I am writing to inform you of a health and safety issue. This morning, I was alerted to the fact an individual was working at the school yesterday fell ill, left school, and was diagnosed last night with the H1N1 (Swine Flu). The employee was in contact with the ECE floor/children. We have taken a number of preventative measures, outlined below. But because the H1N1 Flu is contagious, we wish to notify everyone of this event.
Our entire staff, and especially our nurse, are diligent in monitoring the situation. Thus far, there have been no student cases identified. While no students have been affected, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and the steps that SCIS is taking.
- SCIS has initiated our emergency cleaning protocols:
- More frequent cleaning of “High Contact Surfaces” (door handles, toilets, soap dispensers, toys, etc.) during school hours
- Increased ventilation procedures (this is the intake of outside air into our building which now takes place nightly)
- Increased cleaning procedures by the transportation and cafeteria providers
- What are the signs and symptoms of this virus in people?
The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu with respiratory symptoms but without a fever. A more detailed description of the H1N1 Flu is described at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm
- Our nurse performed a temperature check on every ECE child this morning. She will continue to be a resource for students who are not feeling well. She will contact parents if a child has a fever or feels nauseated. If a child is feeling ill, please have the child stay at home.
- We have asked faculty to continue to reiterate healthy habits (covering mouths when coughing/sneezing, hands/fingers/toys/pencils out of our mouths, etc.) and be additionally diligent on the frequency and quality of hand washing routines. We ask parents to do the same.
- We will continue to monitor the situation and ask parents to do the same.
Thankfully, we do not see any examples of this sickness taking place at SCIS. Nevertheless, I wanted to share it with all of you to simply raise awareness.
Please keep yourselves healthy. Eat well, drink lots of water, and stay active in your own healthy habit routines.
Head of School, SCIS Pudong
Special Dress Day: February 14
To celebrate CNY, tomorrow is special dress day. Students can wear red to help celebrate. Jeans or khakis are fine.
Today at the Pudong Campus
We had some great experiences for students today, the sharing the diversity of our international school.
In preparation for tomorrow’s Chinese New Year Celebration, our Upper School students benefited from the expertise of professionals who shared the crafts of Chinese Yo Yo and Kung-Fu with our students. As a reminder, our All-School Assembly is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00 pm. Parents are invited. Starting at 1:30, Lower School students and parents will take part in our CNY Temple Fair located in the Black Box.
Also pictured below some fantastic photos from our fantastic parents from the Brazillian community. These parents, along with some Brazillian dancers, worked with and performed for all of our students to celebrate Brazil’s Carnival! They were assisted by the Upper School band, and brought some lively festivities to our afternoon.
It was a great afternoon to be an SCIS Dragon! Thank you parents.