Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

World Ocean School is monitoring the spread of this viral disease and complying with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and procedures. Please reach out to us with your questions and concerns.

World Ocean School

Statement on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic

The situation surrounding the coronavirus, officially titled COVID-19, continues to develop. The World Health Organization(WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly update their statistics as more is learned about the disease. While the CDC believes the current risk to the American public is low, there are still steps that individuals, and organizations, can take to protect themselves. 

What our employees should do:

The CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures. These measures include: 

  • Stay home when you have a fever without symptoms or if you feel you are getting sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can
  • Wash hands (front, back and include nails) often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, andafter blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also advises to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands and to avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

What World Ocean School will do:

Boston Office

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Should World Ocean School office employees become ill, we will most likely close the office in the Fish Pier and have all employees work from home until the infection is no longer transmittable

Aboard Roseway

  • Actively encourage sick students and employees to stay off the boat. We will attempt to find alternative housing options for sick employees (although there is not a plan in place at this time).
  • Emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform regular, deep environmental cleaning
  • Separate sick students, passengers and employees: those who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to the Roseway or become sick during the voyage should be separated from others and should leave the boat at the first opportunity.

As the Situation Continues to Develop:

Many organizations and businesses in the US are facing unique concerns in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses are seeing large disruptions in their supply chains, having to find ways to compensate for breaks in the chain because of closures in heavily impacted countries. Organizations, such as schools and churches, are having to decide if they should hold large events, or possibly close altogether. While this can be overwhelming, World Ocean School will adhere to the following guidelines as we navigate the decision-making process and response: 

  • Remain calm. As with any situation, it is important to remain calm to ensure responses are measured and appropriate
  • Stay informed. Follow trusted sources of information, including the various COVID-19 dedicated websites for the CDC, the WHO, OSHA, and also local governmental health and public safety organizations
  • Be prepared. Create and constantly update a plan for the organization and trust in that plan. Be sure to follow the steps that have been laid out
  • Communicate. Be sure to communicate plans and information to all involved, including employees, volunteers, clients, parents, and others.

If you have any questions about your health please consult your primary care provider.