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  • Writer's pictureKim Green

Head of School Message: Latest Updates and Protocols

Dear Parents

I hope that this message finds you and your family well and energized as we complete another school week.

Our ISHCMC Rhinos have been engaged in their learning this week, some on-campus and some in home-based learning. Each day our Rhinos are building connections, finding opportunities to be energized and are engaging in new learning opportunities. From robotics, to time on the field or connecting with their class from home our Rhinos continue to flourish as energized, engaged and empowered learners.

We were pleased this week to receive changes in the government directives which included the significant change in action required for unvaccinated F1 (change from 14 days to 7 days isolation) . As a result, we have been delighted to welcome back four of our primary classes over the last two days. Each child returned to school, obtained ‘Green Rhino Pass’ and returned to learning on-campus with wonderful smiles. We look forward to all of our primary classes completing their 7 days of isolation and rejoining us on-campus.

We know that the change in directives have led to some confusion over the week. We thank you for your patience as we have worked to better understand the current requirements. As a result we have developed for our families a simple chart that will help guide you if you are identified as a close contact F1, an F1 living with F0 or if you are an F0. This guide can be found here.

Over the week our team and students have done an excellent job of deploying and following the protocols, as required by the local authorities. As you are aware we are required by law to follow the government directives. These have consistently guided our practice since the onset of COVID. Over the course of this week we have learned that there are an increasing number of COVID cases within HCMC and this has also been seen within our school community. At the end of this week we have had 42 secondary and 30 primary students and 16 members of staff who are suspected positive. We currently have 9 primary homeroom classes and approximately 100 secondary students identified as F1 and in home based learning. We know that you will have a lot of questions about what is happening in HCMC and Vietnam at this time therefore we are arranging a special information session with Dr. Phi from International SoS. The confirmed date and time will be shared next week.

This week we were informed that progress is being made to deploy vaccinations for 5-11 year olds. We anticipate that this will occur over March and April. We will keep you informed as we learn more. If you wish to have your child vaccinated we encourage you to complete this survey so that we can share it with the Department of Education and Training. Currently 361 responses have been received. If you do not wish your child to be vaccinated we also ask that you complete the survey. Please note that vaccination for 5-11 years is your choice as a parent. We have organized a special session with Family Medical Practice to provide you with information about COVID Vaccines for Children Under 12: What Parents Need to Know on Monday the 28th of February at 6:30pm, for a meeting link, please click here.

Have wonderful weekend,

Kim Green,

Head of School



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