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Head of School Hello

Ms. Anita Simpson, Head of School

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to American International School (AIS), as the Head of School. AIS boasts a vibrant learning community, passionate educators, a rich tradition of excellence, and 35 years of providing an outstanding education for its students and families in Hong Kong.

At AIS, we deliver a comprehensive and challenging academic program that fosters a love of learning and prepares students to meet the responsibilities and expectations of global citizenship. Our core values of Justice, Knowledge, and Love are the foundation upon which we design all of our learning experiences and how we build, confidence, character, and courage in each of our students – from our early learners to our upcoming graduates. Our caring culture is the cornerstone of school life, and, together with our core values and focus on creativity and innovation, we set our students up for success in a rapidly changing world.

AIS students participate in a wide range of innovative learning experiences and extra-curricular activities, facilitated by our dedicated teaching staff. The school also offers an extensive range of diverse opportunities for learning, including seasonal intermural and varsity sports, visual and performing arts, and special interest clubs including Model United Nations, Global Issues, and student government. Our active Parent Teacher Advisory (PTA) ensures that our parents remain partners in their childrens’ learning.

Above all else, AIS is a place where students make wonderful friendships and memories that last a lifetime. I invite you to come and visit us. Once you see what we have to offer, I am confident that you will want to become a part of our amazing learning community.

Anita Simpson
Head of School

IMPORTANT UPDATES

Dear Parents, Students, and Families,

We recently learned that the Hong Kong Government has made the decision earlier today to suspend face-to-face classes in all primary and secondary schools, including international schools, due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, effective Wednesday, 2 December until the Winter Break. Practically, this means that the earliest time that face-to-face classes can resume at AIS is 5 January, 2021.

Clearly it is extremely challenging to predict the future in the midst of a global pandemic, but we remain committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. Tomorrow morning, the Leadership Team will meet, and as soon as we have additional details to share, we will communicate them with you. We expect to hear further information from the Education Bureau as well to help inform the process.

Until then, take care of yourself and those you love.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, and Families,

This week we are all missing our littlest learners and are truly saddened to learn that the EdB has made the difficult decision to suspend on campus instruction for students from EC1 – Grade 3 from Monday, 23 November – Friday, 4 December, due to a sharp rise in COVID-19 numbers.

We are really looking forward to seeing them back on campus very soon. The AIS Eaglets and I will continue to count the minutes before they’re here. Stay tuned for important messages from Ms. Okubo and our Elementary School Faculty about Online School.

Postings and Contract Renewals

The time of year has now arrived where most international schools have started the process of renewing contracts for the upcoming school year. Over the next few weeks, you may begin to see messages on our school website and on social media about potential teaching and leadership opportunities available for the 2021-2022 school year at AIS.

Of special importance, we have recently learned that we will be saying goodbye to our wonderful Elementary School Principal, Ms. Cami Okubo, at the end of this academic year. Ms. Okubo and her family have chosen to return to the United States to be closer to family. For those of you that know her, you will agree that the sound of her wonderful (and frequent!) laugh, her always sunny disposition, and her consistently joyful personality make her a true delight to be around. Together with her keen mind, she is a highly valued member of our AIS Leadership Team and school community, and we greatly value the many contributions she makes to our school every day. There is no doubt that she will be missed. I will soon begin the process of seeking a replacement for her, and I wanted you to hear the news directly from me, following the announcement she made to staff earlier today.

TEDx @ AIS!

Congratulations to everyone involved in making AIS’s TEDx event yesterday, Thursday, 19 November such a success! A special thanks to the conference organizers Mr. Rivera, Ms. Durrant, Mr. Khader, Mr. Post, and Mr. Wing, for persevering to create an opportunity for last year’s TEDx students to share their voices and showcase their brilliant ideas and minds. And of course a HUGE congratulations to our students whose CONFIDENCE shone through and whose ideas are clearly worth sharing!! We are truly proud of their achievements and grateful to those who made this opportunity possible. If you haven’t seen their talks or weren’t able to attend the event, we will make links available very soon. Stay tuned as well to learn more about other AIS TEDx events, including our 2021 talks, scheduled for the spring!

