English Montreal School Board urges preventative measures against COVID-19 virus

Mar 9 2020, 3:49 pm

As classes resume after March Break, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is asking parents to take preventative measures to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus.

The EMSB is asking families who returned from trips, especially from regions hit hardest by the outbreak, to stay home and contact Info-Santé if their children are experiencing symptoms.

The school board is also urging parents to speak to their children about the coronavirus and is reminding families about proper hand-washing techniques.

“We’re all responsible for reducing our own risk of infection, and if we’re infected, for reducing our risk of infecting others,” says the EMSB news release, quoting Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization. “The fight against rumours and misinformation is a vital part of the battle against this virus. We rely on you (the press) to make sure people have accurate information about the threat they face, and how to protect themselves and others.”

The EMSB advised parents, personnel, and community members to “know the facts and symptoms,” how to take appropriate precautions, and what to do if you suspect the illness before going to a hospital or doctor’s office.


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Montreal’s largest English school board says it’s important to ensure that children and students know about the coronavirus at an “age appropriate level” and that they take all the necessary precautions, especially regular and efficient hand-washing.

“What we do not want to do is create panic or anxiety,” says the news bulletin.

School boards will continue to provide all of Montreal’s schools with the “necessary guidance and instructions of dealing with the virus,” says the EMSB. And concluded that the “health, safety and well-being of all of our students, staff members and community members is paramount at the EMSB.”

For more information, visit the school board’s news release.

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