The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.As preventative measures, Morning Star will be asking all students to wash their hands before they get on the school bus or arrive at school, and wash them again once they arrive. There will be hand sanitizer available in every classroom, and teachers and TAs have been briefed to be especially cautious and vigilant with hygiene in the school. If your child is showing any signs of illness, please keep them at home.
As preventative measures, this Morning Star has disinfected all classrooms, bathrooms and offices spaces. We have also had both campuses sprayed with disinfected by an official governmental team on the 2nd of February.
Morning Star will remain closed until further notice.
When the school reopens students will be asking all students to wash their hands before they get on the school bus or arrive at school, and wash them again once they arrive. There will be hand sanitizer available in every classroom, and teachers and TAs have been briefed to be especially cautious and vigilant with hygiene in the school. If your child is showing any signs of illness, please keep them at home.
We are advising all students and families who have travelled to infected areas to please remain at home for 2 weeks. This is a precaution we are taking in line with the guidance from the CDC and the advice from the Education Department. During this time your teacher will post the daily classroom activities so you are kept up to speed with what has been covered. All students who enter the campus need to wear a mask. This is compulsory for all staff, students and parents who enter campus. Please ensure your child has a mask, hand sanitizer and a water bottle.
We are following closely the latest recommendations from both the government and CDC and will update our policies and procedures in line with any advice as it develops. The school will not be closing, however, if you prefer to keep your child at home during this time, this is your decision, and we will do our best to make sure all students are kept up-to-date by teachers on classroom activities and the curriculum.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Some advice from the CDC below on prevention:
How to protect yourself
There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are sick
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Clean Hands Save Lives!
How to protect others
If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following
- stay home while you are sick
- avoid close contact with others
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
For more information about the virus please visit the Centre of Disease Control and Preventions website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.htmlIf you have any further questions or concerns please email the office.