I hope you all enjoyed some of last week’s festivities celebrating Quito. We certainly had fun learning several traditional Ecuadorian games and trying a few new traditional snacks. A very big thank you to the MS Spanish department and our parent volunteers who made this event possible!
Routines, routines, routines… As parents, you know how important routines are to your child’s success, whether with completing homework at a specific time, or doing things as a family. These routines are absolutely critical at this time of the year. With all of the holiday happenings, it is easy to lose track of routines, and then we wonder why our children (or others in our lives!) are not being themselves. A great gift you can give your child is stability and routine, and save the late nights and extra events for the weekends and for the upcoming holiday break. We are almost there! :)
Join us to visit the community of Zumbahua! This Sunday, December 15 we will visit the community of Zumbahua and we invite all families to attend. There is something very special that happens when we share with people who live in other places in Ecuador. We will bring the books that were collected as well as the food and candy bags. RSVP here
Flu Prevention, a message from our Medical Office
Please keep in mind that there are important precautions to avoid spreading the Flu virus and other illnesses. If your child presents any symptoms of illness keep your child at home and see your doctor. Flu symptoms include any or all of the following: cough, sore throat, fever, runny or stuffy nose, headache, joint pains or body aches, chills and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea may also be present.
The World Health Organization lists the following recommendations for prevention in addition to the vaccine, as well as, consultation with your doctor about treatment:
- Regular hand washing with proper drying of the hands
- Good respiratory hygiene – covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and disposing of them correctly
- Early self-isolation of those feeling unwell, feverish and having other symptoms of influenza
- Avoiding close contact with sick people
- Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth
At school, we take the following measures during Flu season:
- Medical Officers review recommendations for personal care and prevention with all students and staff. We included these recommendations from CDC (Center for Disease Control in our earlier email)
- Parents are always asked to keep children who are ill at home both for their wellness and the wellness of others.
- Physical spaces (classes & common areas) are disinfected when cases are reported.
- All classes have sanitizers installed.
- Children who present flu symptoms at school are taken to the medical office and parents are contacted for pick-up and referred to their doctor.
- Employees who present symptoms check with the medical office in order to determine if isolation is needed.
- Every year, the school determines if we can offer a vaccination campaign and what the parameters are.
- Measures are reviewed annually
Please note that this year’s vaccination campaign is limited to children under the age of 5. The vaccine will be provided by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud Pública). We do recommend that older children seek vaccination outside of school.
Do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
With kind regards,
Middle School Principal
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."