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School Notification Regarding Coronavirus Outbreak

NOTIFICATIONS REGARDING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Dulwich College Yangon is adapting to the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak. Here you will find the latest notification sent to parents. We will continue to keep our community up to date.

 

NOTIFICATION SENT TO ALL PARENTS ON 23 JANUARY FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE AND HEAD OF CAMPUS

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 

Coronavirus
 

I am writing to let you know that we have been monitoring news outlets and been in contact with our colleagues at Dulwich College International and the colleges in Chinese cities regarding the recent cases of Coronavirus. So far there has been no reason to alter our regular school operations. If the situation changes, we will respond in line with advice given by Dulwich College International, our medical provider International SOS and the local authorities to protect the best interests of our students and staff. Handwashing continues to be emphasized on campus with students, staff and visitors, as is covering the nose/mouth if sneezing and staying at home if unwell.
 

We do have students and staff scheduled to visit China for the Primary Games in late March. Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi is currently closed for the Lunar New Year holidays. However, we will monitor the situation in China closely and seek their advice once they re-open on 3  February. Along with our travel advisors, International SOS, we will then make decisions about whether this trip will proceed, or discuss which precautionary measures will be put in place. For now, this trip is going ahead as planned. We will also continually re-assess the local situation regarding the Year 5 and Year 6 residential trips in Myanmar.

As you may have read the Coronavirus is transmitted by close contact with a contaminated person and though cases are currently limited, Lunar New Year travels will likely lead to additional risk.

As with all infectious respiratory diseases, such as Coronavirus, medical advice suggests these general precautions as preventative measures:

·         Washing hands often with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds)
Covering the nose and mouth with a tissue after a cough or sneeze, then throwing the tissue away.

·         Avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding personal contact, such as kissing, or sharing cups or eating utensils, with sick people. Seeking medical advice promptly if respiratory symptoms develop.

Please do not send the children to school, or visit yourself, if you have a fever, sickness or a heavy cough and cold.

Additional cleaning measures have been put in place across the school and we have already updated our response plan in consultation with our doctors and maintenance staff, in case there is a serious outbreak of the virus in Myanmar.

If you, or any of your family members have travelled to the Wuhan district in the past week, we would be grateful if you could email our College Doctor at doctor.sc@dulwich-yangon.com.mm / doctor.ph@dulwich-yangon.com.mm so that we are aware.

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact either myself (Star City) or Mr. Horton (Pun Hlaing). Otherwise, we will continue to update you with further information as it becomes available.

 

Yours faithfully,


 

Daryl Orchard            Graham Horton

Head of College       Head of Campus

 

NOTIFICATION SENT TO ALL PARENTS ON 28 JANUARY FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE AND HEAD OF CAMPUS

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 

The safety of our school community is always our first priority. As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in mainland China, any member of our community (staff, parents, students, helpers) who visited mainland China within the past 14 days:

  • must declare this information on the Travel Declaration Form (link enclosed in the letter sent to all parents)
  • must not come to school for two weeks after their return from China (this would mean returning after our half-term break on Monday 17 February or later for those still in mainland China.

If you or anyone in your family is exhibiting symptoms of flu or pneumonia, a persistent cough, including a high temperature, or are having difficulties breathing, do not come to school and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

At school, we will continue to carry out additional hygiene procedures and take a temperature check for all people before entering the school building.  If they have a temperature of 37.5C or above, they will be asked to stay at home.

Once we have been informed of any absences, the teachers will send appropriate work for your children by internet and be in regular contact to give them the necessary support.

We also request people to fill in Question 7 of the same form, if they have plans to travel to mainland China during the next few weeks, including the half-term break. If you or your children were to travel to these destinations, they would not be allowed to come to school for 14 days after their return, unless circumstances change.

Postponement of Founder’s Day

After long consultation, we have decided to postpone our 2020 Founder’s Day to a later date. Concerns are emerging from within our community that they would not feel comfortable visiting the school on this day, for an event that is also open to the wider public. Such a large scale event could compromise the precautions we have already taken to keep our school community safe.  With the amounts of money invested in the event, we would prefer to re-schedule to a time when we can enjoy the festivities without any concerns. We do recognise the large amount of work that people have already put into this event, and the disappointment that this will cause, but we hope that everyone will understand the reasons for the postponement.

Finally, we would like to thank all the parents for their support and understanding during this difficult time. This support has been very much appreciated, despite the inconvenience it has caused and we are most grateful for your kind co-operation.

 

Yours faithfully,
 

Daryl Orchard                                                            

Head of College                                                         

daryl.orchard@dulwich-yangon.com.mm              

 

NOTIFICATION SENT TO ALL PARENTS ON 7 FEBRUARY FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE AND HEAD OF CAMPUS

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 

The safety of our school community is always our first priority. As you know, we have been asking any member of this community (staff, parents, students, helpers) who have visited mainland China within a 14-day period to:

·         declare this information to the Head of College or Head of Campus (Pun Hlaing)

·         remain away from school for two weeks starting from the day of their return from China

We are now requesting that parents update this information if they travel to China for the coming half-term break. If so, please click the link below:

Travel Declaration Form

Furthermore, if you or anyone in your family is exhibiting symptoms of flu or pneumonia, a persistent cough, including a high temperature, or are having difficulties breathing, do not come to school and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

At school, we will continue to carry out additional hygiene procedures and take a temperature check for all people before entering the school building.  If they have a temperature of 37.5C or above, they will be asked to stay at home.

Once we have been informed of any enforced absences, the teachers will send appropriate work for your children by internet and be in regular contact to give them the necessary support.

Finally, we would once again like to thank all the parents for their support and understanding during this difficult time. This support has been very much appreciated, despite the inconvenience it has caused and we are most grateful for your kind co-operation.

Yours faithfully,
 

Daryl Orchard                                                             Graham Horton

Head of College                                                         Head of Campus

daryl.orchard@dulwich-yangon.com.mm              graham.horton@dulwich-yangon.com.mm