The Oman Ministry of Education has announced that all schools in the Sultanate will be closed as of tomorrow, March 15, for one month because of health and safety concerns related to the spread of COVID-19. TAISM will begin schooling through its Virtual Learning program on Monday, March 16 (day 4).
The information on this page contains updates from TAISM as well as curated resources regarding the novel coronavirus in Oman. The information here will help our School community as it moves to a Virtual Learning environment and remain proactive in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
This page was last updated on March 27, 2020.
Latest TAISM Updates
- March 23 (link is external): Update from TAISM's Director
- March 22 (link is external): TAISM Counseling Staff shares Parent Resources for Virtual Learning
- March 15 (link is external): Message from TAISM's Director regarding the start of Virtual Learning
- March 14: School closure announced
- March 11: New FAQ added on the use of Air Doctors and similar devices
- March 9 (link is external): How to Prepare for Virtual Learning
- March 8 (link is external): Message from TAISM's Director regarding upcoming events and changes to campus access procedures
- March 7: Newly available resources from the CDC and WHO have been added
- March 4 (link is external): Schools in Oman received a letter from the Minister of Education regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
- March 1 (link is external): An update on Virtual Learning at TAISM and our proactive response to COVID-19 health-related issues.
- February 27 (link is external): An update from TAISM's Director regarding the coronavirus and TAISM’s preparation and response to confirmed cases in Oman and the region.
School Event Updates
All school activities have been canceled as of March 15, 2020.
Health & Safety Measures
TAISM’s leadership and Health Office are monitoring the developments regarding COVID-19. To remain proactive, they are enacting the following:
- Following the requirements of the Omani Government, TAISM has closed its campus as of Monday, March 16, 2020.
- TAISM has transitioned to Virtual Learning for all students.
- Monitoring the health of faculty and staff and assisting them as needed.
- Working collaboratively with our service providers to enact additional training for our contract workers (e.g. custodians) as well as monitoring the health of all contract-workers at the school.
- Providing virtual access to TAISM’s school counselors for students and families regarding social and emotional guidance and support.
- Ongoing deep cleaning of the school facilities.
If you have a question concerning COVID-19, you may find the answer here or in the resources listed below. If not, please contact us with any other questions.
Currently, the CDC does not recommend (link is external) use of a facemask for those who do not have COVID-19. Those who show symptoms of the virus should remain at home. Facemasks would be utilized to prevent the spread of disease to others.
The Air Doctor and similar devices contain an unspecified quantity of Chlorine Dioxide gas. These gases can be very harmful if ingested, touched or inhaled. Due to the unknown effects and potential harm to others, we do not recomend their use.
The CDC recommends the following preventative measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Clean frequently-touched objects with a disinfecting spray or wipe.
- Provide facts about COVID-19 in a calm manner.
- Instruct children on proper hygiene and preventative measures, like washing their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Maintain regular schedules as much as possible.
- Reassure your child that medical attention is available if they start feeling unwell.
The WHO has provided a helpful infographic (link is external) with recommendations for helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak
Common symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the common cold:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Dry cough
Some may develop
- Aches and pains
- Nasal congestion and a runny nose
- Sore throat
- Digestive issues
The World Health Organization recommends those with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing seek medical attention.