No restrictions on schools under level 1

Installation of handwashing stations at Malapoa College: Photo: MC FB Page

There are no restrictions on schools under level 1 of the COVID-19 Outbreak Alert System, which means that children should be attending normal classes.

The alert level was upgraded from 0 (low) to 1 (medium) 2A (preparedness), following the detection of the two positive cases in quarantine.

There is no risk to the community as the cases are being managed in isolation. All businesses and government services can operate.

Following the Prime Minister’s declaration on the border cases and upgrade level to 1, Scenario 2A on Monday, the Director of Education Services, Samuel Katipa, has reminded school principals, school councils, school community association, teachers and students on their approaches.

Director Katipa is advising schools to maintain handwashing stations and hygiene practices, such as regular handwashing with soap.

Schools are reminded to have handwashing stations installed at the entrance of their premises and classrooms. Schools must construct a shelter so that teachers and student can continue handwashing, whatever the weather.

He said teachers must train others to cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bent of their elbows, to prevent germs spreading.

Teachers and students must stay at home if they have flu-like symptoms and drink a lot of water, eat vegetables and fruits and have loft of rest.

Students must also have their VEMIS number and each member of the school must have an ID, as part of controlling movements within the school premise.

Every individual entering a classroom, school offices and school yard must wash their hands with soap.

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