COVID-19 RESPONSE & CONTINGENCY PLAN

LAST UPDATE: 25/05/2020 14:30

CLIP is committed in safeguarding the community and promoting its welfare.

STATEMENT

 

Note to the Community

Fundraiser — Medical Ventilator

 

CLIP has recently (from 14/03/2020 to 20/03/2020) organised a fundraiser to buy a medical ventilator.

 

The ventilator we were able to secure - to be used in ICUs - costs around €18000, which is a price within the market average (€17000 a €25000)

https://sicnoticias.pt/especiais/coronavirus/2020-03-30-Ventiladores-de-20-mil-euros-que-podiam-custar-3.500-

 

We were made aware of this device by a doctor of Hospital Pedro Hispano, who challenged us to purchase it. Bought to "Sano-Técnica", this ventilator is one of the most complete on the market, as it's suitable for newborn babies. This specific model was a demo unit and was priced at a discount price of €17000 + VAT (€18020) - the normal price is €25000. With the remaining amount, we purchased 2 boxes of breathing circuits (€872) and protective suits and masks.

 

Our community was able to raise a total of €12000. The remaining €8000 were donated by CLIP, as to ensure the medical device was delivered.

 

We were made aware that RTP broadcasted a segment on their "Jornal da Tarde" (19/03/2020) where it was reported that CLIP had raised €50000. This is not true.

 

CLIP - Oporto International School is committed to maintaining an open and transparent line of communication with the community. Therefore, it's our responsibility, to restore the truth.

 

We regret that this fallacious information, over which we had no control, was broadcasted.

 

Meanwhile, two articles have been published where the information is correct

 

 

 

We reinforce the importance of the role we all have in finding and defending facts. It's our shared duty, as active agents of an information society, to verify the truthiness of what we share.

 

We'll continue to look out for all of us and each other, in the spirit of union, interdependence and community.

 

We are available for any further information or clarification through our official platforms or email - media@clip.pt

 

#WeAreOne

FUNDRAISER

LET’S HELP OUR COMMUNITY AND GET A NEW VENTILATOR FOR "HOSPITAL PEDRO HISPANO", IN MATOSINHOS.


FROM 14/03/2020 TO 20/03/2020
AIM: €20000

 

OBJECTIVE ACHIEVED!
THE VENTILATOR HAS BEEN DELIVERED.


Ventilators are machines designed to put oxygen into the lungs of patients with acute respiratory difficulties. They are of critical importance for those in danger of lung failure, a typical cause of death for patients infected with the coronavirus.
Portugal is one of the European countries with less critical care infrastructures, namely in respiratory ventilators.
With less than 5 critical care beds per 100.000 people, Portugal is the worst prepared and far below the European average of around 12 beds per 100.000 people.
Unlike other nations, Portugal does not have a reserve stock of these types of equipment, making us vulnerable should the number of patients requiring intensive care rise.
Costing around €20000, these are expensive devices. In this time of emergency, we’re calling on our community to help our health service gear up for tomorrow.

If you’d like to help, please donate to:

IBAN: PT50 0010 0000 41326050001 32

SWIFT: BBPIPTPL


If you’d like a receipt, please send us proof of transfer and VAT number to media@clip.pt

 

SOURCES

https://www.ft.com/content/5a2ffc78-6550-11ea-b3f3-fe4680ea68b5

https://www.jn.pt/nacional/hospitais-querem-mais-ventiladores-mas-ja-ha-falhas-a-nivel-europeu-11923239.html

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

CLIP HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE PREVENTATIVELY FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY, 13TH MARCH), FOR A PERIOD OF 15 DAYS.

Please find further information by downloading the communication below. 

ACTIONS AT CLIP TIMELINE

Continuously being updated

25/05/2020 - 15:00

The Contingecy Plan was updated and is available for download on this page, below.

18/03/2020 - 12:34

CLIP JOIN IN ON THE "EVERYTHING WILL BE OK" CAMPAIGN

We would like to join in the community spirit of helping everyone to keep positive in these worrying times.  For this, we decided to suggest and follow the Italian initiative of imaginatively creating an image of a rainbow, with the message “Everything will be ok!” in any language.  This notice could be posted on a window/door, or somewhere visible.  Please send us 2 or 3 photos of the process and the completed creation.  We will be creating an online visual gallery on the website, in this page.

16/03/2020 - 19:14

TOTAL CLOSURE

After having decided to end all in person pedagogical activities, CLIP now determines the total closure of the building
Close to 100% of our workers have moved to remote work, with just a couple of members of staff coming in on a rota for basic maintenance.
The safety and wellbeing of our community are our priority.

