AND DEALING WITH HIGH-RISK CASES
- All students, staff and visitors will have their temperature checked upon their arrival on campus.
- Individuals with a temperature above 37,3°C will have their temperature taken again after approximately 5 minutes. If their temperature continues to be above this ceiling these individuals will be isolated and treated as a suspected COVID-19 case.
- In the case that a person exhibits symptoms such as fever or respiratory symptoms, this person will be isolated immediately and removed from the premises.
- If a student or member of staff is an individual with a serious underlying health condition that makes them highly susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or if they are a high risk patient that cannot be exposed, this individual must list this and report this to the College as soon as possible as long with any medical advice or guidelines from the medical practitioner.
- The College treats such cases very carefully and based on documented medical advice or guidelines the College will work towards ensuring the safety of such individuals with amended guidelines and protective measures whenever necessary. Before any measures are amended or changed written evidence and documentation must be submitted to the College.
9. STUDENTS AND STAFF ARRIVING FROM TRAVEL ABROAD
- Students and faculty returning from a personal or professional trip abroad must follow the current and up-to-date travel advice and regulations issued by the Ministry of Health that are based on the country high-risk categorization protocols (Categories A, B and C).For countries listed under Category C, entry is allowed for specific categories of travelers from such countries and all travelers arriving to Cyprus from such countries must remain in strict self-isolation for a period of 14 days. For more detailed information please visit: https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy
- Each member of staff and student that has travelled abroad must complete the relevant travel questionnaire issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs BEFORE they return to the College campus where they must list their travel history and health condition. When this is completed by the traveler the College will then proceed to offer advice and guidelines that are applicable and based on Ministry of Health announcements at that point in time.
- In the case that a person shows signs of symptoms related to COVID-19 they must contact their personal pathologist, follow their guidelines and then contact the College by phone.
- The College cafeteria will be open and will operate based on the Ministry of Health guidelines issued for Food Businesses:https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/en/pdf/COVID-19_for_Food_Businesses_Managers.pdf
- All products on sale will be wrapped and packaged.
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