Saint Paul School of Professional Studies (SPSPS) has implemented security measures to ensure the safety of its stakeholders from COVID-19, following the outbreak of the coronavirus that triggered nationwide community quarantine.
As work and classes resume after the government downgraded the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in low-risk areas of the country, the school initiated safety protocols to be observed by all employees and individuals entering the campus.
According to Socrates T. Sabuco, head of the Campus Safety and Security Office (CSSO), these measures are consistent with the guidelines of the Department of Health (DOH) on the Risk-Based Public Health Standards for COVID-19 Mitigation.
Campus entry process
The “No Mask, No Entry” policy remains a norm amidst the general community quarantine and is strictly being observed at SPSPS as a “source of control to reduce or prevent the respiratory transmission,” Sabuco said.
Aside from wearing face masks, individuals also need to dip their feet with disinfectant contained in a footbath at the school’s main entrance.
Simultaneously, a FLIR thermal scanner will check if they have elevated body temperature.
Once they complete the disinfection and body temperature check stages, the individuals are asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the campus.
Suspended security protocols
Sabuco said the school’s security protocols are suspended for the meantime to mitigate the spread of the virus.
This includes waiving the check-out slip for visitors, deactivating the biometrics for recording employee attendance, and disabling the turnstile at the main entrance.
The CSSO also enforces the use of personal protective measures such as handwashing, cough etiquette and face coverings by all employees and security guards, who serve as the school’s frontliners.
Consistent with the government’s mandate, SPSPS observes social distancing inside the campus.
“This will help slow the spread of the virus from an asymptomatic person or a person who does not know he/she has contracted the virus. Through monitoring of CCTV cameras around the campus and offices, the roving guard can regularly monitor and remind the adherence of social distancing,” Sabuco said.
Lastly, the school has been consistently conducting environmental surface cleaning around the campus.
“Our office is continuously monitoring and following advice from local and national authorities (DOH, IATF) and communicating such to the workforce and top management of SPSPS,” Sabuco said.
“The support of all workforce is important to encourage frequent hand washing with soap and water, and discourage the touching of the eyes, nose, and mouth such as through appropriate information and campaigns. Now, it is up to us to continue conducting routine functions, availability of supplies (mask, sanitizers & disinfectant) in order to mitigate the spread of virus and this will remain a challenge for all of us,” he added.
(Story by Carl Aljon Lacaba and Julie Pearl Guanzon)