AIS Community Voices

Be sure to check out our newest feature – AIS Community Voices – on our school website. Just follow the link and scroll down to see what staff, parents, and students are saying about our school. Feel free to follow the link at the bottom of the page to add your voice.

Take care of yourself, and stay healthy, safe, and strong.

My very best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dear Parents, Students, and Families,

Congratulations to our Elementary School students, parents, and faculty for a truly wonderful Literacy Week! Every day was jam-packed with incredibly engaging opportunities to deepen our love of literacy. Author Dan Gutman’s visits were true highlights for students and staff alike, and, as these images illustrate, students had such fun all week long and really enjoyed dressing up as their favorite book characters. #AISLovesLiteracy!

Survey Scheduling Guiding Principles

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us regarding the model of school resumption preferred by you and your family. We have now collated all of the responses and can share with you a summary of our findings. As you would imagine, there were a range of responses to the survey questions as each family has different personal needs, situations, and compositions.

When making decisions about how school is organized during a global pandemic, AIS uses these guiding principles to develop all plans:

  • Follow the health and safety guidelines issued by the Hong Kong Education Bureau and Centre for Health Protection;
  • Ensure that social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines are faithfully observed, while always keeping in mind the context of our school structures, resources, and campus facilities;
  • Monitor current virus and other local health statistics;
  • Honor student, parent, and faculty voices;
  • Exercise an abundance of caution, letting our primary purpose of keeping a safe school guide our decisions and practices.

AIS School Schedule

Based on the feedback received, and honoring the parameters of the AIS campus and facilities, we are currently in the process of seeking permission from the Hong Kong Education Bureau to resume full time, on campus instruction for all students, according to our regular schedule, beginning on 5 January, 2021.

This plan accurately reflects the feedback received from survey participants and allows all stakeholders sufficient time to prepare for the change in schedules that will follow. Divisional Principals will be in touch to share detailed information with all families and students before school resumes in the near future and to keep you up to date with the approval process.

While we understand that this decision will be welcome news to the majority of AIS families, we also recognize that it will come as a disappointment to others. So too did the news we received yesterday that all on campus Hong Kong kindergarten and early childhood classes were to be suspended across the city from 14 – 27 November. Clearly, planning within a pandemic is an incredibly challenging exercise, and we will continue to remain vigilant about protecting the health and wellbeing of everyone in our school community. Thus far, our current practices have served us well, and we have not experienced any infection clusters in our school community. As always, we will continue to keep you informed about our plans and any adjustments that might be necessary, as we have done throughout this ever-evolving situation.

WASC

Thank you to all parents and students who participated in the WASC Focus Groups. You made us incredibly proud. When the report is made public in the spring of 2021, it will be shared with the entire AIS community. Overall, our feedback was beyond outstanding, and the items listed as needing support and improvement are ones we had already identified in our self-study. For example, the report’s primary focus is on improvements to campus and facilities, and improvement plans are underway.

While there were numerous commendations and compliments made about our wonderful school, I chose a few statements made by the Visiting Committee that I thought you would appreciate seeing:

“The Visiting Committee would like to acknowledge the incredible hospitality provided to us by all stakeholders of the American International School, Hong Kong. In addition, we wish to note that the self-study report, the preparation, planning, and coordination of the virtual visit, and the flexibility of all members of the community during a time of stress in the middle of a pandemic have been nothing short of exceptional.”
“To say that the pandemic has caused disruption to teaching and learning is an understatement, but AIS is to be commended for the programs they have put in place and the constant shifting and re-evaluation that the leadership teams and staff have been doing. The Visiting Committee visited both virtual and in class lessons during the time spent at AIS and repeatedly commented that the lessons were purposeful, well-planned, engaging, and rigorous regardless of being online or in school.”

