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CoVid-19 Updates

SCHOOL CLOSING STATUS

NO NEW INFORMATION

CURRENT STATUS IN VIETNAM

May 11, 2020

Schools will reopen for ALL grade levels.

April 29, 2020

The official letter from Hanoi Mayor, Mr. Chung, in agreement with DOET’s proposal has been released stating schools can reopen with the following timeline:

Middle & High School (Grades 9-12) – Reopen on Monday, May 4, 2020

Elementary (PK-Grade 5) – Reopen on Monday, May 11, 2020

April 3, 2020

On April 3, 2020 the Prime Minister issued the Guideline No. 2601/VPCP about guiding the Directive No. 16/CT-TTg. The Mayor of Hanoi also issued Instruction No.05 of Hanoi PPC. Both stating stricter guidelines for isolation and social distancing during this time.

>See news article for more information<

Timeline of CoVid-19 Communication

May 11, 2020 - SCHOOL REOPEN FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS

The government released the announcement that all schools for ALL grade levels may not reopen as long as they follow the guidelines and safety directives. 

April 15, 2020 - Extended Closure to April 22nd

Families were notified about extended school closures until April 22, 2020 due to the Prime Minister’s decision to continue social distancing and closures for one week. It was also proposed to close until April 30th, but the final decision on closing an additional week will be made on April 22nd. 

April 4, 2020 - Extended Closure to April 15th

Families were notified about extended school closures until April 15, 2020 based on government directives and the letter from DOET.

March 20, 2020 - Government Announcement & Next Two Weeks

The government has announced that all schools will remain closed until April 5, 2020. This decision is based on recent COVID-19 outbreaks increasing worldwide. Chairman of the City People’s Committee, Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung, strongly encourages the public to stay home as much as possible over the next two weeks because during this time the risk of infection in the city is higher than usual. He also says to limit crowds, bus routes, travel, and for companies to work online if possible or administer regular temperature checks. 

March 13, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 7)

St. Paul emailed families to notify them that the Government of Hanoi decided to close nursery to middle school until March 29th. High school will be allowed to open on March 23rd. Online/at-home learning will continue.

March 7, 2020 - School Closure: Spring Break Changes

The 18th case of CoVid-19 was confirmed in Hanoi on the late hours of Friday, March 6th. The new information prompted the government to reconsider reopening schools. Based on the new information, St. Paul emailed families to inform them about the decisions to:

  • Move Spring Break to March 9th – March 13th
  • Change March 30th – April 3rd to regular school days
  • Elementary replacing Beyond and Beyond + with instructional classroom time when school resumes
  • Elementary & Secondary will extend Wednesdays to 3:15 PM

March 6, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 6)

The Hanoi Department of Education and Training proposed to the City’s People’s Committee to extend the school closure until March 16, 2020. St. Paul emailed families the following day with the plan to reopen on February 17, 2020. Online/at-home learning continued.

March 5, 2020 - Travel Declaration Form II

St. Paul emailed families a second mandatory travel declaration form. 

Travel Declaration Form. It is mandatory for ALL parents to submit this form for each child that attends St. Paul American School.
If you do not submit this form your child will not be allowed to begin school when we reopen.
CLICK HERE to submit your travel declaration form.

March 3, 2020 - School Reopening Plan

The school emailed parents on the plan for reopening, see details below.

We require ALL families to complete the Travel Declaration II Form before arriving at school (if not filled out, SPAS representatives will contact you). The School Health Center has already emailed and will monitor this form. The deadline to complete this form is Thursday, March 5th @2:00 PM.

GAINING IN-CLASS INSTRUCTIONAL TIME

  • ES: Elementary will replace Beyond & Beyond + with in-class instruction and add one hour to each Wednesday for in-class instructional time. The new schedule will be as follows:
  • Monday: 8:15 to 4:15 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:15 to 4:15 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:15 to 3:15 PM
  • Thursday: 8:15 to 4:15 PM
  • Friday: 8:15 to 4:15 PM
  • MSHS: In order to gain more in-class time after closures, the decision to modify the Wednesday early release schedule was made. Upon reopening, Wednesday will become a regular school day with classes ending at 3:15 PM and all students leaving at the conclusion of the school day. We will not hold Beyond activities on Wednesday afternoon.

