In early January, four students from Wilson High School traveled to Shijiazhuang, China for an 8-week exchange program. This is the sixth year that Wilson students have participated in this program. As you may be aware, there is elevated concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus, that has brought many cities and public transportation systems to a halt in China.
We have been in communication with the parents of our four students and together we have decided to bring our students home. We are extremely grateful that the host families in China took extra precaution to ensure our students’ safety during their time in Shijiazhuang. They are scheduled to return to the United States tonight. None of the students are symptomatic of the coronavirus.
We have been in contact with the Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases at Tower Health Reading Hospital, Dr. Debra Powell, and have received guidance from her on how to proceed when our students return. Based on her recommendations and the information provided by the Center for Disease Control, we will be keeping our students out of school for a total of 14 days. We are doing this out of extreme caution for our Wilson community. The link to the guidance for travelers returning from China can be found here.
We appreciate the support that has been expressed by our Wilson community for our Chinese exchange students and their families during this difficult situation.