Head of School Update, February 1: HCMC Announces Move to Virtual School

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Dear SSIS Parents,

Today, the People’s Committee of HCMC issued directive 324/UBND-VX, instructing all schools in Ho Chi Minh City to close their campuses to prevent further transmissions of COVID-19 and to initiate online learning.

As you know, we have been actively preparing our students and teachers for this scenario, and we are ready to make a successful transition from physical school to virtual school. Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2, students will remain home, set up their virtual learning environment, and continue to work on outstanding assignments. The online learning schedule will begin on Wednesday, February 3.

So, although we will not be able to hold school on campus until the government issues new directives, your child will continue receiving the high-quality learning experience that you have come to expect from SSIS.

How Does Virtual School work?

Our SSIS Virtual School Guide outlines divisional guidelines, roles, and responsibilities for how your child’s learning will continue, uninterrupted from home. You will also receive detailed information from your child’s divisional principal and teachers that explains the day-to-day expectations. 

In addition to the SSIS Virtual School Plan, the “10 Guidelines for Parents During Virtual School” supports parents in establishing best practices for a successful Virtual School experience. 

Collaborating for Success

We want our students to have the fullest experience possible, even while learning off-campus. For that to happen, our students must follow the procedures and protocols for Virtual School that have been established by each division. Parents should strive to keep an open line of communication with their children and with their children’s teachers. Together, we can ensure that our students’ learning continues without interruption.

In closing, I want you to know that we are committed to providing your child with exceptional learning experiences, regardless of the platform. Therefore, I urge you to reach out to the proper channels of support (teachers and counselors) that SSIS provides if you feel that your child’s academic progress or social-emotional well-being is being negatively impacted during this time. 

We will continue to keep you updated on the developments. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

All best wishes,

Dr. Catriona Moran
Head of School