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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, Staff, Faculty and Families,

Thank you for the wonderful feedback we have been receiving about freezing school fees for the 2021-2022 school year. We are grateful for your feedback and happy to be able to offer this relief to our students and families for the second year in a row.

Spring Break

It has recently been brought to our attention that there is an error on our 2020-2021 School Year Calendar. Currently, Tuesday, 6 April is identified as a regular school day; however, it should be marked as a public holiday, Easter Monday. That is because the Ching Ming Festival falls on Monday, 5 April this year. As a result, Tuesday, 6 April must be taken as Easter Monday.

In order to avoid losing another instructional day this year when time on campus is so precious, we will need to postpone the start of the Spring Break from Thursday, 25 March to Friday, 26 March. We will also extend the end of the Spring Break by one day from Monday, 5 April to Tuesday, 6 April and resume classes on Wednesday, 7 April. In essence, we are shifting the entire break forward by one day. By doing so, we preserve the current number of instructional days, and still observe the public holiday, Easter Monday, on Tuesday, 6 April. Please refer to the table below for an overview of the changes.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have made appointments that cannot be changed on these days, please contact your divisional principal who will be happy to help.

Divisional Principals will provide specific details related to changes for their divisions.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, Faculty and Families,

I am following up on my 11 March message with more information about the current situation at AIS. Given the information the school now has, AIS will reopen for on campus instruction on Monday, 15 March. No additional actions need to be taken by families or students.

I want to assure you that a thorough cleaning of the campus has taken place, and our faculty and staff will be ready to receive students once again on Monday.

I also want to personally thank all of the parents who reached out to offer positive thoughts and well wishes. Your kindness and support is truly inspirational and deeply appreciated.

Our school will continue to carefully monitor the health conditions of our staff and students.  Once again, if parents and students would like more information about COVID 19,  please refer to the CHP website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html or call the CHP hotline (Phone number: 2125 1111 / 2125 1112).

Summer Uniform

Just a reminder that Monday, 15 March marks the beginning of Trimester 3 and the first day that summer uniforms can be worn. This week is a time of transition. Next Monday, 22 March is the date where summer uniforms will be required. The office is happy to help with all of your uniform needs.

Charitable Free Dress Day – Moonlight Foundation

As you know, we had to cancel our Charitable Free Dress Day last Friday, March 12 as a result of our temporary on campus closure. We have now rescheduled this Free Dress Day to Thursday, 17 March and Friday, 18 March. Middle and High School students can wear RED on Thursday, 17 March, and Early Childhood and Elementary School students can wear RED on Friday, 18 March with a HK$20.00 donation to the Moonlight School, Nepal.

Tuition Freeze 2021-2022

I hope you have received my message about freezing tuition for the second straight year earlier today. We understand that many families have suffered financial setbacks during this difficult time. By freezing tuition once again, we are doing our part to help alleviate additional financial pressures for our students and families and tangibly demonstrating our care, commitment, and Core Value of Love for our community.

Please take care of yourself and enjoy the weekend.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, Faculty and Families,

I’m writing to let you know that our campus will close tomorrow for deep cleaning and move to Online School, as we believe that one of our faculty members is a possible close contact of an infected person with COVID-19. Although we have not been informed by the CHP to date, based on reliable information from the faculty member, we believe it is prudent to take this proactive measure. Closing campus tomorrow will allow for a deep clean of all campus facilities as well as time for the CHP to follow up.

Online School will be offered, and we will update you about any additional campus closures that might be needed as soon as possible. Divisional Principals will be in touch with specific details for their respective divisions.

Once again, we urge parents and students to continue to take preventive measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19, based on the health advice from CHP. For details, please refer to https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/health-advice.html.

Our school will continue to carefully monitor the health conditions of our staff and students.  If parents and students would like more information about COVID 19,  please refer to the CHP website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html or call the CHP hotline (Phone number: 2125 1111 / 2125 1112).

