February 4, 2020
Punahou is carefully monitoring the latest developments regarding Novel Coronavirus (also called 2019-nCoV), a new respiratory virus identified in Wuhan, China. Although there are no cases in Hawai‘i at this time, we remain vigilant about the spread of this virus and are closely following guidelines from the:
- Hawai‘i Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- US State Department
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Based on these guidelines, we are announcing the following:
- Effective immediately, we are suspending all Punahou-sponsored travel to China.
- All in-bound travel programs from China will also be suspended.
- We strongly recommend avoiding all non-essential travel to China.
- If your family has traveled to China within the past 14 days, we highly recommend that you have your child seen by your pediatrician or family doctor prior to returning to school.
As a reminder, the best way to prevent transmission of any respiratory illness (including flu) in school is for children to follow these everyday preventive actions:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Wash hands before eating and after using the bathroom
- Cover coughs or sneezes (with sleeve rather than hands)
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home from school when sick and see a doctor if experiencing a fever above 100.4°
- Get the annual flu vaccine
Please note that with the flu, we ask that you take these additional precautions:
- Students must stay home from School for five days from the onset of flu symptoms and until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and feel ready to return to school.
- Antiviral medications may decrease the intensity and shorten the duration of flu symptoms, but they do not reduce the period of contagion. Your child must stay home at least five days from the onset of symptoms even if prescribed medication.
- Please notify the attendance office if your child has tested positive for influenza so we can monitor other children in their class and/or grade.
We will continue to provide updates about coronavirus to this web page as we learn more. In the meantime, please follow the websites listed above for the latest on this developing situation.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together for the health and safety of our community.