Head of School Update, February 14: People’s Committee HCMC Extends Campus Closure for Students Until Feb. 28

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    Dear SSIS Parents,

    Today, the People’s Committee of HCMC issued Directive 505/UBND-VX instructing all schools in Ho Chi Minh City to keep their campuses closed to students until February 28.

    That means that our students will not be allowed to return to campus on Wednesday, February 17, as we had all hoped. However, learning will start as planned, at 8:00 am on February 17, and teachers will deliver our curriculum via Virtual School as outlined in SSIS Virtual School: Parent Guide 2020-2021.

    Your children demonstrated exemplary engagement and dedication to Virtual School, as we started-off just before the break. And, I am confident that our teachers will continue to provide all of our students with a Virtual School experience of the highest quality until they can return to campus.

    Since the very beginning of COVID, we have truly appreciated the extraordinary precautionary measures that the Vietnamese government has taken to keep us all safe. As one such measure, the Department of Education and Training (DOET) is requiring us to collect travel information from staff, students, and families who traveled outside of Ho Chi Minh City, any time between February 2 and February 16.

    Tomorrow, the SSIS Health Office will send out a community survey. Please make sure to fill it out if you, or your family, traveled during the Tet break.

    Should you have any questions or concerns about Virtual School, health declarations, or other matters, I encourage you to contact me. You may also contact your child’s divisional principal.

    Thank you for your continued support. The wonderful partnership that we have as a community ensures that your children are having a more positive experience than many others, despite the many challenges the world is facing today.

    All good wishes,

    Dr. Catriona Moran
    Head of School