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Coronavirus Message

Message before March Break

Updated March 12, 2020

Not much has changed for us as a school since I last posted about this a few weeks ago, but the global situation with the spread of this virus is changing daily. We are monitoring advice from federal and local health agencies, and currently, this is still focussing on prevention: minimizing transmission, avoiding exposure, and self-isolation if you are ill.

There are no cases that we know of in our school community at this point, and health authorities are not recommending school closures at present.

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
Both federal and local health authorities are still recommending hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette as the most important thing we can all do now to prevent contracting and spreading the virus, and self-isolating if ill:

  • Respiratory etiquette means covering your nose and mouth during coughing or sneezing with a flexed elbow or a tissue and then discarding tissues into plastic-lined waste containers.
  • Hand hygiene means washing your hands regularly, especially after using a tissue or touching commonly touched surfaces
  • Self-isolating means that, if you are sick, whether with flu or any respiratory illness, including COVID-19, you do not come to school. Please stay home until you are healthy.

School Measures
For our part, our cleaners are making sure that they clean and disinfect key surfaces daily, especially those that are high touchpoint surfaces: doorknobs, push plates, lunch tables, etc.)

We are also determined to make sure that students who may need to self-isolate for an extended period are able to continue to track with their classes. Further to this, we are also considering how, as a staff, we can continue to deliver classes for students remotely if school closures were to become a reality for an extended period.

March Break Travel
In the meantime, especially for those who are traveling during the March break, please keep an eye on travel advisories and be diligent in practicing the advice given above. Practicing good etiquette and hygiene, and staying away if you are sick is the best way we can love and protect the health of others in our community, especially those who may be immuno-compromised.

Additional Resources
More information and updates on the status of COVID-19 can be found on these Canadian public health sites:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

You can also locate your local Public Health unit here:

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx
Follow the links to show you the status in your own region. E.g. for Hamilton… https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

In all things, we continue to trust our God and His hand on all of our lives. I wish you and your families a blessed and healthy March break.

Duncan ToddDuncan Todd, Principal
Hamilton District Christian High