And, finally, this statement speaks volumes about our special school:

“The AIS community truly understands, lives, and breathes its Core Values of Justice, Knowledge, and Love.”
WASC Visiting Committee, November 2020

Thank you for all you do to make our school community the caring, kind, and supportive place it is. As the Visiting Committee pointed out, a culture such as ours doesn’t happen by accident. It takes hard work and an ongoing and genuine commitment from everyone involved to ensure that we “live and breathe” our Core Values every day.

Thank you for doing your part to share the Love at AIS. People notice, and it clearly makes a difference.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

My very best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, and Families,

As you know, this week marked an important time at AIS, as we were all deeply engaged in our school accreditation process. We couldn’t have been more proud to showcase the incredible teaching and learning happening at AIS!!

WASC

On behalf of the AIS Leadership Team, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the many parents and students who participated in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Focus and Feedback Groups this week. Your voices were so important to the Visiting Committee and definitely helped to inform the accreditation process. Based on the initial feedback received from the committee, students, parents, and faculty have made us extremely proud.

The WASC Visiting Committee (VC) shared that our Core Value of Love is abundantly evident and clearly visible to everyone who interacts with our school community. Not only is this Core Value very evident, but it is truly unique and sets us apart. The VC also said that we should all be very proud of the strong connections and clear compassion that members of the AIS community have for each other.

We will soon share an overview of all of the amazing feedback we received when the complete report is shared with us next week. In the meantime, know that we are truly blessed to be members of such a special learning community.

School Schedule Survey

Thank you as well for completing the School Schedule survey this week. It closed at 4:00 pm today. The Leadership Team will consolidate and review the feedback we received over the course of next week to assess what steps might now be necessary. Once we have synthesized our findings, we will share our plans with you.

Literacy at AIS

I don’t know about you, but seeing a student deeply engaged in reading makes my heart happy. Doing this while waiting in line to get onto campus, as I saw a student do this week, takes reading to another level. Knowing that we are growing a reading culture that results in images like these is truly satisfying and something that we can  – and should – be proud of!

For those of you with children in Elementary School, be sure to check out Ms. Okubo’s message about ES literacy week, from 9 – 13 November. There are so many wonderful activities in store for our students!

SAVE THE DATE

Elementary School families don’t want to miss ES Literacy Week next week, AIS’s TEDx event on 19 November, the start of ECAs, or AIS Report Card distribution on 1-2 December. You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve ordered your winter uniform, if you haven’t already, as the weather continues to get cooler. Finally, don’t forget to order a stylish blazer this year!

As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have.

Take good care and have a lovely weekend ahead.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff,

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I hope this message finds you all well and that your week was a good one. Leadership certainly enjoyed seeing everyone decked out in their Halloween costumes on Thursday and Friday, and we just loved all of the excitement that came with that experience! There were so many amazing costumes and such a wonderful school spirit! Special thanks to the AIS PTA for making our campus so festive and joyful. The children (and grownups!) are grateful.

Of course we are also proud that dressing up this week has helped us raise funds for Community Chest on our Charitable Free Dress Days. Helping others in our community is an important way to model our Core Value of Love and do our part to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate our commitment to equity and social justice. We love giving back and making a difference.

WASC

Next week, 2-6 November, AIS welcomes a special visiting committee from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to our school. The committee will be conducting a virtual accreditation visit and reviewing our most recent self-study. AIS has been continuously accredited by WASC, and we are confident that trend will continue. You may remember that our visit was originally scheduled for 9-13 March, 2020, but it had to be postponed as a result of the pandemic. Our faculty, parents, students, and staff are ready and keen to welcome our guests next week. We are truly eager to share our wonderful school with the Visiting Committee Members and proud of who we are and what we do together.

School Survey

As mentioned in my last message, we are seeking your feedback once again on how school resumption is going. All parents, students, and staff will be asked to complete a short survey that will help guide our plans moving forward. Like last time, we will gather your feedback and assess what changes might be possible. Please keep your eye out for the survey in your AIS email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you, as always, for reaching out and communicating directly with me and our Divisional Principals. We truly appreciate it.

