Dear XLIS Community,
We would like to inform you of the current epidemic situation in Xi’an and to raise awareness of how you can support the epidemic prevention methods implemented by the city and district epidemic departments as well as our school. Our school community must work together to curve the spread of the epidemic and support each other in providing a safe environment in our beautiful city of Xi’an.
Please note, for anyone who has received a notification to complete a nucleic acid test and has not yet done so within 24 hours, the personal identification “Health Code” will automatically change to yellow.
It is important all residents in Xi’an, especially within the Qujiang, GaoXin, and YanTa district complete a nucleic acid test within the next 24 hours, to avoid your health code changing status.
The current epidemic situation in Xi’an must be taken seriously, according to the city and district epidemic prevention and control departments, to effectively manage and reduce the risk of the spread of the epidemic, and to protect the health and safety of you and your family, XLIS is appealing to all our community members to further raise awareness of protection and to work together to build a line of defense against the epidemic situation we are facing.
01. Cooperation with epidemiological mapping and control
The Municipal CDC is conducting a comprehensive mapping of students, faculty, and staff whose activity trajectories intersect with those who have been announced as confirmed cases. If notified, they should take the initiative to report to XLIS and their living community and cooperate with preventive and control measures such as epidemiological investigation, closed management, temperature and health monitoring, and environmental decontamination.
02. Strict implementation of health monitoring
If you have symptoms such as fever, dry cough, weakness, sore throat, loss of smell (taste), diarrhea, etc., please rest at home or seek medical attention promptly, avoid taking public transportation on the way to medical treatment, and return to school only when you are cured.
The “1-meter line” is strictly enforced at the entrance to the school. There are isolation rooms at both the east and west entrances of our school campus. If you have a fever, dry cough, or other suspicious symptoms when you enter the school, the school nurse from the health centre will take you to the isolation room to take your temperature and contact your parents in time to provide medical support according to the prescribed procedure.
03. Implementation of closed campus management
As always, the school strictly enforces the requirements of “scan, temperature, registration, and one-meter line-markings”. No unrelated persons or vehicles are allowed on campus. All persons entering the school will have their identity and temperature checked and their information registered.
04. Implementation of routine epidemic prevention and control
We ask for all individuals to not travel outside the city unless necessary, reduce the movement of people, and do not organize or participate in unreported gatherings.
Ensuring adequate supplies for campus epidemic preparedness, regular and comprehensive decontamination, and regular nucleic acid testing of key populations within the school.
Continuously implement the system of morning, afternoon and evening check-ups, registration and tracking of staff and student absences due to illness, checking medical certificates for resumption of classes, daily ventilation and hourly disinfection, and effective health management for teachers and students.
05. Health habits of community members
Community members who have been vaccinated with the new crown vaccine for more than six months should actively pursue the booster vaccination. Community members who have not yet been vaccinated are advised to follow medical advice, depending on their medical situation.
We advise all community members to wear a mask when outside. Masks are required when entering the schools’ campus, and when traveling to and from school. Masks are also required when waiting for meals in the cafeteria and are required for all kindergarten staff.
Strengthen health education, learn about general health knowledge, and ensure good personal protection, insist on wearing masks when going out, wear masks correctly, maintain good hygiene habits such as washing hands regularly, ventilating work and study areas frequently, respect the social distancing rules of “one meter”, and ensure public eating utensils are clean.
In addition to the regular prevention and control of the new pneumonia epidemic, we should also practice good personal hygiene, avoid going to crowded public places as much as possible, strengthen exercise, have a balanced nutritional diet, and always be on the alert for common infectious diseases in autumn and winter, such as influenza, chickenpox, hand, foot and mouth disease and norovirus-infected diarrhea.
Confirmation of cases and promptly reported. Any member of the community who is diagnosed with a communicable disease should inform the classroom teacher and the schools’ health centre at the first opportunity and follow the medical advice for self-isolation at home. Students are required to bring their medical records to the Community Health Centre to issue a certificate of return to school after the quarantine period has expired, which will be verified by the school before they can return to school.
The health and wellbeing of every XLIS community member is our main concern, and we hope you will maintain awareness regarding disease prevention, personal protection, and work together to maintain a strong and healthy community!
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Author: Erica Yang (Head of Admin)