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The Philippine government declared a nationwide state of public health emergency as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 totals to ten (10) which includes cases of local transmission. This decision came after the Department of Health (DOH) raised the COVID-19 alert level to Code Red sub-level one which is a preemptive call to ensure that national and local governments and public and private health care providers prepare for a possible increase in suspected and confirmed cases.
As of the release of this advisory, no member of the Miriam College community is under monitoring/ investigation or has tested positive for COVID-19.
Due to the significant developments, the Risk Management Office and the Task Force on COVID-19 would like to reiterate the guidelines set on Advisory 2. Furthermore, we give special emphasis and will strictly enforce the following:
Standard Procedures to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreak
1. Per World Health Organization’s and DOH’s standard recommendations for all individuals:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. This should be done for 30 to 40 seconds.
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Throw tissue away immediately and wash/clean hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
2. Thermal scanning is strictly implemented in all designated entry and exit points for students, employees, guests and outsourced service providers. Anyone who is suspected to have fever will be immediately referred to the School Clinic for assessment.
3. Alcohol stations are provided in all entry points and office premises. Students and employees are requested to bring their own alcohol-based hand rub.
4. Units and Offices must ensure that classrooms and workplaces are clean and hygienic.
- Classrooms will be disinfected by the janitors daily.
- Staff are mandated to disinfect their offices/work areas every day particularly regularly touched surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, desks and tables, etc.) and objects (e.g. telephone, keyboards, etc.).
5. General cleaning and disinfection of the school premises will be implemented twice a week.
Travel and Exposure of Students and Employees
6. Mandatory notification to the school and self-quarantine for 14 days after the date of arrival (fill-out the attached advisory slip):
- For those who have traveled or who had contact with family members, relatives, or friends who have traveled to and from countries identified by DOH and WHO with confirmed COVID 19 cases.
- For those who have upcoming travels to places (both international and domestic) where cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.
*We will appreciate utmost transparency from everyone as we monitor travel and exposure of all community members.
7. Sending home of students and employees who are under any of the following categories:
- have no travel history in places where cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed but are not feeling well or are experiencing any of the flu-like symptoms: fever, tightness of the chest, shortness of breath, sore throat, cough (even a mild one), or cold. They will be required to stay home, seek medical care and present a medical certificate (dated and signed by their family or attending physician) as clearance of any symptoms of COVID-19. Certificate should be submitted to the school clinic for clearance then to the authorized School Personnel.
- have concealed her/his travel details and current health status. The student or employee will have to undergo self-quarantine (for those under item #6) and/or present medical certificate (for those under items #6 and #7).
8. Students and employees who come from local areas where cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed may opt not to go to school.
- Students who will be absent from classes will be excused and provision for make-up work will be made available.
- Employees who will be affected can file the appropriate leave from their leave credits.
School Activities (including Inbound and Outbound Activities)
9. The following activities shall be suspended until further notice:
- All outbound and inbound school activities (local and international)
- School immersion programs and activities involving guests who traveled from countries with COVID-19 cases
10. School activities exclusively involving internal community members may proceed upon the Unit’s discretion. If students and parents don’t wish to participate in the events, an alternative activity will be provided. Should school activities push through, precautionary measures must be implemented.
11. The BEU, HEU and Advocacy Centers may issue other guidelines as they deem applicable and necessary to their units/centers.
Other Social Mitigation Measures
12. Deliveries (both food and non-food items) are prohibited until further notice.
13. Limit meetings involving external guests.
14. Avoid going to crowded/ public places and events (shopping malls, parties, bars, concerts, etc.).
In the event that the Philippine Government or the DOH raise the alert to the next level signaling community spread of COVID-19 or a mandatory shutdown/ lockdown of institutions including schools happen, Miriam College will implement its business resiliency plan which includes the following:
- Online learning for students across all units
- Alternative work arrangements for employees
- Offsite operations and/or limited access for offices with critical operations
Your health is a top priority of the school. Let us continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued compliance and support.
Noel C. Racho, Ph.D.
Risk Management Officer