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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

 

NOTIFICATION SENT TO ALL PARENTS ON 21 FEBRUARY FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE AND HEAD OF CAMPUS

 

Coronavirus Update IV

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the coronavirus continues to spread outside of China, we are taking further precautions to protect our school community from contracting the virus. Whilst the risk posed by the disease is far less serious than outbreaks such as SARS or avian flu, it is continuing to spread and we need to re-assess the safety measures that we put in place. This is a new situation for us all, so we appreciate your understanding as we seek to take further precautions which will reduce the risk of catching the virus, but not unnecessarily detract from our core school activities.

The following measures have been based upon advice received from DCI and International SOS.

Medical Precautions

·         We will continue to take temperature checks for all people as they enter the school site. All parents and helpers will be asked to have this done in the morning and if they return in the afternoon

·         All staff and students will have second temperature check in the afternoon taken by the doctor. These will be confidentially recorded. Anyone with a temperature of 37C or over will have a second check completed with a more accurate thermometer. All of this will be done discretely and sensitively

·         As before anyone with a temperature of 37.5C or over will be asked to go home.

·         The advice about staying away from school with symptoms or close contact with people who have travelled from China within 14 days, remains in place (as per our previous letters)

Travel Declaration

·         We will continue to ask anyone who has travelled to mainland China to stay away from school for 14 days from the time that they arrived from China (to clarify, this also includes Hong Kong and Macao)

·         The school also kindly asks all staff and students/parents (or other responsible adults who regularly enter the school) to fill in the travel declaration when they or their children travel abroad. This can be done via the following link – Travel Declaration Form. All data will be treated confidentially.

Access to School

·         All people outside our school community are asked to sign a declaration to say that they have not travelled to mainland China, Hong Kong or Macao in the past 14 days in order to be allowed entry

·         There are no official cases in Myanmar, and certainly no widespread outbreaks, so we do not want to disrupt our core programmes in the school. Therefore, any visitors deemed necessary to our key educational provision will be allowed to visit, subject to the above rules. This means that we will continue with our external CCA providers.

·         However, we will seek to reduce the number of other visitors to the site who would come into close contact with the children

·         Any school trips, external activities and school sports fixtures (home or away) will be temporarily suspended, as will the Year 3 overnight camp

·         Any programmes using our facilities outside of school time (British Council and Gap Kids), will be moved to areas of the College which all but eliminate any risk of the virus being spread i.e. well ventilated or open areas (such as the sports field) or the back corridor which is unused by our students)

·         However, we will temporarily be halting the hire of our sport facilities to other external groups, unless these are out of school time and lead by our own staff.

Education

·         A wider range of posters have been placed around the school, advising students, staff, parents and other visitors about the importance of washing hands and other precautions against the disease

·         Age appropriate lessons and assemblies will be given to all students

Cleaning

·         We are continuing with our enhanced cleaning programme. All areas and equipment of the Early Years classrooms receive a deep clean every day, as well as sanitizing by UV lamps. All other classrooms receive daily cleans and UV lamps are used on rotational basis throughout the week

·         Everyone is asked to use the hand sanitizer on entering the school

·         Toilets, handles, handrails and other similar surfaces are cleaned throughout the day

We hope that parents understand the precautions that we are taking, which aim to reduce the risk of transmitting the disease, without unduly affecting our core education and extra-curricular programmes. However, we understand that this will cause inconvenience and disappointment to some, so we appreciate your support for the College during this time.

Finally, if anyone should require any further details, or would like to talk with us, please contact our PA, Su, on execassistant@dulwich-yangon.com.mm to arrange an appointment.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Daryl Orchard                     Graham Horton

Head of College                Head of Campus (Pun Hlaing)

 

NOTIFICATION SENT TO ALL PARENTS ON 2 MARCH FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE AND HEAD OF CAMPUS

 

Coronavirus Update V

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Please see below for the latest updates from Dulwich College Yangon on coronavirus.

 

For your convenience, we have attached updates in Myanmar and Mandarin languages too.

 

We have taken advice from international and national bodies to extend our 14-day quarantine period from school to any parents who have returned from areas most recently hit by the coronavirus. These include:

•             Republic of Korea – ‘Special Care Zones’ (Daegu and Cheongdo) only

•             Iran

•             Northern Italy – ‘special lockdown’ areas only (in Lombardy: Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano; in Veneto: Vo’ Euganeo

 

The good news is that reliable sources continue to tell us that there have been no reported cases of the virus in Myanmar and that the number of cases in China is beginning to drop. However, as the coronavirus is spreading in other parts of the world, we will continue to keep our precautionary measures in place and update as necessary. It is our sincere wish that we can return to our normal state of operations as soon as possible, and once we again thank you for your understanding and support.

