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Health, Safety & Wellbeing

In the Academic Year of 2022-2023 we are looking forward to more flexible regulations from KHDA and DHA. Our certified Health and Safety Team and Designated Safeguarding Leads are updated with the most recent guidelines and protocols that will ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our school community. HST and DSLs have attended numerous training and seminars to meet and adapt to the changes in our society. Along with the significant increase of our school population, we will continue to thrive with our culture that always exceeds expectations.

Our Covid-19 and Emergency Response Team continue to ensure they have an upgraded skillset and knowledge in case handling and contact tracing. Our school is assigned with a DHA case coordinator who works alongside our HST to manage Covid-19 cases. The latest regulations can be found on KHDA FAQ for schools

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Community health and safety is our utmost priority in Safa British School. Our school and DHA policies ensure that our student’s learning will have minimal to no disruption due to health concerns. These policies are updated according to the latest guidelines of authorities. Staff, parents and students are expected to be socially responsible in order to prevent the spread of illness. Health practices for a healthy school community are:

  • Stay at home if unwell
  • Wearing mask when indoors
  • Practicing proper hand hygiene (20-40 seconds with the use of antibacterial soap)
  • Practicing proper respiratory hygiene (Covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing)
  • Surface disinfection

Thermometers are easily accessible in each classroom for the teaching assistant to use for the students. As per the DHA protocols in Covid-19 Management in Schools, acceptable body temperature is not more than 37.4C. Temperature check does not limit to students and staff only. Anyone whose body temperature is 37.5 or higher will be sent home.

Parents are discouraged to mask fever by giving fever-reducing medication at the beginning of the day. If a fever develops the night before class or early before school time, students must stay at home. If the child falls sick during the day, the student will be attended in the clinic and parents will be called for pick-up.

All classrooms in early years have a separate toilet with sink for hand washing. Instructional materials on proper hand washing is shared. Primary and secondary students have dedicated washrooms in the corridor with multiple hand soap dispensers. Health education on hand hygiene is carried out throughout the school year.

Our school clinic is a vaccine qualified clinic with full time nurses and a doctor, located next to the Auto Lab.

The isolation room, located in the pool area is dedicated to any student or staff who is showing Covid-19 symptoms and is required to do a PCR test.

Our medical team is trained in Infection Control. As part of our commitment to this, most of the supplies being used by the medical team is single-use/disposable.

If a student is not fit to be in school, parents will be contacted and advice will be given by our medical team accordingly.

Our early years students eat their food in their classrooms. Before and after eating, teachers and teaching assistants support the students with hand washing. Students are advised not to switch tables. Mask is removed while eating and replaced immediately after. Unhealthy food found in students’ lunch boxes are discouraged to be eaten. Parents are expected to put nutritional food in their child’s lunch boxes. Developing a healthy eating habit in formative years is crucial for the child’s health and development. 

Important note: We are a nut-free school. The most common allergen in children is nuts. Please do not bring nuts in any form eg. Peanut butter, Nutella, fruit or cereal bars, chocolate bars or sweets that contain nuts. An Epi-Pen is available in the school clinic.

*Students with a severe allergy are advised to keep their Epi-Pen in the school clinic.

We provide morning and afternoon breaks for all students. Depending on the weather condition, students are allowed outdoors or indoors to eat their food or play with friends.

Whilst students can happily explore our beautiful campus, early years and primary students can also spend time in their own designated playgrounds with supervision.

All breaks are supervised to ensure safety for everyone. Mask is permitted to be removed only when outdoors and a 1 meter distance rule is still in place.

During summer season, our medical team sends weather and air quality advisory information daily for the safety of everyone. At the peak of hot weather, students are given valuable indoor activities to remain active.

Surface disinfection is being observed by all staff. Cleaning and disinfection of all areas such as classrooms, offices and toilets are monitored and completed by our trained housekeeping personnel. Chemicals that are used by our housekeeping team are safe and effective.

Fogging of rooms is done multiple times a day as scheduled and upon request. Pool changing rooms cleaned and disinfected after each class use.

Yellow bins are visible throughout the campus to dispose of used masks or tissues.

The medical waste storage room is locked and is inaccessible to students. 

Raising awareness is always part of our students’ education. The medical team provides various age-appropriate health education sessions throughout the academic year. Our health education include the following but not limited to:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Hygiene
  3. Puberty
  4. First Aid
  5. Awareness on illnesses such as: Flu, Covid, Cancer, Thalassemia etc.

We pride ourselves on being one of the most caring schools in Dubai. We promote openness to our students. We respect them as individuals with emotions that need to be recognised and secured. Parents are encouraged to approach our Pastoral Team should there be an imbalance in their child’s well-being. Staff are trained in observing students’ behaviour and will report to our Pastoral Team objectively.

