At Heritage the health and safety of our community is a priority. In order to best serve our community during the current COVID-19 pandemic we have implemented policies based on the guidance provided by Ministry of Health (MOH) Uganda and the CDC. Our Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) are in place to ensure the health and safety of our community (students, staff, and visitors). The protocols are established and reviewed regularly by the COVID task force, that is lead by the school nurse, to determine best practices for the school to navigate the evolving situation with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The following preventive measures have been implemented at the school:
- Please wear face masks while on campus covering the nose and mouth.
- Keep social distancing in mind particularly at lunchtime and in other crowded areas.
- Proper hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use an alcohol based sanitizer.
- Try to avoid physical contact.
- Clean and disinfect shared surfaces.
- Stay home if you are unwell.
International Travel Protocol
As a community we would like to minimize the risk of exposure to Covid-19 from international travelers. If you plan to travel internationally, please remember that the Heritage COVID Taskforce has implemented the following policy. In addition to the entry requirement at any point of entry (land or air), the school has a quarantine procedure before being allowed on campus:
For unvaccinated individuals
Recent travelers are advised to take an additional COVID-19 test 3 days after arriving in Uganda. Even if the test is negative, stay home for additional 4 days totaling to 7 days.
Stay home for 10 days without needing to take another COVID-19 test.
For vaccinated individuals.
Take an additional COVID-19 test 3 days after arriving in Uganda. If the test is negative then they are free to come back on campus.
If the test is positive, the patient will be in quarantine for 14 days and must have a negative covid test result to return.
Students who choose to be off campus for 10 days will be given the necessary assistance to ensure they catch up with their work.
Rationale: Having two negative COVID tests, in addition to the waiting period is the current standard for travel across the world. The earliest a person will develop COVID symptoms is 2 days. This is why the first test is to be done at least 3 days after possible exposure. The average incubation period for COVID-19 is 5-6 days. Therefore, this is why the CDC requires you to isolate for 7 days even if the test is negative.
Rapid Antigen Screening
The school offers free COVID rapid antigen tests to all students and staff who are suspected to have COVID symptoms. These patients are immediately isolated until results are available.
The government of Uganda is strongly recommending individuals 18 years and above to get a free COVID-19 vaccine.
You may log onto the Ministry of Health Uganda: www.health.go.ug for more up to date information.
Please keep safe and contact our school nurse for any questions or concerns.