Until next time, stay healthy and safe.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, and Families,

Thank you for keeping the lines of communication open between home and school. We appreciate you contacting us directly and sharing your experiences with us. We are always happy to help.

You may be interested in knowing that our wonderful PTA Executive Committee has been hard at work developing plans for the year, and the recent meeting on 22 October was extremely well-attended with 40 families on the call!

School Survey

We have now completed our 3rd week of school resumption and are preparing to once again survey the AIS parent and family community to gather feedback and input about how things are going and about future plans. After we gather and accurately reflect the many voices of our parents and students, we will make any necessary adjustments to our current schedule and seek approval for any needed changes from the Education Bureau. You can expect to receive a survey next week.

Charitable Free Dress Day – Community Chest

Next Thursday, 29 October and Friday, 30 October, we will host our first free dress day fundraiser of the year for The Hong Kong Community Chest Children and Youth Services. Divisional Principals will communicate details related to their divisions in their weekly updates. Regardless of the day that is designated for your grade or division, all children are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes that day. For the privilege of dressing up, students and teachers are asked to kindly donate HK$20.00.

For parents and families new to AIS, Free Dress Days are popular fundraising events at the school. Each year, we identify a variety of charitable organizations that we fundraise for in order to do our part as global citizens and to model two of our school’s founding values – love and justice – for our students and community. The opportunity to dress casually on a school day allows us to collectively raise funds for a variety of charities. The idea of free dress days originates from the United States, and Community Chest first introduced the idea to Hong Kong in 1993.

It is important to note that the Community Chest is very proud to be one of the few fundraising bodies in the world to boast a 100% allocation rate of funds to its beneficiaries; no deductions for administrative expenses are made to any donation. AIS continues to be a long-term supporter of this fundraiser. We sincerely hope that everyone will participate, in recognition of this important local charitable opportunity. Thank you again for your support.

Together, we make a difference.

Student Grant 2020-2021

Just a reminder to carefully complete and review your new Student Grant subsidy form and to ensure that you return it to the school no later than Friday, 30 October.

Winter Fair

We have now had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Winter Fair this year, due to the current social distancing limitations related to the virus. We are hoping that a Spring Fair might be possible and will be sure to communicate any news about this possibility closer to that time.

Throwback Thursdays

Be sure to check out our social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) for our new feature, Throwback Thursdays, where you can see important pieces of history from AIS. The picture below proudly features the first graduating class of 1989! If you don’t already, follow us and get daily doses of learning highlights from our wonderful school.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please save the date for several upcoming events at AIS. You won’t want to miss them! Details to follow.

Sending my best wishes to you and your family for a lovely long weekend ahead.

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Families,

Today, Tuesday, October 13, the Education Bureau has suspended classes due to the current weather conditions. The T8 Typhoon Signal has been raised by the Hong Kong Observatory. This means all face-to-face classes are cancelled and AIS Online School will be offered to students in all grades from EC1 – Grade 12 instead.

Please note that even if the signal is lowered before 12 noon, Online School will continue for the afternoon and no face-to-face classes will be offered on campus.

Kindly contact your child’s teacher or divisional principal, should you have any questions.

Take care of yourself and each other.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Storm Watch

According to the most recent weather forecast issued by the Hong Kong Observatory, at 5:04 pm today, it is expected that weather conditions this evening and tomorrow morning will worsen as Typhoon Nangka approaches Hong Kong. Currently, the Typhoon Signal is a Level 3, and the Observatory has shared that they are considering issuing a Level 8 Typhoon warning early tomorrow morning.

If the storm signal is raised to Level 8 in the morning, as anticipated, AIS will implement Online School, and classes will be offered virtually, all day, despite weather conditions outside, just as we did during Hurricane Higos. Please note that if the typhoon signal is lowered BEFORE 12:00 pm, students should NOT come to campus in the afternoon, in order to allow online learning to continue throughout the day.

