10 immediate WASH in schools (WinS) actions - For School Heads to manage the response to COVID-19

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10 immediate WASH in schools (WinS) actions - For School Heads to manage the response to COVID-19

Dear Moderator
 
we , m4h are working in supporting the Integrated School Programme in South Africa. 
I have a few comments and points for clarifications on the guideline..
  1. Did you want to add a distance for physical distancing? In the screening SOP we are working on, we state at least 1.5m apart
  2. The hand sanitiser recommended in SA should have at least 70% alcohol
  3. In regard to hand washing on entry to school (point ONE), could hand sanitiser be included or is this considered a rare commodity and
    obviously handwashing with soap and water prevails. However what if there
    is a severe water shortage?
  4. On point 4, should this read….. “Calculate the time needed, ensure that staff for cleaning and disinfecting are available and use gloves and face masks
  5. On point SEVEN, could add “youth volunteers” from the community.
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Good afternoon,
I received your email with the content "10 immediate WASH in schools
(WinS) actions - For School Heads to manage the response to COVID-19".
I would like to offer my help with the translation from English to Portuguese (Brazil), if needed.
I am an Environmental Engineer from Brazil currently in India. I am fluent in english and work with translation as a freelancer.

Please let me know if I can be of any help.

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Bruna Oliveira Dantas
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Re: 10 immediate WASH in schools (WinS) actions - For School Heads to manage the response to COVID-19

Hi,
Welcome Bruna and Aida as new members of this discussion forum! I assume you are referring to the e-mail by Bella Monse that was sent yesterday to the Working Group 7 mailing list with the subject line: "Actions to manage COVID-19 Response". Here it is:

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Dear WG7-members,

The WASH in Schools Network (UNICEF, GIZ, Save the Children, WaterAid; Emory,
LSHTM, among others) has compiled „ 10 immediate WASH in schools (WinS) actions - For School Heads to manage the response to COVID-19 “.
 
On one page it gives very clear and short guidance about what school heads need to do
to ensure a safe re-opening of schools during the Corona-pandemic.
 
We are planning to translate the information into various languages in the
coming days and weeks.

If you have any comments or questions, pleasewrite here in the forum or a mail to  WinS-COVID-19@susana.org   
 
Bestregards
Bella Monse, WG 7 Co-lead
 
 
Bella Monse, DDS, PhD
Senior Advisor
Fit for School- Technical Assistance for Effective School Health
 
DeutscheGesellschaft für
InternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
 
GIZ OfficeManila – Bank of Makati Building 
Ayala Extension
Makati City,Philippines


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Regards,
Elisabeth

P.S. for those with slow internet I copy the 10 action items below:

1 HANDWASHINGSet up available handwashing facilities with soap at the entrance
of schools (tippy taps, buckets with taps, group washing facilities)
with sufficient water taps that allow physical distance so that
children, teachers, staff and visitors can wash hands before
entering school. Make sure that toilets have functional
handwashing facilities with soap and water.

2 WATER AVAILABILITY
Ensure water is available for handwashing, drinking, and other uses.
If inconsistent or inadequate water supply is a concern for the school,
increase the water storage capacity with the help of the community
or ask children to bring a bottle of water from home, if possible.

3 SUPPLIES
Calculate the need and ensure sufficient supply for consumable
resources, including: soap (bar or liquid), hand sanitizer (with at
least 60% alcohol concentration, only if contextually relevant) and
sodium hypochlorite for cleaning/disinfecting (household bleach
with the appropriate dilusion), sponges, brooms and buckets, and
protective equipment such as face masks and gloves for cleaners.

4 CLEANING & DISINFECTING
Ensure regular cleaning and disinfecting according to national
guidelines and global recommendations. Calculate the time needed,
ensure that staff for cleaning and disinfecting is available and uses
gloves and face masks. Involve the Parents Teacher Association,
community members and students as needed and appropriate for
cleaning. Ensure handwashing stations and toilet facilities are
usable and clean.

5 WASTE MANAGEMENT
Ensure bins are located in classrooms, in toilet blocks and at
strategic locations on school grounds and are safely emptied daily
using waste management system.