 

All services remain available through the contacts on this page or on our contacts page
Please, #StayAtHome!

16/03/2020 - 18:51

CANCELLED
CLIP Open (Rubik's Cube Competition)

13/03/2020 > 15/03/2020 - JOINT DAILY REPORT

CANCELLED

Basketball Camp 2020


CANCELLED

Holiday Camp "Easter CLIP" (CLIP Clubs)


HOME LEARNING PROGRAM PRONTO

Information sent to parents & students
Letter available on this page, bellow

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
CLIP is organising a fundraiser to buy a medical ventilator for a public local hospital.

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT COLLECTION
CLIP is organising a collection or surgical masks, painter's suits and masks and textile waterproofing spray.

13/02/2020 - 21:41

HOME LEARNING PROGRAM READY

Information sent to parents and students.
Letter available on this page, below.

13/02/2020 - 16:00

CANCELLED

Holiday Camp "Easter CLIP" (CLIP Clubs)

13/03/2020 - 11:42

CANCELLED

Easter Basketball Camp 2020

12/03/2020 DAILY REPORT

THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED FROM 13/03/2020 TO 27/03/2020

OUR HOME LEARNING PROGRAM WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

THE COMMUNITY IS NOT ON HOLIDAYS.

FOR + INFORMATION, PLEASE READ LETTER ABOVE

12/03/2020 - 16:45

COMMUNICATION ON PREVENTIVE CLOSURE IN THREE LANGUAGES: ENGLISH, PORTUGUESE AND CHINESE.

UPDATED VERSION AVAILABLE ABOVE FOR DOWNLOAD.

Contents

1 - Introduction
Following the recommendations of the Portuguese Health Authorities, Direção-Geral de Saúde (DGS), and in order to protect the CLIP community, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) has approved a Response and Contingency Plan to face the spread of the Coronavirus SARS CoV-2, causal-agent of the the COVID-19 infection.

This plan will be reviewed and updated as new recommendations and guidelines are issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Portuguese Health Authority (DGS) (http://www.dgs.pt) and DGEstE (educational authorities http://www.dgeste.mec.pt).

Thus this plan establishes the contingency measures and procedures in case of a COVID-19 infection, following the guidelines from DGS (directive no. 006/2020) emitted on the 26 February 2020.
2 - Task Force

CLIP’s central contact point for the communication of any aspect related to the community’s health/COVID-19 virus is the COVID-19 Task Force.

It is the Task Force’s duty to provide the CLIP community with specific, clear information about the COVID-19, namely prevention measures to be applied and procedures to be followed in the case of a suspected infection case.

The Task Force consists of the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) led by Mrs. Isabel Morgado, the nurses, Mrs. Ana Xavier and Ms. Joana Rodrigues, the Senior Administrative Assistant Ms. Eduarda Soromenho, CLIP Communications Services, Mr. João Carvalho, We also count with, as an external advisor, Drª Maria Teresa Monteiro Saraiva from the Local Health Authority (ACeS do Porto Ocidental).

The Task Force can be contacted using the following channels:

 

EMAIL

COVID19@CLIP.PT

 

INFORMATION LINE

00351 932 164 662

 

EXCLUSIVE CONTACT NUMBER FOR REPORTING CONFIRMATION OF INFECTED CASES

00351 939 444 552

3 - Symptoms and Transmission of COVID-19


COVID-19 is believed to be primarily transmitted by:

  • Respiratory droplets (particles greater than 5 microns);
  • Direct contact with infectious secretions;
  • Aerosol-generated procedures/therapies that produce secretions (particles inferior to 1 micron).

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Respiratory Difficulties

 

In diagnosing infection, recent travels to areas where community transmission of the COVID-19 is active (https://www.dgs.pt/pagina-de-entrada3/corona-virus/organizacoes-internacionais.aspx) and contact/probable contact with confirmed cases are taken into consideration.

 

Risk assessment is continuously being updated according to the development of the outbreak.

4 - Actions in progress
  • Posting notices and other information from the DGS, WHO and others;
  • Reinforced internal and external communication in Portuguese, English and Mandaring using existing communication channels and the creation of an information on the CLIP website (https://www.clip.pt/en/community/covid19);
  • Reinforcement of hygiene measures, with special emphasis on the importance of frequently and correctly washing hands using soap and water; following respiratory etiquette; not sharing objects or food and not come to school if there are symptoms such as fever, a cough or breathing difficulty;
  • Reinforcement of cleaning procedures;
  • Provision of an isolation room;
  • Any person presenting symptoms such as fever, a cough or breathing difficulty will be denied entry to the building.
5 - Isolation Room



In order to prevent and minimise direct contact of a person presenting symptoms of COVID-19 with other members of the community, the isolation room was reopened. 