We understand that some families could potentially experience Internet interruptions and other challenges related to inclement weather in these conditions. If you should find yourself in this situation, please be sure to let your child’s teacher and principal know right away. We can help.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school or your divisional principals and continue to monitor the AIS website and social media for updates.

Stay safe, warm, and dry.

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, and Families,

What a wonderful week we’ve been having! Seeing all of our students has been truly fantastic. We began our week with a splash – literally – and kept a bit drier with the assistance of Principals Okubo and Wing helping some of our bussed students making their way onto campus on Monday morning. Our AIS Eaglets also continue to be spotted around campus this week. These little eaglets really get around!

Please be sure to ask your child about what they loved most about their week at school.

Student Grant 2020-2021

The Education Bureau has recently announced a new Student Grant subsidy of HKD$2,500 that all school children in the city are eligible to receive. This year, the government has differentiated the paperwork required from families, based on whether students applied for the funding last year through the school or whether they are new to a school.

As a result, classroom teachers will give students who are NEW to AIS a WHITE FORM A, and students who applied for the grant through AIS last year will be given a GREEN FORM B. Regardless of the colour of your form, all families are asked to carefully review the application and make any required changes or corrections to the information on it before returning it to the school no later than Friday, 30 October. Please remember that errors can delay the application process.

All students in EC1, EC2, Grade1Jr, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 4, and High School will receive their forms today, Friday, 9 October. All students in Grade 3 and Middle School will receive their forms on Monday, 12 October. Please keep your eye out for the forms and take special care of them.

Mini Hand Sanitizers

Walch has kindly donated enough mini instant hand sanitizers for all AIS students and staff to receive their own. They easily snap onto backpacks and handbags or lunch boxes, and they look like this. Teachers will distribute sanitizer bottles to their students over the course of next week, in alignment with student schedules. Please don’t be surprised when you see your child come home with one.

Bussing

As many of you know, California Coach has recently approved a new transportation route for AIS families- the Tung Chung Line. If you are interested in taking advantage of this new service or in learning more, kindly contact California Coach directly by following the link.

Virtual University Fair

Many thanks to Kris Bumpus, our Head of Counselling and Student Support for collaborating with other schools in Hong Kong to arrange a Virtual University Fair on behalf of AIS High School Students next Wednesday 14 October from 8:00-9:30 am.

This opportunity will be greatly beneficial to our students as they seek their next educational pathway. The quality of the participating schools is simply outstanding.

As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have and wish you and your family all the very best. Stay healthy. Stay safe.

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, and Families,

What a wonderful week we’ve just had! It was beyond fantastic to see so many of our students again. Their energy and enthusiasm made every day bright, and we are grateful for the opportunity to connect with them again.

Our classrooms were filled with rich learning experiences, and we are hopeful that you’ve heard about some of the activities that occurred this week from your children.

Fall Break

Next week, 28 September – 2 October is AIS’s Fall Break. We sincerely hope that you and your family are able to enjoy the week, and we look forward to seeing our littlest learners back on campus on Monday, 5 October. That will be a treat! Be sure to check the Weekly Update from Divisional Principals for more detail.

Food and Beverages

A quick reminder that according to the government-approved, School Resumption Plan, students in EC1-Grade 2 will not consume food on campus and will bring water to school from home. When we return from the Fall Break, students in Grades 3-12 will either bring a lunch or receive their pre-ordered boxed lunch from Cafe Concepts, in accordance with the approved plan. Lunch order forms will be sent home soon. Be sure to read your divisional weekly update for more details.

