Head of School Update, January 26: Coronavirus Prevention at SSIS

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Coronavirus is an infectious disease that recently started in Wuhan, China. There have been confirmed cases in several other countries. More detailed information about the virus can be obtained at the website of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC and the World Health Organization WHO.

SSIS Prevention Measures
Currently, SSIS is working closely with International SOS personnel, our medical assist consultants, who are keeping us updated on all matters related to this illness.

While the SSIS campus is closed over the holiday break, there will be a deep cleanse of all areas. We will continue to meticulously clean and disinfect all learning spaces on a regular basis.

Prior to the school start on January 29, all faculty and staff will be briefed on the measures for prevention, detection, and address of infectious diseases. We will monitor students’ health and remind them of effective health and hygiene habits, including coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper hand-washing.

Students demonstrating signs of illness will be immediately referred to school nurses.

School Start, Wednesday, January 29
If your child is showing any signs of illness do not send your child to school, when school resumes on Wednesday, January 29. You should seek immediate treatment for your child if he/she demonstrates symptoms such as:

  • fever (>37.8º);
  • cough or runny nose;
  • shortness of breath;
  • or breathing difficulties.

Do not send your child to school until he or she is fully healthy. If your child is demonstrating Coronavirus or flu-like symptoms, please notify the school nurse so that we can take appropriate follow-up action.

For those traveling elsewhere
We know that many of our families are traveling to various destinations around the world during the holidays, where you may be exposed to infectious germs or diseases.

The following advice is provided by International SOS for all travelers:

  • Do not visit wet markets or farms.
  • Keep some distance from people who are obviously sick.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Carry hand sanitizer for use when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid direct contact with animals (alive or dead) and their environment. Do not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with droppings.
  • Ensure food, including eggs, is thoroughly cooked.
  • Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, especially fever or shortness of breath.
  • Do not travel if you are sick – note that some locations have implemented screening, and travelers may face quarantine and testing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Wai Mun Fong (Deputy Head of School) at wfong@ssis.edu.vn or me at hos@ssis.edu.vn. Thank you for your support and cooperation in ensuring that SSIS is a safe and healthy environment for all of our students.