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The health and safety of students and all members of the school 'ohana is the top priority at the Academy. The school, its administration, faculty and staff are closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and adapt to take active steps to ensure the safety of the school community. The information below details the school's policies and procedures in place and updates to ensure optimum protection and safety for students, faculty and staff, as well as the extended 'ohana.
After the extended Spring Break, which was based on guidelines provided by Hawai'i Catholic Schools, students in all grades return to classes on March 30 via the Academy's DISTANCE-LEARNING PROGRAM.
The Academy's DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN (DLP) was finalized by administration and faculty during the Spring Break period. Details and instructions for students and families were communicated via EDUCATE this past week and are available via the tab below.
Operating under the revised guidelins from State and City government officials, no on-campus instruction or school activities will take place until April 30.
The safety and providing an excellent educational experience for it's students remains the focus as the school modifies its practices. Thank you for your understanding as the changing situation is monitored, evolves and is navigated and a community.
UPDATED: March 27, 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the illness/syndrome caused by this novel coronavirus: COVID-19.
WHAT ARE CORONAVIRUSES?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
WHAT IS COVID-19 (AKA 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS)?
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and WHO, at the beginning of this outbreak, many of the patient illnesses were linked to seafood and an animal market, suggesting animal-to-person transmission. However, a growing pool of infected patients have not had similar contacts, suggesting asystematic transmission, but data verifying spread between persons is not available at this time.
HOW IS COVID-19 CONTRACTED?
Currently, this virus is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another – within six feet – through respiratory droplets produced when an infected individual coughs or sneezes.
CAN SOME SPREAD THE VIRUS WITHOUT BEING SICK?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic, or the sickest.
However, there are indications that some spread is occurring before individuals exhibit symptoms, but this is not the primary transmission pattern.
CAN COVID-19 BE CONTRACTED FROM CONTACT WITH CONTAMINATED SURFACES OR OBJECTS?
Indications suggest that it may be possible to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that the virus is on, then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. However, the primary mode of transmission is through respiratory means.
Transmission of viruses spreading from person-to-person varies depending on the type of virus and whether it is causing sustained infections. Currently, COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community in some affected geographic areas.* This “community spread” is when people have been infected with the virus in a certain area, including some cases where the infection time and source are not determined.*
WHAT IS THE INCUBATION PERIOD FOR COVID-19?
Based on other similar viruses, the CDC has advised that the incubation period for COVID-19 is between two and 14 days after infection. This is the period from when someone is exposed to the pathogen, the virus, to when the first symptoms develop.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.