 

Finally, if anyone should require any further details, or would like to talk with us, please contact our PA, Su, on execassistant@dulwich-yangon.com.mm to arrange an appointment.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Daryl Orchard                     Graham Horton

 

Head of College                Head of Campus (Pun Hlaing)

 

NOTIFICATION SENT TO ALL PARENTS ON 6 MARCH FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE AND HEAD OF CAMPUS

Coronavirus Update VI

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As promised we continue to update our parents about the precautions we are taking regarding the coronavirus, as it continues to spread across the world. Our enhanced cleaning programme, temperature checks and restricted activities continue to remain in place. People with a fever should continue to stay away from school for at least 24 hours from the time when they are better (this means the next day). This also applies to people who have symptoms such as a persistent cough and shortness of breath, who are asked to consult a doctor before returning.

At present we are continuing to ask any people who have travelled to the following countries, or are in close contact with anyone who has travelled there, to stay away from school for 14 days from their day of return from these areas:

·         Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao

·         Iran

·         Areas of Northern Italy – Lombardy, Veneto, and Bergamo

·         Republic of Korea – ‘Special Care Zones’ of Gyeongsan, Daegu city and Cheongdo County.

 

However, as the virus continues to spread, the list of countries that we will require quarantine for may also increase, particularly to the whole of Italy and the Republic of Korea. Whilst, we cannot as yet confirm this, I wanted to raise the possibility as staff, students and parents are looking ahead to travelling in the April holidays. I have included a link which Dulwich College International has created to show the travel restrictions in place around the world related to the coronavirus.

https://www.dulwich.org/lp/covid-19-advisories

The lack of certainty make life difficult for all of us, therefore, we continue to value your support over this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns.

 

Yours faithfully,


Daryl Orchard

Head of College

 

NOTIFICATION SENT TO ALL PARENTS ON 13 MARCH FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE AND HEAD OF CAMPUS

Coronavirus Update VII

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There were reports late last night that the government may ask schools and other organizations to close. We are actively seeking to clarify the situation and we are aware that there is an important government meeting this afternoon, which may be discussing the issue. As soon as we have more information, we will let you all know. We do have verified reports that the President has asked Thingyan events and any other large public events and gatherings to be cancelled up to April 30th. Once we have more information about any school closures, we will assess the impact that this will have on our own school programme.

However, we have been prepared for some time to go to online learning. If we do have to close, all parents will receive:

·         A general letter about online learning

·         A follow-up letter talking about online learning in either Early Years, Junior School and Senior School

·         Whilst we are still open, we will schedule presentations at school for parents to discuss online learning with you in person

General information for parents will continue to be by the Parent App, as well as email, with important messages being posted on the College website.

As noted above, we unsure of the current situation, but are prepared and are moving to the another level of preparedness. However, we urge everyone to remain calm and be reassured that we have plans in place.

In the meantime, we are also taking further precautions. In order to align with the precautions recommended by the CDC (U.S. Center for Disease Control), we are expanding our quarantine period of 14 days to the following locations:

·         The whole of the Republic of Korea

·         The whole of Italy

Whilst the situation is worsening in Italy, the number of cases is stabilizing or falling in both the Republic of Korea and China. However, we have decided to include these extra countries to come into line with the procedures followed by our medical providers. This means that anyone who has travelled from these places, in addition to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Iran, has to stay away from school for 14 days. This also applies to all family members who are in close contact with anyone who has returned from these areas.

We understand that this may affect your holiday plans, or that you may have no other choice but to travel to these countries. If so, online work will be provided for your child during the time that they would need to remain outside of the school. All our staff have been asked not to travel to these places unless it is absolutely necessary.

In the future, more countries may be added to the list and some may be taken off as the crisis passes. Unfortunately, no-one can know this in advance and we continue to appreciate your understanding and support during these uncertain times.

As ever, please do not hesitate to contact me should you need any further information.

Yours faithfully, 

 

Daryl Orchard                     Graham Horton

Head of College                Head of Campus (Pun Hlaing)