Head of School Update, February 24: Travel Advisory

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Dear SSIS Parents, 

We remain hopeful that your children will soon be able to return to campus. Teachers, administrators, and I look forward to when your children finally fill the classrooms and hallways with their glorious voices. We know that the past three weeks have been challenging for everyone in our community, and I am so very grateful for your cooperation, your support, and your positive outlook. 

The Administrative Team and the Board are committed to your children’s academic success and continue to make decisions in the best interests of the health and wellness of our community. 

That is why I am writing to you today. Governments around the world are adding travel restrictions and cautioning against unnecessary travel. Air travel has been reduced significantly. With this in mind, I want to call your attention to the risks associated with traveling outside of Vietnam. At this time, there is no way of knowing how this situation could evolve. 

Just this past weekend, we witnessed how a venue that is fine one day, can have a significant outbreak of COVID-19 the next day. If this happens to you, your family risks being exposed to the virus and may be quarantined. This could mean that your child misses out on valuable class-time, should the students be allowed back on campus.

Our school community needs to do everything we can to minimize risk to our students, parents, faculty, and staff. Although I understand that some may have to travel for work, I hope that our families avoid unnecessary travel. 

As a school, we have canceled all professional development travel, as well as travel to conferences, and we are urging faculty and staff to do everything they can to minimize the risks associated with travel, until further notice.

Once we have a confirmed return date to campus, we will ask families who have traveled or been sick within the previous 14 days to update their health questionnaire. We will review all submissions and follow-up on any concerns to ensure that we keep our community safe.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

All best wishes,

Dr. Catriona Moran
Head of School