Emergency Response Team 2022-2023

Brian Horwell
Head of Secondary
COVID-19 Update Health, Safety & Wellbeing In the Academic Year of 2022-2023 we are looking forward to more flexible regulations from KHDA and DHA. Our certified Health and Safety Team and Designated Safeguarding Leads are updated with the most recent guidelines and protocols that will 
Fiona McDermott
Assistant Head, Head of Foundation Stage
COVID-19 Update Health, Safety & Wellbeing In the Academic Year of 2022-2023 we are looking forward to more flexible regulations from KHDA and DHA. Our certified Health and Safety Team and Designated Safeguarding Leads are updated with the most recent guidelines and protocols that will 
Louise McGeever
Louise McGeever
Head of Primary
COVID-19 Update Health, Safety & Wellbeing In the Academic Year of 2022-2023 we are looking forward to more flexible regulations from KHDA and DHA. Our certified Health and Safety Team and Designated Safeguarding Leads are updated with the most recent guidelines and protocols that will 
Zara Harrington
Zara Harrington
Principal
COVID-19 Update Health, Safety & Wellbeing In the Academic Year of 2022-2023 we are looking forward to more flexible regulations from KHDA and DHA. Our certified Health and Safety Team and Designated Safeguarding Leads are updated with the most recent guidelines and protocols that will 
Louay Khatib
Proprietor
COVID-19 Update Health, Safety & Wellbeing In the Academic Year of 2022-2023 we are looking forward to more flexible regulations from KHDA and DHA. Our certified Health and Safety Team and Designated Safeguarding Leads are updated with the most recent guidelines and protocols that will 

COVID-19 Procedures

Covid is only confirmed by a PCR swab done in an accredited laboratory within the Emirate. Please note that home kit or also known as Rapid Test Kit is not a valid way of testing for Covid and is not accepted by DHA.

When you get a confirmed case, you will receive an SMS from DHA with the link of their e-form. You must complete this e-form in order to register the case and receive the clearance certificate upon the completion of isolation. This clearance certificate is required to be submited to school to be able to return to work or study.

If you or your family is impacted by COVID19 or you have any questions, then please email nurse@safabritishschool.com or call 04-3884300 ext. 106. We discourage parents to spread panic and acquire information regarding Covid-19 only from proper channels.

Close contact is an individual who was in close proximity (less than 1m) with a confirmed Covid-19 case for more than 15 minutes with or without mask from 2 days before the case started to be sick and or throughout the duration of 10 days.

Quarantine for close contacts is no longer required. PCR test is not mandatory if the close contact is not sick. Close contacts who subsequently develop symptoms must do a PCR test immediately, notify school nurse and start quarantine.

  1. Living in the same household with a COVID19 case.
  2. Sitting next to the case on the bus or class.
  3. Being in close proximity (less than 1m) with the confirmed case for a period of more than 15 minutes.
  4. Physically touching a person who has COVID19 (for example shaking hands without washing or sanitising afterwards).
  5. Sharing or holding items after a COVID19 case and not washing/sanitising your hands afterwards.
  6. Eating together (either side by side or across the table) in close proximity, (less than 2m apart) or sharing utensils.
  7. Socialising with them outside of the school grounds.
  8. The close contacts list will be provided to the DHA for them to follow up and the school will inform parents if their child was identified as a close contact.
  1. Quarantine is not required for asymptomatic close contacts.
  2. Close contact must be assessed and cleared by the nurse before attending face-to-face learning.
  3. If symptoms develop, close contact must quarantine and do a PCR test immediately.
  4. If close contact remains symptomatic despite a negative PCR, close contact must remain at home.
  • Do not delay notification. Submit the positive PCR test result to nurse@safabritishschool.com
  • Should complete a 10-day isolation period from the date of positive swab.
  • It is mandatory to submit a de-isolation clearance certificate from DHA. The clearance will be sent by DHA to your registered email address upon completion of isolation.
  • Should be symptom-free for 3 consecutive days without the help of any medicine before returning to school.
  • Should be cleared by the school nurse before returning to face-to-face learning
  • Do not send your child to school if unwell.
  • If your child remains sick after 2 days despite home remedies, please seek medical attention.
  • Paracetamol wears off after a few hours. Giving paracetamol at the beginning of day to mask fever will both have an impact on your child and the school community.
  • Please keep your child at home if he or she has undergone PCR testing.
  • Do not spread panic and unconfirmed information.
  • Covid greatly affected the mental health of our community. Please refrain from sharing personal information of the Covid case such as name case, year level etc.
  • Covid presents itself with our without fever. Please be vigilant on the other symptoms such as cough, throat pain, nasal congestion / runny nose, body pain/aches, fatigue, nausea and dizziness, headache, diarrhoea and shortness of breath.
  • If your child has a medical condition such as asthma or allergy which presents flu-like symptoms, please submit a medical report with confirmed diagnosis to nurse@safabritishschool.com.

If your child has been sick for more than 3 days, please submit a medical certificate or fit to return certificate before attending face-to-face learning.

Absences should be reported by completing this ABSENT FORM by 8 am on the day of absence. Absences must not be reported via email or SEESAW.

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