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BIS HCMC Update - 04/02/2020

Latest update here.

Students at British International School, Ho Chi Minh City were due to return to school on Wednesday 5th February, following the Lunar New Year/Tet break. However, last Sunday, The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City decided that all school students across the city must stay at home for one more week to prevent the possible spread of the novel coronavirus. The same rule has been applied to schools across the country. As such, BIS HCMC students will not be allowed to return to school until Monday 10th February 2020. 

This directive has provided an unprecedented challenge to us as a school, but one that we are fully prepared to take on. Whilst our students are not physically in school, we will continue to deliver engaging learning opportunities to them through our online classroom platform. As of Monday, all staff returned to school and have spent the last 48 hours transforming their planned lessons into meaningful e-learning tasks. Additionally, they will be delivering these tasks from their classrooms in line with their normal timetables to maintain the same pace of learning that would normally be expected. 

To be clear, this period of closure is not an extended holiday. It is the expectation at BIS, that all children are actively engaged in their continued learning via laptop/mobile device from Wednesday 5th February. Whilst this is not an ideal situation, we do have the tools in place to continue to deliver a personalised learning experience for our students. The last few days have once again proven the passion and dedication of our staff, who are adopting new ways of working to create stimulating lessons for our students. It has been a real pleasure to see all of the great work going into making our students’ e-learning as interactive and collaborative as possible, as our exceptional teachers discover and share new resources and ideas. When students do return to school, we are confident that they will do so without pause in their BIS education.

We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days, and work with the authorities as to any preventative measures that we deem necessary to protect the health and safety of our children. Parents, please continue to monitor your emails as further communications will be sent in due course and as necessary.

Important information about Coronavirus taken from the World Health Organisation Website:

What is Coronavirus:

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. 

How to Prevent Infection:

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

What are the Symptoms:

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and in extreme cases it can even be fatal. 

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical advice early and share travel history with your medical provider.


BIS HCMC Update - 07/02/2020

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