We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

 

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, Faculty and Families,

It is hard to believe that we have now finished the first week of March and are soon to begin our third trimester at AIS.

AIS Pride

I am very proud to announce that Yusia Xiao, a Grade 12 Senior, has won the Honorable Mention Award in the Art category in the 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest, a global arts competition sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs. The program is designed to engage young people by creatively raising awareness of environmental issues that are impacting our planet. This significant achievement showcases our students’ ability to embody our Global Citizen and Well-Rounded Individual Expected Schoolwide Learning Results or ESLRs.

Yusia, who was selected from approximately 5,300 participants from around the world, received a cash award, and her work will be featured in Bow Seat’s international Ocean Advocacy Art Gallery and social media channels. You can view Yusia’s award-winning piece and read her reflection, “Hope in a Digital Age” here!

Charitable Free Dress Day: Moonlight Foundation Nepal School

Over the years, AIS has developed strong relationships with a number of community service projects. As a school we have helped children in rural areas of South Africa, Tanzania in East Africa, China, and India. Normally, during our adventure week trips, AIS students are able to experience the reality of other people’s lives around the world and to help make a difference in the quality of those lives through our giving program.

This year, AIS will continue to support the Moonlight Foundation Nepal School, despite not being able to visit in person. This important NGO provides free and quality education for very poor children outside of Kathmandu in an impoverished community. We are aligning this Charitable Free Dress Day with Middle School’s Literacy Week! To participate, please have your child dress in RED as a way of signifying that we want to help other less fortunate children be WELL-READ (RED).

For more information, please visit www.moonlighting.no. All monies raised through this Charitable Free Dress Day will allow the school to purchase much needed supplies and resources. For the privilege of dressing casually for the day, students and teachers are asked to donate HK$20.00.

Please help us do our part as Global Citizens by modelling two of our school’s founding Core Values – Justice and Love – for our students and community. Students can participate according to the schedule below.

Date Division
Friday, 12 March EC1, EC2, G1J, Middle School, and High School
Monday, 15 March Elementary School

Thank you for your support.  Together, we make a difference.

AIS Share the Love

My sincere thanks to our parent community for their ongoing kindness. This week, some very lucky faculty received roses. These incredibly thoughtful gestures speak volumes about the people in our school community and how lucky we are to have them in our midst. These faculty smiles say it all.

Return to Hong Kong Travel Scheme

A quick reminder that all Hong Kong residents who fulfil the requirements outlined in sections 12 and 12A of the new Return2hk Travel Scheme regulation are to be exempt from the 14-day compulsory quarantine requirement when returning to Hong Kong. Follow the link above to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Please don’t forget to mark your calendars with these important events at AIS which include the start of Trimester 3. You’ll want to pay special attention to the school photo dates!

We continue to send our best to you and yours.

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, Faculty, and Families,

It’s been so joyful to watch our students settle back into routines and enjoy each other’s company now that they are back on campus. The chance to learn and be together again is appreciated by each of us, and we are grateful that each day brings us new connections and opportunities for appropriate social interaction.

School Resumption update

I am delighted to share that beginning on Monday, 8 March 2021, we will bring our EC1, EC2, and G1J students back to school on a daily basis. After a successful school resumption, we are positioned to extend the time spent on campus for all students in our Early Childhood Division for both AM and PM sessions. As a result, they will now attend each day, from Monday to Friday.

Ms. Okubo, Elementary Principal, will be in touch with details specific to the Early Childhood School Resumption Plan and schedule. Specific changes will be outlined in her Weekly Update that you will receive later today. Please stay tuned.

Bussing

We understand that our bus providers have received many questions from families about bus fees and possible refunds. We have followed up with them and can share the following information with you.

