If I think back to the day before our Tet Holiday, I am not sure any of us could have foreseen the impact of the “Coronavirus”. At that time, the crisis response team was meeting to discuss the implications of the virus on our co-curricular programme and the possibility of tournaments and festivals in China being cancelled.
Two months later, we are now at the end of Quarter 3, with no clear indication of when our students will be able to return to campus.
It has been a journey and a learning experience for every member of our community. We hope that during the Spring Break holiday next week, families are able to “unplug”, to spend quality time together and prepare to come back to school ready to re-engage in our Distance Learning programme.
We know that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our community and many businesses in Hanoi and around the world. As mentioned in our earlier communications, we ask that families contact the Business Office if they have any questions or need our support during this time. (Please email Thuy Tran: firstname.lastname@example.org)
As you know, we have already committed to refunds on all after-school activities, including UMA, Aquatics and Community Programmes. These are currently being processed by the Business Office and further reimbursements will continue to take place the week following Spring Break. Busing reimbursements will take place at the end of the school year.
In order for the School to re-forecast the 2019-2020 school budget, it is important for us to fully understand the impact our current situation has had on our revenue stream. Currently we are in the process of processing final Quarter 4 tuition fees and Quarter 4 withdrawals and identifying further variable expenses from Quarter 3 and Quarter 4. Once we have done this, we will communicate with all families.
Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of the current crisis and do not have a full picture of the remainder of the year. We ask for your patience at this time and reassure you of our commitment to be a financially responsible, non-profit organisation for our community.
Finally, thank you for your support in the educational journey of your child. Distance learning is truly a home-school partnership.
Just this week we have seen our youngest learners deliver a virtual market for the community, we have seen an art project inspire parents to join their children with their own creations and we have had parents ‘visit’ universities with their High School children at an online College Fair. I know you will all have your own family highlights from this time and I encourage you to take time to celebrate with your children as we admire their capacity to embrace this new learning journey.
Have a safe, restful and relaxing Spring Break.
REMINDERS THIS WEEK:
Distance Learning Break: We have asked teachers from Discovery – G10 to refrain from assigning work during this time. As always, we encourage reading for pleasure during holiday time. IBDP Grade 11 students will only be assigned optional tasks and these will not count towards a grade. Grade 12 Arts students who still have coursework in progress may wish to use Spring Break to consolidate their final products.
Please note that faculty and staff will not be responding to emails from parents and/or students during this time. If something urgent surfaces during the week, please use the email@example.com email contact and put “URGENT” in the subject header. If the School needs to communicate with families during the holiday, we will use our regular communication channels. We will not be sending out a daily update.
Returning from Spring Break: With the number of cases rising in Hanoi and Vietnam, we will be continuing with our Distance Learning programme following the Spring Break.
Following the holiday, you will see some changes to our communication as well as our programme. The changes are intended to continue to improve our service to our families as we face a longer period of ‘virtual school’.
Divisional Principals will communicate programmatic changes to you on our return and also send home essential information through the TinTuc each Friday.
Moving forward, my daily updates will be replaced with two weekly communications: Tuesday via email and Friday via the TinTuc. If there is an urgent message, we will send out a message immediately through both email and SMS. We will also be sharing our plans for parent coffees, sharing student learning and celebrations.