6 PHYSICAL DISTANCING
Make sure children adhere to physical distancing as recommended
by national guidelines. Possible options are: Assign children to
specific shifts, stagger the beginning and end of the school days as
well as during breaks, create space between desks and paint or tape
lines on the floor to demonstrate physical distance at places where
students line up or gather (e.g. in front of toilets or washing stations).

7 ESTABLISH A MONITORING TEAM
Assign staff member(s)—teachers and staff like cleaners, guards,
gardeners or older students, community members and WASH clubs,
etc.—to oversee handwashing stations and toilets (availability of
water and soap, maintenance issues, handwashing behavior and
compliance of rules for physical distancing etc.).

8 ORIENTATION/TRAINING
Organize orientation for all teachers, non-teaching staff and
community members on WASH in Schools and Covid-19 and ensure
that everyone understands their specific role. Ensure teachers orient
the learners, by using age appropriate hygiene promotion materials.

9 CHECKLISTS
Introduce and ensure the use of checklists (including: date,
time when checked, name of responsible person) for teachers
and non-teaching staff to ensure routines are implemented daily.
Specifically, introduce checklists for:
> School entrance (handwashing behaviour,
handwashing stations, water and soap availability)
> Classrooms (cleaning & disinfection protocol)
> Toilets and waste management

10 HYGIENE CULTURE
Establish a culture of hygiene in school and encourage hygiene
behavior change in the community. Emphasize that all teaching
and non-teaching staff are part of a team working to address
pandemic preparedness and response and make sure that education
can move on and schools are clean and safe places. Recognize
individual WASH champions in school and community

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Re: 10 immediate WASH in schools (WinS) actions - For School Heads to manage the response to COVID-19

Dear Aida,

Thanks a lot for your comments. 
You are right about the 70% of alcohol in the hand sanitizer. This will be changed as fast as possible!
Thanks for the hint!
There will also be a background document soon that provides some more guidance.
Thanks also for highlighting the typo - we will also change that soon!

Best regards
Linda (currently supporting the WinS Network)
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Dear Bruna,

Many thanks for offering your help.
The WinS Network is currently looking into the different languages needed and might be able to translate through its own network. I will let you know, if we still need further support.

Best regards
Linda
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Dear Sir/Madam,I have received a copy of your mail on your efforts to see that schools resume as soon as possible (with proper strategies put in place), even as every sector is trying in their capacity to get business running.Looking at your efforts, I am very optimistic that it would not take forever before we start getting things work again, maybe not as before, but at least to an appreciable level.In the mail, I saw that you wish to have the information presented in as many languages as possible, which I saw as a good way forward. I will however ask, if there are provisions for local languages (i.e, languages that are not lingua franca)?My thought is to be of help in interpreting the message into my local language in Nigeria -Yoruba (I need to know if this would be accepted anyways). Yoruba speaking people are about 40 million in Africa, with their people spread over many countries especially Nigeria and some other West African countries.If this would be helpful, kindly let me know, so I can send you with the interpreted document. I hope to hear from you soon.Thank you.Oluwafemi AriyoNigeria.
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Dear all, 

We uploaded a slightly improved version on 22nd of May. The 10 actions did not change, but some typos and small mistakes have been corrected.

Many thanks again for everyone offering to support the translation into local languages. We are currently finalizing a list which languages are needed. I will keep you updated. 

Best regards
Linda (currently supporting the WinS Network)
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Dear Linda,

Good Morning,

I received your email with the content "10 immediate WASH in schools
(WinS) actions - For School Heads to manage the response to COVID-19".
I would like to offer my help with the translation from English to Hindi, if needed.
I am an working in India.

Please let me know if I can be of any help.

Best Regards,
Arun Jindal,
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India
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Re: 10 immediate WASH in schools (WinS) actions - For School Heads to manage the response to COVID-19

Thank you for sharing this.

We have developed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for government residential schools in Telangana State for COVID_19 preparedness and prevention. 

Happy to share more details about it.  

best 
Malini
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