Important things to know:

  • All staff have been retained during the period of school suspension because it is difficult and expensive to recruit, hire, and train new staff each time the COVID-19 situation fluctuates and school schedules change. Currently, we have well-trained bus mothers and bus drivers operating all bus routes. By continuing to retain staff, they remain available to our families at any time the government allows us to bring our students back on campus. As all of our families know, the government has directed all schools in the city to suspend classes twice already this year, and our bussing schedules have changed several times.
  • There are very few cost savings associated with school suspension. Although some fuel cost savings have been realized, those savings disappear during school resumption when double bus runs must take place to accommodate half day schedules (4 runs per day vrs. 2 runs per day).
  • Even when certain divisions and/or grades are off campus (suspended), buses continue to run in order to provide service to those students who are able to come on campus.
  • In some cases, buses are running with only 1 student on them.
  • Staff work longer hours (typically 12 hour days) due to the double round trips during all school days.
  • The ongoing cost of hygiene supplies and health and safety measures required as a result of the virus has significantly increased operational expenses.
  • California Coach is currently operating in a deficit position. This year, 50% fewer students are taking the bus, compared with last year. Despite this drop in ridership, all bus routes continue to be maintained.
  • Families were not charged fees at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year during the first period of school suspension, providing fee relief for all bussed students. Charges only began 23 September, when classes resumed on campus.
  • Refunds issued in 2019-2020, and the fee relief already issued in 2020-2021 resulted in deficits for the company in both fiscal years.

Finally, California Coach has been a responsive partner in ensuring our students arrive and leave school safely every day for many years. Most recently, their commitment was made evident when they implemented a new route at the request of a group of parents. Even though the route now has only ⅔ of the capacity required to operate, California Coach continues to service this group of students.

We trust this information is helping in understanding the costs associated with bussing.

School Photos

School photos will be taken at AIS on 9, 10, and 11 March. Students will wear their Winter Uniforms for all photos, and both individual and group pictures will be taken. Schedules will be shared by Divisional Principals early next week. Please be sure that your children have what they need to be ready for these special opportunities. You will look back on these photos for years to come, so a little extra time and attention now will last a lifetime!

Please note that students will be asked to briefly remove their masks during their individual photos, and proper social distancing will be in place at all times. Please also note that group photos will only be taken with masks. If you have any questions about school photos, kindly contact your Divisional Principal.

Upcoming Events

Just a reminder to mark your calendars with these important events at AIS which includes the start of Trimester 3. It is hard to believe that we are about to start our third and final term of the year!

We continue to send our best to you and yours.

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, Faculty and Families,

I hope you are enjoying the Lunar New Year Break and finding ways to enjoy the wonderful weather and time with your family.

School Resumption

As promised, I am writing to share our school resumption plans with you. The Education Bureau (EDB) memo to school principals can be found HERE. It outlines the criteria that schools must use when preparing their school resumption plans. Of utmost importance are the criteria used to calculate how many students can be on campus at any one time. According to the recent memo, schools across the city are being asked to make plans using their enrollment data to determine that number. As a result, we have devised a model that will conform to the parameters set by the EDB, bringing no more than ⅓ of our students on campus at any one time.

We are grateful that we can increase the number of students on campus from ⅙ to ⅓, and we are especially thrilled to welcome our littlest learners back to school after the Lunar New Year Break, including our students in early childhood!

In addition to the government guidelines outlined in the memo, we continue to use the guiding principles below when planning:

  • Our primary purpose is to keep a safe school. During a global pandemic, we will always err on the side of caution to protect those in our care;
  • We follow the health and safety guidelines issued by the Education Bureau and Centre for Health Protection who are the experts in disease control;
  • Social distancing and health and safety hygiene guidelines are carefully observed.

Overview of The Model

Half-day class resumption

The EDB stipulates that schools can only offer half-day classes for all students, regardless of their age or stage.

Re-entry Schedule

Here is the schedule we will follow when we welcome students back on campus. Divisional Principals will send details for their divisions.

School Schedule*

Below is the schedule that will be followed after the Lunar New Year Break. Divisional Principals will share information for their divisions.

