Head of School Letter, January 29: COVID Escalation

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    Dear SSIS Parents,

    As a result of the developing situation with the COVID-19 outbreak in northern Vietnam, the Department of Education and Training (DOET) issued directive 299/SGDDT-CTTT today.

    In the new directive, the DOET instructs all schools in Ho Chi Minh City to review and tighten the implementation of epidemic measures and to limit crowds. Therefore, we are canceling or adjusting gatherings and group activities until further notice. 

    If you or your family traveled to Hai Duong province, Quang Ninh province, or other affected areas from January 13, 2021, you will need to make a health declaration at your local health authority as regulated by the government. You will also need to inform SSIS by reporting to our Health Office Manager, Lisa Chute (lchute@ssis.edu.vn) for guidance on school attendance.

    We know how much this time of year means to our families. And although the new directive prohibits us from holding a whole-school gathering for Tet, we will have a virtual Tet celebration for our community. Your divisional principal will communicate any additional impacts on your child’s activity schedule.

    Since the beginning of COVID, we have truly appreciated the extraordinary precautionary measures that the Vietnamese government has taken to keep us all safe. Knowing the Vietnamese government’s vigilance, we should prepare ourselves and our families emotionally for the possibility of a physical school closure. I want to reassure you that we have worked actively to prepare students for this scenario and are committed to providing them with the highest quality learning experience, regardless of the platform. 

    Thank you, as always, for your understanding and cooperation. We will continue to keep you updated on any developments. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

    All best wishes,

    Dr. Catriona Moran

    Head of School