- Have any staff recently been in China?
We contacted staff on Monday and asked them to let us know if they have been to China. None have indicated this yet which we anticipated due to the short CNY holiday. All staff will be asked to monitor the symptoms (fever, cough and runny nose) and will be asked to stay away from school until they have been checked.
- Have you asked families if they have been to China?
Following advice from the MOE and MOH we have asked parents to inform us if they have travelled to China in the last two weeks. We will ask them not to send their children into school and will liaise with them directly about this and support for learning at home.
- Can children wear masks to school?
We ask that parents don’t send children to school if they have a fever, cough and runny nose rather than use a mask to contain these symptoms. iSOS state that paper masks play a limited role in stopping the spread of the 2019-nCoV virus but if other parents want their children to wear masks then this is allowed. However, they can’t be worn for PE and students may need to be excluded from certain activities for safety reasons (for example Science experiments involving flames). It is important to note that teachers cannot monitor if a child is wearing their mask throughout the day.
- How are the classrooms deep cleaned?
All sections of the school are cleaned daily with some areas (toilets and canteens) cleaned more frequently. Our cleaning contractor has increased the use of disinfectants and we are using this on common surfaces each day.
- Are there Hand Sanitisers on-site?
We are increasing the amount of hand sanitisers in school so that each room will have one. All school buses will also have a supply. If your child is old enough to administer their own sanitiser and you are keen for them to use this regularly we would suggest they have their own small bottle attached to their school bag.
- What other advice will staff give to children?
Staff will continue to issue age-appropriate guidance on ensuring all children wash their hands effectively and don’t share food. Teachers will also ensure there is appropriate discussion of the issue and the general precautions we can all take.
- Will the school need to take further action?
We will continue to monitor the situation and the updated advice from Nord Anglia, iSOS and the Ministry of Health. Any changes to our procedures will be communicated to parents directly.
- What will happen if a student is sent to school with symptoms of Coronavirus
As we have medical professionals in school, any student with symptoms of the virus will be sent to the school nurses for an assessment. If our nurses have any concerns about the health of a student, they will inform the parents to collect the student and advise them to get at full health check with their GP. Students will only be allowed back to school with a letter from their doctor.
9. Will any activities stop in school?
We will review all activities and trips in school early in the week. Mr Short is in contact with other Singapore school Heads who will collectively decide on inter-school activities such as sport.