[10 FEBRUARY 2020 UPDATE] STEP-UP CORONAVIRUS MEASURES: KEEPING OUR SCHOOL SAFE
With the further developments in the Coronavirus outbreak and the raising of Singapore’s alert level to DORSCON Orange, our school will be stepping up on pre-emptive and precautionary measures to ensure the safety of Sejong’s staff and student community.
Our school takes our community’s health and safety as our top priority and we request for all student’s cooperation in this community effort.
Travel & Health Declarations
Previously on 28 January 2020, we sent out a Travel Declaration asking that students with declared recent travel to China abstain from coming to class for a period of 2 weeks from the date that they left China. We are happy to report that on the return from our Lunar New Year break, only 3 students in the whole school community were affected by recent travel to China and all 3 have completed their 2 week monitoring period before returning to class at Sejong. Also, none of Sejong staff have had recent travel plans or forthcoming travel plans to Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau.
From 10 February 2020, we will be disseminating (via email) a step-up declaration form targeting a broader range of categories with advise on our recommended period to abstain from coming to class in Sejong:
- Travelled to Mainland China, Hong Kong & Macau (Recommended Abstinence Period: 2 weeks)
- Is a close contact of someone who travelled to Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau (Recommended Abstinence Period: 1 week)
- Is unwell with any type of flu-like or respiratory illness (Advise that you seek medical attention immediately; Recommended Abstinence Period: 2 weeks)
- Is a close contact of someone who is unwell with any type of flu-like or respiratory illness (Recommended Abstinence Period: 1 week)
- At-risk Occupations (such as medical staff, flight attendants, front-line hospital administration staff): Please contact our front desk to make specific arrangements for your classes
- Persons on Leave Of Absence (Recommended Abstinence Period: Till the end of your leave of absence period)
- Immediate household members or close contacts of persons on Leave of Absence (Recommended Abstinence Period: Till the end of the person’s leave of absence period)
Affected students are kindly directed to email or call in to our front desk to make makeup lesson arrangements. Sejong has dedicated manpower to increase support and flexibility for makeup lessons during this period.
Please note that only students who have completed the step-up travel declaration form will be allowed to attend classes from 11 February 2020 onwards.
Entry to school premises will strictly be denied for:
- Persons who appear ill / unwell
- Have travel history to Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau within the past 14 days
- Is on Leave of Absence
Disinfection of School Premises
(1) Bleach Disinfection of All Classrooms Before Every Class
We will be conducting disinfection of all classroom tables and chair handles at the start of every class in the school. Our disinfectant spray used is a household bleach disinfection solution (mixed according to NEA guidelines of 1 part bleach : 49 parts water). This ensures that surfaces that students have contact with in class are free from any harmful pathogens.
(2) School Wide Bleach Disinfection Twice per Week
On top of the classroom disinfection before the start of every single class daily, we will also be conducting a school wide bleach disinfection twice per week.
(3) Dry Mist Disinfectant Machines at Common Areas
Sejong has invested in 2 Biocair Dry Mist Disinfectant Machines. Each machine is purported to spray disinfecting fine air mist that has a higher disinfecting kill rate (99.999%) of harmful pathogens than alcohol disinfection (99.9%). The active ingredient in the disinfection solution used is BC-65. It kills bacteria, viruses and spores within 60 seconds of contact. The machines will be installed in the office and general administration area in the school, where there is high student traffic.
Hygiene and Monitoring
Students who are feeling unwell and who display flu-like symptoms are advised to seek immediate medical attention and to abstain coming for classes until complete well, or until the end of our recommended abstinence period (as above), whichever is later.
Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Sore Throat
- Dry Cough
- Shortness of Breath
- Runny Nose
Sejong staff and teachers will be extremely vigilant in conducting visual inspections of all students attending classes. Any student who appears unwell will not be permitted to attend class and will be turned away from school premises.
All students are advised to wash their hands regularly, and wear a surgical mask in crowded places.
Safety of our students is of paramount importance in Sejong. We will be grateful for our student’s cooperation in helping to safeguard the Sejong community.
[28 JANUARY 2020]
With the recent developments in the Coronavirus outbreak, we would like to give reassurance to all our students that none of our staff members have travelled to China within the past 2 weeks. Sejong will take the health and safety of our staff and students as our highest priority, and will be rolling out several precautionary measures in the school to keep our students and staff safe.
We would like all students to fill out a travel declaration form on travel to China within the last 14 days, before attending any classes at Sejong.
Please click through this URL to access the travel declaration form: https://forms.gle/3hdMjCX71ieisA3Z9
Students who have returned from China within the past 14 days are advised not to attend classes until the 14 days indicated incubation period of the Coronavirus is over. Our front desk staff members will be reaching out to affected students individually to work out makeup lesson options so that their studies are not disrupted.
We seek your cooperation in filling out the form, as well as updating the school as and when you have any travel to China is scheduled subsequent to completing the form. The school will be requesting your assistance with travel declarations and will continue with precautionary measures until the virus outbreak is under control.
Hygiene and Monitoring
Students who are feeling unwell and who display flu-like symptoms are advised to seek immediate medical attention:
- Sore Throat
- Dry Cough
- Shortness of Breath
Sejong staff will also be conducting visual inspections of all students and any student who appears unwell will not be permitted to attend class.
Sejong will be disinfecting all classroom table surfaces with 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water on a regular basis. All students are advised to wash their hands regularly, and wear a surgical mask in crowded places.
We thank you for your cooperation in helping safeguard the Sejong community.