Last updated March 26, 2020
Please find below all relevant updates as well as responses to questions regarding impacts on the Hangzhou International School community from the novel Coronavirus event.
We are closely monitoring the ongoing developments of the current novel coronavirus outbreak and are in routine communication with all relevant government agencies, including the Hanghzou Education Bureau and the Center for Disease Control, in addition to our colleagues at international schools around Hangzhou and across China.
Please know that our leadership team is working meticulously to plan for the health and safety of our community, and we will continue to communicate critical updates and information transparently to our parent community. We pledge our continued effort to gather information and provide more detailed information to all of you as soon as we are able. As such, we ask you to regularly come back to this page.
Thank you for your continued understanding, patience, and your effort toward all that remains ahead.
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Regarding Campus Closure During the Coronavirus Outbreak 2020
(Posted Mar. 5) Family Travel Update
As required by the Hangzhou Education Bureau, HIS has been tasked with getting 100% submission from all HIS families regarding their travel plans during this time. Most of you have already submitted your information to our Travel Itinerary Survey which was sent via email. If you have not completed this survey or if your travel plans change, we request that you answer this survey again.
(Posted Mar. 5) Notice of Campus Closure: From February 03
In consideration of the request of the Hangzhou Education Bureau and in coordination with other Hangzhou International School Association members, HIS has received confirmation from the Hangzhou Education Bureau (HIS) that all schools (Public, Private, and International) have received notice that we will not be able to open our campuses prior to the end of February. During this closure period, the HIS campus will not be accessible to HIS students, parents, or guests for any meeting or activity. Thus, all educational, athletic, performing arts, admission tours, student club meetings, and ASAs will be canceled.
(Posted Mar. 5) Will HIS open its campus in March?
At this point, we are planning for this. This is a possibility that needs to be considered and which will depend on the decision of the Hangzhou Education Bureau, in regard to the evolution of the situation. HIS is in contact with the local authorities and will keep the whole community informed of any change. We ask families to be attentive to the information sent by the school.
(Posted Mar. 5) What is the procedure for people returning to Hangzhou?
As of today, only those returning from “severely affected areas” (Hubei Province and several affected countries) should spontaneously report to the authorities and be placed in quarantine, either at home or in medical observation facilities. Those who show symptoms or are sick must follow medical protocols and report to the designated hospitals.
(Posted Mar. 5) Is the 14-day self-quarantine in Hangzhou mandatory?
HIS continues to work with the appropriate governmental authorities, at present we do not have clear guidelines on whether there is a requirement for the 14-day self-quarantine for all travelers, or if it is only for those that have traveled to Wuhan, Hubei Province, or other identified areas within the travel ban.
(Posted Mar. 5) During the self-quarantine period in Hangzhou, what should we be cautious about?
Should you be compelled to participate in the 14-day self-quarantine you should refrain from attending large social gatherings. Many Hangzhou attractions have already made decisions to close their doors temporarily. Additionally, do not spend time with anyone feeling unwell, specifically those with the symptoms of influenza or the Coronavirus. If you do feel unwell, see a doctor immediately.
(Posted Mar. 5) What is the goal of virtual learning at HIS?
HIS campuses will be closed to parents, students, and faculty. The goal of E-learning is to best ensure continuity of learning and a sense of community and connection during the school’s closure.
(Posted Mar. 5) How will I (and my child) receive work?
HIS will use our existing online learning platforms as the primary points of communication.
- Lower School Families: WeChat, ManageBac, Microsoft Teams (Grades 4 & 5)
- Upper School Families: ManageBac, Microsoft Teams
- Additionally, individual teachers may choose to utilize other platforms to extend student learning
(Posted Mar. 5) When will work be posted?
You can expect that your child’s first learning tasks will be posted online on Monday, February 3rd.
(Posted Mar. 5) Are these real school days? What is expected?
Yes. E-learning school days will require dedication and hard work by both students and teachers. Attendance will be taken through each child’s continued progress within the online class environment. We appreciate you supporting your child’s effort in this regard. Similar to a traditional school day, your child will have an age-appropriate amount of work to complete each day with clear due dates, lessons, instructions, feedback, and grades.
(Posted Mar. 5) Are teachers still available for support and additional explanation?
Yes. Each teacher will be available during scheduled hours each day between 8:00 – 3:00 (Hangzhou time). Principals will share more information in their communication tomorrow regarding schedules. Additionally, teachers may have some optional times available after 3:00 as well.
(Posted Mar. 5) Who can I contact if I have questions?
