EDB announces 14-day class suspension of St Paul's Convent School in Causeway Bay

     The Education Bureau (EDB) announced today (June 10) that classes of the secondary section of St Paul's Convent School in Causeway Bay will be suspended for 14 days between tomorrow (June 11) and June 24 (Wednesday).

     The decision was made after a joint assessment by EDB and the Department of Health (DH) upon confirmation that a student of the school had contracted human swine influenza (HSI).

     In order to safeguard the health of all students within the same campus, the school, announced that its primary, kindergarten and nursery sections would also close for the same period starting from tomorrow. EDB and DH took note of the need for such school-based arrangement.

     An EDB spokesman said the school had activated its Crisis Management Team to handle matters relating to class suspension including arrangements for the secondary school's examination.  Relevant information had been disseminated to parents through different channels.

     The spokesman added that the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department would thoroughly clean and disinfect the school premises this evening.

     During the class suspension period, the secondary school would be closed while the primary, kindergarten and nursery sections would remain open to serve those children whose parents have difficulties in arranging alternative child care.  The school had also reminded its students to avoid going to crowded places during the class suspension period.

     EDB will maintain close liaison with DH and the school to offer timely support and advice.

Ends/Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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