Important Reminders

  • Parents must notify the school immediately if they or a member of their family is found to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 or
  • If they are classified as a “close contact” of an infected person with COVID-19 by the CHP.
  • AIS will follow the direction of the CHP in these situations.
  • ALL Parents MUST take their child’s temperature prior to departing for school, record the temperature in your child’s agenda (EC1-Grade 4) and on EDB Form ANNEX 10 (Grades 5 – 12) and sign the form each day.
    • Print out the Government’s Annex10 Form,
    • Glue or staple it into an AIS A4 lined notebook or keep in a plastic sleeve
    • Fill it in every day with your recorded temperature before leaving home.
    • Bring it to school each day you are on campus but record your temp daily.
    • This form MUST be signed by parents / guardians and shown to your child’s period 1 teacher every morning.
  • Children with temperatures above 37.5℃ should NOT be sent to school.
  • Bus Mothers will take ALL students’ temperatures prior to boarding.
    • Children with temperatures above 37.5℃ will NOT be allowed to board the bus.
  • All students will have their temperatures checked before entering campus.
  • Everyone on campus MUST wear a mask at all times.
  • Send children with a disposable medical or government issued reusable mask.
  • Send children with spare masks each day.
  • Masks with vents are NOT permitted.

We hope that all is well with you and your family and wish you all a wonderful weekend and week ahead.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, and Families,

I am very pleased to share with you that our AIS Plan for School Resumption submitted to the Education Bureau (EDB) was approved today. Government approval signals that our plan meets all of the guidelines and high standards set by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), as well as the EDB.

A great deal of thought, care, and detail went into our AIS School Resumption Plan, and approval indicates that our careful and differentiated approach has made a difference. We continue to believe that our primary purpose is to keep a safe school when our students return to campus. You have our commitment that we will closely monitor the health and wellbeing of our AIS community and take every precaution available to ensure that our students stay safe.

Summary of Survey Feedback

As mentioned in my previous message, AIS proposed two different models of school resumption to the AIS school community, and it was clear from the survey feedback that neither model alone fit the needs of the entire school community. As a result, a blended model was proposed to the Education Bureau, one that better met the specific needs expressed by the vast majority of AIS parents, students, and faculty in different divisions. Below is an overview of the approved plan. Once again, details specific to each division will be provided by your Divisional Principals.

Confirmed Re-entry Plan

We look forward to welcoming back our High School and Grade 4 students on 23-24 September and our Middle School and Grade 3 students on 25 September. All other grades will return following the Fall Break on 5 October. See below for additional details. Please also be sure to carefully review tomorrow’s 18 September Important Family Updates from your Divisional Principals to be sure that you are aware of all schedule changes and your child is properly prepared for his or her return.

The Weekly Schedules

Students in Grades 3 – 12 will return to school on 23-25 September, according to the schedule below. Further details and schedules will be provided by Divisional Principals.

Students in EC1, EC2, Grade 1 Junior, Grade 1, and Grade 2 will return to school on October 5 and according to the schedule below.

Fall Break

AIS will proceed with its regularly scheduled Fall Break, as previously published in our AIS School Year Calendar. Students will be on break from 29 September to 2 October.

Food and Beverages

According to the government-approved, School Resumption Plan, students in EC1-Grade 2 will not consume food on campus and will bring water to school from home. Students in Grades 3-12 will be able to use the water filling stations and will need to bring a lunch from home on 23-25 September. Following the Fall Break, and beginning on 5 October, students in Grades 3-12 will either bring a lunch or receive a boxed lunch from Cafe Concepts for the next two weeks, in accordance with the approved plan. A return to full service lunches is likely to follow, but we will assess this closer to that time. Parents of students in Grades 3-12 will receive a lunch order form from the AIS Office very soon.

Emergency Contacts

It is especially important that families have updated their emergency contact information at this time. AIS staff will need to have current information on file, in the event that your child becomes sick while at school. The EDB has directed all schools to send children with fevers who are severely ill to seek medical attention if families cannot be reached. Having correct contact details on file with the office has never been more important.

Important Reminders

  • ALL Parents MUST take their child’s temperature prior to departing for school, record the temperature in your child’s agenda (EC1-Grade 4) and on EDB Form ANNEX 10 (Grades 5 – 12) and sign the form each day. More detail will be provided by Divisional Principals.
  • Children with temperatures above 37.5℃ should NOT be sent to school.
  • Bus Mothers will take ALL students’ temperatures prior to boarding.
  • Children with temperatures above 37.5℃ will NOT be allowed to board the bus.
  • All students will have their temperatures checked before entering campus.
  • Everyone on campus MUST wear a mask at all times.
  • Send children with a disposable medical or government issued reusable mask.
  • Send children with spare masks each day.
  • Masks with vents are NOT permitted.

