Issue No. 36 (6 June 2019)

6 Jun 2019

2019/2020 School Bus Registration

2019/2020 school bus registration is now opened for application.

Please submit online via https://school.kcm.com.hk/sisland/sispta.php by the application deadline is 31 May 2019 (Friday). Please note the User Guide (Current bus users and New Users) for application is available on the left hand column.

A student PHOTO is required for bus card issuing. Please submit the application even if your photo is not yet ready, as you may login later to upload the photo. Any queries, please feel free to contact us via email: sisland@kcm.com.hk or pta@sis.edu.hk.

5 Jun 2019

Last Reminder to Raffle Prize Winners 2019

LAST REMINDER TO RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS

RAFFLE PRIZE REDEMPTION ENDS ON 10 June 2019 (Monday, 4 p.m.)

Please check out the results on SIS school website website (https://www.sis.edu.hk/pta-events/) or CLICK HERE. All prizes are to be redeemed with the winning ticket on or before 10 June 2019 from SIS PTA Office.

Late redemption will not be accepted.

Any UNSOLD tickets MUST be returned to the PTA Office immediately for audit purpose.

If you have lost your tickets, kindly please e-mail the PTA Office at pta@sis.edu.hk immediately.

23 May 2019

Chickenpox precautionary measures

Dear Parents,

South Island School is committed to maintaining a healthy school environment for everyone, therefore we work very closely with the Department of Health and the Education Bureau to ensure that the school is up-to-date with all the latest government guidelines. Community issues do require a community effort if we are to keep infection at a minimum and have control measures to keep our school safe and healthy.

 

Health & Safety Guidelines

Chickenpox

Chickenpox (varicella) is an acute infectious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It predominantly affects children under 12 years of age. Although almost all persons develop lifelong immunity after a chickenpox infection, the virus may remain latent in the body and recur many years later.

 

Clinical features

  • Patients usually start with a fever and itchy skin rash.
  • Rashes develop in crops over a period of 5 days on the body, then spread to the face, arms and legs.
  • The rash first appears as flat spots and later as vesicles. The vesicles continue for 3 – 4 days, then dry up and form scabs.
  • Patients usually recover in about 2 – 4 weeks.
  • Persons who have received the chickenpox vaccination may still develop chickenpox.

 

Mode of transmission

  • Can be spread through droplets or air.
  • Can also spread through direct or indirect contact.

 

Incubation period

  • 10 – 21 days, usually 14 – 16 days

 

Infectious period

Usually 1 – 2 days before the rash appears and until all vesicles have dried up. It is extremely contagious, especially in the early stage of rash eruption.

 

Complications

Chickenpox is generally a mild disease and is usually self-limiting. However, secondary bacterial infection of the wound may occur. Those with weakened immunity or who are pregnant are most likely to suffer from severe complications. New-born babies who develop chickenpox can become severely ill and even die. Infection in early pregnancy may be associated with congenital malformation of the foetus.

 

Management

  • Consult the doctor to understand the condition and follow the health professional’s advice and medication to relieve symptoms.
  • If the patient has fever, drink plenty of water and have adequate rest.
  • Wear clean cotton gloves during sleep to prevent scratching of the vesicles which may cause infection and scarring.
  • Avoid contact with pregnant women and persons with weakened immunity.
  • Sick children should stay at home and be excluded from schools/kindergartens/child care centres until all vesicles have dried up, usually about 1 week after appearance of rashes to prevent spreading the disease to others.
  • Parents should closely monitor the child’s condition. If the child persistently runs a fever, refuses to eat or drink, vomits or looks drowsy, immediate medical attention should be sought.
  • Parents should also closely monitor other children in the household for signs and symptoms of chickenpox.

 

Prevention

  • Maintain good personal and environmental hygiene.
  • Chickenpox vaccine is available in Hong Kong. About 90% of persons who receive the vaccine will acquire immunity.
  • Under the Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme, children receive a two-dose course of chickenpox vaccination. Parents may consult family doctors or maternal and child health centres for details.
10 May 2019

SIS PTA Raffle 2019 Updates

The SIS PTA Raffle Draw was successfully held on 6 May 2019 during lunch time at the School Foyer.

Thank you to Mr. Tom Vignoles, Ms. Carolyn Andrews, Mr. Darin Slethaug and Ms. Lydia Yu from the Leadership Team, as well as Ms. Amy Au, Mrs. Elvira Littlewood and Mrs. Julie Sims, our PTA Committee Parent Representatives for their time spent joining me for the draw.

Congratulations to all winners. The results are advertised in The Standard and Sing Tao Daily on 9 May 2019, also below, and also on the school website here. All prizes are to be redeemed on or before 10 June 2019, Monday by 4 pm from the PTA Office. Late redemptions will not be accepted.

Any UNSOLD tickets MUST be returned to the PTA Office immediately for audit purpose.

If you lost your tickets, kindly please email the PTA Office at pta@sis.edu.hk immediately.

Good Luck!

Karla Lee
PTA Chair