“For the foreseeable future, the virus will be a part of our story and our journey together. Throughout this time, Dalat is committed to doing all we can to protect our students while maintaining a high quality educational experience.”

Right now, the world, and especially Southeast Asia, is focused on the spread of the Coronavirus. It’s impact is being felt far and wide and in different ways all over the globe.

In this Dalat News you will find a number of articles related to the virus and its impact on school. Please do take the time to read through these articles and other important announcements from the school.

  • Let me note a few important details as we continue to journey through this unusual season together:
  • Dalat has created a web page as a portal of information regarding the virus and how it relates to school. It will include specific information from the school as well as resources and information that are helpful for parents. It will be updated often and is a place parents can go to get more information. You will find a link to the page below in the Dalat News.
  • The overwhelming majority of international schools in Malaysia continue to participate in events within the country and Dalat will continue to do so while reserving the right to cancel them in the future if the situation worsens and becomes more risky.
  • Dalat is working closely with other international schools both in Penang and in KL. Each day heads of schools are communicating with each other regarding the changing situation and environment. This does not mean that Dalat feels it must always follow and do what some other schools are doing and we will continue to make decisions we feel are in the best interest our students and community.
  • I was told earlier this week of a situation in a class in which children of one culture group refused to sit with students of another culture group. Because of their young age it is quite obvious that this behavior came from their parents and not the students themselves. Dalat will not support this type of behavior in any of its students and implores parents not to teach their children to have these destructive attitudes. In a previous Dalat News article I stated that I felt the biggest threat to Dalat was not the virus itself but how we treat each other during this situation. I still believe this to be true and implore our community to be as vigilant about our actions and behaviors toward each other as we are regarding steps to keep the virus from spreading at Dalat.
  • At this point, five different countries have taken the action of closing schools for extended periods of time. We are hopeful that this will not happen in Malaysia but it is prudent of us to take steps to prepare for this possibility. In the coming weeks we will be preparing our students and staff for such a scenario and will communicate this to parents in each division.
  • Parents, you are the first and most important line of defense related to this virus. We expect all parents to consider what is best for the community and not what is best just for themselves related to choices and decisions. This means all parents are expected to self-quarantine themselves and/or their children if there is the possibility that they have been with people who may have the virus or traveled in areas where the virus is spreading.

For the foreseeable future, the virus will be a part of our story and our journey together. Throughout this time, Dalat is committed to doing all we can to protect our students while maintaining a high quality educational experience.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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