G6 Return to Campus, Orientation Days and Additional Information

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Dear Middle School Parents / Guardians of Grade 6 Students,

It is with great excitement that we will be welcoming Grade 6 students to campus on Thursday, February 10 and 11 for orientation. So that your child is fully prepared, we ask that you read this letter carefully. Please note that you can also find the recorded G6 Return to Campus Information Session and slideshow at the bottom of this letter.

Orientation will be spent ensuring students have a smooth start to physical school. It will be their first time as middle school students. They will learn all about the new procedures and have a tour of the campus and their classrooms, eat in the cafeteria, and even get their lockers.

You can find detailed information about our protocols and other logistics, such as uniform ordering and topping up lunch cards, on this web page: Returning to SSIS Campus.

Much Remains the Same

We understand that there will be many varied emotions about returning to campus. However, please remember that the most important things remain the same: dedicated educators eager to provide students with high-quality learning experiences, friends’ and classmates’ happy smiles, and a supportive community of teachers, advisors, and counselors committed to seeing your child succeed.

February 7, 8, and 9, Virtual School

Grade 6 students will continue to attend their classes virtually Monday, Feb. 7 through Wednesday, Feb. 9.  We expect that they will be fully engaged and attending all classes.

February 10 and 11, Orientation Schedule for Grade 6

In order to best support our grade 6 students’ transition, their first day of physical school will follow a special schedule that begins with a mandatory orientation.

Thursday, Feb. 10: Grade 6 Orientation

8:45-8:55

9:00-12:30 

Arrive on campus

Orientation and training

Friday, Feb. 11: Grade 6 Orientation

7:30-7:50 

8:00-1:45 

Arrive on campus

Orientation and training

 

The mandatory Student Orientation will include the following:

  • Health and safety training
  • Tech set up (students should bring fully charged laptop)
  • Campus tour
  • Review of schedule and classes
  • Assignment of lockers / locks
  • House Leagues shirts (for those who ordered – bring 120,000 VND)
  • Cafeteria routines

Daily Schedule

Starting Monday, February 14 all middle school students will attend school physically on campus. This is the schedule all students will follow whether learning on campus or if they are outside of HCMC and having to continue to learn virtually.  As a reminder, this is our daily schedule.

Class Timings 

8:00 – 9:20 am

Block 1

9:30 – 10:50 am

Block 2

11:00 – 12:20 pm

Block 3

12:20 – 1:00 pm

Lunch/Recess

1:05 – 1:35 pm

Advisory / Dragon Time

1:45 – 3:00 pm

Block 4

In Preparation for First Day

Below you will find a list of what your child should bring on the first day of school, as well as the new heightened health and safety measures put in place at SSIS to comply with the Vietnamese government regulations for COVID-19 prevention. You will also find the schedule changes and new routines. 

Once again, I urge parents and students to read this information carefully, as it will ensure that we are all prepared and know what to expect next week.

TO BRING EVERY DAY 

  • 2 masks (3 if you have PE or are planning on being physically active at lunch)
  • ID card (bring money to purchase a new ID card if card is lost)
  • Wear school uniform 
  • If you do not have a uniform, you can purchase one at the school store any weekday from 7:30-4:00.  
  • You may also use this uniform ordering form to purchase various uniform items online.
  • If you do not have a uniform, please wear clothing that is as close as possible to our school uniform in color and style. We expect all grade 6 students to be in uniform by Monday, February 14.
  • Backpack
  • Fully charged laptop and charging cord
  • Headphones and/or earpods
  • Water bottle
  • Snack 
  • Lunch (if not planning on purchasing lunch in the cafeteria)
  • Money to top up Caterers account if needed
  • A healthy body – remember, students who have any flu-like symptoms or a temperature of 37.8 or above must stay home until they are symptom-free without medication for 48 hours

