FACTS ABOUT COVID-19
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus.
‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease.
Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’ The COVID-19 virus is a new
Virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute
RespiratorySyndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.
How can the spread of COVID-19 be slowed down or prevented?
As with COVID-19, other variants or respiratory infections like the flu or the common cold, public health measures are critical to slow the spread of illnesses. Public health measures are everyday preventive actions that include:
- wearing a face mask when in public places.
- covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- staying home when sick.
Dispose of used tissue immediately:
- washing hands often with soap and water.
- cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Wearing of Face Masks in school places
Face masks are compulsory for all stages from FS2 to year 12. All students should bring extra masks, their own bottles of hand sanitisers, wipes, tissues, plastic transparent gloves and necessary personal tools to avoid sharing according to the class checklist.
Parents at home should practice all personal hygiene requirements. Doing this regularly at home with your child will ensures good practice.
All students will be required to wear face masks at all times other than when eating, drinking or participating in approved activities such as PE lessons.
Only those with medical conditions are exempted from this mandatory requirement.
Parents are kindly requested to refer to SIBS health and safety protocol.