Important Notes:

  • In this model, all students in EC, ES, and MS attend two consecutive half days of school on campus, either from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM or from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM.
  • All High School students attend school every afternoon from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM.
  • On campus instruction is followed by two consecutive days of Online School at home for all students in EC, ES, and MS.
  • HS students also participate in some Online School, according to their Divisional Schedules.
  • Essentially, when students are not on campus, they will participate in Online School. Details will be provided by Divisional Principals.
  • This schedule keeps student density to the required ⅓ enrollment every day.
  • Students will repeat the schedule throughout the period of school resumption or until further notice.
  • This model will support efficient and effective contact tracing.
  • The model eliminates eating on campus, in accordance with government guidelines.

Covid-19 Testing

As announced in the government memo, schools that are able to have 100% of their faculty and staff continuously tested every 14 days will be able to resume school at full capacity, but, even then, for a half day only. AIS will not be pursuing this option for a number of reasons:

  • As a school, AIS is not in a position to mandate testing for all employees, and the voluntary testing scheme requires 100% compliance;
  • While testing staff may help to reduce the risk, it does not mitigate the risk posed by the rest of the school community who come on campus;
  • Reducing the number of students on campus continues to assist with limiting cross-contamination. As this recent case clearly illustrates, schools are easily impacted by the virus, and the more students on campus at any given point in time, the greater the risk;
  • The majority of schools in Hong Kong will not be pursuing the voluntary vaccination scheme; SCMP;
  • If it were safe for all students to be on campus at this time, the government would allow all schools to fully resume, without reservation.

Food and Beverages

According to the current plan, students will not consume food on campus. Students are asked to bring water from home and they will be able to fill their water bottles at our water dispensing stations, if needed.

Bussing

Bus companies will contact families of bussed students as soon as possible to communicate details about their child’s pick up and drop off schedule.

Important Notes for Families – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Please ensure that you review the following important information to ensure a smooth transition for your child. As a school, we must continue to follow the health and safety guidelines issued by the government, and we ask that all families pay particularly close attention to these important details.

  • Parents must notify the school immediately if:
    • Anyone in their family is found to be a confirmed case of COVID-19; or,
    • If a member of their family is classified as a “close contact” of an infected person with COVID-19 by the CHP;
    • If they reside in a building that has been locked down for mandatory testing;
    • AIS will follow the direction of the CHP in these situations.
  • If your child becomes ill while at school:
    • A Parent / Emergency Contact will be called if your child becomes ill while at school.
    • Children MUST be picked up ASAP.
    • If a Parent / Emergency Contact does not respond in a timely manner, students with fevers and who are severely ill will be sent to the emergency department of a nearby hospital for medical treatment, in accordance with EDB Guidelines.
    • All students must provide a doctor’s note before being allowed to return to school.
  • Temperatures must be taken daily.
    • ALL Parents MUST take their child’s temperature prior to departing for school.
    • Elementary parents MUST record their child’s temperature in their diaries.
      • 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.
  • AIS campus will open at 7:45 AM.
  • AIS campus will close at 4:30 PM.
  • Arrival and dismissal:
    • Maintain social distancing guidelines (1 meter apart).
    • Parents and caregivers will not be allowed on campus, with the exception of one adult accompanying child in EC1AM, EC1PM, EC2, G1J, and for school-related business purposes.
    • Elementary School DROP OFF is at the 123 Gate (Waterloo Road).*
    • Elementary School G1-G4 PICK UP is at the 117 Gate (Essex Crescent).*
    • Early Childhood (EC1, EC2, G1J) PICK UP is at the 131 Gate (Rutland Quadrant)*
    • Middle and High School students arrive and depart independently through 123 Gate.*
      * Additional Details will be provided by Divisional Principals
  • Mask Policy at AIS
    • ALL Students and ALL Visitors MUST wear a mask to school and on campus.
    • Send children with a disposable medical or government issued reusable mask.
    • Send children with spare masks each day.
    • VENTILATORS and masks with vents are not permitted.
  • Campus common areas, classrooms, and washrooms will be disinfected before school, between classes, and after school.
  • Students will sit 1 meter apart in classrooms and face the same direction.
  • Students will receive training on health and safety reminders when they return.
  • Signage will be posted around the campus with clear expectations for all.
  • Students will not have access to lockers and cubbies during the period of school resumption.
  • Students will be allowed to carry a backpack, and must ensure that all their belongings are safely stored inside and carried with them to class.
  • ALL campus water filling stations will be open, and strict sanitation will be in place, in accordance with the ministry memo; however, we recommend bringing a full bottle of water or two to school.
  • School lunches and snacks will not be provided or permitted.
  • Be sure your child eats BEFORE leaving for school as no time will be provided for meals or snacks while on campus.

