On-Campus Orientation, Monday, January 10 for Grades 10 and 11

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Dear Parents of Students in G10 and G11,

I am delighted to share our plan to welcome students in grades 10 and 11 onto campus for orientation and classes beginning next week. 

In keeping with the directives issued by the People’s Committee of HCMC, we have designed a reopening plan that meets the following goals: 

  • the health and well-being of our community is maintained; 
  • introduction to the community for new students and reconnection for returning students; 
  • high-quality teaching and learning for all students; on campus, virtual, and remote.  

Below, you will find more details about our health and safety measures and the schedule for next week. Please read through carefully.

Also, in case you missed the Return to Campus Q & A session with Dr. Moran last night, you are now able to view the video here.

Health and Safety

Each one of us must do our part to help keep our community healthy. That is why we encourage all students to take a COVID self-test on Sunday, January 9 and remind you that if your child tests positive, they should remain at home. 

Your child should also stay home if they have any flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or temperature above 37.8).

We will follow the 5K measures on campus (you can review them here) to ensure our community’s continued health and well-being. We expect everyone to comply with the following measures:

  • Submit daily health declaration
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Wash or sanitize hands immediately upon entering and exiting a classroom, as well as sanitize shared surfaces (desks, tables, and chairs, etc.)   
  • Maintain social distancing throughout the campus
  • Avoid exceeding the allowed group sizes   

Schedule for January 10 – 14

Monday, January 10: Orientation for Grades 10 & 11

The week’s activities will begin with an orientation welcoming students in grades 10 and 11 to campus. We will train our students in the 5K measures and our health and safety protocols, tour the high school buildings, and engage in COVID-safe activities to build community.  

January 11-14: Instructional Days

Regardless of how students attend class, on-campus or virtually, attendance is required for all students beginning Tuesday, January 11.  

Beginning January 11, we will run on-campus instruction following the schedule below. For students who cannot attend classes on campus, we will still run virtual learning. These students will continue to connect to their classes via Zoom or Google Meet as in Semester I. 

Campus Entry and Exit: Gate C Only

For Orientation Day and all other school days, high school students will use Gate C to enter and exit the campus.

Before entering campus, however, they must complete the daily health declaration. Students will continue through the turnstiles after the health declaration is submitted, using their SSIS IDs. 

We ask that all students leave the campus immediately after they finish for the day to ensure proper social distancing and to avoid crowds. 

School Uniforms: Required for January 11 – 14

During their Orientation Day on Monday, students in grades 10 and 11 will be able to stop at the school store to purchase uniforms. In light of all the preparations that go into returning to on-campus learning, a grace period will be in effect until Wednesday, January 12. On Wednesday, it is required that all students be in official school uniform.  

You may use this uniform ordering form to purchase various uniform items online.

We are so excited that we will soon have all of our high school students on campus together for the first time this school year. I speak on behalf of the entire high school faculty when I say that we are so happy to welcome students back onto campus.

Should you have any questions regarding the reopening, please do not hesitate to contact me.

All my very best,

Jennifer Mendes

High School Principal