School-wide Health Precautions
14 April, 2023
The lilies are blooming beautifully around Hanoi; their beautiful whiteness and gentle scent promise that summer is coming. I hope this letter finds you healthy and full of energy.
At school, we are focused on showcase preparation and conversations show the excitement of the cumulation of a year’s worth of learning. Graduation for our grade 12 students is just around the corner.
We are being extra vigilant at this time of year to ensure the health and safety of our students, as many infectious diseases such as Influenza A, chicken pox, hand foot and mouth disease, pink eye, gastrointestinal issues, and especially COVID-19 are circulating with extra vigor.
At Olympia, we are following all MOET and Ministry of Health mandated protocols and follow up with them on a daily basis to ensure timely action and the best procedures. In addition, we are asking all of our faculty and staff to wear masks on campus, and we encourage students to do the same.
If your child tests positive or is diagnosed with an illness, we ask that you keep them home until they test negative and recover, however we will do everything we can to help them continue their learning. All work learned in school will be available to your child through the regular classroom channels. In the same way, if your child’s teacher is ill, they will not be coming in to school in order to slow the spread. Classes will continue as planned with a cover teacher in place; some reorganization of the timetable may be needed but please rest assured that there will be no learning loss.
School will continue to sanitize and deep clean areas that are needed, including our nurses’ offices and quarantine rooms. In addition, prior to any overnight trips, all students will need to test negative for covid prior to departure. The school doctor and nurses will provide that service for the students.
We ask for your support in helping to slow the spread of these different diseases by doing the following with us:
- Encourage your child to wear a mask
- Mask yourself on campus
- Eat a healthy diet each day
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Keep your child home if they show symptoms of any of the aforementioned illnesses
We will continue to monitor the situation under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and MOET to ensure that the best practices are in place for the safety of your children. We will work closely with the authorities to have more flexible arrangements as allowed.
Thank you for partnering with us.
Head of Schools - E. Shannon Wellwood-Koga