Corona Virus Awareness Circular
In light of the latest situation of the novel coronavirus in Lebanon, we remind you that the safety, well-being, and health of our students and teachers are our top priority. We understand that as parents and guardians, you may have questions about the Novel Coronavirus and how this will be managed in our school. For that, we ask you to read the following carefully.
How does the virus spread?
Most often, Coronavirus is spread from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu and other respiratory pathogens spread.
What are the common symptoms of Coronavirus?
Patients with the novel coronavirus show mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It takes 2 to 14 days after a person gets the virus in their body to become ill. Novel coronavirus is new, and we are learning more each day about its symptoms, its causes, and how long it takes for people to become sick.
Everyday preventive actions are recommended for parents and students to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when sick.
- Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The school contribution
To protect students’ health, our SHS is exercising its usual high standards of cleanliness. Our cleaning staff is cleansing and disinfecting all school premises, as well as buses, on a daily basis from Monday to Saturday. Frequently touched surfaces, furniture, toys, and commonly shared items are cleaned several times a day, with appropriate disinfectants.
The health department at SHS will urge faculty, staff and students to pay attention to personal and environmental hygiene through different steps:
- We have prepared a presentation for students about the coronavirus as well as about the most important preventive steps to be taken at our school. This presentation will be shown in all classes on Monday February 24, during the first period.
- We will reduce the large assemblies only to the necessary.
- We will resume the awareness campaign for students, as well as faculty members, by reminding them of the preventative actions and measures taken by the school during school hours.
- Relevant posters, information sheets, and presentations will be available and shown on bulletin boards and screens around school.
- We have also urged the drivers of school buses not to drive and make suitable arrangements if they run a fever or have any flu symptoms. School and parents will be immediately informed.
- In case of any students being absent due to sickness, we would provide learning support for them so that their learning progress would not be affected. If the leave period cover school tests and examination, we would arrange the student to sit for the tests or examinations on their return to school and their test and examination papers would be marked in the same way as the other students.
For effective prevention of the coronavirus, we have to be vigilant and strengthen personal and environmental hygiene. Your support as parents and guardians is important and forms an integral part in combating the virus or any communicable diseases. We would like to appeal to you again for collaboration in order to maintain a clean and healthy household environment. Please also remind your children to pay attention to personal hygiene and to take all necessary precautionary measures against communicable diseases. Please take note of and implement the following measures:
- Before sending children to school, measure their body temperature. Do not send your children to school if they have fever (temperature higher than 37.5-38℃ (99.5-104℉)
- Inform the school immediately if your children are sick or have been admitted to hospital for surveillance.
- If children have influenza-like symptoms of fever, coughing, sore throat etc, they should wear a mask and seek medical advice as soon as possible. Please keep sick children at home until symptoms have improved and fever has subsided. Then, take rest for at least 2 more days before returning to school.
- Co-operate with schools by picking up children not feeling well from school and consulting the doctor immediately.
- Provide your children with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to be used in class along with handkerchiefs or a tissue box, and remind them not to share towels or tissue papers with others.
- No spitting. Teach your children to always wrap nasal and mouth discharges with tissue paper, and dispose of the tissue paper properly in a lidded rubbish bin.
Finally, at SHS, we believe that effective prevention of diseases in school not only safeguard the health of our student and staff by minimizing the harm caused by the diseases, but also ensure a delightful learning environment to support the healthy development of children. Your cooperation in this matter is of utmost importance.
I pray to the Lord Who “forgives all your iniquity, and heals all your diseases” (Ps 103:3) that all may go well with you and your children, and that you may stay in good health.
Fr. Joe Daccache