Gratitude

Thank you once again for your ongoing understanding and support. Without question, these are not easy times and we all continue to face a range of challenges in our lives. We are very aware that we cannot always find solutions that meet every family’s needs; however, we are confident that the plan we have developed is in line with the parameters set by the education bureau and allows us to see all of our students once again on a regular basis.

I trust that this information is helpful and encourage you to look out for updates from your Divisional Principal(s) who will soon be sharing specific details about their respective divisions.

We are truly looking forward to reopening our campus and to seeing our students once again. Please rest assured that we will continue to keep you informed and keep our school community safe, when we resume modified operations in the coming days.

Until then, wishing you and your loved ones Kung Hei Fat Choy!

 

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Families, Faculty, and Staff,

Happy Lunar New Year!

On behalf of the Leadership Team at American International School, I extend a warm and heartfelt Happy Lunar New Year to you and your loved ones. We truly hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday next week. Without question, we all look forward to a future where we can come together and celebrate with each other, where warm embraces, smiles, and laughter are commonplace once again, and where we enjoy each others’ company without reservation. May this new year and 2021 bring that time even closer.

School Resumption

We are currently waiting for the Education Bureau to release the anticipated memo necessary for us to finalize our school resumption plans. The key criteria all schools need to know is whether the safe return to campus will be based on student enrollment or school capacity. As a school, we have developed plans based on both models, and as soon as we receive the official government memo, we will formalize our plans and release them to you right away to help with your planning. Please continue to monitor your AIS email accounts and our school website.

BRAVO, AIS! So Much to Celebrate!!

As parents, faculty, staff, and students at AIS, you can be proud of the incredible accomplishments that members of our school community continue to attain. Despite the restrictions and challenges of our time, our faculty and students are rising to the occasion and achieving great things. Just take a look at some of the recent accomplishments below to get a sense of how amazing our students and faculty really are! As Head of School, I am beyond proud of them all.

G12 student Arav Vashist published his own book, Take the Wheel; Drive Your Passion, and delivered three TEDx Talks.

His Confidence is clearly evident, and we are extremely proud of his achievements. You can find out how to get your own copy of it HERE.

TEDxAmericanInternationalSchoolHK Speakers Chenhey Chu (G11), Juah Hwang (G7), Soovin Jang (G7), Aarav Kothari (G6), Annie Li (G6), Shanshan “Oscar” Wang (G7), Hallie Wong (G12), and Mable Yim (G11) have all been featured on the official TED-Ed Club YouTube Channel as models of our AIS ESLR, Effective Communicators, for students around the world to see!

Kris Bumpus, Head of Counselling and Student Support, and Candy Lee, Elementary School Student Support Teacher, published their article “Nurturing Connections During COVID Through Virtual Playdates” in the Winter Edition of the 20-21 EARCOS Triannual Journal modeling Social interactions in a virtual environment for international educators across Eastern Asia.

Bravo to:

Yuri Takamatsu (G12), Mr. Anthony Goga (Faculty), Mr. Stephen Kelly (Faculty), Marco Guisto (G5), Chelsea Leung (G8), Ruhaan Sanndhu (G6) and to all those that continue to participate and who won races in the AIS Cross Country Challenge for exemplifying our AIS ESLR, Well-Rounded Individuals.

Empowered Thinkers Harshini Sundar (G11) and Aishani Chaudhuri (G10) deserve a round of applause for their success in being selected to the shortlist for the grand prize for the Hong Kong Young Writers Award – thank you to Mr. Henry Su for being the faculty advisor for the Creative Writing Club.

Panorama

Thank you for participating in our Panorama Survey. We sincerely appreciate your feedback. Leadership is in the process of reviewing the data and will share the findings with you very soon.

PTA Fundraiser

Don’t forget to participate in the PTA Fundraiser for the Physical Education Department. Details are included in all Divisional Principal messages this week. Being active is a wonderful way to improve your physical and mental health. Both are so important at this time. Whether your participation is big or small, we appreciate it! Remember, every little bit helps. I can’t wait to see how far we’ll all go!

Finally, I sincerely hope that you and your family enjoy the Lunar New Year break ahead. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

 

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, Faculty, and Families,

As promised, the AIS Leadership Team has now had an opportunity to thoroughly review the Education Bureau (EDB) memo, Continuation of Suspension of Face-to-Face Classes for Schools in Hong Kong: The Arrangements and to plan next steps.

Based on the guidelines outlined in the memo, AIS has determined that High School students can receive some face-to-face instruction, in accordance with their need to continue to prepare for their Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. These important examinations impact our students’ post secondary pathways and future opportunities, so this group of students has been prioritized in our planning. In accordance with the parameters received from the government, schools can arrange for “a small number” of secondary school students to return to school “to attend face-to-face classes or take examinations.” This is permissible as long as the “upper population limit of students who attend campus is capped at one sixth of the school’s maximum permitted capacity” and as long as “proper health protection measures are in place.”

In the case of AIS High School, students from Grades 9-12 are currently enrolled in and studying for AP examinations, and the size of the High School student body does not exceed one sixth of the campus’ permitted capacity. As a result, students from Grades 9 -12 will be welcomed back on campus, in line with current government guidelines.

According to the memo, Kindergarten students (in our case, students in EC1, EC2, and Grade 1 Junior) are not permitted to return to school for face-to-face learning. Since P6 (Primary 6 students) are not preparing for examinations, and since their return would exceed the school’s “maximum permitted capacity”, they will not return prior to the Lunar New Year and will continue with Online School.

Please note that should the virus numbers increase over the course of the coming four weeks, changes to the schedule may become necessary once again. Any needed changes will be communicated in a timely manner to all members of the AIS community.

The Weekly Schedule

High School students will return to school on Wednesday, 13 January, from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm each day of the week. For students in Grades EC1 – Grade 8, Online School will continue to be offered. Mr. Mike Wing, High School Principal will soon be in touch with High School students and their families with details about the daily timetables.

Special Notes

Please take note of these important details:

  • No food will be consumed at any time by students while on campus.
  • Students are to bring water bottles and will be allowed to drink water in line with safe social distancing guidelines.
  • All health and safety and social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.
  • Gate 123 will open at 7:45 am for High School student arrivals.
  • Gate 123 will close at 12:45 pm.

Bussing

  • Bus companies will contact families of bussed students as soon as possible to communicate details about their child’s pick up and drop off schedule.

We continue to look forward to the time when we can welcome all of our students back on campus. Until then, please stay safe and healthy.

 

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Important Reminders

  • ALL parents MUST take their child’s temperature prior to departing for school and record the temperature on the 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 your parent / guardian and shown to your P1 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.

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, Faculty, and Families,

Further to my update yesterday, 4 January, 2021, the Hong Kong Government has now extended the suspension of face-to-face classes in all primary and secondary schools, including international schools, until the end of the Lunar New Year Holiday, as announced late yesterday, 4 January 2021, in the Continuation of Suspension of Face-to-Face Classes for Schools in Hong Kong: The Arrangements.

We are currently reviewing the memo to determine what steps we are able to take and will be in touch as soon as possible. As always, our priority continues to be to provide our students and families with a safe, engaging, and vigorous learning environment during these unprecedented times.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

On behalf of the Leadership Team, I wish you all a very Happy New Year and a 2021 filled with health, happiness and hope! I am optimistic that your holiday season was blessed with joy, love, and laughter and that you were all able to enjoy some quality time with your family.

At AIS, we are buoyed by the many positive messages regarding the potential of vaccinations around the world and the possibility that this recent development offers us all to resume many pre-pandemic activities. We are especially excited about the long term impact this will have on how we are able to offer school.

School Resumption

As you know, the Hong Kong Government extended the suspension of face-to-face classes in all primary and secondary schools, including international schools, until 10 January 2021, as announced in my 22 December Important Community Update. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide you with any additional updates we receive. Divisional Principals will be in touch regarding the schedule for Monday, 11 January 2021 this week.

And, finally, just a reminder that although we would have preferred to see our students in person, we are thrilled to be back in Online School tomorrow, Tuesday, 5 January 2021. I know our faculty are looking forward to seeing their students once again, as we begin a brand new calendar year together.

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

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Families,

Late yesterday afternoon, 21 December, 2020, the Education Bureau (EDB) and Hong Kong government announced an extension of face-to-face classes until 10 January, 2021. In a memo sent to all school principals, the bureau states that the situation is “still very severe” and “strongly advocates that school staff and students should avoid going out, having crowd gatherings and social contacts as well as dining out during the Christmas holidays.”

We encourage all members of our AIS School Community to follow all government issued mandates and guidelines and exercise caution at this time, in order to do our part to keep our community healthy and safe from this disease. The memo also asks that students and staff avoid all non-essential travel at this time.

Divisional Principals will be in touch early in the new year with details about the school resumption schedule.

Until then, we continue to wish you peace, good health, and much happiness during the holidays. The best gift we could ask for is your support, and we are grateful for it.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Families,

On behalf of the Leadership Team, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season filled with all the things you love. Thank you for an outstanding fall and for all you continue to do to make things work as well as they are. From on campus to online learning, WASC accreditation, weekend SATs, virtual MAP assessments, and many many Zoom calls, you have continued to model our Core Values of Justice, Knowledge, and, especially, Love.

Thank you for helping us to raise HK$15,771 for Operation Santa Claus last Friday, 11 December and for sharing that love with our community. Your generosity and giving spirit will help bring joy to those less fortunate and change the quality of life for someone who truly needs our help. Of course it’s still not too late to donate if you haven’t yet had a chance. Just follow this LINK.

And speaking of joy, we hope that this special Holiday video from the AIS Principals helps bring some joy your way. Please make sure you’re signed into your AIS email!

School Resumption

As you know, the Hong Kong Government made the decision to suspend face-to-face classes in all primary and secondary schools, including international schools, until after the Winter Break. To the best of our knowledge, at this time, face-to-face classes are supposed to resume at AIS on Tuesday, 5 January, 2021; however, we have not had any additional updates, confirmation, or direction from the Education Bureau or Hong Kong government, since the last announcement. As a result, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide you with any updates we receive.

Given the caution that is being exercised to stop the spread of the virus, it is important to note that, if schools are allowed to resume face-to-face instruction after the Winter Break, AIS will continue with the previous hybrid schedule in use before school was suspended. Naturally, we will confirm this with you when we have updates to provide, but I share this with you now, to assist with your planning.

Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and those you love. We wish you peace, good health, and a well-deserved rest over the holidays and into the new year. Here’s to a wonderful 2021!

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School