Important announcement re. 2020-2021 start date

Important announcement re. 2020-2021 start date

30 July 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new school year. I trust all families had a restful and enjoyable summer. Whether you are returning families or are new to the school, I am delighted that you are part of the AIS learning community. I welcome and value your commitment and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

As you will be aware, in response to the recent detection of cases of COVID-19 in Da Nang, the Vietnamese authorities have enacted strict measures in an attempt to contain the outbreak. The HCMC Peoples Committee has directed all people who visited or transited through Da Nang after July 1st to make a medical declaration, contact a district health centre, and self-isolate at home until they receive a negative COVID test result. This has likely affected a significant number of people in Ho Chi Minh City who are having to self-isolate until further notice.

Because of the impact of these measures, and in order to ensure that the school is fully prepared and able to safely welcome students back, the decision has been made to delay the start of the 2020-2021 academic year by two days. The Student-Parent Induction days will now be held on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August and the first full day of classes will be Monday 17 August. Please note that by removing two Teacher Professional Development Days scheduled for later in the year, the school will be open for instruction for the same number of days despite the later starting date. Tomorrow you will receive another letter from either the primary or secondary principal, depending on the year level of your child, with further information about the Student-Parent Induction days and the process for booking an appointment.

The actions taken by the Vietnamese authorities during the first phase of the COVID pandemic were remarkably successful. If we remain calm and follow the directives of the authorities, then hopefully this new outbreak can also be contained. We have re-introduced a number of safety and prevention measures that were in place last semester and are closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding the COVID outbreak. We will advise parents of any further developments that directly affect the start of the school year.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Mark Vella
Deputy Executive Principal