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DOS Letter to HIS Families March 12, 2020

Dear HIS Families, 

We are pleased to see that the Chinese efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 have been very successful and that some provinces have been announcing campus reopening dates with staggered grade level entries from older students first to younger students later.  While the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education has not announced a reopening date, they have communicated that we may have only one week’s notice before such an announcement.  Zhejiang has not had a locally transmitted case of COVID-19 since the third week of February and following the timelines for reopening dates in other provinces, we are hoping for a staggered reopening date beginning as soon as March 30.  Our teachers, parents and students have been doing an excellent job on the E-learning platform.  However, it is time to take a break and we want this to occur prior to the reopening so that families outside of China can consider making their way back and complete any necessary quarantine, and so we can conduct training for our teachers and staff on reopening protocols.  With this email, we are announcing our Spring Break period will be moved up to March 23-27.  There will be no active E-learning during the period of March 21-29 but the platforms will be open and accessible.  E-learning will continue before and after these dates until each grade level is allowed to return to campus.

Spring Break will be moved forward to March 23-27
There will be no school during this time period 

Specific reopening guidelines will be sent to all parents and will be posted at the following webpage:

https://www.his-china.org/inform/news/coronavirus-community-updates

Please note that Zhejiang and Hangzhou have yet to publish specific reopening guidelines but HIS will meet or exceed all these requirements once established.  Hangzhou and HIS will be safe, but we are very supportive of the government’s strict commitment to keep COVID-19 out of China.  As the spread of COVID-19 has become a pandemic fight outside of China, we will ensure all our employees and students are meeting quarantine requirements before and during attendance at school.  Our ability to provide this access is entirely dependent on our community’s support and vigilance in keeping any sickness isolated outside of the school.  Also, please make sure to complete our HIS Community Travel Itinerary Survey, which is required information by the Hangzhou Education Bureau in order for HIS to be in good standing for a restart.  If you travel to a different country, please notify the Upper or Lower School secretary of these changes.

We hope you will all look for some ways to enjoy some non-screen time during the break.  There are many safe activities for students and families to do in Hangzhou and most of China.  But most importantly, it is good for them to spend time safely outside, talking with friends, getting some exercise, and exploring life away from their computers as much as possible.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding.

Warm Regards,

Jeffry R. Stubbs
Director
Hangzhou International School

亲爱的HIS大家庭成员,你们好:

我们很高兴地看到中国的新冠疫情得到了非常有效的控制,取得了巨大的成功。有一些省份都已经公布了开校日期,高三和初三的学生先开课,低龄段的学生稍后再开课。不过浙江省教育厅还没有公布这里的开学日期,之前他们曾说会在开学前一周向外公布。浙江从二月下旬到现在已经有21天没有当地感染的病例了,以此推测,可能会在3月底有望开校。这一段时间以来,我们的老师,学生和家长都很努力地开展线上课程,已经过了相当长的一段时间,是时候大家休息一下。在此我们宣布,把春假调致3月23日至3月27日。在这一周里,线上教学活动全部暂停。这样的话,连周末一起就是3月21日至3月29日没有任何的线上教学活动。平台依然开放,如果学生和家长有需要还是可以登录。线上教学在下周以及春假以后(如果那时教育主管部门还没有通知可以开放校园)继续进行。
春假调致3月23日-3月27日
春假期间学校不开线上/线下课

具体的校园开放流程会之后发给大家并放到以下网页上:

https://www.his-china.org/inform/news/coronavirus-community-updates

请注意,浙江省还没有公布具体的开校日期,HIS时刻以高标准严要求来迎接开校的到来。我们会积极配合本地政府,严控疫情发展,保证校园安全。随着新冠病毒疫情在中国境外的传播,我们要确保所有的员工和学生在回校前符合所有检疫要求。我们要完全依靠社区的支持,保持警惕,保证把病毒隔离在学校之外。请务必完成我们之前所发的“学生旅行信息采集表”,教育主管部门要求我们时时更新,才能更好地判断学校的开校日期。如果你的所在地发生改变,请在改变前和改变后跟我们的高年级秘书或低年级秘书进行变更。

让我们期待马上到来的不用对着电子屏幕的假期。让他们可以安全地在户外玩耍,跟他们的朋友们聊聊天,做做运动,探索一下电脑以外的世界。

再一次,感谢您的一贯支持,耐心和理解。

Warm Regards,

Jeffry R. Stubbs
Director
Hangzhou International School