STATEMENT ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND CONSEQUENT INDEFINITE CLOSURE OF SCHOOL

The events of the past few months as regards the spread and reality of corona virus (CONVID-19) is now a reality; one that has really changed the face of the world. Our institution, the Pope John Paul II Model Secondary School is not left out of fears and challenges this novel disease imposes on us. Parents have not failed to express their fears on the safety and well-being of their children. On its part, the school staff and management have devoutly worked tirelessly to maintain the safety of the entire PJP family.

Today, following the directives from the Federal and State government and also the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), we have deemed it more necessary now, than ever, to vacate the school on Monday 23rd March 2020.

Parents, therefore, are free to pick up their Children by 12noon of the said date. For the parents and guardians who may find the date inconveniencing, the school allows them till Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 to pick up their children.

We are sorry for the inconveniences this announcement might cause you, as this is geared towards our common good.

Re-opening Date:

We do not know when this will end; therefore Parents are urged to visit the school website (www.pjp2modelschool.com) regularly for updates as regards the reopening and activities of the school. Meanwhile a tentative calendar for the third term will be issued to the students and published here. We will resume as soon as the regulatory bodies give us positive signal for that.

Study Continuity and Assignments

We allow three (3) weeks for Holidays, at the expiration of which Students must visit the website every Monday for guided studies and assignments. This is to ensure that, while on this indefinite vacation, students neither lose ground in their academic work nor while-away their precious time. This calls for the involvement of the family, especially in the case of students in the junior classes. Parents must ensure that the students carry out their studies and assignment as at when due to avoid pile-up of work.

Parents and Guardians who have their wards in SS3 and JS3 should also ensure that their children sit tight at Home to read their books and prepare for their upcoming external exams (SSCE and BECE). Note well that the WAEC Examination time table was released and was retrieved because of the issue at hand. Hence, there is the tendency that Exam may begin as soon as this current problem is over.

Finally, let us be steadfast in prayer and commend our well-being and the entire situation to the Almighty God who is all-knowing and ever-loving, and who tells us each day to be “calm and not be afraid” (Isaiah 7:4). We are hopeful that God will protect His people and will put an end to this difficult moment stairing at us and tearing with distructive fangs into our common humanity. We are in this together. Together we shall emerge victories by God’s grace!

Be rest assured of our earnest prayers!

 

Rev. Fr. Augustine C. Onuoha

Principal

 

 

Note:

While our students are at home we will plead your family strictly keeps to the following basic protective measures against the new corona virus as recommended by World Health Organization (WHO):

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Visit:https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public