European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS) offers a rich and diverse programme of After School Activities (ASAs) for all students from Early Years to Grade 12, most of which are included within the tuition fee. Students are given space and time to develop their artistic talents, social competencies, physical endurance and skills, as well as having fun in a supervised and supportive environment.

Weekly email from EIS to Parents - 30th January 2020

Dear Parents, 

Welcome back to school. We hope you had a safe and relaxing Tet holiday. 

As you are probably aware the recent news from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is that there is no reason for complacency regarding the Coronavirus and the continued spread of the disease.  

At the time of writing there are two confirmed cases of the virus in Vietnam and I know that you have questions and concerns about what precautions the school and you can implement. I am hopeful that we will all play our part in a considerate and respectful manner to respond to this emergency situation. 

Please know that the School is monitoring information from local and international agencies and is in contact with other international schools and is receiving regular updates from health professionals. In the case of any further outbreak of the virus we will follow the protocols that are established within Vietnam by these agencies and professionals. 

The following precautionary measures are being put in place effective next Monday, February 3rd

Recent/Regular travel:

We will follow the guidelines and advice from international medical, travel and advisory agencies.  

  • If a student or any member of the family has traveled to and from a specific area in the world where an outbreak of virus has been reported by WHO, then all members of the family must be especially vigilant for any signs of symptoms. 
  • If a student, or any member of the family, has travelled to and returned from mainland China then the student should remain at home for a period of up to 14 days after returning to Vietnam as there has been potential exposure to the virus.   The Head of Section should be contacted immediately.  Return to school will only be allowed following medical clearance.  
  • Regardless of whether a person has traveled to an infected area as announced by the WHO, if the virus is found to exist within a family, then all members of the family (children, parents, care givers) must refrain from coming to school. Return to school will only be allowed following medical clearance.  

Monitoring of Health:  

  • Temperature checks will be implemented on all individuals entering the school. This will stay in effect until we are advised otherwise. This may cause delays, however your patience and understanding are appreciated. 
  • If a student is found to have a high temperature, s/he will be referred to the Clinic and sent home. The student may only return to school, after being fever free (without the use of medication) for 48 hours and following a medical examination and clearance from a doctor. 
  • If an adult is found to have a high temperature s/he will be asked to leave campus immediately and seek medical treatment.  
  • Students and staff who exhibit any symptoms of a respiratory illness (e.g. cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing) will be sent home.  They may only return to school after being free of symptoms for 48 hours and following a medical examination and clearance from a doctor. 
  • We will be monitoring closely staff and student absences from School. You may receive a call from school asking for an explanation of any absence..   

School routines: 

  • We are providing regular information to teachers and staff on matters relating to the virus and personal hygiene. 
  • We are also providing health and environmental hygiene guidelines and training to support staff.   
  • The importance of health prevention habits will be reinforced by teachers with students. This includes publication of WHO posters. 
  • The daily cleaning schedules in classrooms and of equipment will be enhanced with an increased emphasis on disinfecting all surfaces.  
  • More hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed in key locations throughout the School to encourage hand washing. 

We ask that you support what is happening in School in the following ways: 

  • Explain to your child/ren why there is concern regarding the virus and listen to any concerns they may have.  Please re-enforce with them some of the habits that are being promoted at School.

 These include: 

  1. Washing hands regularly throughout the day with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing and before meals.
  2. Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Coughing or sneezing in the elbow rather than on hand and tissues.
  4. Not sharing food from the same plate or sharing drinking bottles.

Most importantly, we are asking that you as a family are vigilant regarding any virus like symptoms at home and take the following precautions: 

  • You should monitor everyone in your family, including taking temperature. 
  • Any child who complains of symptoms, particularly high temperature or coughing should stay away from school. You should consult your doctor.  Medical clearance from your doctor should be given to the Clinic on return to school. 
  • If any member of your family is sick with virus symptoms then serious consideration should be given to children, parents and care givers coming to school.

Continuation of Learning: 

Our goal is to maintain the school’s learning programme and it is our hope that we will be able to do so, by maintaining open and regular communications and, by remaining vigilant about ensuring the health of our community.

We know that it may be difficult for a student to be absent from school for an extended period of time, however the teachers will help as necessary with alternative learning online through Seesaw and Managebac. 

Clearly, I am sensitive to not overstate the situation or create unnecessary concern. Yet, I hope you agree that we want to be prepared and act responsibly.  I will provide you updates on an ongoing basis. 

Should you require any further information or have any questions please do contact me, Jo Roberts, Head of Early Years and Primary School and Mark Rees, Head of Middle and High Schools. 

Yours sincerely, 

Sean O’Maonaigh

Head of School