In view of the recent outbreak of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus, we ask you to remain vigilant ahead of the upcoming holidays and to stay safe and healthy.
This week, all Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) campuses will be commencing their holiday break for the Chinese New Year. During this period of increased travel, students, staff, and their families are advised to take the necessary precautions as recommended by the authorities to ensure their health, safety, and wellbeing are protected.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
SCIS campuses are aware of the current situation and are monitoring all news and updates closely. In addition to our heightened seasonal cleaning protocols across our campuses, we are continuing our efforts to remind our students of the best preventive measures.
In addition, SCIS is working with relevant authorities, our health and safety team, and our school cleaning and clinic providers to initiate additional protocols that will further support our efforts to maintain a healthy learning environment for students, faculty, and staff.
In line with our abundance of caution, we do ask that any family that travel through Wuhan, Hebei province or have direct contact with those that have traveled there (Ayi, driver, etc.), or any person known to have Coronavirus 2019-nCoV to notify our SCIS clinic staff. Remain vigilant in monitoring symptoms, and please refrain from visiting SCIS campuses until cleared by SCIS clinic personnel.
The following is a list of preventive measures as well as advice provided by the WHO to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection:
Preventive Measures You Can Take:
- Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illnesses.
- Observe good personal hygiene.
- Practice frequent handwashing with soap.
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately.
- Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
Reduce the risk of infection:
Stay healthy and have a safe Chinese New Year!
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