 

This room is equipped with a phone, a chair and bed, a kit with water and non-perishable food, a disposal container, paper towels and a thermometer.

6 - Procedures

6.1. ASYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS 

  • Frequently and correctly washing hands using soap and water, scrubbing them together for at least 20 seconds;
  • Reinforce hand-washing before and after eating, after using the bathroom and whenever they are dirty; if not possible, use an alcohol-based sanitizer;
  • Use paper tissues (single use); dispose of them immediately in a bin and wash hands;
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and not into your hands;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid unnecessary travelling;
  • Allow for 2 metre distance when talking to people;
  • Avoid greetings that involve physical contact;
  • Avoid face to face meetings.

 

6.2. ASYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TRAVELLED TO POTENTIALLY AFFECTED AREAS

Telephone the national health line SNS24 (808 24 24 24) upon return to Portugal and follow their recommendations and immediately inform the Task Force.

For the next 14 days you must:

  • Be attentive to symptoms such as fever, a cough or breathing difficulty;
  • Measure body temperature twice a day and record this information;
  • Monitor if any person with whom you regularly contact and interact with develops symptoms (fever, a cough, breathing difficulties);
  • Avoid visiting and/or remaining in busy and closed areas.

 

6.3. ASYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH CONFIRMED CASES 

Telephone the national health line Linha SNS24 (808 24 24 24) upon return to Portugal and follow their recommendations and immediately inform the Task Force.

For the next 14 days you must:

  • Be attentive to symptoms such as fever, a cough or breathing difficulty;
  • Measure body temperature twice a day and record this information;
  • Monitor if any person with whom you regularly contact and interact with develops symptoms (fever, a cough, breathing difficulties);
  • Avoid visiting and/or remaining in busy and closed areas.

If under recommended health authority preventative isolation, inform CLIP Task Force.

 

6.4. INDIVIDUALS PRESENTING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS 

  • In case of suspected infection, members of the educational community have the duty to immediately contact the Task Force;
  • When going/heading to the isolation room, the suspected infected person should not touch any surfaces of interact with others;
  • It is the Task Force’s responsibility to communicate the case immediately to the health authorities (Linha SNS24 or emergency services – INEM 112) and to follow their instructions;
  • The parents/guardians of the student will be immediately informed;
  • When in use, the isolation room is banned to all other people, with the exception of when the patient is underage, in which case the child will be accompanied by a protected and trained adult;
  • If procedures for isolation are activated and a case is confirmed the educational community will be informed;
  • If a case is confirmed,the school will take the cleaning and disinfection measures defined by the Health Authorities and will endeavor to track the interactions and extent of contact within the school of the infected person. In additiona period of active vigilance of close recent contacts will be initiated.  According to the DGS (directive no. 006/2020 of 26/02 /2020), the estimated incubation period COVID-19 is 2-14 days. As a precaution, active vigilance of close contacts should take place during the 14 days after the last exposure to a confirmed case.
7 - Contention measures


Taking into account the high level of transmission of the COVID-19, activities judged unsafe have been cancelled or postponed until safe conditions are possible, as already announced to the CLIP community.

 

If conditions are not deemed met, or in the event of a decision from the Portuguese Health Authority (DGS) decision, the Task Force will determine the closure of the school.

In this case, the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) will continue to inform the community regularly about the expected duration of the closure and other measures to be taken.

 

The SLT will define ways in which to accompany the students to minimise the impact of the closure.

8 - Updating information in this plan

All alterations made to the information in this plan will be communicated to the community via the webpage HTTPS://WWW.CLIP.PT/EN/COMMUNITY/COVID19.

 

Situations not covered by this plan will be analysed case by case.

REFERENCE CONTACTS 

 

GENERAL SCHOOL CONTACTS


09H00 — 17H00 
+351 226 199 160

EMAIL
INFO@CLIP.PT 

 

INFORMATION LINE COVID-19
AVAILABLE ONLY TO THE COMMUNITY — CONNECTS TO SCHOOL NURSES

08H00 — 18H00
+351 932 164 662

 

EXCLUSIVE CONTACT NUMBER FOR REPORTING CONFIRMATION OF INFECTED CASES
AVAILABLE ONLY TO THE COMMUNITY — CONNECTS TO SCHOOL NURSES

24H/24H
+351 939 444 552

 

EMAIL

COVID19@CLIP.PT 

 

SNS24
808 24 24 24

 

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, CALL 112

Everything will be OK

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