Return To School Announcement

Return To School Announcement

Dear Parents

We are looking forward to the start of the new academic year and in order to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential in a safe and secure environment, I am writing to you to remind you of the protocols and precautions necessary for school in a time of pandemic. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. It is important to feel informed and reassured in a time of uncertainty. It is key that we stay well both physically and in our wellbeing. The guidance below will hopefully support a safe return to school for all our community.

We know as educators that a strong partnership with parents will make a great difference in our students’ education and wellbeing. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities here at AIS.

Please go through the attached leaflet with your children to remind them of what was in place when they returned to school last term and, for any new parents joining our AIS community, please review the leaflet carefully so your children know what to expect when they join us in school. In this way we can build resilience and evolve a mindset to adapt to the changes that is needed to help us through this current Covid19 crisis.

Please note that if your child or a member of your family visited or transited through Da Nang in the period after July 1st, then in order to attend a Student Induction session next week, on either Thursday 13 or Friday 14 August, and/or to return to school on Monday 17 August, they will have to have:

  • returned to HCMC at least 14 days before these dates
  • self-isolated at home for 14 days
  • completed a COVID 19 test more than 5 days before these dates.

AIS has already put into place the Government’s guidance for schools in the circumstances of Covid19 and is following international school good practise. Many of these protocols you will be familiar with already but it is useful to refresh and review the information. The Government has provided very clear guidance for schools to continue social distancing and limit the size of groups, and we will be following these instructions closely. Until further notice AIS will not hold formal assemblies, events or public gatherings.

It is essential that all parents and students observe the following to understand what safety at school will look like:

  • Masks are mandatory and must be worn at all times in public areas coming into and out of school, in corridors, during transitions and all common areas.
  • Anyone entering the school will have their temperature checked and If their temperature is over 37.8, then they will be immediately sent home.
  • Students must observe the rules of social distancing signs and prompts around the school will help to remind students of this guidance
  • Students must observe the classroom protocols as instructed by their teachers. This may vary between school sections.
  • Hand sanitisers are placed throughout the school and should be used on entering classrooms or office areas
  • Bathrooms are to be monitored and sanitised throughout the day and students should note and keep to their designated bathrooms
  • Students are reminded of the importance to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Classrooms will be daily disinfected and weekly deep cleaned. It is important that students look after their resources and personal items and keep them clean and sanitised.
  • Parents may only come into the school if they have a prearranged appointment or need to access the cashier or school shop. They may not enter just to drop off or collect a child.
  • If your child (or any member of your family) starts to cough, have a raised temperature or show flu like symptoms, they are to stay at home and NOT come to school. Students may not return to school until they have a medical clearance.
  • It is important that if students feel ill or distressed during the school day that they report their symptoms to a member of staff for further action
  • AIS has an isolation room on each campus. The school will send home immediately any child who is at school and displays a raised temperature (above 37.8) or other flu like symptoms. Please do not delay in collecting your child. These students should immediately go to the doctor with a parent. They may return when they have a medical clearance.
  • Students must follow evacuation procedures as normal; apart from Mask wearing the process will be the same.
  • External trips and visits are currently on hold and will be rescheduled if possible later in the school year

This list is not exhaustive and there are many more details specific to school campuses and student grades. These will be communicated in due course by teachers and Heads of school. It is, I feel, important to be transparent in making sure that parents and our school community are reassured about these changes to school life. When we return to school we will be sure to use social media to update parents with photos and news items to reflect our practises and protocols in action.

Thank you for helping prepare for the new school year. The supportive and caring staff at AIS and I look forward to greeting students and families again. Together, I know we will make this school year a successful one.

 

Kind regards

Davina McCarthy
Executive Principal