我们一直与滑铁卢公共卫生局保持密切联系，并根据专家的建议做出决策。我校一位SJK本地生的家长负责我们当地医院的传染病控制，我们也向他寻求建议。我们同时密切关注加拿大政府的网站Government of Canada
Dear SJK Boarding Parent,
Thank you so much for trusting us with the care of your child. We appreciate that this is a time of great worry for boarding parents and their children especially those from countries that have been affected by COVID-19.
We are in close contact with Waterloo Public Health and make decisions based on what the experts are advising. One of our SJK parents is also responsible for infectious disease control at our local hospital and we also seek his advice. We also closely monitor the website of the Government of Canada
. According to all our sources of information, the risk for our region and Canada remains low.
Some parents asked if we could keep the students confined in the residence over the March Break. We looked into this possibility but unfortunately we will not be able to do this. We do not have the staff available to supervise the students and we are not able to keep them confined to the residence.
We are preparing an information package to give to students’ host families to ask them to take special precautions with these students. We are also educating our students about the best way to keep themselves healthy. There is no current recommendation to isolate at home to protect against coronavirus. Students can take simple precautions such as hand washing and proper cough/sneeze protocols, which protect people from a range of illnesses. Medical experts in Canada do not recommend wearing face masks unless the person is coughing or sneezing.
As a school, we have increased our cleaning routines by adding an additional daytime cleaner and by enhancing our daily cleaning schedule. Our teachers have been equipped with disinfectant and clean their classrooms occasionally during the day as they feel is appropriate. Over the March Break, our cleaning company will ensure that all classrooms receive a deep clean. Teachers and students are preparing for this by cleaning out lockers and classrooms this week.
We have kept our faculty and staff informed about expectations regarding travel over March Break. If any employee travels to a region that has an active travel health notice from the Government of Canada during their trip they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days following their return. We will have a supply teacher cover their classes and any self-isolating teachers will be expected to prepare lessons, mark work and connect with students via video conferencing as needed.
We are also thinking about our protocols should the school be required to close for a period of time. Our academic leaders are preparing for this possibility. They have benefited from materials shared by schools overseas that have had to close. We hope that this will not happen but we want to be prepared in case it does.
This is a difficult situation we are all facing and appreciate that it is particularly hard for our boarding parents. Thank you for making us aware of your concerns and I hope you understand that we have tried our best to meet the needs of our boarding students.