Biosecurity Plan

Biosecurity Plan

We are a united Bolivar Community that always thinks and acts compassionately to take care of one another


Entering and Exiting the Campus


Information on the Biosecurity measures that parents must adopt at home and the actions of the School regarding transportation in buses and entering the campus.

On Campus


Information on social distancing measures in Classrooms, Corridors, Cafeteria and Medical Service, as well as all the protocols for disinfection, garbage disposal and use of masks.

Profesional Development

Training of staff and students on how to keep the environment safe and on the identification of warning signs.

Suspected Infections

Information on how we prepare for the identification of a suspected case of COVID – 19 and the procedures and protocols that we carry out as an Educational Institution.

Introduction

The Colegio Bolivar Biosecurity Plan was constructed using various sources, including the Colombian Government’s decrees and procedures (most specifically the “Orientaciones para Adopcion de Protocolos Formal e Inicial” and the annexes associated with this decree); The Center for Disease Control (CDC in the United States); The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); biosecurity plans from various schools in our organizations (AASSA, ASOBILCA, Tri-Association), and a committee made up of security, transportation, health, human resources, maintenance, and the administrative team.  It has also been reviewed by the Board of Directors.  We are sharing a summary version of the plan for parents at Colegio Bolivar; the original is an internal document for employees and administration.  Nevertheless, as the situation in Cali and Colombia change and new procedures or protocols are issued by the Colombian government, we will be continually updating the plan in order to provide for the safest and most secure learning environment for all community members once they are physically back at school.

Privacy

At all times and in all situations, the entire community will honor and restrict the names or other information regarding possible infections in the community.  It is crucial that any cases, suspected or proven, be considered confidential information available only to the family, the school administrators, the school’s medical team, and the proper authorities.

Goals

  • To maintain social distancing between members of the community at all times.
  • To keep all campus areas uncontaminated and sanitized.
  • To support community members in personal hygiene, including hand and shoe washing.
  • To support community members in the use of personal protection items, including face masks and gloves (when necessary).
  • To provide professional development to staff members in all areas of the above.
  • To comply with all Colombian laws regarding the re-entry of students to campus.

Authorization

Colegio Bolivar complies with all relevant decrees, protocols, and regulations issued by the Ministry of Education and Health in Colombia and the local Secretaries of Health and Education.  As new decrees and protocols are issued by the authorities, Colegio Bolivar will update its own protocols and procedures.

Basics of Biosecurity

  • Physical distancing, points out Claudia Milena Cuellar Segura, Deputy Director of Communicable Diseases of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, “is to avoid face-to-face contact with other people, keeping a distance of at least 1 meter, although the ideal is 2; with this, we will be able to minimize contagion factors between people and thus slow down the spread of the coronavirus.”
  • Handwashing to cut the chain of contagion of the coronavirus is also part of the recommendations made by the Deputy Director: “washing your hands with soap and water several times a day, for 20 seconds, reduces the amount of probability of catching COVID-19; it is the most economical and effective action to reduce additional contagion; for no reason should you shake hands or kiss and less when people have flu episodes.”
  • Finally, Claudia Milena Cuellar, points out that the use of face masks is a tool that adds to the strategy, “the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, accepting the recommendations of the World Health Organization – WHO, ordered the mandatory use of face masks in Colombia in public service transport, in taxis, in market places, in pharmacies and banks, among others.”
  • Disinfection and thorough cleaning of all hands, shoe bottom, and surfaces on a regular basis.