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • Health and Travel Screening Questionnaire:  Parents will be sent a Health and Travel Screening questionnaire on Monday, February 7th.  This must be completed by Wednesday, February 9th at 9 am.  This one-time questionnaire is required to be completed prior to your child coming on campus.
  • Self-Test: We request that all grade 6 students complete a COVID self-test before returning to campus on Thursday, February 10 to support the health and safety of our community.
  • Completion of Daily Health Survey: Students (or their parents) must complete the health survey every morning before entering campus (or bus, if applicable).
  • Mandatory Mask Usage: Everyone on campus must wear a mask at all times, even during PE. Students will need to bring 2 masks daily (3 if classes include PE or the student is planning on being physically active during lunch). Medical masks or washable cloth masks are approved. 
  • Increased Hygiene Measures: All students must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering a classroom. Prior to departing any area, students will assist with the disinfection of all shared surfaces. All shared materials and equipment will be disinfected as well (for example, PE or science equipment). Students may bring their own hand sanitizer or use the school-provided sanitizer.   
  • Social Distancing: Students will be seated 1.5m apart, facing the same direction. Everyone must keep 1.5-2m apart at all times, including in hallways, cafeteria, etc. We know students will want to hug their friends, but that is not possible at this time. We will help them find other ways to share their joy at being back together again.

Each one of us must do our part to help keep our community healthy. That is why we expect all students to take a COVID self-test on the day before returning to campus. We remind you that if your child tests positive, they must 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, chairs, etc.)   
  • Maintain social distancing throughout the campus
  • Avoid exceeding the allowed group sizes   

SCHEDULE/ROUTINES

  • Daily Schedule:  Middle school students must enter campus between 7:30 and 7:50 and must depart campus between 3:00 and 3:15.  Early entry to campus is not permitted.  
  • New Hallway Routines:  Students must walk on the right side of the hallways in a single file, spaced out.  Students are not allowed to stop or congregate. The hallways are only to be used for movement between classes.
  • Advisory and Structured Study Time:  We will have a 40-minute advisory or structured study hall every day. We will be using this time to support students in many ways.
  • New Cafeteria Routines:  The cafeteria is fully set to accommodate lunch using social distancing and plexiglass dividers. Students may bring their lunch from home or purchase set lunch, noodles, and sandwich bar in the cafeteria. No food deliveries will be allowed at any time.
  • Breaks, passing times, and “play” areas:  We have to adjust how we use shared spaces like the gym, Dragon’s Den, and library. These areas are set up to ensure we meet social distancing requirements and to limit group sizes. We will help students understand what activities are allowed (for example, no contact sports will be allowed in the gyms).
  • Band Class: Students should bring their instruments back to school on Wednesday, January 12 in order to be prepared for their music classes. No special masks required. We will be using social distancing to ensure a safe environment for this class.
  • Vietnamese Class: Vietnamese class will be asynchronous on Wednesday, Feb. 9.  The expectation is that students will do their course work on Wednesdays.  Additional information about Vietnamese class will be provided after Tet.
  • ASAs and Athletics: After-school activities and athletics are not approved at this time.  However, we will seek out ways to include them in a modified format during the regular school day.
  • Bussing: A sign-up email for our bussing service, along with payment details was sent to parents in January. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Vy Tran, vytran@ssis.edu.vn.

STUDENTS OUTSIDE HCMC

We are committed to continuing to provide a high-quality virtual learning program for our students who are not currently in HCMC allowing them to connect and engage in the learning virtually. These students will attend synchronously in the virtual environment. Students enrolled in our Remote Learning Program will continue to be supported as remote students.  

MS G6 Return to Campus Resources: Presentation and Q&A from Parent Meeting

If you were unable to attend the EC-G6 Return to Campus parent information session that was held Monday, January 24, you can find the links to the slideshow and recording here:

Slideshow: EC-G6 Return to Campus Parent Information Slideshow

On behalf of the entire middle school faculty and staff, I want to share how excited we are to welcome students back to campus. We are so happy to be able to learn in person together. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about the reopening of campus.

Kind regards, 

Molly Burger
Middle School Principal