UISZ Update on Coping with Covid-19
Members of the Covid-19 virus Response Team (CRT) met by conference call on February 27 to discuss the on-going, current situation of Covid-19. That included the potential for resumption of on-campus learning at UISG and UISZ, interim learning and transition arrangements under China and other government legislation and recommendations, and data and information on the incidence of Covi-19 from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other authoritative bodies. Members of UEF continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation in China and world-wide. Whilst both schools would like to re-open as early as possible, the health and safety of the school communities is paramount, and Government directives must be followed.
At present, due to the fluidity of the situation and changes in governmental requirements, we do not have a definite date for when the campuses can re-open. UISZ and UISG must remain closed until we have notification by the Guangzhou Education Bureau that we are permitted to re-open.
The Education Bureau has directed schools that all students and teachers must have recorded their health status and history for a period of 14 days once they have returned to Zengcheng before they can attend school. Due to this directive, on campus learning at both schools must be deferred until compliance with that legislation has been assured.
Whilst we have many teachers, staff and students in Guangzhou, there is a large number who are outside this geographical area, either overseas or in other parts of China. To enable all those who are outside of Zengcheng to meet the requirements of 14 days quarantine, and the need for many families to arrange flights, the UEF Board is committed to provide a reasonable notice to parents prior to the date on which the campuses will re-open for on-campus learning. Online learning will continue during this period.
Please ensure that you complete your daily health check and keep appropriate records. This is a requirement of the Education Bureau.
The UEF Board and Leadership Teams will be meeting this week to review the online learning platforms, evaluate feedback from stakeholders and examine ways to enhance our online learning programmes for students across all levels of the school. Valuable feedback from Parents is being sought through our UPAZ executive, and I encourage you to respond to our surveys, keep in communication with our Academic staff and provide feedback to UPAZ as appropriate. Following this week’s leadership and Board meetings, the plans that lie ahead and answers to questions will be communicated to you by the end of the week.
It is of the highest priority that parents continue to support students by ensuring that they pursue the comprehensive online learning programmes provided by the schools. All teachers are working remotely to provide engaging learning for students. It is important that the whole community works together to support students during this time. We are not alone, with schools in China and beyond facing the same challenges. UEF has invested in ICT over recent years so that the schools have the capacity to offer video conferencing through Teams and Zoom as well as a range of other online platforms. Thanks to all parents for your support and engaging positively with your child’s learning.
The SLT, CRT and UEF Board are monitoring the situation constantly with the health, safety and wellbeing of our entire community being the highest priority and will keep you informed of any changes that may arise.
By working together and being strong we can support our students during this time.
Many Thanks for your support.
Head of School 校长