Update on Coronavirus
Dear friends and partners,
We would like to inform you about our current policy about the spread of the Coronavirus and how this will affect the different packages we offer for groups of students or individuals. Our summer programmes for 2020 including the International Summer Camp, Summer Fun Club, School Immersion Programme and Courses for Adults will operate as normal.
With regards to the current coronavirus situation, please see our updates below.
The outbreak of Coronavirus has affected many people across the world and our thoughts are with those individuals and families who are suffering or being kept apart as a result. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. There are currently no reported COVID-19 cases in Cyprus and all parts of our school are operating normally.
Nevertheless, all necessary measures have been taken to prevent this from happening, and if it happens, to minimize the risk of the 2019-nCoV spread in Cyprus. So far, the risk factors for the 2019-nCoV spread in Cyprus are considered very low.
Also, the Medical and Public Health Services Unit is observing the situation by collaborating with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and all essential measures are being taken to prevent and limit potential spread of infection in Cyprus.
What is important to mention is that studies do indicate that such viruses do not live as well in hot weather as cold (consider that this whole thing started in the winter months in China).
AccuWeather’s experts looked at transmission patterns of past flus and viruses such as SARS in 2003, the 1918 Spanish Flu and U.S. flu data over the last decade.
AccuWeather Founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers: ‘Right now and over the next several months, because of the weak sun and the colder temperatures in the northern hemisphere, the weather may be helping to spread the virus. However, based on what we’ve seen from past flus and viruses, including the SARS virus and others, there is less viral spread when the sun is strong, and the temperatures are warm from May to September. It's possible the sunshine intensity, the longer daylight periods and the warmer weather could suppress the virus in the summer months’.
Cyprus enjoys a very sunny climate compared with most countries, with 11.5 hours of bright sunshine per day over the six summer months and approximately 14.5 hours of daylight in June and July. Even during the months of December and January, there is 5.5 hours of sunshine.
Temperatures in April can reach up to 25°C-30°C. Daily temperatures during the hottest months of July and August, range between 29°C and 22°C. The average maximum temperatures for these two months range between 36°C and 27°C.
What is important:
Xenion Education remains open for business.
- We continue to accept all bookings and our 2020 summer programmes are scheduled to go ahead as planned.
- We are closely monitoring expert advice from our government, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and relevant trade bodies, and will update our guidance as this complex situation continues to evolve.
- The health and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority. We have robust systems and processes in place to provide the best possible care and support to students and staff throughout their stay.
- We will not, under any circumstances, put students at risk of contracting any infections whether COVID-19 or otherwise. This includes monitoring which excursions we run and where.