PTA Update

Thank you so much to all families for casting your votes for the 2020-2021 PTA Executive Committee. We appreciate your participation and support. Stay tuned for confirmation of this year’s executive soon!

Gratitude

As always, on behalf of the AIS Leadership Team, I want to thank you for your ongoing support. We recognize that these remain challenging times for so many, and we are appreciative of your partnership. We know we are blessed to have the supportive community we do and are genuinely excited to see our students again very soon!

Until then, stay safe and well.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Families, and Faculty,

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us regarding the model of school resumption preferred by you and your family. We have now collated all of the responses and submitted our AIS School Resumption Plan to the Education Bureau. Submitting a model to the Education Bureau does not mean that approval will be granted. We now await feedback on our plan and will immediately share any information we receive with you.

Here are the guiding principles we used to develop our plan:

  • Honor student, parent, and faculty voice;
  • Follow the health and safety guidelines issued by the Education Bureau and Centre for Health Protection;
  • Ensure that social distancing and hygiene guidelines are faithfully observed.

Summary of Survey Feedback

A total of 860 survey responses were submitted:

  • The majority of parents from EC1 – Grade 2 preferred Model 1.
  • The majority of parents and students from Grades 3-12 preferred Model 2.
  • As a result, a BLENDED model for school resumption has been proposed.

Overview of The Proposal

PLEASE NOTE: Model 1 and Model 2 are being proposed at the same time.

MODEL 1

For students in EC1, EC2, Grade 1 Junior, Grade 1, and Grade 2.

A. Application for half-day class resumption
  • The majority of AIS parents preferred a half day of on-campus instruction for their children in these grades.
  • Students attend half day every day, during school resumption.
  • Students in these grades will not eat at school.
  • EC1 students already attend half days.

MODEL 2

For students in Grade 3 – 12.

B. Application for full-day class resumption
  • This model is preferred by the majority of AIS parents and students in these grades.
  • Half of all students in Grades 3-12 attend school for a full day of school on campus for two consecutive days, followed by two consecutive days of Online School at home. Essentially, while half of all students in these grades are on campus, the other half will participate in Online School.
  • This schedule reduces student density by approximately half every day, while still allowing students to attend full days for two days in a row. Students will continuously repeat the schedule below throughout the period of school resumption, until further notice.
  • This model will support efficient and effective contract tracing.
  • The model also reduces the travelling time on public transportation by half.
  • Students will eat lunch on campus in socially distanced settings.

Proposed Re-entry Schedule OVERVIEW, EC1 – Grade 12

Fall Break

AIS will proceed with its regularly scheduled Fall Break, as indicated in the schedule above and the previously published AIS School Year Calendar. Students will be on break from 29 September to 2 October.

Food and Beverages

According to the current plan, students in EC1-Grade 2 will not consume food on campus and will bring water to school from home. Students in Grades 3-12 will need to bring a lunch from home on 23-25 September. Following the Fall Break, students in Grades 3-12 will either bring a lunch or receive a boxed lunch from Cafe Concepts for the next two weeks. A return to full service lunches is likely to follow. We will assess this as the time comes. Further details on food services will be provided following government approval of the School Resumption Plan.

PTA Update

Please stay tuned for the first important PTA Newsletter from our President, Mr. David Chang, on Monday, 14 September. David will be asking all families to cast their votes for the new PTA Executive for 2020-2021. Be sure to participate and to look out for this important message.

Gratitude

Thank you once again for sharing your feedback and thoughts with us. While we know we cannot always find a solution that meets every family’s needs, we are confident that the plan we submitted is in line with the needs and wishes of the majority of parents, students, and faculty. I trust that this information is helpful, and I look forward to providing you with an update shortly.

Until then, enjoy the weekend, and be well.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School