Two Weeks Extension of the School Year to June 26th 2020
Dear UEF Parents,
Re: Two weeks extension of the School Year 2019/20, to June 26th.
During this very difficult period of the Covid-19 pandemic, people around the world have suffered, whilst showing incredible community and resilience. Our schools, under the guidance of UEF, have adapted to a distance learning platform to best serve our students. Through the commitment of our teachers, and support of you, our parents, we have cared in the best way possible for our students.
Our schools’ senior leadership teams are working closely with the local authorities and UEF to ensure that we are prepared thoroughly to re-open our campuses. Following Government announcements, we are now able to reopen our campuses, on April 27 for year 10 and 12 students, subject to the permission of the Education Bureau. We are preparing to reopen our campuses for our remaining students in early May, subject to Governmental authorization, and will inform you of the arrangements as soon as possible.
Whilst the distance learning has been world class, it cannot replace face to face learning completely. Our students have missed the human aspects of schools that cannot be recreated through internet media. For this reason, the UEF Board has decided that the 2019/20 school year will be extended by 2 weeks and so, will finish on June 26th.
Once we are permitted to reopen our campuses for students, we will make the most of the time together and complete the year on a positive note. Any of our students who cannot return to their school campus will continue to be offered distance learning. If permitted by Education Bureau, a Summer School will also be offered for students during July. In appreciation of the loyalty and commitment of our families, 2 weeks will be offered free of charge for our Early Years students, and a discount of 50% of the published fees will be offered for students in years 1 and above.
At present, our calendared start date for students for the 2020/21 school year remains the same as published previously. This will be constantly reviewed by the UEF Board considering the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our teachers and leadership teams are working tirelessly to reintroduce our students to on-campus learning and ensuring their safety and wellbeing. This year been challenging, and we must continue to monitor the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. We must continue to work together to ensure the best for our students. We need to be understanding, adaptable and positive. Our common goal is our students.
I thank you all for your continuing commitment and support.
Chair of the UEF Board
Nicholas Evans MA
Head of School