We remain committed to supporting you. Much like a regular school day, if you have questions regarding your technology, contact our tech support staff. Contact information is shared below. If you have a question about your child’s homework, you or your child should contact the teacher. If you have questions of a general nature they are best addressed to the division Principal.
(Posted Mar. 5) How can I support my child’s learning during this time?
Ensure that your child has access to technology: high-quality internet, access to a computer and an appropriate space for school-related work.
- If parents/students do not have (regular) access to a computer/internet, we ask parents to take a proactive approach and notify the school 48 hours in advance.
- If you or your child have any technical problems, reach out to our HIS Tech Support Team email@example.com .
Establish realistic expectations and school-like routines: Your child may view this as a vacation. If so, this may become a frustrating experience as they fall behind academically and view schoolwork as an “extra”. While there will be more flexibility within the day, it is still very much a school day with expectations for engaging in learning. For health and academic reasons, ensure appropriate sleep, nutrition, and exercise.
Preview frustrations and celebrate growth: The next few weeks will have challenges. Technology may fall short on speed and connectivity; assignments may become lost or need further clarification to understand what is expected. E-learning will require more self-regulation; please help your child(ren) plan ahead. Throughout it, all help your child(ren) view this period with a growth mindset. There will be lots of learning (and not all of it will be within the virtual classroom). Be open to that with your child. Give them time to reflect, express their feelings, and grow.
(Posted Mar. 5) Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented? Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases
No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported, including in very young children. From limited information published from past Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks, infection among children was relatively uncommon.
For information on risk, please see the current risk assessment. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine. Additional information on prevention measures can be found here (Prevention for 2019 Novel Coronavirus).
(Posted Mar. 5) Does the clinical presentation of COVID-19 differ in children compared with adults? Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases
Limited reports of children with COVID-19 in China have described cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhea) have been reported in at least one child with COVID-19. These limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms, and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon. See more information on CDC Clinical Guidance for COVID-19.
(Posted Mar. 5) Are children at increased risk for severe illness, morbidity, or mortality from COVID-19 infection compared with adults? Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases
There have been very few reports of the clinical outcomes for children with COVID-19 to date. Limited reports from China suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 may present with mild symptoms and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon. However, as with other respiratory illnesses, certain populations of children may be at increased risk of severe infection, such as children with underlying health conditions.
(Posted Mar. 5) Are there any treatments available for children with COVID-19? Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases
There are currently no antiviral drugs recommended or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19. Clinical management includes prompt implementation of recommended infection prevention and control measures in healthcare settings and supportive management of complications. See more information on CDC Clinical Guidance for COVID-19.
Children and their family members should engage in usual preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, including covering coughs, cleaning hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza. Additional information on prevention measures can be found here (Prevention for 2019 Novel Coronavirus).
(Posted Mar. 5) Where can I find out more information about the virus?
Community members are encouraged to follow the tips and advice provided by the following organizations:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- China Center for Disease Control
- U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- US Consulate
- Shine.cn published by China Daily
You can monitor the US CDC’s current health situation threat levels at this website.
(Posted Mar. 5) What preventive measures can we take to reduce the risk of infection?
- Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illnesses.
- Observe good personal hygiene.
- Practice frequent hand-washing with soap.
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately.
- Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
We are working to outline and communicate all of the necessary steps we will take to ensure the safety of our students and compliance with any government requirements. Links below outline current government expectations as well as planned HIS guidelines. Please stay tuned for more information within this section.
Living and working in China has presented challenges for many HIS families during the current CoVid19 outbreak. The following resources and information are designed to help you navigate these challenges so that you can survive and, even thrive during the CoVid19 outbreak by providing you resources and information for your mental/emotional health and the mental/emotional health of your family.
Managing Anxiety in the Current Reality of the CoVid19 Outbreak
Managing Anxiety in the Current Reality of the CoVid19 Outbreak
Adapted from a resource created by Holly Poppell, Dulwich College-Suzhou 2020
Be a smart consumer of information related to the CoVid19 outbreak
Some important ways to maintain perspective about this CoVid19 outbreak are to limit your exposure to media about the outbreak and to filter good information from bad.
This article provides a historical perspective about outbreaks and emphasizes facts we currently understand about the CoVid19 outbreak
Additionally, stick to reputable sources when looking online for updates about the virus and outbreak.
Maintaining Work/Life Balance During a Quarantine
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Helping Children During Quarantine
If you have children at home, a quarantine can be especially challenging. Not only do you, as a parent, care for basic needs (food, care, sleep routines) you may also have to become a playmate, teacher, and counselor for your child. These articles can give you some ideas about how to help your children during a quarantine: