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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 new Head of School. AIS boasts a vibrant learning community, passionate educators, a rich tradition of excellence, and 34 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

LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear AIS Parents and Families,

On behalf of the Leadership Team and Faculty, I send sincere and heartfelt thanks for your incredible support and encouragement these last nine weeks of Online School. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. As a tightly-knit learning community, we remain bound together by our shared commitment to our wonderful students. Their education and wellbeing continue to drive our decisions and practice. We want the absolute best for them and their education, and our actions demonstrate that our care is limitless and ongoing.

Online School Statistics

We have some impressive data that clearly demonstrates the depth and strength of our Online School efforts and connections. Did you know that in the last month alone, from 1 March – 1 April, our faculty and students have:

  • participated in 1,298,771 minutes of Zoom meetings, the equivalent of 2.5 YEARS!
  • shared 171,639 documents on Google Drive
  • sent 399,026 email, and
  • developed 163 active Google Classroom classes, with an average of 260 posts per day

There is no doubt in my mind that our students, faculty, and parents have been working tirelessly to ensure that learning and connections have remained the focus since beginning our Online School journey. You have all worked incredibly hard, and you deserve a well-earned rest during our upcoming Spring Break.

Spirit Week, 14-17 April!

In fact, when we return from Spring Break, we will celebrate just how far we have come with our AIS Online School Spirit Week from 14-17 April. Please consider joining in on the fun! Parents and families are encouraged to take part. You can make a difference and raise someone’s spirit!! Simply take a picture of yourself and send it to this email address:  sharethelove@ais.edu.hk and use #AISShareThe Love on Twitter.

Not only will you earn House Points, you will also be spreading good cheer across our AIS community and you may win one of our Mystery Prizes!

We cannot wait to see your creativity and school spirit!!

Education Bureau Update

This week, we received this EDB Announcement  and have learned that schools will be provided three weeks’ notice before any school resumptions are scheduled to begin. We greatly appreciate knowing that we will receive advance notice, as this will support all of us with the ability to plan.

Gratitude

Finally, I want to extend my true appreciation and gratitude to Ms. Okubo, Mr. Han, and Ms. Lee for a wonderful webinar they led this week. Hosted by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), our wonderful Elementary Team made our learning visible with 654 educators from across California and provided some very timely and practical advice for schools who are just embarking on their online school journeys.

I truly hope that you are able to rest and relax during the Spring Break ahead. You deserve it!

I can never thank you enough for your incredible support. Stay safe and healthy.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

2020 Coronavirus Family FAQ

Is it true that schools that previously offered some senior classes have now stopped?

Yes. Many schools that previously offered limited senior classes have now been asked to discontinue that practice. AIS continues to carefully follow the direction set by the Hong Kong government and Education Bureau who have established clear guidelines for the types of school activities and gatherings that are currently permissible. AIS continues to limit access to onsite instruction, out of an abundance of caution, and given the recent tightening of restrictions, we are confident that our approach ensures student and staff safety and keeps wellbeing at the heart of all decision making.

Is it true that the SAT test has been cancelled?

Yes, testing for both March and May administrations of the SATs have been cancelled. We are now awaiting word from the College Board about whether the June SAT administration will take place and will be sure to share any updates when they are received.

I have heard that the government school subsidies have started to be issued. Do I need to do anything to receive mine?

No, there is nothing you need to do. The deadline for schools to submit their requests has been extended. Families have one week after school resumes to submit their application to the school office. Given that school has not resumed, AIS is working with the EDB on details regarding the subsidy submission. Once again, if you have already submitted your form, you do not need to take any action.

What impact will travel have on my ability to return to AIS?

All families must carefully monitor the Hong Kong travel advisories for INBOUND and OUTBOUND travel for updates and adjust travel plans accordingly. Plans continue to change and updates are provided on a regular basis.

The decision to return to Hong Kong or to leave Hong Kong during the period of Online School rests with the family. It is a personal one to make; however, the government has urged all families to remain in the city during this time and to avoid non-essential travel. You are reminded that the latest you could return to Hong Kong and be able to attend regular day school on Monday 20 April is 6 April, to comply with the government issued 14 day self quarantine requirement for all travellers returning to the city. Again, depending on your country or origin, you may be required to self-quarantine at home or in a quarantine centre.

Are there any updates about refunds for buses?

Yes, California Coach Ltd. will issue a 25% refund to all families for the number of days that school is suspended. They will calculate this when the date of return is finalized and issue refund cheques to all families. Details can soon be found on the California Coach website.

Does AIS have any plans to change the dates for Spring Break or summer holidays?

Spring Break and summer holidays will continue, as planned, in accordance with our published School Year Calendar. All families are advised to remain in Hong Kong at this time, in accordance with the Hong Kong government recommendations. They are also encouraged to review the travel restrictions currently in place:  INBOUND and OUTBOUND.

Is campus open if I need to get something?

Yes, campus will remain open during regular office hours Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. If students need to collect resources from the campus, they are welcome to do so during these hours, with the exception of all travellers who have recently returned to Hong Kong without first serving the mandatory 14 day quarantine set by the Hong Kong government, outlined here: INBOUND and OUTBOUND.

I understand that school photos are ready? How will we receive them?

School photos are now ready and will be distributed when students return to school. Should you wish to pick your pictures up beforehand, you can collect them from the school office during regular office hours.

Should we physically be on campus the week of 14-17 April?

No, families and students should not be on campus, and no parents, caregivers, or students who have recently returned to Hong Kong should come to campus without first serving the mandatory 14 day self quarantine mentioned above.

What precautionary measures does the school continue to take?

AIS has implemented a number of precautionary measures to protect the health of our school community, and the school continues to maintain a high standard of care:

  • Custodial staff have conducted a deep clean of the campus;
  • All classrooms are provided with hand sanitizer;
  • All families and faculty have completed a Health Declaration Form and will be asked to complete another form prior to school startup, currently projected at 20 April
  • All visitors to campus will have their temperatures taken before entry;
  • The above applied to all visitors to campus as well;
  • Anyone unwell is asked to not come to campus at this time, even with a mask.
Can my child get additional academic help from his or her teacher?

Yes, students can request extra help from their teachers. When a request is made, the teacher will email the family to let the parents know when the session will take place. An email to the teacher acknowledging the additional session is required.

How will attendance work during Online School?

AIS Middle and High School students will continue to have their attendance taken in each period, according to their daily schedules. Specific details for your division will be communicated by classroom teachers and divisional principals. Contact your child’s teacher with specific issues you may be having.

Is it true that Elementary ECAs have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year? If so, how do I get a refund?

Yes, AIS has cancelled all Elementary ECAs for the remainder of the school year and notified all ECA providers. To obtain a refund, please complete this form and either mail it to the school or bring the completed form to the main office. ECAs in Middle and High School will be reviewed for feasibility when school resumes.

What can families expect in terms of bus and cafeteria refunds?

Families can expect that Cafe Concepts will begin to serve the menus that families had previously selected when school resumes. Any additional fees for Trimester 3 will be collected at a later date, once the number of days remaining in the school year can be confirmed.

Currently, all bus operators in Hong Kong are working with the government to secure financial assistance. California Coach continues to pay their staff, insurance, licensing, and other operational fees, and further information about potential refunds remains pending.

Will there be a reduction in school fees?

School fees will not be reduced. This is because AIS is offering Online School during the period of school suspension. As a school, we continue to employ faculty, and they continue to work, collaborate, plan, and provide instruction throughout the school day. They are assessing evidence of student learning that is provided by students and are in the midst of preparing report cards for Trimester Two (2). Faculty also remain available to parents and students via email and other AIS sponsored digital learning tools.

Does AIS have any plans to change the dates for Spring Break or summer holidays?

Spring Break and summer holidays will continue, as planned, in accordance with our published School Year Calendar.

Why have I received an Emergency Contact Form?

Families who did not complete the Emergency Contact Form have been emailed a new copy of the form. Completed forms can be mailed to the school or delivered to the school office during regular business hours.

What are faculty working hours from Monday - Friday?

Faculty working hours remain 7:45 am – 3:30 pm.

What are faculty office hours from Monday - Friday?

Elementary faculty will maintain daily office hours from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Middle and High School faculty will facilitate live learning sessions with their students, according to daily A/B schedules and will be available during office hours from 7:45 – 8:00 am and from 3:00 – 3:30 pm.

Dear AIS Parents and Families,

I sincerely hope this message finds you and those you love in good health. These are not easy times for anyone. Thankfully, our ability to support and connect with each other, our family, and our friends will see us through these challenging times. While our connections may be virtual, they have the power to support, motivate, and inspire. We are each other’s best and most important resource at this time.

Please be easy on yourself and others. Clearly, this is not a sprint. Instead, we find ourselves long distance runners in the midst of adjusting to the news of a prolonged period of Online School. We all need to carefully pace ourselves in order to sustain our energy now and into the future. Thankfully, Spring Break will provide our community with some much needed time to rest.

We are excited to be preparing for an Online School Spirit Week following the Spring Break from 14 – 17 April. You can submit your ideas for daily themes on this Spirit Week Form. It is incredibly important for us to sustain and grow our collective focus on injecting fun, engaging opportunities for playful connections with our students at this time. While we know that academics are important, our ability to enhance student wellness and wellbeing matters more now than ever. We look forward to the ideas we will no doubt receive from our students! Parents, you’re welcome to join in on the fun! More details to follow soon.

We also received good news from the College Board regarding Advanced Placement (AP) this week. Unlike many other assessments that have been cancelled around the world, we are delighted to report that examinations for AP will take place this year. This is truly wonderful for our students and families. More details can be found in this week’s High School Highlights.

Finally, we give special thanks to our wonderful PTA Executive Committee who continue to meet with us regularly to provide important parent feedback. And, as always, we continue to think of all of our AIS families who are currently living in many other parts of the world and send our very best wishes and good health to them all.

Stay well.

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

2020 Coronavirus Family FAQ

What impact will travel have on my ability to return to AIS?

All families must carefully monitor the Hong Kong travel advisories for INBOUND and OUTBOUND travel for updates and adjust travel plans accordingly. Plans continue to change and updates are provided on a regular basis.

The decision to return to Hong Kong or to leave Hong Kong during the period of Online School rests with the family. It is a personal one to make; however, the government has urged all families to remain in the city during this time and to avoid non-essential travel. You are reminded that the latest you could return to Hong Kong and be able to attend regular day school on Monday 20 April is 6 April, to comply with the government issued 14 day self quarantine requirement for all travellers returning to the city. Again, depending on your country or origin, you may be required to self-quarantine at home or in a quarantine centre.

Are there any updates about refunds for buses?

Yes, California Coach Ltd. will issue a 25% refund to all families for the number of days that school is suspended. They will calculate this when the date of return is finalized and issue refund cheques to all families. Details can soon be found on the California Coach website.

Does AIS have any plans to change the dates for Spring Break or summer holidays?

Spring Break and summer holidays will continue, as planned, in accordance with our published School Year Calendar. All families are advised to remain in Hong Kong at this time, in accordance with the Hong Kong government recommendations. They are also encouraged to review the travel restrictions currently in place:  INBOUND and OUTBOUND.

Is campus open if I need to get something?

Yes, campus will remain open during regular office hours Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. If students need to collect resources from the campus, they are welcome to do so during these hours, with the exception of all travellers who have recently returned to Hong Kong without first serving the mandatory 14 day quarantine set by the Hong Kong government, outlined here: INBOUND and OUTBOUND.

Why am I hearing that some schools are offering classes for senior students?

AIS continues to carefully follow the direction set by the Hong Kong government and Education Bureau who have established clear guidelines for the types of school activities and gatherings that are currently permissible. The expectations apply to all schools in Hong Kong, and we are currently in compliance. The vast majority of international schools in Hong Kong continue to limit access to onsite instruction, out of an abundance of caution. We are confident that our approach puts student and staff safety and wellbeing at the heart of all decision making.

Is it true that the SAT test has been cancelled?

Yes, SATs have been cancelled. Testing for graduating students had been identified as a pre-approved activity, until recently, provided that schools observed all reasonable safety measures. AIS had planned on offering the SATs for students on Saturday, 14 March 2020, but the school, along with all other schools in Hong Kong, were informed that the testing was cancelled on Thursday, 12 March.

I understand that school photos are ready? How will we receive them?

School photos are now ready and will be distributed when students return to school. Should you wish to pick your pictures up beforehand, you can collect them from the school office during regular office hours.

Should we physically be on campus the week of 20-24 March?

No, families and students should not be on campus, and no parents, caregivers, or students who have recently returned to Hong Kong should come to campus without first serving the mandatory 14 day self quarantine mentioned above.

What precautionary measures does the school continue to take?

AIS has implemented a number of precautionary measures to protect the health of our school community, and the school continues to maintain a high standard of care:

  • Custodial staff have conducted a deep clean of the campus;
  • All classrooms are provided with hand sanitizer;
  • All families and faculty have completed a Health Declaration Form and will be asked to complete another form prior to school startup, currently projected at 20 April
  • All visitors to campus will have their temperatures taken before entry;
  • The above applied to all visitors to campus as well;
  • Anyone unwell is asked to not come to campus at this time, even with a mask.
Can my child get additional academic help from his or her teacher?

Yes, students can request extra help from their teachers. When a request is made, the teacher will email the family to let the parents know when the session will take place. An email to the teacher acknowledging the additional session is required.

How will attendance work during Online School?

AIS Middle and High School students will continue to have their attendance taken in each period, according to their daily schedules. Specific details for your division will be communicated by classroom teachers and divisional principals. Contact your child’s teacher with specific issues you may be having.

Is it true that Elementary ECAs have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year? If so, how do I get a refund?

Yes, AIS has cancelled all Elementary ECAs for the remainder of the school year and notified all ECA providers. To obtain a refund, please complete this form and either mail it to the school or bring the completed form to the main office. ECAs in Middle and High School will be reviewed for feasibility when school resumes.

I have heard that the government school subsidies have been increased? Do I need to do anything to receive the increased subsidy?

The government subsidies have been increased from $HK2,500.00 to $HK3,500.00 for eligible families. The deadline for schools to submit their requests has also been extended. Families have one week after school resumes to submit their application to the school office, for those that have not yet done so. If you have already submitted your form, you do not need to take any action.

What can families expect in terms of bus and cafeteria refunds?

Families can expect that Cafe Concepts will begin to serve the menus that families had previously selected when school resumes. Any additional fees for Trimester 3 will be collected at a later date, once the number of days remaining in the school year can be confirmed.

Currently, all bus operators in Hong Kong are working with the government to secure financial assistance. California Coach continues to pay their staff, insurance, licensing, and other operational fees, and further information about potential refunds remains pending.

Will there be a reduction in school fees?

School fees will not be reduced. This is because AIS is offering Online School during the period of school suspension. As a school, we continue to employ faculty, and they continue to work, collaborate, plan, and provide instruction throughout the school day. They are assessing evidence of student learning that is provided by students and are in the midst of preparing report cards for Trimester Two (2). Faculty also remain available to parents and students via email and other AIS sponsored digital learning tools.

Does AIS have any plans to change the dates for Spring Break or summer holidays?

Spring Break and summer holidays will continue, as planned, in accordance with our published School Year Calendar.

Why have I received an Emergency Contact Form?

Families who did not complete the Emergency Contact Form have been emailed a new copy of the form. Completed forms can be mailed to the school or delivered to the school office during regular business hours.

What are faculty working hours from Monday - Friday?

Faculty working hours remain 7:45 am – 3:30 pm.

What are faculty office hours from Monday - Friday?

Elementary faculty will maintain daily office hours from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Middle and High School faculty will facilitate live learning sessions with their students, according to daily A/B schedules and will be available during office hours from 7:45 – 8:00 am and from 3:00 – 3:30 pm.

Dear Parents, Faculty, Students, and Staff,

As you will have recently heard, the Education Bureau announced on 21 March 2020 that all classes that were originally scheduled for tentatively resuming in phases on 20 April, at the earliest, are being “further suspended, until further notice”.

This is, of course, difficult news for all members of the AIS community to receive. Like all schools, we have been busy planning for a staged resumption and truly looking forward to seeing our students, our families, and each other again. As educators, we thrive on working with others and have developed meaningful relationships with so many individuals in our school community. Being apart is difficult. The thought of coming together on campus again has been a powerful motivator, and we understand that this news is deeply disappointing.

Despite this setback, we are fortunate. We are blessed to have each other. We are blessed with an amazing learning community that I am confident will find the positive in this next phase of Online School and all that we will continue to do together. We have built deep and important connections with each other that will sustain us over the coming weeks. To help strengthen our community ties and combat social isolation, we will embed a greater focus on wellness and wellbeing into our virtual connections over the coming days and weeks.

Always remember that we need each other now, more than ever, and we are here for you and each other. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our wonderful counsellors and student support staff, your fantastic divisional leads, or any member of the AIS team.

Elementary School Middle School High School Whole School
Ms. Candy Lee Ms. Kay Lee Ms. Heather Hendrickx Ms. Kristen Bumpus
Elementary Student Support Teacher Middle School Counsellor High School Counsellor Head of Counselling and Student Support
ckplee@ais.edu.hk clee@ais.edu.hk hhendrickx@ais.edu.hk kbumpus@ais.edu.hk

Stay healthy and positive. We will get through this together.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear AIS Parents and Families,

We have just completed our seventh (7th) week of Online School at AIS. Our progress is impressive, and we continue to be grateful for your partnership. Over the course of this past week, we have seen our world change profoundly. Each day brings new information and different realities for people around the globe. Understandably, we are concerned for each other and for those we love, wherever they may live. We especially think of our students and families who are currently living in many other parts of the world, and we send our sincere best wishes and good health to them all.

At this time, it is especially important for us all to pay close attention to all travel advisories and restrictions issued by the Hong Kong government which are found here: INBOUND | OUTBOUND. While there are many critical details on the website to review, it is especially important to note that, “Starting from midnight on March 19, people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any overseas countries/territories in the past 14 days, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents, will be subject to compulsory quarantine.” It is also important to note that some quarantines are completed at home and others at quarantine centres. Be sure to check the links for restrictions related to your particular situation.

Naturally, these travel restrictions will impact plans that many families may have made for AIS’s Spring Break, scheduled from 4-13 April. Given the 14 day quarantine instituted by the government, all travellers must return to Hong Kong on 6 April in order to comply and be in a position to possibly resume school on 20 April; naturally, going away at this time would not allow anyone an opportunity to self quarantine for the required 14 days. That being said, it is important to note that the government target date for school resumption is tentative. We will be sure to communicate any changes as they are received.

It is regrettable that this new measure, along with many other global travel advisories worldwide, will restrict our community’s ability to travel and enjoy a well-deserved holiday as many originally planned; however, we all understand that many sacrifices will need to be made in these extenuating times.

Finally, I am happy to confirm that California Coach Ltd. will be issuing a 25% refund to all families, based on the number of days of school suspension. The calculation will be made when the date of return is finalized and the company will issue refund cheques to all families then. Further details can soon be found on the California Coach website.

Be gentle with yourself and each other. Sending good health and strength. 

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

2020 Coronavirus Family FAQ

What impact will travel have on my ability to return to AIS?

All families must carefully monitor the Hong Kong travel advisories for INBOUND and OUTBOUND travel for updates and adjust travel plans accordingly. Plans continue to change and updates are provided on a regular basis.

The decision to return to Hong Kong or to leave Hong Kong during the period of Online School rests with the family. It is a personal one to make; however, the government has urged all families to remain in the city during this time and to avoid non-essential travel. You are reminded that the latest you could return to Hong Kong and be able to attend regular day school on Monday 20 April is 6 April, to comply with the government issued 14 day self quarantine requirement for all travellers returning to the city. Again, depending on your country or origin, you may be required to self-quarantine at home or in a quarantine centre.

Are there any updates about refunds for buses?

Yes, California Coach Ltd. will issue a 25% refund to all families for the number of days that school is suspended. They will calculate this when the date of return is finalized and issue refund cheques to all families. Details can soon be found on the California Coach website.

Does AIS have any plans to change the dates for Spring Break or summer holidays?

Spring Break and summer holidays will continue, as planned, in accordance with our published School Year Calendar. All families are advised to remain in Hong Kong at this time, in accordance with the Hong Kong government recommendations. They are also encouraged to review the travel restrictions currently in place:  INBOUND and OUTBOUND.

Is campus open if I need to get something?

Yes, campus will remain open during regular office hours Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. If students need to collect resources from the campus, they are welcome to do so during these hours, with the exception of all travellers who have recently returned to Hong Kong without first serving the mandatory 14 day quarantine set by the Hong Kong government, outlined here: INBOUND and OUTBOUND.

Why am I hearing that some schools are offering classes for senior students?

AIS continues to carefully follow the direction set by the Hong Kong government and Education Bureau who have established clear guidelines for the types of school activities and gatherings that are currently permissible. The expectations apply to all schools in Hong Kong, and we are currently in compliance. The vast majority of international schools in Hong Kong continue to limit access to onsite instruction, out of an abundance of caution. We are confident that our approach puts student and staff safety and wellbeing at the heart of all decision making.

Is it true that the SAT test has been cancelled?

Yes, SATs have been cancelled. Testing for graduating students had been identified as a pre-approved activity, until recently, provided that schools observed all reasonable safety measures. AIS had planned on offering the SATs for students on Saturday, 14 March 2020, but the school, along with all other schools in Hong Kong, were informed that the testing was cancelled on Thursday, 12 March.

I understand that school photos are ready? How will we receive them?

School photos are now ready and will be distributed when students return to school. Should you wish to pick your pictures up beforehand, you can collect them from the school office during regular office hours.

Should we physically be on campus the week of 20-24 March?

No, families and students should not be on campus, and no parents, caregivers, or students who have recently returned to Hong Kong should come to campus without first serving the mandatory 14 day self quarantine mentioned above.

What precautionary measures does the school continue to take?

AIS has implemented a number of precautionary measures to protect the health of our school community, and the school continues to maintain a high standard of care:

  • Custodial staff have conducted a deep clean of the campus;
  • All classrooms are provided with hand sanitizer;
  • All families and faculty have completed a Health Declaration Form and will be asked to complete another form prior to school startup, currently projected at 20 April
  • All visitors to campus will have their temperatures taken before entry;
  • The above applied to all visitors to campus as well;
  • Anyone unwell is asked to not come to campus at this time, even with a mask.
Can my child get additional academic help from his or her teacher?

Yes, students can request extra help from their teachers. When a request is made, the teacher will email the family to let the parents know when the session will take place. An email to the teacher acknowledging the additional session is required.

How will attendance work during Online School?

AIS Middle and High School students will continue to have their attendance taken in each period, according to their daily schedules. Specific details for your division will be communicated by classroom teachers and divisional principals. Contact your child’s teacher with specific issues you may be having.

Is it true that Elementary ECAs have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year? If so, how do I get a refund?

Yes, AIS has cancelled all Elementary ECAs for the remainder of the school year and notified all ECA providers. To obtain a refund, please complete this form and either mail it to the school or bring the completed form to the main office. ECAs in Middle and High School will be reviewed for feasibility when school resumes.

I have heard that the government school subsidies have been increased? Do I need to do anything to receive the increased subsidy?

The government subsidies have been increased from $HK2,500.00 to $HK3,500.00 for eligible families. The deadline for schools to submit their requests has also been extended. Families have one week after school resumes to submit their application to the school office, for those that have not yet done so. If you have already submitted your form, you do not need to take any action.

What can families expect in terms of bus and cafeteria refunds?

Families can expect that Cafe Concepts will begin to serve the menus that families had previously selected when school resumes. Any additional fees for Trimester 3 will be collected at a later date, once the number of days remaining in the school year can be confirmed.

Currently, all bus operators in Hong Kong are working with the government to secure financial assistance. California Coach continues to pay their staff, insurance, licensing, and other operational fees, and further information about potential refunds remains pending.

Will there be a reduction in school fees?

School fees will not be reduced. This is because AIS is offering Online School during the period of school suspension. As a school, we continue to employ faculty, and they continue to work, collaborate, plan, and provide instruction throughout the school day. They are assessing evidence of student learning that is provided by students and are in the midst of preparing report cards for Trimester Two (2). Faculty also remain available to parents and students via email and other AIS sponsored digital learning tools.

Does AIS have any plans to change the dates for Spring Break or summer holidays?

Spring Break and summer holidays will continue, as planned, in accordance with our published School Year Calendar.

Why have I received an Emergency Contact Form?

Families who did not complete the Emergency Contact Form have been emailed a new copy of the form. Completed forms can be mailed to the school or delivered to the school office during regular business hours.

What are faculty working hours from Monday - Friday?

Faculty working hours remain 7:45 am – 3:30 pm.

What are faculty office hours from Monday - Friday?

Elementary faculty will maintain daily office hours from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Middle and High School faculty will facilitate live learning sessions with their students, according to daily A/B schedules and will be available during office hours from 7:45 – 8:00 am and from 3:00 – 3:30 pm.

Dear AIS Parents and Families,

Thank you for another successful week of Online School at AIS. Your positive feedback continues to brighten our spirits and fuel our optimism. We welcome your messages of support and care. I recently received this truly thoughtful message from one of our amazing parents:

Thank you very much for your email! It is filled with positivity and it certainly allows us to feel as if we are part of a great community. In the countless chats with people around us regarding online school, we always praise AIS…..Since the very beginning of the outbreak, the AIS team demonstrated confidence and readiness, which as a consequence reassured the families that the situation was under control. Such a crucial moment in those days of panic and fear! In the following weeks, AIS teachers and leaders offered support and understanding at all times and demonstrated once again that all faculty is true to the core values of the school. We are grateful that attention was given not only to the academic progress of the students, but also to the wellbeing of all the family members. This is an incredible example of unity and an excellent way to teach our kids the importance of growing as well rounded citizens. We are proud to be part of the AIS community and grateful to all the faculty members for their hard work.

As this message attests, our faculty continue to inspire and empower learning, and we are incredibly proud of the work they are doing to meet our students’ academic and social-emotional needs. At AIS, love continues to lead the learning, and this couldn’t be more true than during Online School.

A few important updates:

  • Digital Report Cards were issued on Thursday, 12 March, 2020. These unofficial records will provide you with feedback around your child’s learning during Trimester 2. Official report cards will be issued when school resumes. Should you require an official copy of your child’s report card before that time, please contact the office. If you have questions about the report card, please complete this FORM.
  • SATs previously scheduled for Saturday, 14 March, 2020 are cancelled. Although testing for graduating students had been previously identified as a pre-approved activity, provided that schools observed all reasonable safety measures, we were informed that the testing was cancelled on Thursday, 12 March, along with all other schools scheduled to write the test in Hong Kong.
  • We have received wonderful news from the College Board about AP testing dates and testing requirements. In addition to shifting AIS testing dates forward, AP Research students can now deliver their Presentation and Oral Defense (POD) virtually. More information about these and other critically important changes to AP will be shared in the High School Weekly Update.
  • School photographs are now ready and will be distributed when school resumes. They can also be collected now, if you so choose. If you do wish to come to campus to collect the photos, you are asked to come alone, to wear a mask, and to line up outside the main office door, if others are already in the office.

Finally, a recent media report has featured some international schools who have chosen to provide classes for graduating students, and students in examination years. At AIS, we continue to carefully follow the direction set by the Hong Kong government and Education Bureau who have established clear guidelines for the types of school activities and gatherings that are currently permissible. These expectations apply to all schools in Hong Kong, and we are currently in compliance. The vast majority of international schools continue to strictly limit access for onsite instruction out of an abundance of caution. We consistently make accommodations for students who need them and are implementing the actions we take with caution and care. Our approach puts student and staff safety and wellbeing at the heart of all decision making.

The most wasted of days is one without laughter. – EE Cummings

Thank you for continuing to reach out with your stories, messages, and comments. They matter.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

2020 Coronavirus Family FAQ

I received my child’s report card. What do I do if I have a question?

All AIS students received a digital, unofficial copy of their report cards, as planned on 12 March, 2020. Please complete this FORM if you have questions about the report. Official report cards will be distributed to students when they return to campus. If you require an official report card before that time, please reach out to the School Office.

Why am I hearing that some schools are offering classes for senior students?

AIS continues to carefully follow the direction set by the Hong Kong government and Education Bureau who have established clear guidelines for the types of school activities and gatherings that are currently permissible. The expectations apply to all schools in Hong Kong, and we are currently in compliance. The vast majority of international schools in Hong Kong continue to limit access to onsite instruction, out of an abundance of caution. We are confident that our approach puts student and staff safety and wellbeing at the heart of all decision making.

Is it true that the SAT test has been cancelled?

Yes, SATs have been cancelled. Testing for graduating students had been identified as a pre-approved activity, until recently, provided that schools observed all reasonable safety measures. AIS had planned on offering the SATs for students on Saturday, 14 March 2020, but the school, along with all other schools in Hong Kong, were informed that the testing was cancelled on Thursday, 12 March.

I understand that school photos are ready? How will we receive them?

School photos are now ready and will be distributed when students return to school. Should you wish to pick your pictures up beforehand, you can collect them from the school office during regular office hours.

What impact will travel have on my ability to return to AIS?
  • All families must carefully monitor the Hong Kong travel advisory website for updates and adjust travel plans accordingly. Plans continue to change and updates are provided on a regular basis.
  • People travelling to countries that are on the list of identified destinations with travel restrictions or advisories associated with Covid-19 are required to observe a 14 day self quarantine upon returning to Hong Kong.
  • People travelling to countries that are not on the list of identified destinations with travel restrictions or advisories associated with Covid-19 are not required to observe a 14 day self quarantine upon returning to Hong Kong.
  • The decision to return to Hong Kong or to leave Hong Kong during the period of Online School rests with the family. It is a personal one to make; however, the government has urged all families to remain in the city during this time. You are reminded that the latest you could return to Hong Kong and be able to attend regular day school on Monday 20 April is 6 April, to comply with the government issued 14 day self quarantine requirement for those who have visited mainland China or who have come into close contact with someone from mainland China in the previous 14 days or who have visited countries with travel restrictions associated with Covid-19, as noted on the Hong Kong travel advisory website above.
What impact does the government message of 25 February have on my ability to attend school?

School remains closed until 20 April, pending further assessment from the Hong Kong government. On 6 February, the government announced that they were imposing a mandatory 14 day self quarantine effective 8 February on all people entering Hong Kong from mainland China, including residents of Hong Kong, mainland residents, and other visitors to reduce the virus spread. This mandatory quarantine applies to anyone who has come into close contact with a family member or someone else from mainland China in the previous 14 days and applies to all countries with travel restrictions, as noted on the Hong Kong travel advisory website.

Is campus open if I need to get something?

Yes, campus will remain open during regular office hours Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. If students need to collect resources from the campus, they are welcome to do so during these hours, with the exception of those who have recently visited mainland China, who have come into close contact with someone from mainland China, or anyone who has recently visited countries on the list of countries with travel restrictions identified on the Hong Kong travel advisory website the Hong Kong government travel advisory website before first serving a mandatory 14 day, self quarantine.

Should we physically be on campus the week of 16-20 March?

No, families and students should not be on campus, and no parents, caregivers, or students who have recently visited mainland China, who have come into close contact with relatives or other visitors from mainland China or who have recently visited countries on the list of countries with travel restrictions identified on the Hong Kong travel advisory website before first serving a mandatory 14 day, self quarantine.

What precautionary measures does the school continue to take?

AIS has implemented a number of precautionary measures to protect the health of our school community, and the school continues to maintain a high standard of care:

  • Custodial staff have conducted a deep clean of the campus;
  • All classrooms are provided with hand sanitizer;
  • All families and faculty have completed a Health Declaration Form and will be asked to complete another form prior to school startup, currently projected at 22
  • All visitors to campus will have their temperatures taken before entry;
  • All members of the AIS community are required to observe the Hong Kong government announcement on 6 February that any persons who have arrived in Hong Kong from mainland China or been in close contact with someone who has visited mainland China in the previous 14 days are now required to serve a mandatory 14 day self quarantine, effective 8 February, 2020, before returning to campus;
  • The above applied to all visitors to campus as well;
  • Anyone unwell is asked to not come to campus at this time, even with a mask.
Can my child get additional academic help from his or her teacher?

Yes, students can request extra help from their teachers. When a request is made, the teacher will email the family to let the parents know when the session will take place. An email to the teacher acknowledging the additional session is required.

Is it true that Elementary ECAs have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year? If so, how do I get a refund?

Yes, AIS has cancelled all Elementary ECAs for the remainder of the school year and notified all ECA providers. To obtain a refund, please complete this form and either mail it to the school or bring the completed form to the main office. ECAs in Middle and High School will be reviewed for feasibility when school resumes.

I have heard that the government school subsidies have been increased? Do I need to do anything to receive the increased subsidy?

The government subsidies have been increased from $HK2,500.00 to $HK3,500.00 for eligible families. The deadline for schools to submit their requests has also been extended. Families have one week after school resumes to submit their application to the school office, for those that have not yet done so. If you have already submitted your form, you do not need to take any action.

What can families expect in terms of bus and cafeteria refunds?

Families can expect that Cafe Concepts will begin to serve the menus that families had previously selected when school resumes. Any additional fees for Trimester 3 will be collected at a later date, once the number of days remaining in the school year can be confirmed.

Currently, all bus operators in Hong Kong are working with the government to secure financial assistance. California Coach continues to pay their staff, insurance, licensing, and other operational fees, and further information about potential refunds remains pending.

Will there be a reduction in school fees?

School fees will not be reduced. This is because AIS is offering Online School during the period of school suspension. As a school, we continue to employ faculty, and they continue to work, collaborate, plan, and provide instruction throughout the school day. They are assessing evidence of student learning that is provided by students and are in the midst of preparing report cards for Trimester Two (2). Faculty also remain available to parents and students via email and other AIS sponsored digital learning tools.

Does AIS have any plans to change the dates for Spring Break or summer holidays?

Spring Break and summer holidays will continue, as planned, in accordance with our published School Year Calendar.

Why have I received an Emergency Contact Form?

Families who did not complete the Emergency Contact Form have been emailed a new copy of the form. Completed forms can be mailed to the school or delivered to the school office during regular business hours.

What are faculty working hours from Monday - Friday?

Faculty working hours remain 7:45 am – 3:30 pm.

What are faculty office hours from Monday - Friday?

Elementary faculty will maintain daily office hours from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Middle and High School faculty will facilitate live learning sessions with their students, according to daily A/B schedules and will be available during office hours from 7:45 – 8:00 am and from 3:00 – 3:30 pm.

Dear Members of the AIS Community,

Today, The Hong Kong Government and Education Bureau announced that they were further extending the period of school suspension until Monday, 20 April 2020, due to the increased spread of COVID-19 and the associated risk to human health and wellbeing. This news is truly disappointing, as everyone at AIS was looking forward to having our students return to campus. Our Leadership Team meets each morning, and we will discuss the impact of this new announcement then.

In the interim, AIS will continue to offer Online School, and divisional principals will directly communicate details specific to their divisions with students and families.

Please continue to stay vigilant and practice good hygiene and personal care to help prevent the further spread of the virus. You may also wish to visit the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection website to learn more about the ways in which you can help to protect yourself and your family. You will also find specific details there about the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong.

We know you are doing your best to support your children and each other at this most challenging time, and we thank you for all you are doing to make the best of a difficult situation.

Sending best wishes and good health to you and yours.

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear AIS Parents and Families,

Today the Education Bureau announced a lengthened school suspension until 20 April 2020 and AIS will continue to suspend school in accordance with this directive found here.

We have now completed our second week of Online School at American International School Hong Kong. Thank you for your ongoing support of our students and faculty. It means so much at this time. We extend our heartfelt thanks as well for completing our Online School survey. The feedback we received has informed our plans for Week 3, and we remain committed to making improvements to the online learning experience for our wonderful students and families. We are confident that participation in our Online School lessons will ensure that students meet the standards and expectations required for their course and grade completion.

Parents and students specifically asked us to:

  • Standardize our methods, tools, and applications, 
  • Provide live lessons and more daily contact time with teachers
  • Keep instructions and assignments clear and consistent

Tomorrow, you will hear from your Divisional Principal with plans for next week, 17-21 February. They will share important messages about:

  • Changes to attendance for the week of 17-21 February
  • Daily Schedules for Online School and live lessons for Middle and High School students
  • Expectations for assignment completion

Once again, we ask that you continue to remind your children of the important expectations being set by their principals and teachers at this time. Daily attendance and assignment completion are critical to ensuring progress. All learning tasks have been developed to keep our students learning every day and progressing through their program of study, and regular assignment completion will assist faculty with gaining important student assessment and evaluation measures. If you or your child is experiencing difficulty with accessing course content or assignment completion, please contact teachers directly.

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been updated with important changes for the coming week and are found here for your convenience.

I wish you all the very best at this time and hope that this message finds each of you in good health and good spirits.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

2020 Coronavirus Family FAQ

What are faculty working hours from Monday - Friday?

Faculty working hours remain 7:45 am – 3:30 pm. 

What are faculty office hours from Monday - Friday?

Elementary faculty will maintain daily office hours from 9:00 – 11:00 am. 

Middle and High School faculty will facilitate live learning sessions with their students, according to daily A/B schedules and will be available during office hours from 7:45 – 8:00 am and from 3:00 – 3:30 pm.

What if we have not returned to Hong Kong or decide to leave Hong Kong during the period of school suspension?

The decision to return to Hong Kong or to leave Hong Kong during the period of Online School rests with the family. It is a personal one to make; however, the government has urged all families to remain in the city during this time. You are reminded that the latest you could return to Hong Kong and be able to attend regular day school on Monday 16 March is 2 March, to comply with the government issued 14 day self quarantine requirement for those who have visited mainland China or who have come into close contact with someone from mainland China in the previous 14 days.

What impact does the government message of 13 February have on my ability to attend school?

School remains closed until 16 March, pending further assessment from the Hong Kong government. On 6 February, the government announced that they were imposing a mandatory 14 day self quarantine on all people entering Hong Kong from mainland China, including residents of Hong Kong, mainland residents, and other visitors to reduce the virus spread. This mandatory quarantine applies to anyone who has come into close contact with a family member or someone else from mainland China in the previous 14 days. The measure came into effect on 8 February. If you find yourself in this situation, you will need to observe the mandatory 14 day quarantine before coming onto AIS campus when school resumes.

How will attendance work for the week of 17-21 February?

AIS Middle and High School students will have their attendance taken daily, according to their daily schedules. Specific details for your division will be communicated by classroom teachers and divisional principals. 

Are school fees still due?

Yes, school fees are currently due. AIS is offering Online School during the period of school suspension. All faculty continue to work, collaborate, and plan throughout the instructional day and to assess evidence of student learning that is provided by students. Faculty and staff remain available to parents and students each day via email and other AIS sponsored digital learning tools. Lessons are designed keeping the age and stage of the student in mind.

Should we physically be on campus the week of 17-21 Feb?

No, families and students should not be on campus the week of 17-21 February, and no parents, caregivers, or students who have recently visited mainland China or who have come into close contact with relatives or others from mainland China are allowed to visit the AIS campus before first serving a mandatory 14 day, self quarantine.

Is campus open if I need to get something?

Yes, like last week, campus will remain open during regular office hours from 17 – 21 February, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. If students need to collect resources from the campus, they are welcome to do so during these hours, with the exception of those who have recently visited mainland China, OR who have come into close contact with someone from mainland China before first serving a mandatory 14 day, self quarantine.

What precautionary measures does the school continue to take?

AIS has implemented a number of precautionary measures to protect the health of our school community, and the school continues to maintain a high standard of care:

  • Custodial staff have conducted a deep clean of the campus;
  • All classrooms are provided with hand sanitizer;
  • All families and faculty have completed a Health Declaration Form;
  • All members of the AIS community are required to observe the Hong Kong government announcement on 6 February that any persons who have arrived in Hong Kong from mainland China or been in close contact with someone who has visited mainland China in the previous 14 days are now required to serve a mandatory 14 day self quarantine, effective 8 February, 2020, before returning to campus;
  • The above applied to all visitors to campus as well;
  • Anyone unwell is asked to not come to campus at this time, even with a mask.
I have questions about fees/tuition refund. Lunch? Bus?

Families can expect a partial refund for their California Coach and Cafe Concepts fees. Additional details will follow as soon as possible.

Dear AIS Parents and Families,

As we come to the end of the first week of Online School at American International School Hong Kong, I cannot help but reflect on how much we, as a school community, have achieved together. Your prompt attention to our email communication, your responses to our requests for information, your support of your children’s new learning environment, and your wonderful messages of support that you so generously share with us are genuinely appreciated. At AIS, we are always grateful for our parents’ cooperation and partnership, but they are especially valued at this time. On behalf of AIS faculty and staff, thank you for all you are doing.

As a parent or guardian, I am confident that this week you would have experienced the unwavering professionalism and dedication of our faculty and staff. The quality of learning plans, teacher-created resources, and student assignments prepared by AIS faculty for your children was outstanding. 

And so were the student responses. It is truly heartwarming to witness the level of dedication our students are also demonstrating in Online School. They are excited to see their teachers and to hear about the activities they’ve been assigned. It is clear to me that our students have meaningful relationships with our school, other students, their learning, and especially their teachers.

Today, you will hear from Divisional Principals with division specific plans for next week, 10-14 February. They will be sharing important messages about:

  • Attendance for the week of 10-14 February
  • Assignment completion
  • And much more.

We thank you for reminding your children of the important expectations being set by their principals and teachers. Assignments issued during this time are especially designed to keep students learning and progressing through their program of study, and regular assignment completion will assist faculty with gaining important student assessment and evaluation measures. Any parents of students experiencing difficulty accessing course content or with assignment completion should contact teachers directly.

Please take the time to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which have been updated with important changes for the coming week.

Finally, on Monday, 10 February, you will receive an email with the opportunity to provide feedback about our Online School experience at AIS. We sincerely look forward to hearing from you then.

Sending strength and gratitude to you and everyone you hold dear.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

2020 Coronavirus Family FAQ

What if we do not return to Hong Kong or decide to leave Hong Kong during the period of school suspension, currently 3 February - 16 March?

The decision to return to Hong Kong or to leave Hong Kong during the period of Online School rests with the family. It is a personal one to make; however, the government has urged all families to remain in the city during this time. You are reminded that the latest you could return to Hong Kong and be able to attend regular day school on Monday 16 March is 1 March, to comply with the mandatory 14 day self quarantine requirement.

What impact does the government message of 6 February have on my ability to attend school?

On 6 February, the Hong Kong government announced that they were imposing a mandatory 14 day self quarantine on all people entering Hong Kong from mainland China, including residents of Hong Kong, mainland residents, and other visitors to reduce the virus spread. This measure will come into effect on 8 February. If you find yourself in this situation, you will need to observe the mandatory 14 day quarantine before coming onto AIS campus.

My family and I are not back in HK as of 10 Feb - How will this affect my child’s attendance?

Students are to access the learning plans sent by their classroom teachers each day, even when not in Hong Kong. This is necessary to ensure that learning continues, as planned. Next week, beginning Monday 10 February, students in Middle and High School will have their attendance taken daily. This will be done through verification of assignment completion and recorded in PowerSchool. Specific details for your division will be sent by classroom teachers and divisional principals.

I commute between China and Hong Kong for school or work. How will this affect attendance?

As mentioned, the Hong Kong government announced on 6 February that any persons entering Hong Kong from mainland China are now required to serve a mandatory 14 day self quarantine, effective 8 February, 2020. Students who complete daily online assignments will be considered present for attendance purposes and recorded as present in PowerSchool, regardless of their location. As previously mentioned, additional detail will be provided from divisional principals and classroom teachers.

Are school fees still due?

Yes, school fees are currently due. AIS is offering Online School during the period of school suspension. All faculty continue to work, collaborate, and plan throughout the instructional day and to assess evidence of student learning that is provided by students. Faculty and staff remain available to parents and students each day via email and other AIS sponsored digital learning tools. Lessons are designed to be completed independently, keeping the age and stage of the student in mind.

Should we physically be on campus the week of 10-14 Feb?

No, families, faculty, and students should not be on campus the week of 10-14 February, if they left Hong Kong over the Chinese Lunar New Year Break. Those who did not travel and who are not currently ill are welcome. For example, there will be some instances where faculty and students do attend campus to pick up or distribute resources; however, in line with the 6 February government directive, no faculty, parents, caregivers, or students who have recently visited mainland China are allowed to visit the AIS campus before first serving a 14 day, self quarantine. This includes individuals who have come into close contact with someone who has visited mainland China in the last 14 days.

Is campus open if I need to get something?

Yes, like last week, campus will remain open during regular office hours from 10 – 14 February, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. If students need to collect resources from the campus, they are welcome to do so during these hours. Effective immediately, in accordance with new government directives, all students, parents, and caregivers who have recently visited mainland China, OR who have come into close contact with someone from mainland China cannot visit the AIS campus before serving a mandatory 14 day, self quarantine.

What precautionary measures does the school continue to take?

AIS has implemented a number of precautionary measures to protect the health of our school community, and the school continues to maintain a high standard of care:

  • Custodial staff have conducted a deep clean of the campus;
  • All classrooms are provided with hand sanitizer;
  • All families and faculty have completed a Health Declaration Form;
  • All members of the AIS community are required to observe a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine, if they have left Hong Kong during the Chinese Lunar New Year Break before returning to campus, regardless of their Hong Kong date of entry;
  • The above applied to all visitors to campus as well;
  • Anyone unwell is asked to not come to campus at this time, even with a mask.
What are faculty working hours from Monday - Friday?

Faculty working hours remain 7:45 am – 3:30 pm. During that time, faculty prepare lessons, review work that is submitted by students, collaborate with other faculty and team members, and create online learning resources for their students to complete.

How do we contact faculty during office hours?

Students and parents can contact faculty at any time via email; however, faculty will primarily correspond and reply to messages during their office hours of 9:00 – 11:00 am each day from Monday to Friday. That is not to say that students and parents will not hear from faculty at other times during the week between 7:45 am and 3:30 pm, but the primary window for email responses is during regular office hours at this time. As mentioned above, faculty are planning with others, developing and compiling resources for their students, and collaborating with their colleagues at other times during the instructional day.

I have questions about fees/tuition refund. Lunch? Bus?

Families can expect a partial refund for their California Coach and Cafe Concepts fees. Additional details will follow as soon as possible.

Dear AIS Parents and Families,

I hope you are all well and enjoying some quality time with family and friends during this Lunar New Year Break. Today, the Hong Kong government made the decision to extend the school suspension period across the city until Monday, 2 March 2020, at the earliest, pending further assessment.

Online school at AIS will begin on Monday, 3 February, and you will have heard from your divisional principals today with greater detail. We appreciate that some of you may have chosen to leave Hong Kong or have decided to remain where you are at this time. While we empathize with the choices being made, we remind you that teachers expect regular student participation in the learning activities they are preparing over the coming weeks, to ensure that your child or children continue to make academic progress. Our many modern learning tools allow us to digitally communicate and collaborate in new, engaging ways.

If you have chosen to leave Hong Kong, you are reminded of the Hong Kong Government’s expectation that students have two full weeks here in Hong Kong to serve their quarantine period, before returning to physical school. As the primary reason for the original school suspension, it is critical that all members of the AIS community honor this expectation, in order for us to maintain a safe school campus. We need everyone’s help and cooperation with following this important safeguarding measure at this time. We are confident that as members of the AIS community, we will model our Core Value of Love and do our best to protect our health and the health of others.

The AIS Leadership Team continues to meet each day to monitor the situation and the directives and advice of local and international health authorities; specifically, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Hong Kong Government, the World Health Organization (WHO), International SOS, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), and the Hong Kong Education Bureau.

On behalf of the Leadership Team, I thank you once again for your support and cooperation and for taking good care of each other.

We look forward to hearing about the rich learning that will begin to take place via our digital learning resources and classrooms on Monday.

Stay safe, well, and take good care of each other.

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

Dear AIS Parents and Families,

I hope this message finds you all well and enjoying some time with family and friends. As you know from my 26 January 2020 update, the Hong Kong Government and Education Bureau suspended schools across the city until Monday, 17 February, 2020, when school is expected to resume. This significant measure has been taken to help stop the spread of the new Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). And, as promised in my last message, I am writing today to provide you with plans for continued learning for AIS students during the EDB school closure.

  • On Friday, 31 January, your divisional principal will be in touch about home learning plans for his or her division.
  • On Monday, 3 February, teachers will co-plan for online instruction. You should receive your first communication by 3:00 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, 4 February, teachers will be available online during regular office hours each school day (until school re-opens) from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. to support students using AIS digital learning tools such as email, Google Classroom, Hapara, and more.

Other important things to note:

  • Only security, office, and custodial staff will work on campus until further notice.
  • All extra curricular activities are cancelled during this period of school suspension.
  • Naturally, all previously scheduled field trips and excursions are also cancelled, and we will attempt to reschedule as many after school activities and excursions as possible. This will of course depend on availability, locations, the providers, and the situation in Hong Kong.

At this time, we ask that you take seriously the directives and advice of the local and international health authorities; specifically, the Hong Kong Government, the World Health Organization (WHO), International SOS, and the Hong Kong Education Bureau. We also urge you to follow the bureau’s advice and return to Hong Kong by 3 February, since this measure was undertaken specifically to provide all members of the AIS community, and Hong Kong, with the required 10-14 incubation period before school resumes.

Thank you for doing all you can to protect our school community and helping to stop the spread of this virus. In the coming two weeks, during our school suspension, please avoid large crowds (especially airports) and keep children at home as much as possible.

On behalf of the Leadership Team, I thank you once again for your support and cooperation and for taking good care of each other.

We cannot wait to see your children and our faculty together again.

Sincerely,

Anita Simpson
Head of School

IMPORTANT NOTES TO REMEMBER

14 Day Quarantine

As of 18 March 2020, all travellers returning to Hong Kong must serve a mandatory 14 day quarantine. Details are found here: INBOUND | OUTBOUND

TBD

Date for regular day school to resume, pending further review.