    Make-Up Days for All: The following days will be switched or replaced:

    • PT Conference Friday, March 27th – Regular School Day

    • Last Day Friday, June 12th – Regular School Day

SAFETY BEGINS AT HOME:

Parents are required to check their child(ren) at home before arriving at school. If your child has a fever of 38°C or higher, shows symptoms of persistent coughing, a fever, and/or difficulty breathing they MUST STAY HOME. They can return to school once cleared by a doctor. If your child stays home for this reason, please contact the Elementary Secretary at es.secretary@stpaulhanoi.com or the Secondary Secretary at ms.secretary@stpaulhanoi.com

HEALTH & SAFETY PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR NEXT WEEK

  • Self-Quarantine: If you or any of your family members have recently visited any countries with increasing CoVid-19 outbreaks (China, S. Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran), you are required to stay home for an additional 14 days. Please make sure you fill the Travel Declaration Form as mentioned above.
  • Temperature Checks: The School Health Center & other staff will administer temperature checks at Gates 1 & 2 for ALL staff & students entering the school
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms & areas around campus
  • Masks will be available for those who request it but are limited, families can choose to supply their child(ren) with masks (please note the CDC & WHO do not recommend wearing masks as an effective protective measure, unless sick themselves)
  • Disinfectant Cleaning: the entire school has and will continue to receive extra cleaning using strong, yet safe disinfectants.
  • Bus Cleaning: The bus company will also undergo additional cleaning with strong, yet safe disinfectants
  • Limiting Visitors: Outside visitors and parents are not to visit campus to limit exposure. If a parent or guardian is picking up or dropping off a child(ren), please do so at the gate without entering. Only visitors by invitation and approval are allowed on campus and must fill out an entry form. See CoVid-19 Campus Visitor Policy & Visitor Health Entry Survey
  • Education: The school will have informational posters and teachers will help educate students on preventative measures they can take as a class.

REFUNDS

The school intends to reimburse for bus, lunch, and no payments have been taken for Beyond+ fees. Once the reopen date is confirmed, the Finance Department will email parents a google form to enter in this information to begin processing refunds.

ATTENDANCE

If students choose to stay home during the reopening and continue to do online work, they won’t receive an academic penalty for up to two weeks from the reopening date.

Resources for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) below:

SPASH Guidelines

World Health Organization (WHO)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

International SOS

March 1, 2020 - School Closure Decision (week 5)

St. Paul emailed parents about the survey responses and the decision to close for an additional week with online learning continuing on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The email also included a planning chart, see below.

>View Planning Chart Here<

February 29, 2020 - Parent Feedback Survey on Reopening

St. Paul emailed parents the measure we would take if reopening and a survey for parents on reopening (see below).

1) Asking families to self-quarantine if they have returned to Hanoi within the last 14 days if they meet certain criteria
2) Temperature and symptom checks and hand sanitizing at the school entrance
3) Additional sanitation and monitoring services at the school per government recommendations
4) Heightened monitoring of symptoms of all students, teachers, and staff
5) Limited visitation by non-students and staff to the school campus

SURVEY LINK HERE

February 28, 2020 - Government School Closure: Public Schools vs. International

The government announced extending the closure to Monday, March 8, 2020 for all public schools. International schools were given the opportunity to open if the following criteria were met:

  1. Principals deciding
  2. Parent agreement
  3. The school commits to following health & safety standards

St. Paul Leadership team emailed parents the following day informing them of their plan to meet, plan and make an informed decision for the school on this matter.

February 21, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 4)

The government decided to close schools an additional week totaling four weeks of closures with schools resuming on Monday, March 2nd, 2020

February 19, 2020 - St. Paul Library Access

To support students learning at home, St. Paul Library allowed families to access the online database to request to checkout books and pick up at the front gate. 

February 14, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 3)

The government released another letter extending the school closures until Monday, February 23, 2020. Online/at-home learning continued for St. Paul students and teachers.

February 7, 2020 - Government School Closure Extended (week 2)

Hanoi Department of Education and Training proposed to the City People’s Committee to extend the school closures until February 16, 2020.

February 3, 2020 - Notification of Online/At-Home Learning

St. Paul emailed families instructions for online/at-home learning that was to start on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

February 2, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 1)

The Vietnamese Government released a letter to the Ministry of Education & Training (MOET), the Provincial Department of Education & Training (DOET), and The Ministry of Health on the advisement from MOET about the agreement to close schools for one week for schools serving kindergarten to high school, ESL centers, and instruct authorities to work and inform parents and students about avoiding the coronavirus. St. Paul planned to open Monday, February 10, 2020.

January 31, 2019 - Travel Declaration & Guidelines

St. Paul emailed families a travel declaration and CoVid-19 guidelines.

St. Paul Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Guidelines HERE (in 한국어 & Tiếng Việt)
 Tet Travel Declaration (make sure you complete this form)

January 28, 2019 - First CoVid-19 Email to Families

St. Paul emailed families to inform them that the school is monitoring the CoVid-19 situation and will communicate updates on our response via email.