SATELLITE TO PARENTS & GUARDIANS
SATELLITE TO PARENTS & GUARDIANS
#03/20 – Wednesday, 18th March 2020
COVID – 19 Information Update
PNG is now on the high alert risk of COVID-19 entering the country.
According to the WHO country representative Dr Luo Dapeng, fighting COVID-19 is a shared responsibility. He explains that the droplets released when someone is sick, sneezes or coughs can land on the mouth or nose of people nearby, or from close contact such as hugging or shaking hands with an infected person.
It can also spread if one touches contaminated objects or surfaces. Therefore fighting the pandemic required a joint effort from everyone
The key lies in everyone taking action to protect themselves and others. The simple rules are:
•Clean your hands regularly;
•Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow and not your hands;
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
•Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick;
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Source: The National Newspaper, Monday 16th March 2020
At our college community, we need your support and co-operation to help us with our pre-cautionary and preventive measures at the college.
• Keep your child/ren at home if they have flu like symptoms in the morning, or the night before. DO NOT SEND them to school.
o We will not allow any child with these symptoms to stay at school.
• Our teachers will check their class students early in the morning and during the day for students who show these symptoms.
o You will be contacted immediately to collect your child/ren as soon as possible from the Sick Bay.
• Seek medical advice as soon as possible.
o Keep your child at home for at least 14 days.
• Your child must return with a medical certificate clearance that s/he is cleared to return to school.
o Present this certificate to School Administration – Mrs George’s desk.
• Our teachers have also been advised to stay home if they have flu like symptoms.
o They will return with a Medical Certificate clearance to their respective Principal.
• Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
o Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
• Collect your child/ren at the stated pick up time each day after school.
o We do not wish them to contract any virus while waiting for a long time with others in their respective Waiting Bay.
Parent/guardian/relative and student travelers
College students who travel abroad for various reasons and return to Port Moresby must confine themselves at home for 14 days before returning to school. It is also a requirement that a medical certificate/clearance be produced to the college administration before the student is accepted back at school.
Parents/Guardians/Relatives of students who travel abroad to infected countries or visit places that have reported the outbreak of the coronavirus or may have been exposed to this virus ought to exercise caution by confining their children at home for 14 days. Children/students from families whose parents & relatives have travelled must be contained in their homes to avoid the risk of contracting and spreading the virus to others at school.
Our on-going preventive measures
Our staff will continue with the following pre-cautionary and preventive measures:
• issue hand sanitizers to all our classrooms and buildings for students and teachers to use upon arrival at school in the morning.
• clean and sanitize all door knobs/handles and flat surfaces in the buildings in the morning.
• clean and sanitize all computers in the two Computer Labs, the two Resource Centres and the flat surfaces in these places, our Reception area counter top surfaces
• clean and disinfect toilets, hand wash basins/taps in toilets, flat surfaces outside classrooms, classroom desks, chairs, tables, floors, hand rails, rubbish bins by using disinfectant solutions
• contact our Registered Nurse on call to attend to students with serious flu like symptoms during school hours. Parents of the concerned students to be notified at the same time to come in and collect their child.
• provide face masks if and when necessary during the day.
• remind our students daily to:
o Sanitize their hands upon arrival in their classrooms
o Wash their hands regularly with soap and water
o Wash their hands before and after eating
o Wash their hands after using the toilets
o Stop shaking hands/holding hands/hugging
o Stop touching their face, mouth, nose, ears
o Cover their mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, throw the used tissue in the bin.
o Cough or sneeze into your bent elbows, not your hands.
o Eat their own food and drink their own drink; sharing of food and drinks is strictly prohibited.
o Read the latest WHO posters on display in their classrooms and noticeboards around the college
• Clean and disinfect staff personal workspace in the Staff Engine Room, Staff Centre, and all other staff work space areas by all staff in their personal work areas
• communicate regularly with our NDOE Health contact persons on the latest situation in Papua New Guinea
For more information on the COVID-19, contact the following organisations:
For the latest health and travel advice issued by the World Health Organization visit.
For the latest information about the coronavirus in Papua New Guinea visit the
Papua New Guinean Government’s Department of Health.
If you have urgent questions about the coronavirus you can contact the PNG Department of Health’s hotline number for coronavirus: +675 7196-0813 and +675 7129-1609.
George Swamy Hua Igo
Secondary School Primary School